Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by alex
"We know Michi as a music therapist /piano teacher who had worked with our son David who was 4 yr. old at that time and had special needs. At that time no
teachers took a challenge as a responsibility to help David become familiar with music lessons which was applied from music therapeutic approach. David had responded to her approach very well. Michi was flexible and she adapted the material to meet David's needs when it is necessary. After Michi's class, David was singing the tunes that he sang with Michi and imitated playing the instruments at home as he had played with Michi. We are very happy to have her as a David 's music teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Carol
"Ilona is an EXCELLENT piano teacher and we are so happy we found her!
My daughter, who is 13, once again loves playing piano thanks to Ilona. About 3 yea
rs ago, our first piano teacher moved away, and it was a major challenge replacing her. We tried 3 piano teachers over the past 3 years, before finding Ilona. Ilona is a breath of fresh air, a true professional and has an impeccable teaching style, second to none. My daughter is now practicing every day and can't wait for her weekly hour lesson. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have such an amazing individual teaching my daughter piano! We could not be happier. Ilona is definitely a class act!!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Hirono
Brianna is a very dedicated teacher who makes learning an instrument fun.
Two of my young children learn from Brianna. In both cases s
he moves at the student's pace while still prodding them to do move through the lessons. This is true even with the violin, where getting a 5 year old child to focus on the instrument and bear through the very challenging learning curve has proven difficult. Brianna's patience, pleasant demeanor and encouragement has served well in making the instrument fun, challenging and sound better every week."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Robert
Jeff is an awesome teacher! I decided to take lessons from him after hearing a friend play and finding out he took lessons from Jeff (my
friend is an amazing guitarist). Not really knowing how to play guitar, at first I was a little nervous, but It was such a comfortable environment that I always looked forward to my next lesson. He has become even more a friend than a guitar teacher. He can teach you any type of music and will work with you. Without realizing it, I had progressed more than I could've imagined in a relatively short amount of time.
Even if you've never picked up a guitar, or have been playing for years, Jeff is the teacher you want."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Madison
"Very professional, always on time. Really highly recommended !!!!!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Ray
When working with various coaches, I noticed a few have what I call ," One size fits all". Meaning one lesson plan everyone. Mine situation was v
ery unique. I had a bit of issues with my breathing in my lower voice and then needed help expanding my range. Danny helped me with that. Not only did he guide me, Danny also demonstrated how to use the right techniques. Also the facilities was a commercial location, not someones garage. I was able to bring my friends and they relaxed in the lobby. I felt and experienced results in my first week. I still take lessons to this day. Thanks a million...."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by kenneth
"Adrian has been a major part of my knowledge of woodwind composition. As a song writer/artist, i've hired Adrian to help score and perform on many recordi
ngs for me.
Adrian plays all saxes, flute and clarinets and i can't thank him enough for his wisdom and instructional guidance in gaining a broader understanding for how to make those instruments work in my music.
Thank You Adrian, Cheers!!!! Ken Schalk"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Ginette
"SO impressed with Chelsea!!! She has so much passion for music.....and is so happy to share her talents and help her students achieve their goals..... And
WOW what a voice!!!!"
New Haven, CT teacher:
Review by Laura
"My daughter has been taking voice lessons from Jenna for 2 years now. She is very good at encouraging my daughter to develop her breathing and we've seen
a huge improvement in her singing ability because of that! She is also very concerned about music selection and whether or not my daughter likes the music she is singing, but also steering her towards the kinds of songs that work best for her voice. We love Jenna!"
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!
Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the students strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.
This year Jason was also the M
usic Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.
Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.
Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.
Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.
Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!
Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.
Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.
His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student's schedule when possible. Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic) Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6 Scott Ian Randall Amp Various guitars depending on project or mood.
*** Specialties *** piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
Linh B. June 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've taken several lessons with Jason and highly recommend him! He is very patient, easy going, and goes at the student's pace. He's a great guitar player and he will work with you to achieve your goal. I leave each lesson learning a few new songs.
Victor June 25, 2015
Jason is a great teacher, very knowledgeable and patient. I don't have any musical background whatsoever, but he quickly got me started learning to play banjo and answered all my questions. I highly recommend this teacher.
Rosa Z. June 1, 2015
Online Verified Student
We were new to the whole online, private lesson world and only tried as a test for our 10 yr-old son. He has now been working with Jason for several months now and shows no signs of stopping. Our son is progressing, has gained confidence and still seems to have fun. Jason is on time and if you cannot make a lesson he is flexible in rescheduling if given some notice. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much Jason packs into his lessons without overwhelming the student. We highly recommend him!
Hi! My name is Jeremy. I started playing guitar at the age of 14 and by 16 I knew I wanted to play music for a living. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a performance degree in May, 2013. While at APU I performed with various groups including the APU Jazz Ensemble, which has won awards at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, and studied with many great teachers.
Some of my favorite guitarists are: Oz Noy, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jim Hall, and Steve Lukather. Playing music has taught me to be open-minded and I love (or appreciate) all styles of music. My favo
rite artist is D'angelo.
I am currently a working musician with guitar as my primary instrument. I have been very fortunate to perform with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, and Melissa Manchester. I have been very blessed to play venues such as: Chick-fil-a headquarters in Atlanta, GA; Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. I perform in many styles including: pop, funk, blues, R&B, jazz, fusion, gypsy jazz, Latin rock, solo guitar, classical, and Christian worship music. I have also played in pit orchestras for musical theater and done sidelining work on the pilot episode of a TV show (sadly, never picked up).
I am very lucky to have had many mentors who have helped me grow immensely as a musician and helped me figure out my career path. Without them I would not have anywhere near the level of musicianship I have today. I have also learned other extremely important aspects of being a musician: gig etiquette, being approachable, how to carry yourself, how to dress, and many others. I hope to pass on my knowledge to you and help you achieve your goals, whether to learn music to express yourself in new ways or to start on a path to being a professional musician.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe it is very important to learn the fundamentals of the guitar. I want all my students to be familiar with the entire fretboard and use the picking, fretting, and chording technique that best suits their hands and needs. I recognize that there is not one single right way to play the guitar and I will work on helping each student find the way that works best for them. I will also discuss proper care, maintenance, and storage of instruments.
Other important skills I teach are sight-reading (standard notation and lead sheets/chord charts), basic to advanced music theory, rhythm/lead playing, improvisation, chord voicing, and finger-style. I can help students learn a difficult song or guitar solo and even help them write their own music.
For students who want to learn classical guitar, there are some additional subjects we could cover. These include tone production, interpretation of different styles of classical and Latin guitar music, nail care (more important than you would think!), memorization, and performance.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars:
G&L Comanche Eastman AR805CE Kenny Hill 2007 Almeria Breedlove Passport Plus OM/CMe
AMT Wah TC Electronics Polytune Suhr Riot Fulltone OCD Lovepedal Eternity Fuse Ernie Ball VP JR Xotic SP Compressor Line 6 M9
Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!
Vocal Goals: To... Develop free, uninhibited singing. Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound. Familiarize students with the piano. Match pitch.
With... Full, strong, breath & body support. Clear diction. Vowel dexterity. Facial agility & upper-torso re
Performance/Musical Goals: Develop boldness & energy. Look & sound professional. Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire. Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines & phrases appropriate to each piece.
Social Goals: Create a polite & kindly atmosphere. Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN. Keep the student motivated.
Accompaniment options: Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.) Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.) Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)
Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout) Encourage consistency rather than length.
We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!
"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She's traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
Danielle R. October 2, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have been trying to come up with the perfect words to describe this teacher but I can't find anything I feel is good enough, other than the words wonderful and amazing.The way she teaches, and just her presence alone just blows me away, and I couldn't be more thankful to have met her and have the opportunity of her teaching me. If anyone is meant to be a teacher,it would be this person. She is so gifted.. Believe me when I say, if you have any doubt about choosing the right teacher, look no further because you just found her.
Lindsey C. September 24, 2014
Broadway Singing ·
Amy has truly changed my life both as a performer and person.She helped me polish my vocal technique and singing methods, in addition to acting and audition coaching. She was very instrumental in helping me pick amazing audition songs and how to really give a memorable performance, even if it's just 16 bars at an open call! Before studying with Amy, I was a bit unfocused and rusty,now I am poised and confident in my singing abilities. Thank you Amy, you are an incredible and inspiring teacher!
Jennifer O. July 6, 2014
Amy is the perfect teacher! She encourages and infuses her students with a feeling of success that makes you want to do more and continue to improve.
I had been having difficulty with vocal confidence and Amy helped me with that immediately. From the first session, I learned things about my approach to singing that I could correct and put to use at the very next opportunity. I have now have a voice because of Amy!
She is a fantastic Teacher and I highly recommend her to students of all ages!
Classical performing and recording artist Michelle M. has openings for flute students of any level, from beginner to advanced. Michelle has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. As a teacher, she focuses on learning skills correctly from the beginning, with emphasis on good tone production and healthy body mechanics. She also works with high school students preparing college auditions, and has regular recital opportunities for all students.
"I love teaching private lessons. It's so much fun watching students grow musically and emotionally! My teaching style emphasizes l
earning CORRECTLY from the beginning, so that bad habits don't form, such as bad posture which can lead to pain down the road. I also pick music which the students know and enjoy, so that playing daily becomes a fun ritual for them.
"Learning musical skills such as theory, composition and improvisation are also part of my teaching style. These things strengthen a student's overall musical knowledge and enjoyment. I also highly recommend that students listen and watch flute performances, either recordings or live concerts.
"Of course, the best part is playing, and I encourage all students to perform as much as possible, whether in my student recitals or in outside concerts. I offer many opportunities for performance, and help prepare students for their own band or orchestra concerts as well."
Stephanie U. January 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Michelle is a fantastic teacher! My daughter was a beginner student, just starting at elementary school, and we wanted to supplement those lessons. Wow, what a difference it has made! Elaine shows improvement after every lesson and she just LOVES Michelle. She is patient and kind, and very motivational. She has a knack for reaching Elaine and bringing out the best in her. Thank you, Michelle!
Justine G. August 14, 2014
As a former student, I couldn't feel luckier to have studied flute with Michelle for ~6 years (ages 10-16). During that time, she not only helped improve my technique and skill enormously, but also acted as a hugely supportive, warm and funny presence in my life. Michelle genuinely cared about my progress and very patiently guided me through years of instruction, offering constant encouragement. She always made sure I was thoroughly prepared for every recital, music competition, or youth orchestra that I participated in, and helped me pick music that I always enjoyed playing and practicing. She was also very thoughtful and hands-on in terms of helping me choose a new flute, a music camp, etc., which my parents and I greatly appreciated.
During my time with Michelle, I felt that my lessons were excellently paced—she knew when to push and challenge me, but also made sure I was comfortable with the material, and didn't rush me if something proved more difficult. Over the years, we progressed through theory, breathing techniques, scales, playing with an accompanist or another flutist, etc. in a way that felt very natural and appropriate. Additionally, the relationship we built became very important to me as a student. There were several times that, as an overextended middle- or high-schooler, I seriously thought about quitting flute—but the idea of stopping lessons with Michelle was sad enough to make me reconsider each time. I truly appreciated how much she cared about me both as a musician and as a person, and was thankful in the end to have kept playing with her as long as I did.
Michelle is easy-going and knowledgeable, kind and talented, understanding and wonderful. I will always be so grateful for the kind of instruction and encouragement I received from her—she helped me grow as a musician in every way. Thank you so much!!
Melinda E. August 10, 2014
My daughter (who is now in college) was a student of Michelle’s from 4th – 11th grade. Michelle is a talented musician, a wonderful person, and a very effective teacher. My daughter really enjoyed her lessons with Michelle - it was always a bright spot in her busy week. She benefited from Michelle’s guidance outside of lessons also – recitals, entering and placing in solo competitions, and auditioning and playing for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. We felt so lucky to have found Michelle – she was an excellent teacher and a wonderful role model - teacher, musician, mother. I recommend her very, very highly.
I've dedicated a lifetime to learning, studying and performing on Latin Percussion and Drum set. I began study at age 13 and was playing professionally by the age of 18. The truth is, I didn't wake up one day and choose drums and Latin Percussion - It chose me! And thankfully, music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
I've been fortunate to have experience in performing all kinds of music as well as formal study with master drummers from Cuba, veteran Jazz Drummers, Soul drummers, a school education in music and drums, and also have the intuitive music knowledge that
only comes from a lifetime of dedication to the art form.
Because of my playing experience - I can teach you all kinds of music styles! Salsa, Latin & Brazilian, Jazz, Church Worship, Rock, Soul, R&B and authentic Afro-Cuban Folkloric drumming and songs.
Most importantly, I can TEACH WHATEVER YOU WANT TO LEARN ~ and what you need to know...
I welcome STUDENTS OF ALL LEVELS and happy to share this wonderful art form with those learning just for fun or for the more serious musician who wants more from their instrument.
Matthew G. February 25, 2015
Conga Drums ·
I've grown up much of my life witnessing various great conga players that I have been privileged to experience. At a workshop held by Thaddeus with several other students, I was able to gain a much better understanding of conga rhythms and patterns. In addition to this, Thaddeus brings extensive knowledge on the history of the conga to further my understanding and learning. With a group performance at the end of the workshop season, our group was able to demonstrate what we learned for many others.
Matthew G. February 24, 2015
Thaddeus helped me learn various characteristics of percussion and I am grateful for his instruction. One thing I appreciated about learning percussion from Thaddeus was his ability to not only be able to explain the music but to be able to artfully explain musical concepts, relationships between percussionist and other musicians in a group, and how to use the various percussive instruments. Thaddeus' decades of experience become evident in his teaching. Thanks to the instruction I received, I was able to perform much more confidently in various performance and live group environments.
Juan R. February 13, 2015
Thaddeus has extensive knowledge of percussion in general. Really enjoyed the lessons that I took with him as they have helped in my development. Thad, is also very patient and an ideal instructor for any one.
Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, its difficult because youre multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously your voice and the piano. Its easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key …
6 Tips for Singing and Playing the Piano at the Same Time
Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, its difficult because youre multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously your voice and the piano. Its easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key
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