Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Lesley
"Excellent at trouble shooting and fantastic teacher
My experience with Anna has been wonderful. She has the ability to quickly troubleshoot any problems
I am having with technique and making multiple suggestions to correct the issue. Anna also teaches at each studentâs pace ensuring the proper technique and skills are captured before progressing. Her musical passion is evident, contagious and appreciated."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Nicole
"Best in town
Berthe is extremely knowledgeable in music and she has been very patient with me since I'm a beginner with piano. She is very professional a
nd fun at the same time. I would highly recommend Berthe if you want to excel in music."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Kristi
It is my pleasure to recommend Jamila for piano performance instruction. Jamila possesses a very strong talent, an impressive virtuoso tech
nique, and a particularly strong idiomatic understanding and conveyance of both Romantic repertoire and Jazz. Her artistry is very compelling in her performances of standard repertoire predominantly through her convincing and resonant control of phrase structure, rubato and nuance. Her brilliant passage work in repertoire ranging from Bach to modern jazz also manifests itself beautifully. Her jazz background includes a jazz performance degree where she worked with a number of noted luminaries. He talents and accomplishments in both classical music and jazz comprise a tremendous asset, which will greatly enhance her career development in both performance and academia. She receives my highest recommendations"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Valerie
Daniel continues to devise new ways to make learning music theory fascinating, and the mechanics of playing the piano fun. His encoura
ging nature minimizes the frustration of being a beginning student."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Karin
From the very first lesson, my daughter felt that she was learning a great deal from Belinda. Belinda cares about her students and is
good with different styles of singing. She's always very professional, but fun at the same time."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Kaiylah
I love Carrie! she made me feel so comfortable. She helped me find my voice and break out of my shell. I like how she asked me what I want
ed to improve and planned the lessons around strengthening my weaknesses. She also gave me a book that was extremely helpful and I hate to read but I'm so glad I read it. Although I still have a lot of work to do I feel more confident because I'm knowledgable about my craft. I'm currently saving for more lessons and I'm really looking forward to working with her again."
San Luis Obispo, CA teacher:
Review by Daniela
"Truly individualized lessons!
I was very impressed with Jamila's ability to work with a diverse group of learners at different skill levels and her enthu
siastic teaching style. Her kind, patient and non-judgmental yet firm manner made me feel at ease from the very beginning and I quickly progressed as a result of her clear and encouraging instructions. As a medical school faculty member who has taught medical students and practicing physicians, I appreciate the skill involved in individualizing instruction to learners of different abilities. What is most striking about Jamila's teaching is the ease with which she communicates with and instills confidence in players of very different age groups and skill levels"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Kristy
"Fantastic teacher! No regrets.
My almost 15 year old son, Braden has been taking weekly lessons from Jordan since the beginning of this school year and h
as learned so much in these few short months! He came to Jordan knowing how to read music and with 3 years of middle school band (trumpet) experience but knowing nothing about how to play guitar. He spends 30 minutes a week with Jordan. In that 30 minutes weekly, Jordan has taught him how to not only play the instrument but also how to do so for the specific purpose Braden is wanting to learn it - leading worship in youth group and someday maybe "big church". Jordan is very good at not only teaching but he always encourages Braden and gives him positive feedback and affirmation. However, at the same time, when he sees that Braden hasn't quite picked up on something or needs some tweaking or correcting, he doesn't hesitate to kindly do so.
We have a very complicated family schedule. Braden plays baseball, is in choir at school, and we are very involved in church as well as other family things. Jordan has been very flexible with us when we have had to occasionally move our lesson at times for various reasons. Very professional.
NOTE: Jordan truly has been a God-send. Braden loves playing guitar and all that Jordan has taught him. However, as awesome as Jordan is, he is NOT a miracle worker. Braden puts in a lot of time on his own practicing all that he learns during his lessons. You must be willing and committed to doing your "homework" in order to get the most out of your time with Jordan.
And most importantly, Braden would say, "He's cool." ;)"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Melissa
"Tremendous improvement in technique
Kelvin is a tremendously gifted musician and instructor. He has increased my level of confidence. He continues to pus
h me to my fullest potential. His lessons are very thorough. I most appreciate the encouragement he gives me to use my talent. He is both patient and kind. I recommend him highly."
I specialize in teaching music to ages 7 through 18 including college prep. I can prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who are serious about taking their music skills beyond tablature.
The focus is to learn how to read music, play melody and chords and progressively acquire skills as a guitarist. Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out the musicianship of the student.
With regular daily practice, and as the student becomes more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment/ensemble work and so
Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction, self-esteem, how to reach a goal, plus the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!
I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.
I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.
This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs. Children age 7 and up, properly seated with the right size guitar and under the guidance of an experienced teacher (me!) do very well.
PLEASE SPEAK TO ME before purchasing you or your child's instrument. A standard size steel string guitar is frequently difficult for a child (and some adults!) to handle.
***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***
Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!
Be aware that there are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.
*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***
Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
Valerie November 19, 2015
Cheryl is great. This is the first time I'm taking professional guitar lessons, and I was very nervous when starting, but she made me feel comfortable. She is very patient, and even after only 4 weeks of lessons I feel that I've learned a lot and I'm very excited to continue!
Phil L. August 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter Michelle learned from Cheryl since 2015 Spring. After three months, Michelle could play a song in June in front of audience in Madison Hotel, NJ. Michelle got inspired from Cheryl so much and she liked to attend guitar lessons all the time. We believe that Cheryl is an outstanding guitar teacher for any beginning guitar learner.
Phil L. August 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Cheryl is a wonderful teacher that my our 9-year-old girl loves so much to go to her lessons! She is very patient and enthusiastic. My girl is very happy to have the guitar lessons and always so wants to practice.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Latin, Blues, Jam band, Rock and Pop music.
I teach my students music theory and technique and how it's applied to pieces of music that the student is learning.
All styles of Guitar, Music Theory, composition, Songwriting and Improvisation.
ensembles – rock, jazz, blues, classical, pop, latin, country & bluegrass
learn a very straight forward approach by applying theory and technique to pieces of music. learn how to improvise amazing solo's and compose your own music. by understanding the language of music. You can play any style of music and sound great.
course's of study. music theory, technique, improvisation, reading, ear training, chords, chord inversions, chord melody, chords with bass lines, scales, arpeggios, song repertoire, composition & song writing.
all levels accepted Skype & ichat lessons available in your home lessons on location dingmans ferry pa. & NYC studio. Inquire about other location's.
study with a professional musician, teacher, guitarist and composer. with a music degree from Berklee college of music. who has more then 30 years of professional experience.
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks. In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul. As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.
*** Lesson Details *** GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.
PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.
*** Studio Equipment *** 24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
rein April 29, 2016
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
Terry S. April 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
Katherine M. April 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.
The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.
I strongly believ
e that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
Casey May 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
Chris was such a great instructor! I first started lessons with Chris a few months ago and I told him I only had a limited time to learn guitar. Taking the knowledge I already had with music, Chris helped me in only a few months to pick up and to be able to jam to some awesome songs on my acoustic guitar. He is very patient and works very well with whatever level you come in as! I came in knowing only one or two chords, and now I know many more and can confidently play some songs! Since I was a crazy busy college student, Chris was also very flexible with when lessons were, which I was very thankful for! I'd highly recommend taking lessons with him!
Janice S. April 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
I love my lessons with Chris! I have no music background and have always wanted to play the guitar but never got around to making it happen. Now as I am older I think why not now?! I looked around for local lessons and found Chris's site. I loved his philosophy of how he teaches an individual based on what they want out of it! His statement of "some people just want to learn to play their favorite song" sold me! So glad I found him! It's never too late to pick up a guitar!
John Goode March 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
My lessons with Chris were amazing!! Chris teaches at a pace that is manageable and you never will feel overwhelmed. The bast part about his approach is his ability to teach music theory and not make it boring or complicated. Chris is also great at changing the lesson plan on the fly if we stumble on to something to explore further. My guitar playing improved greatly under Chris and I would recommend him to anyone looking to take lessons.
Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm a student at William Paterson University who is majoring in both music and English writing. If you'd like to try out a teacher who truly loves what they do, I may be right selection. My primary instrument is piano, though I play several others such as flute, clarinet, guitar and violin. I am most proficient on piano, flute and clarinet so I feel more comfortable teaching these instruments in order to give students the best possible musical foundation. Music has been in my life since I was a young child, as my grandfather who was proficient on both organ and clarin
et, taught me how to read music and play keyboard. Music is something that can never escape my life! It is what I live and breath for. I practice my instruments on a daily basis and avidly compose my own music as well. Besides being involved with piano at school, I am also a member of the William Paterson Symphony Orchestra where I play second violin, as well as a member of the school's flute ensemble. My goal is to have a career in which I can instill within my students the same love, endearment and appreciation for music that has grown with me over the years.
I am someone who truly has a passionate love for music, as it is what my whole life is about and brings me immense happiness on a daily basis. I am not just a robotic teacher who is providing lessons as a financial opportunity, but someone who honestly cares about the growth of a student's musical ability and love for music itself.
A huge part of music is not just learning how to play the notes correctly, but to come to understand the beauty and amazement that can be experienced from the act of playing an instrument. To be the most successful in any music related business, I feel that it is essential to LOVE what you do and to PRACTICE as much as you possibly can. Love and practice can take someone very far if they are truly dedicated to their art. Although of course I am interested in the financial gain of teaching music lessons, I feel it to be an extremely gratifying experience to be able to watch a student excel at their instrument because of my teachings. Witnessing a student enjoy what they're doing while improving their skills in the process is an amazing feeling for both student and teacher. I want to show people what it is I love about music so much, and hopefully instill within them the same love and passion.
I would like possible future students to know that I am not like any other instructor, as generic as this may sound. I have a true, fervent passion for music which I yearn to share with others. Whether music is a way of life or just a hobby for someone, it can be something that sticks with them for the remainder of their lives and brings great happiness and enjoyment.
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