Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kelly
"Seth is working with my 9 year old and my 6 year old and is just great. He’s the perfect blend of classical and cool, which goes over well with the kids,
inspiring a love of music while really learning form and technique. He’s also giving me refresher lessons so it’s good to see him work with all three levels at one time. We highly recommend Seth!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Celina
"Great teacher. Warm and fun."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lauren
"Michael is an excellent instructor! I stepped out in faith with no prior training and Michael made me feel comfortable from the start and I am improving
leaps and bounds every lesson. I highly recommend Michael for all skill levels!"
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Kia
"Lauren is the real deal. Point blank period. I initially signed up for singing lessons, but she has helped me with piano, music theory, and other skills a
s well. She has a much more wholesome approach for developing as an artist than simply a linear "sing these notes" type of lesson.
Lauren is a good balance of stern and silly. She has a great sense of humor, so I feel comfortable singing & playing for her (even if my skills are limited and sound like a dying horse). However, that doesn't mean you just goof around. She takes it very seriously and pushes you as a student. I couldn't recommend Lauren more.
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Anita
"A wonderful teacher who cares his students
I have been taking violin lesson with Kelvin for ten years now...my sister also studied with him since she was
7 years old...got her full scholarship at Indiana university with music major. He is very professional, great communication, very patient and very encouraging Highly Recommended!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Excellent teacher. Emphasizes the importance of theory and understanding music rather than just shapes and tabs. He's a pleasure to learn from and makes
an extra effort to gather info about your personal knowledge of music so he can better teach you."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Arden
"Dramatic impact on my singing
I started studying with Arden in 2009 and her coaching has had a dramatic impact on my singing. She has not only helped me
with specific auditions, preparing the best song for my voice and the role, but has also supplied me with a technique that I can apply to any situation, at anytime. Her technique has allowed me to relax, find my natural voice, and to trust myself - the last being an invaluable skill when auditioning and performing. I highly recommend Arden to anyone looking to learn a solid vocal technique in a comfortable and warm atmosphere."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Gary
"I really like Mike.
First off - he is SUPER punctual. The one time he was running late I even got a timely text message warning.
Second - he is ve
ry good at diagnosing issues and providing the right exercise/coaching.
Third - he is very flexible. I feel him supporting my music choices... not imposing his still or preferences.
And finally - he seems to me (I'm not good enough to judge) VERY skilled as a player... able to deconstruct songs, able to transpose quickly, able to find alternative strumming patterns.
I really feel very good about recommending him.
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Elise
"I took guitar lessons with Tom for a little over 3 years. Not only did he teach me guitar, but I also learned bass, music theory, and music performance. T
om's general vibe is relaxed but professional, and he is good at keeping lessons fun but productive. I would highly recommend lessons with Tom to anyone interested in learning about music. I attended Berklee College of Music's 5 week summer program this past year and tested into both the highest music theory and musicianship classes, thanks to what I learned from Tom. He is very knowledgeable about not only theory, but also improvisation, reading, and performance. Anyone would be lucky yo have Tom as a teacher!"
I am a Music Therapist with background in Psychology, Masters in Social Work and Yoga certification. I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano lessons for over 10 years. I have directed children's Musical theater camps, and taught piano and voice in music studios and privately for over a decade.
Performance wise I have been on TV, musicals, lead singer in a band as well as performed on a cruise ship.
I enjoy all forms of music. My personal favorites are Jazz, especially Brazilian Jazz, Musical Theater, Alternative Independent Rock and the Classics of course ;)
*** Lesson Details *
** I take a student-centered approach which basically means I take a needs assessment of my students and map out goals that are essential for them, their learning and where they want to go. Although I follow the students lead, following at a comfortable pace,
I also challenge in terms of structuring my lessons for growth and tracking progress. So whether you are looking to be the next American Idol or just wanna learn for fun, I am all in to helping you reach your personal aspirations! :)
I am able to use the Koday method as well as incorporate music theory but not necessary in my approach. It is more important that the student's personal needs and goals be met and attained in order to maximize full potential!
*** Studio Equipment *** It is helpful if the student has the required book, staff paper, and a music notebook/folder to start :)
*** Travel Equipment *** I have my own keyboard and guitar but children need to have their own keyboard/ piano or guitar for practicing.
*** Specialties *** I have a background in musical theater but knowledge of classical and jazz as well. Voice is my forte but I also enjoy teaching beginning piano.
Kevin J. February 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
We've had 3 lessons now with Natalie and so far we are very pleased with her.
While our son struggles with attention, Natalie has been able to keep him focused and interested during the entire lesson(s).
Natalie is awesome! (4 Stars so far, Leaving room for advancement)
Kristin D. January 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Natalie is a superb teacher! We are thrilled to have found such a compassionate, dedicated, competent teacher. She provides my daughter with excellent lessons of consistency, practice, review of previous lessons and introduction to new material. My daughter is so excited for her lessons because Natalie is so positive and enriching in her teaching style. Natalie exudes happiness, knowledge in the subject matter, and an overall engaging personality. My daughter has made leaps and bounds since starting lessons several months ago. We highly recommend Natalie as a singing teacher!!!
AugustoC February 29, 2012
having some great progress with my songs and learning how to sing
Brianna S. (MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities in the Southern California area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a six-month music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, under the direction of Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT-BC. While at MusicWorx Inc., Brianna worked with clients in various settings at: Glenbrook Hospice, Rady Children’
s Hospital (Oncology/Hematology Unit), the Music Therapy Center of California (specializing in autism spectrum disorders), TERI Inc. (serving children and adults with various disabilities), the Scripps McDonald Center (working with substance abuse rehabilitation patients), and Scripps Memorial Hospital.
Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, Brianna studied piano under the direction of Laurie Meinhold for ten years, and the esteemed pianist, Karen Knecht while at Chapman University. While working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brianna was awarded the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices due to her ability to “build innovative relationship and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.” Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and presented on the Intern Panel at the 2010 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Brianna enjoys oil painting, going on walks, shopping and watching movies.
*** Lesson Details *** Being trained as a music therapist, my approach to lessons may differ from an ordinary music teacher. I make sure the wants and needs of the student are addressed in every lesson. Lessons are structured and implemented by me, but the student will be able to select their own material when given choices. Things I take into consideration are: age, attention span, short and long-term goals/objectives, ability, and determination. Beginning students are recommended to use Alfred Method Books. Each lesson will focus on fundamental theory, scales and technique, and lesson and recital repertoire.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a studio that includes: Kawaii K-18 upright piano, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. There is room for a parent to observe if they so choose, and a waiting room.
Natalie A. July 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Brianna was a great teacher! I really liked how patient and thorough she was with every lesson. Brianna was able to tap into my daughters attention span in a way that really helped her grasp the concept of playing this instrument. Thank you Brianna!
EsraS March 27, 2012
Brianna is great with my son who is almost 5 years old. She teaches in a fun style, my son never looses attention. She thought him to write, read numbers and to be disciplined. I am really happy to see his growth in music.
JulieR3 January 12, 2012
She's an excellent piano instructor. My daughter loves her piano lessons and she's learning a lot.
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.
*** Lesson Details *** Students will experience an
"original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz or other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments
*** Specialties *** Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
David Z. July 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable
Rob H. May 7, 2014
Classical Guitar Verified Student
Professional and patient with kids!
Mr. Richard, as we call him, has been fantastic with my 7 year old son. His early recommendations maximized my son's guitar interaction and the visible (audible?) progress being made actively encourages practice at home.
Mr. Richard is able to give simplified homework that my son can understand. As opposed to "practice for 20 minutes per day", Mr. Richard was able to identify what works with my son's personality and established practice criteria that was much more effective.
Cristina I. March 11, 2014
Drum Verified Student
I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time.
Music matters: A new philosophy of music education. Fun and to the point.
Music education is a field of study associated with the teaching and learning of music. It touches on all learning domains, including the psychomotor domain (the development of skills), the cognitive domain (the acquisition of knowledge), and, in particular and significant ways, the affective domain (the learner's willingness to receive, internalize, and share what is learned), including music appreciation and sensitivity. Music training from preschool through post-secondary education is common in most nati
ons because involvement with music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes humans as a species.
The student will learn:
Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music. The student will learn all the fundamental elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, harmony and form, but also refers to descriptions, concepts, or beliefs related to music.
Piano technic Technic is the ability to execute a zillion different piano passages; therefore it is not dexterity, but an aggregate of many skills.These skills are acquired in two stages: (1) discovering how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved, and (2) conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.
Piano scales and modes
It's the theory behind that will help you understand things like for example chords. Playing scales can also be a great way to improving your technique. Because of the relationship of notes in certain scales they will always sound well played together. A fact that makes scales a primary foundation for everyone who wants to improvise on the instrument. This can be done just by playing the white keys as in the C Major scale or it can be more advanced by, for example, using modus for jazz improvisation. Therefore, you shouldn't consider scales as some boring and dull stuff – it can be your step up to a new level of playing.
Improvisation is the ability to make music as you are performing it. Much of improvisation is learning patterns or different note arrangements that you can then apply to songs that you already know. You will learn some patterns and arrangements that you can play with your left hand that can be added to any song to create more interesting sounding music. Some of these improvisation techniques are: chord inversions, the double chord pattern, the broken chord patternand the arpeggio chord pattern.
Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production, an electronic musician being a musician who composes and/or performs such music. In general a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology.
DAW= Digital Audio Workstation. A term usually used to describe a PC or a Macintosh Computer that is used primarily for Music Creation and Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Audio Files. Found is many Home studios as well as Professional Recording Facilities.
Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. The two main classes of sound recording technology are analog recording and digital recording.
Audio post production You will learn all stages of production between the actual recording in a studio and the completion of a master recording. It involves, sound design, sound editing, audio mixing, and the addition of effects.
Learn the music composition and sound effects for basic Video production (video game, film, TV and media)
Video production is the process of creating video by capturing moving images(videography), and creating combinations and reductions of parts of this video in live production and post-production (video editing).
Create and edit Sound effects (or audio effects) are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media.
Call for more information. If you want to learn guitar instead of piano all of the information methodology above for piano will be redirected to guitar teachings and methods.
I also will include rhythm and drums. Beacause is very important to make a good audio and video production the knowledge of rhythms.
- I am proficient at both Acoustic & Electric Guitar playing
- I have performed and recorded with the Guitar professionally as both a solo artist and as the leader of and a sideman in several musical projects over the years
- I have performed at both private & public events for over 40 years and continue to do so to this day
- I specialize in the Americana, Blues, Country, Folk & Rock musical genres
- I possess a keen sense of pitch and rhythm and have been blessed with excellent ear
- I have a very strong Music Theory fou
ndation, but, do not focus on "sight-reading", per se
- I currently lead my own band, the "KBCE", performing an eclectic mix of Celtic, Folk & Americana music
*** Lesson Details ***
- I tailor my Lesson Plan to your own unique abilities and interests
- I require that you provide your own Guitar along with a desire to learn and a willingness to practice
- I focus on song-playing, understanding chord composition, chord progressions, scales, arpeggios and Music Theory principles
*** Studio Equipment ***
I am equipped with my own Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stand and a clean, quiet & safe Teaching Space
*** Travel Equipment ***
I am willing to travel to your Teaching Space via the use of my automobile
MarioH September 3, 2011
Having a great time tim is teaching me how to play songs
JennieH July 29, 2011
Feedback for Tim K.
Tim is a great teacher. My son really enjoys working with him. Tim is always prepared for the lessons, the materials fit my son's skill set and learning preferences, and the chemistry is a perfect match.
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