Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kelly
"Bijan is a very good guitar instructor. My daughter and I both took guitar lessons and he was able to work with us as individuals since we both had diffe
rent skill levels. Bijan is very patient with his students and helped us through various learning obstacles. I highly recommend anyone that needs or wants to learn any musical instrument to take lessons from Bijan."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Mary Beth Hayes
"David is very relaxed and put me at ease instantly. He was very interested in my knowledge base and goals so he could fine tune the lessons for me. My onl
y dissapointment is that he doesn't have an hour time slot available yet."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Luke
"Great Teacher with a low pressure style
I've been taking violin lessons from Marc for several weeks and he is a great teacher. He has a low pressure teac
hing style that I really like because I get nervous when I play in front of other people. He seems very knowledgeable in both the technical aspects of the violin as well as the music theory. He is quick to return emails and is always happy to answer my questions. I've taken other instrument lessons in the past and Marc is by far the best teacher I've had. I'm really enjoying my lessons with Marc and I hope to continue for a long time to come."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Donald/Meita
"Stacy is a very good teacher.
We've had Stacy as a Violin Teacher for our daughter for about 2,5 years now. She loves having her as a teacher.Our daughte
r has made lots of progress since she started having the lessons with her. Stacy is a very nice, kind and patient that make us feel comfortable with her. And, she is always available to help even outside of the lesson. We're glad to have her as a violin teacher for our daughter."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Jason
"Corby does an excellent job breaking challenging sections down for you at any skill level. Her variety of techniques to tackle each new challenge make her
an amazing resource and a great instructor. I particularly appreciate her emphasis on trying to perform your work for other people so that you get practice in front of an audience. After only a handful of lessons, I had already improved far more than I had in years of independent study without someone skilled to guide me. She is definitely an excellent instructor and I am very grateful to have her as a teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kirsten
"Cosima is outstanding! My daughter loves her lessons is learning a lot! I recommend Cosima to anyone."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by David
"Knowledgeable, helpful and genuinely cares about how my son is progressing in his lessons"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Stephen
"It is a pleasure to learn guitar from someone like Dyce. He is a great player a great teacher and most of all he is extremely passionate about his craft a
nd his students.
He takes the time to explain and go over things with you . He understands all genres.
If you want to learn guitar from a true professional Dyce is the one for you."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by s
"Teresa is an amazing teacher. She is sensitive and intuitive about each of her students. That means that she can work closely with a single child or guide
the talents and energy of several different children at once, even if their ages widely differ! What's more, her classes combine several different disciplines at once. Therefore, even if you sign up for one type of instrument or area, she will combine it with other types of disciplines such as body movement, instruments, and singing. My children both adore working with Teresa and come away feeling fulfilled."
I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.
After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "Inland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."
I have also been involv
ed in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direction of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.
During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school's top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.
As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.
I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.
I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher's and Student's understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.
I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.
Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!
*** Studio Equipment *** Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature. (Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio) (Electric Drumset Available soon)
*** Travel Equipment *** Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature. (I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.) I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request
*** Specialties *** I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)
Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion. Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.
I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.
Dylan P. September 29, 2013
Though at times his schedule can be a little cluttered, Erasmo is always willing to add another lesson to his calendar. He's an all-around great teacher and nice guy, and this really shows through the relaxed, chill environment he creates during lessons. He taught me almost everything I know about music, and I feel like I can come to him whenever I have a question about a certain technique or piece of music. Respect.
Adriano M. May 16, 2013
Erasmo has been my instructor and has taught me mallet percussion for the past year, and over that year I have improved unbelievably. He is an amazing instructor, very patient and helps explain so the student can fully understand. I have gotten very far within such little time thanks to him. I have become such a better musician from the time I started learning from Erasmo, and I have gotten many great opportunities to become an even better musician thanks to the instruction I have learned. I would highly recommend him for anyone of any age.
I believe that if you want something, you have to go for it. I encourage my students to pursue their passions with music and reach as far as they dare imagine. I act as a resource and a guide, helping my students to find their way to their music goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I give my students a laid back, fun-loving atmosphere that offers as many challenges as they are up to. Students will dive into their favorite types of music, learning techniques pulled from their favorite songs. We will laugh together, work through frustration together, and make wonderful music together. I offer
my students the opportunity to push themselves toward their passions and give them the tools to succeed.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a room set up in my home with music stands and seating.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide all worksheets, practice material, and sheet music. I can also provide a practice guitar for beginner students, but expect students to buy or rent a guitar of their own before too many lessons pass once they have confirmed their interest in the subject.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in kids and young adults, but am happy to welcome students of all ages! When working with songwriting students, or students who wish to sing along with their guitar, I am happy to include basic vocal work into our lessons.
Subhankar A. October 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Becky is awesome. My job takes away most of my time and because of that I haven't been able to be very regular in attending all sessions. She had been very patient with me and adjusted the pace as needed for a student like me. She is an enthusiastic teacher and I would recommend Becky as the first guitar teacher for students of all ages. Keep rocking Becky!
Holly C. April 19, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Becky is a great teacher!
Becky knows exactly what she's doing, is very reliable, and super nice! I enjoy taking lessons with her very much. She understands what kind of music I like and what I want to learn. Taking lessons with Becky is like learning from a great friend. She is easy to learn from and doesn't rush me or go to slow. I definitely recommend her as a teacher:)
Alan O. January 27, 2013 Verified Student
Great teacher. Shes fun and friendly. Ok environment. She has a few cats at her home where she teaches and during one lesson I smelled a foul smell and realized the cat was using the litter box right next to where I was sitting. Kind of gross!
I have been performing since the age of three. At the age of seven, I began classical vocal lessons. At 8, I wrote the school song for Cherry Creek Elementary School in Marquette, Michigan. When I was 10, I entered and won the Grand Supreme title at my first pageant. When I was 13, I moved my vocal training at the local University becoming the youngest classical vocal student. After years of participating in musical theatre productions, I landed a job in a guitar shop that lead to a big shift in my musical interests. I left my small town, the theatre and my classical background behind and bega
n fronting both Country and Rock bands, even singing along side Juice Newton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, and Trick Pony on stage at the Porterfield Country Music Festival in 2005, which has in years past drawn nationally known country music artists such as Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, and Loretta Lynn. At age 19, I had an acoustic act which landed me a guest spot on 'The Tyra Banks Show.' I have been a featured performer at Chicago's House of Blues, as well as some of the most popular hotspots in Wrigleyville. In most recent years, I have been behind the scenes as a vocal coach in the greater Chicago area. I moved to Mission Viejo, California recently, and look forward to meeting new students! I have four children, my youngest daughter has Down syndrome so I'm also partial to working with students with special needs. I'm really excited to add that offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are looking to learn to project, or how to make it through an entire show without blowing your voice--I'm your gal! As long as students exhibit a willingness to try and to learn, then I'm more than willing to go the extra mile in my teaching. I just want to see genuine effort. Because I cater to all experience levels, I like to focus on individual goals of the student and build on those.
The biggest thing that I hope to give my students, is confidence. Whether or not music becomes a career for them, or just something to help get them through their day-- my goal is to show them that they can learn something new, they can accomplish things that they never thought they could do, they can sing for friends, join a band, play a challenging song, sing the high note they never thought they'd hit. If I can, anyone can. It's not about being perfect. Being perfect is overrated. It's about the passion behind the performance.
With that said, it's also about practice. Practicing builds the skills needed to keep that confidence alive. Then the more confidence you have, the more you say-- "Let's go for it. Let's try," the more you'll learn and the more skills you'll build. They feed off of each other. One can't survive long without the other.
*** Studio Equipment *** Simple PA set-up.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide everything. If there is a particular piece that you want to work on that I don't have, I ask that you provide that.
*** Specialties *** Classically trained, but I've also done a lot of musical theatre and have a strong background there. I do play guitar and bass, specializing in rock/folk and pop styles. I've taken tap and jazz from the age of 3 until I was 17 to help with Musical Theatre performance.
Victoria G. October 23, 2014
Online Verified Student
My daughter truly enjoyed her lessons with Susan.
Geri D. May 20, 2013
Suzie is extremely knowledgeable
Suzie is an amazing teacher! I am so impressed with her knowledge of music! In just the short time I've been taking voice lessons I can feel my voice getting stronger. She has taught me the correct way of breathing, projecting and standing. She's always giving me positive feedback, which is so helpful. I would recommend Suzie to anyone who is serious about taking voice lessons!
Kiera R. May 9, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Susan is an amazing teacher
I haven't had too many classes with Susan but already I feel more confident in my voice. She has taught me so much about the correct way to breathe and the way to keep the right tone while you sing. I thought that taking lessons with someone over skype wouldn't be very effective but I was totally wrong because Susan is so prepared and sends you warm ups and also instrumental music for the song you are going to work on before your lesson. She makes sure to give positive comments as well as critiques so you won't feel uncomfortable or feel like you're a bad singer. I am so happy that I picked Susan and I would recommend her to anyone!!
Hi, there! My name is Miss Rhonda and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private music lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my student’s master both vocal and piano performance.
From a five year-old beginner to an advanced high school student on their first vocal audition needing extra coaching, I am confident that I can create a lesson plan suitable to meet your needs. I’m a patient and creative person and my teaching style is to motivate and inspire you musically.
So whether you are a beginner or would like to enhance your skills, I look forward to helping you reach yo
ur musical goals!
Ivonne G. April 28, 2015
Great instructor! One of the best teachers I've ever had! She's patient and truly cares for every student. :)
Cara J. April 28, 2015
Rhonda has only been teaching my sons ( 5yr old and a 7yr old) for a couple of months, and in those months I have seen my boys grow so much. They love music and are so excited when it is lesson time. She has such patience and understanding that make it a great learning environment.
Kenji has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his music studio, and online. Kenji has helped students of all ages to learn to play their favorite music, in a variety of genres, and at a all skill levels.
Kenji received his training at Chaeffey College where he studied classical guitar. As an expert performer and front man of several bands, Kenji offers a unique perspective for his students, helping new students achieve their goals, and helping intermediate musicians perfect their craft. Kenji's teaching style is relaxed & com
While learning to read music is always an option, Kenji shys away from traditional guitar instruction by focusing on learning to play songs the student loves, while occasionally sprinkling in theory, to help the student learn the how and the why of music.
If you're looking to learn as quickly as possible, Kenji is the answer.
Mark July 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Thanks Kenji! My playing has improved DRAMATICALLY the past 2 months and that's all from your tips man! Thanks for being so patient.
yommy O. June 16, 2015
I am pleased to recommend Kenji Raynes. A well qualified, hard working, enthusiastic, advanced guitar player and composer.
Kenji is simple. friendly, shows enormously great patience to make anybody comfortable while learning and his simple style of teaching makes hard concepts easily understandable.
With his good command of theoretic and performance skills in music, Having Kenji Raynes as instructor and mentor is money well spent.
Gynell W. June 16, 2015
Mr. Rayne was really helpful, he's real easy going and knows his stuff! He sounds like a CD! I wasn't sure if I would be able to do this since I'm older, but I learned a song on my first lesson. I'll be back as soon as I can get my schedule rearranged.
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