Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by TATYANA
Esther is really a great piano teacher. She is very kind, caring and patient with my daughter. My daughter loves Esther and always looks fo
rward to lessons with her. I recommend Esther to everyone who is looking for a piano teacher. Thank You Esther!!!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Darren
"Aaron is an amazing guitar instructor! He is very thorough and patient. Aaron's teaching methods are excellent because he finds music that you love and
walks you through it section by section."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Amy
"Two thumbs up!
I inherited a piano at age 43 and with absolutely NO musical experience upon which to draw, started taking lessons with Katrin. Her enthus
iasm for the subject, friendly and patient manner have kept me dedicated to my mission of mastering this instrument. It does not come easily or naturally for me but Katrin's charisma has kept me at it for more than three years. She is both my teacher and now my dear friend and I cannot recommend her enough."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by North
"Very good class
My son had a good time taking lessons from Matthew. Matthew was patient and helpful with Skype when we were not familiar with it. He expl
ained the instrument very throughly. My son learned a lot and we hope to take lessons again in the future."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Danny
I have worked in the industry as a musician for 25 years and have worked with various vocal coaches. Danny has made a tremendous difference and I hav
e been seeing improvements weekly. Being that I sing soulful music it has always been hard training with other coaches because they don't understand what it is to have a flow and soul. I do recommend. This coach can also sang!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Peter
"I had a week in Vegas set aside for a trade show, and wanted to also use the time to hunker down in my hotel room and work on my bass playing. I wanted to
locate a teacher during that time to help me accelerate my playing over what I'd been able to figure out on my own, and I was extremely fortunate to be able to work in several lessons with Nick.
Nick's a terrific guy who's not only tremendously knowledgeable, but incredibly flexible in his teaching style and very quickly got me where I wanted to go. Thanks again, and my strongest possible recommendation!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by TECH
"The Prophet X helped me out a grip! Took My Mixing and Audio Engineering in Reason to a whole nother Level.
Not to mention Mixing and Mastering my fi
rst official album take a listen here @ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thetech2
I would highly recomend him to anyone who is looking for high quality music production."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sam
"Eulis is one in a million - he gives helpful constructive criticism while making you feel confident and at ease. As someone who can be rattled by being vu
lnerable in front of people, I MUCH appreciate this! On top of his knowledge and skills, his demeanor is also phenomenal. Playful yet professional, friendly yet respectful of boundaries. I'm thrilled I've found him and can't wait to see where my next lessons take me."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Curtis
"Ms. Yoo is a terrific teacher. She is an accomplished pianist with the ability to teach very well. She is very kind and supportive of her young students
. Yet, she is also firm and able to get her students to work hard and achieve. I would recommend her without reservation."
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves in
to ways to correct the weaknesses.
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics digital recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only) harmonica various rhythm instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.
Here's to your success!!!
Nick H. August 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
The hour felt like a couple of minutes. That must be good, methinks. Great start to my guitar lesson series
Jenny R. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is great! Very patient and helpful - really enjoying our lessons and learning so much!
Arvin M. May 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Has patience with even fumble-fingered me.
Been playing the violin for over 40 yrs. Started in elementary school and held the coveted "Concert Master" designation all through high school. Been playing fiddle since 1985. Twenty years experience as a dance fiddler, and the last several years studying swing and traditional Irish. I play in three bands, all different genres. I consider myself so lucky to be blessed to be playing an instrument. It is one of the best kept secrets to life. This is a point I like to stress to my students. It enhances your mind, you can make wonderful friendships with like minded people, and constantly learn n
ew tunes and genres. It just keeps you young at heart. I love spreading the Gospel of music.I consider myself so lucky to be blessed to be playing an instrument. It is one of the best kept secrets to life. This is a point I like to stress to my students. It enhances your mind, you can make wonderful friendships with like minded people, and constantly learn new tunes and genres. It just keeps you young at heart. I love spreading the Gospel of music. I am very patient and will teach my students everything I've learned over the past 40 years.
*** Lesson Details *** I give 30 minute and 60 minute lessons. I recommend 30 minute lessons for beginners. I teach classical techniques for holding the instrument. Scales and intonation work are important, and can be integrated into simple songs so as not to be boring. Teach sight reading and auditory learning. Auditory is more important as Music is an auditory art. I am easy going and teach what the student wants to learn as everyone is on different levels and has different ways of learning. I also teach violin chords, and applied theory as to improvisation for playing. All skill levels welcome.
I use handouts from several different music books and will tailor them to your skill level. I do expect my students to find some time to practice what I give them. I really want my students to get all the bang they can for their buck
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room/open area setup for lessons with music stand. Parents can sit in on lessons. Parking in driveway and on street in cul de sac.
*** Travel Equipment *** Stand, and my instrument and books. Student must have their own instrument.
*** Specialties *** Methods: Sight reading, Auditory reading, some Suzuki, bowing techniques, genres; Old-Time, Irish, Bluegrass, some swing, cajun. Currently playing in three bands.
Xing O. April 28, 2013
Violin Verified Student
A great teaching environment.
A great teacher and very good teaching environment.
Sharon O. has a deep passion for music. She is a music educator and composer who believes music can empower you. After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, she devoted more than 35 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing with those in need. She has been a spiritual performer of both voice and piano and continues to be very committed to sharing the benefits of music with others.
Here are a few key points that describe her music ideology and piano teaching method and why it has proven to be successful:
People like to play music
that they know and can relate to and to share music with others. They enjoy playing familiar melodies. Over the past few years, she has written and arranged hundreds of songs that are playable and accessible – and has watched her students' motivation level increase in leaps and bounds! There is rarely a struggle to practice at home, because the students enjoy practicing so much!
No individual fits into one learning slot. Generally, students have a mixture of learning styles and needs and Ms. O. has developed a method which is flexible and tailor-made to every student's needs.
Each student collects their favorite songs to play and makes their own songbooks, their love of piano grows rapidly while they develop their music reading and technical skills. Ultimately,Ms. O. has seen that most students start to become more curious and willing to learn and venture into new music that they do not necessarily recognize as time goes on.
Ms. O. believes that every individual can feel successful at the piano and when they study with her they will enjoy themselves and become more creative human beings.
Regarding young children....It is never too early to instill the gift of music ….early learning sets the groundwork for how children will view music for the rest of their lives!
Lessons should always be fun and engaging .
Ms. O. loves sharing music with others and develops as very warm rapport from the onset!
Sheryl A. May 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amy C. January 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
My eight year old daughter has been taking piano lessons with Mrs. Sharon for several months and loves her so much. Sharon truly is very patient, creative and has each students best interest in mind when she is teaching. My daughter looks forward to each and every lesson and is given practice material for the home and she actually enjoys practicing. I give a lot of credit to Sharon for Her enthusiasm for continuing to uplift and build her confidence and love for music. She's learned a lot in such a short period of time. My daughters in love with learning music, playing the piano and discovering her talents and Sharon is definitely making a huge positive impact in ensuring her success in this area.
DanC2 November 30, 2009
Patient, flexible and able to provide a very comfortable environment. I only wish the lessons were longer.
Educated in Russia, 35 years of piano and music theory experience, 20 years of which in the US. Five years ago obtained a Harmony Road Music method certification and established a very successful music school in Maryland. At the moment the school provides lessons in piano, guitar, violin, vocals, music theory and music history. Moved to Florida recently. Hope to utilize my experience here and looking forward to introducing the wonderful world of music to my future students.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether it's in my studio or your place, I maintain friendly environment, show passionat
e attitude. I develop an individual lesson strategy based on unique student's personality. I provide all the necessary material. I am particularly successful with very young (3+) kids and manage to create a game like engaging environment in the class room. Can teach in both English or Russian.
*** Studio Equipment *** piano
*** Travel Equipment *** portable piano
*** Specialties *** Classical piano music
Sarah m May 14, 2014
Great teacher. Very patient especially with one of my kids who can can be a bit difficult at times.
Don D. February 24, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Very glad I found her
Ella has a lot of patience, esp. for me as a beginner. She makes me play perfectly without making me feel frustrated.
She is a delight to learn from.
Thank you Ella.
Kristen O. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Miss Ella has been absolutely wonderful with my daughter! She started just before she turned 5 and Miss Ella has been very patient with her and has an excellent curriculum for younger students. My daughter is learning quickly and enjoying her time.
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I'm Laurie, a very passionate ukulele singer, guide, and artist since 2008. I honor each person's unique style and interest. I'm not teaching lessons just so people can perform, but so they can create a special bond with their instruments and canvases and their own style. We are all unique in how we create...so I want to watch that unfold. I'll go over all the basics and then we'll have fun! Each lesson will be a new experience and I will be allowing the student to guide and teach me ~ it's a
I LOVE children and have a background teaching Music Together classes as well as nannying my niece who was born with special needs. Depending on the needs, I would love to make myself available as I feel music is the best therapy for all of us.
I also offer sound healing sessions, on this site it is called Music Therapy. I own a few therapeutic instruments ~ a singing bowl, a reverie harp (anyone can play), drums, shakers, and a native american flute. I like to let these sessions have a life of their own so I do not plan...however we will use all the instruments so the person can feel the differences that each sound gives them.
I am in a wheelchair so traveling to other homes can be an issue if it is hard for me to get inside. I prefer to meet in accessible areas, open my home, or do lessons online when I am traveling. I want to be as available to you as I possible can! I'm excited! HOORAY
Let's JAM and have FUN!
Karen O. November 16, 2014
In home Verified Student
My 10 year old daughter is making great progress due to Laurie's enthusiastic and nurturing attitude. She is patient, kind, encouraging and very professional, always wanting my daughter to get the very most out of each visit. We are very happy to have found Laurie!
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