Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Joe
Kimberly is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her. She is patient with you as a student and explains things at your level. She
is very knowledgable about music as she plays many instruments and has a great ear. As an adult student she had me learn to read music early in the lesson which I found to be very helpful. Lessons are at her home and it is in an appropiate setting. My Lessons fly by as she has an engaging teaching style and she stays focused on helping your improvement from week to week. She is flexible in rescheduling your weekly lesson if needed.I would rate her an A+ as a Music teacher!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Angela
"A fantastic teacher with amazing depth of skill
As a note, I grade tough! Seriously, Amanda is a phenomenal instructor who has made an enormous impact on
our children. She strikes a perfect balance between technical acuity and musical phrasing/interpretation in her teaching style, enabling students to make the music come to life and be more than rote recitation of notes with tempos. I cannot overemphasize the benefit of her skill in this area, as it results in very technically competent musicians, who are also expressive!
She is friendly with families, encouraging to struggling students, challenging for advanced students and makes every student feel like her most important student. Her impact on our children is nearly immeasurable, with the oldest continuing her music education (majoring in 'cello) at the collegiate level. Prior to that point, she was her only private 'cello instructor, as she'd never (and still hasn't) developed beyond the point where Amanda can help her to advance even further.
On top of everything above, she has become a family friend. Professional and personable, she is always my first recommendation to parents and students looking for 'the right' music teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Amy
I started taking cello lessons from Jonah with no prior experience with any string instrument at all. He explained the instrument to me in
a way I could understand it and related that back to his instructions on playing. Within a few weeks I could play songs! He is very encouraging and makes you want to learn more. It is also very helpful that he is such a talented musician because it allows me to play cello while he accompanies on piano. I couldn't ask for a better teacher, especially being new to the instrument! I'm sure he is equally amazing with the more advanced student, and he was definitely the perfect fit for me. A fantastic teacher able to teach multiple skill levels and age groups is hard to find, don't miss an opportunity to learn from the best!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Angela
"Mary is a stellar piano teacher. She is so creative in her techniques in helping kids to learn and enjoy playing music. She makes playing piano fun for my
son-he even asks if he can practice! I work in the early childhood education field and am so impressed with Mary's skills working with my 6 year. She is a natural!
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Suryanshu
"I think my son likes he way of teaching. Lena is a good teacher. First teaching class was awesome."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Ted
"Everything has been great so far!
Very happy with everything. A great experience with the site and the teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Michelle
It is wonderful to see my 10 year old son look forward to his trombone lesson with Chuck W. Chuck is encouraging and supportive of my
son who is a beginner. He is really getting him up to speed on all aspects of his trombone. Chuck is very knowledgeable and has a great rapport with my son. Awesome instructor!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Wanda
My daughter just started to take violin lessons and from the first lesson she learned so much and even learned to play a tune by her seco
nd lesson. She is really loving the violin lessons and excited to reach her goals. He is very patient, knowledgeable and very humble. Looking forward to many more practices to come. Awesome Teacher!! I recommend him for anyone looking for Violin Lessons. He really knows his stuff :)"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Eileen
"David is cool and funny
He is so nice and he plays the drums so well. Patient. Funny. And he makes points clearly."
I have taken piano lessons for the past 17 years and have been teaching for the last 5. While working on my Bachelor of Arts in Music at Willamette University, I decided to give piano lessons during the summer and found it to be an exciting way to connect with new people of all ages, give them a skill that they can use for the rest of their life, and grow as a pianist myself. Now that I have graduated, I am focusing on teaching more full time, and could not be more thrilled about it. Now giving Skype lessons!
*** Lesson Details *** Having had the experience of putting in a lot of practice dur
ing the week, only to be too tense and nervous during my lesson to play well, I try to make my lessons a place where students can feel calm and relaxed. I do this by implementing humor into the lessons, and letting students know that it's not the end of the world if they're hitting a few wrong notes. At the same time, it is important for students to make progress. If a student is not making progress from week to week, it means that they are either playing something too difficult or are not practicing enough. Either way, it is my responsibility to remedy the situation.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to have a piano. While I will not pay for their lesson books, I can buy the book for them as long as I am reimbursed.
*** Specialties *** I incorporate some Alexander technique into my teaching. I've found that a higher body awareness helps people to relax and feel more comfortable. I am most comfortable teaching classical music.
Sandya F. January 29, 2015
Online Verified Student
We are from Melbourne, Australia, and came to Texas not too long ago. Our 12 year old son had us ship his Kurzweil Piano to Texas, wanting to continue with his piano lessons. He then assigned us with the daunting task of finding a teacher just like Joel, his young piano teacher from Melbourne!
Over the months we tried to find him a piano teacher "just like Joel", but it was like finding a needle in a haystack. We tried every avenue possible, but there was no luck. That was when I found TakeLessons on the web, and carefully going through the profiles finally Chad caught my attention. However, he was in Oregon and we were not sure how online lessons would work with our son, as he has only had face-to-face lessons in the comfort of his home. Although skeptical about online learning, we decided to give Chad a try. It has been almost two months now since Nik started lessons with Chad, and we are not only impressed with Chad's teaching style, we are also very pleased with his courteous and calm attitude. We can only hope that our son would want to continue his lessons with Chad for a long time and not only improve his talent but also enjoy piano music. We consider our son to be very fortunate that he found Chad, who I am sure is "just like Joel" if not even better!
Anna Z. November 27, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Great piano teacher
Chad gives piano lesson to my 7 years old daughter. I am very impressed with Chad. Chad gentle, easy going manner makes him extremely well suited to teach piano. Chad is humble, patient, knowledgeable, and organized. He always makes lesson fun and very productive. All in all, my daughter absolutely enjoys playing piano. She is not only learning how to play piano but also developing a love and understanding for music. Thank you so much for being such a great teacher!!!
David Y. November 6, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Chad's great! My 7-year-old son looks forward to his lessons!
My son began piano lessons in July of 2013, not long after his 7th birthday. Chad comes to our home before school on Monday mornings - a terrific convenience to us - and despite the early hour, he is routinely prompt, focused, and affable. Joe looks forward to his lessons. Chad has found a magical balance for succeeding with young students by demonstrating tremendous patience, cultivating a joyous mood, upholding high standards of execution, and fostering in Joe an inner sense of discipline. The pace of Chad's instruction is right in step with Joe's interest and ability such that Joe is drawn to practice through his own initiative - a result attributable in part to the inspiration he receives in his lessons. As a professional music educator myself, I appreciate the emphasis that Chad has placed on music literacy from the very beginning. His choice of lesson materials has been spot on. We're very pleased with our choice of piano teachers for our son through TakeLessons.
Hello everyone! Please have a look around my profile and feel free to contact me. I have taught privately since 2009 and just joined takelessons.com in 2014.
I strongly feel each student needs lesson goals tailored to what he or she wants to take away from music. Getting ready for a college performance degree, making it to state solo contest, surviving band music, or simply discovering the huge scope of music available to us these days are each worthy goals, but require different preparation. I will work with you to figure out where your interests lie and focus on those, first and foremost!
After completing my bachelor's and master's degrees in trumpet performance out in the Midwest, I spent two years living and working in Chicago, IL before returning home to the Portland area in 2013. I have since started a new studio in Beaverton, OR and am taking on new students at this time while maintaining an active teaching schedule with the Southridge High School marching band and Oregon Crusaders drum and bugle corps, as well as performing in the Portland metro area.
Thanks for your time, and happy practicing!
*** Studio Equipment *** I can provide: music stand, method books during lessons, recording equipment for lessons, tuner, metronome
Students should provide: instrument/mouthpiece
*** Specialties *** I have spent most of my playing time on classical (orchestral, chamber, and solo music), but would also welcome students interested in jazz up to an intermediate level, especially if they have an interest in playing lead trumpet.
Hilary July 10, 2015
French Horn ·
James really took his time and explained everything to my daughter who is new to French Horn. He gave her perfect exercises to improve and stay on track until their next lesson.
James G. March 17, 2015
French Horn ·
In studio Verified Student
James teaches our son (13) the horn. He is a true professional in his art and does a fantastic job in teaching it to others. He is knowledgeable in his craft and very patient in laying a solid foundation from which to build on. Our son learned more in his first 30 minute class about how to work on areas that were frustrating him, than the 1.5 years lost in band class. Thank you James for getting our son to start playing with confidence, and best yet enjoying his horn again!
Duncan has studied with Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Ray Mosca ,Roy Brooks, Jim Chapin and many more. A graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Duncan has played with The Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Red Garland, Major Holly, Wilber Ware, Doug Wakins, Barney Kessell, Leroy Vinnegar and many more. I can help you to learn Jazz and other styles with my knowledge and experience. I teach all styles of Drumming. I teach a easy to learn system called "Hands On".
*** Lesson Details *** I am very easy to listen to and show you what to learn. I use the "Hands On" a
pproach, which allows you to learn quickly. Muscle Memory is also used. I will teach you to read and use every bit of information out there. After 3 months you will be a Drummer. After 6 months you will be a pretty good Drummer and so on.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full Gretsch Drum set, Practice Pads,music stands, CD Player and Video Camera,Sticks, Brushes and Mallets
*** Travel Equipment *** At my studio, a full Drum Set, Stereo, Practice Pads, Stick, Brushes, Mallets, CD's
*** Specialties *** I teach all styles. I use the "Hands on " system, which allows the student to learn quickly. I am a Jazz drummer but have played almost every type of music. I also played with The Oscar Peterson Trio and Dizzy Gillespie while in Canada..1990 I recorded Leroy Vinnegars last Album "The last Sessions"
David L. July 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher and I have a lot to learn
Becky S. February 28, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Two thumbs up for Duncan!
I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretches my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)
Music is my life! I started studying at the age of 7 and never looked back. I'm about to graduate with my degree in vocal performance and have already completed my pedagogy requirements. I have 4 years of teaching experience, and 10+ years of performing experience. Currently I primarily perform opera, however I have extensive experience in musical theater, and have performed solo jazz and in vocal jazz ensembles. I am comfortable teaching any of these styles, though of course when it comes to opera younger students will start with art song and other classical styles that are more suited to the
less mature voice.
*** Lesson Details *** I take a very kinesthetic approach to teaching. I have training in body mapping, and find it extremely useful in teaching students from ages 5-100. Along with learning the music of their choice, students will learn the way the parts of their body responsible for singing work. We will develop techniques that promote the health and longevity of the voice, and avoid discomfort and unnecessary tension.
It is equally important to me that students have fun in their lessons. Music is fun, and if you aren't having fun then I'm doing something wrong.
During our first lessons students can expect to discuss what their musical goals are and how we can best accomplish them together. Throughout our time together we will review these goals, update them, and make sure that we are working towards them an effective and efficient manner. These goals can be anything from auditioning for a choir or musical to having lots of fun and finding out all the cool things your voice can do. Singing is a fun, uplifting activity and my lessons reflect that.
I incorporate at least some music theory into lessons, mainly through take home sheets, although we do take some time during lessons. The amount depends on the goals of the student, and previous experience in music. It is important that all musicians, even vocalists, understand the basics of music theory including key signatures and how to read music. The level to which we focus on theory will depend on the needs and goals of the specific student.
I do not use a specific book for teaching. I will provide some sheet music, and will provide easy and affordable (if not totally free) ways for students to get and obtain sheet music and practice sheets. I have a few method books that are incorporated depending on the age, and goals of the student. I do not require students to purchase these we will use them in lessons and if we deem it helpful I will provide electronic copies that students can print out at home.
After 3-6 months students can expect to have met at least some of their goals, and will notice an improvement in their pitch and general musicianship. They should also expect to have learned a couple of songs that will be agreed upon during lessons. The number will again depend on the age and goals of the student, the genre, and the songs themselves.
Lastly I want to emphasize the importance of open communication between student and teacher. My job is to help you reach your goals, and if I'm not doing that then I am not the right teacher for you. While I strive to meet the goals of every student, if at any time you feel that I am not meeting your goals I am happy to discuss that and figure out what the best course of action should be. This is about your musical journey and my ability to guide you in it.
*** Specialties *** -I have had training in musical theater, and jazz styles -I have had extensive training in opera and classical styles -I am willing to teach pop music and have been exposed to the style, but have not done as much performing in it.
Judith E. April 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher. Very knowledgeable and explains skills at the level of the student. She is also easy to talk to and kind.
Judith E. March 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher. I can't believe how much she packed into a 30 minute session. I feel excited about the next lesson.
Katie L. August 20, 2014
Emily is an excellent musician and teacher. You will not be disappointed.
***About Me*** Music is almost more than a passion for me, it's how I hear the world! That guy singing the harmony to the crosswalk jingle? That's me.
Though my love for music began long before I ever picked up an instrument, I began taking guitar lessons at age 10. By age 12 I was writing music and by 13 I played my music at my first talent show with my band. In high school I started studying piano and voice, and performed with the Guitar Program, Jazz Ensemble and Men's Choir. I played solo and with multiple bands, playing rock, acoustic, jazz, rock, metal and classical guitar.
High School I spent a year studying music at University of Oregon. Though I enjoyed my time at U of O, I left the next year and moved to Boston to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring. While at Berklee, I studied with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the country, studying jazz, arranging, contemporary composition, music production, songwriting and more. After graduating I moved to Los Angeles, where I worked on multiple feature films as a composer's assistant, copyist, music editor and music supervisor. After some time in LA, I decided to relocate to Portland and enroll in Berklee's online Masters Certificate in Music Business and Technology, which I completed in 2013.
Currently, I'm an active composer for film, Television and video games. Though you won't see me performing on stage as often, I'm very often performing and recording myself and other performers in my home studio!
Music can be a great hobby or a path to a fulfilling career - either way, it's a lot of fun!
*** Lesson Details *** I teach students of all ages! I'm very easy-going, and I'm more than happy to teach what the students want to learn at their own pace - after all, we're here to learn and have FUN! That being said, I do expect some level of practicing or studying. It's all part of the gig!
During our first lesson, we'll go over what the student's goals are and what styles of music the student is interested in. I use a combination of books, listening, and custom assignments tailored to the student's specific needs.
In the first 3-6 months:
Beginners can expect to have basic knowledge of the instrument and technique, and begin looking at songs incorporate techniques addressed in our lessons.
Intermediate students can expect to address any problematic areas in their technique and begin looking at stretching their understanding of theory and technique into new areas.
I now offer optional lesson "report cards" to students and parents who would like to see how our lessons are progressing!
*** Studio Equipment *** In-Studio lessons take place in a home studio office, complete with full size electric piano, recording equipment and plenty of room for parents to sit in on the lessons! Parking is plentiful for most of the day.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own instrument and copy of lesson material including notes and books. I can provide lesson material while students wait to purchase their own.
*** Specialties *** Basic to Intermediate Piano. Basic to Advanced Guitar Advanced Music Theory and Orchestration. Genres include Contemporary Styles (Pop, Blues, Country, Funk, Rock) Jazz, and Classical
Dawn T. June 17, 2015
Nick is a wonderful piano teacher for our daughter. My husband and I have seen a vast improvement in the quality of her piano skills in comparison to her lessons with her previous teacher. We are equally impressed with how Nick keeps our daughter engaged in the lesson and his patience as she learns new material and techniques. Nick has also been very flexible with our schedule as we have unfortunately had to cancel and reschedule more than once-to his credit he has always been understanding. We highly recommend him!
Matthew B. June 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nick has been an excellent and informative teacher. I'm an older student with a hectic schedule, and he has been more than accommodating. Nick strives to really connect with his students and tailors the experience to their mindset and feelings. I feel stronger as a piano player after every lesson, which is the result I believe most people are looking for.
Denise L. May 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
cut last lesson short then cancelled future lessons via email because we preferred every other week lessons instead of weekly lessons. instructional content good, just poor customer service and interpersonal skills.
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