Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by mina
"andrew is a great teacher
i've been taking bass lessons from andrew for several years and have nothing but great things to say about his teaching abiliti
es. he is organized yet flexible, allowing you to take the lessons the direction you want to take it. he can really connect to the way you think and channel that to advance your skills. my only complaint i don't see him enough, but that's my fault."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Semyon is great! He really knows the music and teaches it very well. If you are considering piano lessons, I highly recommend him."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Karen
Stacey is a wonderful teacher. I was nervous about taking singing lessons and she put me at ease with fun vocal exercises and her warmt
h and sense of humor. The musical education I received from her was excellent."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by India
"A born teacher
Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to musi
c in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Angela
"Chau has been a blessing for our Granddaughter ! She is very knowledgeable and very patient. Aby looks forward to each lesson ! We highly recommend Chau."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Camrenne
"I am the Music Therapist at a school for students with Developmental Disabilities in Chillicothe, Ohio. Ryan visited our school to introduce woodwind inst
ruments to the students and perform a concert as a part of our Performing Arts Enrichment program. He has a very natural and engaging presence that absolutely gripped our students' attention. He taught beautifully structured and energetic group lessons showcasing the history, mechanism, and range of every instrument in the woodwind family as well as gracefully fielded an onslaught of exuberant questions! For a full hour long performance, our students hung on Ryan's every word and every note in a way that the staff had never seen before! It was an absolute pleasure to have Ryan volunteer at our school and share his outstanding passion, excitement, and talent with our students. Months later, staff and students alike are still buzzing about Ryan's presentation! We cannot wait for his return to the school!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Barbara
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Adrienne
"I feel very lucky to have Marcus as a violin teacher! He is a great violinist and has a very thorough way of teaching. He's also a really cool person. I l
ook forward to my lessons and can't wait to see how I progress on violin in the future!"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Ellen
"Timothy is a great teacher. He has the patience to work with those who may be struggling and bring them up to standards. With his years of percussion exp
erience to share and his continued learning of the art he is an inspiration to all. I would highly recommend him to anyone who enjoys music and would like to learn."
I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!
l life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write music for TV, Film, Video Games, and other media outlets and I'm having a blast!
I started teaching 7 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue.
All lessons take place in my fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience through technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows us to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique practice experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual.
Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory) the style teaching will be very different. It's all about YOUR goals and needs. I will get you to where you want to go!
Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!
Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.
*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson. *You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to Write Your Own Songs. *You will be given everything you'll need to succeed.
I have several reference books, videos, and charts; plus I can show you smart phone apps and websites that will help you learn and practice! We will learn songs, write songs, and record songs. I provide jam tracks for all my students to play along too and offer to record their own music for the same purpose. We also keep a running journal that we use each week. This allows the student to look back, see improvement and be encouraged to continue!
Within 6 months you can expect to understand how songs are built (including chords and scales), be able to play several, and feel comfortable with trying your own skills as a songwriter or guitar player.
Let's start playing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Comfortable and fully operational Digital Recording home studio & music room w/ recording capabilities, computer, keyboard, amps, books, videos, various guitars and bass, tons of music to listen to and study, FREE Wifi and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!
*** Specialties *** *Instruments: Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Acoustic styles. *Production: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming. *General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.
I personalize all my lessons for the students needs and interests. I use several different reference materials including: The Ultimate First Guitar Book, The Guitar Handbook, Shredding Guitar, Guitar Solo Strategies, and more. All my students learn theory and how to use it in song play and songwriting. I have them write short songs, record them, and finally use those songs to jam out their scales and use theory.
Ray D. October 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle is a music writer and he can help players of all skill levels become better musicians. He'll take what you know and adapt a personalized lesson for you. Just getting to know Kyle, I can tell he is pationate about teaching music. If you are as passionate about learning and becoming more skilled, Kyle can help you achieve your goals.
Izzy September 28, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Very friendly, Got to know my son and what his interests were for playing Bass as well as what he already had learned. Asked the direction of his music and what he liked. Gave him some basic things to start the juices of music flowing. 2nd lesson was amazing because Kyle started applying what he taught my son as well as jamming with drum beats and guitar to give my son a real feel to playing and learning to apply what he was taught.
Josh W. August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the next week.
IMPORTANT - REGARDING MY AVAILABILITY PLEASE NOTE:
The availability listed on the calendar is NOT my FULL availability. Because I am a full-time teacher AND performer, my schedule flexes throughout the year and the hours listed are a limited window of what I may actually have for you. I am very flexible and try to accommodate everyone. Depending on the time of year, I usually have night hours on two days a week and teach on many Saturday mornings / afternoons as well. Click on the 'Ask George F. A Question' button on the right if you have any questions about availability and/or be sure to
ask your TakeLessons rep about the schedule as you go option when you set up lessons for the first time so we can find a time that works for both of our schedules!
I've been playing and singing music professionally for about 20 years. As a family man and father of two, I also I earn my living and support my family with music. I have a very student-driven teaching style, work with students of all ages, with focus on helping the student achieve his or her individual goals, small or large. I try to keep the lessons fun but focused at the same time.
I bring a balanced and personalized teaching style to my lessons, based on a well rounded education and wide range of real-world life experience. I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and have performance experience on many different fronts, from local rock cover bands to Top 40, from acoustic soloist to fronting a nationally touring Metallica tribute.
I come from a musical family - my father is also a pro musician. The biggest thing I've learned as a teacher of guitar, bass and voice is teaching the instrument has only made me a bigger student. The learning process never ends and that is one of the great things about music.
No matter where you are with the instrument - a beginner picking it up for the first time, or a seasoned pro of 10 years that just needs help "putting it together," I believe I can help you to get wherever you want to go.
Regarding availability - make sure to inquire if you don't see a time open that suits you - I am flexible. I perform 4-6 times a week and teach full time. Flex lessons tend to work very well.
Joe B. February 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor, breaks it down to make sense to those new to music. Has a great selection of songs he can teach.
Tisa M. January 27, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I am a new guitar player and had taken lessons with another instructor for over a year. I didn't feel like I was progressing well and changed instructors. I am glad I did! I have been working with George and he has helped to fix some bad habits that I had learned. My technique is already improved and and I feel like I am finally progressing. He works with me on what I want to work on and incorporates theory that I need to understand. He is personable and I enjoy working with him.
Josh B. January 16, 2016
In home Verified Student
Really appreciated the thoughtful well-designed lesson. George is awesome!
I've taught over 30,000 private music lessons to students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. I've had tremendous success at helping students reach their musical goals and become well rounded musicians. I have an associates degree in liberal arts with a concentration on music and studied privately with several of the best teachers in Buffalo, NY. Additionally, I was in 3 successful bands, played hundreds of shows, made 2 professional recordings and have recorded other artists in my studio...I specialize in teaching beginners and children and have vast experience with both.
n Details *** I try and make the rapport with students comfortable and informal while at the same time constantly pushing them to improve and grow. I strongly encourage all students to work on all aspects of their playing, to become well-rounded musicians and study multiple techniques, genres and music theory.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dining Room is designated for music: amps, guitars, basses, recording equipment, chairs, parents must stay for lessons under 18: comfy and spacious.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need their instrument, tuner, lesson books, notebook and pen. I will provide everything else.
*** Specialties *** I have a well-rounded approach to teaching. I teach a variety of techniques(picking,finger picking, pick and finger technique,improvisation, ear training, chord/melody playing etc.) and a variety of styles.(mainly rock, folk, jazz and blues)
John C. January 3, 2016
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
After my first lesson I can see Eric is ready , willing and quite capable of taking on the challenge to work with me as an adult beginner on the instrument. He took the time to really get a good idea of where my skill level currently is and gave clear instruction on exercises to use in order to build from there. Furthermore, he gives a clear picture of the path the instruction will follow in order to get to the level of playing that I want to achieve.
Eric's personality combined with the spacious home studio setting provides a comfortable atmosphere of learning without distractions.
Not only do I feel Eric will be a good instructor for me but, I will also be scheduling my daughter for lessons with him to learn her third instrument, the guitar. So yes, I do recommend him for lessons!
Tawana J. September 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is a great teacher. He is very patient. He's good with kids. Recommend!
Sashewa G. April 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Eric has been great he has really helped my son already with getting better at playing the guitar and becoming more passionate and active with playing. He is very patient and so far what I have seen great with Kids. My son is very excited to be taking these lessons. Great set up at Eric place for conducting lessons.
Currently a student pursuing my Bachelor's of music at Cleveland State University. An experienced Musician/Pianist with a comprehensive background in performance. More ore than 8 years experience as a soloist, an accompanist and in a variety of ensembles. Proficient in sight-reading new pieces from start to finish with a high degree of accuracy and at tempo.
Mark Liam September 29, 2015
Wonderful teacher, very patient with new comers, and has an awesome sense of humour ! I learnt so much from how to read and play as well as techniques of how to practise on my own. You will not be disappointed at all :) !
I have been teaching privately since 2010, when I accepted a position as a teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University. My responsibilities included teaching private lessons to undergraduate percussion majors and coaching percussion ensembles. I also began teaching students from middle school through high school age around the same time, and my students have since included those of adult age. I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels of experience, as they all bring something unique to their lessons and allow me to bring out the aspects of my personality that will engage th
em best. Private lessons are as much a learning experience for me as they are for the student, as they often force me to put into words what I've always taken for granted and approach problems from multiple perspectives.
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