Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Michelle
"Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He i
s very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Aurora
"Elizabeth is the best teacher I could ever have! She has helped me gaining confidence when I started singing in a middle school play and now that I have a
main role in a high school play, her coaching and support have been priceless! She is my compass, guiding me in the right direction! I highly recommend her!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Lucas
"Perry is a talented drummer and teacher who's defiantly been around the block before. However this experience doesn't taint his ability to teach. He's alw
ays open to new things and new ways of explaining something. Perry's goofy personality keeps lessons lively and he always knows the best way to go about learning something. He doesn't push anything and doesn't gloat during lessons like a lot of teachers do. I've known Perry for almost 2 years and am still taking lessons from him. I highly recommend him as a friend and a teacher/drumming mentor."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Alton
"Wow! Just amazing:)
Melody's an amazing teacher that works hard to help you reach your musical goals. And she's in a band, how awesome is that?! Just rem
ember to sing as much as you can. I always run home to immediately apply what I had learned from the days session. Feel right at home with a highly qualified, super dedicated vocal magician haha! Honestly, you'll feel like it's magic when she helps you discover the voice in you."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Alvarez
"Gained more confidence since my first lesson
Shelly is a wonderful vocal coach. We always have a lot of fun and I always look forward to my lessons. She
helps me feel more confident about singing in front of people. Because of Shelly, my singing has made a big improvement since last year. She is an amazing teacher and I am lucky to have her as my coach."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lisa Altenbach
"Ok ...I am the mom paying for the lessons and I can say we get our moneys worth! Dan is a talented musician and a great teacher. He is patient with the ki
ds and flexible with time . Always willing to make up lessons or change out times. The songs he teaches are enjoyable to listen to and the kids have done well . The recital was at the library , very casual and low stress for the kids and parents. Dan worked with each student on an individual basis to improve their performance. Thanks Dan!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Richard
"Thaddeus is an extremely knowledgable and personable instructor who gives clear and methodic instructions. I learned a lot from my time with him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Roe
"Miss Yoo is an incredible teacher. My son has been taking lessons for 7 years and has truly excelled under her inscruction. He is benefitting greatly fro
m her experience as a performer and most importantly he loves his lessons. I highly recommend."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Eleanore
"Marlow is a fantastic young man. He was able to diagnose my limitations and work around them, as well as help me work on them. He knew where I was coming
from without my ever having to tell him, and whenever an issue came up, he helped me through it by explaining things in a very professional way. I highly recommend Marlow as a teacher"
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Good with children
Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
Valorie M. May 7, 2013
Piano Verified Student
gabrielle is patient and uses positive reinforcement when teaching my grandaughter
I am a professional performing Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with 25+ years experience playing and teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and spent 6 years performing in NYC with various groups and ensembles. I have studied and teach Classical guitar, Theory from both a classical and Jazz view point, Composition/Arrangement, Counterpoint and performance techniques such as repertoire building and maintenance.
*** Lesson Details *** I will tailor the lesson toward you goals..... It's all about mak
ing music and having fun....
For beginning students we will begin with chromatic exercises to start building hand dexterity and comfort with the guitar as well as working out of Mel Bay's guitar method book 1 for note reading, or straight into chords and strum patterns. Intermediate students will be evaluated based on goals and will be given supplementary material to build repertoire of tunes in the style of your choosing....
If you choose I can delve into Theory, Improvisation, Composition or any of the other more advanced concepts to take you as far as you want to go and meet all your goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dining Room, excellent acoustics, office has computer for lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have own guitar and provide chairs, music stand, metronomes and guitar tuners. Access to computer is helpful but not required.....
*** Specialties *** beginning to advanced guitar..all styles....improvisation.....jazz .... beginning classical.... rock, country, bluegrass performance including singing.... I try to get the student having fun playing music as soon as possible.... Students achieving success playing and (hopefully singing) songs that they like and are excited about is my goal.... building and maintaining a performable repertoire......
ChuckC May 10, 2012
John is an excellent teacher. He is obviously extremely knowledgable about music in general and the guitar in particular.He combines patience with high expectations of his pupils (at least this pupil).Very encouraging.I recommend him highly!
BrianH1 April 30, 2012
Patient and knowledgeable
John has been teaching my 9 year old daughter for several months now and I am extremely impressed with his knowledge and patience. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and practicing comes much easier and regular with John's laid back approach. I highly recommend John to anyone looking to take any level of guitar lessons.
JeremyR March 26, 2012
Very patient. Great motivator. Excellent delivery of instruction and material. John makes learning guitar FUN!
I am a professional percussionist and recording engineer with a Bachelors in Music Technology from Duquesne University. I have been playing for 14 years and am versed in in many drumming styles including rock, funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. As a recording engineer I have recorded every genre from classical to metal. I cover everything from sound theory and physics to hands on application.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginning lessons involve the rudimentary study of rhythm and their application to drumming as a whole. Building a sense of independence in each hand so that both are equally a
s comfortable and strong will be emphasized. From their students will learn the intricacies of the drumset and develop a sense of interdependence between their limbs. I will start the student with a general overview of all the different styles and as they progress we will focus in on their preferred style. A strong emphasis will be placed on how to play with other musicians and I will accompany the student on either piano or guitar.
For recording and music technology students, beginners will start with a broad overview of what studies encompasses these fields. From their we will focus in on the students topic of choice and begin with practical application to get students working with the tools and technology available to them. Afterwards, we will move into more advanced studies including sound theory, physics, digital formats, etc.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Room: computer work station for recording, drum set and percussion instruments, parents can sit in lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** -I provide sticks, other small percussion instruments -students should provide their own primary instrument in case of large instruments
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I cover all genres and styles for percussion/drums and can work with any recording/music technology hardware/software setup.
Lori and Shawn S. July 2, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mike has been awesome at teaching my 7 year old son for the past 2 years. He is very patient and able to provide direction for even the entry level student. Mike has been able to keep my son interested and excited about learning new songs and improving each week.
LauraT May 22, 2012
Michael is an extremely competent and intelligent teacher. He was able to quickly assess my skill level and provide instruction accordingly. His knowledge of sound production technology is impressive. Michael is easy to understand and a great teacher.
ArjunV April 2, 2011
Patient and Systematic
Mike is an awesome instructor. He was very patient with me and systematically took me through the basics of hand-drumming. I am looking forward to practicing more and making enough progress to impress Mike the next time we meet up!
I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.
I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or auditi
*** Lesson Details *** I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student.
I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents.
The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music.
*** Specialties *** Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.
Angela R. June 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patient teacher for a young beginner. Cory knows how to teach a young kid.
Matthew X. April 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very patient teacher.
Barry S. November 27, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
great and very helpful teacher. his willingness to listen to your ideas is wonderful! couldn't have asked for a better teacher to learn from! grt job!
My name is Amy and I am a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelors Degree in Music. I studied Music Therapy and have experience working with kids, older adults, developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have been singing for 10 years, playing guitar for 9 years, and piano for 6 years. I have a passion for music and love sharing the love of music with others. All skill levels, learning styles and styles of music are welcome: classical, country, pop, rock, oldies, blues, etc. Whatever you like, we will play it! If you are a beginner, or have played before, I will as
sess where you are and start from there. Learn everything from basic fundamentals, locating notes on staff, building chords, identifying key signatures, scales and ear tunes, to complicated music theory concepts. I hope you choose me to help you begin your journey and love for music!
Studio Equipment: Living room with a upright piano and seating area for parents.
Travel Equipment: I would expect them to have a piano and a guitar at home.
Natalie T. June 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amy was great with my daughters. They are very excited for their next visit!
Judy W. June 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amy is a very patient teacher and I am enjoying our time together. If she has the same amount or confidence in the rest of her student as she has in me, then I'm sure all her students will learn successfully.
Dustin G. April 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amy was great and she is very flexible with her schedule which is nice. It was as good as a first lesson can be...now it's up to me to practice so she will have something to improve upon for next week!
In the past decade, with the popularity of shows like "The Sing-Off" and hit movies like "Pitch Perfect", a cappella groups have found their heyday. Once relegated to college campuses, many a cappella groups have also gained momentum with the help of the YouTube era. Musicians are going viral for creative covers, and fans are devouring these videos! If a cappella interests you -- or if you simply want to check out some creative tunes -- here are five covers to brighten your day (and maybe inspi …
5 Brilliant A Cappella Covers to Brighten Your Day
In the past decade, with the popularity of shows like "The Sing-Off" and hit movies like "Pitch Perfect", a cappella groups have found their heyday. Once relegated to college campuses, many a cappella groups have also gained momentum with the help of the YouTube era. Musicians are going viral for creative covers, and fans are devouring these videos! If a cappella interests you -- or if you simply want to check out some creative tunes -- here are five covers to brighten your day (and maybe inspi
A Little Bit of Country: Easy Classic Country Songs for Guitarists
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Willie Nelson, one of my favorite songwrit
Blues Guitar Basics: How to Play a Blues Shuffle
Ready to learn to play blues guitar? This lesson from guitar teacher James W. is the perfect place to start...
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10 Guitar Exercises and Tips for Building Muscle Memory
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1. Understand muscle memory
Every instrument player uses muscle memory. Every day activities like driving, riding a bicycle, and even typing this article, are easier because of muscle memory. Remember to continue slow, correct, and meaningful practic
6 Great Holiday Gifts for Piano Players
Need a gift for the piano player in your life? Here are six great ideas from St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. that are sure to make him or her happy..
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