Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by James
"Exceptional musician. Skilled and patient teacher.
I have been taking weekly guitar lessons with Nick for nearly four months now and it has been all I
hoped for and more. As a recent retiree and amateur musician one of my goals is to rapidly improve my novice guitar skills. I was looking for a teacher who would push me hard but was willing to work with the particular songs and musical questions that I might bring to him each week. I could not be more pleased. Nick is able to immediately bring his knowledge and experience to any material that I bring to a lesson and he uses it as the basis for a wide range of teaching moments – whether it be technique, harmony, or improvisational approach. What I didn't anticipate was the extent to which his holistic, listening (and singing) based approach to playing an instrument has challenged me. Nick is making me a better musician not just a better guitar player. (And it is very helpful that he types out notes on all that we discuss and sends an email following each lesson.)"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by neill
"Laurelanne is a wonderful teacher.
Laurelanne is an amazing teacher. She inspires you to become great by her words of encouragement.
She has a fabulous
voice and teaches you to develop your voice to a whole new level.
I highly recommend Laurelanne for new students."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Andrea
I have been taking violin lessons for about 5 months and Ms. Amanda is a wonderful teacher. I have learned so much from her and really en
joy playing the violin. I joined the orchestra at my school!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Katia
I've been Brian's student for 5 years, and I think that I wouldn't have been able to stay into my lessons if not for having him as my te
acher! Brian is a very capable teacher, and knows how to expand the drumming skills of his students both technically and creatively. His lessons are fun, challenging, and well worth the investment. Brian encouraged me to take my lessons outside of the classroom, and I was able to be in a band with the skills I learned from him; I've been lucky to have unique and exciting experiences, and there's so much to take away from his lessons! Brian teaches rudimentary skills, reading music and playing beats, and drumming along to your favorite music to improve your skills! I highly recommend lessons with Brian for drummers of any level."
Teaching was basically as new for her as violin was for me, which I found surprising; she was good at gaging my proficiency level and working at a pace that suited my needs. Some scheduling issues came up on my end, and she was readily adaptable, and always understanding. I have no doubt that her prowess as an instructor shall only increase. I would recommend her to anyone."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lisa
Ryan has a great knowledge of his craft. Highly educated in his field, he brings talent, history, patience and humor to his Students. It
can be a tedious, learning any instrument, but like fine art practice, makes for new and Better adventures. Thank You Ryan for all you do! You're Awesome :)"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Brittney
"Julia is a great teacher! She really listened and understood my goals. Her curriculum was excellent, and her hard work helped me get where I wanted to be.
She is a very understanding and personable instructor. I recommend Julia as a teacher!"
Memphis, TN teacher:
Review by Paul
"Drew is by far the best teacher I've had so far. As a person, he is extremely kind and down-to-earth. He cares about you as a person and wants to get to k
now more about you. As a teacher, he is very professional and passionate about what he does. Also, unlike most teachers out there, he doesn't just teach you how to play covers of songs, but he really teaches you theory and about the guitar as a whole. He is so knowledgeable about the guitar that he can teach you just about anything. Just tell Drew what you want to learn and he will teach you it. I definitely recommend him!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Rose
"Dana is a great voice teacher. She has an extensive knowledge of music and vocal technique and has helped me improve greatly. She's very patient and has a
lot of experience in her field. I really recommend taking lessons with her you wont regret it!"
Hello students and parents! I look forward to talking to you about how to further your or your child's abilities as a musician. I am a recently graduated Spartan out of the College of Music. I graduated with a Degree of Jazz Studies and currently play throughout the Detroit area, the greater Lansing area, and all of Michigan.
I have been playing guitar for a little over 15 years now and have I am well studied with music theory and different pedagogical approaches to teaching all ages and skill levels. I started off playing classical guitar when I was five and studied under Professor Lee Di
amond at Wayne State University when I was ten years old. I started listening to the Beatles and Led Zepplin when I was about twelve and have played rock shows at "The Modern Exchange" and have headlined "The Blind Pig" in Ann Arbor with my high school band "The Johnny Timbres".
I started playing Jazz guitar at about the same time I started attending Michigan State University four years ago and have had the opportunity to play with amazing musicians such as Rodney Whitaker, Derrick Gardner, Wes Anderson, and Randy Gillespie. I am mostly a freelance musician at the moment but I have played with different groups like "Organissimo" and headlined the Lansing Old Town Jazz Festival with "The Peter Nelson Quintet", The "Sam Copperman Trio", and with Ben Godoshian. I have also worked with Planet D Nonet, RJ Spangler Trio with Duncan McMillan, and with Bill Heid.
I love all types of music and that's why I am influenced by everything! Some guitar players that I like to listen to are Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Mike Einziger. I also love hip-hop and try to freestyle rap whenever I can with friends :-P. I should also mention that I listen to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Rage Against the Machine, Mos Def, Black Star, Streetlight Manifesto, Incubus, Bob Marley, The Meters, and just about anything that I have had the chance to listen to.
I love music and I love sharing what I know with others. Thanks for checking out my profile and I hope to help you grow as a musician anyway I can!
Best Wishes, Matt L.
*** Lesson Details *** All of my students will have lessons that are personalized towards their goals and skill level. If students want to come in and learn the basics to play their favorite songs then I will focus our time in lessons towards chord shapes and learning songs. IF students want to learn more about music theory and improvising then I would probably focus our time more on scales and theoretical concepts on music through books.
I will always push a student to do his or her best, but I am rather laid back and think it is most important that a student is having as much fun as possible working on their craft.
I will print out lesson sheets before each lesson and as we progress through out time together I will assign material for you to work on. I'm not strict on having a students learn something by a deadline, I just want to make sure the resources are there for students to progress.
I will also provide books and materials that I have that I think will help a student reach his or her own goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** GUITARS Peerless Imperial - HollowBody Gibson ES335 - Semi-hollow '94 Fender Stratocaster - American Various Classical Nylon String Guitars
AMPS Fender Vibrolux - 1965 Henrickson Jazz Amp 110W
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide my own instrument and what I need to play it. I will also bring a surplus of books that students and look through. I expect students to have an instrument and an interest to learn and progress.
*** Specialties *** I have been playing guitar for 17 years and have been gigging professionally for 10 years. I have been playing in studios for the past 5 years and have been composing and arranging music for about 3 years.
An experienced piano & voice teacher who has taught hundreds of students in the Lansing/East Lansing area . Ages range from five to adult. I've coached voice students for auditions in school/community musicals. I've coached piano students for music performances in recitals and solo & ensemble festivals. I am also a Registered Music Therapist who has taught simplified piano lessons to students with special cognitive and physical needs. I have taught in students' homes, in my own home and at music stores. I received both a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Michigan State Universi
ty. I am caring, loving and motivating toward my students. I communicate well with people at all levels. I modify music teaching methods to meet each student's level of learning.
*** Lesson Details *** I expect my students to practice daily, bring completed homework assignments in music theory to each lesson, listen carefully and attentively to my instructions, try new techniques, ask questions, and be consistent in attending their lessons each week. I use the Alfred piano methods for children, older learners and adults, along with the Schaum Keynote Speller (Primer and Level One) for beginning piano students. If students are interested in branching off into classical music repertoire, I concentrate on musical selections that they choose from various classical composers. If they are interested in more easy-going, popular music/broadway musical selections, then we concentrate on selections that they choose. For voice students, I use the Estelle Liebling Vocal Course for vocal technique skills; and I allow them to choose songs that they are interested in learning, whether it be popular music, broadway songs, church music, or more formal styles of music. After 3-6 months, the piano students will have learned all the basic skills in reading music, developed finger coordination and sight-reading skills, and advance to a higher level of piano performance. Voice students will have learned all the vocal techniques, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, music theory related to reading music, expressive music techniques, and performance techniques.
*** Studio Equipment *** stand up piano in living room seating for parents
*** Specialties *** Alfred Piano Courses (Children & Adult), Estelle Liebling Vocal Course,
Riko U. May 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She was kind. She was a good player, I like listening to her piano.
Sherry C. March 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Barbara is a great instructor. She's very knowledgeable and patient. She always encourages me even when other people are critical. Her kindness and encouragement have helped me become more confident. My singing has improved significantly, and I've only had five lessons so far. I highly recommend her.
Kylie B. August 6, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I had a great time learning with Barbara these last few months before my Grease Auditions. She helped me develop more confidence in my singing abilities. She accompanies me by playing the piano wonderfully as she helps me through each note and song. I am thankful for my time with Barbara and her caring personality.
I have been playing bass and guitar for over 11 years. I play professionally in the NWOH/MI area, I studied music at Bowling Green State University and got my Bachelors of Music in jazz studies spring of 2012.
I am friendly, outgoing, and passionate about what I do. I love playing music, and I love talking about music!
I tend to work mainly as a "For Hire" bassist with many acts around the area; jazz, blues, rock, etc. In addition to local work I have played with major artists Balawan (Indonesia music star, Sony BMG), Mark Kroos (Touring artist, Guitar Play
er Magazine guitar player of the year), and a gig with grammy winners The New York Voices (GRP Records). I also am the house bassist at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church, I work part time there playing bass in the house band.
In my youth, in Celina, OH. I studied guitar/bass with Matt Speca, a Berklee graduate, and early on he gave me fundamentals that led me to a lot of good things. My next teacher was Mitch Campbell, one of the few jazz guitarists in my small town. He sent me in some advanced directions and taught me about advanced harmony and theory. My next teacher John Fioriello (Eastern University graduate, touring musician) got me prepared for college. At college I studied with renowned bassist Jeff Halsey, guitarist Chris Buzzelli, and NYC recording artist David Bixler. Since graduating I consider all my friends and colleagues my teachers because you always pick things up and you never stop learning.
I love all kinds of music, I love jazz, funk, R&B, blues, rock, reggae, and even classical. Some favorite bands/artists of mine are The Beatles, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Weather Report, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton.... the list goes on & on I hope I can turn you on to some of these artists and I hope you can turn me on to some music you like.
I love sharing the gift of music whether teaching or playing, it's definitely my true love, and my passion. Thank you for visiting my page, I hope you are interested in taking lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** The first lesson I will sit down with you and really figure out what you wanna learn and what you wanna do.
We'll learn plenty of technique, but I like to teach by playing music you like so as soon as we can we'll be playing songs you want to play and songs that I think will help you further your playing. If you want pushed, I will push you, if you wanna lay back and learn songs I will do that. Its what the student wants.
I don't require students to buy any books. I have some books that I may use in lessons, but I won't require you to buy anything although I may make recommendations.
Things you can learn from me: Chord strumming, advanced chords, theory, music notation reading, improvising, soloing, how to play in a band... anything you want to do I will get you where you want to be!
*** Studio Equipment *** Amps, keyboards, drums, stands, I got more then you need!
*** Travel Equipment *** I would only expect the student to have their instrument and notebooks.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, rock, pop, R&B, and most styles. Emphasis on playing by ear and playing with feeling. Emphasis on music theory and understanding what you're playing. Also a big emphasis on learning to have fun.
Layla H. March 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Adam is an excellent instructor. He kept my 9 year old granddaughter motivated from week to week. He made learning "fun" & designed his instruction around the kind of music she is interested in. He kept her challenged with things to practice from week to week. Adam is great with kids and I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to learn or expand their knowledge of guitar. Adam is not only talented, but very personable.
Jennifer W. January 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoyed having Adam as a Ukulele instructor! He was very friendly, professional and accommodating. He went out of his way to find songs for me to learn that were within my ability. I've never played a musical instrument before and he not only taught me the basics of how to play the ukulele, but some fundamental music principals. Adam even took the time to research how to help me fix my ukulele when the supplier I bought it from was no help. He is a very talented musician and is patient with beginners. I would highly recommend Adam if you are looking for a music instructor!
Josh D. May 1, 2013
Talented musician, friendly person
Adam is a very talented musician. He is also a very nice guy. I wasn't very good at guitar, but Adam was very determined to get me playing. I would refer friends to Adam.
Teaching Approach: My passion for music and equal passion for education fuels my energetic approach to music lessons! My curriculum is uniquely catered to each individual student, be it a 5-year old piano student or a 45-year old drum student. I have a hands-on, application-based style to all of my teaching, emphasizing the most important things you need to know to be able to go out and perform on your instrument!
*** Specialties *** Classical, jazz, or contemporary. Experience in jazz, rock, classical, pop, Latin, folk, praise and worship, and country.
Delano M. May 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
John is really good at laying out the fundamentals, and elaborating enough to where even the newest of beginners will understand. He's not a grouchy instructor, so anything he feels you don't quite pick up on will be practice material. Quiet learning atmosphere which is really important. I'd suggest him to anyone looking to learn piano.
Greetings. I've been teaching violin and viola for about four years now. I've taught beginning through advanced students, both kids and adults, on both the violin and viola. With this varied teaching experience, I've had a lots of practice finding the right teaching approach for each individual student. I'm comfortable working out of many different method books, but I've also been working on putting together a method of my own that is designed to quickly give a beginning student the ability to play whatever style of music they want, whether that is classical, folk, bluegrass or even rock a
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