Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Daniel
"Perfect teacher for the passionate student
I've been taking lessons with Daniel for a few months now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed and grew from each le
sson. If you're serious about making music for fun or professionally, he's the teacher for you.
What I like most is how he creates a beneficial and serious learning environment that's still incredibly fun and positive. After a few lessons we were already playing songs together, and he's taught me a more effective way to practice on my own, which was a major problem for me.
As soon as you meet Daniel, you can tell how passionate he is about his craft, and if you display your own passion for music, you will work great together, and you WILL progress. I highly recommend him!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by iona
"she has made my desire to play the violin better and more . I feel excited happy and glad she is my teacher every time I leave a lesson . I feel I m lear
ning and being confident at the same time THANKS ELICIA"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jean
"Justin has been doing private voice and piano lessons with my children for over 3 years. He is FABULOUS. He has just the right tone with my children (ag
e 8-10)- serious about the music but fun and engaging at the same time. He is reliable, prepared, talented, and takes so much interest in my children's progress. We are so thrilled that he has such a fantastic opportunity in Tallahassee but are very sad to lose him from Miami."
Tallahassee, FL teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"A wonderful experience
My daughter is 14 years old, is on the lower end of intermediate ability for piano and has a background in clarinet. Kelvin was wo
nderful. A great all around teacher. From technique to conveying confidence to teaching you how to convey your emotion through your music, Kelvin does it all. What a wonderful teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Cameron
"Steve has been great so far. His skills are up-to-snuff and his manner is perfect for a young child with a wild imagination. But more importantly, Steve c
ommunicates very well and is on time. This may seem like small stuff but it's uncommon in the private music instruction realm."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Damon
"As fun as she is professional!
I took flute lessons with Hilary during my senior year at NYU. I had never played flute before in my life, but I had gotte
n one as a gift and decided I might as well try and learn. I was very lucky to have chosen Hilary as my teacher!
I had taken music lessons in varying instruments every single semester while at NYU, and Hilary was easily the most memorable and enjoyable teacher I had. While most of my music teachers made our lessons seem like another class, Hilary's passion, excitement, and humor made learning the flute a fun adventure that I looked forward to each week.
In our first lesson, she was able to show me exercises and techniques that got me further in my flute playing than months of trying to teach myself online. In just a few weeks, I knew more than I was expecting to by the end of the whole semester, and I was rewarded by being able to play short but beautiful flute music.
If there was ever a time when I was having trouble with a particular concept or technique, Hilary was always able to either clarify it for me, or explain it in an alternate way until I got it. If I ever had any questions - and I had a lot of them - she was always able to answer them.
I not only learned a lot about the flute, but I had fun while doing it, which for me is the best way to learn an instrument. If you are considering taking flute lessons, I highly recommend you take them with Hilary!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Payal
"Learnt in a month
He is an excellent teacher reliable and focused. He can handle kids well. He is patient with them. I would recommend him to anybody loo
king for a good piano teacher."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Sonya
"A Superb Colleague!
"Anthony is a fantastic colleague of mine and has a deep passion and desire for teaching - it is very exciting to see how dedicated h
e is. I am always amazed at his insatiable curiosity and thirst to understand the voice. He is a force to be reckoned with! He is a fantastic colleague of mine and any student that is seeking to train with him is in great hands!""
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jody
"Very good teacher! Very responsible and know how to encourage kids doing well."
Christina has played piano since the age of 3! She was given a piano for Christmas and never looked back. She has taken private lessons starting at age 6 and went on to the prestigious Ithaca College to major in Piano Performance. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. Although her plan was originally to travel the world performing, she decided that her passion was teaching the joy of music to others, and has made that her life. Christina has 15 years of teaching experience in professional music studios in NJ. She began at Elisabeth's School of Piano, w
hich has now grown into the Ringwood School of Music. She now teaches at Garden Street Music in Hoboken, Espressivo Piano in Livingston, and Finger Power Music in Edgewater. She teaches lessons to all ages and levels from beginner to professional. She can teach all styles, but specializes in classical. She follows a tried and true method of teaching including scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, as well as incorporating lesson, theory, and solo/fun books to ensure that her students have a well-rounded music education. Above all, Christina makes learning fun. She makes sure that her students are happy with what they are learning and gives them a choice as to what pieces/songs they would like to learn to accomplish their lessons. She makes lessons especially fun for younger children by bringing stickers and fun projects to lessons to encourage their progress. Christina has also extended experience working with children through accompanying for choirs and musicals. Christina is a fun teacher who makes learning how to play piano easy.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun teacher and easy to work with, while also making sure that we cover a certain amount of learning material in each lesson. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work. I also make each lesson fun! I like to give students a choice of what song they would like to learn as their "fun song" while also working on "learning material" crucial to their musical education. I use stickers for the younger students for extra motivation, and allow each student to work up to his or her own ability. I encourage them to be the best they can be, without putting too much pressure on them. Above all, I make sure that the learning experience remains fun and relaxed. Each student learns at his or her own pace and I make sure that each student works up to their ability. Generally speaking, after 3-6 months of working with me as their piano teacher, a student will know the basics of hand placement on the keyboard, reading music, note naming and recognition, and be able to read and play music at a simple level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Yamaha keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys that plays and feels exactly like a piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard available for lessons and for practicing in between lessons at their home.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, but have experience in and can teach all genres. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work.
Ehsan E. April 16, 2015
Christina is one of the most talented piano teachers in New York Metro area and NJ. Her understanding of music theory as well as piano are just outstanding.
If you are looking for someone with high patience in teaching, she is the one.
John P. November 13, 2014
In home Verified Student
While I have only had 3 lessons thus far with Christina, I can say with confidence that she is an outstanding instructor. She inquires as to how you learn, what style of teaching best works for the student, and what it is we want to learn, rather than a rigid lesson plan. That is not to say that she does not expect effort, practice & a desire to learn from her students, or that she doesn't have a lesson plan. She builds what I believe is a sound foundation for her beginner students by teaching us to read music and going note by note, chord by chord until it's done correctly. She is also very encouraging. Her ability to play all genre's of piano music is a huge asset as well. I would highly recommend her to students of all ages and abilities .
Helen A. August 16, 2014
Christina is amazing! My son is autistic so it was a challenge to handle him, but Christina was able to do it and he loves his music lessons. Great teacher, very professional and creative.
Hi! My name is Marni and I am an accomplished vocalist and Voice teacher who has traveled the world to perfect my craft. I have a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Master's Degree in Education and have performed on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Canterbury Cathedral an Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. For more than ten years, I have taught both in private voice studios and have instructed students in public schools as well and am a certified Educator in the state of New Jersey.
I teach students of ALL AGES to sing with correct vocal technique includ
ing breath support, tone, pitch, posture and more! The "Bel Canto" style of singing is taught in all cases no matter what style of music. This means that the voice should be free from tension, stress and strain! Learn to sing Rock, Jazz, Classical, Broadway/Musical Theater and any other vocal style!
Many, many of my students have gone on to place in the renowned Bergen County, North Jersey Regional, and All State Choruses and consistently receive leading roles in school, community, and regional theater productions! I also have current and past students who have gone on to have roles on Broadway including an upcoming production of Annie! I've also had students who have gone on to have their rock and heavy metal bands place in local and regional band competitions and be signed!
Whether you want to learn how to sing Karaoke better, audition for American Idol, prepare for auditions, or really seriously work on your vocal technique, i'm the teacher for you!
*** Lesson Details *** Our lessons will be filled with music, support, encouragement and success! I teach to the whole student and we will get to know one another well so I can tailor your lesson specifically to your needs, goals and dreams! By taking lessons, you are taking an amazing step to improve not only your skills as a performer but also your self esteem! When you become better at an instrument or your voice improves so will your outlook! Its a natural fit!
Within 3-6 months, you'll have learned many standard warm-ups and vocalises that you can have in your back pocket for any opportunity that comes your way. If you are a singer, you will have learned how to breathe correctly for singing and implemented great technique into the style music of your choice. You will also have learned quite a few songs, starting from simple to more advanced as we go along!
For the beginner piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales. We will work on finger position and learn basic tunes starting with one hand at a time. soon you'll be learning how to play simple songs with both hands and accompany yourself as you sing along!
For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, relaxation and getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to perform a song with great diction and presence! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard!
All of my current students will say that they enjoy our lessons because each one is tailored to the individual and their goals. Its a wonderful and exciting journey that we embark upon together! I love seeing my students progress and learn over the course of our time together!
I encourage all of my students to get out and perform and i'm ALWAYS looking for opportunities for my students to do just that (unpaid AND paid!). Since music is a performing art I try to schedule two recitals a year with my students. These recitals are completely optional (but encouraged!) and take place in a local church hall or other performing space. They are done is a low stress and fun way ...and afterwards, i always provide some sweet treats for the parents and students that attend! Its a super fun way to display how hard my students have been working! Each student leaves the recital with their name and piece in a printed program and a certificate!
My studio is located in a safe, family home on a quiet street with ample street parking. The home is a smoke-free environment. We have a cute little Shih Tzu but not to worry if you have any allergies. He stays in his house downstairs and away from the studio and he never enters the studio room.
Let's make some music!
*** Studio Equipment *** second floor up stairs, bathroom, desk, f/w keyboard seating for parents, method books, music stand
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide any necessary music books, pitch pipe, and possibly music stand. Student must have a keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in the Bel Canto style of voice teaching. This means an easy and fluid voice that can be applied to ANY STYLE of music! Whether you want to sing pop, rock, musical theater, classical/opera I will help you to perfect your style and technique!
Colleen M. February 9, 2014
Singing Verified Student
A great experience!
I highly recommend Marni for voice lessons. She is an extremely talented teacher in both the mechanics and creative aspects of singing. Often, she explains concepts to me in a visual manner because it is familiar to me (I have experience in visual art). I'm amazed at how much I've improved my vocal range/quality in a short time, and how much more comfortable I feel when I sing (both physical comfort and improved confidence). Marni is a gifted artist who will help you find your unique singing voice.
Sally G. February 6, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Marni is a great teacher and helps you feel more comfortable with singing in front of people. She helps with cite reading and makes you feel at ease with new music. She always gives you various options of music to choose from and gives good advice and tips. Overall, Marni is a great teacher and makes you a better musician.
Marni G. January 30, 2014
Loved working with Marni. She has been my voice teacher for years and i've learned so much, gained confidence and gotten roles in school plays and competitions.
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University. I believe, within al
l of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning. My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song. Acting As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on. Creative and Lyric Writing I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.
*** Studio Equipment *** home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents -practice studio seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
Emma R. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great teacher! Amy is very experienced with kids and knows how to interact very well with my five year old. She has control of the lesson and most importantly my daughter loves going to her class.
Richard G. October 7, 2014
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
PaulG1 May 13, 2012
i could not have BUILT a better teacher/coach. Intuitive, intelligent, knows her subject & knows how to share what she knows.
Shellen L. teaches voice, acting, musical theatre, and song performance to professionals and aspiring professionals for stage, screen, and recordings, and has taught and performed at a number of colleges and professional and private schools, most notably Bennington College, her alma mater, where she was a guest artist in the Black Music Division for Bill Dixon. She has coached actors in starring roles in theatre and on television, and for auditions in all media. As a teaching artist, she has not only developed and taught programs for schools, but worked as a consultant and professional develop
er for a number of institutions, including Teachers College, Marymount Manhattan College, Lincoln Center Institute, and Nashville Institute for the Arts.
Donna S. March 17, 2015
Studying with Shellen Lubin is a holistic experience and definitely not just about the voice. Each lesson was a life lesson for me and even though I have not had a face-to-face lesson for several years now, I continue to learn from Shellen. My experience is that she is the gift that keeps on giving. Shellen provided me with the necessary tools to improve vocally in music, in speaking and in presentation and as I have continued to practice with those tools, I find my voice getting stronger and more flexible than when I was studying with her in person. Additionally, I find I am becoming more of the person/performer she was endeavoring to expose in our sessions.
I would encourage anyone who is willing to be open and receptive to indeed study with Shellen. You will find there is more in you to bring to the stage (and the world) than you ever thought possible, and you will receive “food” that will nourish and enrich your life for years to come.
Judy C. March 10, 2015
Shellen Lubin is the strongest vocal teacher it has ever been my pleasure to work with. Her years of successful teaching and volume of satisfied students are a testament to her abilities and professionalism. She is wonderful at diagnosing vocal issues and then consistently supportively working through them, without a hint of judgment or impatience. I would highly recommend her to anyone at any stage of training who is seeking to improve their technique in a friendly safe environment. She is also a terrific coach, directing character, text, subtext, and story in song so well. When I have taken her workshops, I have been so impressed how well all her students present their material, professionals, aspiring professionals, and non-professionals.
Frances M. March 10, 2015
After only two lessons with Shellen Lubin, I have realized the benefits of professional vocal training. She provides practical exercises that can be done any where at any time; in addition, she is extremely supportive and prepares meticulous individualized exercises to do between lessons.
I highly recommend Shellen to anyone who’s been singing professionally and also to those fearful vocalists (like me) out there who want to overcome that obstacle. Shellen’s knowledgeable, supportive, super-warm style puts you at ease and gives you the confidence to sing with joy!
Education goals: I believe students, no matter the age, background, or means, can achieve great music making and enjoy a fun and satisfactory journey doing so. I am experienced in using Suzuki, Indiana String Pedagogy, some Kodaly, and my own method, to foster this learning. I have been teaching children ages 5-18, and adult students, for almost ten years now. Working at Fairview Elementary gave me a great introduction to group teaching in a classroom, which I hope to soon be able to build upon. I also have experience tutoring college students at the Oberlin Conservatory in music theory,
ear training, and German. Teaching truly is a life-long passion of mine.
BIOGRAPHY: Augusta is an emerging classical and baroque violinist, performing internationally as both soloist and orchestral musician. She was winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition, and semifinalist in the 2014 Musica Antiqua International Competition in Bruges, Belgium. Augusta holds a B.M. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a M.M. degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She will begin studies at The Juilliard School in the Fall of 2015 for baroque violin, as proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Recent highlights include a performance as chamber musician with members of the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Fire, in their Bach Family Frolic concert series in January 2015. In the 2015-2016 season, Augusta will perform as concerto soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, with the Bach A minor Violin Concerto. Augusta performs as an apprentice with Apollo's Fire and is a substitute violinist with Boston Baroque. She has collaborated on stage with members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra during their Winter Institute, and was invited to play in a Tafelmusik masterclass for renowned violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch. On modern violin she has worked under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, James Gaffigan, David Zinman, and Robert Spano. Augusta holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in violin performance, with a minor in historical performance, graduating at age 19 with honors (Pi Kappa Lambda Society). Her principal teachers were Milan Vitek (modern violin) and Marilyn McDonald (baroque violin). She currently is pursuing her Masters of Music in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Alexander Kerr and Stanley Ritchie. She spent an exchange semester in 2011-12 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with Johannes Leertouwer and Sophie Gent. She began her violin studies at the age of three with the Suzuki Violin School Method, continuing her studies in Moscow, Russia at the age of 12 with Zoya Makhtina of the Moscow Central Special Music School. Throughout her childhood, Augusta studied privately with Gregory Fulkerson and Almita and Roland Vamos. Her related teaching coursework includes classes at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, in pedagogy. She has studied string pedagogy methods with Mimi Zweig and Joanne Erwin. Augusta has extensive experience teaching students of all ages, in both private and group settings. She uses a combination of her own method, Suzuki, and String Pedagogy IU.
Shay M. August 20, 2015
Online Verified Student
Fabulous! My daughter really enjoyed it. I look forward to her next session.
Yen H. August 20, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Augusta is one of the best piano teachers I ever had. Very patient and very well educated. She knows how to identify problems and is able to explain things well. You won't regret taking lessons from her. :)
Jonathan August 18, 2015
Augusta taught violin to my 7 year old daughter for a semester through the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. As my daughter took lessons for three years, we had many teachers, but Augusta was the very best. She so naturally connected with my daugher and brought out the very best of her abilities. Augusta possesses the two necessary traits of an exceptional teacher that can't be learned but must be in one's heart - passion for subject matter and love of one's students. Augusta embodies these traits and so much more.
I recommend Augusta without reservation and wish her the very best of luck!
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