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Review by Lana
"Amazing Violin teacher!
Sonia is an amazing violin teacher. She has taught our 6 year old son violin for a year. She is talented, very patient, encouragi
ng, and really wonderful with kids. I have been really impressed by her teaching style. She teaches violin technique and reading music in a serious but fun and stress-free way. She strikes just the right balance. Thanks to her, our son has developed a true love of music and the violin, and has had a wonderful time in the process. We feel lucky that our son will continue his study of violin with Sonia."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Steven
Lianhua has been a great teacher, and I couldn't recommend her enough. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I'm entering m
y second month of lessons and I'm very happy with my progress. She cares and connects well with students, and makes lessons fun! She also gives me exercises to practice at home, which has helped me improve quickly. I'm always looking forward to my next piano lesson with Lianhua :)"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Elham
I started learning piano with her and she is really a good teacher."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Angelique
"Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner
, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!"
Janesville, WI teacher:
Review by Uriel
"I challenged Josh with a specific goal: to learn how to sing a cover specific song with playback for a surprise proposal to my girlfriend. I took 5 lesson
s within which he taught me some voice warm-ups, gracefully insisted on catching the right key, on correct breathing and on stressing the right vowels. Gradually, I as I was practicing with his instruction in mind, I noticed myself improving. I feel that his comments and modifications made a considerable impact on my performance, and this was an integral part of the success to my surprise.
I highly recommend Josh as a singing teacher!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Shawday
"Excellent Voice Teacher
Mayumi is such an AMAZING Voice teacher, I'm learning so much about my voice , things I didn't even recognize . She makes me feel
so comfortable and I just enjoy coming to lesson every Thursday just so I can learn a new lesson and start practicing when I get home. She is definitely helping me prepare for my upcoming audition for a performing art college called American Musical Dramatics Academy in New York City and I can't Thank her enough for her help. She is the best Voice teacher !!!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Liza
"Paul is patient and encouraging. It's been a fun experience and I'm really glad I signed up with lessons from him!"
Portland, ME teacher:
Review by Kevin
"I've taken guitar lessons with a few instructors in the past, but was mostly a self-taught guitarist. Some teachers were more helpful than others, but non
e of them managed to help me break through my "plateau" due to some very basic playing mistakes I was making.
Within a few months of taking lessons with Drew, I was improving much faster than ever before. I think I made more progress in three months than in 10 years! Why? Because Drew pinpointed all of my biggest problem areas within 15 minutes of my first lesson and created personalized practice and lesson plans to help me fix them.
I had problems with strumming, so he created strumming exercises and showed me how to practice them effectively. I can't stress enough how much more helpful that was than any previous instructor's methods.
Not only was Drew the most effective instructor I've had, he was also the best value. He gives you an hour of time for the same price that most people give 30 minutes and offers slightly lower rates when you buy four lessons at a time.
Lastly, Drew is patient. He wants you to enjoy playing and he knows that music is a hobby for many people. You will never be waiting on him to help you get better, because he always seems to be one step ahead with methods for improving your playing. He stresses the importance of practice, but he won't be offended if you have a busy week.
In short, Drew loves playing and teaching guitar and he's great at both. If you're looking for lessons in the Koreatown area (or anywhere else around LA, honestly), give Drew a chance. You definitely won't be disappointed. Highly recommended."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Fen
"I've been coming to Maria for violin lessons for almost a year and a half and she is the best thing that could ever have happened to me! She is a true mus
ician and a very good coach, with a perfect balance of patience, pushing me to do my best, and working with me to find technique solutions that work best for me specifically. She is also kind and cheerful and an absolute joy to be around, and has worked with me on voice and music theory when I needed that as well. I would never go to anyone else for violin lessons and I highly recommend her."
I started playing clarinet in the school band at age six. My father was a musician, and he thought that playing in the school band would help me overcome my extreme shyness. I remember my first music lesson. I really liked my teacher. He came to my house, and he helped me to care for my clarinet and make some sounds on it. I thought playing the clarinet was wonderful. Once in awhile my mom would have to urge me to practice, but I was so drawn to playing the clarinet from the start that I would practice a lot on my own.
I was the youngest member of the grade school band, but my music l
essons helped me to keep up with the older kids. I had found a niche, and my niche helped me open up to other students in school and make friends.
I participated in band programs through middle school and high school. In middle school I began studying saxophone and flute so I could play in the jazz band. As a high school junior and senior I also got the opportunity to play in the Denver University Concert Band, and I was first chair clarinet in Colorado All-State Band and Orchestra.
I attended the University of Denver on a swimming scholarship as an Accounting Major and Music Minor. I was first clarinet in the 1st Infantry Army Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland and then I toured Europe as first chair flute in the 3rd Army Band based in Wurzburg, Germany. I was honorably discharged after a three year tour. I returned to the states and enrolled in Metropolitan State College as a Music Performance Major.
I started teaching and playing professionally during college and have done so ever since. In the course of my career I have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on clarinet and saxophone, on second clarinet with the Central City Opera, and as a soloist for the Littleton and Jefferson Symphony Orchestras on clarinet and saxophone. I have performed on woodwinds for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Denver Municipal Band. I have played shows at the Boulder Dinner Theater, the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Littleton Town Hall Center for the Arts, the Schwayder Theater, and the new Lone Tree Center for the Arts and with PHAMLY (the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) and Magic Moments.
I have played professionally many styles of music (jazz, blues, pop, ethnic, klezmer, polkas) for clubs, parties, weddings, and concerts with the Benny Goodman Band, Tommy Dorsey Band, Jay Wieder Dance Orchestra, Moments Notice, Rave Reviews, and Ad Hoc Entertainment in big band, quartet, trio and duo settings.
I have been featured on many CDs for such artists as Mary Stribling, Georgeann Low, Neil Haverstick, Big Junior, Scott Smith, Martha Yordy and Ben Cohen.
I also perform concerts and record with Combo Amazo, a band that plays original jazz, blues, bluegrass, and klezmer. We were featured on the several NPR radio shows including E-town with Richie Havens. I lead a strolling duo on clarinet with guitar that played in the Denver International Airport Concert Series for 20 years and is available for any event.
I decided to teach because I wanted to share the enthusiasm and joy I have for music with students. I feel passionate about helping develop a child’s talents as a musician. I relate to well kids and can provide an atmosphere where kids are motivated to learn. I also enjoy teaching adults.
I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I have given clinics at many local high schools. I would love to share my skills and expertise with students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am patient and somewhat laid back. I help the student build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I want to help you meet goals that we set together. I give weekly assignments and use a variety of method books and other materials to provide what the student requires. You are unique and special my goal is to help YOU succeed with your musical goals. I am there to motivate you and make your lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience. I like to laugh.
*** Specialties *** General teaching philosophy I help my students build good fundamentals. I customize lessons to define and reach realistic goals and address students’ school band needs or other musical activities. I respect students’ other interests and pursuits. I am an experienced professional musician well versed in woodwinds and a variety of styles. I can offer students a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. I can teach all levels from a young beginner to an adult professional. I can offer individual or group instruction.
I play and teach all types of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and recorders. I play and teach baroque flute and Electric Wind Instrument (EWI) to cover double reeds or any other sound you might need. I use high quality Yamaha and Roland synthesizers for my patches.
Tracy L. May 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, making lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him.
Cynthia R. August 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimenting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!
Stephanie O. August 3, 2013
Saxophone Verified Student
Harry G. is an excellent saxophone teacher with a wide range of knowledge. He is pleasant and engaging and has made learning a second instrument for my 10 year old son FUN! Luke is already playing duets with Harry after only 1 month of lessons! I can't recommend Harry G. enough!!
I love to teach music and I live to help my students learn about the joys that being a musician can bring. If you are looking for a piano or voice instructor or a theory teacher who is passionate about music and about teaching, then I am that person. I work to help my students achieve the best possible results in his or her lessons while still having fun.
I have a Master's of Education from Regis University and a Bachelor's of Arts in Piano Performance from Western State College. I have taught piano lessons for 12 years and voice lessons for 3 years. I am constantly looking for new ways
to incorporate music into my life and into my students' lives and to help maximize everyone's learning experiences.
*** Lesson Details *** I use a fairly traditional classical approach in the use of literature and materials, but I also prefer to take into account student learning styles and preferences. I understand that everyone learns in different ways and has different interests, so along with using the classical literature, I try to incorporate student interests and learning styles. I do expect students to follow my rules and procedures during lessons and practice times, and these are all common sense, such as be respectful and be on time, etc. I also expect students to practice regularly. I will find a way to make practice time fun and interesting for all of my students. I do expect all of my students to make adequate progress, and within 6 months they will most likely be progressing to either a Primer B or Grade 1. (All students start at Primer A, which is the most basic level, unless they have had prior experience). Otherwise, I expect students with prior experience to progress have a level every 6 months.
Piano lessons focus on using a combination of technique, theory worksheets, and performance/practice songs. This helps students to have a varied approach and it also addresses all aspects of musicality, as well as incorporating multiple learning styles. I prefer for students to begin with the Thompson series and to progress through that series while also working on level appropriate solo pieces.
Voice lessons focus on beginner technique, pronunciation and enunciation, breath technique, and English pieces to start. As students progress, they may work through Italian opera and operetta, German lieder, and other more challenging songs. The foreign series includes work on foreign pronunciation and operatic singing. If a student chooses, they may also focus on a more folk-based approach than the traditional operatic approach.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room: piano, sheet music, metronome, pencils.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide some books, or I can purchase books at a discounted price. I can also bring a metronome. I expect the student to have a piano or a full-length keyboard. I sometimes bring pencils, but I expect the student to have one handy to mark their music.
*** Specialties *** Piano: beg - adv Voice: beg - inter
I teach piano and voice. For piano I teach classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and ragtime. I focus on teaching students how to sightread, memorize, learn theoretical and pedagogical concepts, and learn how to improvise. I can also teach accompaniment.
For voice I teach classical operatic style, Broadway/show tunes, popular, country, jazz, choral, blues, and rock styles. I help students to find comfort with their own voices, learn how to sing in a way that supports their voice, and keeps their voice healthy. I also work with teaching pitch recognition, sight reading, oral recall, and breath technique.
RekhaB November 22, 2010
She is encouraging which makes my daughter very happy .we r satisfied with her teaching.
SeanR August 31, 2010
Johanna is awesome!!
I gave her a general idea of what I wanted and so far her instruction has helped greatly. After only two lessons I am more comfortable singing, and I am starting to expand my range.She also likes to have fun during her lessons. She is always pleasant and upbeat, and her criticism is always fair and positive. She honestly wants you to succeed in your goals and it comes through in her teaching.
SandyN August 26, 2010
Johanna is a lovely person. She is calm and accepting and a very good match for me. she has taught me more helpful things in a few lessons than previous teachers have ever shown me. she is very consciencious about helping me and never pushy or impatient. I like her and her teaching very much. she is a five star for me.
My name is Joey and I have been teaching guitar and drums for 4 years. I am 22 years old and have been playing music for 10 years. I have a strong passion for music and teaching, which is why it's my only job. If I am not teaching, I am playing or recording music. Music saved my life. I am completely dedicated to it. I strive to learn every second of my waking existence. And it rewards me. More than any other reward I have ever received, minus love itself. I love inspiring people in anyway I can. I have learned a lot of life's lessons through music, and I am here to share them with you. Here
is a quick listen of what I can do for you and what I require of you before lessons begin: Guitar Genres I can teach-Classical, pop, singer/songwriter, reggae, hard rock, metal, blues, country and jazz. Techniques I can teach: -alternate picking, sweep picking, down picking for metal, finger picking, strumming, and many more! -Chords/ melody/scales/modes/intervals/left hand exercises -Rhythm-I'm a drum teacher, so this is self explanatory. -If you pick a song you want to learn, I can give you the music for it, and teach it to you. -Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.
Guitar Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin: 1.A good attitude. 2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead. 3.A binder to organize papers I will give you. 4.Acoustic or electric guitar. 5.Tuner and metronome. Drums: Genres I can teach-Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Shuffle,Hip Hop, Rap, Metal, Jazz, and Electronic.
Techniques I can teach: -Counting - Basic and advanced stick control (rebound stroke, bounce stroke, finger technique) -Independence -Feel -Linear drumming -Drum grooves of all sorts -Rudiments (40 basic and also hybrid rudiments) -Timing, time signatures, and tempo. -Foot technique (double bass, hi hattechnique) -Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.
Drum Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin: 1.A good attitude. :) 2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead. 3.A binder to organize papers I will give you. 4.Practice pad and drum sticks 5.Metronome 6.I do not require students to have a drum set to learn drums.
*** Lesson Details *** I promise all of my students the best atmosphere when I'm teaching you. Music is 90% mental, and the best way to be able to control your mentality is to be in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I will provide that no matter what. I'm a funny guy and I tend to crack jokes a lot so be prepared to laugh! I'm here to help you and make you reach your highest potential. I'm a laid back teacher but I always do expect that my students take what I have given them and practice, practice, practice! Everything you want lies in choice, so it should be your choice on how well you want to be able to play music. I will be your tour guide through the vast and infinite pool of musical experience! So what are you waiting for?
*** Studio Equipment *** Roland TD 9 electronic drumset, PRS SE custom, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Macbook pro with Logic, Ableton, Guitar rig 4, and Superior Drummer 2.0. Akai mpk49 midi keyboard, 40 inch Sceptre LCD display, and a Rodes NT2A condenser microphone.
*** Specialties *** Guitar-Classical, Hard rock, Reggae, Jazz, Metal. Drums-Rock, Drum corps, Electronica, Blues, Metal
Jeff E. January 13, 2015
I have been taking guitar lessons from Joey for about 4 months now and let me tell you it is a joy! Joey not only know music, music theory, and musical techniques, he is very passionate about it. He is very patient and can lead you down the path to help you achieve your goals regardless of the experience you currently have with your instrument. He is up front with you that learning to play is not magic, it requires hard work. I am 59 years old and finally decided learn to how to play the guitar after messing around with it on and off over the years. Joey has already got me playing the guitar solo from Maybe I'm Amazed and the intro riff to Purple Haze. He is also teaching me scales and music theory. I am having a blast! I would recommend Joey to anyone in any age group who is serious about learning to play. Thanks, Joey! Jeff Emerson
JenniferE January 7, 2011
My son loves working with Joey. He has been really great and a perfect fit for Joshua!
TimC June 10, 2010
Joey is an excellent guitar instructor. He is giving my son and myself exactly what each of us needs to be good guitarists, even though we are both at different levels.
Growing up in Denver, I had a huge desire for singing and performing. By age 14, I was taking weekly singing & piano lessons, was acting constantly in local productions-many times getting the lead role. Some of the productions I acted in: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Camelot, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and Oliver (Nancy.) I received a 4-year scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, I entered graduate school at the University of North Texas to con
tinue my singing and piano studies, along with music theory, history, and musical video production. Upon graduating UNT, I was chosen among 200 performing arts majors to be the featured soloist at the UNT commencement ceremonies. This led to an offer to tour Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra. For the next two summers I performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic.
*** Lesson Details *** My students progress VERY quickly! As a teacher, I can easily identify my students’ strengths and weaknesses, and plan an individualized study course. I will instill a solid set of production skills that will easily serve ANY style of music you choose (from rock to opera.) I will make for you a personalized recording for you to practice with daily. We will also work on songs you LOVE! My students will have performance opportunities every 3 months. I will prepare you for college entrance auditions, TV contests, and television appearances. My students make extraordinary progress-I want you to become one of them!
*** Studio Equipment *** 10x15 dedicated music room, piano, lovely mountain view, mirrors, microphone and sound equipment available for students. The parents of students are welcome to stay in the room with the students, if they choose.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a piano and I will purchase the method book I want the student to use but I do require reimbursement for books and shipping if required. Student provides notebooks and pens.
*** Specialties *** Seth Riggs, Popular vocal technique "Singing For The Stars" John W. Schaum for piano
Kara S. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I just can't say enough about Ms. Amber, but I'll try. Her depth of experience in music pours from her so effortlessly and lovingly. She is a constant stream of encouragement, praise, reinforcement, and discipline throughout my daughters 45 minute voice and violin lesson. It is such a pleasure to hear her stories of past and present music experiences that span the globe. Ms. Amber is the quintessential music instructor and we are so glad to know her!
Susan S. May 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amber is amazing with my daughter. She is a joy to be with and her methods have quickly brought great improvement in her voice and her confidence.
Geoff M. November 17, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amber was a great teacher, she was patient with me and my wife when we had trouble and helped us stay on task. We learned basic French faster than I expected.
Lowell Mason, often called the father of music education believed that music contributed to the well-being of the individual: âIt united that person with God and created better homes, and better citizens, and happier human beings.
In other words, music helps society in that people are more loving, happy, and law abiding.
I aim to teach my students not just how to sing, but the value of music and how it can change their lives and the lives of others. Music is much more than a group of pitches and rhythms put together to form something pleasing to our ears. Music is the study of science
, a record of human history, an international language, and therapy to the human soul.
I grew up in Centennial, Colorado and started playing the violin in 4th grade. I developed an interest in singing in middle school, and started voice lessons when I was 16. I have been singing ever since!
I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April 2009, with a Bachelor degree in Music Science. I emphasized in vocal instruction.
I am happily married to my husband, Kevin, who is currently studying to be an optometrist.
Marianne T. June 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is incredible, fantastic! My daughter and I love her! She's very sweet and a great teacher. She connected with my daughter and my daughter loves her lessons. Absolutely recommend her!
Lara H. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ellen is excellent! She has listened to our daughter and helped her to learn several songs on the violin which is what she wanted. She is actually practicing almost daily! Ellen plays alongside her so she can get a feel for the notes and how they sound. I like the way she teaches. She encourages and praises our daughter all the time.
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How Much Are Singing Lessons? 5 Factors That Contribute
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