Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Aries
"She's the finest violinist and teacher I've seen.
Jane's very devoted and responsible to her students and she knows how to keep them inspired and loving
playing violin. My son couldn't get into the college receiving full scholarship without her."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Seth
"Bobby is an excellent teacher.
My daughter is eight years old, and she has had an excellent experience with Bobby. He has a gift for being able to push h
er and correct her while encouraging her at the same time. She loves her weekly lessons."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Annie
Having Jonathan as my tutor has been very satisfying. He is a talented musician and an excellent teacher. He is skilled at patiently comm
unicating difficult concepts to those new to music. He made me feel more confident about my strong points while gradually moving me out of my comfort zone. In this way, I learned a great deal more than expected. I left the sessions with a richer understanding and appreciation of chord progressions, tonality, interpretation. I would highly recommend Jonathan to anyone."
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Laci
Asheville, NC teacher:
Review by Whitney
"Loving my Lessons with Ms. Lorna
Ms. Lorna is absolutely awesome. I've been taking vocal lessons with her for almost a year now and I've learned so many
new skills and abilities. She is incredible, truly professional, and authentic with her singing and personality. Ms. Lorna is, without a doubt, a master of her craft."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Peter
"Glad she doesn't mind working with beginners
Not sure what to say except just want to make sure everyone knows how great Michelle is. Am a total beginner
and feel totally like fish out of water. All I have on my side is willingness. Am trusting Michelle will continue to provide the support and tools to learn how to speak and sing. Could not be more pleased and all though have only had 2 lessons so far, seems like she really goes above and beyond and that she does really care. Definitely definitely highly recommend."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by eric
"4th Lessons, I love it and made tremendous progress."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Edwin
"Lucy is a great teacher
I have been taking lessons with Lucy for about 6 months now and she has been an amazing teacher. She is very patient and professi
onal. She has taught me quite a bit in regards to playing the violin. If I hadn't moved I would still be taking lessons with Lucy."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by John
"Excellent, safe and trustworthy.
Josh has been the best guitar teach I have had (I have had three others in the past). He is exceedingly patient, flexibl
e and very knowledgeable about the subject, for both theory and practice.
I have a better understanding of the mechanics, style and technique of classical guitar than I had coming in and have learned some really excellent pieces. Josh works at my pace and understands when work and 'life' interfere with my ability to practice during the week."
I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan.
I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluabl
e as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students.
I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.
I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.
My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.
I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!
*** Lesson Details *** While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.
We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!
Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.
*** Specialties *** I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.
My specialties include: music-based early childhood development adult beginners and continuing learners intermediate and advanced players chamber music coaching.
Mills January 27, 2017
Online Verified Student
Fantastic first teacher! I don't have anything to compare her to in terms of violin instruction, but she obviously knows the instrument well and was very helpful!
Diane January 10, 2017
Online Verified Student
Jill is personble yet professional. She certainly has the expertise to assess quickly where I am and probably more importantly what I need to do to be better.
Lizzy M. May 4, 2016
Online Verified Student
I immediately felt comfortable with Jill. She is so patient, kind, and supportive. As a first-time student of the violin, I feel incredibly lucky to have found such an invaluable resource as her. I will most definitely be signing on for future lessons with her.
I have been successfully teaching for over 15 years. I studied at the Hartt School of Music and the Hartford Conservatory and I have been performing with various bands and in many musical theater productions over the past 20 years.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach is to tailor each lesson to the students goals and needs. Everyone learns at a different pace and in different ways so all my students have their own custom lesson plan. The key is to relax and have fun!
I am a lead guitar player and multi instrumentalist of over 15 years, and would love to teach you everything I know!
I have been studying music for over 20 years, through school and college, on my own, and with private instructors including Toby Walker, Anthony Wellington, and Buddy Charleton. I consider my main instrument to be guitar- I have been playing for about 16 years, and am comfortable in just about any professional situation on my instrument. I play lead guitar, rhythm, etc. We can go over many techniques and subjects to help you become more versatile and well rounded: including
ostinato picking, slide/open tunings, improvisation, and composition.
I also teach pedal steel guitar, I have studied for about 8 years, some of that time was with world renowned steel guitarist, Buddy Charleton.
Each lesson is eagerly tailored to the student's strengths and needs in order to help them learn to the best of their ability, and ultimately, have fun!
As a student of mine, you will come to understand that music is a language, and we want to give you the tools and resources that you need in order to speak and understand that language fluently. Prioritizing your interests and genres that you prefer, we will expand in areas where you seek improvement, as well as incorporating ear training, music theory, and new exercises and techniques specific to your skill level and instrument. Each lesson is tailored to each student's learning style. From reading music and ear training, to writing counterpoint and mastering improvisational techniques, together we will find ways to help you grow as a musician. :)
*** Lesson Details *** When we schedule our first lesson, I will ask you a few questions about your interests, goals in taking lessons, and your priorities related to music. This way, I can be sure to tailor the lesson to meet your expectations and goals.
Generally, my lessons lean towards feeling laid back, and no pressure... along with positive energy and passion for music!
Curriculum is catered to the student, and based on student goals and priorities. Jazz studies will differ from studying rock n roll, as well as classical, etc. Once we have an introductory lesson, I will be able to review with you the materials, passages, postures, techniques, and music we will be working with. You always are encouraged to have a say in what you want to learn, whether it is your 1st or your 50th lesson.
***Skype Equipment Needed*** Computer, good internet connection, instrument, 1 hour
*** Travel Equipment Liz will provide/student can provide*** guitars, metronome, recording device
*** Specialties *** I teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in genres including jazz, rock, metal, classical, funk, blues, country, pop, and more, on a handful of instruments including lead guitar, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, ukulele, and pedal steel guitar.
Orlando P. November 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Met Elizabeth for the first time for my guitar lesson and never felt more relaxed and comfortable..she has a calmness about her and very knowledgeable..going forward looking ahead to more lessons and her professionalism
Pete March 16, 2016
I've been taking lessons from teacher Liz for a couple of years now but I've also had the chance to meet and play with all the other teachers as well. These are wonderful people dedicated to helping you discover or improve your inner musician. I've gone from complete beginner to being able to play and lead songs in the group jam sessions under their tutelage. It's been a great journey and I could not have asked for better inspiration and guidance. I'd give then more stars if it was an option.
Christine March 16, 2016
I have been taking lessons with Liz for about a year and a half. She is an amazing teacher! I am fortunate to have an instructor who knows my interests and goals as it relates to music. I have always had a passion for music, and Liz has made me realize that my passion can only grow further as I am learning how to create music on my own. She is encouraging and patient and knows just when and how to challenge me to reach the next step in my journey. It has been life changing. I can't thank her enough!
I am a student at UMass Lowell, pursuing my bachelor's of music degree with a concentration in sound recording technology. I got started with music in 2002 when I first picked up the saxophone, and have been teaching privately on and off since I graduated high school in 2012. I also teach the Salem (MA) High School marching band and percussion ensemble. I tailor my teaching to whatever works for individual students, and make sure we work together on our goals, and what we want to accomplish for the lesson, and for the upcoming weeks/months.
Hello, I am 25 years old from Derry NH. I have been playing drums for many years, but I have been a serious, practicing drummer, since December 2014. I have recently taken up piano in September 2015. I spend an average of 4-6 hours everyday practicing between the two instruments. Usually two hours each. Occasionally much more. I am very knowledged in the craft of practicing and love to share my knowledge of drums, drumming, piano and music in general. I am currently enrolled at northern Essex community college (necc) as a music performance major with plans of transferring to New England Conser
vatory (NEC) in Boston or Southern University of New York, (suny Purchase). I have taken lessons from many teachers to learn as much as I can. Music is my passion, and sharing that with others brings me great joy.
Erin D. September 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
Dominic was always professional, on time and easy to communicate with. My 16 year old daughter found him easy to work with and learned a great deal in a short time. He was also very accommodating when she had to reschedule due to her busy schedule. Definitely a great teacher that we highly recommend!!
Nahal July 13, 2016
Dom has been such an amazing music instructor! My whole life I've never thought I'd be able to learn an instrument or music in general, but he has helped me so much with it! Dom is very welcoming and friendly which eases away any stress I might have from trying to learn something new. If it weren't for him and his upbeat attitude I wouldn't have the motivation I do now. He makes it easy to understand with his years of experience and is very supportive and understanding if you're having a hard time. If you don't have Dom as your instructor, you will definitely regret it!
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