Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Tori
"lesson went well. Teacher was encouraging and welcoming."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
DJ Buddy Holly
Review by Jasen
"I've been taking lessons from Rick for over 1.5 years and have shown steady improvement thanks to him. He is always prepared and gears the lessons toward
the style of music I enjoy playing. He is patient and keeps the lessons at a comfortable pace while also making sure to push me to progress my abilities."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Stacy
"Outstanding Drum Instructor
Casey has been instructing our 9-year old son for over a year. He is an outstanding drum instructor and I highly recommend hi
m. Casey goes above and beyond as an instructor and his passion for music AND teaching is always evident. Casey connected with our son by taking the time and effort to get to know him to understand how he learns and what he likes. He adapts his approach to ensure our son is having fun while learning. Best of all, the results are tangible ... our son enjoys his lessons, looks forward to practicing, and has learned how to play and read music. I would not hesitate in the least in hiring Casey as an instructor."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Anna Marie
"Mr. King is a very talented and engaging Cello instructor. He is always punctual, very patient, and makes the lesson fun for the student. I am very happy
with my child's progress, and hope to continue lessons as long as Mr. King is available to teach!!!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Rebecca
Great teacher keeps you on trackand tries to explain everything very well. He lets you pick the songs you play and do what you want to do l
ike different types of tuning and playing."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Jon
"I have been taking flute lessons from Shannon for about six months now. I am an older beginning flute student. It has been great working with her. She pla
ces much importance on fundamentals, getting the embouchure right and developing a good tone. My progress is slow, but i feel that later i will not have to go back and unlearn things. She is also happy to let me include flute pieces i like in the lessons rather than doing only lesson books and the like."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Christine
"Laura was a fantastic instructor who taught my children to love playing violin! They actively looked forward to their violin lessons and made good progre
ss with her."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Moana
"I can sing with confidence!
I had always wanted to sing but was very nervous about taking singing lessons because I was afraid to sing in front of anyone
. But Vivien made me feel comfortable right from our very first lesson together. She is very nurturing and really helped build my confidence as a singer while developing and strengthening my voice. Now I often sing in front of others, which I never thought I would be able to do. I highly recommend Vivien. She is a great teacher!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Lucy
"Mike teaches horn in very easy steps, I started from scratch! He provides great explanations for learning and improving technique and sound quality in a f
ast and efficient way. I was impressed by his knowledge and how he could make playing horn a fun experience!"
I am a professional vocalist with a broad range of experience. With a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theater) from Belmont University I am more than qualified to teach with a well supported vocal foundation.
As a true lover of music and arts, I encourage my students to sing as much as possible! My confident and exciting approach to singing brings out the best in my students, which translates beautifully to real life situations.
*** Lesson Details *** Each person is different in nature and each performer has a personal style and goal. My goal is to get to know what kind of voice and style e
ach student desires, and base the curriculum off of that knowledge.
A basic lesson looks like this: 5 minutes of breathing exercises 10-25 minutes of vocal technique exercises (e.g. scales) 15-30 minutes of repertoire (song) work (practical application of exercises)
The time and efforts put in to voice lessons depends on the student's desire to learn and accomplish goals. There will be recitals for those students who are ready and wish to participate, or can be a goal to work toward for students who don't yet feel comfortable singing in front of an audience.
A beginner, within 12 lessons, will be able to successfully and proficiently sing through at least two songs of their choice, and will have a deeper understanding of his/her voice and music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room studio, piano, room for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have a piano or keyboard, and must buy the music (through me or on their own) that they wish to keep.
There is no equipment, aside from the books I bring in and take home, that I will provide.
*** Specialties *** I am a very well rounded singer and teacher. My training started in classical voice, before I moved on to jazz, pop and musical theater styles, and I teach all styles.
The basics of singing are the same for all genres of music. Scales and exercises and proper breath support, along with a basic knowledge of music theory, are essential in becoming an accomplished singer. I can help you!
EditaM May 4, 2012
Marissa is a very good teacher and a very nice person. What a great voice she has. I am very happy with her.
I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.
My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.
Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.
In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.
I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.
*** Lesson Details *** I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.
With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.
I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!
*** Travel Equipment *** I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.
Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
Erin S. July 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.
My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
SadiaM May 30, 2012
Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
Born and raised in New York City, Matthew "Matt" is an accomplished and respected musician. Matt has been playing guitar for over 30 years and piano for over 15 years and is currently involved in several projects including three bands which have performed in some of NYC's hottest venues including but not limited to CBGB"s, The Bitter End, Crash Mansion, and Kenny's Castaways. Currently Matt is a finalist for an international music competition for Indie acts where he showcases his guitar and vocal abilities. Matt was formerly educated at Queensborough College. He is competent in multiple
areas such as theory, technique, sight reading, ear training, and recording engineering. He has studied under noted instructors such as George Bien and Tom Cipriani. In addition to his education and training Matt has had the benefit of living and having been reared in one of the richest and most diverse musical scenes in the country, NYC. This enables Matt to teach and perform in a broad range from the traditional classical guitar/piano to experimental. As an educator, Matt is different from other teachers in his ability to inspire and motivate. Learning to play and master an instrument is challenging and can be a very frustrating experience. Matthew has techniques proven student after student to be successful in overcoming learning obstacles so that the student is able to meet his/her individualized goals. Matthew also has experience teaching individuals with disabilities ranging from Autism to Cancer patients. This ability has helped Matthew become a teacher with over 15 years experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are provided in a private studio in Astoria, NY or your home. Once, a location is established I work with each student to identify his or her goals and objectives both musically and personally. Students are assessed to determine where their individual ability is at the time of assessment. From there, I work in partnership with the student as we begin mastering the guitar or the piano in a fun and supportive environment. Whether you are interested in learning to play the blues, classical or jazz guitar or any other genre or just learning how to play songs on the piano, I can help. If you are a beginner, don't worry it won't all be scales. In fact I guarantee you will be playing a song within your first lesson. If you are an advanced or intermediate student, I can help you master your skills. We (you and I) will revisit proper right and left hand techniques; utilize exercises to improve your speed and accuracy. You will learn new methods to strengthen your improvisation abilities. In short, you and I will make sure to build on your strengths and undo any bad habits that are hindering your ability to grow as a guitarist or pianist.
*** Specialties *** music, Guitar and Piano I begin with meeting the student where they are in relation to their musical experience. After establishing trust, through encouragement I empower students to recognize their potential with out pre-determined expectations or limits. I am comfortable in various genres from classical to punk.
kristen S. June 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Matthew is an excellent guitar teacher. He taught my 9 year-old beginner guitar. He's great with kids, patient and dependable. Learning guitar has been a really rewarding experience for my son thanks to Matthew.
Lee H. October 29, 2014 Verified Student
Matt has been great teaching my 9 year old how to play guitar. He has tremendous patience, a wonderful/upbeat attitude, and is always on time for the lessons.
Can't go wrong with Matt!!
William F. February 23, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Matthew has been a big help so far in getting me started playing the guitar. We have had 4 lessons so far, and he has taught me several chords, as well as the c major scale. He has been a big help in teaching me to play in time, as well as finger positioning on the guitar.
I have a strong passion for teaching voice lessons. As a conservatory trained, professional singer, I feel very rewarded when my students gain confidence through music. I've been training for over fifteen years and have been teaching private voice lessons for over six years. I have experience teaching children as young as 4 years old through adults and everything in between. I also have experience teaching undergraduate classes at Binghamton University, such as "Beginning Voice for Non-Majors". Feel free to contact me for more information.
Zoraya C. January 1, 2015
I want to call this recommendation a success story. In Fall 2013, I started taking private singing lessons with Emily G. at Binghamton University. I presented her with a challenge because I had very little singing experience and I had never sang in public before. Regardless, she was able to tailor each lesson accordingly--she introduced me to proper technique, terminology, and music theory. Hence, I highly valued her teaching style. Lessons were progressive to encourage personal growth and the content varied on a bi-weekly basis to make singing intellectually stimulating.
I do not know anyone else who is as dedicated as Emily in helping students become better singers. Her personality exudes enthusiasm and an eagerness to see students reach their potential. Thanks to Emily, I have become more confident in my abilities. This newly found confidence led me to participate in a musical titled "How Sweet It Is" at the Endicott Perfoming Arts Center in October 2014. The directors chose me to sing in an ensemble and I felt absolutely thrilled to apply what I had learned in front of friends and family!
Jake S. January 1, 2015
Classical Voice ·
After seeing Emily G.'s students perform a number of times I've found them always to be a cut above the rest. Their voices are polished, they present themselves professionally, they're acting abilities have been heightened, and they exude confidence. That's the complete package! I took it upon myself to sit in on her lessons and have had the opportunity to coach her students privately on foreign languages, and I've discovered that these qualities are a result of Emily's guidance. She presents her students with challenges that push them to the next level, and she helps to guide them through it all with support and a sense of humor. The students are proof enough for me that Emily G.'s approach to teaching can do nothing but succeed.
Katie L. January 1, 2015
Musical Theater ·
My name is Katie Leenig. I am a Junior at Binghamton University studying Industrial and Systems Engineering and was a vocal student of Emily G.'s for the past two years. Before coming to Binghamton, I had taken voice lessons for six years, participated in NYSSMA and the New York State All State Music festival, and took part in multiple community and school musical productions. As as an incoming freshman engineering student, I feared that I would no longer be able to take voice lessons or be apart of the music program within the school. Emily was eager to help me continue my training regardless of my major and work with me each week to completely transform my vocal technique. After years of training with other coaches, I had never found a teacher more educated and aware my specific singing ability. She taught me how to correctly train so that I may sing multiple styles of music, broaden my range to become a true soprano, and learn to sing by the way it "felt" more so than by the way I "sounded". I greatly appreciate all that she has taught me and miss her terribly as a teacher, but I know that she is moving on to great things!
An actor’s journey is made up of many personal and professional discoveries on the way toward fulfilling our artistic goals. Whether you are beginning or have much experience, I will help you feel more confident, prepared, and excited about the work you create. We will work together to illuminate your natural talents, build a solid technique, and overcome the obstacles that stand in your way in the audition room, in rehearsal, and on stage.
My experience as a professional actor for the past decade, with Off-Broadway, International, and Regional credits, enhances my ability to work with
actors in a unique and personal way.
I was recently accepted into the M.F.A Classical Acting program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and I received my B.A. in Theatre & Mass Media Studies from Florida State University in 2007. In New York City, I have trained with the Pearl Theatre Company, Fiasco Theatre, Shakespeare Forum, and the Flea Theatre. I have studied with renowned classical teachers John Barton (LAMDA), Cicely Berry (RSC), and acclaimed actress, Claire Higgins (The Old Vic Theater).
Diana D. May 29, 2015
Shakespearean Acting ·
Michael is a fantastic teacher! He helped me work on my Cleopatra among other great characters. He is focused, knowledgeable, passionate and has a profound manner in making the text accessible-current and personal. I used to have difficulty relating to a piece, the language intimidated me. Michael helped me to make the text my own, coming from my own heart. It changed how I worked on everything, both classical and modern.
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Get Your Breathing Right: The Foundation for Good Singing
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Musical Theatre Audition Songs: 6 Great Options for Kids
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How to Sing Rock | Improving Your Skills & Finding Inspiration
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