Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Helene
I have two children who are students. One did not want to play any instrument but is going to a performing arts school. Barbara took tha
t into account and focused the teaching on things my child would use in school like accompanying singers, reading music, playing show tunes.My other child has a completely different focus. Barbara keeps her engaged and learning even though the interests are entirely different. Barbara knows much more than just piano. She knows about the music business and what it takes to succeed as a musician. She is a great resource and teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ana
My son has been taking guitar lessons from Scott for the last year. Scott has been amazing with him. Scott finds music that challenges an
d teaches my son while keeping his attention. My son loves the lesson each week. He looks forward to it. Scott has become more than a Guitar Teacher he has become a family friend."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Ezra
Hits amazing how it change my daughters life. she loves piano. Ms, Terri Miller. thank you so much. We definitely recommending you to a
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Ruth
"Dan is an excellent teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Brooke
"My daughter loved the lesson and is excited to continue. Her comment was, "finally someone who understands me!""
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Daniel
"Gabe makes learning how to play the piano easy. He's easy going, teaches at your pace and he's a genuinely good guy. Highly recommended."
I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organizati
on and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.
*** Lesson Details *** I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.
*** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Acoustic Piano Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets
After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/ pop piano to pop/ rock/ jazz singing, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info.... **In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and just finished a new album of some jazz, folk, and original music. **I perform in New York City and Seattle,
and I tour with my band a few times each year **I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to advanced, classical, pop or jazz -- and I teach rock bands how to learn music by ear and have fun playing with other people! I have also been teaching privately for six years out of my home. **I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band. **I am joining the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty in Spring 2015!
I moved back to Seattle in April 2014 after being in NYC for four years -- completing my Master of Music degree (NYU), living, teaching, and performing in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC was amazing, and I'd love to share with you all of the cool things I picked up during my time there. From 2005-2010, I lived in Seattle and taught music lessons. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Jazz Performance (voice) and performed a lot around Seattle-- from jazz clubs to concert halls-- performing pop, rock, soul, jazz and even working in a Steely Dan Tribute Band!! (your parents might appreciate that more than you do)
More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different ways that students learn and always love figuring out what kind of learning works best for YOU.
*** Lesson Details *** I love watching my students progress and enjoy their music, no matter what style they enjoy or what level they are. I work with students to pick out music that they'll enjoy working on-- it's always more fun to learn songs you love! I'm a pretty laid back teacher, but I work to inspire my students to try their hardest and do the best that they can do. I will provide you will the exercises, materials, and right level of songs to help you meet your goals, and together we can assess a plan for our lessons.
In our lessons we will cover a variety of topics, including:
--Strong, Healthy TECHNIQUE so that you can gain a command of your instrument and play or sing whatever you choose. Through various EXERCISES you will develop strength, control, musicianship, and good habits. (Vocalists:) It is important to develop a healthy technique so that you can sing whatever you want without getting fatigued or injuring your voice. We'll work on developing strong technique and finding your own unique SOUND-- we'll choose music that is right for your vocal style and music that YOU connect with so you can really express yourself. (Pianists): No matter whether you want to play classical, pop, or jazz, you'll want your fingers to be strong and agile enough to get the sound that you want out of the instrument. With good technique you can play anything!
--Rhythm, subdivision, and groove
--Ear-training & Music Theory (chord qualities, pitch matching, easy transcription)
--Building your REPERTOIRE so that you have songs to play, and discussing techniques specific to each style of music you study
--Arranging or Communicating with a band (if that is something which interests you)
--Performance considerations.... developing confidence and personal expression!
My goal is to inspire students to play their instruments (or sing!), develop good habits and encourage healthy curiosity..... but most of all to Love Playing Music!Â
*** Studio Equipment *** full music room with 88 f/w keyboard with music stand, amp, microphone (if applicable), seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide lesson plans and corresponding handouts, exercises, examples, etc. If the student is taking piano lessons they should have access to a keyboard or piano at home. Where appropriate I can also bring a vocal microphone to work on microphone technique.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz/ pop piano and voice, and have a strong background in classical and jazz theory and technique. I typically design a curricula which includes technical exercises from my classical background and then focus stylistically on the genre that the student is interested in. I have extensive experience both performing and teaching in many jazz, pop, rock and soul styles-- I try to help the student find their unique voice while establishing a strong foundation of healthy technique.
Andy June 29, 2015
Music Theory ·
Kelly really knows her theory, inside and out. And she can explain how it all works. It's much easier to memorize a piece once you understand the theory behind it: the progression of the chords, and their functions. I wish my former teachers had known theory instead of making me memorize all those notes with no explanation.
Eric K. June 22, 2015
I have been studying jazz piano on my own for a while and started lessons with Kelly a few months ago. Her knowledge of chord theory and practical application has helped me to move along very quickly. She is also very supportive and a pleasure to study with. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
Tjorvi H. June 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
When my family moved from Iceland earlier this year one of the first thing we did was searching for singing teacher for our 16 years old daughter an we could not have been luckier meeting Kelly. She welcomed our daughter and from first lesson my daughter has been improving her skills.
I can surely recommend her and am confident that anyone will become better musician learning from her!
Mezzo-Soprano Jordan M., will be making her Tacoma Opera role debut of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in February 2014. In the summer of 2013, she was accepted by Maestro Alberto Zedda for his Accademia Rossiniana program in Pesaro, Italy, and participated in Cincinnati Conservatory’s Realizing Rossini program as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. M. is a recent graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studies with Mezzo-Soprano Catherine Cook. While at the Conservatory she had the opportunity to sing Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Virtu in L
’incoronazione di Poppea, and Beth in Little Women during her undergraduate and graduate studies.
Jordan made her professional debut with Kitsap opera in the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in the Fall of 2011; shortly thereafter she sang the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel for a three-month tour for Portland Opera (Oregon). In the summer of 2012 Ms. M.attended Si Parla, si canta, a six week language intensive program in Urbania, Italy where she had the opportunity to study with Meastro Zedda, and Baritone Hakan Hagegard. She also participated in Stephen Stubbs’ baroque program Accademia d’amore where she delved into baroque rhetoric, dance, and collaborated with baroque instruments. In the Spring of 2013 she completed her residency at Tacoma Opera, where she covered Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Carmen in La Tradegie de Carmen, and performed the role of Annina in La Traviata. Equally at home in Lieder, and recital she was a participant in San Francisco’s Lieder Alive!, with Master teacher Hakan Hagegard, and has given two solo recitals in Seattle, and Tacoma with Second City Chamber Series, and Music Northwest.
Her upcoming engagements include, singing Rosina with Tacoma Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with Tacoma Opera. Singing as principal soloist with Bremerton Symphony, in February 2014, and Singing the role of Junon in Charpentier’s Acteon with Queen City Musicians sponsored by the Early Music Guild of Seattle, in the spring of 2014.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons begin with stretching, vocal warm ups, scales, and extensive breath work, as well as resolving any tensions that may be hindering your vocal production. I then through collaboration with the student, work on beginning repertoire that is suited for the voice, and challenging at the same time. I record all lessons, and email them to the student so that one has the opportunity to review the warm ups, and hear the improvement in the voice, I also write a review of every lesson, with notated warm-ups and a list of "To Do's" for the week so that the student will have a structured practice week. I provide music, and if needed recordings of the pieces so that the student can take the materials back to their homes and practice them on their own.
I track the range of the voice, and usually within a month it will have improved by at least 4 notes either higher or lower.
For some students learning music is just as much a part of the lesson as learning to sing. I love teaching people of all ages how to read music, so that the student can be an independent teacher for themselves and learn music on their own at home, this I think is very important in order to improve skills for singing, the faster the student can learn music, the more time can be spent working on technique and improving the sound of the voice.
It is important to note that learning voice is a highly individualized journey, each person will have their own set of strengths and weaknesses, as a teacher it is my job to asses this in a person and craft a curriculum, and style that will fit those individual needs.
There is no feeling in the world than the freedom and beauty of singing, it is a joy to hear in my students, and very fulfilling to teach this kind of wonderfully positive experience to people of all ages!
I received my B.A. in vocal performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. I am a classically trained singer, however I enjoy all genre’s of music and firmly believe having a classical base in a singing technique will enrich any style of music you wish to work toward. I am devoted to healthy singing, and unlocking your true timbre and voice with extensive breath, and vowel work. As a graduate from a highly competitive music institution I can help in guiding students along the right path of pursuing this art form at a collegiate level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a recording device, a piano and keyboard, a music stand, lots of music of all genres, a copier/printer, as well as access to making recordings of pieces so that the student can take it home (whether that is CD's or Mp3's).
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a recording device, piano, keyboard, piano accompaniment (usually a recording), as well as copies of music.
If I travel to a lesson they would have to have a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in unlocking an individuals true singing voice,
Hermona G. June 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
She was very helpful and polite
Emma E. April 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had a lot of fun.
Jayde H. April 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jordan has given me nothing but positive experiences. I came in with enormous apprehensions and insecurities about singing; in only a few lessons, she made me feel comfortable and confident. I noticed remarkable improvements from the very first day. Any time I hit a wall, she knew exactly how to bypass them and keep me encouraged. Most importantly, she is exceptionally flexible and devoted to you as the student. Lessons feel catered to your own development and she is always willing to work with you on scheduling. As well, she is quite amiable and pleasant to work with. I distinctly recommend her to any student of any style.
Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range.
Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera's most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and
Teaching career ranging from Opera to Broadway. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Boston University, and is an award winning Poet. Vanessa has produced, hosted, sung, and broadcast over 2,500 television programs, concertized and spoken in the US and abroad, recorded nine albums in various languages, co-authored an Early Childhood Education book which included training in the use of music for the young, authored three poetry books and accompanying cd's, and teaches Voice to her private and group students.
*** Lesson Details *** The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Toolâ, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.
Rebecca M. April 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vast amount of experience...kind ....patient....inspirational...super encouraging.
My daughter has grown musically and personally by leaps and bounds.
Maxim A. October 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Seriously, best instructor ever!
Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable professional.
Pleasure to work with and to learn from.
Curt H. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Superior Teacher, Outstanding Vocal/Music Lessons
Vanessa is an exceptional vocal instructor with an amazing ability to connect with my daughter Cameron and elevate her skill level as a vocalist. Her commitment to supporting the needs and requests from the student is fantastic and I appreciate her dedication to the Arts and her ability to communicate the language of music with such vigor and clarity. Thank you so much Vanessa!
A fourth generation pianist, I love to help others explore their personal world of music. I customize each lesson plan to the student, and provide any additional materials that I think may improve the student's learning experience. If you have any questions, please feel free contact me! I look forward to working with you.
Lisa R. March 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Erica provides piano lessons to our eight year-old son. She is timely, creative, and an excellent motivator. Erica easily built rapport with our son and made him feel special and respected. She knows how to keep him focused, while having a lot of fun. Our son looks forward to every lesson and we are impressed with how quickly he is advancing.
Meg G. December 4, 2014
As a colleague of Erica's I have watched her grow into an incredible performer and educator. Her wisdom in teaching piano supersedes her years and is evident in her thoughtful integration of educational techniques, music theory, diverse repertoire, etc. in engaging lessons tailored for each student. Erica believes in herself and encourages others to do the same, thus creating an environment of "I can" rather than "I cannot or am not." If you are seeking a teacher to nurture a love for the instrument in addition to establishing fine technique in a safe and supportive setting-- call Erica.
Sara Y. October 22, 2014
Classical Piano ·
In home Verified Student
From the moment we met Erica we knew we were going to lover her! She put both of our boys (8 and 11) at ease, made them laugh and challenged them right away. My 8 year old had lost interest in piano and after his first lesson with Erica he was hooked. Both boys now voluntarily practice and are learning a ton about overall music education. Erica is prompt, creative and energetic. We are thankful we found her!
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