Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Kent
"Travis is a great instructor
Travis has been a great instructor and I am very pleased with the results. He is a great teacher, an amazing guitar player,
and is very patient and can handle all of my scheduling issues. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Travis."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Samantha
"My voice is really improving since I started taking lessons with Laura. She is a nice person and I enjoy working with her."
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Farouk
"first lesson was awesome, I came to Andrew needing help for a graded prepared singing assigned from school and I scored 100 percent thanks to his help and
advice! I difinitly recommend Andrew if you need lessons!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"We only had our first lesson, but it was great! He was talented, knowledgeable and patient with my 12 year old. Looking forward to learning more!"
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Jacob
"I highly recommend Chris. Patient and professional."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Briana
"Paul has a joyful, passionate approach that makes learning fun! A talented musician, he is approachable and empathetic to the newbie!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Brianne is a truly gifted musician and teacher. She teaches with patience and such a positive and upbeat attitude. She knows how to tailor lessons to the
needs of every student. I highly recommend Brianne as a teacher; You won't find anyone better in the Corona area!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by FRANK
"Brian is an excellent teacher. he is very knowledgeable in music."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Vivien
"Miss Kiefer was the best instructor we have had. Parents and students were sad that she needed to leave Hong Kong and return home to the US. She was energ
etic, dedicated, vastly experienced in the Suzuki Method and repertoire, and could bring the best potential out of the children. The students, ranging from preschoolers to teenagers, all loved her lessons and always felt accomplished afterwards. Miss Kiefer is capable of capturing every child's unique character and learning style, and making cello playing fun and beautiful for each of them. A truly remarkable cello teacher."
I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!
*** Lesson Details *** You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is v
ery productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.
Alex E. November 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Eric was a perfect match for my 13 year old son. My son liked the fact that Eric could show him cords to practice immediately.
Margie H. September 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
He has a nice approach that makes you feel comfortable. Very patient and professional.
Ilia D. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
He has been great so far. Making good relation with my son. Glad to have him as his piano teacher.
Jesus. has more than 15 years experience teaching piano and 5 years teaching the Suzuki piano method, with dozens of his students playing successfully in recitals, competitions, and auditions around the Chicago area.
Jesus completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance with a scholarship from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il. Renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and Dr. Ludmila Lazard were his advisers and professors. In addition, during his program at Roosevelt University, Jesus took a course aimed at developing figure base and harpsichord performance with Dr. David Sch
He is a certified piano Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is piano instructor.
In addition, Mr. G. performs solo recitals and lieder by Rachmaninoff, Shubert, and Schumann with his wife the soprano Darina Assenova in festivals such as “Shubertiade”, which is organized by Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago and Make Music Chicago.
Mr. G. often performs in Cultural Festivals in Mexico and United Sates, and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as an accompanist.
All his piano students are active as performers. Jesus always encourages them to perform in public, looking for piano festivals, competitions, recitals, auditions and any opportunities where they can showcase their talent. His students have been accepted in pre-college music schools in Chicago.
*** Lesson Details *** I focus on the basic piano technique skills when I start with a new student, it includes good posture of the body, good hand shape, firm fingertips, loose arm weight, good position of each finger, and flexible wrist. I always look for a rich tone production when playing each key of the keyboard in order to create a beautiful musical discourse throughout the piano piece.
When the student is from 3 to 6 years old I use the Suzuki method. When the student is older than 6 I combine the traditional and Suzuki method having great results with the student's performances.
My Philosophy: All my students learn to play piano in an artistry, confident, and joyful way.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in living room with upright piano, couches, bookshelves, etc. Parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide copies of some piano works. But I also expect my students to buy their own books and have their own instrument.
*** Specialties *** For beginners I use either the Faber or Thomson method. I can teach the Suzuki method too. I specialize in Classical music, but I can also teach pop music for piano.
Victoria P. October 9, 2015
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
Jesus is an excellent teacher in every way. He is personable, patient, flexible and has great rapport with my daughter. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderdul teacher.
Kristin S. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
We absolutely adore Jesus! My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Jesus since January, and it is amazing how much she has progressed. Previously she had been getting lessons ,catch and go, at her school, and there was very little progress. Jesus has a wonderful and gentle teaching style, and yet inspires her to work hard during lessons and our practices.
I cannot say enough about Jesus. One of the best decisions we have made!
Andrea M. August 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I came in as a low intermediate player and after only a few lessons I feel much more confident! My sight-reading and technique approved a great deal in a short amount of time.
I play, write, record and perform a variety of American popular music forms including rock, folk, blues, funk, bluegrass, country, fingerstyle guitar, and jazz.
I began my musical training learning drums as a 12 year old and a year later began private lessons on guitar as well. In the following years, while playing in rock bands and focusing primarily on guitar and continuing practice on drums, I became interested in learning other instruments: I took harmonica lessons and taught myself how to play bass guitar and keyboards. As a teenager I also began writing my own songs and teaching my
self how to record music. I also play Spanish flamenco guitar and studied with master flamenco players while living in Madrid, Spain.
Today, I play guitar, harmonica, sing and write songs for my own group, while also working on a variety of other recording projects that reflect my various musical personalities. I love everything about music, and there's nothing I enjoy more than sharing music with others, whether that be playing in a group, going to a concert with a friend, or talking about music with one of my students. One of my greatest joys is seeing others get involved in the world of music by learning to play an instrument, so I take great pride and responsibility in teaching my students and I hope to make that experience as positive and rewarding as it can be for everyone I work with.
*** Lesson Details *** I am happy to work with students of any age regardless of prior experience or ability. Music is the universal language. Everyone is welcome.
Check out my new song samples for a taste of what I do. All instruments, vocals and production done by me at my home studio.
My approach: I take a multi-disciplinary, multi-instrumental approach to teaching music. I feel that today's students are very interested in learning more than just one instrument, style or discipline. One of my greatest assets as a teacher is that I can play and teach guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, keyboards, songwriting, and audio production/engineering, or any combination thereof, to a student that is interested in becoming more than just a guitar player.
That being said, my musical experience centers primarily on the guitar, and that's where I prefer to start teaching my students. And if you only want to learn guitar, we'll just stick with guitar. However, if you want to learn other instruments too (guitar and drums; guitar, bass, and harmonica; guitar, keys and drums; etc.) we will work together to create a program that allows you to achieve all of your musical goals in time.
No matter what, the bottom line is this: you determine the direction of your musical education. The first time we meet, we will talk about your musical interests and goals, and from that conversation I will design a curriculum that fits your personality, needs and desires. I work with each of my students to determine and constantly refine his or her path, and as we follow your path I will work to give you all the tools needed to pursue your goals...and if I can't give them to you I'll help you find someone who can. I know my limits as a musician and teacher and I will always be honest with you about those things. For example, if you decide you want to be a jazz guitarist, I can get you started on that path, but once you advance beyond my limits (I love jazz, but it's not my forte), I will help you find a teacher who better fits your needs and goals.
Finally, I have always felt that music should be fun and there's no reason that learning to play an instrument can't be fun too. That doesn't mean it won't be hard work, because, like anything else in life, as you get deeper into music it will not only become more rewarding, but more challenging too. Still, it should always be fun. I understand that each student is unique and what "fun" means for one student may be different for another, and so we will work at your pace and according to your goals and desires to create a program that is ideal for you.
I use a variety of teaching techniques and tools in my lessons and will cater those tools toward the needs of each student. You don't need to read music to learn how to play an instrument, but I do use a number of simple, easy-to-learn written methods in my teaching. More importantly, I encourage my students to learn how to "hear" music so that as they advance they can begin to teach themselves how to play the things that they hear. Therefore, much of my teaching method focuses on seeing, hearing and feeling the music...this is the way almost all popular music has been taught and learned since the beginning of time, and with the right supplement of written methods I think it still comprises the most effective way to become a complete musician.
I can also record every lesson for my students and make the recording available as a CD or mp3 via email so that you can listen to the lesson as you practice on your own at home.
Additionally, if you are interested in songwriting or audio recording, we can incorporate lessons on those subjects into your curriculum as well. Understanding both is an essential part of being a well-rounded musician in any genre these days and both fields can open up wide worlds of expression and artistry to those willing to delve into them. I am passionate and knowledgeable about both songwriting and recording.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, Bass Guitar, Amps
*** Specialties *** Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, songwriting, bass, Harmonica, drums, music production, audio recording Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk, Country, Bluegrass, Fingerstyle Guitar, Jazz
Kathleen S. January 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
My son has been taking lessons from Will for many years now. Will is a great teacher and my son has developed a very good skill set. He started with bass lessons, but when my son's skill set improved, Will recommended a different teacher and continued to work on guitar. We've been very pleased.
David K. March 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Perfect! Couldn't be happier!
Aaron R. April 1, 2013
Harmonica Verified Student
I am completely new to playing an instrument and Will taught me an incredible amount... from playing the instrument, to understanding music theory, to listening and understanding some of the great musicians. He takes a holistic approach to his teaching and the 45 minute sessions are done before you know it. He makes it fun and comfortable, which is important when you are just learning. I recommend him if you are at any level.
Matt earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.
He currently teaches private guitar lessons, sings and plays guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribes music professionally for a wide variety of clients. In the past, he worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. He also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the du
ration of his 16 year teaching career, Matt has taught over a 100 students of all ages and levels of experience.
Matt has a developed a reputation of being a musical jack of all trades. He is proficient in teaching and performing any style of guitar. However, he is best known for his rock guitar playing, his songwriting abilities, his classical guitar performance skills, and his ability to teach these skill sets effectively.
John Carnevale January 8, 2016
Online Verified Student
Matt quickly assessed my knowledge and experience playing guitar and got me started on exercises that are certain to improve my playing.
Zach November 12, 2015
I have seen Matt develop as a guitar player for many years. I have seen him play in a variety of settings: classical and rock. We grew up playing together. I played bass.
But, when I decided to pick up the guitar over the last couple of years, I turned to Matt. He always gives me sound advice, techniques, and insight on how to be a better musician. He has provided tabs when I could not figure out a certain part of a song on my own. Moreover, I have watched his videos to learn songs.
He is a great teacher with sound theory! He loves music, and it shows...
..you want a top-notch teacher, Matt Brown is your man!
Heather November 10, 2015
I'm a stay at home mom. It's pretty awesome that I can take lessons with Matt over Skype without ever leaving my home or my kids. Matt really goes out of your way to make sure you have an effective and enjoyable learning experience. He sends me videos of him playing everything that I'm working on so I can watch them for reference during the week. It's SO helpful when it comes to learning a new technique or a tricky part of a song.
A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree and Illinois Teaching License. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 7 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.
Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;
Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.
Finger picking playing style
Ability to re
ad written sheet music
Ability to read and count rhythm
Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical
Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.
And most importantly, musicianship.
I prefer to have one, one hour lesson per week. I offer "in home" and "in studio" lessons.
Jim October 18, 2015
Wow! Shaun has far exceeded my expectations. He is an amazing teacher. He is prepared every week with lesson plans, he is a walking Encyclopedia for all things music and he is an extremely nice guy. Shaun is the real deal. He has the skills to teach everyone form the beginning guitar player to a seasoned professional looking to advance their skills. He is a patient person that takes the time to make sure you understand what he is teaching and more importantly he can explain why something has to be done a certain way. Shaun takes some the most complicated aspects of the guitar from rhythm to scales and makes it easy to understand and apply in the real world.
Ashley September 10, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
I have been working with Shaun for about a year, and have truly enjoyed my experience with him. He is an excellent instructor, very focused on technique and learning to play guitar the RIGHT way. I have learned to read music, improv, and am now learning performance pieces. I would definitely recommend him as an instructor.
Alex A. September 10, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I had been playing primarily heavy metal guitar for the past decade or so, but recently I had been itching to give classical guitar a shot. I chose Shaun primarily because he lived in my area and because he offered in-home lessons at a very reasonable rate.
After 6 months of lessons or so, I have to say I've had every expectation met and exceeded. He puts a lot of effort into designing his own instructional materials (exercises, theory work, etc), and he always comes to the lesson with a plan. He's also done a great job helping me develop proper technique (particularly in the right hand) and certain musicianship skills (e.g., improv, inflection/mood). The pieces he has chosen for me to work on have been both challenging for my skill level but also musically compelling.
Most importantly, he's just the nicest guy in the world, always has a lot of enthusiasm (but isn't over the top), and has an open mind when it comes to others' taste in music and what his students want to get out of the guitar.
In sum: my lessons with him have been very effective and have been a blast, I highly recommend him!
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