Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Jessie
"Improving every day w/ Michael!
Michael is amazing! It is my first time doing a Skype lesson on Take Lessons, and it exceeded all expectations.
about the seventh time I've worked with him, and I see progress every lesson with the his vocal technique. He usually does a vocal warm up the first part of the lesson and then we go over a song of my or his choosing depending on what my goal was. When I was working on performing the Star Spangled Banner, he helped me become comfortable line by line and tailored each phrase to my vocal range. He is a 100% effort teacher, putting all of his passion into the lesson. You can tell that he loves what he does, from the patience and willingness to complete the task at hand even if it is over the allotted time, to the extra tracks he records and sends to me so I can practice on my own during the week. I appreciate his sincere and honest constructive criticism and I look forward to working with him in the future.
As far as logistics goes, not counting the times when Skype skipped a few seconds of speech, working with Michael has been seamless. He is very professional yet very down to earth. He is very flexible with the times of the lessons and is easy to get in contact with if there is an issue with the schedule. I recommend a Skype lesson to anyone not only because of the convenience, but also the range of expertise you can get. Michael lives in Brooklyn - and there is no way I could have worked with him living in San Diego before this! Thus, the teaching environment is a 4/5 simply because of errors of technology not by fault of the teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mark
"Good Piano Teacher
He is very patient, working at the level of the student. He is considerate and not pushy but gives encouragement on any effort shown.
He does not merely teach songs. I appreciate his background and understanding of music theory which is the foundation for any good teacher. He does very well in sharing that understanding, even to a young person. I definitely recommend him."
Tulsa, OK teacher:
Review by Zach
Outstanding teacher. Works well with children as well as adults. Fun exercises to teach proper breathing. Willing to work with whatev
er style you prefer. One word of warning, avoid in studio lessons if allergic to cats."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Isabelle
"Ms. Isabelle R. is an exceptional musician and wonderful violin teacher. She brings high quality music instruction to her classes and students will be we
ll skilled in music after taking the first class. She is timely, well prepared and has teaching qualities that we expect from a professional teacher. Whether group or private lessons, Ms. Isabelle R. has an amazing way of matching her teaching style to the needs of the student. I highly recommend her as an instructor you don't want to pass on.
Darlene Sandifer Managing Director Chicago West Community Music Center"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Daniel
"Calvin is an excellent teacher and Daniel enjoys the lessons!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Josie P
"I have worked with vocal coaches since I was a kid and for the first time when working with Danny within the first lessons, I have already improved my ran
ge and control. Also just the basic use of parts of my voice that didn't even know existed. I am also learning how to use my mix and I am excited as it comes in handy in singing country pop."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Kelly
"I was always inspired by the piano. My Grandma was a fantastic pianist, and I always wanted to learn, but was too afraid to learn after hearing for years
that either you have it or you don't. Feeling like I might not have natural ability, having a teacher that is encouraging and patient was really important. James was that patient and encouraging teacher, and thanks to him, I've been progressing more than I thought. He is a natural teacher with a talent for adapting to different learning styles. His lessons are so helpful, and I rarely feel frustrated like I have learning instruments with other instructors. Within a couple of months, I felt so much more confident with how far I've progressed than I thought I would."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Traci
"Only one place to go to become a phenomenal singer and person!
I took lessons with Chavaleh for four or five years. She was always so patient with me and
always made me feel so confident, whether it was playing Chopin on the piano or singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables or combining the two with a pop song! She taught me how to chord the piano and sing at the same time as well as how to become technically skilled at each separately. Chavaleh also made me a better person. She exudes warmth and kindness and understanding; I never felt like giving up. She always made me want to keep trying. By far the best mentor I have ever had. Thank you, Chavaleh!"
Visalia, CA teacher:
Review by Max
"Sphie is balanced, patient, and smart. Not much more you can ask for in a mentor and coach. So happy to have her help as I try to become a better singer!"
Jeff is a recent graduate of UW-Madison's School of Music. His studies began with his first teacher, Rob Junceau III, continuing Into college, where he studied under Richard Davis for five years. There he performed with Davis's Black Music Ensemble, UW-Jazz Little Band and as principal bassist for UW-Madison's Symphony Orchestra. Jeff's music reflects a broad application of classical and jazz influences along with almost all other genres of music. Whether it be Metal, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Funk, Jazz or Rap, Jeff has had professional playing experience in all and is willing to share any know
ledge. Besides teaching he is working full time in 6 various bands and composes music for film. He recently won Madison Area Music Award's best bassist of the year for 2012.
*** Travel Equipment *** Works best if students can supply equipment but arrangements can be made and I can supply anything needed.
*** Specialties *** I have been playing in numerous bands and musical groups since I've started. I'm confident that I can teach anything bass oriented to any student. I can play and teach any style of music, from rap to classical and everything in between. In addition to all the teaching material presented below, I have numerous jazz, pop and classical literature (from Jaco Pastorius' transcriptions to violin/cello sonatas as well as countless jazz bass books)
I grew up as a Suzuki violin student in rural Washington state. I received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Central Washington University. I then moved to London for an academic year to study one-on-one with a violin teacher there. Following my time in London I lived in Seattle, WA and performed as a freelancer and also taught extensively. I am now working on my final year of a Master of Music degree at UW-Madison.
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching method draws on the Suzuki method, but also includes ideas and repertoire from other methods and influences. My favorite part
s of the Suzuki method are the emphasis on learning by ear and the belief that music should be taught to improve people's lives not just to produce competition-winning professional musicians.
I also have a background in something called Body Mapping, which is essentially a method for teaching musicians to be aware of their bodies while playing so as to avoid physical problems (such as tendonitis, etc.). This also influences my teaching and I focus on helping each student be physically well set up, especially since the violin can be an awkward instrument to hold at first.
Although I primarily play and teach classical music I enjoy exploring other genres if that is what the student is interested in. My own personal experience includes working with movie music, jazz, rock, and folk.
I like to have a very positive environment in my studio. I will be no-nonsense, but never at the expense of being friendly and encouraging.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons will be in my living room--plenty of seating for parents!
*** Specialties *** Suzuki method, "Body Mapping", mostly classical but some jazz and fiddling as well
chelsie M. January 18, 2013 Verified Student
Clare is amazing she is patient and has various approaches of explaining things so that you get an through understanding. I really enjoy my lessons.
Clare is patient and an excellant teacher I look foward to my weekly lessons. She is very good at the way she teaches.
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. - 25 years' teaching and performing experience. - Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student provides guitar, amp, music stand. I bring l
aptop and speakers when necessary.
*** Specialties *** All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
kevin Z. July 7, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Lyle provided a great first experience in my bass guitar lessons. He is very knowledgeable and created a custom lesson plan to what I am looking for.
Jakob J. May 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent with my 9 year old son!
Adam K. March 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lyle has been a great instructor so far. He has taught me how to think about and practice guitar better. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that he shares in an easy-going way. I feel better prepared and confidant that I can reach my desired skill level, rather than it seeming like a fantasy. Highly recommended.
I am an active freelance hornist in the Madison, WI area. Beginning my studies at the age of nine, I have been playing the horn for 15 years. After finishing high school in Houston, Texas, I relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I began my undergraduate work at Louisiana State University under the instruction of Seth Orgel of the Atlantic Brass Quintet.
Upon completion of my Bachelor of Music degree in 2011, l moved to Chicago, IL where I spent the next two years earning a master's degree in music performance. During this time I studied with Dale Clevenger, long time Principal Horn of t
he Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
During my career, I have performed in a wide variety of settings including orchestral performances, musicals, operas, chamber music, and solo performances.
*** Lesson Details *** I am highly enthusiastic about teaching the art of music and brass playing to all who wish to learn. I developed my teaching philosophy by combining the teaching styles of my own personal teachers. I start by focusing on the fundamentals of brass playing. These include skills such as breathing, tone production, scales, and arpeggios. I believe that once learned, these skills can be used as tools in order to make beautiful music. The next phase of teaching focuses more on the music its self. Things such as phrasing, dynamics, tone color, and style are what separate the good performers from the great ones. I use a proven combination of method books, etude books, and my own personal exercises and pieces that I have created to both fix certain problems, as well as perfect the art of music making.
While this may sound intimidating to a new student or their parents, DO NOT BE AFRAID! I am very good at what I do, and I promise that I can teach you all of these skills and more. In the end, it all comes down to the joy that can come from making music, and my teaching method can get you to the point where you can have more fun than you ever imagined performing music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Chairs Music Stands Sheet music and exercises
*** Travel Equipment *** I could provide sheet music and exercises. I expect my students to have a instrument that is in working condition.
*** Specialties *** I focus on using a variety of method books and etude books, combined with the standard orchestral, band, and solo repertoire in order to teach the art of music making, as well as the skills necessary to play the instrument proficiently.
Cheryl J. May 10, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Dafydd is a Top Notch Instructor
Dafydd is an incredibly gifted trumpet instructor. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, innovative and artful. I have noticed great improvements in my breath control, technique and overall sound since I began taking lessons from him. He tailors the lessons to capitalize on my strengths and improve my weaknesses by stressing good trumpet playing basics. He has helped me to achieve the competitive edge I was looking for and to gain the confidence I need to succeed as a trumpet player. The lessons are challenging and enjoyable.
I have almost 30 years teaching experience with all ages and levels here in the US and Russia.I have a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from a premier Russian Conservatory.I believe that an individual approach in teaching is a key to achieving professional goals in studying a musical instrument and playing technique. I select individual learning materials for each student and use my own methods, which I have developed during my professional teaching career. I encourage students to perform at different venues – from formal classical to informal talent shows and festiva
ls. My goal is for my students to experience the joy of performing and exhibit fearlessness on the stage. Many of my students have participated in national auditions and competitions both here and in Russia, and have continued their professional music education.I also teach ensemble playing with different instruments, accompaniment, duets and voice as children love this form of expression.
Andrea July 15, 2015
Classical Piano ·
I am an adult student who has taken piano lessons with Vlada for a number of years, and I am extremely impressed with Vlada as a teacher.
I played the piano off and on through high school (with a different teacher), and then took a break for many years without any formal instruction.
Now that I have returned to the piano, Vlada has helped me advance my playing well beyond my expectations. She helps me choose appropriate pieces that I will enjoy working on and that challenge me in new ways. She is masterful at identifying the reasons why I am struggling with particular passages and suggests techniques to help me improve many, many details.
I highly recommend Vlada!
Monika July 13, 2015
Classical Piano ·
My daughter took piano lessons with Vlada for 5 years--I specifically searched for a Russian teacher because I knew about their exacting hand placement and methods. Emma was years ahead of other students. When we moved, the pianist for the Milwaukee ballet agreed to give her lessons after hearing her audition (she didn't take students but was Russian so I begged). Totally wonderful experience--my daughter learned alot and progressed well beyond her peers. When we went to competitions, kids who were 12 were playing what my daughter played at 7. I could see the difference Vlada's tutelage had made and so could the judges
Svetlana July 12, 2015
Classical Piano ·
An excellent and exceptionally talented piano teacher and performing pianist. Both our girls studied with Vladislava for nearly 5 years. They had to stop taking formal lessons in high school (due to heavy academic load and extracurriculars), but even then they would ask her for occasional lessons during summer breaks or before a recital. The lessons were outstanding: highly professional, well planned and thought through with appealing and challenging music pieces carefully selected for the student’s age, ability and temperament. What struck me especially was the fact that V. provided ample opportunities for all students (starting at a young age) to perform in front of life audience (other students and their families) several times during each school year. I came to appreciate these recitals as a great teaching tool: not only they kept students motivated and engaged in their studies, they inspired the development of real performing skills early on, cutting to the core of any instrument playing: an ability to convey an emotion, a thought via music. And all the applause made the little artists ☺ proud and appreciative of their own achievement of course!
Our family would highly recommend Vladislava as a terrific music teacher to students of any age
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