Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Phyllis
"Yes, BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER! I wholly agree! Chip is accommodating, knowledgeable, patient, talented, and sweet. My son's voice improved so quickly, that
I'm certain it was Chip's teaching style that made the difference. When we can afford lessons, we will always look for Chip D. Just incredible! Do your voice a favor and contact Chip. He's affordable, too!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Remi Has been an excellent instructor so far! Very patient and helpful."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Joe
"Joanna is extremely professional. She was always on time and prepared."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Hao
"Troy is a great piano teacher! Troy has a great grasp on the material that he teaches. Troy's helpful and diligent teaching style helps further my progres
s. The schedule that Troy has also works great for us which is always a plus! Thank you Troy!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Alex
"Wonderful to work with!
I've been taking lessons from Valerie for a little over a year now, and she really knows what she is talking about. She is very p
rofessional, and I always leave the lesson feeling that I'm making progress."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Denise
Ronda has taught both my kids piano from a young age through middle school. She is patient and kind but also challenges them to keep improv
ing their skills. My kids have very different personalities and learning styles. Ronda tailored the lessons to their individual needs. Very pleased with her as a piano teacher!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Katy
"Top notch teacher
My son has been taking lessons from Ben now for a little over a month. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and reliability of
Ben. I figured it would take a lot to keep a 16 year old boy who is a beginner totally interested in piano but Ben has managed to do just that. My son actually looks forward to his weekly lessons and practices without hesitation and I can only attribute that to the teaching techniques of Ben. If anyone is contemplating on choosing Ben for their or their child's instructor, hesitate no further. He is one of the best."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Janine
"Good product with excellent skills.
I've had the opportunity to work with Desmond upon forming his Vocal Ensemble choir, that had a Classical based found
ation. As one of the Ensemblesâ founding member I sang with the alto line, and found great joy and fulfillment in attending rehearsals. Within six months of our choirsâ conception we had an enormous repertoire, and was touring, appearing on television, attending interviews with the media, performing in and winning competitions. Needless to say Desmondâs musical skills was a ray of sunlight, which came our way boosting our self confidence, while creating success for the group. Iâm happy to have been a part of this group and am pleased to recommend Desmond to anyone who is serious and wants to learn music."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jean
"I found Nadia after calling and speaking to several voice teachers in the LA/OC area. All of her students speak incredibly high of her.
When I first s
tarted lessons with her, I had a new found love of classical music and wanted to continue exploring where my voice could go in that arena. Nadia has been extremely open and supportive of everything I have wanted to try and has given me great repertoire suggestions when I simply had no clue.
After a little over a year with her, the range in my voice has definitely increased and my vocal quality has improved tremendously. It's amazing how different my voice sounds today compared to when I first started with her.
The work that I do at each lesson is well worth the money. I never leave without breaking a sweat!"
Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.
*** Bio *** I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the a
bility to play the type of music you want to play.
Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.
*** Lesson Details *** Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice harder than ever. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.
*** Studio Equipment *** My North Hollywood studio is a private garage turned into a studio. It has 2 desks, a full-size Yamaha keyboard, ukulele, accordion, didgeridoo, guitar, electric bass, chairs, music stand, laptop, and a printer.
My Mar Vista studio is a private room in a house with a semi-concert grand Steinway piano and everything else included in the North Hollywood studio.
Jason Miller July 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Good start to re-engaging the piano.
Dea Vise July 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Chris is an amazing instructor! I left there feeling more confident about playing than I have ever felt before and am excited to continue classes!
Sheri M. April 15, 2015
Online Verified Student
Christoffer has been a terrific instructor - I'm amazed at how quickly he has me playing.
Arlette C. grew up and attended schools in Culver City, California. She attended Los Angeles Valley College where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Music. She then received a partial scholarship and received the Margaret Aue Award for outstanding cellist while attending California State University at Northridge, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She went on to attend University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a full scholarship and graduated with a Master of Music degree in cello performance. After her graduation in 1984, she toured Europe for eigh
t months playing cello with the Schatz Theater Group, an American opera company. Upon her return from Europe, she was hired to play in various orchestras in Michigan. In 1991, she returned to California and was named Operations Manager with the Inland Empire Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino. In 1994, she moved back to Culver City, where she began to work for Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 1997. Noticing the lack of any significant orchestra in Culver City she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, with a mission of developing classical music interest in young audiences. After she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra in 1997, she created the Just For Kids Youth Symphony Orchestra (2006-2008). With the Just For Kids group, she taught music fundamentals, music history, musicianship, and orchestral repertoire. Ms. Arlette as well is the Founder and Music Director of her own orchestra and has attended several conducting workshops throughout the United States hosted by world renowned teachers such as Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu, Eduardo Navega, Marin Alsop, Lawrence Golan, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Daniel Lewis. Her current conducting coach is Mr. John Koshak. She has taught at Bloom School of Music In 2013. She is successfully conducting with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and is a free-lance cellist, and holds two wonderful cello studios in Culver City and Reseda.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are fun and entertaining, but you (the student) will always learn something). You will first learn the basics like posture, sitting properly, cello basics, then we actually play the cello. Yeah!!!! You play a line or two or three, then we play together!!! We do this a couple of times with several different fingers on the strings so you can get used to it. Repeating this over and over gives you lots of confidence and mastery!!! At the 6 month mark I hold a recital for all my students who must participate so that I and your parents can see the progress you have made in these 6 months. And both you and I should be very proud of the work You have put into playing the cello!!!
*** Specialties *** Methods I teach are traditional scales, etudes, broken thirds and easy pieces to difficult ones. Styles I keep range from the entire classical era from Bach to 21st century music to Broadway and some jazz.
Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Victoria R. June 15, 2015
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Arlette C. September 22, 2014
Fabulous cello teacher!!! We are so pleased that our daughter is taking lessons from Arlette. When our daughter wanted to learn cello (2 years ago), Arlette came highly recommended. We were not disappointed! Arlette teaches all aspects of playing the cello, including music theory, and developing musically. She's passionate, caring, patient every step of the way, inspirational, and makes it so much fun!--consequently, my girl recently auditioned and was accepted to play in a high school orchestra (she's a middle school student). She loves playing cello!
Bryan is a lifelong student trained in both Contemporary and Classical methodology. Bryan's extensive education paired with his passion for music make him the perfect teacher for any student. Bryan's love for music started at a young age. He began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10 learning the basics. This knowledge has served as the basis for all of his musical training as it provided a strong backbone of fundamental skills to build upon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2005, he practiced and perfected the classical approach to music. Bryan's education continued at th
e Musicians Institute based in the music capital of the world, Los Angeles. Here he diversified his music skills with vigorous training in the contemporary study of music. This contrast allows Bryan to teach everything from Rock n' Roll to Beethoven!
Bryan Specializes in the guitar and Bass Guitar; however, he is proficient in piano and drums as well. His interests range from simply perfecting the art of guitar playing, to composing modern music for entire bands. Additionally, Bryan's expertise extends into the technological side of recording and producing music. Thorough knowledge of popular computer programs allows Bryan to complete almost any music related task.
Bryan has been teaching private lessons for the past 10 years.
*** Lesson Details *** I am an incredibly patient teacher with only one goal in mind: help the student progress steadily! For this reason, every students lessons will be different. However, a typical lesson will aim to improve on 4 basic categories... Guitar technique and dexterity, Music Theory / Improvisation, Learning students favorite Songs, and Personal projects. Personal projects can range from writing songs, to recording songs, or to learning the basics of other instruments.
As a lifetime musician I have a very good idea of what works for most students. However, my goal is to be YOUR teacher, and I will focus on whatever it is that interests you the most!
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is made up of high quality equipment. It currently includes electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, BASS Guitars, baritone guitars, a piano, Mac computers and a Professional PA system. There is also a ton of peripheral equipment including amplifiers, effects pedals, a Drum machine and stereo equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can Provide Everything for Guitar players. I recommend an amplifier, tuner and a cable.
*** Specialties *** I am particularly proficient in Rock Guitar and Music Theory. I specialize in songwriting as an application of Music Theory.
Devin H. December 5, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
I highly recommend Bryan
If you are looking for guitar lessons then Bryan is your guy. I have been taking lessons from him for 6 months now and had no experience prior. I have learned a lot from him and not just about playing a guitar but music in general. I highly recommend Bryan.
NickL April 6, 2012
Bryan has been a very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible guitar teacher. He uses my interests and questions to drive lesson content. I find personally that understanding the music theory behind what I'm learning to play is very helpful, so we've spent a lot of time breaking things down. He's very knowledgeable. He also does a good job of explaining how he uses his intuition as a guitar player and musician, which helps me develop intuition of my own.I would definitely recommend Bryan!
DaveR April 12, 2011
Bryan is doing a fabulous job with my son, Jensen. Jensen has really taken to the guitar and he is learning quite a bit. He looks forward to his lesson each week. I highly recommend Bryan, who is very nice, knowledgeable and fun.
Music is my passion, and I love to share it with others! I have been a musician almost my entire life. I began taking piano lessons in grade school and voice lessons in middle school. I continued to study throughout high school and eventually college. I graduated in music from The Ohio State University. I went on to teach music in the public schools as well as private piano and voice lessons. When not teaching, I spend most of my time performing by acting, singing, dancing and modeling. Some past performances include Company; Jekyll and Hyde; The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs; and Grease. I recently relocated to Los Angeles and am excited to share my passion for music with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are looking to sing/play for a special performance, give a solo recital or just try something new for the first time, I will help you succeed and have fun along the way! I will help you build a technical foundation and let you help to determine the focus of the lessons based on what your goals are.
*** Studio Equipment *** LivingRoom: electric piano, couch and chairs, dining room table and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** Student must provide piano or keyboard if teaching in student's home
lea S. June 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
She's wonderful! Very engaging! Works excellent with a six year old. Absolutely recommend!
katie May 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Super sweet and nice. She really made it fun and easy to understand!
Shari T. October 25, 2012 Verified Student
Music Teacher MaryAnn is great!
I feel comfortable and not nervous when learning with her because she'e kind and patient. Lerning music with her is fun.
Stephanie speaks both english and spanish fluently from having grown up in a multi cultural family, as well as having lived in seven different countries throughout her life. From a very early age, she studied and took lessons both in school and privately, for many different forms of dance, visual arts, & music (voice & piano). In 2012, Stephanie graduated with honors (Cum Laude), from the renown Berklee College of Music in Boston. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and works both corporately and independently with the skills that she possesses.
Kylee E. March 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
She has been wonderful with my daughter. Taking her time to help Kylie pick a song and work with it. Kylie is always happy and satisfied after her lessons with Stephanie.
Maija March 19, 2015
Online Verified Student
First lesson and my daughter was very happy. A few technical glitches to start with Skype but Stephanie was very professional. We are looking forward to the next lesson.
Tim M. February 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have worked with Stephanie in the past. Stephanie has a great energy that she brings to her lessons. You can tell she loves teaching music.
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