Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Eli
"I have only had three lessons so far, but Parker has been very easy to work with. I am sure that I present a challenge as far as structuring a lesson prog
ram. I am an older student (late 60's), I had some formal music training learning to play the accordion when I was young, but I am entirely self taught on guitar. I played guitar for several years when I was in my late teens, & picked it up again about 8 or nine months ago. Consequently, I am all over the map in terms of my capabilities. Advanced beginner or intermediate in some technical areas, but with major gaps in my understanding of both theory and technique, Parker has done a nice job initially of not spending too much time on things I already know, but still covering enough of the basics with me to identify gaps in my abilities that need to be strengthened. I have enjoyed my sessions, and the pace has been about right so far."
Denver, CO teacher:
S. Parker G.
Review by marisela
"Lisa is always so excited and ready to teach she makes it fun every time I really enjoyed her teaching me, thank you Lisa!"
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Corbin
Whitney is an awesome teacher! i have been going to her for almost a year and i have improved a whole lot! I would recommend her to anyone!
She is very talented and teaches very well!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Falaena
"Emerson is great at teach in teaching. He will go at any pace you tell him to go at. I would recommend him for all ages."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Anna
"Kelvin is so great at catering to each students needs and keeping the lessons light and fun. He is so full of fun stories and encouragement as well as bei
ng a magnificent teacher."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Mackenzie
"He's very patient and encouraging!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"I highly recommend Tony. He has taught both of my sons, Emmet and Connor, how to play the guitar with an emphasis on jazz and rock and learning the funda
mentals needed for improvisational play. My eldest son, Emmet, began his guitar lessons in 7th or 8th grade and continued all the way through High School. Emmet commented to me that Tony was a really good teacher for his learning style and made it easy and fun. Emmet continued playing in college and used the fundamentals he learned from Tony to teach himself how to play the banjo. As a River Raft guide he was selected to be the guide on the "folk music" trip so that he could play along with the professional folk guitarist and vocalist. My second son, Connor, had played the saxophone and was in the jazz band in Middle School, and then decided he wanted to learn guitar in High School. He took lessons with Tony all through High School (9th through 12th) and learned all the chords and how to improvise. He enjoyed his lessons with Tony and progressed rather quickly. Tony knows how to teach according to each individual's needs which is very important. He customizes his lessons for students based on their interests and ability levels. He makes the lessons fun and interesting. I highly recommend Tony."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tony
"As an adult, I was looking for a clarinet teacher who was positive, personable, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Christian has definitely met my expectati
ons. We have been doing lessons on-line via Skype until his return to NJ next month and it has been working out exceptionally well. Christian has been practical in his instructions, offering suggestions on such things as reed strength and the most efficient use of practice time. I'm sure Christian would be equally good with young students. Highly recommended!"
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Patrick
"Gabriel took my voice to the next level. As a professional singer myself, I was looking to elevate my game and did I ever! With Gabriel's techique I was
able to do things with my voice I'd never thought possible. I was hitting notes I never thought I could hit, and singing songs in a whole new, wonderful way. Not only will his vocal technique and teaching style improve your voice, but he's an actual working professional with great insight and knowledge of how the business works. Great stuff! I HIGHLY recommend Gabriel!"
I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with eight years' experience teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and acting to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student; no two people learn the same way. I hold a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Na
th Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate). I regularly perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and completed training through the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. As a teacher, I completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course with Cynthia Bess which provided me with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults. In the spring of 2010, one of my students, a teen-aged boy, was selected to attend Eastman's summer program for high school students. Several of my students have performed leading roles in school, community, and university musical productions. I hold a full voting membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, am employed as Director of Music Ministry for a fairly large church, and was recently awarded the National Pastoral Musician's organ certification. I was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers (a twenty-voice historical choir) for six years.
*** Lesson Details *** I provide professional, knowledgeable, and individualized instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. During the course of study with me, I expect voice students will improve vocal technique and sound quality, alleviate physical tension which may be interfering with phonation, expand their range, learn new repertoire, increase confidence, and grow as performing artists. My vocal teaching method focuses on correct breathing and resonance; I also incorporate some activities from Barry Green's "Inner Game of Music" technique. Although my teaching is grounded in a scientific approach to the process of phonation, I also believe singing should be a fun experience for the student. We sing to communicate! I believe that a thorough technical foundation is necessary for free and healthy singing in any genre of music. I am willing to work with students in the vocal styles that interest them most; although my professional performance experience is in opera and musical theatre, I have also successfully worked with students whose interests included jazz, pop, rock, folk music, contemporary Christian music, and choral singing. My piano pedagogical method matches each student with the right curriculum-- Alfred, Schaum, or Piano Adventures-- plus supplemental technical exercises such as scales, arpeggios, and Czerny and Hanon exercises. All students are exposed to theory through worksheets, games, and other applied activities. As soon as possible, I introduce "real" repertoire from master composers.
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand piano, electronic piano, music library, photo copier for copies of repertoire, music stands, Sing and See software.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide copies of music and exercises. If I am teaching at a student's home, I expect him/her to provide a keyboard instrument.
*** Specialties *** I believe that a strong technical foundation emphasizing correct breathing and placement will allow voice students to sing in a healthy manner in any style of music. My professional performance credentials are primarily in opera, but I also have musical theatre experience and have successfully worked with students whose interests include opera, musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Irish folk music, and choral singing. In piano lessons, I emphasize technique and musicianship through a balance of exercises, repertoire, and theory activities.
AmberH April 20, 2012
Emily is GREAT!
Emily is a great voice teacher and Sage adores and admires her very much. Sage has learned so much from Emily and we are very happy with her services. Emily always provides timely and valuable feedback and Sage looks forward to her lessons each week. Emily should be commended for a job well done; we appreciate her and so does Sage.
RyanB March 23, 2012
What I DIDN'T Know
Emily is an awesome coach and instructor. Yes I said coach! A coach actually encourages you, and that is what she did for me. Anyway, as for the title, "What I DIDN'T Know", there were things in film auditions that I didn't know that would were actually sabotaging my chances for auditions. Emily worked on these real quick and fixed them up.Long story short, I had an audition yesterday, and using Emily's lessons's the casting director said, "Wow, that was actually really good"
StaceyS1 December 1, 2010
I've spent years developing bad singing habits. Emily has been very patient and has helped me fix many of those bad habits one step at a time. I've made significant progress in a few short months and would recommend her to anyone looking to study voice.
I am a doctorate student in WVU, school of music. I have worked as a professional opera singer. I have plenty of experience on teaching singing for all age students, including classical, pop and Broadway. In addition, I have been teaching piano to beginners for years. In college, I have also worked as a music theory tutor.
As a tenor, I offer voice lesson to children and adults since 2008, classical and pop singing. I received my bachelor degree in music from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and as a professional singer worked in Shanghai Opera House for three years. Then I received my master degree in music from Cleveland Insititute of Music. With rich teaching and performance experiences, I will give students specific advices to improve their singing and performance skills.
Hi, I'm a trombonist and a student at West Virginia University. I study trombone performance and will be a senior in the fall. I have been playing trombone for 10 years and teaching trombone, tuba, and euphonium for 4 years. Most of my experience is teaching middle and high schoolers, but I am willing to work with a student of any age!
Hi! I'm Angela and I would love to teach you the violin. I've been playing since I was 5 years old. I am 24 years old now and just graduated with my BFA in Music Performance with an emphasis in violin at Marshall University in WV. I am a violinist in the Huntington Symphony, I've played over 50 weddings, and I'm even in a Bluegrass band! I adore performing with my violin, but I also enjoy teaching and showing people the beauty of the instrument. In the past few years, I've had a wide range of students varying from ages 3-75! It is NEVER too late to learn! I am extremely patient, I laugh and sm
ile a lot, and I'm very easy to get along with. I hope you give me a shot! :)
What does "pitchy" mean, and what should you be doing if you receive that critique? Here, Gambrills, MD voice teacher Shannon F. shares her tips...
You're a little pitchy. Ok, Paula Abdul. We get it. Singing in tune is important. For some, good intonation comes naturally. For others, it's a struggle. But just because you're a little sharp or flat now doesn't mean you're doomed to singing out of tune forever! In fact, I've had many students' intonation improve in just one week …
What Does "Pitchy" Mean? (Plus 4 Steps to Improve)
What does "pitchy" mean, and what should you be doing if you receive that critique? Here, Gambrills, MD voice teacher Shannon F. shares her tips...
You're a little pitchy. Ok, Paula Abdul. We get it. Singing in tune is important. For some, good intonation comes naturally. For others, it's a struggle. But just because you're a little sharp or flat now doesn't mean you're doomed to singing out of tune forever! In fact, I've had many students' intonation improve in just one week
Throwback Thursday: 5 Easy Guitar Songs From The 90's
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Before we begin: This article uses chord diagrams and tablature fo
5 Easy Guitar Songs That are Fun to Play
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Basic Guitar Chords
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How to Tune a Guitar - Easy Tricks and Pro Tips
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An out-of-tune guitar can make even a virtuoso sound terrible. If you're just beginning to play guitar, an out-of-tune instrument can be incredibly frustrating and make every note sound like a mistake. Learn how to tune a guitar like a pro and pretty soon you'
6 Tips for Singing and Playing the Piano at the Same Time
Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, its difficult because youre multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously your voice and the piano. Its easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key