Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Pam
Mark is an excellent teacher. He motivates with praise, and corrects gently. He is so knowledgable that he leads rather than pushes. One of the best
teachers I have ever seen!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Jay
""I love practicing and playing guitar, dad"
That's what my 8 1/2 year old daughter says to me while practicing and after she has finished her lessons wit
h Jason. I couldn't be happier with the lessons he is providing her and her sentiment speaks for itself. Thatâs all I need. If sheâs happy, I'm happy. I see her learning, improving, and having fun after every 30-min lesson. She also wants to practice!!!
Jason has a very easy-going style that connects with my daughter #and many others judging by the other reviews, which I read before selecting Jason# so I would 100% recommend him to anyone searching this site for a qualified guitar teacher for their child or themselves."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Kailyn
"He makes learning fun and easy"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Carolyn
I was satisfied with his lessons for my granddaughter"
Winchester, VA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Suberb Vocal Coaching
GFire is not only an excellent, patient and understanding vocal coach, but a lovely person and a friend now too. She's got great te
chniques for overcoming vocal and technique weaknesses. Super reliable and wonderful over long-distance as well! Recommended for all vocal styles!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Great instructor. Very knowledgeable and patient. Will recommend to others."
Memphis, TN teacher:
Review by Lakshmi
Benjamin is very professional and pleasant to work with. He possess great knowledge about music and shares his talent with enthusiasm and
brings out the best in his students. The open-minded attitude in imparting training in different languages or style that he brings to every aspect of his instruction is unique. We are glad to have him as a teacher for our children. We highly recommend him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Chris
"Adrienne taught my daughter Harp. Adrienne was incredible with her, making her feel comfortable and happy to be playing, even when my daughter did not wa
nt to play. I especially liked how she was always on time, never late."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by R
"Highly Recommend Jason
When my son was 8, he really wanted to learn how to play guitar. We asked a friend of ours where their son took lessons (he is an
excellent guitarist) and they highly recommended Jason. And I am very glad they did! Jason is an excellent teacher. He is great with kids and is an extremely talented musician. He tailors the lessons to my sons ability and encourages my sons creativity. After 3 years, my sons guitar and music skills have grown tremendously! He always enjoys the lessons with Jason, all the while improving on what he previously learned and also learning something new. Recently, Jason has put together recitals, where the students can show what they have learned in front of a small friends and family audience. Jason and the drummer in his band will perform with the student (learning the student's song almost overnight - which amazes me) when requested which really encourages the student to practice and get a feel for being on stage. My son has really enjoyed them and Jason does a great job of putting the shows together. My son and I could not be happier with the experience we have had with Jason. I highly recommend him."
Having an ear for music of all styles and genres, I had an interest in playing music and instruments at a very young age. At just 5 years old, I took my first piano lesson. I studied with that piano teacher for another 10 years, working on technique, theory and classical music, including playing piano recitals as a performer. I practiced piano to become a solo classical musician. Then in middle school, I joined the symphonic band where I was exposed and learned to play instruments in the percussion section, including drums, xylophone and marimba, and other instruments. At the same time, I join
ed the middle school jazz band. This was my first transition both as a piano player and musician into a new genre of music and playing. Needless to say, I fell in love with the music. In 2005, I auditioned and was the only pianist accepted into the classical piano department in the School of the Arts High School of San Francisco. There I went through rigorous classical training and learned vast amounts of repertoire. At the same time, I still studied and played jazz in the high school Big Band, Latin Jazz band and small jazz combo. It was during this time that I deeply focused on not only Jazz music and improvisation, but also Salsa, Latin Jazz, R&B, Funk, Pop. Basically all other forms and styles of music. I learned what it means to be in a band and how to make an ensemble sound good and to make an audience like and cheer for the music. I was lucky to have bands and musicians to play with all around San Francisco, including jazz festivals.
After graduating as the only student to study in the Piano department for 4 years in my graduating class, I was accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. I started my first semester in 2009, and declared a Piano Performance and Jazz Composition Dual Major in 2010. At Berklee, I studied under amazing piano teachers to focus on my jazz playing and technique and repertoire. Some of the classes I took included music theory, ear training, composition and arranging, scoring and analysis, even guitar and bass labs. As well, I was the main piano player for the Berklee Salsa Ensemble for 3 straight years. I was also involved with bands and playing recitals, shows, clubs, outdoors and indoor venues throughout Boston and Massachusetts. I had the honor of being hired by Berklee to travel and play along with other selected students at the Carnaval de Barranquilla honoring Joe Arroyo. This was the most memorable musical experience for me yet, as I played along great musicians for hundreds of people in a theater, including Joe Arroyo sharing the stage with the band.
All of this experience and training is what I bring to my lessons and tutoring sessions. I teach my students how to prepare themselves for any kind of musical situation, from music theory and technique, to piano playing and repertoire, and understanding and playing all kinds of styles and genres of music. Most of all, I teach my students to be unique in their musical endeavors and to bring out their own voice through music. And the most important element of all, the happiness and joy it brings to the students and others.
*** Lesson Details *** In my piano and music lessons, you will be learning music theory, proper piano technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire. It will be up to the student to determine what genre and style of music they want to learn and study. It can be anything from classical music, jazz, or even Funk and R&B music and more. My students will also develop an ear, meaning that instead of only focusing on written material and music in sheet music format, they will learn to hear intervals and chords, and also play or sing back melodies.
My teaching style is very easy to get along with. I don't pressure or push students by being too strict. When learning music, being hard and strict gets the student nowhere. I approach the student with listening and understanding. It's my job to see the students advantages and keep them strong, as well as working on bringing up weaknesses and what's needed to make the student excel in both playing technique, and all other musical aspects.
When it comes to proper piano technique, I always teach my students with "Hanon, the Virtuoso Pianist in sixty excercises", and "Scales, Chords & Arpeggios" by James Bastien. After 3-6 months as my student, you will progress in your technique skills, ear training, repertoire and memorization
*** Studio Equipment *** Main keyboard: Nord Stage 2 88 keysRecording equipment: M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface (modified), Black Lion Audio Inst/Mic Preamp, Black Lion Audio Master clock, KRK Rokit 6's, Shure SM57/SM58, Sterling Audio ST57 FET Condenser microphone, MacBook Pro with Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, Digital PerformerBass: Fender '57 reissue P Bass, made in JapanGuitar: Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster, made in MexicoAmps: Behringer PA/Keyboard amp, Fender DeVille 2X12 60W all tube Guitar amp
*** Travel Equipment *** Sheet music material and copied pages from books. Student should be able to provide their own books.
*** Specialties *** Classically trained in Piano. Most recent styles and genres include Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B/Soul, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban
Wolf November 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
We've only had a few leasons so far but Anthony is great with our 5 year old. Very patient and great instruction and gentle disposition.
Caitlin D. October 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
He was very good, friendly professional, great with my daughter,,
Tina W. April 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Anthony is a really great piano teacher and has been a great fit with my 12 YO son. Having said that, I can imagine that he'd do just great with any person in any age group. If you're looking for a terrific teacher, look no further. A+ in book!
First I would like to thank you for your interest in viewing my profile! Here is a short description of my educational and professional background. I hold a Master's in Voice Performance degree from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of Science degree in Voice Performance from State Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2001, I toured with International European Opera Company which performed numerous times in Denmark, France, Italy and USA. I currently perform and teach in the New Orleans area and
love to share my knowledge and experience with my students. There is so much more to performance then just beautiful vocalizing.....
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching is based on my own personal, classical training from Europe and North America. Whether it's opera, oratorio, musical theater or pop-style singing that is desired, I believe that classical technique is an essential source of proper singing that can be used to train singers of all genres. Just like a piano, flute or violin, your voice is an instrument. The purpose of voice lessons is to help you develop a beautiful and dynamic singing voice and also to teach you to use your voice in a healthy age-appropriate way that will keep you singing for many years to come! As your teacher, I want your lesson to be more than just singing through a few songs. While what specifically happens during a voice lesson can vary greatly from student to student and from week to week, the overall structure of the lessons remains similar. We will always start with some combination of warm-ups for your breath, body, and voice. Just as you wouldn't go running without first stretching and warming up your muscles, you don't want to start singing full songs without first getting your body and voice warmed up. Warm-ups will also introduce you to new techniques for properly using your voice in a healthy and beautiful way. After warm-ups, we will work on songs. Typically, you will sing through the song once, and then we will go through it in small, manageable chunks, applying the techniques from the warm-ups to the songs. During the lesson we will also work on expression and acting. A song isn't just pretty notes—it tells a story. If it's a song from a musical, there's a specific character that sings it. It's your job as a singer to tell the story and to make it fun and exciting for the audience. While there's a lot of hard work that goes on during a lesson, voice lessons are lots of fun! As your teacher, I am here to encourage you, support you, and guide you in your vocal studies. I look forward to working with you soon!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio room, 2 full size keyboards, music stands, book shelf, desk, parking lots (free).
*** Specialties *** Classical, Music Theater, Jazz
Giulia February 7, 2017
Opera Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Luis December 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She's awesome! If you are looking for a teacher that has a great experience, that is going to say you the truth and really care about your learning.. She is the right one.
Fey T. November 8, 2016
Online Verified Student
I believe that the study of music is one of the most rewarding pursuits we can undertake! Whether a total beginner, college student or adult looking to brush up on skills or learn new ones, I will help you reach your goals!
As a lecturer with the Tulane University Department of Music in New Orleans, LA I primarily teach music theory and history. I received my Master's degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Akron where was a graduate assistant for oboe and music theory. There I taught private oboe and piano students and provided music theory tutoring at all levels.
I perform w
ith professional orchestras throughout the area and state of Louisiana, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Rapides, Acadiana, and Lake Charles Symphonies. Having studied piano since the age of 8 through graduate school, I enjoy performing as a vocal accompanist for Tulane students as well as for local churches.
I am able to offer lessons at Tulane University and am able to travel throughout the metropolitan area. As I am frequently performing throughout the state, I can also arrange special lessons in other cities. Feel free to contact me about scheduling a lesson!
I am also happy to assist you in finding an instrument, supplies, sheet music and method books. Having the right setup is the best way to ensure success!
Ava B. September 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher great with kids my daughter loved him and is excited to keep going to him for lessons !!
Jody T. April 27, 2016
Online Verified Student
My name is Grant Hudson and I’ve been helping students grow for almost 10 years now! How time flies! I started playing music at the age of 9 and have been in love with it ever since, staying active in my local music scene as an instructor, performer, manager and booking agent. I have also earned a degree in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University for all of the students wishing improve their writing skills!
In addition to freelance work, (weddings, jazz brunch gigs, etc.) I am the lead guitarist and manager for the funk band Captain Green and the soul project RetroFit. I
attended Indiana University for jazz guitar and have studied under jazz greats Dan Miller, Corey Christiansen, and Oteil Burbridge.
I pride myself in taking a students learning needs and using that as my basis for their specific lesson plan, always on a case-by-case basis, tailored to each individual student. Everyone is at a different waypoint on their path so why would I use a predetermined formula to try and help them, am I right? I am excited to meet and grow with every single one of you, let's learn to love the life we have and let our studies become radiant!
I teach all kinds of disciplines from guitar, mandolin, banjo, and clarinet, to creative writing, meditation, and even astrology. If you have any questions about my teaching methods, skill level in a certain discipline, or anything thing you can think of I would be more than happy to answer you!
Musically yours, Grant
Angel February 20, 2017
Online Verified Student
As good as one can expect from online lesson. You will get better with him
Marti S. February 3, 2017
Online Verified Student
Grant was able to feel out my interest and musical level surprisingly quickly and get me going toward MY goal. I felt more comfortable than expected and came away encouraged in my goals. Looking forward to more.
Kevin C. January 26, 2017
Online Verified Student
Hi, My name is Christopher DiBenedetto and I have been a professional musician for over 10 years. My music career all started when I was much younger and developed a passion for singing. Throughout my high school years I participated in Louisiana Regional and Louisiana All-State Choir as well as attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts during the summer semester in Vocal Performance. While attending, University Laboratory School in Baton rouge I also completed the International Baccalaureate curriculum in Music Studies, while furthering my vocal Instruction with teacher Skip Harri
s and teaching myself the piano. I have studied vocal styles in blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, and classical music.
One of the most satisfying skills you can ever learn is mastering a musical instrument. Whether its a skill you pick up in school, or youve come to it later in life, the sense of achievement youll get from mastering anything from simple folk tunes to complex sonatas and studies by the great masters is almost without equal. The social element of music has been part of our society since civilization began, and without a doubt, music is the only truly international language, existing in every …
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One of the most satisfying skills you can ever learn is mastering a musical instrument. Whether its a skill you pick up in school, or youve come to it later in life, the sense of achievement youll get from mastering anything from simple folk tunes to complex sonatas and studies by the great masters is almost without equal. The social element of music has been part of our society since civilization began, and without a doubt, music is the only truly international language, existing in every
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