Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Aaron
"Great instructor that connected with my 8 year old son from the moment he walked into our home."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Bonnie
"Piano is so rewarding!
Marty has helped me tremendously with understanding music theory and helping me advance my playing! As an older student, I need a
different approach from kids; and Marty has worked hard to give me that training! I love taking lessons!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Daniel
"Asuka is a great voice teacher
Asuka is a wonderful teacher â a skilled musician, very knowledgeable about the voice, and patient. I have learned a lot
from her, and have really enjoyed the process. She is a consummate professional, and my lessons are always organized and well-plannedâ¦ but she also makes it fun. I trust her judgment when it comes to my voice, and feel that Iâve improved a lot, thanks to my lessons with her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Saam
"Great teacher, ideal for Persian music
Simona has a no nonsense style, is always focused on the student and eager to make the best use of your time. She
was great for helping me clean up some songs I was working on even though one of them was definitely outside her usual range.
When it came to Persian/Iranian classical style music, I learned more in a couple of sessions than I ever learned on my own.
I would highly recommend Simona."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jiaying
"A knowledgeable music teacher
I've taken piano and music theory lessons with Jingjing for half an year to prepare for my college entry. He is a very pati
ent yet active teacher. He teaches both piano and music theory excellent, sometimes a bit extra music history during the lessons. I feel his lessons always offer something new and interesting. For me, he is a perfect teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by galina
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN EXELLENT PIANO TEACHER??? GIVE ANGELIKA A CALL AND YOU'LL BE VERY GLAD YOU DID. SHE IS A GREAT TEACHER. MY 9 YEAR OL
D DAUGHTER LIKES HER PIANO LESSONS A LOT."
Portland, ME teacher:
Review by Wendy
"He has a very warm personality. He is easy to communicate with and a great listener. He focuses very quickly on your learning style. He teaches to your le
vel and pushes just enough to make it challenging and fun. Absolutely recommend!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jared
"Phenomenal instructor. I would absolutely recommend for anyone who wants to learn music, literature, poetry, composition, music instruction, philosophy, o
r even just different types of coffee. Dr. Thomé is an incredible mentor, instructor, and friend."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Kivanc
"Tolga is a kind of teacher who has an innate talent of solving problems. He never goes on without making it clear when you are in need of furter informati
on or lost during the class. He uses certain equipment to help him teach more effectively. His way of expressing his invaluable knowledge is highly impressive. If you have a good ear for music, he can train you in the blink of an eye"
Music is one of the biggest, most important things in my life! I love how music allows me to express myself. A lot of joy is brought to people through music. I strive to change lives for the better through singing and teaching others how to be great singers!
I have been teaching for about 7 years, but performing for 20. As a performer, I believe I am able to provide insight from both a teacher's and an artist's point of view. I have been in the same position as my students so I am able to relate.
*** Lesson Details *** In my studio, you will find a very relaxed environment. While
I am strict when it comes to proper technique, I believe in encouragement and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. You will not leave my studio feeling unaccomplished or discouraged.
I create my own curriculum based on the needs of each student. All of my students will be introduced to music theory, ear training, and sight signing.
One thing I like to also focus on is audition etiquette. Learning your music is only half, the battle. Proper preparation for an audition sets you apart from the rest!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have two performance spaces. Upstairs, you will find a smaller rehearsal space with an upright piano and seating for parents. Downstairs, you will find a larger rehearsal space. This space set up for larger rehearsals and includes: A drum set, Mics, a sound system, guitars, and a keyboard. My downstairs studio is reserved for students who are preparing for recording, or rehearsing with a live band.
*** Specialties *** specialize in theatrical singing
Belinda C. September 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
I always look forward to coming in for a lesson with Tyanna. She is so patient and knowledgeable and will meet you at the level you're at. Always gives very useful techniques and constructive feedback. Such a fun and enjoyable person to be around!!
LARRY G. June 14, 2013
Singing Verified Student
The first singing class I had with Tyanna,she made me feel relax.She is a very good teacher. Tyanna first explain to me how the class will go.She have a very relaxed environment,she have great insight and view on how to sing the proper way. Tyanna have a very nice way in using constructive criticism.I learn somethings that will help me to be a better singer everytime I was in class.
Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Clayton and travels to teach in the Raleigh and Knightdale areas. He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and
teaches his more advanced students songwriting.
Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to relate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.
For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.
*** Lesson Details *** I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms, I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.
For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.
As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.
I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.
My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.
*** Specialties *** Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues, rock. jazz, country and classical.
Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
Emily D. October 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
sue M. December 1, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Mr Nichols is an excellent teacher, he is always patient and understanding. He is willing to stop and review the lesson no matter how long it take the student to understand it.
Hello, nice to meet you. I have over 15 yrs. of experience teaching music/recording to both children and adults. Some of my accolades include: a degree from the Conservatory of the Fine and Performing Arts; Pianist/composer credits on at least three CD’s; Two GRAMMY awards for music recording/mixing and numerous radio airplay.
I first fell in love with music at the age of 4. My grandfather Umberto, was a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera house in NY while my grandmother Flora, a concert pianist, used to play for the family while my mother would sing along. I started my studies with my
grandmother at the age of 6, five times a month and moved on to make it a daily event. I have loved music and teaching ever since and I would love the opportunity to take all the patience, caring and knowledge that my grandmother had for me and pass it along.
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is all about the student. During the first lesson, I will listen, give guidance and watch. This will tell me how to best structure future lessons to get the most productivity and progress from the student. Beginners will benefit from my patient and gentle approach, while more advanced students will be challenged and given a firmer practice schedule.
I am classically trained but not strict about it. Our lessons will be encouraging, fun and open to different styles and ideas. We can either work from a structured course with lesson books, or I can teach you just for fun and by ear (no need to read music). I actually learned by ear first...reading and writing notes came after.
A typical lesson will include theory as well as techniques and a little music background about some famous composers if so desired.
*** Specialties *** The majority of my recording experience is in Latin, Jazz and Adult Contemporary music. However, my personal music training and teaching, is in classical piano.
I teach guitar lessons in Raleigh, North Carolina.
"I love to think music, dream music, play music, and teach music. Nothing is more fulfilling and nothing is more enjoyable to me." - Michael Kovitz
Please browse my profile and bio to learn more about my music and my teaching. I think the testimonials from my students say more about my teaching than I ever can.
"Mr. Kovitz challenges me to not only evaluate the music we work on but to also evaluate my approach to the music as well. He trains me to understand the music in its entirety so that I can fully glean all that I can from the s
ound and adequately convey the message behind the music to an audience. During my lesson, he encourages me to ask questions and to seek my own answers rather than giving them to me. I always feel comfortable sharing my own musical ideas with him because he is more than willing to critique them and give honest feed back. While taking lessons with Mr. Kovitz, I have not only grown as a guitarist but also as a musician. He builds up my repertoire as well as my understanding of music history and theory. He always returns to the foundation of playing which is technique and accuracy. I have taken lessons for a number of years with him, and I always look forward to what the next week holds."
Madalyn Vanarthos (16 years old)
"As a steel string player with some classical technical background (thank you forever, Michael Kovitz.)" Larry Pattis
· " I've been a student of Michael Kovitz for over 5 years total (4 in the early 90's) and again for the past 15 months. I also studied with Ray Chester of Peabody Conservatory in 1998/99. Ray is considered one of the greatest living guitar "pedagogues" but honestly, I'd rather study with Michael Kovitz. Beyond his amazing classical guitar ability, Kovitz has "musical sensitivity" second to none!" - Brian Bowman
"Michael’s knowledge and sensitivity to music run both wide and deep, spanning genres from classical to jazz, popular to folk. But what makes him an extraordinary teacher is his experience with the learning process. He possesses a unique ability to guide each student on his or her musical journey. His astute observations and compassionate support are always just what is needed. Worth a monthly trip from Chicago to Raleigh." - Christine Slivon, Chicago, IL
I taught writing and literature in four states across the U.S. for more than 15 years: all ages and levels from middle school to community college to graduate level university. I am currently beginning music (as early as age 4), so I am comfortable with a wide range of students. I am a classically trained pianist (since 5) and played alto sax in a competitive marching band and was the drum major! Before the age of 14, I had thre separate piano teachers with very distinctive styles. I continued my musical journey as an adult with two others- Lorenzo Smith, who played with the Rev. Al Green, and
Tom Constantin, the first keyboardist for the Grateful Dead. Needless to say, my background is incredibly varied, which allows me to utilize unique methodologies for different students' needs. Let's write! Let's rock! Let's roll-
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