Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Julie
"Glenn has been the perfect singing teacher for my 16 y/o daughter. Not only has he greatly improved her singing style, he is teaching her how to write so
ngs and writing music for her lyrics. He encourages her every lesson and I have seen her confidence bloom since staring with Glenn."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Srini
"So far my son has been enjoying the classes. David seems to be a very good teacher and I would recommend him strongly. He interacts with the student very
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Kaden
"My son had his first singing lesson today , Jessica was awesome with him. He has ADHD and it was hard to tell because she kept him so engaged. Thank you J
essica I am so happy he got you to work with ."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Robert Bilenchi
"Kathy is a very fine instructor, concentrating on thorough mastery of lesson material in a consistent a disciplined manner."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Bobby
"We are very very pleased with Melody
We have found Melody to be very in tune to Jessi's needs. She is very positive in her instructions and very pleasant
to be with. Jessi looks forward to her lessons. We are very happy with Melody as our singing teacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Ly
"Best instructor ever, indeed! My daughter takes lesson from Holly. My daughter who cried when I would sing to her as an infant, who begged me to stop s
inging when she was in elementary. My daughter who would not participate in annual caroling, who early on in her academic instructions learned to mouth "watermelon" to give the impression she sings along. Now in high school, she takes lessons from Holly. My daughter enthusiastically belts out the words to songs! Holly is helping her to find her voice- musically, and in life. My daughter will now let me sing!
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Breana
"Josephine is just the violin teacher I was looking for!
Every lesson includes scales and etudes along with a couple of songs to work on. Her teaching
is attentive to detail and well-rounded (spot-on technique, music reading, easily-digestible theory, etc.), while still really fostering enjoyment in playing and slow but steady growth. Whether you’re looking for classical violin, fiddling, or bluegrass, Josie will help you learn whatever you want to learn!
I definitely recommend a longer class time if you can do it - a few extra run-throughs of each song and scale make a big difference in your muscle memory and ability to practice efficiently on your own.
Of the few violin teachers I've had in my sporadic years of playing violin, Josie has inspired me to play the most, and I know I will continue taking lessons with her for as long as I can. Highly recommended!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Cecy
"Amazing reacher for kids
Jeff is a extremely clever musician, composer and teacher.
He has a very unique talent for kids to listen and have fun at the s
ame time in a very respectful environment.
I think if we could describe Jeff we would use the words "integrity, discipline and passion".
Jeff naturally shows a strong proficiency in many different styles and on multiple instruments.
Although still young, Jeff is reliable, experienced and professional.
We've found it to be a great pleasure having Jeff as our kids teacher and I would strongly recommend him as a teacher to other kids and as a great talented performer."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Anisa
"She is a great teacher with a lot of experience and this is why i chose her. My daughter is picking up piano quickly and that is because she has knowledge
able teacher. She is very good with children and my daughter is always excited to see her. Well worth the travel to Sun City."
- 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 17 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 itself. 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
I began taking private Suzuki violin lessons when I was 6. I participated in local youth symphonies and attended summer Suzuki Music Festivals and other music related festivals until I went to college. I began college at the University of Washington to become an engineer. I continued to take violin lessons and play in ensembles and soon realized music was what I truly wanted to do. I transferred to Central Washington University to get a performance degree. This is where I began teaching private lessons as well as coaching with the university's community outreach orchestra. After finishin
g my Bachelor's I attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a Master's in Music. I took string pedagogy classes throughout college. I am a patient teacher. I will help my students achieve their goals in music, whether it's for personal pleasure, or the desire to one day become a concert violinist.
Hello! My name is Tom Bjoraker and I have been teaching privately in Central Wisconsin for over 5 years. I have a strong passion for percussion, composing, and teaching. Over my life I have studied with Sean Connors, Ryan Korb, Robert Rosen, Tom Ross, Nathaniel Bartlett, David Henzie-Skogen, Paul Seitz, and Vicki Jenks. The experiences I have had performing in concert bands, wind ensembles, orchestras, percussion ensembles, world percussion ensembles, marching band, and jazz combos have influenced my teaching.
One thing I believe in is the growth of music education. Everyone learns in a
different unique way and my curriculum is based on each students learning style and goals. In the lessons our goal is to have fun while learning more about oneself through music. I hope to share my passion for music with you as one of my takelessons students!
Tricia October 1, 2015
Tom is great with my son!!
Tina October 1, 2015
My son is 8 and wanted to play drums. Tom is very patient with him. My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them each week. Tom is also very easy to work with in scheduling the lessons.
Chris September 30, 2015
Tom is any easy going and knowledgeable teacher. I would recommend him for anyone old or young wanting to learn percussion!
Taking a road trip can be the best way to enjoy a vacation, since driving makes getting there half the fun! Planning a road trip involves thinking ahead to sleep, snacks, ideally a rotation of multiple drivers, and of course picking out your playlist of the best songs to sing along to! Singing along with fun music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, highway hypnosis or outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer, and a lot more fun, with our 150 best songs to sing along to (by …
Your Official Road Trip Playlist: 150 Best Songs to Sing Along To
Taking a road trip can be the best way to enjoy a vacation, since driving makes getting there half the fun! Planning a road trip involves thinking ahead to sleep, snacks, ideally a rotation of multiple drivers, and of course picking out your playlist of the best songs to sing along to! Singing along with fun music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, highway hypnosis or outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer, and a lot more fun, with our 150 best songs to sing along to (by
15 Holiday Gift Ideas for Guitar Players
Need some holiday gift ideas? Check out the best gifts for guitar players in this guest post by Los Angeles, CA guitar teacher Nils B...
It's the time of the year when most retailers offer some pretty decent discounts on a variety of gear. Assuming the basics (picks, tuner, strap, gig bag/case, cable, and amp) are already accounted for, these are some good suggestions, either to pick up for yourself or as a holiday gift. Most of these can be found in the $10-$50 range.
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Introduction to Proper Guitar Posture
As a beginner, proper guitar posture is one of the most important beginning steps before you learn about chords, picking, and strumming. Sadly, learning proper guitar posture is often an afterthought to learning to play. Although whether you choose to sit or stand has little effect on your tone or technique, proper guitar posture is important for many other reasons.
Why Is Proper Posture Important?
Proper guitar posture makes the work of your hands and fingers easier, conserving your energy.
Feeling Stuck? Try This Fun Piano Exercise [Printable]
Struggling with a particular piano piece? Don't stress. It may just be time to take a step back and get your bearings. Read on as Spring Lake, MI piano teacher Val L. shares a piano exercise to try...
So youve been trying to learn a challenging piece of music for an upcoming piano recital or event, but there are still some parts that just seem to fall apart. If you are following the typical routine of playing it over and over, and making the same mistakes over and over, why not
Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience
Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week!
However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie