Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Monica
"Cheryl is a great teacher. My sister really enjoys her lessons with her!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Gilbert
"Fawnâs teaching is amazing
Fawnâs teaching is amazing, from the day one I have learnt so much, I knew she was the good and best teacher for me, I lov
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Julian
"Best teacher of all
Our daughter has been taking piano lessons from Fawn for 3 years now. We are so amazed how patient she always is with her, and how fa
r our girl has come. She has far surpassed her classmates who started at the same time with other teachers. We couldnât be happier to have chosen Fawn. We are impressed with how Fawn changes and grows along with our daughter. She began when she was 5 years old and now she is 8, reading and playing high level classical pieces. As a piano player myself, I've seen and gone through many different teachers, which is why I am confident to say that Fawn is definitely the best teacher of all and we are so lucky to have her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Carol
"Exceptional teacher and musician
My son has been studying acoustic and electric guitar with Andy Bianco for two years. His technique has greatly improved
, but even more importantly, he enjoys and looks forward to his weekly lessons with Andy, a teacher he has always felt comfortable with and describes as friendly, helpful, caring and easy to speak with. In addition, Mr. Bianco helped my son prepare for two very important music auditions last year, and went above and beyond his responsibilities as a teacher. The extra support he gave my son was invaluable and deeply appreciated during this very stressful time...my son was well-prepared and confident on audition day, and I will always be grateful. Andy Bianco is an exceptional teacher, performer, artist...my son is very fortunate to have him as a music instructor, and I wholeheartedly recommend him as a music teacher!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by India
"A born teacher
Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to musi
c in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Lil
"Elizabeth is an artist at heart. She's very patient and kind. I highly recommend her!
I came to Elizabeth as an adult student with a few years of exper
ience in playing, but with a lot of doubts about whether I could advance. I'd previously taken lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston campus), but I didn't like how they did things over there. They are extremely overpriced for what they offer. In my first lesson there, my teacher wouldn't even let me pick up the bow and she made me play Twinkle Twinkle over and over again...
Elizabeth made playing very relaxing. Her approach is just to attack the material without any hesitations. And if you make a mistake, just do it again. She let me pick out the repertoire, which made me excited to play, and offered great recommendations on material that would help my playing. Sometimes I was too ambitious and she'd be the first to point out that maybe I wasn't ready for a piece just yet. Then she'd recommend something else that would help me get there.
Elizabeth teaches from her home and it's pretty easy to get to by train, bus, or car."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Dawn
"If you are looking for a piano teacher for your child, we highly recommend Karen for her musical skills and, moreover, her ability to engage people of all
ages and tendencies. We have three children, two boys (15 and 12) and one 8 year old girl, with completely different personalities (and levels of motivation) that took lessons with Karen. She expertly handled their quirks and abilities and managed to find what would interest each. The confidence boost they were given by having the opportunity to perform their pieces was a huge bonus. From a paying and coordinating parent's perspective, you could not find a more reasonably priced and yet utterly accommodating private instructor. She's awesome!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by teresa
I first met Cecilia while she was teaching violin to my niece. Iwas fascinated whith her caring, sweet, and patient nature while working whith a chi
ld. I liked her so much that I offer her to work at my kinder Garden (Kangurito, Lima- PerÃº) School, wich I am the principal. Cecilia was both the music coordinator of the basic levels and the Music Teacher. As music teacher, she taught six classrooms full of chijdren aged 2 to 5. I have only fond memories and the deepest gratitude to her for all the work. IÂ´Â¨d give her 100 out of 100 score in an evaluation!!!"
Twenty three years of performing and teaching experience. Specialty in Rock, Blues, Finger Style, Country, Folk, Classical, Funk and Punk. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Performance from Fredonia University. Proficient in theory, reading, composition and arranging, songwriting. Recording artist for hire and personal projects. Home studio in Highlands, NJ.
My Philosophy - Students First - My main goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which the student can proceed at his/her own pace. Whether you are looking to perform, do studio work, audition, be a songwriter or just learn a fe
w songs for your own enjoyment. I am happy to create a custom program for you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I introduce students to the rudiments of music on 2 simple pages. Theory helps you to understand song writing, ear training, and how to build chords and scales. I try to get you to hear the music so you can improvise better and also take songs and solos off CD's yourself, therefore becoming more self reliant to teach yourself in the future.
My students bring in the songs they like and by strengthening their ears and learning to apply theory points, I show them how they can figure out the song by ear the exact way it was written and played by the original artist. Therefore you can play with the CD as if you are a band member. This builds confidence to perform and record in any band at any level. As stated above, I will also customize a program for those interested in learning songs without the theory work so they can use the music to play songs as a nice relaxing past time.
Course Descriptions- Rock, Blues and Funk: You will quickly learn how chords and scales are developed using a condensed theory set up chart. This quick immersion in theory helps you to build a strong foundation while at the same time playing and enjoying the music. I have found in my years of teaching that making theory and music interactive from the beginning makes it more enjoyable to learn. You will learn all scales, chords, techniques, rhythms, and ear training specific to these styles of music. The advantage to this Teaching Format , especially in terms of solo scale playing, to progress much further and faster than if you were just learning how to play the songs. We then go straight to the CD's of your choice and learn from the best, the artists you've admired. Whether to learn their rhythms, solo lines, songwriting formats, melodies and harmonies, and all by ear. As a soloist, you will know enough about scales and chord theory and how to blend the two so you can make the guitar talk yourself. Still for those who want a quick song approach, we can get into playing a song and review its theory relevance when desired. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)
Folk, Country and Bluegrass: As stated above, I begin with the condensed theory chart to understand chords of all types. Here we study rhythms of the above music forms including ballad, country blues and country folk. Through use of songs you enjoy, we study how the music was written and performed. You will learn in this course how to play music you love as it was done by the original artist. We begin with listening to the original soundtrack. Through the use of the ear we dissect the song and learn it in its original form piece by piece. This will also help set up the study of song writing. Understanding how artists Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Transposing songs to fit your vocal range and Arranging songs to bring out their best. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)
Finger Style: Great fun for those who would rather not sing but still want to play full songs on guitar. This style of guitar will blend the techniques of traditional finger picking artists along with our own on improvisation over twelve bar blues progressions and songs. You will learn to play all the parts, bass, melody, harmony and inside chords with your picking hand. Also how to create chord/melody arrangements from any melody.
Classical: Classical guitar is taught through developing standard reading skills, finger exercises and scale work while learning beautiful pieces at the same time.
Song Writing: Song writing always begins with an introduction to theory. From there you will study works from other artists to see how they Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and how they use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Choose a song and artist that you enjoy and we will dissect the piece learning the above techniques.
Children's Studies: The study of music has proven to enhance a child's concentration, mathematical and reading skills, self confidence, performance skills in all walks of life whether its playing the guitar, to public speaking, to playing sports.
*** Lesson Details *** "Fun - Fast - Patient" My course is tailored to your needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Les Pauls and Marshall/Fender amps. Love the sound.
*** Specialties *** All styles but jazz. Rock, blues, folk, finger style, classical, punk, blues and all in between, from funk to punk, rock to metal. I also teach bass and drums.
Cynthia L. February 21, 2015
I won a few guitar lessons with Albert at a Gift Auction at my son's Elementary School many years ago. Albert was a wonderful teacher who seemed to know how to play any song I suggested and got me motivated to play the guitar again! I then signed both of my kids up with him. They took lessons on and off for many years and today they both sing and play guitar every chance they get. Thank you Albert for introducing them to the guitar and motivating them to play! It is a huge part of their lives!
Dennis B. December 31, 2014
Albert is able to relate to students of all ages, very well and give them a solid foundation. I was eight years old when I began taking lessons from him and he gave me a foundation in Rock, Blues, and Acoustic guitar that has lasted a life time. Albert is a very patient teacher and very talented musician.
Lynne P. December 9, 2014
Albert is an excellent teacher of many styles - I learned classical, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar while working with him. As an older player trying to pick up an instrument again, he made me feel comfortable and much less intimidated at the task. It is true that he is very patient and dedicated to helping you realize your musical goals. I give him my highest recommendation.
Teaching music is my passion, it is more than just a career. I value each student and the time I have with them; helping them to explore the world of music. Hopefully after each lesson, my students walk away with a deeper understanding of music theory and have enjoyed their time. I am available to teach Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, and beginner Drums.
I am a husband and father. I teach all age ranges.
*** Lesson Details *** I approach each lesson differently because every student is unique. During the initial lesson
I will begin to assess the student's ability, determine the best teaching technique for them, and setup a practicing at home guideline. My job is to help the student reach their individual goals and support them along the way. I feel every student deserves to learn to read music and I will concentrate on this with them.
Lessons are taught in my personal music studio; it is a laid-back, family friendly environment. There may be specific books and supplies I recommend purchasing (these will enhance the success of a budding musician). I will most likely also hand out sheet music of songs to practice and may recommend certain artists within specific genres for the students to listen to and familiarize themselves with.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical/Flamenco guitar. I can teach many different styles such as Rock, Blues, Jazz, etc. I am always learning, and am willing to learn so that my students get the best experience they can get.
Marge Voigt May 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Enjoyed meeting with him. He was very interested in finding out what my goals were and how he could help me achieve them. The first lesson was fun! Looking forward to the next one!
Anupam H. March 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have a great experience in my lessons with Andrei. He is a great teacher and gives me constant encouragement.
Kimberly D. October 30, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
Andrei has been our weekly music teacher for more than three years. He teaches my son (now 9 years old) to read music and play the drums and the piano, and he teaches me to play the guitar.
Andrei has been nothing but reliable and generous with his time. He is proficient in music history and theory, in a wide range of musical styles, on multiple instruments. His patience, diverse knowledge and skills along with what appears to be an intuitive approach toward each of his varied students, has been very effective for us. Also, he knows A LOT of music, has a great ear and doesn't seem to mind working with us to play whatever tunes we come up with each week.
If you or your child wants to learn to play an instrument, this is the guy!
I have 30 yrs teaching experience PLUS the added expertise of being a performing pro singer! My students are signed recording artists AND people just starting out. I have taught in colleges and privately with an emphasis on pop/jazz/blues/rock/musical theater singing. I teach in such a way that students have told me they learn more in one lesson with me than in years of study somewhere else! You will not do needless voice exercises. We will use songs you like as teaching tools, giving you the opportunity to also expand your repertoire. My lessons are interesting and fun! Taking lessons from
someone who has been and is a real actively performing teacher makes all the difference in how well and how quickly you will get your act together! :-)
Judith K. September 11, 2014
In home Verified Student
Judith K. August 28, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Oh my! Ms. Rosemary is amazing! After one session with her, I feel more confident, my voice is stronger. Her teaching method is totally fantastic. She helps you apply what she teaches you to your singing! I totally love her and look forward to my next couple of lessons with her!
Kimberly D. July 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Rosemary is great!!! In just one lesson she had me feeling more confident in my voice. It doesn't take her long at all to get you where you wanna be.
Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz tru
mpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and played in the All-State Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble several times. Justin was also a part of the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, playing lead and the solo chair. He has performed nationwide and has had the opportunity to perform in clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, FatCat, Cleopatras Needle, Starland Ballroom, Highline Ballroom and Symphony Space. Justin has also toured with the International Vans Warped Tour all over the country and in parts of Canada. He has worked with people such as John Pattitucci, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Arturo O'Farril, John Pizzarelli, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Eddie Palmieri, Peter Erskine, Brian Lynch, Luis Bonilla, Jason Rigby, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Pete Mcguinness and Mike Holober.
Christian D. December 29, 2014
Jazz Improvisation ·
I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.
Rob R. July 14, 2014
In home Verified Student
Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.
I studied Voice both privately in NYC and at New York University as a musical Theater major. I have fronted several NYC bands throughout the 80's and 90's and currently with The Sherri Pie Band throughout NJ and the greater metropolitan area. Miss Sherri’s singing programs will lead you through a fun, unique process that develops an extraordinary new found awareness of your voice, body and mind.This new awareness enables you to release strain and restrictions that you have likely not been aware of before.You can now effectively heal voice problems and develop all physical aspects of your voice
, such as greater strength, endurance, richness, resonance, power, and range.
Sherri E. January 12, 2015
"I took my kids to Miss Sherri because I kept hearing
how wonderful it was. I believe in early exposure to
music because they get so much out of it when they're
really little. And Sherri has a magical quality that
sparks their interest. Jack, 9, Andrew, 7 and my
daughter, Bailey, 6, are now clients of Shirley Grant,
a talent manager for Keisha Knight Pullian, who played
Rudy on 'The Cosby Show,' and Kathleen Herles, the
voice of 'Dora the Explorer.' Jack recently played the
lead in Running Rabbit Theater's production of 'The
Velveteen Rabbit' at the Two River Theater. We love
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