Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Lawanda
"Full of Knowledge when it comes to all aspects of music and learning the violin"
Washington, DC teacher:
Wilma Evangeline B.
Review by Sky
"Solid Friendly Moldable - Genuine
Eric, is a wonderful guy to work with. He is thorough and goes above an beyond the call of duty. I could tell that he r
eally cared about what he was teaching me and WANTED me to be the best I could be. He is ultra genuine and down to earth. Everything I learned from him has been vital in the paid gigs I've received as a guitarist and also in my own passion projects."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Robin Hamilton
"Stacey is open and quickly puts you at ease"
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Joe
"I thoroughly enjoy studying piano with Bryan it is a delightful experience, he is both very patient and knowledgeable, do yourself a favor and sign up wit
h Bryan! ---Posted on behalf of student Carolyn S."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Sean
"Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Delia
"She's very patient and encouraging! Very flexible and works around schedules. Completely recommend !"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Crystallyn
"The thing I love about Michelle is that she is super patient. It helped me feel at ease when learning this new instrument. I always looked forward to he
r lessons because she taught me her lesson and then she showed me how to play a song of my choice. She was very helpful and great and answering all my questions. I highly recommend her!!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Rick
"Lessons with Nils have been a great experience. I've taken lessons on and off for several years and finally found an instructor that plays the music I wa
nt to learn."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Eric
David is knowledgeable, well spoken, and truly has a passion for drums as well as education. He is patient and always has an insightful ans
wer for all of my questions. He has helped me with my technique and given me a deeper understanding rhythm in general. Highly recommended!!"
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
Anna A. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Good with children
Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
I am a professional performing Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with 25+ years experience playing and teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and spent 6 years performing in NYC with various groups and ensembles. I have studied and teach Classical guitar, Theory from both a classical and Jazz view point, Composition/Arrangement, Counterpoint and performance techniques such as repertoire building and maintenance.
*** Lesson Details *** I will tailor the lesson toward you goals..... It's all about mak
ing music and having fun....
For beginning students we will begin with chromatic exercises to start building hand dexterity and comfort with the guitar as well as working out of Mel Bay's guitar method book 1 for note reading, or straight into chords and strum patterns. Intermediate students will be evaluated based on goals and will be given supplementary material to build repertoire of tunes in the style of your choosing....
If you choose I can delve into Theory, Improvisation, Composition or any of the other more advanced concepts to take you as far as you want to go and meet all your goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dining Room, excellent acoustics, office has computer for lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have own guitar and provide chairs, music stand, metronomes and guitar tuners. Access to computer is helpful but not required.....
*** Specialties *** beginning to advanced guitar..all styles....improvisation.....jazz .... beginning classical.... rock, country, bluegrass performance including singing.... I try to get the student having fun playing music as soon as possible.... Students achieving success playing and (hopefully singing) songs that they like and are excited about is my goal.... building and maintaining a performable repertoire......
ChuckC May 10, 2012
John is an excellent teacher. He is obviously extremely knowledgable about music in general and the guitar in particular.He combines patience with high expectations of his pupils (at least this pupil).Very encouraging.I recommend him highly!
BrianH1 April 30, 2012
Patient and knowledgeable
John has been teaching my 9 year old daughter for several months now and I am extremely impressed with his knowledge and patience. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and practicing comes much easier and regular with John's laid back approach. I highly recommend John to anyone looking to take any level of guitar lessons.
JeremyR March 26, 2012
Very patient. Great motivator. Excellent delivery of instruction and material. John makes learning guitar FUN!
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.
An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroqu
e flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Danielle W. August 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
Michelle W. October 31, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Harlie enjoys her lessons! Sam is a very enthusiastic teacher and helps to keep her focused
I started taking music lessons when I was 7 years old. I have earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, and a master's degree in music composition from Duquesne University. I have years of experience teaching voice, composition, ear training, and music theory in both private lessons and in classroom settings. I am very friendly and outgoing, and I'm very easy to work with.
Russell W. August 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son enjoyed his lessons with Xinlei. I like how engaged she kept my son through every lesson. Xinlei was also very knowledgeable about the material which showed in the way she taught. l I thought that Xinlei was a good teacher and I would definitely use her again in the future!
Amber B. July 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter loved her and looks forward to working with her. Very professional knows what she's doing!!!
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