Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Ian
"Eric is a great teacher to work with!
I was sort of nervous to get back into singing but Eric was completely relaxed and motivational. His techniques rea
lly push your range and his home studio is great... definitely recommend!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Leslie
"Fay shows great patience when working with young kids and lesser attention spans. She lets the student grow away her/his own tempo. She teaches a good ba
lance of actual playing and theory."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Amber is a great Violin/Viola teacher and has been very knowledgeable and helpful! Amber hones in on where a student needs improvement in their playing a
nd explains in a way that's easy to understand how to improve. Lessons are always fun and you can tell Amber enjoys teaching!
I've played brass instruments throughout High School and decided to attempt to teach myself the Violin after I graduated College. After almost a year of struggling I started to take lessons with Amber and she quickly helped me improved my form and technique with my left and right hand, obtain proper equipment, and provide exercises on what to practice to continue improving. I have noticed a drastic improvement since I started taking lessons with Amber and I highly recommend her as your Violin or Viola teacher!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Kc
"Very kind and understanding. Always tries to meet you at your level and taste and really helps you feel good about learning at your own pace."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Very knowledgeable and patient. Absolutely recommend!"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Stefany
"Ms. Rhonda is a great teacher! She is very attentive to my daughter. She is able to recognize both her strengths and things she needs to work on and teach
es her accordingly. I love that Ms. Rhonda is teaching her not just piano but vocal as well and it helping her develop her ear. She is very patient and encouraging. My daughter has learned so much in such a short time. I highly recommend Ms. Rhonda."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Jordan
"My Favorite Piano Teacher!
Chris is an unbelievable piano teacher! He always makes sure we are working on something that I enjoy which keeps me motivated
. He is very patient (which is great since I'm kind of a slow learner!) and is always willing to go over things as many times as I need.
Chris also has such a great passion for his music so a lot of the times my absolute favorite part of our lesson is when we are finished and I ask him to play me some of his own newly composed songs!"
Ventura, CA teacher:
Review by Zachary
"Two lessons in and I've already seen a dramatic change in quality. I've been with vocal coaches who seem to change their teaching styles almost every othe
r week, and that can be detrimental to any student. I can tell Sara is confident in her abilities and techniques, and I recommend her to any singer, beginner or veteran."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Denise
"Very good informative first lesson. I felt comfortable and at ease. Great instructor."
My name is Russell "Rusty" Rainey. I have been a professional guitarist for 25 years. During the past 25 years I have managed the area's largest music stores, opened a Guitar Repair Center and became a "Certified *Fender Guitar Technician" . My experience with other musicians on stage and in the studio is without parallel. A "school" cannot duplicate real world experience. I understand the frustrations associated with finding the right person who understands how to treat you as an individual. A great instructor will not teach out of a book, they will write a book for you. A real Educati
on in "playing guitar" is much broader than what you can learn from a book. I can help you understand the guitar in a practical and logical way, how to become a "guitar player" - not just how to "play the guitar". Lets talk about how I can help you meet your goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I want to make our time together something that you will look forward to each week. The guitar is a very expressive and diverse instrument. My goal as your instructor is helping you reach your own goal. I teach each student in an individual way based on your interest, and my assessment of how to help you reach those goals, every lesson is time YOUR time! I take time before each lesson planning our time together. Commit 3 months and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, 6 months and you'll begin to play through songs, after a year you will look back with pride and realize how much you have learned. I consider myself "laid back" and easy to talk too, but I will encourage you to accomplish what I know you can. When you put forth effort forth, and follow your lesson plans, you will have a great experience! ~Rusty
*** Studio Equipment *** HOME: lessons in dedicated music room, guitars, amps, bass guitar, music stand, cords, cables, picks, tuners, stand.....
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide any materials and or equipment relative to the area of study for myself in addition to the student should that situation present itself.
*** Specialties *** Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, and Country. I teach "slide" guitar for those students who are interested in learning more about "delta-blues" and rock guitar utilizing the slide in style very similar to Z.Z. Top.
Nathan C. July 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I enrolled in lessons as a beginner. Russell did a great job with the 5 lessons that I took with him.
Nathan C. June 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He was great. The first session made me look forward to the next session. He was fantastic and very easy to talk to. I feel very fortunate to have gotten such a great instructor. I feel very fortunate!
SusanD2 July 16, 2012
My daughter Margaret is taking lessons from Rusty. He is excellent with her. This is totally new to her. He is very patient and precise in his explanations during his lessons. Margaret really enjoys having Rusty as a teacher.
I have been teaching young people and adults how to play musical instruments for over 20 years. A lot of my students are well on their way to a rewarding future with music, some as professionals and others as hobbyists. In addition to being a teacher, I am also a professional performer who has worked in a wide variety of styles and I have a Masters degree in music composition and theory. One of my main specialties is working with very young students and total beginners. There is a special skill to teaching young children that can only be developed through experience. For the older student, o
r the student who already has a musical background my specialty is helping you learn the styles that have always been of most interest to you. I can also help older students gain a broad understanding of music through some basic music theory.
*** Lesson Details *** I can teach piano or keyboard to beginners and up to advanced students. On guitar and woodwinds I can teach beginners and up to intermediate level students. My teaching style is fairly relaxed and very positive, but I will try to keep the lessons on a course that is going to benefit you the most. For younger piano students and beginners I prefer the Alfreds piano system. The songs in the Alfreds books allow for immediate playing and note reading without any tedious memorization. The beginner books contain a lot of fun songs that kids really gravitate toward. For older students I try to gear the lessons toward whatever musical style you prefer. For students who have only had traditional piano lessons I can teach you how to read pop and jazz chord charts, as well as how to turn those chord charts into fully arranged music. I can also teach improvisation and the skills that are required to play specific styles of music in a professional band. For my younger guitar students I have a variety of beginner material I have collected over the years, but for my older students I prefer to work on songs of their choice. My beginner woodwind students will work with a Yamaha method book, while older students can learn improvisation and theory if they like. I also can lead Orff styled tuned percussion ensembles. The Orff style of music performance allows for students from entirely mis-matched musical backgrounds to play music together, even on their first day of class.
*** Studio Equipment *** Many keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, flute, and four Orff tuned percussion instruments.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide multiple keyboards, a guitar, saxophone, flute and 4 Orff style tuned percussion instruments, as well as countless books and literature.
*** Specialties *** I play keyboards professionally in jazz, RnB, rock, reggae, Latin rock and other styles. I can help the student who has only had traditional lessons branch out and learn how to read chord charts, which in turn teaches them theory. I am a certified Orff teacher as well.
Abby D. September 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I recently decided to get back into piano after not having played since I was much younger and started adult lessons with John and I've had a great experience so far! We started from the beginning and we've made some good progress! He's personalized my lessons so we've been able to skip most of the children's songs and melodies. I'm excited to continue my lessons!
Ed M. March 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My 9 year old son came from School of Rock, which was organized chaos, to now where John has implemented a real strategy for him to learn faster and to focus on reading notes. My son has retained his interest and is excelling under John's guidance. I would highly recommend John for students of all ages.
Dreanna A. June 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
John is Awesome! John adjusts his training style to the needs of the student and encourages along the way! After three lessons I honestly feel this is something I plan on pursing for the long run!
My studio is open to all ages beginning age 12 to adult. Formerly part time faculty at Rhodes College, I accepted a one year contract position at the University of Memphis and finally a position of Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi. I love teaching voice lessons; I love watching my students grow and become better performers and beautiful singers. I love to see them sing with confidence and have fun while making music. Many of my students have been accepted in the Musical Arts at Governor's School; they have excelled in the National Association of Teacher's of Singing competiti
ons and All West Competitions, musical auditions and just wanting to be better choir members. I was recently presented the TN Governors' School Outstanding Teacher for the Arts Award. As a performer, I have had leading roles in opera, musicals and on the concert stage in Tennessee. One of my favorite classes has been with Wesley Balk as he taught the "singing actor". To understand how to use gestures, the eyes, the body movement on stage makes acting fun and brings it to another level.
*** Lesson Details *** It is most important to learn the basics of singing; we all know how to breathe, but managing the breath both as speakers and singers requires a coordination as we discover the balance of voice and breath. We strive to find that freedom of singing/speaking voice, eliminating hoarseness and eventual vocal damage. We learn to "play" with the voice and not just listen to how we sound, but to experience the art of singing, to become aware of the sensations that good singing allows, to communicate and most of all, have fun as we make progress. And yes, we sing art songs, language songs, songs from musicals and songs that encourage us, inspire us and perhaps excite us to be better today than we were yesterday. I love to see the progress of my young students when bad habits have not become so engrained. I love my adult students who work hard to embrace new ways, better ways and are not afraid to try.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio consists of a piano, a part time accompanist, and a video recorder that allows the student to bring an SD card, review the lesson and learn from it as they practice at home. The studio is separate and includes an adjoining student/parent waiting room. Assignments are made in a required notebook; music is required at the discretion of the teacher.
*** Specialties *** The singing/speaking voice comes from the same vocal cords. I also assist with those who are having issues with the speaking voice such as developing hoarseness, unable to be heard or understood or simply need to improve the quality of their speaking tone. We hear the sound of speech before we hear the words. If the speaking voice is irritating, the audience is lost to the unpleasantness and misses the message.. There are ways to improve and develop a better presentation. I can assist you.
Larry M. October 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Barbara, have been a great experience in my singing lesson. I original signed up for five weeks but,I'm continues. Love it.
My name is Keturah. I have experience working with and teaching kids 5 and up. I have worked through professional companies such as Inspirational Keys and Children in Harmony. I am fun, compassionate, and experienced and I can provide references for the families and companies that I have for. My degree is in Music and Music Business and I specialize in Voice, Piano, Songwriting, and Theatre
Lark D. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Fun and she really knows what she's doing
Amber July 28, 2015
Theater Acting ·
Great at scene development and character analysis. Critical thinker which is definitely necessary for developing the total character. She truly has a passion for instructing and inspiring a since of creativity in her students. Overall awesome instructor!
Zazita July 19, 2015
I am 10 years old,I took voice lessons with Keturah for almost a year. I really enjoyed meeting up with her at MTSU once a week. I would tell anyone to take lessons with her. She is a nice voice coach and funny.
Jason has acheived a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Florida State University. Jason's Primary instrument is Alto Saxophone, but he also has a Minor in Clarinet. Jason also studied for one college semster at the presitgious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. During undergrad at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, Jason was a two time winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition. Although I took a break from teaching privately, I have years of experience teaching junior to college level students.
Allen November 1, 2015
Jason is Masters holding, fine performance level, teacher of saxophone. I know this because I worked with him on and off for the better part of a year, as a party to his recital preparation. We also have tentative plans to put together a saxophone quartet, where I'll certainly look forward to making music with Jason.
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