Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Cornelia
"He is an outstanding teacher.
He is an outstanding teacher, he really cares about his students that he teaches. He has very effective ways of explaining
things. He is very reliable and very enthusiastic."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Lorena
"Great piano lessons!
Lena is a great teacher, she is very experienced. My son, 7yrs, has been taking lesson with her for over two years and he really imp
roved a lot. He know how to read notes. My daughter, 5yrs, just started too. We love Lena!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Amy
"Great piano teacher!
Brian is a wonderful piano teacher. My daughter started when she was almost 6. He is very patient, kind, flexible, encouraging, and
fun. He is very knowledgeable as well."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Pam
"Great piano instructor!!
Damien has been teaching my two children in my home for 6 months and we have been very impressed!! The progress my children made
during this time has far exceeded all my expectations. Damien consistently demonstrates he is a thoughtful, reliable, and knowledgeable teacher. He has a contagious passion and love of music and is able to channel his enthusiasm to his students. Damien demonstrates a strong understanding of each individual childâs ability and customizes lessons to meet current skill level, while at the same time provides appropriate challenges to encourage musical development. Damien has a strong rapport and sense of trust with my family while still maintaining authority as an expert instructor. His high expectations for every student are evident at piano recitals, as each student performs their pieces proficiently and with great enthusiasm. I admire all of Damien's characteristics; most of all his gift to connect with students and his ability to adapt instruction to meet individual needs. Damien's positive, encouraging instruction style motivates his students to develop into confident musicians. I highly recommend Damien as a music teacher!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Rob
"MY daughter loves playing!!
I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has
made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.
Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Ed
"Provided quick tips that helped me immediately
John is a great one-on-one instructor. I had taken an 8-week, beginner guitar, group lesson through Arling
ton County, but almost nothing was said about how we were holding our hands or holding the guitar. Several quick suggestions from John improved my ability to practice immediately. He is friendly, easy-going, and has kept up my interest by virtue of what he sends me home with to practice for the next lesson. I don't think one can go wrong taking lessons from John."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Yvonne
"THE. BEST. PERIOD.
Ms. Chau is a parent's dream! She is soft spoken, incredibly kind, patient, and talented. My daughter is shy and sensitive, but Ms. Ch
au had her laughing and playing with confidence from the from the first lesson! I HIGHLY recommend this instructor for first timers like us as she is truly a gem. She makes learning notes, rhythm, and rests so easy."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by julia
"Great violin teacher!
Jill is a colleague and friend that I've known for many years. She is a wonderful violinist and one of the most experienced violin
teachers of students of all ages that one can find. Especially gifted in working with young children, Jill is extraordinary in her ability to connect with kids. She sets her students up with beautiful violin technique and inspires in each one a love for music. Jill is a wonderfully kind person with so much talent for playing and teaching violin. She comes highly recommended by anyone who has known and worked with her!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by William H
"It was a musical experiance, not a boring lesson
His goal was to make it a fun experience while simultaneously practicing and learning about music theory
. He had us making original songs on the second day."
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.
Lynnette June 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson!
Skye P. January 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
Gabrielle was a great choice, she was knowledgeable and very patient. My Granddaughter loved her. She can't wait until her next scheduled lesson.
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!
I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.
I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or auditi
*** Lesson Details *** I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student.
I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents.
The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music.
*** Specialties *** Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.
Denise September 8, 2015
very patient, talented. My 5 years daughter likes him very much.
Angela R. June 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patient teacher for a young beginner. Cory knows how to teach a young kid.
Matthew X. April 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
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.
Karen May 27, 2016
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
D. B. February 4, 2016
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
Devyn February 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Sam was wonderful with my daughter. He took the time to show her around his studio and explained some of the instruments to her. He even let her play a few. That helped her relax a bit and enjoy her first lesson.
Hi, there! My name is David B. and I look forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1994 and have loved helping my students learn music in a way that not only increases their skill and knowledge, but also builds self esteem, allows for creative expression of themselves and creates lifelong music lovers. I went to St. Vincent College and earned a degree in music education, with a voice concentration and studies in piano and organ, in 1998. I'm a positive, helpful person and my teaching style is demanding yet patient. I strive to push students to be their very best,
yet am patient while working to overcome the stumbling blocks we all encounter when learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Angelina P. July 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
David took the time to talk to Angelina and got to know her. I thought he got a lot accomplished at the first lesson and we look forward to another one.
Jon May 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I've been teaching piano since my teen years, even before I received my music degree. I have extensive experience in teaching piano, church music, organ, and theory and composition.
In my years I've been involved in professional piano teachers organizations as the National Guild of Piano Teachers and Music Teachers National Organization and have occupied leadership positions in these organizations.
I have had articles published in professional piano pedagogy journals and presently write for my blogs -- Piano Lessons PLUS Blog and Blogging at Piano Teacher Press .
I've written an
d have had recorded music for Sheet Music Plus and Piano Teacher Press where I publish books and compositions for piano students.
I am particularly proud of the work I've done with the young pre school beginner having written piano methods The Keyboard Kids and The Discovery Piano System.
I would love the opportunity to teach you or your children and share my love of music with you.
Brooke April 12, 2016
We introduced Piano to our son at age six. We’re thrilled with his progress. We appreciate Mr. Severino’s patience and ability to teach young children, his knowledge and love for Music. We look forward to many future lessons! We highly recommend Mr. Severino and his teaching methods.
Jack April 6, 2016
One of Mr. Severino's greatest attributes is his patience in fostering a love of music in small very active children. All 4 of my kids owe a great deal of their musical talents to Mr. Dan
Karen March 29, 2016
Mr. Severino has taught my children for 7 years. We began when my daughter was 4and 1/2 and my son was 7. Seven years later they still take lessons and are beautiful piano players. Me Severino is a very positive and patient teacher. I highly recommend him.
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