Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kayla
"The best violin instructor
Mark is a wonderful violin instructor. It has been a joy to watch him teach my daughter. Mark has so many great qualities in h
is teaching skills in bringing out the best in a student. My daughter has learned to have confidence and a passion for playing the violin and I feel that he is the reason behind it. I highly recommend Mark as an instructor. He is patient and kind and knows how to approach each student to fit their learning needs."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by OLIGARIO
"my kind of teacher
initially, I was reluctant about entering into the program. I thought the traditional mode of instruction always the best. it all chan
ged when I wanted to try learning the more unconventional way. it was an experience having Wilma for my teacher in Singing. she has way of making lessons so easy to learn. I admire her for the patience and for adjusting to my level as a beginner. seldom people find teacher who has the proficiency to make hard lessons understandable and easier. more so I like her style developing a more open teacher-student relationship where I feel free asking questions and clarifications pertaining to matters no clear to me as a student I felt her passion to her craft. all in all I cannot question her credibility as a music teacher especially in the area of singing which happens to be my interest. I loved the manner she presented the lessons. she made them adaptable to the situations. It was really an experience having her for my music teacher. my perspective has changed. though I started on a very low note, she made the lessons so interesting to look and study at. here is hoping I would still have better chances learning especially the voice lessons and with her as my coach, then, I fervently believe it is possible."
Washington, DC teacher:
Wilma Evangeline B.
Review by Tammy
"Amazing instructor, very precise concepts
Mrs. Paula is a great instructor. I have come to understand and apply all of her lessons. I actually feel like
in advancing fairly well.
When an excise in challenging, Ms. Paula helps me through that particular lesson and she is very patient with me.
She has a great spirit and smiles all the time.
She is always present and available.
I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning how to play the piano."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Brian
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Celeste
"fabulous music teacher
When I was looking for a guitar teacher for my 12 year old daughter I wanted someone who had a great background academically and a
lso for that instructor to be approachable and kind and laid back. We gave Justine a try, with a little hesitation knowing that we're in NC and she's in CA, I thought this might be a big hurdle but soon any worries dissipated as Justine, not only has amazing professional and academic credentials but is absolutely the sweetest, most patient and caring teacher. Using skype to view her lessons my daughter is absolutely at ease and has learned the principles of guitar playing and started to play on her own and built enough confidence to the point that she enjoys and plans to continue learning the guitar. Thank you Justine for all your hard work and we highly recommend anyone searching for a guitar instructor to get Justine. Great investment!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Evelyn
"Justine has been teaching my daughter to play bass, and we could not be more happy. Justine delivers the fundamentals through the songs my daughter wants
to play, which makes it more fun for my daughter and results in more practice!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Nethania
"She is the real deal
Ms. Brookins is the BEST teacher I've ever had And a testament to that is that even though I was always bombarding her with question
after question about the piano She would always be calm and tell me "You got this dude" or "come on you can do it" Cheesy as it may sound it worked And as a final result of being with her for a year I can play the music I want to play on the piano BY EAR! Like seriously this review doesn't do her justice but of you want the best AND the nicest she is the best choice!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Carl
"My son took lessons with Geoff on Piano because he wanted to play in his middle school jazz band. Not only was Geoff able to help him with technique and
his piano parts, but gave him the skills and confidence to take a solo too! Geoff is very talented and patient. I would HIGHLY recommend him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by paul
"Well they say you get good things late in life such is the case with jim rupperto. I’ve studying with jim now for 6 yrs i’m 63 always wanted to play the
classic lead guitar players page, frampton, clapton etc after going through 8 guitar teachers finally found jim at this age and its been the most rewarding experience of my life I’ve learned so much from jim its unimaginable I’m at a level I thought I would never reach composing my own music learning music theory which I had a good handle but Jim brings it to another level. I really don't know what to say, but i will say this if your young don't waste time see jim immediately for an experience you won't forget. I will definitely continue to study with jim, because I know theres even more to learn and I really enjoy our sessions together they are very stimulating and rewarding. thanks for your time palm"
Whatever music you want to sing—any style, any time period—I promise I will teach you to sing it in your very best voice.
My name is David and I look forward to the opportunity to teach you how to sing your best, whatever style it is you want to learn. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Oregon State University, where I learned how to sing classical music well. In addition to that, I have years of experience in rock-and-roll bands, and have learned how to apply the lessons I learned from my classical voice teachers to my career as a (very) minor rock star. That's exactly what I
want to help you with: whatever you want to sing, from any period in music history, I know how to teach you to sing with your best voice. Singing is one of the things that makes us all human and I relish the opportunity to help students of all ages and skill levels sing a little bit better each week.
I began singing in high school choir, and quickly added piano and guitar to my repertoire of skills. By the time I began college, it was clear that a life of teaching music was in store for me. While studying music education and vocal performance at Oregon State University, I sang in the OSU Chamber Choir, which toured Arizona in 2005, eastern Europe in 2006, and San Francisco in 2007. After graduation, I worked for two years as a church music director and software tester before making the next move, to St. Louis. I earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2014, and I plan to be a pastor, musician, and music teacher when all is said and done. I sing and play keyboards at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. In my free time, I enjoy the finest coffees, reading fiction, and watching soccer.
*** Lesson Details *** When you're taking lessons with me, expect to work hard but to enjoy yourself. These lessons aren't meant to be fun in the way seeing a movie or playing video games are fun. They're fun because it's rewarding to work hard at discovering and doing something you love. I work hard to be encouraging and give all of the honest compliments that I possibly can.
But when there are areas you need to improve, I will certainly mention it and help you understand how to make those improvements. After a few months of lessons, you can expect dramatic improvements in your breath control, the energy of your tone, and achieving a beautiful, balanced resonance with your voice.
A typical lesson begins with warm ups. This consists of seven or eight minutes of easy vocal exercises that are meant to warm up the muscles in your voice and get your mind prepared to sing and learn. It will also give me a chance to hear how you're doing when you come in for your lesson.
Next, we spend a few minutes reviewing exercises and ideas from the previous week's voice lesson. This gives us a chance to check in on your progress and make sure that you're using your practice time well.
After the review, we'll work on some musical selections. I'll assign some of your music to you, and you'll choose some of your own music to sing. The best use of our time is to sing and work on polishing the songs you want to perform. As we work on a piece of music, I'll take note of places you're using good technique and areas that you need to improve in.
Finally, we'll work on vocal exercises to help you improve in those areas. These include passages of music that help you understand what it feels like when you're singing well. These exercises induce some positive aspects of singing in your voice, which helps you understand how to sing better when you're singing other passages of music. After warm-ups, we spend about half the remaining lesson time on exercises.
Olivia G. August 20, 2014
Singing Verified Student
You'll find few singing instructors more in tune with (as it were) or more encouraging than David. He's extremely knowledgeable about music/voice theory and, as he gets to know your style and personality, will absolutely tailor lessons to your vocal strengths and needs. High recommendations all around!
Mavrick G. August 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
David is a fantastic instructor!!! I personally love his unique approach which combines the art AND science of singing. His explanations of whats happening physiologically actually help you learn what is correct and incorrect technique. My singing has absolutely improved learning from David.
rose J. April 5, 2013
Singing Verified Student
David's very encouraging
David helps this would-be singer get over the fear of performing, of helping me improve the skills that make me feel more confident about being part of a performing group
Sam has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach online via Skype. He prides myself in tailoring lessons to the specific needs/goals of each individual student. Sam has experience teaching a broad range of students, including individuals looking to gain an appreciation or greater understanding of music, to young musicians competing in state contests and for college scholarships.
Sam received his training at the University of North Texas where he earned degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education. While at UNT, he played lead-alto saxophone in the internat
ionally acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band for two years. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico where he primarily studied classical music. He has recorded numerous albums with world-class musicians, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. His teaching style has been described as engaging, structured, and insightful.
I’m Dr Charles. I have been a guitarist since 1977. I began teaching guitar when I was earning my Masters degree in music education from Portland State University in 1998-1999. I also taught guitar privately while I was earning my doctorate in music from Florida Sate University and teaching music history and music analysis at the university as well. I earned my PhD in music in 2008. During my years in Tallahassee I served as a guitarist backing Charles Atkins, Florida’s most well-known blues and gospel singer. During that time I have helped numerous individuals maximize their talent on the gu
itar. I have worked with children, home-schoolers, teenagers who want to form bands, people who want to strum guitar in their church, people who want to write songs, and retired people who are still young at heart and want to rock! I believe that playing music is one of the most spiritually satisfying experiences that one can have, and I am here for you if you would like to study guitar. I welcome students of all skill levels but I particularly love helping beginning students or those who have put the instrument down but would like to pick it up again. When I was starting out on guitar I had a teacher who hated the music that I loved and nearly killed my passion for the instrument. I will never be that type of teacher. I will run with your passion for music. All lessons are tailored to the individual there is no file that I pull out and expect you to follow but I will tell you when I feel that there is something you should know or work on. I see my role as a musical coach. I enjoy keeping up with the newest trends and styles in music and I am well-versed in the latest versions of punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative styles.
*** Lesson Details *** My style of teaching is laid back but focused. I have a healthy sense of humor and understand that someone can only play if they are relaxed. I will help you build a technique that requires the least amount of physical energy. When teaching children I maintain a learning environment that emphasizes play and imagination. I often use the Children’s Guitar series from Hal Leonard. With intermediate and advanced students I stress creativity, and finding your own voice on the guitar. We will always analyze the music to see what makes it work and so that you can apply those principles to your own playing. I stress mastery of the fingerboard so that the student can play in any situation with total confidence. I have no set curriculum with rock and folk players. We will work on what you want to work on but I often use my own handouts as well as books from the Musicians Institute. If you want to take formal classical guitar lessons I can help you there as well since I have two degrees in classical guitar. I typically use the Frederic Noad Solo Guitar series when teaching classical guitar.
*** Specialties *** general classical guitar, blues/rock, general folk guitar. The analysis of all styles of classical music. General music theory from basic tonal harmony and counterpoint to modern techniques.
Hello, my name is Danielle. I just relocated from Orlando, FL, to Corvallis, OR. For the past two years in Florida I was an adjunct professor of theatre at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where I taught acting and intro to theatre courses. As well as teaching at the college level, I taught private voice, piano, and acting lessons at Central Florida Community Arts and I worked as a teaching artist at the Orlando Repertory Theatre where I taught theatre workshops, theatre-based community outreach programs, and theatre summer camp. I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the U
niversity of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. During college, I participated in and placed first in state-wide and regional singing competitions. I also performed as a professional actor in productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Teaching is my passion, and I strive to share with my students what the arts have given to me. As well as teaching lessons, I am currently working as a licensed substitute teacher in the Corvallis, Philomath, and Lebanon School Districts. **This means I have passed a background check with the state of Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, which may be helpful for you to know as a potential TakeLessons student. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Josh H. September 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son said, "it was fun". Thank goodness there are teachers like that
Katherine August 3, 2015
Danielle was an outstanding instructor at our school. She had a very structured way of teaching and she knew how to tailor lessons to each of her students. I could see the effectiveness in her teaching in how her students were able to progress in the time that she was with them. Each of her students that would perform in our school recitals would show vast improvement every time. She taught students of all ages and levels and each one of them loved her. She had a great relationship with each of her students. Once a student started lessons with Danielle, they never wanted to leave her.
Amy July 29, 2015
Danielle is an amazing instructor. She was my daughter's first vocal coach. We worked with Danielle for nearly a year and were so sad when she had to relocate out of state. My daughter had a naturally good voice, but Danielle's attention to technique, sight singing, performance skills, and basic music theory helped my daughter grow significantly as a vocalist. My child has a diagnosed anxiety disorder. She tends to be really hard on herself and upset easily. Danielle provided her with the perfect balance of challenging material and confidence-building praise. My daughter shines on stage now, and we know that Danielle is largely responsible for her success. I highly recommend that you select Danielle as your music instructor, as her knowledge of the field and kind ways will continue to enhance the talents of others.
Lee W began taking private lessons in guitar at the age of nine and continued to do so until graduating from the guitar program at The Musicians Institute, which also included classes in recording engineering and mixing/mastering. Throughout those years, he also began taking private lessons in other instruments such as bass, drum and piano.
As a dedicated artist he has released six albums, four of which under his own name and two under his band's name "Rejectionary Art". These albums span stylistically across many genres, including: Jazz, Funk, Metal, Avant-garde, score written for a live t
heater performance and most recently an album of cover songs with material ranging from J.C. Bach to Frank Zappa. Appearing on Lee's albums are many highly esteemed musicians, such as: Marco Minnemann, Morgan Agren, Ric Fierabracci, Genevieve Artadi and Laura Vall. Three of these albums feature album art created by he, himself and he records, mixes and masters his own albums, as well as doing so professionally for others.
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