Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Tina
"What an Awesome Teacher!
I have been taking lessons from Michelle for more than 3 months. She makes things super easy to understand and I have learned a
lot from her. She knows how to deal with her students at different levels. She is also very funny and energetic. I am glad she is my teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Gerardo
"Patient, kind, talented. What more could you ask for?
After not touching a violin for nearly 10 years, I decided that it was time for me to learn how to
play once again. Choosing Ashlie as my instructor was the best thing I could have done. Not only is Ashlie a fantastic instructor, but she's extremely sweet, patient, and kind. Her instructions were always clear and it truly seemed as if she enjoyed teaching me as much as I enjoyed playing. Ashlie was able to set a pace that allowed me to improve at a good rate while still progressing comfortably. She made sure I had a good grasp on the fundamentals and would quickly fix anything I may have been doing wrong.
Ashlie is a fantastic teacher, and she is somebody I would highly recommend to anybody."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Claus
"Julio is a great teacher with a passion for music. He was very patient and encouraging from the start. I have attended a couple of flamenco guitar lessons
and he made sure that I learned some music theory along with the practical skills. Thank you!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Christine
"A Perfect Fit
My 13 year old son has been taking lessons from Diedrich for 3+ years and his musical ability has grown exponentially during that time. Die
drich is a talented musician and teacher. He has shown an innate sensitivity to my son's needs and learning style, great communication skills, a generous and kind nature, the ability to motivate, wonderful taste in music, and an abundance of patience. He has a great deal of integrity and has been a very positive influence on my son. He also makes learning fun, which is so important in motivating kids to keep up with practice. I feel fortunate to have found Diedrich and would highly recommend him as a teacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Tina
"Anthony is a really great piano teacher and has been a great fit with my 12 YO son. Having said that, I can imagine that he'd do just great with any pers
on in any age group. If you're looking for a terrific teacher, look no further. A+ in book!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Milan
Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to
teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Michael
"First lesson was a very promising one."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Kate
"Teresa is a fantastic teacher. From beginner piano to advanced she is very knowledgeable and makes learning fun and interesting. For any student of any ag
e I would highly recommend her!"
Winston Salem, NC teacher:
Review by Erik
"Before meeting Heather i never have had any singing lessons and i feel truly grateful that she has been so patient and methodical. I feel that during the
last 6 moths she been able to make me improve everything connected to the art of singing. Thank you Heather."
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.
Hello, my name is Danielle Gosselin. 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 f
rom the University 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. I look forward to meeting you soon!
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.
Denise July 27, 2015
Danielle knows how to captivates and keep the attention of the kid. She is very sweet and professional at the same time. My 6 years old daughter loved to have Danielle as her teacher. We love her.
Kathrine July 27, 2015
Danielle introduced theory and technique that improved my skills. She is a wonderful instructor.
Hi, My name is Ken M and I can't wait to meet you! I love playing Saxophone. I've been playing 40+ years, and teaching private lessons for 10 years. I love helping students gain strength, courage and confidence to develop into the musician you're meant to be. We'll learn how you best learn and at your pace. All lessons are tailored specifically to your needs. Here are some general topics covered: posture, breathing, tone and sound quality, scales and chords, improvisation, performance techniques, how to read music & ear training. or just to stop that embarrassing squeaking. We'll discover you
r creative genius that's been waiting to be found and expressed, so you and others will enjoy the music you make. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Hannah B. January 10, 2015
I had a great time with Ken as an instructor! He introduced me to the basics of saxophone. He made me feel comfortable and able to achieve. I have never played an instrument. His lesson plans and homework kept me moving along. I felt I had my feet under me as a result of his instruction. I wanted to learn to play for my church; I look forward to taking more lessons from Ken in-home in the future.
Hello! Thanks for taking an interest in my studio! My name is Tad B. I am currently a student in oboe performance at Oregon State University. I am originally from this area and am glad to be back in the beautiful Willamette Valley. My studio includes comprehensive Oboe and English Horn study (technique, literature, reed making, audition preparation), Conducting (instrumental music conducting), beginning and intermediate saxophone, Music theory and Ear Training, and general music exploration. All ages and experiences are welcome, absolute beginner through preparing for serious music study. Plea
se feel free to contact me with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you!
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