Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Wayne
"Great teacher! Enjoys the lessons and time spent with her!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Allison
Donato is a great teacher and a wonderfully talented and musical person. He's taught me bass and drums, and is knowledgeable about so m
any genres and styles of music, and adept at basically every instrument.
He has an amazing ear; he can listen to any piece of music and immediately identify and play the melody, harmony, and rhythms, no matter how complex. He is a terrific communicator and extremely patient and encouraging as a teacher.
He's also a fantastic singer/songwriter/performer -- you should take any opportunity to hear him live -- you will definitely be inspired. I recommend Donato wholeheartedly!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jessie
"Knowledgeable and Very Patient
Glenn has always been very patient with me. He encouraged me to take piano lessons even though I doubted myself. To my sur
prise, it was fun and I've learned a lot! He's always punctual and professional. I will continue to go to him and definitely recommenced him as a teacher.
I also love the music store that his studio is located in. I can get all of my sheet music and equipment right there!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Rebecca
Sophia is really patient and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to singing technique. She has taught me a lot about voice p
lacement and the misconceptions that people have about voice control."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by silvia
"I've known Nadia for years as both a fine performer and a great teacher and voice trouble-shooter. Her knowledge of technique is as deep as her understa
nding of the artistry of singing.
I'd say I'm an advanced singer. I've sung publicly for years a range of popular songs with a band and I've performed classical repertoire.
Many singers find The Star Spangled Banner challenging and when I was asked to sing the national anthem before a convention of thousands of people, I sought out Nadia's expertise.
I had concerns about my voice being injured due to chronic illness and perhaps relying on improper technique to compensate for the resulting problems. I had trouble accessing certain parts of my range.
When I took my apprehensions to Nadia, she made quick work of the problems. She first did an evaluation by running me through various exercises in order to pinpoint where in my range issues might exist. She worked patiently with me and taught me techniques that helped me return to my full vocal range. And I'm most grateful to Nadia for setting my mind at ease about the shape my voice was in and restoring my confidence to perform in front of a large audience.
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sabrina
"Causal teaching style tailored to your personal goals."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Jenna
"Brian is an exception teacher for the beginning student! He is systematic and patient, which is exactly what new students need. Brian focused on helping
my daughter learn the basics of violin, both in structure and in form.
I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning this beautiful instrument."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Andrew
"My 6 year old just had his first lesson with Matthew. We were not sure what to expect going in, but we're very pleased. Our son enjoyed our session and wa
nts to continue learning. Matthew is very nice and patient and a cool guy. He was very good with our son and I highly recommend him!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Toni
"James is a gifted musician and a natural born teacher. He came to me as a voice student (he is also a fabulous singer!) and now I recommend him to my stu
dents for piano lessons. He is particularly strong at getting students to quickly manipulate chord progressions. He teaches groove better than anyone I know. He is also a strong producer and has a great recording studio and I send all my students to him for affordable, high quality demos!"
Elizabeth has been praised for her clear ringing soprano voice, excellent comic timing, and warm and enlightening performances (The News Journal of Wilmington, DE). She is a versatile singer and actively performs in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She is also an established and respected voice and piano teacher.
Elizabeth was most recently seen as Joanie in The Full Monty at Candlelight Theatre in Delaware. Other recent performances include June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical and Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington, DE, solo perf
ormances with the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, and Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning Best American Production at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival. She "tackled the challenging score with gusto, her beautiful soprano and excellent diction winning in even the highest vocal points" (The Community News of Wilmington, DE).
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L'Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.
As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. Musical skills depend upon muscles, so it is important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons; we are partners in the learning process.
My specialty is the voice. I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, but I work mostly with classical and musical theater repertoire as this is my area of expertise.
I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students.
Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.
*** Studio Equipment *** An upright piano, a designated music room, vocal and piano music materials, metronome, full length mirror, ability to record lessons in my studio
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical and musical theater repertoire. I also have training in Alexander Technique.
Aurora M. April 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Elizabeth is the best teacher I could ever have! She has helped me gaining confidence when I started singing in a middle school play and now that I have a main role in a high school play, her coaching and support have been priceless! She is my compass, guiding me in the right direction! I highly recommend her!
Gloria S. July 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Elizabeth is wonderful with couching to improve voice quality and singing technique. Her sensitivity and professionalism is definitely plus. Getting valuable advise to correct and to improve singing habit is very important to me.
Thank you so much for recording the lessons as I could review and practice along with you.
I am happy with the three lessons which I took; and, hope to continue my voice lessons with her. Keep up the excellent work ~
Claudia C. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Elizabeth, is a wonderful teacher. She is very professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. My 12 year old loves her, and in the few months that she has been seeing her, has made big steps in her performing arts goals. I am really glad that Elizabeth is there for my daughter, and I know we will be taking lessons from her for a very long time .
Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!
I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument. I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester
University. I also studied privately with Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.
I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!
I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.
For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.
For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.
Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:
1) Those who have good ears, but can't read. 2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them. 3) Those with great ears who also read well.
Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.
One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.
I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.
I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.
*** Specialties *** I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything. I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
Vince S. January 12, 2015
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.
We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
Ellen L. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .
My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student
I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!
Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery.
*** Lesson Details *** Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious.
He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all.
Things student learn include: - reading sheet music - classical guitar - reading guitar tab - songs and pieces in a variety of styles - fretboard knowledge - scales and arpeggios - lead guitar playing - technique - chords of all types - finger picking, and pick style - music theory - ear training and solfege - memorizing music - interpretation and expression - phrasing - musicianship - songwriting
Austin B. May 25, 2015
I am a former student of New England Conservatory along with Brad and I played several gigs with him. Brad has a great demeanor and he's very easy to work with. Beyond this, he is a great creative partner who gives and takes criticism easily. He has a firm knowledge of his instrument as well as music theory. Brad has a genuine interest in his students success as well as his colleagues. He understands how fun music can be and has a great sense of humor that lends itself to teaching.
Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory ·
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.
Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
Sarah B. September 18, 2014
Music Theory ·
I studied music theory with Brad my senior year of high school, and it was the best decision I could have made! Brad fully prepared me for college-level theory at a conservatory, and I have excelled as a performer because of the great theory background Brad provided me with. He knows music theory inside and out, and he is able to adapt his teaching skills for any student. Thanks for all your help, Brad!
Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and drum teacher at Springside Chestn
ut Hill Academy.
In 2014, Jeff joined the staff of the North Penn High School Percussion Ensemble. In the past, he has instructed the drum line at Upper Darby and Pennsbury high schools. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.
Jeff recently released his debut solo electronic EP under the name Duncan in October of 2013, and joined the Philadelphia-based hard rock band Palaceburn as the drummer. He also plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an up and coming electronic power pop band originally from Wilmington, DE. In 2015, Jeff will be joining the instructional staff of Field of View, a percussion ensemble based out of West Chester, PA.
Laura W. October 27, 2014
In home Verified Student
Jeff is awesome. He's engaging and my 8 year old is now practicing between lessons without being told. We are very happy with Jeff.
I am 23 years old, a Lansdale, PA native now living in Philadelphia who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.
I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University, but I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed. Since 2010, I have tau
ght private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.
My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.
***Lesson Details*** I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.
***Travel Equipment*** Upright & bass guitar JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings ZOOM stereo recording device Pencils/manuscript paper
Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)
Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis
Laura L. June 24, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!
Elizabeth S. June 23, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max was really patient with me. I got frustrated when I didn't get the hang immediately but he worked through the issues with me and was very supportive. Definitely a super nice guy who knows his stuff!
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