Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Beth
"Jason has been teaching my son for about 6 weeks now. My son head dyslexia and other special needs that make learning difficult. Jason has done a wonderf
ul job teaching and sparking my child's joy in music! Excellent teacher. Highly recommended."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tonya
Jennifer is patient, experienced, professional and has the gift of music. Each session, she has demonstrated her ability to mentor/tutor my child w
ith the viola. She encourages students to practice and has influenced my child to practicing everyday. Since working with Jennifer, my child has auditioned and made it to the State competition. Thank you Jennifer and we look forward to continuing our partnership."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Samuel
"Great option for singers
I recently had a session with Chris and it was phenomenal. I'm mainly a songwriter but my sound has improved with the directions
that my teacher gave me. Not only have I extended my vocal range, but I have also concentrated on my vocal control. The lesson of it all was foreign to me but makes a difference. I would highly consider Chris as an instructor because of the friendly and helpful online lessons I received. :)"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Mandy
"We love Holly's enthusiasm and skill as a teacher."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Kyle
"Ben is really easy to work with and knows A TON about guitar and music in general. He explains things clearly, and I progressed faster with him than I ha
ve taking lessons from anyone else. No matter where you're at, he'll bring your playing to the next level. I highly recommend him to beginners and advanced players alike! Thanks Ben!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Kyleigh
"My daughter turned around and gave me a thumbs up immediately after her lesson."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Candas
"Dwight is a great teacher! He is very professional and patient with my son."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Robert
"I found Greg to be exactly what I need to accomplish my goals. Very personable."
Music is one of the biggest, most important things in my life! I love how music allows me to express myself. A lot of joy is brought to people through music. I strive to change lives for the better through singing and teaching others how to be great singers!
I have been teaching for about 7 years, but performing for 20. As a performer, I believe I am able to provide insight from both a teacher's and an artist's point of view. I have been in the same position as my students so I am able to relate.
*** Lesson Details *** In my studio, you will find a very relaxed environment. While
I am strict when it comes to proper technique, I believe in encouragement and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. You will not leave my studio feeling unaccomplished or discouraged.
I create my own curriculum based on the needs of each student. All of my students will be introduced to music theory, ear training, and sight signing.
One thing I like to also focus on is audition etiquette. Learning your music is only half, the battle. Proper preparation for an audition sets you apart from the rest!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have two performance spaces. Upstairs, you will find a smaller rehearsal space with an upright piano and seating for parents. Downstairs, you will find a larger rehearsal space. This space set up for larger rehearsals and includes: A drum set, Mics, a sound system, guitars, and a keyboard. My downstairs studio is reserved for students who are preparing for recording, or rehearsing with a live band.
*** Specialties *** specialize in theatrical singing
LARRY G. June 14, 2013
Singing Verified Student
The first singing class I had with Tyanna,she made me feel relax.She is a very good teacher. Tyanna first explain to me how the class will go.She have a very relaxed environment,she have great insight and view on how to sing the proper way. Tyanna have a very nice way in using constructive criticism.I learn somethings that will help me to be a better singer everytime I was in class.
I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!
I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.
Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience
, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.
*** Specialties *** Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series
Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs
Victoria B. January 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent piano teacher!! Very patient, kind, reliable and communicates very well with my 10 yo son. She is so enthusiastic and has really gotten my son interested in music, despite that he is very shy. I have been impressed with how quickly my son has learned to play the piano in just a few months. We have been so thrilled with Carolyn that our other two children are to start lessons this month!!
Abie E. November 16, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Carolyn B. is an excellent piano teacher
Carolyn B. has been teaching my 6yr old daughter for a year. Carolyn has a very engaging style of teaching that works extremely well for kids. She has a tested ability to skillfully refocus kid's attention by injecting fun into the lesson and reassuring the kid that "they can". She's extremely patient, is always pleasant is good at easing a child into stepping up their ability and confidence. From the start, I signed up my daughter for 1-hour lessons, unsure if she will focus. I'm amazed at how Carolyn keeps her engegaed through the hour. My daughter's skills and interest in piano continues to grow. I strongly recommend Carolyn B. to teach piano.
Rabia N. February 11, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Carolyn has been teaching my 9 year old for just over 2 months and he has learnt immensely. She is very patient, friendly, soft spoken and my son loves her! He is a very shy kind and doesn't adjust to newer people so quickly but she is just phenomenal!
David discovered his love for music early on at the age of seven with the musical/movie: The Sound of Music. He and his siblings would entertain their babysitter by acting out the entire musical - singing and dancing along with the soundtrack. To make it even more fun, they would sometimes speed up the vinyl record and perform in extra-fast mode! (And that was way before 'Wii - Just Dance!')
He vividly remembers his first real musical instruction back in elementary school: “Everyone in 4th Grade was given a Recorder to learn how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. When the
music teacher had the class play together, she noticed that I wasn't looking down at my music booklet as I played, since I was 'playing by ear'. Not only was my booklet turned to the wrong page; it was upside down as well! To admonish me, she had me stand up in front of the whole class and play solo - as she held the booklet in front of me. Enthusiastically, I rendered the complete song correctly, only pretending to read from the page as she held it, but actually 'playing by ear'. Upon getting to the end of the tune, I suddenly broke out in a jazzed-up, improvised version of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', arousing the whole class to spontaneously tap their feet in rhythm and clap with delight . . . my first solo performance!”
David eventually took up guitar in his teens, becoming involved with playing for musicals such as "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar". During high school, he also played in the Bluegrass band 'Odell & Zeke', and in the Rock band 'Ring Wraith', performing for local dances and proms.
Extremely versatile within classical and popular guitar styles, David played in the Top-40-Hit music video, Shine Shine, by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb – alongside pop-star legend - Michael Jackson. David is also mentioned in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine for his jazz endeavors; and he has years of experience as a church music director.
As a Classical concert guitarist, David has performed throughout the USA and Europe. His live performances have been broadcast on television and radio: NPR’s Performance Today (USA); CBC’s Arts National (Canada); RAI Television’s In Concerto (Italy), and the Hungarian National Television. Successful in competitions, David won First Prize in the 20th International Guitar Competition in Milan, Italy and First Prize in the National Wurlitzer Artist Competition, USA. He has received other awards and grants as well, including a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Governor's Award from Department of State, Florida. Moreover, he was chosen for the rosters of both the California State Touring Program and the North Carolina Visiting Artists Program.
David’s 35 years of teaching and performing experience, coupled with intensive years of formal studies with many of the world's greatest guitarists, including Andres Segovia, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Christopher Parkening, Holzman, Ghiglia, Morgen, Tomas, Isbin - have afforded him a rich and in-depth understanding of music and the guitar. He shares all of this with his students in an insightful and uniquely original manner.
Florida State University - Master of Music - Guitar Performance
Florida State University - Bachelor of Music - Guitar Performance
Certificates of Professional Study: - L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy - Aspen Music Festival
*** Lesson Details *** Wouldn't you love to play the music that you enjoy listening to the most? Ever listen to your very favorite songs on your iPod or on the radio and really wish you could just play along? Well, here's your opportunity! Even if you are just beginning, I can help get you up and strumming in no time! You can choose your favorite songs to play - and I will show you how! Imagine playing along with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun, Ke$Ha, Demi Lovato, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Ne-Yo, and more! And for you adults: imagine playing your favorite songs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. What a wonderful way to re-kindle all the fun, memories and meaningful songs of your youth!
I am committed to helping you really enjoy and excel in playing the music you love! You will find our lessons fun, interesting, and always inspiring. What better way to be motivated to learn and play, than having fun . . . and enjoying it along the way?!
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate, professional studio in a nice setting. Lots of windows, art, books make it inviting and cozy. Special separate adjacent room for parents and siblings, allowing parents to watch lessons through glass doors without "intruding".
*** Travel Equipment *** I carry my own Ipad, computer, cd player. Students should have instrument, capo, music. Ability for student to take video recording/audio recording is helpful. Often, we will use parent's iPhone at end of lesson to record important concepts/techniques/etc.
*** Specialties *** I am versatile within classical and popular guitar styles: folk, country, rock, new age, praise, bluegrass. My in-depth understanding of music theory, guitar technique, and performance affords me a wealth of practical and artistic experience from which I lead students on their musical journey.
Megan O. June 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
David is absolutely fabulous. He is flexible, caring and willing to work at my daughter's pace. Even when she gets frustrated, he stays totally calm and handles it with ease. He keeps things light and fun, but somehow manages to keep her on task at the same time. Best of all, my eight year old daughter is truly loving playing the guitar! I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Sammy B. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
I started lessons with David a couple of months ago unsure about whether I'd stick with guitar lessons at all. I mean, the web is full of tutorials for playing. But I figured I'd give lessons a try.
I have been extremely pleased with my lessons and my progress thus far. Our lessons are a nice mix of learning songs and techniques and always emphasizing what I want to be learning. Considering I'm 39 and years out of school, this is important for me.
David has also been a remarkable teacher for my 8 year old son. Both my wife and I are very happy with the instruction we have received. Yes, David is slightly more expensive than some others here, but you get what you pay for! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for anyone looking for lessons.
Paul J. January 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I began taking guitar lessons from David over year ago after several years of lessons with other teachers. I feel quite lucky to have found David, who is not only an extremely talented guitarist but an exceptional teacher. The guitar can be a somewhat intimidating instrument for a “mature adult” student such as myself, but David makes every lesson a positive, fun experience that I always look forward to. He patiently demonstrates techniques, explains concepts in clear, understandable terms, and gently critiques my playing. I have made a great deal of progress in a short amount of time under David's mentorship and I unequivocally recommend him to anyone who wants to become a better guitarist.
I have been actively and enthusiastically involved in music all my life. I started playing violin 17 years ago. I never would have expected it to take me where I am today. It has guided me to become a confident, respectful, and creatively evolving adult.
I am an active violinist in my community as well as surrounding communities. I am also a 1st place national award-winning composer of the MENC's young composers competition and encourage my students to not just play but to be creative on their instrument, and learn through the process of ear training as well as sight reading. I have been t
eaching full time for 7 years and LOVE that I am always growing as an instructor as well as watching my students grow!
I teach mostly classical style violin, but do have students who are mainly interested in church music, pop, folk, and fiddle. I love to arrange popular music for my students, and encourage this side of the violin as well as the classics. I have taught ages 4 to 65.
I have played in numerous Symphonies on the west coast Including the Orange County H.S. of the Arts Philharmonic, and the Spokane Honors Symphony. I have been involved in the creating of Composition Clubs, and String Quartets as well as String Trios.I currently play in the Raleigh Civic Chamber Ensemble as well as the Raleigh Civic Symphony. I also founded and play in a String Quartet based out of Cary, NC. I provide entertainment in a string duo called Petals String Duo, we play for many events around the triangle including weddings, church services, company parties, and more.
Aside from playing classical music, I also play in 4 local bands ranging from pop to Americana/bluegrass styles. I perform and arrange string parts with Kaitlin Grady, an accomplished local cellist. I am also heavily involved in the rock/pop/indie music scene in Raleigh, and I frequently provide session work in and out of the studio for local artists. The bands I'm in are Season & Snare, New Reveille, Modern Chorus, and Saints Apollo.
*** Lesson Details ***
Always depending on the student's goals of course, I like to involve personal creativity into my lessons. From figuring out well known tunes, to eventually writing melodies, or at least coming up with the basis and foundation to a piece. I have learned that writing music on your instrument, in conjunction with learning to play the classics, opens up a vast array of musical knowledge and musical creativity. Everything depends upon what the student wants out of their lessons though.
I do enforce weekly homework in the form of scales, warm-ups, etudes, and selected works. All varying upon playing level, and progressing differently from student to student. Recitals are offered at local coffee shops and community churches. The student will have a choice on whether to play solo, with piano accompaniment, guitar accompaniment, or duet music for recitals.
After the first 6 months, the student should be able to comprehend most basic music theory, from note names and where they sit on the fingerboard, to basic scales, time signatures, and basic rhythms in order to effectively sight-read sheet music. The student will have developed a proper bow hold, and will be able to demonstrate a smooth and straight bowing pattern to obtain great tone! Every student grows at a completely different rate, and this is what is expected of the average student.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stand, Keyboard, 3 Violins, Guitar, Various Noise Makers.
*** Travel Equipment *** Violin, Violin Bag O' Tricks
*** Specialties *** For my beginning students I use a combination of the Suzuki Method, All for Strings or Essential Elements, and Harvey Whistler's Scales in First Position.
Materials used for advanced students varies.
This instrument holds true to so much that occurs naturally in nature. The science behind the instrument is so fascinating, and I love to teach with that thought in mind!
THERE IS A REACTION TO EVERY ACTION YOU MAKE!
Kelly S. August 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
We could not have asked for a better violin instructor for our 7-year-old daughter. Autumn is exactly what she needed: someone engaging, flexible, creative, and most of all fun! Obviously she is tremendously skilled and a master of her craft, but this does not always make a great teacher. But Autumn is a great teacher, which makes her an absolute gift and inspiration! We are so lucky to have found her! Thanks, Autumn!!!
Lori B. June 8, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Autumn is encouraging and enthusiastic and helpful and fun. I am an adult and an experienced violinist who stopped playing for 20 years. I am just getting back into it and am delighted to find that I haven't forgotten how to read music and play, but I am really wanting to improve my sound. Autumn is happy to work on just what I want and need. I don't believe I could have found a better instructor for me.
Vito I. February 14, 2014
Violin Verified Student
Autumn falls magically!
So here I am on yet another fork in the road and now I have REAL aspirations of making wonderful sounds with my violin! I'm just an old silly man chasing a dream, and Ms. Autumn is making it happen! No matter how much I make annoying squeaking ear drum popping noises, she's right there making it all sound.....imaginary! Ms. Autumn rocks! Ms. Autumn rolls! She is the best of the best! I can't wait for each new lesson! Thanks so much!!!
I'm a 24 year-old performing musician with 8 years of teaching experience. I'm an active member in the NC Triangle music scene as a performer and recording artist. I also teach Pilates, where I learned the value of self-awareness and balance, which is at the core of my teaching principles.
I feel I have something to offer to all levels and ages and have found my method to be highly engaging for young children and beginners.
:: My Home Studio ::
I have a living room studio in Carrboro equipped with my band gear, making for fun multi-instrumental lessons! Recording gear and a power
ful PA allow us to play to various audio tracks and record our own material. These tools are invaluable and key to my personal development as an artist.
:: Teaching at Your Home ::
You don't need a drum kit to start taking lessons!
I'll bring a drum pad, sticks, and a metronome, and occasionally some hand drums. All you need to supply is a pen and paper.
Sam K. August 1, 2014
Learning drums with Gabriel was an excellent experience. He's patient, skilled, communicative, and eager to be teaching. I'd recommend him to folks of all ages and skill levels.
Phil T. August 1, 2014
I've collaborated on a number of musical projects with Gabe -- mixing, writing and recording in studios. He is extremely talented and has always been a pleasure to be around. I would definitely recommend him to my own students (I teach guitar in Durham), as his patience and ability to explain complicated ideas is excellent.
Samantha M. June 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My son who is 13 took lessons with Gabriel and had a great experience. We were only able to pay for 30 minute lessons due to a tight budget, but none the less Gabriel used those short times to teach my son as much as he could! Putting his musical knowledge to use while incorporating things such as the importance and benefits of stretching your arm muscles before playing was very cool and useful, and I would highly recommend lessons with him to anyone considering drum lessons!
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