Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Ann
"Exceptional, musically rich learning
Nick is a terrific, terrific teacher whose main goal is to nurture my sonâs love of music and instill the idea tha
t learning to play guitar or drums is not hard, itâs âunfamiliar.â Robby has been learning from Nick since he was 7 years old. I love watching Nick balance solid technique with fun. Like taking a contemporary song that my son loves and teaching him to play a portion of it. Or inviting another student (or sometimes even a professional musician) to sit in on a lesson and jam with Robby. Nick is teaching the whole person, not just their fingers on the guitar. He really cares and I would recommend him to anyone!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Marcela
"Ashlie has been teaching my twin girls the violin for over a year. She is very kind and patient and has a way of getting through to my children. Ashlie is
no pushover which I really like since my girls will look for ways to waste time but the lessons are always well controlled. The girls have learned so much from her and I hope to continue with Ashlie for as long as we can!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
"Lucas is the rarest kind of teacher; the special kind who can turn a student's confused babble into a clear question with a definite answer. I signed up f
or music theory lessons after writing a lesson plan on Stravinsky's The Rites of Spring (I am a teacher myself) and realizing as I did that I actually had only the vaguest idea what I was talking about as I informed my students that a riot occurred on opening night back in 1913 because Stravinsky build the music on tritones, creating weird chord progressions that built a tension that was never fully resolved because the chord that came where the tension should release was close enough to tease but not close enough to fully resolve that tension. Believe it or not, that is why I decided to take lessons in music theory. I would have driven any teacher but Lucas crazy. If you want to know something about music theory but can't say exactly what, Lucas is your best bet."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Divya
"Sheri is an awesome teacher!
Sheri is a natural and amazing teacher. She is so positive and encouraging and I always look forward to her lessons. It is e
vident that she gets a lot of joy out of teaching music and working with students and that enthusiasm transfer to you and makes you enjoy the lessons and motivates you to learn. She is patient and she understand your strengths and weaknesses and breaks down complex pieces such that you can pick it up easily. I was probably her last student for the day and yet she has always been bubbling with energy and enthusiasm every single time I walk in for my lessons."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Anita
"Excellent Piano Teacher
We have been taking piano lessons with Ginger for just over a year. My daughter was an older beginner and Ginger was quick to cho
ose books and lessons appropriate for her. They were beginner books, but designed for older beginners so they were not too babyish. She hosts a lovely recital at the end of the year and it was obvious that she was able to serve a wide variety of musicians from beginners to more advanced students. We are thrilled with how quickly our daughter has learned to play and highly recommend Ginger to anyone looking for a piano teacher!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Bob
"David D. is an ideal music teacher for me, an adult learner. I appreciate his two-pronged approach: (1) instruction in piano and (2) appreciation of great
music. He prods me to plow through the basic piano books, and he provides insights along with YouTube links to performances of some of the world's best music.
Dayv's depth of knowledge and his dedication to music are infectious. He has also been very accommodating to my changing schedule. I always look forward to my piano lessons. Dayv has given me a joyful appreciation for music."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by David
Dennis is a wonderful teacher. His extensive knowledge of all forms of music comes through in his teaching skills. He is extremely patie
nt and understanding as we work through pieces. I started taking classes as an adult in retirement, with past experience limited to a few chords learned way back in high school. We're now well into number of beautiful classical pieces, I've gained a significant knowledge of music theory, and we've just now starting to tackle the blues !!. I may have eclectic tastes, but Dennis feels very comfortable with it and loves teaching all types of music. I know I'm in the hands of a master musician and teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Megan is is such a great teacher! I personally take lessons from her and am so impressed with her. I have had teachers that are really good at their instr
ument, but cannot communicate and teach well. Megan has a teaching degree from the University of Utah, so she really knows how to teach. She is so good at the guitar and can teach anything you want to learn. She is fun, kind and understanding. Take lessons from her!"
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Noel
"Antoine is a great musician, team player,very focused and listens well to the music! Always a Great time working together. Thank you"
A brief look at Mike C's career will show that he is a quintessential guitarist and teacher. Unmatched and in a league of his own, his twenty+ year career includes training at : Berklee College of Music and UMass. Lowell, as well as with performing with diverse artists such as Soul City, Dave Anthony Orchestra, The Mike Fritz Band, The Times, Soul Inspiration, Gary And The Gang, and his own project Trick Bag, performing anything from bebop jazz, swing, etc. He currently performs regularly with funk band Mojo Mambo and freelance performances.
*** Studio Equipment *** Line 6 Variax guitar,
Fender Stratocaster Plus guitar, Ibanez Artcore ASR70 Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Line 6 Pod XT Live effects, Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier
*** Travel Equipment *** Line 6 Variax guitar, Fender Stratocaster Plus guitar, Ibanez Artcore ASR70 Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Line 6 Pod XT Live effects, Fender Deluxe Reverb amplifier
*** Specialties *** Blues, jazz, funk, rock, etc. Music students of *all* ages.
I am a multi instrumentalist and professional musician of over a decade- and would love to teach you everything I know! I have been studying music for over 12 years, through school and college, on my own, and with private instructors including Chris Parello, Mike Orenzoff, Norma Hooks, and Buddy Charleton. I consider my main instrument to be guitar- I have been playing for about 12 years, and am comfortable in just about any professional situation on my instrument. I play lead guitar, rhythm, and we can go over many techniques and subjects to help you become more versatile and well rounded: in
cluding ostinato picking, slide/open tunings, improvisation, and composition.
I also teach Bassoon- which I studied throughout high school and college. Pedal Steel Guitar, I have studied for about 8 years, some of that time was with world renowned steel guitarist, Buddy Charleton. On the Tenor Saxophone, I have taught myself and am comfortable teaching beginning and intermediate players in saxophone technique and improvisation (mainly rock, blues, and jazz styles).
Each lesson is eagerly tailored to the student's strengths and needs in order to help them learn to the best of their ability, and ultimately, have fun!
Music is a language, and I want to give you the tools that you need in order to speak that language fluently. We will focus on your interests and genres that you prefer, while incorporating ear training, music theory, and new techniques specific to your skill level and instrument. Each lesson is tailored to each student's learning style. From reading music and beginning ear training, to writing counterpoint and mastering improvisational techniques, together we will find ways to help you grow, exponentially.
*** Lesson Details *** When we schedule our first lesson, I will ask you a few questions about your interests, goals in taking lessons, and your priorities related to music. This way, I can be sure to tailor the lesson to meet your expectations and goals.
Generally, my lessons lean towards feeling a little "laid back".
Curriculum is based on student goals and priorities. Jazz studies will differ from studying rock n roll, as well as classical, etc. Once we have an introductory lesson, I will be able to review with you the materials, passages, postures, techniques, and music we will be working with. You always are encouraged to have a say in what you want to learn, whether it is your 1st or your 50th lesson.
*** Studio Equipment *** amps, instruments, piano, waiting room
*** Specialties *** I teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in genres including jazz, rock, metal, classical, funk, blues, country, pop, and more, on a handful of instruments including guitar, pedal steel guitar, bassoon, and tenor sax.
EdL January 31, 2012
Creative Musical Life Support
I am extemly pleased with the progress I have made thusfar. Elizabeth's method of teaching has taught me so much more than I would have expected to learn in the short amount of time that I have been involved so far. I am looking forward to a long and productive musical journey with Elizabeth and I'm confident that my talents, with Elizabeth's help, will improve beyond what I have imagined to achieve on my own through many years of unproductive struggle.
Ashley has been teaching Voice since upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York City in 2008. She is qualified and capable of teaching all levels and abilities, including: Musical Theatre, Classical, Rock/Pop, and Blues/Jazz. She is comfortable teaching all levels of Vocal study, from the absolute beginner to the advanced singer.
Ashley is also a trained Pianist with classical training, and is capable of teaching levels Beginner through Intermediate.
Ashley's first instrument was the guitar, and teaches acoustic and electric guitar f
or levels Beginner to Intermediate.
Ashley has performed all over New England and beyond since a very young age, making her professional debut at the Publick Theatre of Boston at the tender age of 12. Since then, she has continued to pursue her passion for music and all things theatrical, completing her BFA in Musical Theatre from the renowned Pace University in New York City, where she was able to partake in Master Classes with such industry names as: Jack O’Brien, Joanna Gleason, David Stone, Stephen Flaherty, Michael Greif, Victoria Clark, Jerry Mitchell, Adam Guettel, Donna Drake, Curtil Holbrook, Lonny Price, and Bob Cline. She has also performed professionally with: Rachel York, Patrick Cassidy, Lee Meriwether, and dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Following undergraduate study, Ashley decided it was time to branch out from the musical theatre realm and into the world of teaching and contemporary music. She completed graduate coursework in Vocal Pedagogy, Jazz Vocals, World Music, Choral Conducting, and General Music Education at the University of Massachusetts. She also is certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach classroom music for grades k-12.
Since graduating in 2008, Ashley has built up a plethora of students throughout the greater Boston area. An avid songwriter and lyricist as well, Ashley continues to perform and write for the live music scene, while teaching and fronting her own tribute band, Rocket Queen, New England’s own female-fronted tribute to Guns N’ Roses, which she built and founded in 2012.
In January 2013, Ashley toured the west coast and attended the infamous NAMM with an original metal/rock band entitled the Mike Kerr Group, for which she sang lead vocals.
Ashley is available to travel to students homes for lessons, or students are welcome to come to her comfortable air conditioned studio which is furnished with a baby grand piano for both Vocal and Piano lessons.
Ashley is most noted for teaching a sustainable and healthy "belting" technique. Her experience in various performance capacities from Opera, Musical Theatre, and Rock, make for a very well rounded music educator.
Gretchen D. November 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
We've been so happy with Ashley for the first couple of months of guitar lessons. She's very professional and my daughter loves going every week.
John D. September 15, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I have enjoyed my lessons with Ashley because:
1. Pace of instruction is perfect for my level (beginner) and available practice time (limited).
2. Ashley isn't simply teaching me how to play a song; rather she is improving my technique in this critical period where bad habits can still be changed.
3. Always on time (granted instruction is at her location but none the less this is appreciated).
Hi, I'm Josh. I'm going to put everything on the table and tell you that I'm a music school drop out. I dropped out because I had an opportunity to perform in a band that had a lot of potential. With my time in that band, I made strides in my career on the instrument I was playing, the Chapman Stick. I've been playing guitar longer than the Stick, and I wouldn't have told you about my college experience if I wasn't completely confident in my abilities to deliver quality instruction on Stick, guitar, intermediate bass, beginning piano and music theory. I've studied under some of the best m
usicians in the world, and have proven my abilities by becoming the youngest man to receive an artist feature and sponsorship from the company that makes the Chapman Stick, as well as teaching at seminars and through my own online video series on the instrument. I've been teaching for years, and my goal is to make the lesson both fun and informative, while tailored to each student's abilities.
Recently, I released an album of all original compositions, upon which I played all the guitar and Chapman Stick parts. You can check it out here: theafrocircus.bandcamp.com
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