Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Robert
I am 70 years old and I wanted to learn and play the piano. I met Jamila and immediately I knew that she was the teacher I was looking fo
r. She evaluated my potential and made a program for me to follow and be able to meet. I have been with her for 2 months and the progress is fantastic. She is very human and understand my needs. I am going to go far with her."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Jared
"Great piano teacher for youth or adults
I have known Stephanie Quinn for over 14 years, during which she has been my piano teacher, mentor, and friend. H
er accomplishments as a professional musician--on piano and violin--are numerous and impressive in and of themselves. What distinguishes Stephanie, however, from other performers / teachers is her unique combination of competence, passion, and disciplined approach to teaching. Her studio, which includes students of all ages and levels, is unmistakable proof of that. I am extremely grateful to Stephanie for starting me on a path towards love of music, and for helping me develop the ability to share it with others."
Asheville, NC teacher:
Review by Abby
"Take from Rich!
I took piano lessons from Rich for about 6 months. At the time, I was hoping to improve my improv skills on the keyboard. Rich is such a
talented musician, especially in improv and playing by ear. He taught me some "official terms" in that field, then helped me work through pieces that I chose and enjoyed. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about music, and it shows through in his teaching. After my lessons, I always left with a sense of energy and excitement to work on what he helped me with. He's very kind, patient, humble, and I couldn't say enough good things about him as a teacher and person! Bottom line: take lessons from Rich!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Susan
I started taking lessons with Tim last summer after taking a long break from playing piano. I am really enjoying my lessons and I'm learni
ng more than I ever have from another teacher. He is very patient and structured in his teaching and also pushes me to my full potential. He also allows me to work on a mixture of pieces from popular songs that I like to classical music. I would highly recommend him."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by John
This is it! Michael C. is it! I have taught music for years and I have watched my children take music lessons for years, but I have never been s
o impressed as when I watch Michael C.! My son has been taking lessons with Michael C. for a few months now and without fail he is always so sad whenever Michael's lessons comes to a close. Michael C. has developed his own - (that's right his own work sheets, his own methodology, his own songs) - style of teaching that is so incredibly fun for my son, and as a parent watching I cannot stop wanting to pull out my phone to take video of every moment! My son is learning and building a foundation based on the clear fundamentals of drumming, while at the same time learning how to really control the drum set at a very high level of musicianship. What my son has learned, and how much Michael is able to motivate my son to achieve is simply unbelievable. I have never witnessed a teacher who is this concise and thorough in teaching the core fundamentals and yet so creative and fun in teaching REAL MUSICALITY! Michael C. is a must for your child or students! This guy and his teaching methods are exactly what a parent dreams for their child to experience in a drum teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Patil Family
"We like everything about the academy, everybody is very friendly, flexible, try to work around our busy schedule. We see progress in Shreya"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Sopita Patty S.
Review by Coral
"Amazing Guitar Teacher
I've had many guitar teachers for my son, who is 11 and has been playing since he was 8. Most of our previous lessons were private
in-person lessons, so I was a little hesitant about Skype lessons. However, I can honestly say Ben is the best teacher my son has ever had. He is reliable, professional and respectful. Ben has a way of explaining difficult concepts so they are easily grasped. He is wonderful at catering lessons to the appropriate skill level so the student can advance as quickly as his capacity allows. Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious. I'm very impressed and would highly recommend Ben as a teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by C
"Sing from your heart!
I had the great fortune to take many vocal performances classes from Rob. Rob really helped me find the singing voice I had longed
to express. Through teaching fundamentals and exploring correct breathing techniques, Rob taught me how to sing correctly. Through his years of performance, he taught me how to engage with my audience and express the music. And through his heart-centered approach, he taught me how to really enjoy performing. Rob is very gifted, patient, and effective. I have seen him work wonders with myself and other students. Not only will you be thrilled with the results, but you will get to know this amazing man."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Joslyn
Andrew is really an amazing guitarist and teacher. As a female, at first I was nervous to show up at a "random" male teacher's door, but
he made me feel really comfortable right away. I feel I'm really progressing with him, more than I could ever have done on my own. Thanks Andrew!"
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 lead guitar player and multi instrumentalist of over 15 years, and would love to teach you everything I know!
I have been studying music for over 20 years, through school and college, on my own, and with private instructors including Toby Walker, Anthony Wellington, and Buddy Charleton. I consider my main instrument to be guitar- I have been playing for about 16 years, and am comfortable in just about any professional situation on my instrument. I play lead guitar, rhythm, etc. We can go over many techniques and subjects to help you become more versatile and well rounded: including
ostinato picking, slide/open tunings, improvisation, and composition.
I also teach pedal steel guitar, I have studied for about 8 years, some of that time was with world renowned steel guitarist, Buddy Charleton.
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!
As a student of mine, you will come to understand that music is a language, and we want to give you the tools and resources that you need in order to speak and understand that language fluently. Prioritizing your interests and genres that you prefer, we will expand in areas where you seek improvement, as well as incorporating ear training, music theory, and new exercises and techniques specific to your skill level and instrument. Each lesson is tailored to each student's learning style. From reading music and ear training, to writing counterpoint and mastering improvisational techniques, together we will find ways to help you grow as a musician. :)
*** 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 laid back, and no pressure... along with positive energy and passion for music!
Curriculum is catered to the student, and 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.
***Skype Equipment Needed*** Computer, good internet connection, instrument, 1 hour
*** Travel Equipment Liz will provide/student can provide*** guitars, metronome, recording device
*** 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 lead guitar, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, ukulele, and pedal steel guitar.
Pete March 16, 2016
I've been taking lessons from teacher Liz for a couple of years now but I've also had the chance to meet and play with all the other teachers as well. These are wonderful people dedicated to helping you discover or improve your inner musician. I've gone from complete beginner to being able to play and lead songs in the group jam sessions under their tutelage. It's been a great journey and I could not have asked for better inspiration and guidance. I'd give then more stars if it was an option.
Christine March 16, 2016
I have been taking lessons with Liz for about a year and a half. She is an amazing teacher! I am fortunate to have an instructor who knows my interests and goals as it relates to music. I have always had a passion for music, and Liz has made me realize that my passion can only grow further as I am learning how to create music on my own. She is encouraging and patient and knows just when and how to challenge me to reach the next step in my journey. It has been life changing. I can't thank her enough!
Bao March 4, 2016
She was a great teacher . Very caring and thorough to your lesson. I never have a dull lesson with her but also learning alot from her .
Hi! I have studied, performed and taught the violincello (the cello), electric bass and contra-bass (acoustic, upright or double bass) for over two decades. I have played in symphonies, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, rock , blues , R&B, funk, and bluegrass bands, jazz combos, and Indian kirtan ensembles, performing everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Among numerous outstanding players and teachers, I have studied with Cameron Sawzin of the Boston Virtuosi as well as with renowned bassist Victor Wooten at his camp in Tennessee and California.
I take an intuitive approach to my lessons, focusing on the feel and tone of the music. I have found this to be the fastest and most effective way for my students to learn. I also put emphasis on technique, specifically healthy posture and body alignment in relation to your instrument. You should take lessons with me if you want to realize your dream of becoming a great auditory artist . I never employ pressure tactics with my students. I only facilitate inspiration, knowledge and understanding. I love teaching and sharing the Joy of music with others. Working with music for so many years I have become aware of the fears in our society surrounding playing music and learning a new instrument. I help my students to see through these fear-based thought patterns compassionately and patiently so that they can truly Make Their Musical Dreams Come True. All ages welcome. It is never too early or too late to start!
Jon F. February 27, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Understands cello deeply. Is patient with me as I learn. Very flexible teaching style.
Teresa M. February 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
Daniel is a very patient teacher. He understands where your weaknesses lie and concentrates on those areas. He is always on time and very conscientious. I would recommend him for any beginner especially.
Chengjin Z. May 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had a great experience learning drum with Dan.I have zero experience with drum, I asked Dan to help me play a song based on the video I like, he figured out how the drummer did it right away and taught me different style of playing it.
He is very patient and professional on what he is teaching. He knows how to help me to process different drum beats on my own pace, and encourage me to try out new things in each lesson. After taking his class, I enjoy playing and practicing drum on my spare time.
I am very happy to learn drum from Dan, and recommend him to people who is interested in learning or improving their music skills.
I graduated from Boston University with a degree in Music and . am licensed to teach music in Massachusetts public schools, .
I have given private piano lessons to both children and adults for over 10 years.
My experience teaching music to young children and adults is extensive and varied.
I completed training in Music Together, a music and movement program for young children, and have created Music & Movement sessions for children with special needs. In addition, I directed the musical program at the New Hampshire summer camp Tel Noar.
As a professional musician I have p
erformed a variety of music including standards, jazz, country, blues, and klezmer, on both piano and accordion in a wide variety of venues including: - cruise ships - weddings and other functions - cocktail lounges - folk festivals - shows
Hi! Thanks for checking out my TakeLessons profile. In the past 20 years of teaching, I've taught hundreds of students how to play the guitar, and I'm proud of every single one of them! Some have gone on to become teachers themselves, some have gone on to become successful performers, and all have developed a wonderful hobby to last a lifetime! Thanks to some of the wonderful teachers that I had the privilege of studying under; both as a young high school student, then later at the college level at Berklee and Umass, I've developed a broad range of influences to enhance my own music creativit
y, as well as to relate to the needs of students of all different backgrounds. I'm equally as experienced working with children, teens, and adults of all levels. I do have some experience working with people with learning disabilities such as adhd and Aspergers. I look forward to the opportunity to help you or your child learn the guitar, and answer all of your questions!
Dawn July 6, 2016
My son starting taking lessons from Brandon when he was 9 years old and continues to this day at age 14. Brandon keeps him thoroughly engaged and focused and easily tailors his lesson to his style of learning. He plays to his interests and teaches him songs from his favorite bands. He loves his rock camp in the summer where he puts together a band of musicians for the week. His passion for teaching is evident and his connection has been invaluable to my son's growth and confidence in music. I would highly recommend Brandon.
Rory June 5, 2016
He's the best teacher I've ever had.
Jay June 2, 2016
I have been taking lessons for about 4 1/2 years with Brandon and it could not have been a greater experience for me. I started at the age of 41 without ever playing guitar before. I now know how to play several songs and am able to do some singing also. I have always loved listening to music and to now be able to play songs, and to do it well, is all because of him. He is able to get the most out of his students with his teaching and making it a lot of fun.
Sing us a song, youre the piano man.
Sing us a song tonight
Well, were all in the mood for a melody
And youve got us feelin alright
If youve ever visited a piano bar, you may understand what Billy Joel is singing about in his legendary song, Piano Man. For a piano man, sheet music is not always part of the equation. Lounge patrons often call out the names of songs they would like to hear, and the pianist is expected to quickly comply and keep the patrons happy and in a celebratory …
Pianist Spotlight: Billy Joel, The Modern-Day Piano Man
Sing us a song, youre the piano man.
Sing us a song tonight
Well, were all in the mood for a melody
And youve got us feelin alright
If youve ever visited a piano bar, you may understand what Billy Joel is singing about in his legendary song, Piano Man. For a piano man, sheet music is not always part of the equation. Lounge patrons often call out the names of songs they would like to hear, and the pianist is expected to quickly comply and keep the patrons happy and in a celebratory
10 Classic Christmas Carols Meant for the Piano
Ready for the holidays? Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares her top picks for Christmas songs for piano to perform for your friends and family...
The holidays are approaching fast, and theres no better way to spread some holiday cheer than by playing some good 'ol Christmas songs for piano! In fact, there are many Christmas carols out there that were written specifically for the piano. Playing these songs at the holidays will improve your sight reading and ear training. Some o
Violin Techniques: How to Get a Stronger Bow Arm
Do you want to improve your violin skills? Bow arm movement and direction are important violin techniques every beginner should master. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some tips on how to get a stronger bow arm...
In violin playing, the bow is what creates the sound. The bow arm has two basic movements: moving the bow vertically between strings, and moving the bow horizontally across strings. In order to achieve a beautiful tone, these movements must be understood and continually p
5 Reasons Why Hanon Exercises are Useless
Are Hanon exercises really effective at teaching piano students? Below, piano teacher James F. shares five reasons why he believes Hanon exercises aren't as useful as many think...
A lot of piano teachers swear by the old familiar Hanon exercises as a great way of teaching technique to their students. I strongly disagree.
Im familiar with a lot of different ways of developing piano technique, and I think that Hanon is among the least efficient.
Below Ive provided five reas
3 Easy Ukulele Songs Kids Can Play With Just 2 Chords
Is your little one ready to start playing the ukulele? Try these fun, 2 chord songs from music teacher Teresa Y. to get them started...
So your adorable child has an adorable new uke. Pretend jam sessions were big fun for a few days, but now what? Like in Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, its time to learn to play!
The Getting-Started Secret: 2 Chord Songs
Kids can make fast progress and get hooked on their success with simple 2 chord songs in the key of C. And with you singing alon