Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Lauren
Dani taught my 10-year-old daughter piano for 2 years. She supremely professional, thorough, and most importantly fun. My daughter coul
dn't wait for her weekly lessons. As she says, Dani is "awesome." Dani was able to deftly make the lessons educational but also lively. My daughter still loves to play, practices without being asked, and reads music well. I credit that to Dani's focus, patience and enthusiasm. She always showed up smiling, and to my daughter's delight also had stickers for her lesson book after each class. I cannot recommend her enough, and am sad that we don't live in the same city so my daughter can continue her lessons with her. A wonderful teacher."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Kegan
"Outstanding teacher!! Very patient and attentive during the lessons, he helps you to understand every aspect of learning how to grow into a better singer
based on your voice and needs. Could not have chosen a better teacher!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Janice
Raymond is a great instructor. He has a lot of patience and he tries to make playing the piano fun for my son to learn."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Sylvia
"Tom taught our daughter Guitar for almost one year, she always looked forward to going to her lessons. He is a wonderful teacher"
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by Rosa
Jennifer is awesome! She teaches two of my children, ages 11 and 14, and they love her. She is very patient and friendly with them. She has great t
eaching kills. My kids are learning so much from her. The most important thing is that they are having fun as they learn. What else can I say....she is amazing. :)"
Modesto, CA teacher:
Review by Sam
"I've always had a passion for singing, yet I had no experience as I believed I had a terrible voice.
That is what was in my mind when I signed up for M
elody's vocal lessons. I always thought that a low self esteem beginner like me would be too nervous to sing in front of a professional musician. All of that changed when I stepped into Melody's studio on my first lesson. As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. Throughout the lesson, Melody was extremely friendly yet very professional. From that point on, I knew I was going to have a great time learning from her. And I did. Melody blew me away with her singing; her voice was controlled, professional, and very beautiful. She knew how to effectively convert her skills into lessons, and there was always something new to learn every single week. Techniques such as proper breathing, warm ups, posture, and voice control were some of the many new things I would have never known of without the aid of Melody. She tackled every one of my questions thoroughly and with great detail no matter how dumb I thought my questions were. She carefully observed me every time I sang, and gave me personal tips that would improve my vocals. After just a few lessons, I was able to confidently sing in front of others.
In the end, I have to say goodbye to Melody as I am moving to a different county. I hate having to leave, as Melody was a phenomenal instructor; she set the bar high for anyone else I choose to learn from. I highly recommend her, and encourage anyone who wants to improve their singing to apply for her lessons."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Audie
"I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Jeff Stetson can take you anywhere you want to be as a musician
There are musicians and there are technicians. I took weekly lessons from Jeff for 5 year
s and still go to him often for advice on song composition. What I gained from Jeff, besides a true understanding of guitar playing fundamentals, is an understanding of how music "works"--the harmony behind it. From Jeff's instruction, I understand the theory of music--how scales are formed, how chords are built from these scales, and how to read and write all of it. As a heavy rock fan, Jeff also helped me train my ear to hear the intricacies of jazz, which has taken my songwriting--both electric and acoustic--to a whole new level. I strongly recommend Jeff Stetson to anyone who truly wants to learn how to play any stringed instrument, especially guitar, at any level. He will teach you how and/ or why depending on an individual's goals."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ian
Knowledge of theory and applications were incredibly helpful and useful. Thank you so much! Learned a ton!"
We provide a complete learning experience beyond your traditional guitar lesson format! We begin by teaching you the skills needed to play and perform your music confidently. The main curriculum is our own Electric Crown Guitar Method which is the result of many years of testing what works best for students in a one on one learning situation. In addition we do supplement our studies with additional learning material.
Learning skills is useless if you don't actually apply them in a real musical way. Playing cool songs that Rock is a large part of our program!!! We use a large variety of pop
ular rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to Metallica and so on. We use real band backing tracks which you will be able to take home to practice along with. We will then record YOU playing the guitar parts with the band!
Finally we provide performance opportunities where you can either perform a solo piece or team up with other students and share the spotlight. This includes both stage and video production studio performances!
We strive to give you much more then guitar lessons. We offer you a complete guitar experience! Come join the experience!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classic Rock, Modern Rock,Metal and Acoustic rock styles. I also specialize in Music Theory and songwriting for the guitar.
Cameron Z. August 14, 2014
Learning to play guitar can be a daunting task. Don breaks it down into easy to understand lessons. After each lesson he sends me home with practice homework so I constantly feel like I'm making progress.
The most important thing for me when i wanted to take lesson was that the teacher new his stuff, Don definitely does. I'm not just learning to play guitar, i'm also learning more about music.
Andrea H. August 3, 2014
When looking for a guitar teacher for my daughter, I was so pleased to find Don. He knew exactly where to begin with her and started her playing music right away. His creative techniques keep her engaged and excitedly looking for what's coming next. He is professional, yet warm at the same time, putting both her and I at ease. It is amazing to see the transformation in my daughter's guitar abilities as well as the transformation in her confidence. Don's expertise and patience is perfectly blended.
Brian W. August 1, 2014
Don has taught my son for over four years. He couldn't even read yet and Don was still able to get through to him. Great blend of modern rock and classics. Don blends the ability to teach skills, theory, and essential building blocks while also working in stuff that the students want to play.
Also, from a technology standpoint, Don uses a great site with file uploads, customize backing tracks and the ability to schedule. I would recommend to anyone interested in learning guitar from someone who cares about his students.
I started playing music in the fourth grade. My first instrument was the cello. In fifth grade I changed my instrument to the violin and found that it was definately something I wanted to persue. A year later I started on the piano, and unlike the violin, I found that it was easier to learn it on my own. Because of that, my knowledge on the piano has been mostly self taught. I have been playing both instruments going on 16 years, and even though I did play other instruments, nothing took center stage like the piano and violin.
Although I have never played in the Boston Philharmonic
or London Symphony Orchestra's, nor have written or composed any CD's, doesn't mean I don't have a passion for what I do. To me, music isn't just about playing in a large orchestra or being famous. It is about recognizing the many different styles from cultures all over the world. It is the ability to appreciate the sounds the reverberate across the spectrum, the ability to mix and match in order to create something new, and to think outside the box when it comes to inventing new ideas. To me, music is a form of art (just like dance, drawing and writing), and just like any form of art, there must be a spark of passion behind it, or it becomes meaningless.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching music for almost two years and I have experience in musical influences from the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, 20th century and contemporary music, ragtime and blues. My belief is that learning music comes easiest when it is relatable to everyday life. It is relaxing and teaches patience and coordination. It is also a way to release one's inner artist.
My lessons will cover topics ranging from learning how to play (beginners), improving your technique, your ear, sight-reading, music theory, and improvisation.
It will include the application and utilization of the fundamentals of music as an art, and will incorporate style, technique, and creativity.
Lessons will be individualized to encourage and inspire ones self to not only succeed in just music, but to succeed in life.
*** Studio Equipment *** Books, computer, keyboard (weighted keys, sustain pedal), violin (student must have their own violin). Students are responsible for purchasing their own books (if the student is young, it is the responsibility of the parents) for their lessons after the first lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books (if the student is young, it is the responsibility of the parents) for their lessons after the first lesson.
*** Specialties *** baroque, classical, romantic periods, 20th century, contemporary music, ragtime and blues
JamesB2 December 9, 2011
Although, I've never met Kenya personally, my usually shy daughter has been completely comfortable around her. I a few short lessons she's already learned sooooo much. My daughter and I both look forward to more lessons from her in the very near future. Thanks TakeLessons and THANK YOU KENYA!
MichelleC3 January 22, 2011
I wish I could have continued my lessons. Hopefully I'll be able to continue this in the future, but wanted to say that Kenya is a very kind and patient teacher, and I hope to be able to take lessons from her again when the time comes. I really liked her approach to teaching an old dog like myself.
SarahL2 January 10, 2010
Kenya is a great teacher. She is very encouraging and has a good read on my 8 and 5 yr olds so as to not push too much but is by no means a push over. I like her soft spoken firm style.
Guitarist Brian H. studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, The Music Shop in Southington, and is the owner of Guitar Star Studio, located in Glastonbury, CT. In the past, he taught at The Hartford Conservatory and Riccardo's Music in East Hartford.
Brian has performed in many bands with diverse styles of music. As a past member of the Jo
hn Jeski band for 13 years, he was a voting member of the Grammy Awards. Brian has 25 years experience playing in rock/pop bands, and currently performs with country artist Frankie Justin Lamprey. He has had the opportunity to perform several times at the Oakdale Theater, the Rock Cats Stadium, and has also done a number of radio and television interviews. Brian has provided liturgical music for many years in CT; also, in Sicily and Rome. Mr. H is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping his students master the art of guitar.
*** Lesson Details *** In the first half of the lesson, students can expect to learn music fundamentals from a guitar method book, i.e. how to read music; I also teach guitar tablature. Depending on ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced), I will show them chords, scales and how to play a guitar solo. The second half of the lesson is spent with the student learning their favorite songs and building a repertoire (song list) for possbile future performances.
*** Studio Equipment *** home: Seating for parents. I provide the amp, instrument cable and music stand. I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Pop, Jazz, & Beginner Classical
Pick and Finger style Guitar & Bass
Joannie M. June 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking guitar lessons from Brian for a little over a year. His style is both patient and encouraging. I admire his ability to "hear the music"....every note ! I am an adult who has wanted to learn guitar for many years and thrilled to have found Brian. He truly displays a desire to teach at a pace that is comfortable. I would recommend him to folks of all ages.
Hi my name is Tim B.! I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion and have been teaching percussion and drumset for the last ten years. I work with students of all ages and especially enjoy working with students that are passionate at becoming excellent percussionists and drummers. I have lots of experience teaching college and high school drumlines and percussion classes for middle school and high school students. If you are preparing for an audition, want to learn drumset, or if you just want to get better at playing the drums, I would be excited to share the knowledge and experience I have wit
Christian C. April 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tim is the nicest guy and the best instructor in the whole world. He really takes the time to teach his students.
My name is Serge. I am all-round musician, having experience teaching privately as well as at schools. I am multilingual (English, German, Russian) and accepting students of all ages and ability levels. My major is saxophone, but i also offer classical flute and piano/keyboard lessons. I teach saxophone and flute players at all levels. I am currently available to teach at your home or at my studio, as also i offer skype-online instructions.
I received my bachelor in music back to 1985 and worked with many bands and ensembles around the globe.
"The old myth that says, "You
either have it or you don't," is strictly a myth founded on ignorance and the inability (or unwillingness) of those who can play to share what they do verbally with those who think they can't learn." __________________________________________Jamey Aebersold
I look forward to helping you reach your goals! Truly Serge
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