Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jennifer
"Fantastic voice teacher!
Michelle is teaching my nine year old daughter voice. She is fabulous with her, and I'm so glad she was the teacher we selected.
She is patient and puts everything in terms my daughter can understand, and is consistent with her lessons, building on the themes each time."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"We think Eric is great teacher too! I have been bringing my 6 year old son for drum lessons for several weeks and he has been great with him. I was amazed
after the first lesson that he already had my son reading music. The progress they make in 30 minutes is amazing! Thanks Eric :)"
Daytona Beach, FL teacher:
Review by Meghan
"My teenager has had lessons with Jacob for 3 years, first guitar, then piano. He has a great personality and is a very encouraging teacher. She never once
wanted to quit and never complained about going to the lessons, even with an otherwise very busy schedule, which is a testament to him and his teaching. He is a very dedicated and talented musician, and was always willing to work with whatever songs she wanted to learn. I would highly recommend him for any age kid or adult."
Dayton, OH teacher:
Review by Paul
Wes is an excellent instructor. He is patient, clear, encouraging, fun, and totally professional. I highly recommend him to anyone (
young or old) wanting to learn the guitar.
Wes listens to what the student wants to learn and sets his lessons to help the student achieve their goals. Our lessons are in the instructor's studio, which is a safe, accessible, and clean environment.
I look forward to our future sessions and continuing my guitar learning under his instruction."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by joan
"Diedrich is extremely passionate and dedicated to his work as a musician and teacher.
We look forward to our lessen every week. Diedrich keeps my daughte
r engaged and challenged in a beautiful way. He is an expert in his field."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Milan
Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to
teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Erin
"Positive Learning Experience!
In only a short lesson, Allison Vitek helped me tremendously to adjust my embouchure and approached my difficulty playing n
otes in higher octaves from many different angles until I improved. Although I have not had much experience with Allison Vitek as a teacher, I can vouch for her passion for music, dedication to mastering her instrument and guiding her students in developing all areas of musicianship (technical, theoretical, and expressive). Allison is conscientious, reliable and delivers honest feedback encouragingly. Also have to say, when she demonstrates extended techniques on the flute--it's pretty amazing!
I have not taken a lesson with her in her new studio, so I cannot comment on the teaching environment. But overall, 5 stars!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Zachary
"Lets start off with Andrew, he is a great teacher. He is straight-forward when he needs to be, and doesn't beat around the bush. However he is highly cons
iderate and friendly. As a high school student in a high competition area, my fellow percussionist lack guidance in terms of what to know about drums/percussion. I came into the year having bad technique, poor reading skills (reading music), and not a lot of confidence in playing in front of my class (solos required by school). Andrew was able to help me with all of those things. Also, i never feel rushed, and you can go at your own pace, yet some how there is always improvement. If your having any doubts, one lesson would clear those up. All in all, Andrew is a great teacher, and i look forward to continuing my lessons with him. (I have had about 18 lessons with him so far)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Wendy
"Daniel is a fantastic teacher! He gets my daughter motivated to work and doesn't let her skimp on the technique and basics. Highly recommended."
Private classes allow each person to learn at their pace. I love working with all ages of students, kids through adults. Each one bringing their experiences and love of learning.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe anyone can learn to play the piano or sing, but you must enjoy what you are doing. Once you have a basic knowledge of the instrument/notes you will be able to start choosing music that you enjoy playing/singing.
*** Studio Equipment *** I use a Roland Digital Piano to teach my lessons. I use programs on the computer to reinforce musical concepts learned.
s *** I like to use a variety of methods to teach depending on my students likes and abilities.
Delia A. June 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's very patient and encouraging! Very flexible and works around schedules. Completely recommend !
Kasia S. November 20, 2014
In home Verified Student
My daughter in only 5 and Jenny has a great approach to her. She balances teaching part with keeping my daughter engaged. I love how she gives her assists to practice at home tailored to her age. I will highly recommend Jenny!!!
Andrea R. May 17, 2014
In home Verified Student
Jenny is a great teacher. She is really in tune with knowing my daughter's level of ability and adjusting her lessons to meet her needs. She is very accommodating with lesson times and makes every effort to provide a comfortable learning environment. I am so glad we found her!
My name is Amy and I teach Voice, Piano, and Music Theory! I am originally from Racine/Milwaukee, WI and have been a musician since I was young. I believe music is a universal language that connects us all on a deeper level. There is something so pure, beautiful, and genuine in music. It has the capability to move us to tears, feel empowered, or even break out in laughter. Sharing and connecting with others is what music is all about. I have loved music my entire life and enjoy bringing my passion and expertise to my students!
*** Lesson Details *** Taking lessons is a fun and exciting exp
erience! However, learning to play an instrument (or sing) is not easy. It takes practice, focus, dedication, and hard work. We set up a plan at the beginning of lessons to ensure success!
Lessons are flexible, yet focused. It is important to set a routine and consistently stick to it if you want to see results. While I understand that we all have busy weeks, I do believe that consistent practice is essential to success.
Lessons are geared towards you as the student. We set up our lessons based on your musical goals. Voice Lessons: We begin here by focusing on building healthy singing habits, skill building, technique, range expansion, performing skills, diction, and expression. This is usually done from studying musical theater music. With musical theater, we get all the formal "classical rules" with a modern twist. From there we focus on the specialty each student is interested in - whether you want to audition for American Idol, prepare to major in voice in college, or be a Broadway star, we will focus on meeting your goals!
*Within 6 months you will see range expansion, improved accuracy & control, increase in breath control & capacity, as well as improved performance and expression skills!
**Musical theater book/cd purchase is required (discussed at first lesson). Students also need a notebook and pencil!
Piano Lessons: Studying classical piano will give you the tools and foundation that you need to pursue any other genre of music! Students will learn how to read and write music, hand position/posture, phrasing, texture, hand coordination & strength, discipline, music terms, dynamics, speed & accuracy, ear training, and much more through interactive lessons and games! Students will also learn a variety of music genres (including classical, jazz, musical theater, music in movies, rock and roll, and folk songs!).
*The level of success you see with piano is directly related to how much you practice. If you practice on a consistent basis, you will be reading music in both clefs (treble & bass) and playing both hands together within 6 months. **Alfred Piano Lesson book, Theory book, and Technic book are used. (purchase required). Students will also need a notebook and pencil. NOTES:
*Lessons are varied. You will learn all needed skills, but we will use various methods including worksheets, games, rhythm instruments, etc.
*** Studio Equipment *** A piano keyboard is provided. Students are expected to bring their notebook, pencil, and method book(s) that we have been working out of.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have all supplemental things needed for lessons (worksheets, rhythm instruments, etc). I expect students to have the book(s) we are working out of, a metronome (or app), and the instrument needed (piano/keyboard).
*** Specialties *** I usually use Alfred piano method books for piano. For other instruments/subjects I focus on gearing lessons toward the student.
Judy A. June 19, 2014
Amy is wonderful!
I've been with Amy for just over a year now, having "0" experience in the beginning. I'm so glad that I found her. Amy is a great teacher. She's professional, talented and experienced, patient, flexible and super easy-going.
As a beginner, playing the piano can be challenging and frustrating. Amy is encouraging, even when I think I'm doing poorly. She identifies difficulties and explains/demonstrates helpful corrections. I have learned a lot in my first year and I highly recommend her as a teacher. Thank you, Amy!!
Jessica J. June 24, 2013
My kids love Amy!
My daughters are currently taking lessons with Amy to learn to play piano. They are really enjoying themselves and have learned so much already. Amy is very professional to work with and has a great method of teaching. She leaves specific instructions for what to work on every week. We are very happy to have found such a great source for music instruction!
Miranda K. June 20, 2013
Best Music Teacher Ever!
I have grown so much musically because of what I've learned from Miss Amy. She has taught me so much about my voice and being confident on stage, I even got a solo this year at school! I have learned a lot about diction, expanding my range, making a clear sound, and each class is so much fun!
Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.
Bio: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U
.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.
Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...
As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).
As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.
I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.
August 2011: I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where I have my own studio for lessons and recording.
On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.
"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"
Product Endorsements: TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.
Debbie R. April 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!
RJ G May 14, 2014
One of the Best
I have studied with several instructors, and I found Al to be the best. He not only knows his craft and takes pride in it, but he has a unique way of connecting with his students.
He listens, observes, and then starts to create a curriculum that is specific to the student. He can then convey this material in a manner that is fun, easily understood, and constructive.
I would highly recommend Al as an instructor.
Rob S. January 17, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
MY daughter loves playing!!
I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.
Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right.
I started taking piano lessons at the ripe age of 4, but I quickly found my calling on the guitar. At the age of 20, and with 13 years of playing experience, I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar building), after building both an acoustic and an electric guitar and receiving repair certification from Fender. I later completed my Bachelor’s Degree of Music in the field of classical guitar performance, at ASU in 2007. During this time I expanded to other instruments such as the Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Bass Guitar.
I am involved with a number of extra mu
sical activities that are available for you. First, I am part of a weekly jam session where my students meet and jam on a rotation with other music students in the phoenix area (drummers, singers, piano players, other guitarists of all ages) From this has spawned a number of bands. It's a lot of fun! So if you have any interest in starting a band and don't know where to find other players, let me know!
Also, I arrange and conduct for an electric guitar ensemble. This class is by far, one of a kind. In this program, I take classical symphonies and arrange all the parts out for electric guitars. Recently, my students just completed Bizet's "Farandole" (check out the audio clip) which I arranged for four electric guitars and one bass guitar. The ensemble program is more detailed oriented than the jam session, so this class is by audition only.
*** Lesson Details *** I enjoy Bach and Beethoven, but I still love a good old- fashioned heavy metal band. I have a keen sense of constructive criticism, all while still remembering what it’s like to be a beginner. I pride myself on a teaching style that is refined, yet relaxed. I love to joke around and have fun, but remember, your recital is just around the corner!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room w/ keyboard, guitar, bass, amps, banjos, and seating for parents. Small inventory of guitar supplies available for purchase.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide handouts and bring my own instruments. Students are required to have their own instrument
*** Specialties *** I have always believed that improvisation is one of the best ways to learn a fret board. Improv allows the player to just dive in to playing, without having to stare at a piece of paper the whole time. Out of all the things I have been trained to do, I feel that improvisation is my strong point.
Zoe G. June 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor, guitar made simple and comfortable.
Allen R. April 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Richard focuses on what the student wants out of the lesson, and takes steps to lead the student to a goal. His knowledge of music is excellent, and he imparts that knowledge adequately.
Marni N. December 8, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My name is Brian C. and I've been featured in the Berkeley Folklore Archive for songwriting! I am a creative person who is adept at a number of musical instruments. While I don't play them all, I would certainly like too. I have a music degree and I would love to teach your student anything from how to read staves, notes or tabs to free improvisation and songwriting. While I read and write music proficiently, I believe all practice, improvised or from a book develops your ear and improves your skill. What can I teach you to make you enjoy music more thoroughly?
*** Lesson Details ***
I have a strict policy of fun. I'm rarely lenient on this policy. Practice is not always fun, but half the time you should practice with tenacity (e.g. sight reading, scales, arpeggios etc.) and the other half just noodle around with your instrument. It fosters a sense of comfort with music and opens the door to mature improvisation, a tool of great importance to nearly every musical style. As for my fun policy, lessons should be a fun chance to show off and learn something neat, they are much less efficient if the practice due takes place solely during my time. So practice more at home so when it comes time to learn we'll make the most progress together.
*** Travel Equipment *** Travel Ready!
*** Specialties *** Songwriting/Composition, Ukulele, Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone
Jane D. March 2, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Brian is great for kids and adults!
My 10-year-old showed interest in learning piano, and Brian is great! My 8-year-old thought it looked fun, so we added him, and Brian does a great job with him. In fact, my 40-something husband was so impressed, he signed up, too! Brian is terrific with all of them. Everyone is learning at his own speed and each is improving. Brian adeptly teaches according to skill, interest, aptitude, and attitude. I'm so impressed! I heartily recommend for anyone looking for a music teacher.
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