Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Dori
"Karen is a great teacher
Karen teaches my 5 yr. old daughter violin. She loves Karen and has progressed quicker than I thought she would. Karen is very g
ood with little kids and really knows how to motivate them. My daughter looks forward to seeing her each week and is willing to work for Karen. She especially likes it when Karen plays with her. I would definitely recommend Karen as a teacher! Take Lessons makes scheduling and payments easy."
Burlington, NC teacher:
Review by Mary
Ms. Taylor is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient, caring and understanding. I am very shy and have anxiety problems but she does her best t
o help me to relax and not feel so shy. She is very knowledgable and helpful. You couldn't ask for a better instructor."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Suzanne
After a few disappointing attempts to locate a music teacher for my 11 year old I almost gave up, but then we found Stanley. He is truly
a gem. You cannot ask for a better teacher. My child's playing and understanding has greatly improved under Stanley's tutelage. We definitely recommend Stanley, you won't be disappointed."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Elle
"My daughter has had three piano instructors and Brandon is by far her favorite! So far so good!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Deanna
My daughter, now age 7, has been taking piano lessons with Jenny for 9 months now. She is progressing quickly. Jenny is patient with her,
even when my daughter is not interested and squirming around in her seat. She has given her a broad amount of knowledge, both theory and practical, and my daughter flourishes (when she wants to)! Jenny has tried to make it more fun for my daughter to keep her interest by creating easy versions of songs that my daughter will enjoy playing and singing. This has made a world of difference to my daughter. Even though my daughter dislikes practicing, I can see that she is progressing and enjoys playing when she learns how to properly play a song."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Mikayla
Jessica has a fantastic knowledge of the violin. Not only can she explain the theory behind music but relate it to everyday examples. She
has a fun personality too; so she makes understanding and learning the pieces fun and easy. She taught me to learn more, push my boundaries, and gain confidence while playing."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Rekha
We have been taking lessons with Heidi for a few months now, she is a pleasure to work with and an excellent teacher."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Erika
Whitney recently began giving singing lessons to my 8 year old daughter. She is very patient, approachable, and communicates easily with bo
th of us. She works at my daughter's pace, so she remains challenged and continues to enjoy the lessons. My daughter's confidence has increased and she is less anxious about singing in front of others."
Tulsa, OK teacher:
Review by Beth
"Great with Kids
Jesse has been very patient and understanding with our shy child. He brings out the best in her and is very encouraging and patient while
she slowly builds her new skills. He has found great ways to keep her interested in learning this difficult instrument. He is easy to get a hold of and always on time."
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest
lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and an all Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs. Instructor of Italian Diction Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.
Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.
Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.
*** Lesson Details *** I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.
Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.
Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.
Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.
In our Vocal sessions you will learn… …how to use and blend the entire range of your voice. … a healthy and free voice management. 1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word. 2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance. 3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina. 4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows
*** Specialties *** Onstage singing: I have 25 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
Chris D. July 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
i haven't sung in 10 years, Michael gave me faith in myself and encouragement to get back into it which was great. Very personable lessons made it feel like it was catered to me and not a cookie cutter lesson, he knew what to focus on with me and how to work with me.
John H. April 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Michael was very patient. He has excellent teaching skills and made me feel very comfortable from the start.
5 stars !!!!!
barbara January 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
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.
I received my Bachelors of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music and my Masters in Music & Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I recently completed my Doctorate degree at Columbia University, in the Music & Teaching of Music in Higher Education degree program. I am on the Faculty of Applied Piano at Columbia University as well as Instructor of Chamber Music there. I am also on the piano faculty at the Bard College Conservatory, Preparatory Division. I am a New York State Certificated music teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. I was on the piano and cham
ber music faculty at the Luzerne Music Center for eight years.
Immanuel June 1, 2016
Cynthia was a great teacher. She helped a lot with my technique and timing while continuing to encourage me to express the music. She was patient and really helped me polish pieces I was working on to bring them to the next level
I am a performing musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Musical Studies. Additionally, I began teaching and tutoring subjects in science and standardized test prep during the summer after 11th grade, helping students grasp fundamental principles of our world as well as achieve more desirable SSAT results. I strive to bring the right balance of patience and enthusiasm into all situations, whether working through beatbox flute grooves or evaluating multiple choice vocabulary questions. In music lessons, I strive to offer as much stylistic and historical context
as possible, so that students are able to gain a broader understanding of given material, as well as an open yet focused path to exploring their instrument. Ultimately, I wish to help students achieve their goals through harnessing their own strengths for musical and academic applications "beyond the page."
sreraman September 15, 2016
In home Verified Student
Dylan is a very patient teacher who taught me my first musical instrument step by step. I had absolutely no background in music before and now able to play flute decently after a few classes with Dylan. He is very enthusiastic and a dedicated teacher.
Jake April 8, 2016
He helps me get better at playing my flute, he's very patient and helpful.
Deirdre Fox April 8, 2016
Dylan is patient and calm with my sometimes difficult Aspergers student! With a true love of playing, Dylan's enthusiasm is infectious. A talented and dedicated teacher!!
Thomas is a pianist, teacher, and composer. He is dedicated to helping students appreciate music and express themselves artistically. His teaching style adapts to the needs of each student and he has experience working with all ages, levels, and a wide variety of musical styles (classical music, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, liturgical). Thomas graduated from the Jacobs School of Music and is highly trained in piano performance, music theory, choir, accompaniment, and conducting; he is also a strong advocate and teacher of injury prevention for musicians.
Thomas has offered piano lesson
s since 2008. He previously taught in New Mexico, North Carolina, and Indiana, and he now resides in Connecticut. In addition to his private studio, he also teaches at the Neighborhood Music School and the New Haven Academy of Performing Arts.
During college, I had the fortunate opportunity to study with Thomas Allen. He is patient, thorough, and concerned about the entire health of the performer. Knowing the impact that poor technique can have on pianists, I learned the importance of being released and free while playing."
Amanda August 25, 2016
Thomas is a wonderful instructor! Starting lessons as an adult is daunting, but Thomas really makes each lesson both enjoyable and informative. He covers both the basics, like how to read music, and more advanced concepts, like the proper way to strike a key. He is really receptive to my own needs and tastes, tailoring the lessons to the type of music I would eventually like to play. Even though I'm starting from scratch, Thomas makes me believe I can actually play real music!
The inimitable Lindsey Stirling has shaken the worlds concept of classical music. From sold-out shows around the globe to her top-ranked YouTube video for "Crystallize," shes come a long way since being eliminated in the quarter-finals of Americas Got Talent in 2010. While Lindsey has experienced a meteoric rise in the music world, her success is rooted in the same principles that have guided countless artists to virtuoso status: training with a classical instructor merged with contemporary …
How to Play the Violin Like Lindsey Stirling
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