Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Rudy
"I've been working with David for a couple of months, and it has been a great experience. I'm new to bass, with a little guitar experience--he quickly siz
ed up what I knew and had me working on exercises and a great bass line that got me playing right away. He has been very flexible and accommodating of my schedule needs, and he gives plenty of positive and constructive feedback. I've been working in education for nearly 30 years, and I know a great teacher when I see one. David fits the bill, and I'm lucky to be working with him."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Chris
"I'm a mid 40's guy who's wanted to play guitar since I was a kid. After a failed attempt in my teens, I hadn't revisited it (unless air-guitar counts) un
til this year. Fortunately for me, through Take Lessons, I found Rick. He is so very patient, friendly and flexible. The one thing I most enjoy about our lessons is that it's like visiting with a friend for an hour each week - whether we talk about music theory, new guitars or just about our lives, he always is engaged and accessible.
I can't say enough about Rick, he is a very knowledgeable musician, he genuinely cares that you reach your goal and is a really, really pleasant person. If your dream is just to play some of your favorite songs, or to go on to be a professional musician - Rick is definitely who I would recommend."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Kyle
"I've been working mainly on Ear Training and Music Theory with Brandon. I've played drums, guitar, and piano for most of my life but never really learned
any theory. We bounce around instruments and focus mainly on learning to play by ear. Brandon has shown me how playing by ear works and demonstrated how he can figure out just about any song in a matter of seconds. I'm gradually getting closer to being able to do that myself. We've been working for about ten months together and I am a HUGE fan of the online lesson format. It's just so convenient and simple, I could never see myself doing a typical lesson again - regardless of what the subject were. Highly recommend this guy, he knows his stuff."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
Cynthia Matty is an amazing flute teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and the flute. Her teaching style is very energetic and
passionate. You can tell Cynthia truly cares about her students and their learning. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in taking lessons."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Onnaedo
"Wonderful teacher very patient and encouraging!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Cameron
"Terry is a great instructor. He will custom tailor the lesson to your needs and teach you how to play guitar the way you want. In the year I have been w
orking with him I have learned how to play many songs and made improvements in rhythm, picking, and dynamics. He can transcribe music or help you use your ear to do it yourself. During lessons Terry will discover and correct bad habits
Terry isn't just another instructor that gives you some homework and prays for the best. He is passionate about music and will teach you to play better."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Alex
"Dylan has extensive guitar experience, both teaching and performing. Highly recommended."
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Manna
"Kristian is a great instructor! Very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable about singing. I've learned a lot in a very short time and have heard improvem
ents in my voice already. I would definitely recommend Kristian as an instructor."
New Haven, CT teacher:
Review by Mrs. Mandy
""Mandy was truly a ray of sunshine! My girls loved their time taking piano lessons from her!""
I am a working actress with extensive experience in stage, film, and television. I am also the artistic director of Light Keeper productions. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA and actors equity association. We specialize in theatre training as the foundation of acting. With my Masters in Classical Acting and my BFA in Musical theatre I also offer coaching in Shakespeare and musical theatre, and assist students auditioning for theatre training schools.
*** Lesson Details *** We also offer group classes in acting and musical theatre. Individual acting coaching focuses on monologue based work as we
ll as audition prep for professional and college auditions. Our studio fosters showcases with other private students for industry professionals. I also teach at my home studio in Santa Clarita, CA.
*** Travel Equipment *** no equipment
*** Specialties *** Specialize in both classical and contemporary acting as well as music theatre private audition coaching for auditions and college auditions We also specialize in working with students with special needs
Beth August 15, 2015
Music Performance ·
Jen Faith is the sweetest person, so insightful, giving and intuitive. She always knows how to bring out the best in others. But don't let her sunny, winning personality fool you - she really knows her stuff, and will make sure that you're the best you can be!
Tohoru August 15, 2015
Music Performance ·
Miraculosly brought me from being a non-singer to a professional-level music performer in a matter of a few weeks. Kind, supportive, & deeply skilled teacher. You can't go wrong with her!
Â Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups
Key Areas of Strength â¢ Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20 â¢ Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years â¢ Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products â¢ Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, ana
lyzing music for over thirty years â¢ Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience â¢ Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales â¢ Published Writer and Music Writer
Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present Teaching and Coaching Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano chording technique â instruction over all musical styles, including all ages. Acting coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the studentâs needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.
Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to present Teacher Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History Reading/Grammar, and Crafts created Custom curriculum for specific classes - rarely provided a text taught to California Standards
Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to present Instructor Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes
Risen Son Productions/R. Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007 Co-Owner Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods Composer and artist of finished musical products Booking of Concert Appearances Teacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker Speech Writer My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts And speaking engagements
Headline Performer/Background Vocalist /Booking Agent 9/79-12/88 Vocalist to Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Bush âAnnieâ on Broadway, N. Y. Grace Farrell singer/ dancer/ lead performer Various Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard The Music Man, My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly Did a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in Godspell Cabaret Sally Bowles lead performer Atlanta, GA Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc) Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc) Performed solo show in Grande Palais in Monte Carlo â Main Stage Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line â Head Liner â Cathy Baker Show
Choir Director Experience: Hand Bell Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir The Church on the Way Van Nuys, California
Theater Direction: Robin Hood Revisited (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students) The Bard is Back (modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Cindy (A Musical I wrote based on the Cinderella legend, featuring Beatles (Music)
Education: Utah State University Pursuing secondary BS in Communication Disorders National University MS in Special Education Georgia State University BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Minors in Music, History, and Geology
Vocal Instruction: Joseph Amayo University of Georgia Florence Kopplef Georgia State University Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia Robert Strickland New York, New York
Additional Skills/Interests: Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; piano accompanying; sky diving; bike riding; gardening; teaching reading and writing, as well as working with students who have speech and language disabilities; and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities, including handi-crafts creations.
Miscellaneous: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint
*** Lesson Details *** Every lesson is customized to the specific needs of each student. Each lesson includes work on vocal essentials like breathing, hydration, and anatomy, as well as technique, work on specific, student-chosen songs, vocal and physical exercises, performance tips, music theory. Fun but educational!
*** Specialties *** Voice in all Styles from Pop to Rock to Country to Classical; Vocal Performance in all styles; Music Theory; Piano, including Sight-Reading and Chord Theory; Theatrical and Acting Coaching: Audition Preparation; Song and Music Preparation; College Audition Prep; Resume Preparation; Vocal Breathing Techniques; Reading; Composition; Special Education Tutoring. Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Academic Tutoring in English, Grammar, Composition, History, Social Studies, Earth Science, Music and Art History
Nicole August 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Do yourself a favor and book this teacher! You will not regret it. :)
Jessica N. January 8, 2015
I have been working with Cathy now for three months and I couldn't be happier! She is the first and last name in vocal coaching for the Santa Clarita Valley, in my opinion - she's cheaper than most of the other teachers out here, but has more experience with performing, touring, and working with vocally disadvantaged individuals (i.e., speech impediments, volume disparities, confidence issues, etc.) than anyone else my friend and I know of. She has helped me come out of my shell and boost my confidence more in the past few months than my own parents could do in my entire life! Working with Cathy, I was finally able to audition for one of the plays local to this area, something I've wanted to do for years, but always talked myself out of. Therefore, I credit Cathy with my success personally, and in the theater community out here.
In short, she is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; she sends out a list of possible time-slots available for you (or your child) promptly after you contact her and can help expand your knowledge and technique of singing/acting/speaking in just a matter of a few lessons. :)
Lily J. April 8, 2014
Cathy's a refreshingly wonderful teacher; love her!
I am a full time percussionist and composer originally from Eau Claire, WI! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Music Composition in May 2009, and am currently studying for my Master's Degree in Music Composition and Experimental Sound Practices at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California!
Michelle M. September 28, 2014
Davy taught my 8 year old son this past summer. He is kind and patient, and excellent at explaining things. My son and I were both very happy with him and would recommend him to students of all ages.
margaret K. September 24, 2014
Dave taught drums to my son for about 2-3 years. He always had a very positive and reassuring style which always made drum lessons a time to look forward to and feel successful about. My son was a beginner and he has mild autism with learning disabilities and fine motor delays. Dave was able to figure out how to work with these issues and help my kid realize his dream of playing drums. Dave also became his buddy and we really miss him since he moved away.
Ruth P. September 18, 2014
I took drum lessons when I was 15. I decided now, at age 66, to take lessons again. I plan on playing in our church's Praise Team Band.
Davy easily assessed my level of knowledge and started from there. Each lesson started with things that I wanted to learn. He then rounded the lesson out with the things he could see I needed to know. Davy understands people very well. He also has a great talent for music.
Student of the legendary Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, Rajib K. is undoubtedly one of the finest young sitar players today. He is currently residing in Los Angeles, California as a performer, educator and digital artiste. Rajib is performing frequently in India and abroad including India, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland etc. Already at this young age he is well appreciated by his audience and critics for his artistic aspects & nuances of diverse styles and a mastery of technical skill. His concerts are always marked for their aesthetic appeal and improvisation blended with a
fine command of technical expertise. Rajib is an instrumentalist with an unique musical sense, innovative skills and the touch of swift, agile fingers. Be it at his Indian Classical Music Concerts or his World Music Concerts, he can almost immediately mesmerize audience of all ages.
Skype id: sitarrajib mail: email@example.com
Christian Colton May 26, 2015
Online Verified Student
Rajib was great. He's patient, and obviously knows his stuff. I look forward to more lessons with him.
A performer and composer, David has been teaching students ranging from beginner to collegiate level. Catering to each student learning style, incorporating math, science, abstract thinking into his musical teaching David helps the student grow on a personal level.
David received a Bachelor's from the Eastman School of Music in Trumpet Performance and a Master's in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in the Performer-Composer Program. He has been a featured guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, performing not only with the Tonight Show Band but playing Haydn's Trumpet Co
ncerto while solving the Rubik's Cube. David has toured with international groups as well as performing with renowned ensembles such as the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Musica Nova, and Vinny Golia's Large Ensemble.
As a composer his works have been played at Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar, in Enfield New Hampshire, and the Chicago area as well as Calarts New Century Players, and Eastman Recitals. His compositions range from classical contemporary to experimental, using a wide variety of instruments acoustic and electronic.
Jesus H. July 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can …
Tips for Beginners: Piano Hand Coordination Exercises
As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can
4 Steps to Prepare For Voice Lessons In Your Home
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How to Play Ukulele: 4 Fingerpicking Patterns for Ukes
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7 Common Reasons You're Not Improving at the Piano
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You've had it. You've been playing the piano and working on a particular piece for six months and have gotten nowhere. Theres a good chance youre suffering from one of the following reasons for not improving, so lets take a look at common problems and their common fixes.
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10 Talented Guitar-Playing Kids Who Will Blow You Away
These guitar-playing kids are sure to inspire you, motivate you to practice guitar, and make you smile!
1. Zoe, Age 7
At just seven years old, this "sweet child" is well on her way to being the next Slash!
2. Jeremy, Age 8
"Stairway to Heaven" has one of the most famous guitar solos of all time, and this young guitarist handles it like a pro.
3. Michael, Age 12
One of the best things about Michael's playing is how much fun he's having!
4. Tina, Age 14
Long story short: Ti