Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Dan
"very knowledgable and teaches from the ground up"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by george
"My daughter was lucky enough to learn from Joshua when he was an assistant director for the Percussion Scholarship Group in Chicago. Joshua is an amazingl
y talented musician, and he constantly displayed his passion for teaching and imparting his knowledge to anyone at any time. He has an incredible rapport with young students and has my full recommendation. George Hemesath, Admin Officer, Chicago Police Department"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Lara
"Made TakeLesson an enjoyable learning experience.
Made TakeLesson an enjoyable learning experience. Each lesson is balanced, I am taught a new technique
and reminded importance of warm-ups and practise. Excelled my expectation of learning from home, at own pace and choice because each lesson is always fun and exciting. If I was uncertain of a lesson, my teacher would make sure that before end of the session the lesson of the day is clear. Each lesson builds my confidence and I always look forward to the next session."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Welcoming personality makes learning fun
Mary has done a great job with my son. She made my son feel comfortable enough at his first lesson that he kicke
d me out! On his second lesson he managed to not only forget his sheet music, but his instrument too! Mary still managed to teach him things and by the time I got back with the Sax he was fully engaged in learning some things she wrote on paper. My son has enjoyed his lessons and I see him keeping more interest than with just his school lessons alone. He is DEFINITELY learning and having fun doing it."
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Kate
"Cecilia has been an incredible teacher - she is patient, create and has customized the experience for our daughter to meet her exactly where she is. She
is also thoughtful, and has come up with creative ideas to get our daughter to practice more and be engaged. I highly recommend her!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Rich
"Sign up with Maria!!
Maria is an intelligent, caring, and thoughtful teacher. She listens and takes the time to customize your lessons according to your
needs and ability. She is the consummate professional, placing you at ease and pacing the lesson so you never feel rushed or feel afraid to make mistakes or ask questions. I've had music instructors my entire life and Maria is the very best! Sign up with her today!!"
I have been playing the drum set in various bands for over thirteen years. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class as well as private lessons. I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and te
aching to his/her strengths. Let's run!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper grip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there. **Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.
*** Specialties *** For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.
1. *** See my article on drum set tips! *** http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-read-drum-sheet-music 2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.*** http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-to-drum-as-an-adult 3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-drums-z07 4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/hand-eye-coordination-exercises-for-drummers-z07 5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/5-exercises-to-master-snare-drum-basics-z07 6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/which-drum-sticks-are-the-best-z07 7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. *** http://takelessons.com/blog/best-drum-set-brands-z07
Amy R. February 27, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Great teacher for my son!
Tracy has been an excellent fit for my young son. She is very patient and varies the lesson to hold a young child's attention. She gives lots of praise and encouragement. She seems to have appropriate expectations for a 5 1/2 yr old and is good about communicating with him on a level he can understand. These are concerns I had when looking for a drum teacher for a child who is so young.
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic upright piano, music stands and metronome Church- baby grand and electric keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I am willing to purchase music books for students if I am reimbursed. I may provide other sheet music. I expect students to provide a piano or keyboard, and a notebook for recording notes and assignments.
*** Specialties *** I have been teaching piano lessons for about 20 years. I am able to teach beginning method, classical, and pop, as well as chording, improvisation, and ear training. I studied classically through high school and college,
and also have over 20 years of experience playing in and leading church music teams. I have experience with pop-rock, pop, and easy listening styles of music using methods of chording and improvisation. I also have recorded a CD.
Cole M. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
She is very good with children, and has made my son excited to learn piano. Thanks
Abigail W. January 17, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Kendra was my instructor for several years and through several skill levels. I began lessons with her learning theory and counting, and several years later performance with other musicians. She has the patience and experience to guide pianists of any age and skill level.
Kendra guided me early on into a love for classical piano and theory. I had other teachers who gave me primarily their own favorite composers, but Kendra showed me an array of composers and helped me find which style fit me the best. She encouraged me to go beyond what I thought I could do to what she knew I could do, but she did so with kindness and complete confidence in my skills.
Kendra also drew me out of the solitariness of classical piano solos. She taught me modern piano and how to play within a group. Harmonizing with guitarists, drummers, and vocalists is a completely different arena than mastering a sonata by Chopin or Bach. Kendra focused on rounding out my talent so I wasn't focused on just one part of being a pianist.
Jeff P. January 6, 2015
I took piano lessons from Kendra for almost three years and loved it. She was very easy to learn from and helped foster an environment of creativity and encouragement - not pressure or unrealistic standards. Kendra has lots of experience in both classical and current/modern music. That was perfect for me because I wanted to learn the piano for pleasure and practicality. I wasn't interested in becoming the best classical pianist, so she helped me grow into what I really loved and enjoyed, which was learning to play worship music. I would highly recommend Kendra as a piano teacher to anyone who is interested in taking lessons, especially if you are a beginner who wants to explore where piano might take you in life and what you really love about it.
I am a passionate cellist and instructor who loves working with students of all ages and abilities and helping them discover a love for music as well. I graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a string emphasis, and I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Cello Performance. My teachers include Jenna Dalbey of the Tetra String Quartet, Thomas Landschoot of the Sonoran Chamber Music Series, and Jonathan Ruck of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble. I have been playing cello for 14 years and during that time I accompanied a choir during a high school festiva
l, performed with the ASU Symphony, performed two solo cello recitals in college and had quartet coaching with the St. Lawarence String Quartet and Julliard Quartet. In addition to my cello experience, I also have been playing violin for 7 years and viola for 3.
Megan S. June 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
Nice, energetic teacher. Good with young students.
I started playing violin at the age of 10, and have known this was the profession for me ever since. I have a bachelor's degree in music performance from Butler University and am currently working on my master's at the University of Oklahoma. I've been teaching private lessons since I was 17, but really got serious about it in 2012. Teaching is my passion, and I love seeing my students grow musically.
Kash has been teaching guitar lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or his studio. Kash has helped his students grow as musicians and given them the ability to accomplish their goals in becoming accomplished musicians. Kash has had students go on to pursue degrees in guitar performance and become accomplished guitarists in touring bands. Kash received his degree in classical guitar performance from Oral Roberts University and is currently working on his masters degree in guitar performance at the University of Oklahoma. As an expert in his field Kash loo
ks forward to helping new students achieve their goals and share the reverence that he has for music with others. Kash's teaching style is enthusiastic and adaptable to each students experience level. Kash is a patient and committed teacher that wants to see each of his students succeed.
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Teach Yourself Violin in 8 Easy Steps
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Should I Take Voice Lessons in My Home or at a Studio?
Ready to learn to sing with a professional teacher at your side? Many teachers offer in-home lessons as an option, so you may need to decide between that or going to their studio. Read on as Hayward, CA teacher Molly R. offers her advice for making your choice...
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3 Common Bluegrass Guitar Terms and Techniques
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