Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Steven
"Kudo's to Steve!
I just wanted to give kudos to Steve F. I took lessons from him nearly 20 years ago in Ohio and knew at that time his talent and passion
for music would be admired by many for years to come. In fact, Steve was such a great instructor I couldn't find a replacement as positive and willing to teach as Steve. He has a special talent and I'm very happy so many have an opportunity to learn from such a great guitarist.
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Erik
"Jessie is awesome"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Hidden Garnet
"Sandra H. is a teacher you can rely on to encourage you to perform not only for yourself, but for an audience. I can't remember a lesson day when Ms. Sand
ra wouldn't tell me, once I had mastered a piece, to play for the church congregation, or to one of her colleagues' open recitals. One specific time, I was asked to play 3 songs for the congregation by someone who heard Ms. Sandra specifically praising my skill. I was told to form a group of 3 total, so I invited a friend and my brother to play the trumpet and the violin, respectively. Ms. Sandra was very encouraging and determined to assist in perfecting the pieces I would do within the week I had to prepare, and I'm certain that without the help, the performance would have been a complete, total disaster. She not only provided a teacher's support - helping me practice the correct rhythm and speed, to name the parts I had trouble with - she also gave me a friend's support, telling me not to allow stage-fright to consume my confidence before I even had a chance to start.
What can I say? She's a great teacher, and cares for her students beyond the borders of the musical world."
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by chelsey
Julie Foster is an extremely gifted voice teacher. She has the wonderful ability to make you feel completely relaxed and at ease during
each class. Her sense of humor, encouragement and knowledge provide for a fun and productive class each and every time. I feel I have learned so much from her over the past 6 months and feel more confident in my singing ability than I ever have. Highly recommend her!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Lori
My 7 yr old enjoys and looks forward to her piano lessons with Sabrina. Sabrina is very kind, professional and encouraging. She instru
cts with positive reinforcement and teaches in a way that is enjoyable and understandable to a 7 year old. Her passion for piano is contagious and my daughter often practices without being reminded."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Wanda
My daughter just started to take violin lessons and from the first lesson she learned so much and even learned to play a tune by her seco
nd lesson. She is really loving the violin lessons and excited to reach her goals. He is very patient, knowledgeable and very humble. Looking forward to many more practices to come. Awesome Teacher!! I recommend him for anyone looking for Violin Lessons. He really knows his stuff :)"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Suzanne
"Corbin has started teaching our 10 year old saxophone. Our son had a little bit of experience and Corbin has kept the enthusiasm going. Lessons are a lo
t of fun and motivating."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Yulonda
"Ms. Taylor is amazing with my children. My kids love her and enjoy the time they spend with her. They are learning and have fun doing so. I would recom
mend anyone to Ms. Taylor."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Jay
"I studied with Evan all through high school (2000-2005). I have since taken lessons from many other professional drummers and finished a degree in music a
t BYU and Evan still stands to be one of the best teachers I've ever had. He is very thorough in teaching technique/sticking/independence and all that, but most importantly he is a master at helping you APPLY what you learn in a musical way that is honest and meaningful. He is great at helping the student understand the bigger picture drumming and how to get out of your head and try to make real music. On top of that he is a great guy and fun to take lessons from. I owe much of my drumming success to him. I think that my sound and the way I approach the instrument are largely due to how he taught me and inspired me. I highly recommend any aspiring drummer no matter what level to study with Evan. One of the best in Southern California."
Learn to love music from the inside out--by understanding the fundamentals so you can create and recreate music for personal enjoyment and to share with others. It is my privilege to join children, youth and adults in developing your musical talents and gifts. I teach beginner-intermediate piano students. I tailor the focus and styles of music to your needs and preferences, and include training for success. I am life-long musician with a music degree (vocal and keyboards) from Messiah College. I also direct the music and worship ministries for my congregation.
I do have a dog at my home stu
dio. He's friendly, but can be contained in another part of the house if that is helpful to you.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are 1/2 hour to 1 hour a week, and include theory, technique and performance songs. I strive for a positive, friendly atmosphere, with praise for incremental progress and encouragement for areas of improvement. Students use the Alfred series and other supplements, graded to the student's age, ability and interests.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home- studio in large living room space seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I teach a well-rounded approach, combining technique, theory and songs from various musical styles in a graded, graduated progression. Then I supplement with additional music according to the interests and growing ability of the student.
Benjamin L. November 4, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Helped me step up my playing
I had been teaching myself piano for many years when I reached a point where I was not improving and realized I needed a teacher. Sharon helped me work on my weaknesses as a musician and had a good eye for pieces that helped me build on my strengths. We always had fun working together, and she was always good about working around my busy schedule.
SalimaA April 26, 2012
Sharon is doing a great job, she is well organized and knows what she's doing. I am pleased that she gives my daughter concrete feedbck and lessons to practice at home. The only problem is my daughter could use a little more practice time with her.
Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!
I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument. I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester
University. I also studied privately with Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.
I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!
I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.
For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.
For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.
Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:
1) Those who have good ears, but can't read. 2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them. 3) Those with great ears who also read well.
Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.
One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.
I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.
I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.
*** Specialties *** I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything. I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
Vince S. January 12, 2015
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.
We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
Ellen L. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .
My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student
I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!
Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
Hi! Thanks for checking out my profile. My students call me "Mr. Rick." I teach acoustic guitar lessons for kids and adults, beginners through intermediate.
I'm the ideal teacher for those who want to play by "ear" while learning the essentials of chord structure, music theory, rhythm, and proper technique for strumming and playing the instrument.
I like making people laugh and having them relax and feel comfortable at our lessons together.
I enjoy working with people coming back to guitar, or just starting for fun because they love the guitar!
For students who want to
play at open mics or in a band, lessons include coaching on performance, and how to pull it all together (including how to properly use the mic and vocal techniques for singing while playing guitar).
For students with aspirations of being in a band, or singer-songwriter, I teach the essentials of songwriting and the basics of music recording, production/engineering and music business.
Students have opportunities to perform at recitals and other venues, plus learn more about the music business, and basics of music production and sound engineering.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm a patient and supportive teacher who offers a relaxed and comfortable learning environment for acoustic guitar students, and also for students interested in singing while playing the guitar.
For guitar beginners, we start with the basics including notes, scales, chords and chord patterns, rhythm, and strumming technique. Students start off by learning songs they enjoy and are interested in playing.
As students advance, or for those with previous lessons or who are self-taught, we focus on advanced chord structure and patterns, music theory, and rhythm guitar technique.
For students interested in singing while playing, I coach them in vocal technique and exercises for pitch and vocal strength. We work on performance skills, for both live performance or in a recording studio.
For students with aspirations of being in a band, or singer-songwriter, I teach the essentials of songwriting and the basics of music recording, production/engineering and music business.
I bring extra value to my students through my experience as a performing songwriter, recording artist, and music producer. I've taught college level courses, and have been a panelist at music industry conferences.
Students have opportunities to perform at recitals and other venues throughout the year.
*** Studio Equipment *** The teaching environment includes a fully equipped, professional recording studio with wireless web access. Waiting area inside for parents students bring their own instrument to lessons -- a variety of acoustic guitars are available for student's use at lesson, if needed.
Equipment: Acoustic Guitars Keyboards) Complete drum kit Bass guitar 12-string acoustic guitar Mics, Amps, Headphones Computer and Digital teaching aids Fully equipped digital-audio recording & production environment Mixing and recording console / control room Recording sound rooms and booths.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic Guitar - for kids and adults, beginners through intermediate, playing by ear while learning chord structure, music theory, and proper technique.
Singing and guitar -vocal coaching and exercises for pitch and vocal strength while playing guitar. Performance skills for live performance or in a recording studio. Songwriting- learn the essentials of writing lyrics and music for all pop and rock styles of music. Music Industry -- basics of music recording, production / engineering, music business, and artist development.
Vicky P. February 11, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Like taking a Master Class
Rick was a very energetic passionate teacher. A lot of experience and can share very effectively that experience . Great tips and awesome guitar player. The atmosphere was comfortable and lends itself to creativity .
Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and drum teacher at Springside Chestn
ut Hill Academy.
In 2014, Jeff joined the staff of the North Penn High School Percussion Ensemble. In the past, he has instructed the drum line at Upper Darby and Pennsbury high schools. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.
Jeff recently released his debut solo electronic EP under the name Duncan in October of 2013, and joined the Philadelphia-based hard rock band Palaceburn as the drummer. He also plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an up and coming electronic power pop band originally from Wilmington, DE. In 2015, Jeff will be joining the instructional staff of Field of View, a percussion ensemble based out of West Chester, PA.
Laura W. October 27, 2014
In home Verified Student
Jeff is awesome. He's engaging and my 8 year old is now practicing between lessons without being told. We are very happy with Jeff.
I am 23 years old, a Lansdale, PA native now living in Philadelphia who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.
I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University, but I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed. Since 2010, I have tau
ght private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.
My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.
***Lesson Details*** I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.
***Travel Equipment*** Upright & bass guitar JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings ZOOM stereo recording device Pencils/manuscript paper
Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)
Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis
Laura L. June 24, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!
Elizabeth S. June 23, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max was really patient with me. I got frustrated when I didn't get the hang immediately but he worked through the issues with me and was very supportive. Definitely a super nice guy who knows his stuff!
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