Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Amber
"I have now had three lessons with Nicole and I couldn't be happier. She's very open to talking to me about my goals and how I can accomplish them with her
! She pushes me but no harder than I can handle!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Teddy
"Good trombone teacher
Jordan is a positive and encouraging teacher that gives structure and enough direction to keep my son on task. He is reliable and f
lexible around scheduling needs. It is obvious that he is enthusiastic about music and what he does."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Brandon has been giving drum lessons to my special needs son, Lucas (8 years old). He has been incredibly patient about building a relationship with Luca
s and fabulously effective about teaching him drum skills even though my son is very prone to shut down due to anxiety and stress when learning anything new. Brandon has been awesome for my son! I would highly recommend Brandon to any other parents with special needs children."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tammy
Rhonda is an excellent teacher. My daughter took her first trial piano lesson with her over a year ago, loved her and has been taking l
essons from her ever since. She is so nice and patient, works well with kids, has a good way to simplify learning of more complex concepts/skills, keeps the student focused and encouraged, keeps lessons well-paced so that they are challenging yet fun and she tailors her lesson plan based on the student's needs and progress. We are so glad that we found Rhonda!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Kristin
"Dayv is fantastic! He taught my 11 year old son the clarinet over the summer. He improved dramatically in just 4 lessons. Dayv drove to our house in Mount
ain View, which was great. My son really liked Dayv and now loves to play the clarinet."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Mark
"Fun and friendly experience. Eunhye is also patient which is needed with me!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Rodil (Deo)
"Have you seen conservatory conductor-teacher Fletcher rip into jazz drummer-student Andy in the movie Whiplash? Famous quotes: "Were you rushing or dragg
ing?", "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job'."
Thankfully, Jackie is in NO way like Fletcher. She's kind and very encouraging, though firm and exacting at the same time. She will not say 'good job' if you don't deserve it. If you've seen her youtube piano and singing videos, you know that she comes from an impeccable classical background, so understandably her standard is very high. She doesn't tolerate 'sloppy' playing. I've been studying with her for 6 months plus, and I'm still trying to earn a star on my drop-rolls. I'm also still struggling to maintain a technique that does not vacillate between legato and staccato when doing scales with a metronome.
Before coming to Jackie, I could not read sheet music, and can only 'play by ear' (improvise) the melody/accompaniment while reading lyrics and chords from sites such as ultimate-guitar. I tried all kinds of software and apps, including 'Playground Sessions' and 'Piano Marvel' but with limited success. However, I just recently tried the new 'Flowkey' webapp, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I can now handle some of the beginner and intermediate level sheet music.
Here's a youtube video of some of us, her students, performing in our piano/voice recital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r01ElWcOVmg
There's just no substitute to a real great personal teacher like Jackie, who can not only guide you, but ultimately motivate and inspire you."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Bradley
"I have worked with Sara both on and off stage for the past year. During our Masters of Music in Vocal Performance program at the University of Redlands, S
ara demonstrated professionalism, dedication to her craft as well as a true and deep knowledge of vocal technique, stage craft and performance practices. Sara treats her peers and colleges with respect, and she is kind, patient and nurturing with her students. I have the highest respect for Sara as musician and teacher, and I am confident that any student who chooses to study with her will benefit greatly and will experience consistent healthy growth as a singer."
Columbia, SC teacher:
Review by Sam
"Josh is a great teacher with an obvious passion for music! He is easy going, energetic, and fun in his lessons. He is knowledgeable and has a lot of exper
ience in writing original music and performing in many venues. He has great aural skills and can help with developing the ability to harmonize and sight sing. I highly recommend him to any aspiring musician of any age!"
I am available nationwide via Skype or through Google Hangouts for Guitar, bass and Violin lessons. I have performed at the French Quarter Jazz festival at age 18 and alongside Russell Malone during the season's conclusion at the Fine Arts Center in downtown Atlanta. I attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I studied guitar under John Pell and Paul Abrams. While in school I majored in Commercial Music with an emphasis on music business. I found an internship with Yamaha musical instruments where I maintained instruments for players like John Hiatt, Christopher Cross, Peter Frampton, To
mmy Sims, Drew Zingg, Kenny Greeneberg, Larry Carlton, Skunk Baxter and Martin Taylor. Sitting in on rehearsals and sessions with these artists provided insight and experience no college course could. After graduation I went on the road for Yamaha providing artist relations for the H.O.R.D.E. tour where I worked alongside the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper and Blues Traveler. I have opened for various artists including Buckwheat Zydeco, Hubert Sumlin,The Nighthawks, and the late Sean Costello. I have also performed with the Temptations. My album credits include student records at Belmont University and the EP titled, Johnnie and the Lowdowns. I am a fan of surf, jazz, and blues and have recorded some of my own creations with my own group, the C.A.T. As a teacher I strive to show others how to play and create music. My lessons focus on providing the budding musician with the tools to become a proficient player. Creativity through knowledge is the core of my instruction.
*** Lesson Details *** Through consistent practice progress is made on any instrument. I teach all of my beginning students to read music. This along with a chord syllabus provides a foundation for us to build a musician from the ground up.
*** Studio Equipment *** music studio room w/ piano, organ, guitars, amps, seating for parents, recording capabilities
*** Specialties *** Nashville numbers, chart writing, jazz theory and improvisation. Blues and standards, chord chart reading and writing. Reading music on guitar.
Eulah May 14, 2014
Very helpful. Learned two new songs in ten minutes!
Mariana May 14, 2014
He is really great teacher, I wish to get the instrument and came to learn guitar from Christopher.. ;-)
Darcel May 14, 2014
Christopher was really patient and helpful. Showed me some guitar scales with true expertise.
MY EXPERIENCE I am a life long singer, musician, dancer, teacher and student. I have performed, taught, and toured around the country in many capacities for over twenty years, and have an extremely varied musical background. I love nothing more than to share my knowledge, instruction and love of music and theater to those wishing to improve their musical skills and hone their craft.
In addition to teaching, I have been a full time musician for several years, and have experience performing and recording in many facets and genres, as a vocalist, musician and engineer. I have sung with Disne
y World’s Voices of Liberty, worked with hit #1 songwriter Rick Giles (Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts), and opened up for artists including The Black-Eyed Peas, The Roots, Common, Wycelf Jean, Julian Marley and The Little River Band. My voice can be heard on several recordings, ranging from Classical, Rock, Hip Hop, Children’s Music, as well as on my original album, “All My Days”, which is available on iTunes.
I have had so many opportunities to perform and learn, constantly challenging me to be a performer and teacher. I want help those wishing to take their careers and skills to the next level, and to open them up to the possibilities available for singers and performers. My goal is to offer real world experience in addition to solid technical foundation and musical knowledge.
References and full resume are available upon request.
LAST THOUGHTS I have had many mentors and teachers myself throughout my career, and have learned many invaluable lessons professionally and personally. Having a private teacher is invaluable for those wanting to take their talent to the next level, and I love nothing more than to share my knowledge and passion for music and performance to those looking to be better singers and musicians. If you or your child is looking for a mentor, who will be inspiring and challenging, and always encouraging, take a lesson and see what you think!
*** Lesson Details *** WHY SHOULD YOU STUDY PRIVATELY? There are many benefits to working with a private teacher. Individual lessons are not only extremely beneficial to those wishing to become better singers and musicians, they have also been proven to improve brain function, instill confidence and positively enhance other areas in life. Lessons will be set on a student by student basis, depending on ability, goals, practice, etc.
Every voice and instrument is different, just as every person has different goals and a different approach to reaching those goals. I will work with your natural abilities and your unique qualities, strengths and weaknesses to help you reach your full potential, no matter what your skill level. I teach a solid foundation of technique and performance that will translate into all genres of music, including Musical Theatre, Opera, Pop, Rock, Country and R&B.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR LESSONS Here are some areas we will address in our lessons together: Breath Support - Technique Vowel Placement - Diction - Smoothing The Passagio ("break") Musical Expression - Harmonies Repertoire Development - Audition Prep - Performance Etiquette Sight Reading - Ear Training - Music Theory - Solfeggio - Chart Reading Songwriting & Composition - Recording - Engineering - Music Business Guitar & Piano Technique - Sight Reading - Chord Theory - Classical - Contemporary Fingerpicking - Strumming - Improvisation etc...
*** Studio Equipment *** I ask that students bring with them:
3-Ring Binder Practice Log Notebook Pencil(s) Recording Device (some smart phones can do this) Sheet Music/Method Books Guitar (if taking)
I have a piano, guitar(s), and recording capabilities at my home studio.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a guitar and/or keyboard that I could bring with me, as well as tons of sheet music and material.
Piano (Beginner - Intermediate): Technique - Sight Reading - Ear Training - Performance - Musical Expression - Chart Reading
Diana M. August 26, 2014
In studio Verified Student
We could not have asked for a more capable, professional, or knowledgeable teacher for my son as he prepared for his audition after not singing publicly for two years. My son was immediately comfortable and at ease, and she helped him tremendously. We will continue to use her as needs arise in the future. She is tremendous!
Cheryl F. June 24, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My daughter has been too self-conscious to sing in front of anyone but me, despite the fact that she has a very pretty voice. After just a few lessons with Corrine, she is so much more confident. I like that Corrine took time to get to know her and find out what my daughter liked doing, what music she liked, etc. I think Corrine is a fabulous music teacher!!
KELLY M. May 14, 2014
Music Performance Verified Student
First Lesson went well with 2 kids and a mom
Corrine was skillful at redirecting 2 young children and keeping them interested and focused on the lesson, while making it interesting. This was our first lesson and we will definitely continue. Will write more as they progress.
Hello! My name is Judith, and with a background of more than 25 years of performance, teaching, and directing experience I'm sure that I can help you meet your goals - Whether it's to become an accomplished soloist, to sing more accurately in your church choir, or just to knock their socks off at karaoke, we'll have a great time getting you where you want to be!
Following is a bit more about me - it's a little "formal" ... but it will give you a few additional details about my background that you might find helpful in deciding whether or not I'm the teacher or coach for you! Happy reading!
With more than twenty-five years of performance experience, Judith is at home with a repertoire ranging from medieval song to Baroque opera and oratorio to American musical theater. Her performances have taken her across North America and the UK, appearing as featured soloist with a number of leading period and modern ensembles and orchestras and as presenter, guest artist and faculty at a variety of international workshops and festivals.
Not only a performer, Judith is also an educator, with extensive experience in private teaching as well as in directing and coaching of both large and small vocal ensembles in a variety of styles and genres - from Early Music to barbershop to Broadway - and has served as Director of Music for a number of churches and various performing organizations.
Judith holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Early Music Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from The College of Charleston, SC, with additional post-graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and the Indiana University Institute of Early Music where she studied performance practices, music history, opera and theater. She has held positions as lecturer and adjunct faculty in music history, vocal pedagogy, graduate research methodology and applied voice at both Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, and is ever-active as guest faculty and lecturer for workshops, special events, and continuing and community education forums.
Noted for being "even stronger when she is allowed to act as well as sing" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Judith is equally active in the theater, taking leading roles not only in Musical Theater but also a variety of dramatic and comedic productions, and has received both repeated critical acclaim and regional acting awards for her performances.
Judith is also an accomplished instrumentalist, making appearances at a number of events and with a variety of early music ensembles across North America. She has been performing on Shawm, recorders and hand drums for more than twenty years.
Judith can be heard on recordings and broadcasts with Istanpitta, Contrapunctus, Quire Cleveland, Apollo's Fire, the Texas Early Music Project, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the Dayton Bach Society, the Warren Philharmonic, Amherst Early Music, Inc., and the Charleston Pro Musica.
Hey all! My name is Nysa. I have been playing piano since I was 7 years old. My focus was classical piano, but I got the wonderful opportunity to study jazz piano with the man who taught Billy Joel when I was a teenager. I studied classical piano/ piano pedagogy at NYU, and then went on to get my bachelors degree in music from the University of Colorado school of music. I have worked with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and have been teaching in Charleston since we moved here 2 years ago. I'm great with kids, and most of my students been beginners/intermediate ages 3-17, though I can teach an
y age or level. In addition to piano I also teach voice and flute. I am a pretty fun loving person, and like to find new and exciting ways to teach the fundamentals of piano and music theory that many students struggle with. I use inventive games and even technology to not only get my students to learn the difficult subjects, but to actually enjoy it!
Hi! My name is Jeremy Lubsey. I recently relocated to Charleston, SC from NYC a few months ago. I've been studying and playing the alto saxophone for approximately 15 years. I've studied at the Hartt School of Music and the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and have a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in Recording Technology.
My main occupation is being a Mastering Engineer. I've been more that fortunate to work with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Susan Boyle, and Norah Jones to name a few. Music consumes my life, and I love to teach. I'm more than capable to teach stu
dents, who are willing to learn, of all ages at the beginning to intermediate skill level. I look forward to hear from you!.
Ron R. May 31, 2015
In home Verified Student
Totally enjoy my time learning from Jeremy. Thorough and patient. Very easy going.
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