Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Marco
"If this guy can teach how to play piano to girls in their 20s...he can do anything! Amazing teacher (VERY patient and sweet)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon
"Lena is a wonderful teacher. I am an adult learner and she has proven to be wonderfully patient, and extremely flexible as sometimes my schedule varies du
e to work. Learning piano has been very fun for me and I plan to continue my lessons for a long time."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dave
"Lena is an awesome guitar instructor. She’s extremely knowledgeable and talented. I like that she allows me to go at my pace and is patient with my learni
ng. She does a great job mixing music reading, theory, and learning songs I want to learn. It’s also wonderful that she sings and she incorporates that into her teaching so I learn to play with a vocalist. I believe any student can progress with her approach and have a lot of fun learning too."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Lucille
"Finding my inner voice
It's been a year since I started singing lessons with Shelly in my home. Besides her extreme talent, that she is reliable, trustwo
rthy, patient and kindhearted, and my 4 dogs love her as much as I do, Shelly has been the perfect singing teacher for me. I am not a stage performer, nor do I intend to be, but I am a trial attorney and do speak in front of audiences often. After some health issues last year, I decided to conquer the stress in my life and find my inner voice. I love to sing but have had no lessons and rarely sing in front of others. I am not even sure I have any talent. Shelly has been wonderful with helping me find out if I do, but even more importantly, she allows me to have fun with singing. Finding my inner voice is allowing me to find inner peace and strength, and this has been such a great way to relieve stress. I am loving it."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Stephanie
I am very pleased with Dylan. He is very flexible and extremely patient. It is obvious how much he loves music and his wish to pass on
that love of music to his students. Since we have four children taking lessons, I very much appreciate his willingness to come to our home to teach."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Franc
"I agree with everything the other reviewer and student said. Deanne is very knowledgeable, positive and enthusiastic. And she makes voice lessons really e
njoyable. I was on the fence with taking voice lessons and I am extremely glad I went with it, and Deanne is a big part of this reason."
Jessica took her to a more confident level. She uses her weakness and make them her strength. And I know the distance may look far but s
he has NO PROBLEM COMING TO YOUR HOUSE. She's always on time and her presence is very caring and helpful. So I give her five stars and than some more. Thank you."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Lawrence
"Ryan taught my son for a little over a year while Ryan was finishing up his undergraduate work at CSU. Ryan is the rare individual who is extremely music
ally gifted as well as having the talent and patience to teach. My son has been fortunate enough to make the Colorado All-State Jazz band for three years (he is a senior) in no small part due to the time and effort he spent with Ryan. I highly recommend him as a teacher."
I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established
successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, understanding, and mastering "the basics" of musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills. I specialize in teaching ambitious and highly-motivated students who want to learn as much as they can, go as far as they can, and are prepared to commit to diligent study and practice, and I've developed a system that makes doing so as easy as possible -while utilizing the strengths and adapting to the goals of the individual student(s).
*** Lesson Details *** My lesson approach is disciplined yet laid-back and supportive, emphasizing identifying and understanding the most basic musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills upon which everything else is based. My approach is holistic, and emphasizes understanding the connections between everything; with new students who know nothing, I of course start from scratch; with students who do have some knowledge and/or skills, I'll emphasize reinforcing their knowledge and skill and "connecting" "puzzle pieces" -knowledge they already have- to increase that understanding they already have. Early lessons emphasize acquiring knowledge of the CAGED system (especially chords, arpeggios and scales), knowledge of basic musical concepts (especially intervals and chords), tuning the instrument, and proper playing/practice technique.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upstairs in loft or living room with bass/guitar amp, keyboard and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students coming to my home can use my amps & cords (if applicable). I provide paper & printed lesson info. I expect students to have/use their own instruments. Of course, I also have a keyboard, for reference & use.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, classical, rock & blues -with a strong flamenco influence. My approach emphasizes learning/practicing knowledge & skill(s) at the same time, using many exercises to facilitate this. I prefer teaching advanced and/or highly-motivated "serious" students. I play/teach electric, steel-string, classical guitar -both fingerstyle & pick- and electric bass. I'm also a highly-competent flute and saxophone instructor.
I strongly emphasize learning the basics of music and the Western musical alphabet, the basics of music theory, and eventually, more complex elements/aspects of music -such as advanced harmony, counterpoint, and composition.
Joe R. April 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mark is extremely knowledgeable in music. His instruction was very enlightening.
His personality is well suited for teaching mo matter the age of the student.
Very, very satisfied. Thank you Mark...
Scott A. February 26, 2014
Bass Guitar Verified Student
Mark is a musical genius in my opinion. His patience level is far beyond any teachers in any learning environment I have encountered. He is very connected with my progress and puts 100 percent into every session with me. I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with Mark and appreciate his time and knowledge he shares with me in a craft he is very passionate about. Fantastic straight forward honest individual. Won't find a better teacher in my opinion!
Kelly K. June 6, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Mark is a great teacher and is easy to work with. I have been a musician for many years(different)instrument and Mark has made it easy to make the transition from drums to guitar.
I teach according to your individual needs. I help you become successful on piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar. I help you learn the instrument and learn to read music with my own ideas using fun worksheets and songs you really like to learn how to play. I fill your voids with activities such as practice techniques, sub-lessons, and ear training. I guide you toward proper posture, tone development, and the ability to keep a steady beat. I help you develop your musical independence by tweaking lessons to help you succeed. I believe talent is not a factor in learning. Mastering an instrument is
the result of effective instruction and step by step guidance toward foundations and skills. I love to teach private lessons because I believe in spreading the word to make the great gift of playing music available to many. It is an inherited right and gift to enjoy a lifetime of personal satisfaction from playing a musical instrument. I love to help students build confidence and make progress. I help them problem solve by going through problems with them. I teach "how to think" and how to become a life long learner of the instrument. I love the challenge of finding ways to help students become successful at every step of the way. I am excited and enthused to be apart of student progress. I am influenced by many 20th Century performers including Van Cliburn, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Yudi Menuhin, Issac Stern and Horowitz among others. I am passionate in my teaching about providing an effective solution to my student's needs.
I am a professional educator who works with children and has the patience to help them. I am a performer who has over 30 years of public experience in solo playing as well as ensemble work. I have performed at Nordstrom for nine years, and performed at many private functions. I have performed classical as well as jazz music as part as my performance experience. I have taught private lessons for a total of nine years.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe in personalizing your approach to the strangeness of the instrument. You need to learn much about posture, and proper tone production within the first year. Method books are not "how to" books. You need a teacher to guide you toward becoming familiar with the instrument. You also need to learn how to listen to the sounds you make as you play. To develop "musical independence" you need to become musically literate, develop tone production skills, and internalize a steady beat. Rhythm and tone are basic concepts that must be mastered to maximize pleasure in playing your instrument. Learning how to problem solve is another skill I teach so you can help yourself toward progress. I believe in using the instrument in daily activities such as playing "Happy Birthday" at family get together. Christmas Songs or Hanukkah Songs can bring much joy during December family parties. A musician in the house brings much joy during holidays and celebrations; and the families are brought closer together. Memories are created and last forever. Playing an instrument is exciting and expresses what can not be said using words. I believe in teaching students based on their strengths, and building upon them. I am excited to help you learn!!
You can advance quickly if you are taught to listen to yourself and use common sense, and make sense of the music theory I will teach you.I will guide you every step of the way to understand how music works. Music lessons are fun and enjoyable. I am pleased to guide you through your learning every step of the way. My students in Las Vegas have had much success with my teaching and guidance. I will succeed where others fail. You will reap the benefits of my professional instruction.
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand Piano 5'1', Digital Piano 88 Keys, Violin, Viola, Bass Guitar ( 5 String Fretless), electric guitar (Fender), Upright Bass 3/4 Size French/German Bows. I also have instruments to loan out to new students. They include; Full Size Violin, 3/4 Size Violin, Viola, Various Guitars, and various Keyboards including 88 Key Digital Piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** I carry a piano keyboard, guitar, 5 string bass guitar, violin, viola, electric guitar (Fender).
*** Specialties *** Suzuki for string instruments. Thompson, Schawm for piano. Blues, Jazz and " real book " for jazz piano as well as Frank Mantooth books for chords. I also create materials to suit individual student needs. Classical piano volumes
Steven A. July 1, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Really enjoying learning to read music and more!
Mayumi M. June 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mark did great! My daughter really did a great job on her first lesson. Mark is very patient and knows how to make a little kid like mine to listen to him..what an incredible teacher! but the location from where I live is very far...but it's all worth it.
Denise G. April 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm just starting so it was great to get so much encouragement from Mark! Plus, he helped me find a violin online to purchase. Thanks Mark!!
Coren has played many different venues across the world from the Las Vegas Casinos, Rivera and MGM to European television "Bueno Dominica" Milan Italy, Circus World, Florida, and the Philadelphia Civic Center. Coren has opened for such entertainment greats such as The Temptations, 3 Dog Night, Holly Dunn & George Carlin. She has performed with blues greats Leon Blue (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Muddy waters, BB King) and Mike Rogers (John Lee Hooker Jr., Big Mama Thorton, Bobby Blue Bland), Coren uses her singing, dancing and acting skills as Sherry in the Las Vegas Show Frankie & She
rry (Frankie Valley Tribute Show) formerly at The Greek Isles Casino. Graduating from the vocal performance and songwriting programs at the prestigious music Conservatory The Dick Grove School of Music Coren won the school's coveted vocal achievement award in 1989. Studying the Seth Riggs Speech level Singing method while at Dick Grove, Coren became a certified teacher of the method in 1994. She was certified as a level 4 instructor until 2009. Coren teaches many professional singers including Billy Hufsey (Fame Television show & Confessions of a Teen age Idol VH1, Days of Our Lives), Disney Star & Kids Choice Award winner "Favorite TV Actor 2012" Jake Short (Disney's "Ant Farm" & "Mighty Med"), Sarah Thiele Recording Artist, Hazel Payne (4x Grammy Winner) A Taste of Honey, Jennlee Shallow (Nala in Lion King Broadway, Germany, Austrailia), Marla McRenyolds, (Dreamgirls & The Color Purple Broadway), 2011 Kids Choice Nominee James Maslow ( Big Time Rush), and Gail Bennett (Understudy to Mary Poppins in the broadway touring Company of Mary Poppins) to name a few.
Indigo June 30, 2015
Music Performance ·
Coren is not only an amazing vocal coach, shes an amazing human being. I started with Coren as a very timid, cautious singer and now I perform all over Las Vegas and I love what I do! I was afraid that my voice could not improve and that I would never have the power and freedom in my voice that i've always wanted but with some patience and hard work Coren got me there! no matter what type of learner you are, Coren has a technique that will work for you. The first time I sat in on my boyfriend's lesson and I heard how much he had improved I was blown away and I knew I wanted to take lessons. Coren teaches you that everyone can sing and its just a matter of training the muscles you need to do it! For me, thinking about it that way made it a lot less intimidating. She teaches everyone from the kiddos and beginners (she loves kids and they love her!) to the grown ups and pros! No matter how hard i've been on myself coren has never given up on me and I can now say I am not afraid to dream because I know it is possible! I've been with Coren for almost 5 years and for as long as i'm singing she'll be where I stay! If you're serious about singing, Coren will get you wherever you want to go! Thank you for everything Coren!
Bliss June 30, 2015
Music Performance ·
I was 16 years old when I first started with Coren, She has helped me to get an amazing sound out of my voice! I sang every thing in my Nostrils! and my Adam's apple up in my Brain! I started out singing with my church choir, then my church band. My music director said I Should Take some lessons. He gave me Corens number and I set up a lesson for the following Thursday.
I got to the lesson and I was shaking. I've always been an Actor and I've always had this mental block about my voice. But After talking to her, Within the first 5 minutes she had already had me laughing and relaxing in my chair. She not only showed me how to use my vocals, she explained (In Detail) why and what was making my voice tighten up in the first place. She understood everything that my vocal cords were doing.
I would certainly say that Coren goes the extra mile when it comes to training the voice. And she has one of the biggest hearts on this planet! There were many lessons I had with her where I would Just be in tears because I had a mental block about my voice. But Coren would not let me stay there. She Believed in me and she got me out of my mental patterns.
I owe a lot to this women and I couldn't be more Grateful that I have the opportunity to study under her!
Josh June 27, 2015
Coren is the best singing teaching in Las Vegas. She taught me to sing from scratch. I knew nothing about singing before I started and she showed me the way.
Coren has help me develop a beautiful singing voice that I'm am excited to share the world every chance I get. When I became discouraged she helped give me the confidence I needed. Coren Will always say its not hard, its new, and she gently pushes you in the direction you need to go. If you're serious about learning to sing; go see Coren and she will train your voice into perfection.
My name is Chau and I am a transplant from Australia who has resided in Las Vegas for the last 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Sydney and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, majoring in vocal performance and music technology. I am a wife to the best husband and a mother to three fabulous girls. I've been teaching voice for over 12 years and have loved every minute of it because I truly care about my craft and more importantly, my students and their creative goals. I was a Music Specialist at Merryhill School in Las Vegas, teaching K-8th Grade, until I be
came pregnant with my middle child. I've also worked in church worship teams for the past 15 years, both in Australia (Sydney and Brisbane) and Las Vegas, Nevada. My faith dictates the way I live my life and as a young child, my dad taught me to always strive for excellence in all that I do. This mentality has undoubtedly motivated my teaching career. My students can count on a teacher who is prepared and creative in developing a learning experience that will exponentially âgrowâ them in their creative field. I inherited my love for singing from my Mum -- as a child I watched her perform and wished that I could one day do the same. At the age of 15, after auditioning, I was selected to be a part of the New South Wales Senior (High School) State Choir and as a result, I toured the USA in 1999 representing the Australian Embassy in the United States. This was around the same time that I caught âthe bugâ and decided to pursue music as a career. I then went on to study music, first briefly at the Music Conservatorium in Sydney and then finishing my Bachelorâs degree in Music at the University of Western Sydney. I was first classically trained vocally and with that background, moved onto more contemporary vocal styles. After marrying my husband, I moved to Las Vegas and began to study Counseling/Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Music and Counseling, to me, made the perfect marriage as I love music and love people equally. Needless to say, teaching music and helping people has made my life very fulfilling.
*** Studio Equipment *** Recording Equipment Intelligent Piano Sitting area for Parents/Guardian I will provide students with the necessary materials needed for instruction for e.g. Books, CDs, DVDs...etc
*** Specialties *** I specialize in vocal techniques, and diaphragm/breathing techniques. As far as style or genre are concerned, I use both, my experience in classical voice training and contemporary voice training, to keep my students engaged in their craft. I listen well to my studentâs needs and meet them where they are at, ensuring that I meet their creative goals and not my own.
Nicole M. November 4, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Chau is great at what she does. She teaches my 7 year old daughter Lindsey how to sing and play piano. When we first started taking her to Chau she was very shy. She has really opened up since working with Chau and now she sings loud and proud all the time. Chau is very patient with her when she is teaching her a new technique. If Lindsey is having a hard time comprehending something, Chau will take different approaches to help her understand. She never gives up on her. Lindsey absolutely loves her lessons with Chau. I'm welcome to stay and watch but I've found that Lindsey focuses better when I'm not there. I feel very comfortable leaving Lindsey with Chau. If you're looking for a great teacher that you can trust with your kids, Chau is definitely the one!
Angela J. October 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Chau has been a blessing for our Granddaughter ! She is very knowledgeable and very patient. Aby looks forward to each lesson ! We highly recommend Chau.
jennifer M. August 19, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Chau takes my 15 year old daughter for singing lessons. This was the first time she had ever been to lessons and straight away Chau made her feel comfortable and right at home. She has engaged fantastically with my daughter who has completely enjoyed every single one of her lessons; coming home with a huge smile. The utmost professional; Chau stretches my daughter to reach her full potential and I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone considering taking lessons.
With a Bachelor's degree (major instrument: piano, secondary instrument: voice) and more than 25 years of teaching experience, my students enjoy learning a variety of musical styles, as well as technical skills and music theory to enhance their learning and performance.
I met the piano at the age of 5, and fell in love the first time I sat on the piano bench. I immediately started taking piano lessons and have loved it ever since. I began taking voice lessons as a teenager and also studied organ for 7 years. I love making music, listening to music and sharing music with my students.
I have been a private teacher, choir director, Music Minister, organist, and classroom music teacher for over 25 years. Making music brightens every day.
I am married to a great guy and we have raised two children, both of whom are musicians in their own right. We have recently relocated to the Las Vegas area and I am looking forward to sharing music with the people of the North Las Vegas area.
*** Lesson Details *** Preparing students to play and perform music for their own enjoyment and the enjoyment of their friends and families is the goal of the piano lesson.
The lesson begins with a review of the technique and songs from the previous lesson. Music theory is included as it applies to the music the student is working on. During the performance of the assigned music the student is shown how to make short exercises of problem sections. Games and improvisation are included as time permits and they apply to the student's music. Self-expression, encouragement and fun are the underlying themes of all we do.
Students are given options for the music they are working on and are encouraged to bring music that they want to play to their lessons. Music is chosen from a variety of styles, including classical, pop, hymns, jazz and movie/show tunes. Students are also taught to play from a lead sheet (melody line and chord symbols) beginning fairly early in their course of study.
*** Studio Equipment *** 5'9" grand piano, recording equipment, games
*** Specialties *** MTNA member
Helen O. April 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
I loved it; Dianne was very kind and encouraging! I can't wait for my next lesson!
Julia P. October 22, 2014
In home Verified Student
Dianne is the most awesome EVER! I am actually starting to believe I can really meet my singing goals. She is so KNOWLEDGEABLE, and she backs her knowledge up with kindness, support, and positive reinforcement, tailoring lessons specifically to you and your unique voice issues. I signed up for five lessons and will definitely be signing up for more. I wish I had done this a long time ago.
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