Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kenneth
"Excellent Teacher, Excellent Skill
"I have known Scott Schroen for over 25 years and he fit's perfect as a teacher, his guitar playing is right up there
with all the big name guitar players, his style of teaching is easy to understand, his communication with on music is very clear, very Professional!!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Jeff is awesome! He's super kind and patient, as well as talented at the drums. He's definitely invested in his students' success too."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by April
"Amber is a wonderful voice and piano teacher! When my daughter first started she could not read any notes and she never seemed very interested in music.
Now my daughter loves to sing and play the piano! Thank you, Amber, for being such a fantastic teacher and for showing my daughter the joy of music!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Holly
"My son loves his lessons!
My son has been taking guitar lessons with Brandon for only a couple of months. He has autism and requires extra attention at t
imes. Thank goodness for Brandon!
Brandon is extremely patient and does a fantastic job keeping Chase interested and encouraged.
For those considering, I highly recommend Brandon as a music teacher.
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jason
I have been working with Josh for about four months now and the experience has been awesome. Heâs a real talent and helps me make the necess
ary connections to understand music and the techniques to enjoy the learning process. Without Josh the frustration of learning a new instrument would have won out months ago and I would have quit. I am truly enjoying learning to play, and while I have a long way to go I am a long way from where I started in a short amount of time!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Karina
"She is great!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Evelyn
"First lesson was fantastic. Jordan was very patient and helped my daughter on her first guitar lesson!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Bob Craven
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Lisa
"I took lessons with Gavin for 9 months starting out with very little knowledge, just a basic understanding of guitar. He was able to show me scales, modes
, chords, and gave me cool tips and tricks to make guitar playing fun. I am currently in a band as the lead guitar player and was able to develop my ear way more then i would of if i tried learning on my own. now i can play several instruments using the skills i used to play my first. Thanks Gavin!"
Hello, my name is Jason! I have been surrounded by music for my entire life. My father, a Berklee School of Music graduate, is an accomplished guitarist who introduced me to many forms of music as a child. At age seven he introduced me to Ringo Starr’s drum solo in “The End” by The Beatles and I knew that I wanted to learn to play percussion. Since that time, I have studied percussion theory and technique extensively with Shawn Green and Kevin Fortunato, both Berklee graduates. I studied film scoring, music theory, music history, and electronic composition at the Cambridge School of Westo
n under Gustavo-Assis Brasil (another Berklee graduate) and Michael Weinstein (the school’s music director and Berklee professor with an extensive list of degrees and credits). I also performed in many Rock/Pop and Jazz Ensemble classes under Gustavo’s direction where I got great performance experience as a teenager. My senior Capstone project at the Cambridge School was the performance of a drum clinic when I performed a drum solo improvisation as well as various contemporary songs. I then gave a lecture of the artistry and history of the drum solo in concert performance and the evolution of modern drum set equipment as well.
After study at the University of Connecticut, I returned to Massachusetts where I have since headed up the Percussion department at a local performing arts program for five years, teaching privately as well. I have recorded and performed with local bands The Movie: The Ride, Shiva Lingam, and Black Trip. Furthermore, I am working on the composition and production of an original album of music influenced by progressive rock, cinematic orchestral, industrial, world/ethnic, and classical symphonic music as well as other styles. My hopes for the future include the release of this material, the opening of a teaching/recording studio, and the publication of instructional percussion material.
Some of my biggest musical influences include (not just drummers): Ludwig Van Beethoven, Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy/Mike Mangini), Tool (Danny Carey), Thomas Lang, Zakir Hussein, Hans Zimmer, Jeremy Soule, Blind Guardian, Ellis Paul, Porcupine Tree (Gavin Harrison), and Mark Knopfler… this is by no means a complete list, just a snapshot!
*** Lesson Details *** My students will gain the ability to play styles of music that inspire them through both sight reading and ear training. Through the reading of sheet music, band charts, and aural instrument recognition, my students will develop the tools necessary to play and compose music of any nature. It is my belief that all genres and styles of music can be a vehicle for the facilitation of solid physical technique as well as intuitive and cathartic emotional expression. It has been my experience that students will be more engrossed and motivated to practice when their curriculum involves music that they already listen to for enjoyment.
I use “Snare Drum Method” by Vic Firth as well as “Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer” by George Lawrence Stone with my beginning students to introduce written drum notation along with proper wrist and finger technique. My favorite book to use with students of any level is “Drum Set Warm-Ups” by Rod Morgenstein. This book has exercises that will consistently be appropriate for and challenge percussionists of all levels. It has worked wonders for my own development of speed, coordination, stamina, and limb independence; I use this book frequently in the way an athlete might go through stretches and the like before a game or tournament. Furthermore, I use Dave Weckl’s “Ultimate Play-Along: Drum Trax” series of books to introduce students to various styles of music (rock, funk, jazz, blues, etc.) from a drummer’s perspective. These books contain full-band charts for each song as well as versions of the songs with and without a recorded drum track. From here, I work with my students to choose songs from artists ranging from Tom Petty to Rush to Pat Metheney Group to further their development within a style that they enjoy. I often ask students to practice a few songs from their repertoire in one sitting if they want to prepare for a live concert situation.
In addition to my primary focus, I am well versed in the techniques and culture of many world instruments such as the djembe, doumbek, and cajon. I can teach my students tips and tricks for percussion instrument tuning, maintenance, and placement. I also offer drum set recording assistance and have a full array of microphone, cables, and recoding interfaces for audio production of your performances!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide headphones, media playback devices, paper worksheets, and small hand percussion. I expect my student to have sticks, a metronome (or equivalent app), and at least one of the following: snare drum, drum kit, hand drum (bongos, conga, djembe, doumbek, cajon, etc.).
*** Specialties *** I can teach a broad range of methods, styles, and genres for either drum set or percussion. On the drum set the bulk of my recording and performance experience resides in rock/metal, electronic/breakbeat, funk, and progressive music. I also have experience arranging film score/video game music for adaptation to the drum set. I teach coordination/stamina methods developed by Rod Morgenstein, and limb independence exercises designed by Thomas Lang. I teach both open and crossed hi-hat playing with a focus on matched grip for symmetrical drum arrangement and limb movement. I am also proficient in the Moeller wrist technique. My percussion focus has been primarily on African and Middle-Eastern styles and techniques recently (with instruments such as the djembe and the doumbek). I also specialize in translating these techniques to cajon, an instrument I build in my workshop.
Sean M. June 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
I’m a 25-year-old beginner-level drummer. I highly recommend Jason as a drum set instructor. He is very patient, helpful, passionate, and reasonable. He is an accomplished drummer, but more importantly, an experienced teacher. He listened to my interest in drums, assessed my skill level, and customized my lesson plans around my goals. He uses materials and music that are engaging.
Jean is patient, fun, and imaginative. She also loves passing on the gift of music to anyone wanting to learn!
Jean's philosophy of teaching is; 1. Taking on any new task requires time and discipline. Mistakes are a part of the learning process. The biggest challenges reap the greatest rewards.
2. The student and teacher are a team! The teacher and student will work together to learn together. As the student is learning new skills and techniques, the teacher is learning all about the student and their specialized needs.
Jean is a graduate of Bradford College i
n Bradford MA with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Arts. Her major instrument is piano.
Jean began playing piano at the age of 5. Taking a break from lessons for a few years as a teenager and picking it up again in College.
Jean has been teaching piano for 10 years.
*** Lesson Details *** Within a lesson, students can expect to be given instruction on developing proper technique. (scales, chords, basic music theory etc). The learning environment will be laid back and fun, with the student and teacher setting goals together, and reasonable expectations will be held for both the student and teacher.
Jean will ask what it is in particular that the student is wanting to learn, and will seek to develop curriculum centered around the student's goals. Weekly practice (5 days a week, 20-30 minutes a day) will be the encouraged minimum. This will vary slightly depending on individual student needs.
Students will have the opportunity to learn to play music by composers such as Mozart and Bach. They can also learn how to play movie soundtracks, tunes from their favorite Broadway or Disney songs, and more! Vocal students will have the opportunity to learn show tunes, Italian arias, German songs, praise and worship songs, their favorites from musicals, and more.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in living room with piano.
Ashley has been teaching Voice since upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York City in 2008. She is qualified and capable of teaching all levels and abilities, including: Musical Theatre, Classical, Rock/Pop, and Blues/Jazz. She is comfortable teaching all levels of Vocal study, from the absolute beginner to the advanced singer.
Ashley is also a trained Pianist with classical training, and is capable of teaching levels Beginner through Intermediate.
Ashley's first instrument was the guitar, and teaches acoustic and electric guitar f
or levels Beginner to Intermediate.
Ashley has performed all over New England and beyond since a very young age, making her professional debut at the Publick Theatre of Boston at the tender age of 12. Since then, she has continued to pursue her passion for music and all things theatrical, completing her BFA in Musical Theatre from the renowned Pace University in New York City, where she was able to partake in Master Classes with such industry names as: Jack O’Brien, Joanna Gleason, David Stone, Stephen Flaherty, Michael Greif, Victoria Clark, Jerry Mitchell, Adam Guettel, Donna Drake, Curtil Holbrook, Lonny Price, and Bob Cline. She has also performed professionally with: Rachel York, Patrick Cassidy, Lee Meriwether, and dance icon Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Following undergraduate study, Ashley decided it was time to branch out from the musical theatre realm and into the world of teaching and contemporary music. She completed graduate coursework in Vocal Pedagogy, Jazz Vocals, World Music, Choral Conducting, and General Music Education at the University of Massachusetts. She also is certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach classroom music for grades k-12.
Since graduating in 2008, Ashley has built up a plethora of students throughout the greater Boston area. An avid songwriter and lyricist as well, Ashley continues to perform and write for the live music scene, while teaching and fronting her own tribute band, Rocket Queen, New England’s own female-fronted tribute to Guns N’ Roses, which she built and founded in 2012.
In January 2013, Ashley toured the west coast and attended the infamous NAMM with an original metal/rock band entitled the Mike Kerr Group, for which she sang lead vocals.
Ashley is available to travel to students homes for lessons, or students are welcome to come to her comfortable air conditioned studio which is furnished with a baby grand piano for both Vocal and Piano lessons.
Ashley is most noted for teaching a sustainable and healthy "belting" technique. Her experience in various performance capacities from Opera, Musical Theatre, and Rock, make for a very well rounded music educator.
Freeana November 12, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
It has just been one lesson but so far so good. I need to take more lessons to see how it goes. She seems knowledgeable about how to improve my voice. I'm an adult with a lot of singing experience already.
Lesley E. October 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Dedicated to music. Young and vibrant. Students will love Ashley!
Maya G. September 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
I began playing violin at a young age, following the Cape Breton tradition. I later took up the banjo, and took it all the way to Berklee College of Music where in 2010 I was the first female to graduate with a principle on banjo. I have spent the last 4 years touring heavily with my bluegrass band, Chasing Blue, teaching independently and teaching for various after school music academy's in the Boston area.
Christopher W. April 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson. Good start. Very accomodating. Too soon to assess effectiveness.
Olga T. October 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Pianist Meng studied piano since 5, after her won the top prize in the Piano Competition when she was 6 years old, she had received numerous awards in national and international competitions.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance as a scholarship recipient under the tutelage of world’s renowned Santiago Rodriguez and had excellent academic records during the school years.
Aside from being a performer, with her extensive experience as a teaching assistant and piano instructor, Meng also has lots of teaching experience from private lessons, trainer of piano competition, and
music classes at schools. Her professional knowledge to lead the students to be happy and meet their goal by the scientific approaches. With her years of teaching experience and strong passion in teaching, She can be a great teacher to students.
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