Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kristin
"Great teaching approach
My goal was to be able to play songs around a campfire and TJ has been fantastic at tailoring our lessons to this goal. Every wee
k I learn something a little new, but I also learn a song that is simple enough for me to play and which incorporates whatever new chord or technique he's introduced. I much prefer practicing actual songs vs. excercises and he always leaves me with a new song to play. He is also instantly likeable and lessons feel more like hanging out with a friend than a teacher. I would highly recommend him as a guitar teacher."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Anne
"Elicia is a wonderfully talented Violinist! My daughter started lessons two years ago and loves going every week. Elicia is encouraging and very positive,
she will point out areas that need to be re-worked. If something is not up to par she will add it to the lesson the following week and allow for more practice time. Elicia is truly wonderful I couldn't have asked for a better instructor for my daughter! I am so lucky to have found her on take lessons."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Great lesson, my son really enjoyed getting started again with bass. Thank you."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Andy
"I have been taking lessons from Michael fora few months now. He starts off from the rudiments, and then adds other topics such as syncopation. He loves to
talk about music, so it helps to know something about different genres to follow the conversation. He has definitely put in a lot of years into drums, judging from my interaction with him. Don't be surprised if he suggests that you consider learning a 2nd instrument. I would highly recommend his instruction for a beginning drum student"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Greta
"Michele is a superb teacher. Her own musical knowledge and abilities are extensive, so she can use varieties of approaches to get specific results. She te
aches good technique for breathing and singing so that we can make our best sound and not damage our vocal cords.
I absolutely recommend her."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Trisha
"Erin is a great teacher. My daughter started with piano lessons and now takes singing as well. We have seen continual improvement and excitement for mus
Erin is reliable and always pleasant."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Ms. Zuly was able to train me so that I can now lead songs at my church. A feat previously thought impossible by me and my family (even my own mother).
I began my lessons with absolutely zero knowledge and little hope. She was able to start teaching me on my level and build both my confidence and vocal skills. She was able to simplify complicated terms and concepts which helped me to progress quickly. Ms. Zuly is the most fun and energetic person on earth!"
Pensacola, FL teacher:
Review by Arya
"First day was great. My daughter liked the first meeting . I am looking forward for the next lessons."
Charlotte, NC teacher:
Review by Hannah
"Excellent lessons - very organized and experienced - great with younger children/beginners very patient. Even took time out to help with concert prep upo
I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 and then learned the clarinet and played in the band in middle school. In high school I started playing the viola in the orchestra while still playing in the band. I had the best of all music worlds! In college I played in many school and community orchestras in places like Carnegie Recital Hall and even with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra! Orchestral and Chamber Music are my forte. I have been a string orchestra conductor for 10 years and love to put on a show to be remembered. My students have played at various day cares, nursing homes and sho
pping malls. We were even on the local Channel 12 News!
*** Lesson Details *** A good foundation and a thorough knowledge of the basics will help you get the most out of your instrument. We work on this becoming 2nd nature and natural. Then we analyze whats going on in the music, a bit of music theory is covered. Then we concentrate on what we hear and what our audience will hear versus what we want them to hear and how do we make this always a little better. We go as fast or as slow as your individual learning needs to be. Of course the more you dedicate to preparing on your own with regular practice between lessons, the greater progress you will achieve.
*** Travel Equipment *** I give private 1 on 1 lessons in the student's home. Students are expected to have their instrument, music, a pencil, and a notebook for keeping a practice log and for written coaching notes. A music stand is helpful. I bring a smile, lots of patience and a fun time learning!
*** Specialties *** classical, popular
Melissa N. October 2, 2014 Verified Student
Our daughter loves Mrs. Suzette R. We love how Mrs. Suzette R. pushes our daughter to improve and gives her the freedom to explore the music within her through the violin. She is patient and full of joy. It's a pleasure to know her and welcome her into our home.
Christina Z. August 20, 2014
In home Verified Student
My daughter has been taking in-home piano lessons with Miss Suzette for several months. Miss Suzette is professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. She is energetic and engages and encourages my daughter in such a way that keeps her interested and looking forward to her lessons.
Joan P. June 7, 2013
Mrs. Rivera gave my son private cello lessons every Saturday morning for several months. She always arrived on time and was always full of energy. Mrs. Rivera made sure that he understood the material and gave him several helpful tips. He did very well in his music classes. Her energy is contagious. My daughter would attend my sons lessons and it peaked her interest to the point where she is now playing the violin. Mrs. Rivera is a great teacher, she is patient, punctual and personable. You won't be disappointed.
I am a certified music therapist (MT-BC); vocal instructor (BS in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance editor; meditation guide. I am a person who finds joy in a variety of places, and I truly love what I do.
Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays.
As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality
by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.
I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.
As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.
It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.
*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**
**Note: In-home services are available for those with difficulty leaving the home. This is particularly valuable for music therapy and yoga clients.
Elizabeth G. August 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jillian is an incredible piano teacher. She is patient and makes learning the piano fun for our five year old!
Gillian B. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
My son loves working with Jillian. He has never been exposed to singing before but wanted to give it a try and so far he is enjoying it.
Eugene P. February 14, 2013
Jillian's really smart and nice
I started taking lessons with Jillian around when i started high school a couple years ago. I play french horn in school, and I'm considering studying music in college, so I definitely needed to know more music theory. I play guitar too, so we started studying songwriting, too, so that I can write some songs with my band. Jillian's so nice, and really smart, so she makes it really easy to learn! I really like classes with her.
Gabriel W. ("Musiciano") is a fiery and passionate vocal instructor proficient in the fields of acting, singing and vocal development. A professional singer, actor and teacher with a BFA in Theater Arts.
Gabriel doesn't just possess a formal college education, but more importantly an "informal" education based on his experiences on the stage and in the studio in the real world. Gabriel's approach is direct, simple and to the core, getting straight to the heart of the matter: developing the voice from the inside out by breaking things down to the essentials.
An expert at creating vocal
warm-ups, vocal exercises, and vocal cool-downs and deeply passionate about psychology, this is your guy for learning to keep your voice in shape and having access to helpful insights and advice. Learn to cultivate a healthy attitude and how to create and survive a career in the world of performing arts.
With a kind and compassionate, yet stern and strong tone, Gabriel will work with you to develop the focus and dedication necessary to get your voice beyond what you even knew was possible.
*** Lesson Details *** Regardless of the genre you sing, developing your voice with Gabriel's help will improve your tone, range, power and overall ability. You can expect to become a much better singer without losing any of your personal and unique traits.
His approach isn't a technical or mysterious one. It's all about re-learning the facts about how the voice functions best.
You can expect to clear away a lot of confusions regarding how the voice works and to take away the guesswork from the vocal development process.
If you want to improve your voice quickly, being guided by someone who understands how it all works and by someone who was where you are today and is now closer to where you want to be in the future is the best way to go. And Gabriel is that guy!
Gabriel's approach is quite simple, yet very effective at developing the entire voice.
"There are two basic levels that every singer must address. The first one is addressing the condition of the body and voice and the second one is addressing the functioning of the voice and body."
I - Silent Foundation
The silent foundation refers to the condition of your instrument as it is silent. If we are looking at the body as an instrument that sings, we first have to make sure that our instrument is in good condition. How healthy is your instrument? Is it well rested, well hydrated and loose? Or is it tired, dehydrated and tense? As you could guess, the condition of your instrument will have a significant impact on the quality of the sounds you make. So the first thing to be addressed is how your instrument is before it starts making sound.
II - Conditioning of Singing Behaviors
This is when we get busy. Once we have a well rested, healthy, hydrated and relaxed instrument we can start working it out. The goal is to condition our singing behaviors to be reflexive, reliable and strong. The way to do this is through a series of vocal exercises that will condition your voice to respond to the desires of your heart. Whatever it is that you want to express will be possible once your instrument is conditioned to the point where there is no gap between what you want to express and your ability to do so. Learning to sing is all about learning how to express yourself without barriers. You should be able to develop enough range, power, control and skill so that you can express your heart without feeling like you're incapable of achieving what you pursue. To achieve these abilities training is often necessary.
*** Specialties *** ALL CONTEMPORARY GENRES! Confidence Building, Warming-Up, Releasing Tension and Strain, Eliminating Stage Fright, Expanding Range, Improving Tone, Developing Vocal Power and Presence, Eliminating Doubt, Simplifying Singing, Strengthening The Voice, Improving Pitch, Building Stamina, Increasing Creativity, Performance Tips, Artist Development, Acting and Songwriting.
Once we have a good foundation any contemporary genre or style can be improved.
Andy August 3, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Gabriel is a very friendly guy who really understands what the students need to become a great singer. Having just taken a few months of lessons with him, I can already feel myself not only improve but also sing without any discomfort. He is very attentive to every little detail and is not afraid to make you fix it. He truly believes that everyone can become a great singer if trained properly and thus will do everything he can to help you learn. I learned a lot about my voice and bad habits that I didn't even know existed. I highly recommend Gabriel for anyone with the desire to improve.
Quentin J. June 25, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Gabriel is an awesome teacher! He has helped me not only with my speaking voice, but he has helped me with the underlying issues of it with my confidence and self-esteem. Gabriel is an all-around good teacher to help in the areas of arts to helping you break habits that eat away your personality. I would definitely recommend him for any kind of person, young or old.
Ann Marie H. June 8, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
My husband has been seeing Gabriel for help to rebuild his speaking voice damaged by injury. Gabriel's knowledge of the mechanics of voice, together with his patience, his sincerity and focus have really helped in the recovery process.
Gabriel is a joy to work with, professional, down to earth, and a very nice person.
I teach people to unlock their musical dreams and have fun playing the guitar PERFECT for beginners to advanced of all ages.
Beginners, you'll learn the fundamentals of the guitar, how to tune, learn chords, strumming patterns, basic improvisation, to play your favorite songs. As well as, learning to play with others
For more intermediate to advance players that like to take your skill to the next level, I teach more about Jazz and Blues, improve improvisation, learning new chords and the theory and scales to be able to move around the fretboard.
I am a professional guitarist based i
n NYC/NJ who performs with my quartet , Latin and Brazilian Jazz type originals, in the Tri-State are.
I teach at the 92Y School of Music, private lessons and groups classes, of all ages, since 2005. I help students full fill their specific needs and goals on the guitar. I have a Bachelors in Music from CUNY, and have accumulated credits towards a Masters in Music Education
*** Studio Equipment *** I use various guitars and amps for both performances and teaching:
AMPS Mesa Boogie 50 Caliber Fender Blues Jr. Music Man 112 RD50 Fishman Loudbox Tech 21 Trademark Yamaha RD60 112 (which I am selling , very versatile amp)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Blues and songwriting. I teach music through songs of various styles as well as reading music using the Mel Bay and Alfred's Methods. I also teach students how to improvise.
Bronwen S. August 5, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My review is basically the same as the one below - my son is a little slow at guitar and Nelson is SO patient with him. You can tell he loves music and he really enjoys the teaching process. What a great find.
Joel F. June 28, 2014
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
I have taken 8 lessons with Nelson and I'm very happy with him as my teacher. He is an accomplished guitarist, but more importantly, as a teacher he's very patient and allows me to learn at my own pace (which is slow). I would recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar.
I am a songwriter, composer, and performer living in New York City. I am a formally trained musician with considerable real world performing experience. Teaching music is something I enjoy immensely and something I am extremely passionate about.
During my time as a college student studying music, I began teaching guitar lessons. I found the work to be extremely rewarding. I was happy to be spreading a bit of love for music around, and I believe I made some lasting impressions. I continued to teach music lessons after I graduated, expanding to teach piano as well.
The more I taug
ht, the more I found sincere joy in teaching. As I was was getting to know each of my students better, I realized that I was doing more than just teaching music lessons. I was acting as an example, a friend, and a counselor of sorts. I realized that each lesson was an opportunity to influence each of my students in a positive way, however small or large. To be granted that opportunity was truly thrilling.
I teach guitar from beginner to advanced levels of performance, in many styles. I teach piano up to an intermediate level. I specialize in Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock, Funk, and pretty much any contemporary style a student might be interested in learning. Although not my specialty, I am capable of teaching classical styles as well.
I am very excited to teach anyone interested in learning about the wonders of music, and I love to work with all ages.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons, students can expect to have lots of fun, and learn a lot. I like to think that my students always enjoy their lessons with me. I am friendly, warm, personable, caring, and fun. I strive to find the perfect balance between learning the important fundamentals of music, and just plain enjoying music. Music takes hard work, but music is supposed to be fun!
I consider myself to be a laid back person, and I do not expect any strict formalities when interacting with students. I feel that the more comfortable a student is, the more easily that student can learn and have fun doing so. However, I do expect my students to thoroughly practice, to focus, and to strive to improve.
I tailor each lesson to a student's particular needs. Everyone learns and interprets music in different ways, so I strive to serve each of my students uniquely. From basic fundamentals to advanced techniques, I cover everything. I also give each student an opportunity to choose some music that they would enjoy learning.
My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** For guitar lessons, I provide my guitar and any equipment that the student may not have initially, like for example, their own guitar, or music stand. Piano students will need their own keyboard for the very first lesson. The student should eventually provide their own instrument and equipment, such as their own guitar, music stand, and copy of the selected method book; all of which are things that they will need in order to pursue practicing on their own time.
*** Specialties *** I am capable of teaching using many methods, styles, and genres, depending on the student and their particular needs. However, I specialize in jazz, folk, and rock styles, as well as improvisation.
Mark S. May 14, 2014 Verified Student
Tim is a knowledgeable, competent, teacher who cares about his student's progress and puts good effort into each lesson. He is also pleasant to deal with, and communicates very well with the student.
Mark S. January 9, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Tim is outstanding in all qualities that matter in a music teacher. He knowledgeable, patient, and communicates very well with the student. His genuine appreciation of music comes through clearly, and that makes for an inspiring lesson. My son studies both guitar and piano with Tim, and anticipates each lesson with excitement. You can't go wrong with Tim.
Mary K. January 25, 2013
Tim taught my now 8 year old son piano and guitar lessons. He was kind, patient and encouraging. My son enjoyed practicing during the week and improved at a steady pace. At the little recitals, Tim accompanied my son in guitar, which gave my son confidence and made him feel 'cool' to be playing with an adult. Tim was a great role model for my impressionable son.
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