I have worked one on one with music students for 10 years. I have extensive experience in teaching classical, musical theater, and pop styles of singing, as well as acting for the stage and beginning piano.
Whether you are a beginner, or a veteran musician, I can help you cultivate your musical skills.
I am a classically trained singer, with a master's degree in music from The Peabody Institute. I have performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Tanglewood Music Center, several local and national opera companies, and have been positively reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Baltimore Sun, and The Boston Globe.
*** Lesson Details *** Each student receives a personalized lesson plan, based on his/her goals, and musical background.
My singers are all trained in a cla
ssical technique, even if they specialize in contemporary singing, to help them avoid potential vocal injury.
My piano students learn to read and play music at their own pace.
My acting and spoken voice students learn to feel comfortable reading clearly, and reciting/performing on stage or other public areas.
My music theory students work one on one with me, learning basic theory (note names, durations, etc.) to advanced theory, ear training, and composition.
I am flexible and am willing to work with students of any age and level. I only require that students practice and enjoy the music they make.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room in home with seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** I am a classical singer, and specialize in classical voice training. However, I also have extensive experience in other singing styles, from choral to popular, and acting/oratory. I have a minor in music theory, and have taken advanced courses in music theory pedagogy.
Nicholas M. is available to give voice and piano lessons in-home and in-studio.
What to expect in a voice lesson:
Vocal warm-ups Technique and style development Selected songs to practice A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.
As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.
Nicholas' Choral Experience:
Past Conductors: Dr. Sharlene Archibeque, Dr. Amanda Quist, Lou De La Rosa, Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jeffrey Benson.
Past Choir Concert Tours: Europe 2005 with De La Rosa and 2010 with Dr Quist. "Star Wars in Concert" October 2009 (Sacramento and San Jose) "Andrea Bocelli in Concert" November 2012 (San Jose)
"The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour" May 2013 (Oakland and San Jose)
Other Productions: Eric Whitacres "Virtual Choir" (Beta, 1, 2, 3)
*** Lesson Details *** Voice and Piano Lessons
+ Vocal and/or piano warm-up exercises + Technique and style development + Selected songs to practice + A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.
As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano Keyboard with Music Stand. Piano and Vocal Song Books Lesson Recording Device
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
Nicholas is a really patient teacher in the first class.
January 19, 2019
Nick coached my daughter, Ann, through her South Bay Teen Idol Competition, in which she was a finalist. Ann was competing against singers with more years of experience, but the superior quality of Nick's instruction enabled her to be competitive.
Joe is an awesome guitarist!! I took lessons from him, and he was really good and knew just how to get me to improve. He also knows a TON about all different kinds of music and music theory--I signed up for guitar, but I ended up learning lots of other useful stuff too. Highly recommended!!!
February 15, 2018
i took rock history, rock appreciation and rock theory from joe, who rocks
Hello and welcome to takelessons.com! My name is Jessica and I am classically trained violinist with over 20 years of playing experience. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and recently relocated to Saint Louis County with my family. Music has always been passion of mine since a very young age, so it was inevitable that it would end up being my career. Naturally, a love for teaching the wonders of music followed suit!
I always try to form a great rapport with my students and parents from the very first lesson. For younger students, I encourage my parents to take an active part in both lessons and daily practice, as is encouraged by Shinichi Suzuki.
I've been teaching violin and viola professionally for over 12 years now. My experience includes teaching private lessons at students homes as wel
l as at various music schools, summer camps and festivals. A few advanced students have even attended and performed in some of these aforementioned festivals! I am always encouraging my students to go above and beyond.
A bit of background about me: I started my music studies at the age of 7. Lessons and orchestra were literally the highlight of my childhood. I ended up attending the Baltimore School for the Arts for high school, and went on to receive my Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Shenandoah University and complete further studies in England, Northern Ireland and Maryland (UMBC graduate certificate). I am also a registered Suzuki Violin/Viola teacher and have attended many teachers workshops in order to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with any and all types of students, including those with learning disabilities, such as ADD and FAS.
*** Lesson Details *** While I am a registered Suzuki violin teacher, I do not teach solely out of a certain method or "by the book"; I choose and mold every lesson depending on specific, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you are a more advanced, serious player, more intensive lessons and repertoire will follow suit.
I am comfortable teaching all ages and levels up to advanced. Use of games make learning the violin fun and accessible for young children. Older and more advanced students receive a more technical, intensive and advanced approach. Coaching and weekly help on school assigned materials (orchestra/string class music and homework) Classical, Jazz, Gypsy and Fiddle styles are all introduced and studied to give students a rounded technique. Music theory (reading and understanding music) is incorporated in lessons. Repertoire is diverse and exciting. Various approaches for the visual or aural learner. Guaranteed to keep you or your child engaged and interested!
*** Equipment and Studio Lesson Details ***
-If you are coming to my home for lessons, please be sure to bring your instrument and any books you may already have.
**Please note, there are three cats in the house. They are usually isolated to a different part of the house during lessons to ensure there are no unnecessary distractions and to help minimize potential allergies (studio is also sprayed with allergy reducer spray and vacuumed regularly). All are UTD on shots. Please call and ask to schedule a "trial" lesson to see if the animals interfere with allergies.
New students: You may park on the cul-de-sac next to the house and walk down. I have a trial 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 size violin to use for the first lesson if your child is a beginner. After the first lesson I will send an email explaining what materials and equipment I recommend you buy to help you sound your best.
Places to rent or buy instruments will be recommended upon request.
*** Cancellation/Reschedule Requests *** 1) At least 24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel your, or your child's, lesson. You will be given the option to take a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons on your calendar, or the option to reschedule for a different day within a week of the canceled lesson.
2) If you find that you need to cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will be given the option to make up your lesson within 7 calendar days of your originally scheduled lesson time. If you cannot do a makeup lesson, this will result in the lesson being marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.
3) If you do not show up to your lesson scheduled at my home studio and no notice was given, the lesson will be marked as "missed" and will still be charged as if you attended the lesson.
4) If I need to reschedule or cancel a lesson for whatever reason, you will be given an option for a makeup lesson or given a credit that will automatically roll over to cover future unpaid lessons.
5) I require two weeks notice to discontinue lessons if you would like to receive a refund or be exempt from paying future tuition.
6) All lessons are billed ahead of schedule and must be paid in advance in order to keep your lesson slot.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin/Viola Method Music Theory Tutor Genres: Classical, fiddle. Experience teaching ages 4-Adults.
Caitlin Oliver received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied with Cynthia Meyers, piccolo player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in Boston, Caitlin performed with the NEC Philharmonia, NEC Wind Ensemble, and was a member of the NEC Honors Woodwind Quintet, a group chosen through competitive audition to represent the Conservatory as an Honors Ensemble for the 2014-2015 year.
Caitlin previously graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Music in Performance from George Mason University’s School of Music in Fairfax, Virginia, as a student of Professor Julianna Nickel. During her time at GMU, Caitlin performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Flute Choir, and won the opportunity to give a performance of Deb
ussy’s Syrinx for solo flute on the School of Music’s Honors Recital in 2014. Caitlin is continually improving her skills as a flutist by taking auditions for orchestras, military bands and festivals around the country.
My name is Lucciana (Loo-Chee-Ah-Nah...I was named after Italian opera legend Luciano Pavarotti).
Background: I began formally studying music at age six. I spent my childhood and teen years participating in choir, orchestra, private instrument lessons (piano, voice, violin, Dobro), musical theater and I also played in local bands with musicians much older than I was at the time.
I became a music teacher for the first time at a small music store in 2009. I absolutely fell in love with sharing the skills and techniques that had helped me become a lifelong musician and I have been teaching ever since.
Instrument Lessons: My main instrument is the Dobro slide guitar. It is a very unique instrument that I love to share with people. I have equivalent experience with piano and voice instruction. I also teach guitar and ukul
Other Types of Lessons: I have run numerous songwriting workshops for all ages and I do one-on-one song coaching as well. I've been a professional songwriter for over a decade, and I love helping people refine and enhance their writing craft. We are all writers deep down! I will help you unlock your inner voice and express yourself using the power of music.
Summary: I have extensive experience working with a variety of age groups and special interest students. My areas of expertise range from young children (0-5) and adult beginners to live performance coaching for future professionals, songwriting coaching/feedback, and ear training.
Most importantly, I am passionate about teaching music in a way that leaves each student connected to the joy of creative play. No matter what age, skill level, or instrument, I fully believe that music meets you where you are and enriches your life in exceptional ways. I will work with you on what you wish to learn, incorporating skill, music theory, dexterity, technique, improv and repertoire into your curriculum in a way that leaves both of us inspired at the end of each lesson. I look forward to meeting and working with you!
I have been playing the piano and the trombone since childhood. Growing up in a musical family, music has always played a big part in my life. I was active in school bands in addition to taking private lessons throughout grade school. In high school I was a member of Tri-M (a musical honor society), qualified for district band through audition, and was ranked in the top 10% of trombone players in the state of Virginia. Throughout my education I developed a working knowledge of brass instruments, music theory, a variety of playing styles, and much more.
After high school, I pursued and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, while continuing my musical career, playing in bands offered by the school as well as in the Richmond area. I am currently active with the ACCA Temple Shiners in their German band
, The Sauerkrauts, 100% of whose proceeds go to benefit children in Shriner-owned hospitals. I have been giving private lessons since 2006, and have a deep passion for musical education. I feel learning to play an instrument enriches life in a way few other things can.
My daughter first class she is 6 1/2 yr old & autistic. My daughter was able to feel comfortable with teacher so far & its starting with basic piano lessons & she is looking 4ward to her next class . Thanks
September 5, 2018
Rachel was patient and had a great sense of humor! It immediately put me at ease. Would definitely recommend!
August 31, 2018
Rachel was very kind and helpful. I just started learning, and she was patient with me despite this. Would highly recommend for a beginner.
I'm a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has over 3 million streams on both my original music and cover material. I was a semi-finalist on American Idol season 12, have opened for Grammy-nominated acts like Train and Lindsey Stirling, headlined concerts for over 3 thousand people, performed for Barack Obama, and graduated from the University of Chicago where I took classes in Jazz Theory. I look forward to working with students in finding their voice and gaining the confidence to write better songs and sing like the stars they are! My versatility, experience and training helps me to make the learning experience fun, productive and rewarding.
Currently, I am an active performer and write every day with various songwriters (over 200 songs written). I spent much of the past 5 years performing, writing, developing my voice, studying
different genres, and recording. My songs have been released on Armada Music and placed in independent films. As a songwriter fundamentals coach, I work with students on refining melodies by combining multiple genres and refining lyrics by evaluating each line.
Last year, I released my debut EP and also signed a publishing deal with Bellringer Music. This year, I am crafting my original material that will be released soon.
I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home in Los Feliz. I work with singers and songwriters in a variety of genres and always enforce an initial period of learning technique through Italian arias, and then transitioning into whatever styles students are eager to learn for auditions, shows, etc.
Some of the musical styles I teach: Pop, Rock, Indie Rock, Soul, Country and R&B
Shubha was an excellent instructor. She is clearly well trained, and breaks everything down for any and all levels. She also makes every lesson fun with her sense of humor! Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone.
August 11, 2019
Shubha is one of the best vocal coaches I’ve ever had. She’s kind and patient and she knows how to get results. Before taking lessons with her, I was auditioning for shows using songs that weren’t the right fit for my voice. She helped me master my audition and I got the role! I’m going to continue lessons with her and I highly recommend her!
August 11, 2019
I have been doing online vocal lessons with Shubha for a short time, and it was an amazing choice!! I love to sing, but I've never been super confident in it. She helps me learn vocal warm ups that have really allowed me to expand my range and feel like I have the confidence to actually perform live. The practice has been invaluable to me and really inspiring. She's given me that nudge to say yes to singing and feel like I can accept more gigs and feel ready to perform.
"She's very knowledgeable and an expert in her craft"
"Mia’s experience came through right away and I was glad I found her through this site. We started working on a few things to improve technique and Mia poi
nted out several major foundational concepts to begin thinking about. The lesson was a lot of fun!"
"Great teacher for all levels
I have been consistently playing guitar for over 15 years, and within one lesson Jesse taught me new approaches to both guit
ar and songwriting that immediately inspired me. He has a great depth of knowledge and passion for music, and that comes through in each lesson. He quickly pinpointed the areas I needed to practice, and helped me craft a practice routine, and he continues to show me areas I can improve during each lesson. He plays many different instruments and uses them to teach, which comes in especially handy for learning rhythm. It also means I get to practice playing along with those different instruments, which is always a good thing. He has an easygoing attitude which makes learning easy, as I never feel intimidated or afraid to ask questions. I look forward to my lesson every week!"
"I studied under Jordan when he was a TA at SDSU. He was laid back, easy to get along with, and always helpful when I had questions for him. Since then,
I've had the pleasure of performing in SDSU ensembles with Jordan. I mean it when I say it: Jordan is not only one of the best music teachers in San Diego, but he is also one of the best trombone players I've ever had the pleasure of knowing."
"David was my first online clarinet coach and you cannot have a better teacher when you want to learn quickly and correctly. I took 13 lessons and it chan
ged my life as a clarinetist. I highly recommend David."
"In the summer of 2017, I had the pleasure of attending a handful of youth musicals at the Georgetown Palace Theatre (Austin, TX area). As a theatre major,
after having viewed these shows it was evident to me that the team which helped put them together really knew their stuff, and that in particular music director Mr. Anthony had gone above and beyond to make these shows something special. I spoke with him a little about the rehearsal process and was amazed to learn not only that he had taught the kids all of the music in only two weeks, but that he was only a seasonal staff member there for the summer programs and was essentially fresh out of college. Mr. Anthony’s professional presence and expertise would lead one to believe he was a tenured staff member at the Palace. Additionally, my childcare background allows me to appreciate how difficult it can be to get 20+ kids still, quiet and paying attention all at once. Mr. Anthony did that, AND taught them an entire musical soundtrack in a period of only two weeks, and when show time came the kids knew what lyrics and notes to sing for their solos! I still remember, after having rehearsed the same songs in music class for months in grade school, having to sing under my breath in the middle of a song and follow along with the rest of the choir because I STILL didn’t have the words memorized! Maybe that’s just me? Either way, whatever Mr. Anthony is doing, it works. Oh, and the kids were crazy about him!
The Palace Theatre found a real gem in Mr. Anthony this summer and I hope his excellent work continues to inspire! He is so passionate about his work and cares about his clients’ success. He is great with kids, they will have tons of fun learning from him. If you or your child are looking for a top-notch teacher, look no further!"
"Great first lesson, thanks!"
"I enjoyed meeting and having my 1st lesson with Rosita."
"Mr Radeck is an exceptionally talented and versatile musician. At Christ Presbyterian Church, I have seen him in action at his lively ragtime concerts, su
ng many of his original compositions and fine arrangements and shared together piano and organ duets. Steven has a unique insight into fulfilling the needs of participants with fast results and a touch of humor. He is masterfully comfortable in the shoes of choral director, pianist, organist, teacher, composer, and performer. He has been trained and has performed among the great musicians of our age and keenly shares his own very special talent.
Respectfully, Arthur. A. Goetze [retired: Director of Clearwater Chorus and Choral Essence]"
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