Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by YVETTE
"Great experience for my daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Lynnette
"Heather is fantastic!
Heather is very professional. She is a fantastic teacher and very flexible. I would recommend her to other students."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Pia O'Keefe
"Very good teacher, very patient and I had fun. I feel I got a lot out of our sessions and I plan on continuing."
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Marwan
"My son Robert has been taking guitar lessons with Diego for over a year now. Lessons were taking place at Diego's premises until we moved back to our coun
try. Robert totally refused to work, or even consider the possibility to work with any other teacher besides Diego. Ever since our return, Robert has been taking his weekly lessons over Skype.
Diego is professional, talented, deligent, patient, caring, well prepared, well knowledged, knows how to prepare and challenge his students and most importantly, puts his students interests first.
There are no words I can use to explain the joy my son has when he takes his lessons and when he finishes and performs one of Diego's flamenco pieces, nor can I explain his anxiety when waiting for his lesson to begin. Diego is truly a great teacher and mentor to his students and I strongly recommend him to be the guitar teacher of choice."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jason
"Zach is patient, knowledgeable, and easy going. He taylors the teaching fairly well to what you want to learn."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Al
"Jimmy is just unbelievable. He's friendly, and always finds the positive in the process of teaching. I've studied guitar, and recorded vocals in his studi
o. He makes himself available, and is gracious when circumstances prevents the lesson for that week. Given my busy schedule, I've had to stop the guitar lessons. However, I just saw that they may be able to be done online?...If that's the case, please contact me Jimmy. I'd love to re-start asap. Best regards,
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Bonnie
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Greg
"I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and i'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried sing
ing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly give me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Beatriz
"My piano lesson is always a highlight of my week! It's a fun challenge that I enjoy preparing for. Emil's teaching style is unique; he makes his students
laugh and takes us far beyond just learning the notes. From the very first lesson Emil shares his knowledge of classical music history and stresses the importance of nuanced musical dynamics, which many teachers unfortunately tend to neglect when teaching beginners. Don't hesitate in taking lessons with him, no matter what your age or skill level may be!"
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
Skye P. January 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
Gabrielle was a great choice, she was knowledgeable and very patient. My Granddaughter loved her. She can't wait until her next scheduled lesson.
Anna A. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
My name is Christian and I am a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a degree Music Technology- Composition. While at Duquesne I also studied piano (classical and jazz), music theory and harpsichord. In 2010 I began teaching piano privately to students from ages 5-50. I am able to teach beginner to intermediate piano and music theory. Aside from classical music, I am also able to teach rock and improvisation.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are always easy going and student oriented. I always allow the student to determine the pace of the lesson and progress, whether that is a var
iety of pieces to study or one at a time. For young beginner students, I use the Faber Piano "Adventure" Series and for adult beginners I use Alfred's "Basic Adult Piano Course." If the student has a different book they are more comfortable using, I am flexible with any edition.
*** Studio Equipment *** I am able to do in-home lessons if that is more comfortable with you. Feel free to contact me in regards to directions.
Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music is An All Steinway School. Lessons will be held in practice rooms on campus with a selection of baby grand or upright pianos.
*** Specialties *** Classical, Jazz, Improvisation, Rock Piano
Shawna R. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very patient and intelligent and explains everything in easiest terms. Also extremely talented.
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
D. B. February 4, 2016
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
Devyn February 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Sam was wonderful with my daughter. He took the time to show her around his studio and explained some of the instruments to her. He even let her play a few. That helped her relax a bit and enjoy her first lesson.
Barbara B. January 28, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Sam is an excellent instructor without question! I spoke with him on the phone to get an idea of where I'm at and where I want to be, so immediately when I came to my first lesson we hit the ground running! I am very pleased with what I've learned so far and it's now up to me to practice and have my questions ready to make the most out of the time given (which is the fastest half hour you'll live ) I definitely recommend Sam to any level student who is serious about reaching the next level.
Susanna has been teaching private lessons for over 20 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA, your home within 5 miles or online via Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts . Susanna Sonnenberg has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events, provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on music theory as part of instrument
al lessons or provide individual music theory lessons.
Susanna received her training at State University of New York in 1991 where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and from University of Denver in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna teaching style is positive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace.
I am currently accepting new students and will teach at my home in Pittsburgh, PA, your home within 5 miles or online via Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with TakeLessons.com. Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.
Paavani A. April 27, 2016
Online Verified Student
It's was amazing!! I was so afraid to handle the instrument , it being my first instrument and I did not want to break it the very first day but Mrs Sonnenberg was very patient and walked me through it very well. At the end of the session , I was very comfortable handling my first instrument.
Vinita G. April 24, 2016
Online Verified Student
My daughter loves her viola lessons. She is a great teacher.
Sonia B. March 30, 2016
Online Verified Student
Susanna is very patient music teacher. My son is loving his music lessons.
Hello. If you want to learn to play and understand piano and music,... I can help you!
I teach, play and compose a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, blues, classical, jazz, and new-age music. I can show you how to listen to a recording and to play it without written music. Also, I can teach you to read a lead sheet/fake book/chord chart or the grand staff for piano. I can teach you simple or fancy chords/scales/songs.
I have played keyboard and or piano for the "Diana Ross Show Review", "Beatlemania" and various notable restaurant/clubs in Pittsburgh, Pa. I studied music at Duquesne
University and studied privately with Frank Cunimondo for Jazz improvisation.
I enjoy helping students learn to play the piano and understand music. We will have a good time.
I can teach you the fundamentals and beyond and help you pursue all of your musical goals.
Please listen to my CD, "Spaces With Time", on the "Bandcamp.com" website. I hope you enjoy it.
Ready to play? Let's schedule some lessons together soon.
Bob S. January 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Bennie has the talent and experience to help anyone trying to either learn from scratch or improve their current skill level. Due to the fact that I travel quite a bit with my business I used the holiday season to get a refresher course and Bennie was the right teacher for this. He gave me more in 5 lessons then I could have gotten from anyone else if I had 20 lessons. Unfortunately, I travel a lot for my business and I can't commit to a regular lesson schedule.
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