Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Cj
"i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he
loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Suzanne
"Fabulous teacher, motivating, inspiring, skilled and dedicated!
My daughter loves studying with Marti. She is able to teach in a way that is understandab
le while also motivating excellency. In the past we have tried other coaches but they have all been disappointing and teach only a song while playing at the piano. Marti teaches full voice technique while integrating the technique with the pieces they will perform. Couldn't be happier!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Nalani's Piano Teacher
Hi I'm Nalani. I appreciate David teaching me basic piano theory and technique. I am learning fast under his guidance and look for
ward to developing my piano skills with him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Barbara
"Outstanding horn teacher!
Ben is an outstanding horn teacher. He is eager to help me improve my horn playing, and he teaches me something new in every le
sson. He cares very much about my progress, and he gives me exercises to improve my technique. Ben is very patient and kind. I highly recommend Ben as a horn teacher.
Parent comment: Coming from NJ, I find Ben's studio easy to access & I appreciate the ample, free parking directly outside his door. I also give Ben my highest recommendation."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by A&E
"Blake deserves more than 5 stars, like 19 stars or more!! We drive an hour to get to Blake because it's worth the investment to learn from the best. Yes
, we drive an hour up to SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK, because it is worth it!!
Besides Blake makes lessons so affordable, it only makes sense to get the BEST instruction for WAY more reasonable rates!! If we had kids, they would all go to Blake, because it is so important to TRUST your instructor, and it is a blessing to have someone with CHARACTER (moral/ethical) that you can trust with your child - he is a husband and father of SEVEN kids, so of course it just MAKES SENSE to send your kids here, he just knows what he is doing, thank goodness!!
Also, it is so EASY to have a 'one-stop-shopping' experience here. We do guitar, voice lessons, piano, ensemble work, etc. etc. etc. If your kid turns out to be totally GENIUS and starts writing his or her own songs, Blake actually has a RECORDING STUDIO right here, so you won't ever have the headache of trying to find someone else (who would probably be not as good and way more expensive anyway).
Yay, Blake!! We both agree he really cares about his students and wants to make an investment in their growth. If you are serious about wanting to learn music and are committed to practicing, you will have fun and learn a TON with Blake. Just go for it because it is so worth it!
Sometimes you just stumble across a blessing and have to thank your lucky stars that it's a complete no-brainer. If you have been one of the blessed ones that is stumbling upon this by 'accident,' believe us... it is no accident. God has just smiled down upon you... so thank Him, be grateful and sign up for classes before they are all full!! Your kids will thank you and think you are the BEST PARENT EVER!!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Molly
"Harvard alumna endorses Chris!
Chris is one of the smartest people I've ever met and a patient, thoughtful teacher. Having known him both as a friend and
tutor (piano and math) I'd recommend him fully."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Guaria
"The first lesson i had with Laaerial was great. We got the chance to speak about my career goals and also how she can help me. she teaches about the two d
ifferent voices you have. She is great teacher!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Liz
"My experience with Steve has been great, he is wonderfully attentive and intuitive with our daughter who is a beginner with learning to play guitar. She
is always excited for him to come teach her and beams with confidence after each lesson. I appreciate his timely communications with me for any questions or rescheduling needed. He lets my husband and I know how to support her with certain skills and practicing etc. His demeanor and personality is both professional and also very fun and engaging. He's always encouraging our daughter to keep practicing and most of all, enjoying learning guitar! Highly recommend..."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Paul
"I know. You came here for a guitar instructor. Well you've found a great one. Ross is a guitarist and a multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire. Me? I played
, self-taught, conga drums for years and then I met Ross. He taught me the two most important aspects of learning any instrument ... daily practice and timing! Having a fantastic guitarist to practice / take lessons with was a wonderful experience. The fellow is talented. He plays guitar, drums, bass, harp and even dabbles in vocals. Want to learn blues? Rock, Country? Doesn't matter ... this fellow does it all. Indeed, I enjoyed his company so much I have found a guitar so I can begin guitar lessons next month."
Hi! I have been teaching for over seven years and am no stranger to the stage. While majoring in music performance at the University of West Georgia, I performed with jazz ensembles, guitar quartets, and percussion ensembles. I also performed many solo classical guitar recitals. The only thing I love more than performing, is teaching and sharing music.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons generally include three parts with content depending on your level of experience: technique, repertoire, and theory. I am an enthusiastic although laid back teacher, however I do push my students in order
for them to realize themselves as a musician. I like to have fun with lessons because music is fun and I enjoy it. I hope you do too!
Literature used in lessons:
New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children, By Sonia Michelson
The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method
Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, By Andres Segovia
Guitar Aerobics, By Troy Nelson
John Brimhall's Complete Theory Notebook, by of course John Brimhall
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room with 3 guitars, 1 bass, and an amp. Seating available. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide everything needed during the first lessons. After which the student shall provide a music stand, tuner, guitar, and all literature.
*** Specialties *** Specialty in classical guitar, improvisation, and music theory.
Austin L. May 15, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I've had several different musical teachers throughout my life and I must say that I never really enjoyed any of them. Classes always seemed boring, far too structured, and like work instead of play. Once I started meeting with Joel though, my perception was greatly changed.
I love learning from Joel because he is enthusiastic and excellent at communicating music theory and technique. It never really feels like we have an exact structure that we have to follow but he always manages to keep me progressing. Regardless if I come in one day and just feel like jamming or if I want to raddle my brain with music theory all lesson, Joel is prepared and happy to do either.
I will highly recommend anyone to Joel that would like to learn to play in the classical style. He keeps the fire alive, truly loves his music, and is very passionate about it. These are the keys that bring beauty, creativity, and fun to the part of music, studying it proficiently, that can be frustrating or boring.
After a decade of failed teachers and being solely self taught, I couldn't be happier that I found a great teacher like Joel.
Marina B. May 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Joel has been instructing our daughter for several months now, and he has been absolutely wonderful. He is an extremely knowledgeable and patient teacher who also knows when its appropriate to push you out of your comfort zone. He makes the lessons fun and has no problem keeping an eight year old engaged for an entire session. She looks forward to Thursdays because that's Joel Day. You can tell he loves what he does, and that he genuinely cares for his students. For anybody looking for a great instructor, we would highly recommend Joel.
Bharathi S. February 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Joel is the nicest guitar teacher ever! During the first lesson he evaluated where I am as a musician and since then he has kept me challenged and helped my improve my skills in just a couple lessons. He's super patient and flexible and makes sure to emphasize proper technique, which is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher.
Have you always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, but never knew where to begin? I can help you learn your instrument, and learn how to play the music that you love whether it be flute, piccolo, violin, viola, or cello. I can help you enjoy music.
Having grown up in a musical family with my mother a professional violinist, I have been exposed to the joys of music since childhood. I learned how to play percussion and string instruments from when I was six years old, and later joined the high school band playing flute. I loved playing flute and piccolo so much that I decided to t
ake this as my career and went to Interlochen Arts Academy where I excelled in my performance. I later went to Prague Conservatory and Czech Budweiss Conservatory and played with the Prague Film Orchestra. Even more recently I have been a teacher for the Flutes and Strings classes at Unison World School in Dehradun, India.
As you can see, having great international exposure to music I can teach you how to become more well-rounded in the beauty that is music.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching varies with the age level of each student. With younger students, imitation is often one of the best methods of learning and I prefer the Suzuki method for students up to age 8, especially with strings. For older children and adults, learning music notation and basic music theory for a full understanding of musical language are more important to get them to the level where they can learn any music that they want to play for fun. For students who wish to excel in their school band, a more practical approach with technique specific warm-ups and exercises seems to be the best in general.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes music stands, sheet music, metronome, and seating for parents/students. No pets. Parking in lot.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide metronome, and tools for minor instrument repair. Students should provide their own music stands and sheet music.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki method, Taffanel et Gaubert, Patricia George
Nicole B. February 25, 2015
Online Verified Student
Hallie is friendly, enthusiastic and very encouraging, I look forward to each lesson because I know by the end I will feel great about what I achieve during that time.
I feel like my playing has progress so much further than when I was attempting to teach myself. As a shy adult beginner, Hallie's fantastic attitude makes is easier for me to learn as I don't feel as nervous as I normally would.
Dustin C. November 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and works great with 6 years old. Will do wonders for your kids self esteem.
George P. May 3, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Her theory knowlege is phenonimal
Would recommend without hesitation! Is excellent and extremely thorough! I was faculty director before retiring from a college. Wish I had all faculty like Hallie!
I graduated from the University of South Florida where I received my BA in Theatre performance & Communication with a minor in Dance. In 2011 I finished studying Music Recording at St. Petersburg College, where I focused on Singing/Songwriting. I trained at NYU with the Aquila acting company in classical theatre, and I also trained with TVI Acting studios in Los Angeles in Film and television.
My Music and Performance experience started when I was 6 singing in choir, school productions, and taking piano lessons. I continued on with group ensembles, musical theatre shows and later on
touring with the Spanish Lyric Theatre in Both English and Spanish in throughout Florida after college. I started working with various agencies in florida and became SAG eligible through working on a featured role as a dancer on the movie "From Justin to Kelly" filmed in Miami. Being part of the Actor's Studio at the University of South Florida created the foundation for me to then move to New York and study with the Aquila Classical Theatre company through NYU, Dance with the New Amsterdam Studio in am off-off Broadway dance production, and then move to LA to train with TVI Acting Studios. While In Los Angeles I signed with Avalon Artists Talent Agency and worked as an actress and model for various print jobs and commercials.
In 2007 I returned to Florida and spent the next few years working with various Talent Agencies on commercials, Industrials, print jobs, HSN projects, theatre shows, short films, and started to focus on Music, songwriting and recording. I returned to school and attended ST. Petersburg college MIRA Program (Music Industry Recording Arts) where I focused on Songwriting Performance and trained in voice, theory, songwriting, recording, and formed a duo called "The Rose and Zeb Duo." We Co-wrote together and recorded our first Demo Cd "Let Go" which was feature at the CD release event At the Yoga Village Studio in Clearwater, FL. We performed at local events throughout the area with our music.
Now I am continuing the process of Songwriting on my own for my next CD and developing other creative projects which I enjoy teaching others including art projects, cooking, baking, creating beauty products, and tutoring. I am quite diverse in the skills that I have obtained and I take a great interest in helping you as the artist develop your own style as well. I wish you luck in your journey!
*** Lesson Details *** I like the combination of relaxed and goal oriented. I like to get to know my students and learn about about expectations and goals they have for themselves. Then I set up a plan that will help them achieve their goals and get them closer to what they want from their lessons. I take into consideration their interest, style, and help them to find their unique learning style
Maddie May 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent! Great with our 7 yo daughter!
BarbaraF2 June 18, 2009
Rosemary is always well prepared for the lesson. She is very professional and approachable.
NikiP May 25, 2009
Rosemary was a good teacher and polite. Reena and I highly recommend her to anyone!
Voice & flute students age 12 and up Piano students age 5 and up
Hello, fellow music lovers! My name is Nicole and I would be honored to have the opportunity to help you take your music skills, whether beginning to advanced, to the next level! I am a singer with 25+ years of experience with solos, small ensemble groups, and large choirs. My singing styles range from opera, musical theatre, jazz, gospel, and christian contemporary, just to name a few. : ) I am also an experienced flutist with 5 + years of study and an intermediate-level pianist with about 5 years of study in the classical
technique, and playing chords to follow most any style. I also enjoy teaching some music theory (the rules of music) in written, sight singing, and piano chords, if requested. Along with voice and instrument lessons to provide a further understanding of each musical concept.My training first began in elementary school, in Virginia Beach, VA, when I took my first voice and concert band classes as a beginning flutist. I continued my study with a prominent home school band in the 7th grade. I was then chosen to play the flute in an All City Band in Virginia Beach, for excellence in my performance skills. From there I continued my study at a private school in Virginia Beach with many chorus, band, and youth band classes to further my music reading and improvisational performance skills. At age eighteen I moved to Tampa, FL and became a Liberal Arts major with a concentration in Music at Hillsborough Community College (HCC). I graduated from HCC with an AA in Liberal Arts/Music. I was then accepted to further my music study at the University of South Florida (USF) in 2000. I studied voice and a sampling of other instruments in the Music Education program. I graduated with two and one-half years of music education training and another four years of voice training with a BA in Music Studies. Also, during my college years I participated in the elite USF Chamber Singers, the University Singers, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and many studio recitals. I have recently completed my fourth year of music teaching in a small private school in Tampa, FL. I started working with Opera Tampa for their 2012-2013 season in the professional opera chorus in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. I continued to work with Opera Tampa again this season for all their productions of Mozart's, The Magic Flute and Bizet's, Carmen. In addition, I am continuing my studies part time at the Patel Conservatory. I look forward to working with you to make all your music dreams come true! So, let's make beautiful music together very soon!
*** Lesson Details *** When taking lessons with me you can expect to learn in a very positive, encouraging, and laid back environment! I believe that learning can be fun, very rewarding, and never stops. I plan to continue learning more about my craft for the rest of my life and I would encourage my students of all ages to adopt this mentality also. For voice lessons I like to begin with warm-ups and breathing exercises that can be modified to any style of songs. Then to song selections that will be enjoyable, yet helpful in making your voice better. For opera style I primarily use the G. Schirmer Opera Anthology books, and Hal Leonard published anthology series' for different art songs. For all other vocal styles I enjoy using various published individual-song sheet music or CDs and accompaniment tracks. Along the way giving all applicable tips for producing better sound, projection, breathing, phrasing, and musicality.For flute lessons I would begin with scale or simple exercises. Then to specific pieces that you would want to work on or techniques from the Accent on Achievement or Standards of Excellence book series'.For piano lessons I would begin with finger stretches, scale warm-ups and/or easy chords or pieces to get the fingers ready to work. Then I would progress to your chosen pieces or a book from the Alfred Piano Book series', which includes books for all levels and styles.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a keyboard for demos and use for students, a flute for demos, CDs, and some lesson books.
Leah March 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Enjoyed Nicole and learned a lot!
Vanessa G. July 14, 2014
In home Verified Student
Nicole is a terrific instructor! This was my first time taking singing lessons, but Nicole was prepared to start from the beginning with me. She took the time to listen to what I was looking for out of these lessons and determine what my strengths and weaknesses were. Nicole allowed me to choose songs for us to work on, but was very willing to help me choose songs that suite my voice, challenged me, or were just fun songs to work on! I very much recommend taking lessons with Nicole if you're preparing for any performance or just want to develop your voice.
Patricia R. January 21, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Nicole is an excellent teacher. She is very personable and has a lot of patience. She is very skilled at teaching.
B.M. degree in Percussion from Juilliard School of Music. Studied at The Drummers Collective in N.Y.C. Performed with The Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra and Vermont Symphony. Authored seven Mel Bay drum method books. Teaching drums,djembe and classical percussion for over 24 years. Lessons individually tailored to meet students musical goals. Study with the most highly regarded drum/percussion teacher in the Clearwater, East Lake, Dunedin, Tarpon, Seminole and Palm Harbor areas.
*** Lesson Details *** Study Rock,Blues, Latin, Funk,Jazz, Fusion and African drum styles. Each lesson
is individually tailored to meet the musical goals of the student.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drum Set. Djembe. Xylophone Timpani Sound System
*** Specialties *** Teach drum students to read music. Teach students to play "by ear". Also teach the African Djembe instrument. Play to and create drum/bass/percussion loops.
Kelli S. September 19, 2014
In studio Verified Student
He is an excellent teacher! Just because you play drums doesn't mean you can teach drums. My son has shown so much growth working with Glenn. He is truly a great teacher and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Michelle C. April 24, 2014
Great Drum Instructor !!
Great Drum Instructor!! He has a true passion for teaching and identifies quickly with his students.
My son has been taking lessons from him since the age of 13 and he learned more in his first year than most kids learn through many years of instruction.
He is a personable, friendly and talented professional !! I would highly recommend him for anyone!
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