Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Colleen
"My son is 4 and Robert is very good at interacting with him. He was able to promote his interest in music. Completely recommend!"
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Angela
"Wonderful Teacher, Amazing Experience
One of the first things I did upon my arrival in Los Angeles was sign up for singing lessons with Alex. I had never
taken a singing lesson before in my life, was extremely self-conscious, and had very little faith in my ability to sing. He never allowed me to doubt myself - from the very first lesson he developed not only my music and singing education, but my confidence and self-esteem as well. He cares about his students, is extremely knowledgeable, and is a terrific instructor. No matter what your level of musical experience and knowledge, a person couldn't ask for a better teacher than Alex."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Briana
"One of the best, most genuine teachers and teachers that I have ever known. I am definitely learning so much and would recommend her to anyone!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Karin
"We enjoy viola lessons again!!
Robyn is wonderful, professional and fun. My son had some other instructors who taught him, but not who allowed him to hav
e fun with his viola. She offers very constructive advice on how to improve and is very positive. Also, our schedules move around quite a bit and she is very helpful and flexible finding different times for lessons when necessary. We couldn't be happier with this instructor!"
Knoxville, TN teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"More people should know about Take Lessons.
My Instructor, Terri, is knowledgeable, patient and flexible. I am a professional, mature student with a supe
r busy schedule who had never played a musical instrument before. Terri has been able to provide the knowledge and encouragement that I need, along with the enjoyment of playing the piano. I could not have asked for a better fit. Terri is valuable to any age group."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Charlene
"Six words describe Cindy. I WISH I DISCOVERED HER SOONER! She is exactly what I was looking for in a music theory teacher for my son. The chemistry betwee
n them is fantastic. She customizes the lesson to my son's needs. I have seen a major difference in a short period of time, with his sight reading, playing by ear, playing scales and chords. I would definitely recommend her and will be taking lessons as long as she is teaching."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jude
"Sara is a voice student herself so she is in the perfect mindset for teaching beginner-intermediate singers. Sara has all the knowledge/techniques of an o
lder teacher, but for a bargain of a price!! I would recommend Sara to anyone in their first few years of vocal study."
Columbia, SC teacher:
Review by Julia
I just want to let you know we just got back, and Sabrina's audition went very well!!! When doing the sight reading part, Sabrina says
she seemed to get it right :) using the solfeggio pattern you taught her. She said the other girl auditioning with her (the teacher was auditioning students in pairs), she did not know anything about sight reading. Sabrina felt very good to have been prepared.
When she was singing the classical piece you selected, the vocal director said that was exactly what she was looking for, YAY! So grateful to you! I can't thank you enough! I'm absolutely POSITIVE your classes have helped tremendously...Sabrina is much more confident and has improved noticeably since she first came to you. Not only that, you helped her come up with the songs, assisted her with sight reading, and provided beautiful accompaniment. We are very grateful to you! Hugs Nina"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Don
"This guy knows his stuff and communicates clearly I learned more about breathing--fry, diaphram, 3 levels of breath intake--than I ever did with other tea
Dan is a teacher and guitarist from Kansas City, KS. As a teenager he studied blues and jazz with former B.B. King sideman Dwight Foster. This background aided him when he took classes in jazz improvisation and music composition at the University of Kansas. At KU, he started giving guitar lessons and teaching English Literature to help pay tuition. He also joined the blues-rock/metal hybrid Inphobic, a group that went on to play with Carlos Santana, Everlast, and Cheap Trick among others.
After finishing his MA at Pittsburg State University, he returned to Kansas City and began te
aching in the Kansas City, KS school district. His five years of high school teaching (to go along with another three at the college level) has showed him that being a great teacher is both the greatest challenge and the greatest reward. As a result, he has dedicated himself to combining that passion for teaching with his love for the guitar and music.
Over the last few years, he has developed guitar curriculum that both teaches students things they want to know as well as how to communicate with other musicians in almost any musical capacity. He frequently shows up at local jam sessions and plays studio sessions.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are very relaxed but still move at a fast pace. I realize that not all students learn at the same rate and in the same manner and I do my best to accommodate whatever the needs of the student might be. Students will learn a variety of styles but there always be an emphasis on their specific interests as it relates to the guitar.
A beginning student will be given a solid background in theory and in reading music as well as learning songs that they want to learn. In three months, the beginning student will be able to play basic songs and read music, as well as begin to apply theory to a variety of musical styles. In six months, the beginning student will be developing more difficult techniques on the guitar, beginning to learn the art of lead guitar and learning more complicated tunes. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome too, but they may want to focus on specific styles, techniques or songs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitar, amp, etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, amp, etc. The student should contact the instructor if s/he needs to borrow a guitar for the lesson.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz, Improvisation, and Composition at all levels beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Eugene K. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dan is a fantastic instructor. He is very personable, patient, upbeat, and has made my guitar learning lots of fun with a new song almost every week, and new exercises that help me get better. With lots of travel, and little kids I haven't had much practice time, but Dan is very encouraging and is able to help me with song choices that make we want to pick up the guitar every time I can. I would strongly encourage you to seek Dan for learning guitar - you will be happy that you did.
Brian M. July 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have had two other guitar teachers in the past. Daniel far exceeds any of the previous two! I wouldn't hesitate for a nano-second to recommend him to others! If you are looking for a good guitar teacher, look no further.
Anchalee C. November 29, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Dan is a passionate teacher who makes the lesson fun!
Dan is patient and a great teacher. My son started learning how to play electric guitar with Dan and has developed a lot of progress in the past five months. Dan always shares the stories when teaching the lessons to make the lessons enjoyable. He has adapted his teaching style and lessons to suit my 7 year old beginner.
He is always on time, flexible and works with our schedule when we occasionally have conflicts. He encourages my son to ask questions and practice the variety of songs he teaches. I will not hesitate to recommend Dan if someone is looking for a knowledgeable and great teacher who cares about his students and teaches them what they want to know.
I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Music Education (vocal emphasis) and a trumpet performance minor. I am currently in the process of obtaining a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy. Right now I am teaching K-8 General music and 5-8th grade band and Chorus. I have been a private studio instructor for the past 5 years.
If you are pursuing voice I can teach you Classical operatic singing, Broadway style, or Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)
If you are pursuing trumpet I can enhance your skills whether you are just beginning or are already an intermediate
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to work with children and female students! (No adult males)
I am a teacher that helps you reach whatever goals you set for yourself. You tell me what you want to accomplish and I will work together with you to make it happen. I will create a curriculum according your personal needs and skill level.
If you are taking lessons with me you will learn lots of music theory and music history. I want you to understand the style and reasoning behind each piece of music you play.
*** Studio Equipment *** The in studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes a piano (88 key weighted), books, and seating. Student must provide own trumpet. Parking is in guest spaces.
The Elementary School lessons are taught in a classroom which includes an upright piano, books, & seating. Student must provide own trumpet. Parking is in lot.
*** Specialties *** German Lieder and Italian Arias
Linda M. June 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
She was wonderful! Would definitely go back with her once my daughter decides to start taking lessons again! Absolutely recommend!
Laveena T. March 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Susannah is a great teacher! She made my 12yo daughter feel comfortable to the point that she now only wants to work with Susannah. My daughter and Susannah have a great connection and she really enjoys working with her. She's always giving her tips to help her improve her singing.
Jason May 14, 2014
Awesome lesson! I had Susannah, she was really good! I recommend you try this.
Welcome to my studio! Here is a recent blurb about me:
Marci began her classical piano studies at 8 years old, in the private studio of concert pianist Elaine de San Miguel. In addition to recitals, concerts, camps and master classes, Marci branched out into performing in a variety of venues, as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs and musicals. When she wasn't playing the piano for people, she was taking voice lessons, singing in both traditional & show choirs, and performing in musical theater. Her favorite TV show is currently "Phineas & Ferb"! (Great music on that sh
ow, if you hadn't noticed!)
Marci holds a teaching license in the state of Kansas, and is classified as "highly qualified" according to the No Child Left Behind Law. She is currently working on finishing a PhD in developmental and behavioral psychology, and for 5 years taught Child Behavior & Development classes at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Because of her education and experience teaching in public schools, she is unique in that she has an understanding of children and young adults and how they learn. She encourages her students to work towards their goals, but is patient and knows when a skill is currently beyond the child's grasp due to his or her individual development. Every child learns and develops differently, so each person's lessons are highly individualized.
*** Lesson Details *** I have a relaxed teaching style, a sense of humor, and lots of patience! I absolutely love the one-on-one teaching experience I get with teaching private lessons. Students tend to feel welcome and comfortable in my home studio. A beginning student will be surprised to be reading and playing music within just a few weeks!
For beginning piano curriculum, I use different piano book series, although lately I have been focusing on the Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. I also use a series called A Dozen A Day, technical exercises for the piano which teaches a little theory along the way. For older students, I like Czerny and Hanon exercises to strengthen fingers and hands. There are all kinds of on-line resources that I consult for ideas. Lessons are a combination of theory, learning the keyboard, and learning to read music.
For intermediate piano students, I will determine their level of musical understanding and design an individualized curriculum to address areas of improvement, and to build on each student's strengths.
In addition to the mechanics of music, I try to instill an appreciation for all types and genres of music in my students. I strongly believe that the most competent and interesting musicians are the ones who are familiar with music from all walks of life.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Guitar, Computer, Music Software
*** Specialties *** Piano-- Keyboard basics, music theory, playing technique, sight-reading music
ALL genres of music are welcome in my studio!
Nancy June 30, 2015
We love Marci! Both my kids are taking lessons now and they both adore her.
Wanda S. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was great! My daughter loved going to lessons every week! She's very compassionate. She teaches her at her learning level! She's awesome ! We loved her!
Jan W. May 7, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Marci is fabulous with senior citizens!!!
I am 60 years old, retired, and have always wanted to take piano lessons. Our perfect grandson, Max, has been taking lessons with Marci for a couple of years, and his brother, our other perfect grandson, Gibson, will be starting soon. Their mom recommended Marci with no hesitation. I do the same!!
I am a different student for Marci than she is used to. She has the gift of a true teacher to be able to teach any age. (As a retired teacher of 35 years, I can attest to this professionally as well as personally!) She has the gift of dealing with any age and any ability.
I would recommend Marci with my whole heart and no hesitation whatsoever!!
From the time I began musical training at the age of 5, I knew that music making would always be an important part of my life. It became my muse and I followed it all around the world. I have performed in Japan, England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Austria, and the United States. I know what makes a good musician and a good performer and I'm pleased to be able to share that with my students! MY STUDENTS WIN AUDITIONS! I taught in several of the States and in London. I am also a certified teacher in Missouri, Kansas and other States including England, Scotland and Wales. I hold a Bachelor’s
degree and Doctorate from Ball State University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Bridgeport. I have studied on fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and University of London. While teaching in London I performed at many famous venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Somerset House. I sing at Lyric Opera of Kansas City where I have appeared in over 90 productions. Upcoming: Mozart: Magic Flute, November 9-17, 2013 and Puccini: La Bohème, March 15-23, 2014 I also sing professionally at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City. Whether you are seeking coaching on technique, Broadway, Opera or the American Songbook, I would be happy to work with you to realize your full potential. I get excited about helping students become good performers! Let me help you become the best musician you can be, IN PERSON or ONLINE!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher with a great sense of humor. You will also learn a lot of music theory and music history from me! My lessons begin with some training in reading music (Music Theory) and I suggest that you purchase Alfred's Music Theory Volume One or Two depending on your level of understanding.
After refreshing your music reading and rhythm skills, we will listen to you sing and begin to vocalize. I will develop exercises just for you, to help you develop your voice, making it stronger and more flexible.
When you have warmed up your voice with vocal exercises, we will work together on the music you wish to learn. It could be a song, an aria, a Broadway or Opera aria, or a religious piece.
*** Studio Equipment *** Large 30 foot living room with two pianos, music stands, keyboard, couches, seating area. Mac computer, multiple cameras and great sound system.
*** Specialties *** Classical Bel Canto (beautiful voice) style, operatic singing, Broadway style, Art Songs (Lieder in French, German and Italian.)
Meta Evans July 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Awesome teacher! The good Dr. knows his stuff and has the credentials to prove it. If you want to improve your voice give him a try. You won't be disappointed.
John D. May 3, 2013
Singing Verified Student
I never thought anyone and I mean anyone could get me past the fear of singing. I have over three decades of acting, including a prestigous acting school, but never developed confidence in singing. Thomas taught me. He helped me develop my new voice. Wow! Thank you sir!
Julianna D. February 11, 2013
Tom is a most excellent vocal instructor
Tom is a wonderful teacher. He is always cheerful and encouraging and positive. He searches for the best selections to match my voice. He helps me work toward the best I can be and doesn't let me "settle" for anything less. Best of all, he is so fun to be with.
Lisa has been teaching private lessons since 2011 and is currently available to teach lessons at Blues to Bach in Shawnee KS. Lisa loves teaching lessons to students of all ages and abilities. With a strong emphases on performance, not only will you learn technique but you'll also be able to share your gift with others in a way you never thought possible! Lisa's teaching style is professional, educational, and yet full of fun and excitement!
Lisa received her education from Benedictine College in Atchison KS where she received a degree in music. As an expert in her field, Lisa looks forwar
d to helping new students achieve their goals.
Karyn June 28, 2015
Lisa is a great teacher! She is kind and encouraging. She balanced challenging pieces with things that are purely fun to play to keep my daughter engaged. Whenever my daughter was having a bad day and it was time for her violin lesson, she always came back happy because Lisa is so cheerful and fun to be around. My daughter grew leaps and bounds musically in one year's time under Lisa's instruction.
Teresa M. June 20, 2015
Lisa is a great teacher. So encouraging and very knowledgeable . I had taken lessons previously and quit. Lisa is the one that made me decide to take lessons again. She so loves the violin that it encouraged me to try again.
Renee G. June 17, 2015
My son has been taking violin lessons with Lisa for well over a year now, and continues to steadily progress. He looks forward to his weekly lesson and is eager to practice in between the times he spends with her. Lisa is clearly passionate about music and her students. While she does have a high expectation of her students, she has a teaching style that makes learning the necessary skills fun.
Lisa has a very warm and inviting personality. My son is 11 years old and sees Lisa not only as a teacher, but as a friend.
Lisa has always been eager to accommodate any special needs or requests we may have.
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