Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Sam
"Dave is an excellent pianist! His natural ability and lifelong love of music make him the ideal teacher. You will have a wonderful experience with Dave
as your teacher.
Sam Brodsgaard, MA, MT-BC Music Therapist-Board Certified"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Cory is a fantastic instructor. Having previously taken violin lessons with very impatient instructors, I was anxious that classical guitar lessons would
be the same since I had no experience. But Cory is not only patient, willing to repeat concepts and move a pace that best suits you, but also kind and genuinely enthusiastic about your progress with the instrument. I would highly recommend him as a teacher."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Dina
"She is thorough and patient! She was able to teach my son to actually read music, not just play it. Recommend!"
Oklahoma City, OK teacher:
Review by Steven
"Josh was an OUTSTANDING piano teacher for our son. Not only does he have amazing musical talent, he is amazing with kids. Josh's way with kids is that h
e makes them feel comfortable, meets them where they are at, and also makes the whole experience super fun for the kids. Josh was able to really motivate Jared to love the lessons, and even do his practice. I was a little unsure about just finding a teacher on this site, but Josh really exceeded my expectations. I cannot imagine a better piano teacher for our son. We moved and hence it it going to be hard to find someone that is even half as good."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Marsha
My daughters instructor, Cem is Excellent. His lessons are relaxed and unpressured and delivered in a way easily understood. Cem's l
essons are so comprehensive a beginner or advanced student can understand and simply get better. These elements, I feel, have been key to igniting my daughters desire to improve on the drums. After only 5 weeks (5 lessons) my daughter participated (played drums) in her school assembly! I would absolutely recommend Cem as an instructor. Before this we had invested similarly without results; simply put, this is the best money I have spent on lessons to date!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Nicholas
"Joshua has been teaching our kids, aged 6 and 8, piano and guitar for almost a year and the experience has been wonderful, both for us as parents, and our
children. Joshua connected quickly and easily with our children while at the same time commanding their respect. His methodology works well with their age group and skill level. Joshua has always been extremely professional, punctual, and courteous; I highly recommend him!"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Jesse
"Michael is a great teacher. I got my dad some guitar lessons and Michael has been amazing. 10 Thumbs up and 12 stars if I could! Really knows how to make
things understandable and really takes him time with his students. I would recommend him for whatever you need when it comes to guitar!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Karin
"Denise taught my daughter piano for three years. She was patient and made it fun for her."
Fort Pierce, FL teacher:
Review by Mike
"Lessons with Eric provided me with the tools I needed to become a more complete musician – not just a better guitarist. In broad strokes, I read music, de
veloped a much better ear, learned how to construct chords, got exposure to the Real Book, possessed a nice repertoire of scales, and could tackle songs without the assistance of tabs after taking lessons from Eric for a few years. The structure of each lesson built on previous material and can be presented at any pace; Eric's attention to detail makes sure every student masters the material to the best of his or her ability before moving on to a more advanced topic, which helps ensure legitimate progress is made lesson-to-lesson. Eric's emphasis on music theory and jazz allowed me to pick up the piano rather easily, and dynamic lessons where he got behind a drum kit to teach me odd time signatures helped me develop a fantastic sense of timing and the confidence to sit behind the drums as well."
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!
Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the students strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.
This year Jason was also the M
usic Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.
Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.
Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.
Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.
Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!
Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.
Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.
His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student's schedule when possible. Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic) Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6 Scott Ian Randall Amp Various guitars depending on project or mood.
*** Specialties *** piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
Roy V. January 13, 2016
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Although it's still early in the teaching schedule with Jason, my first lesson was great. Jason made me feel relaxed even though I was nervous, and the materials that he sent me to practice on bass reinforced the teaching session I had with him
Jeff E. January 13, 2016
Online Verified Student
Jason is an excellent instructor. He is patient, helpful, knowledgable and insightful. Looking forward to my next session.
Walter B. December 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
I completed eight lessons with Jason and was very satisfied with the musical lessons received. I learned much about the piano, chords, patterns, and theory. On the eighth lesson I received a guitar tutorial and was very impressed with his playing and teaching. I highly recommend Jason as an instructor for the musical instruments that he teaches.
Trained and educated (MM) in Russia and USA, over 20 years experience in teaching. Individual approach to the course development based on student personality, goals, skills.
Major instruments are piano, classical guitar, accordion. Student must have own instrument and desire to learn!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe many of my students enjoy my class and are able to achieve a higher skill level because I make it a point to personally motivate them. I give them personalized goals to reach and/or tailored practice techniques.Based on response, I may offer words of encouragement or
tips such as how to ease sore muscles or an alternative way to execute a technique they are finding extra difficult.
I make it a point to not just teach music grammar and/or fundamentals of music, but to include the importance of the sound of music strategies to enhance their skill development.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Clavinova, piano Classical guitar "Takamine" Accordion "Gullietti"
*** Specialties *** Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional Russian School all styles and genres. Levels: beginner through advanced!
Diane D. September 28, 2015
Online Verified Student
Alex gives accordion class to my daughter and guitar classes to my other daughter. We are in Texas and we do it through Skype. Alex is cool with kids, motivates them, genuinely wants to understand what motivates them and what kind of music they like. For the first time in years, no more fighting about daily practice! My kids are happy wth the classes and motivated. Great teacher!
Ellen S. July 3, 2015
Online Verified Student
Alex is an excellent teacher. While he is a very accomplished musician he communicates in ways I can understand as a beginner. He quickly identifies areas I need to work on and both shows and tells me how to do that. He encourages questions as well as creativity that builds on the basics. He makes good use of the lesson time and is very encouraging. I can easily take what I learn in the lesson and practice it on my own. I look forward to my next lesson!
Celine V. June 1, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated guitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth.
Songwriter / Producer Instruments: Piano, Vocals, Guitar/Bass, Drums DAWS: Reason, FL, Waves, & Pro Tools Member of BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (2011-Present)
If you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time, please ask and I will do my best to make that arrangement.
What's inside the singing lesson?
Lessons revolve around three basic aspects which are training, singing, and acting.
In training, definitely be ready for some scale exercises. If you want to work on making your vibrato faster, breathe better, sing more loud or soft, sing short or longer phrases, co
ntrolling your mix, executing your melismas, r&b licks, blue notes, bending notes, singing super high notes and transitioning down to lower notes: balancing head and chest voice, and expanding your range, then vocal training is what you'll need. Most of this activity involves matching sounds to custom scales played on a piano.
In singing, definitely have a song in mind you want to work on. Then we'll discuss which techniques and skills that are essential for that particular genre of music. Other than that, you'll learn singer's diction and will know how to control vowel sounds and consonants more efficiently. Most of this activity involves you singing either a line, a verse, chorus, bridge, or the entire song. It really depends on what level you feel comfortable at. Most of this activity revolves around breathing techniques, phrasing techniques, and you singing the melody correctly on pitch.
In acting, whether you're recording or performing, you'll still need to put an act together. Portrayal of emotions are quite the essential skills to make your sound believable. If singing with feeling is not working out for you, then you might want to consider working on some basic acting skills. Some of the skills covered are voice inflections, rhythm, gestures, body language, and facial expressions. Most of this activity involves you expressing yourself as an artist.
How to be prepared for the lesson?
If you do not have a piano or recording device on hand, I'll provide both devices for you. It's recommended to provide a piano. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be in tuned. If it's digital, you should be fine. It's also recommended to have a recording device. Many clients enjoy recording their lessons on their mp3 players or any other computer devices. Please have a clean and clear space with an electrical outlet for the piano and recording device. Other than that, please wear comfortable clothing as if you are about to play a sport or an activity you enjoy. If you want to dress like a super star that's fine too.
If you're taking lessons online, don't worry about anything because everything will be provided.
Theresa Sivard November 2, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Hi I am a professional dancer from Los Angeles. I worked with Varin in North Hollywood. Super nice instructor. He taught me everything I need to know for auditions.
Kaelani October 29, 2015
Gospel Singing ·
Varin is nice. My mom hired him so I could sing solos at my church. I go to Jurupa Hills High and I run track. On my spare time, I sing and play piano. Singing has always been a passion of mine. Learning with Varin is always fun! He's not mean or strict with my voice. He is good. You should try him.
Jennifer September 29, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
Hey all, I met through a friend of a friend. He's definitely a lot cheaper here = /
Any ways, I think he's worth every penny hehe
I'm an actress and I was really weak in the singing department until a close friend of mine referred his singing coach.
I am pursuing my dream in New York right now. I don't think I would be able to compete out here without Varin. XOXOXOXOXOO
With a Masters in Music Performance from The Ohio State University, and an accredited Suzuki violin teacher from training program at The School for Strings, NYC. I have 6 years private teaching experience and 1 year group class teaching experience at Jefferson Academy at The Ohio State University. I am able to work with different ages of students with patience and passion.
*** Lesson Details *** I usually use Suzuki violin books for beginners. In this series, I would like students to follow the order of each piece to build up their violin skill. I emphasize building a strong foundation of
a good body posture including bow-hold. For more advanced student, we can use Suzuki book 4 or above and other similar level repertoire to build up their musicality and the knowledge of each composer.
I've been teaching piano for 2 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to learn basic piano-playing posture and the basic knowledge on piano. As time goes on, you'll be able to reach to intermediate level. I typically use Faber piano book series.
*** Studio Equipment *** Violin and music stand
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring my violin with me, students should have their own instruments (violin/piano) and a music stand (for violin student).
*** Specialties *** I teach classical violin and piano. Beginning to Intermediate Piano Lesson for All Ages. Beginning to Advanced Violin Lesson for All Ages. An accredited Suzuki Violin Teacher.
Eti Gunawan August 20, 2015
Lily is a great instructor. She knows how to communicate with students and how to hold them accountable so they can have self discipline. Her teaching method also effective as she showing students how to get better step by step.
Vivien August 5, 2015
Lily has been teaching violin to my 10 years old son for the past 10 months. We find her to be kind, patient, positive, and understanding. She is not overly strict nor critical, which fits well with my son's personality. She is mind-mannered so we do not feel pressure or discouraged when you are just learning and making mistakes. We are pleased with the progress my son has made in the past 10 months.
Ching August 3, 2015
It has been several months now since my ten year old son switched to Lily. Lily has been doing a wonderful job on motivating my son who used to dread of going to violin lessons a lot. In addition to being patient and encouraging, Lily's musical expertise is also incredible.
Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!
Vocal Goals: To... Develop free, uninhibited singing. Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound. Familiarize students with the piano. Match pitch.
With... Full, strong, breath & body support. Clear diction. Vowel dexterity. Facial agility & upper-torso re
Performance/Musical Goals: Develop boldness & energy. Look & sound professional. Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire. Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines & phrases appropriate to each piece.
Social Goals: Create a polite & kindly atmosphere. Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN. Keep the student motivated.
Accompaniment options: Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.) Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.) Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)
Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout) Encourage consistency rather than length.
We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!
"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She's traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
Shelby Martinez February 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson!
Grace D. January 28, 2016
Online Verified Student
Only one lesson so far, but very pleased. Thanks!
Aneela D. January 14, 2016
Online Verified Student
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