Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Juan
"Before Neil, my 9-yr old son had taken "group" lessons for a year that were unstructured and did little to expand my son's interest in playing (thankfully
these were with friends so he stuck with it).
Having studied music very seriously, I helped him a little but knew that a real guitar teacher is what he needed. Neil is just what I was looking for! He has a very laid back "attitude" but he's laser focused on keeping things moving, keeping things light, and being totally encouraging. He also is very open to teaching rock and jazz and I can tell he just wants to teach a student whatever style/music type that will keep the student engaged. After every class my son has been satisfied and excited with what he's learning (and I stay and listen and get a kick out of it too). We drive quite a ways to get to his place, but it has been totally worth it. Thanks Neil! You RAWK!!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Daniel
"I was pretty new to drumming when I first started taking lessons from John, and I could barely play a simple back beat. Long story short - within 6 months
I was playing my first show!
I was looking for a teacher with both rock/jazz and classical background, so John fit the bill perfectly. He also knows a lot about Latin American percussion and other styles from around the world, and has a great understanding of how these different styles relate to each other and the various techniques which can be applied.
During the first few lessons, we discussed my background and aims, and came up with a solid plan for how I should proceed. John's broad experience was really helpful for this process. I had been playing guitar and piano for many years before I started on drums, so I already had a decent grounding in musicality and theory. We therefore focused mainly on technique during lessons. John has a real gift for explaining things in an easily understandable way, as well as going into detail when required. Whenever I had trouble with a particular technique, John's advice would help me overcome it. He is also very helpful in suggesting suitable exercises and repertoire. John also provides a private blog containing lesson notes and useful links, and he was also happy for me to record lessons, which I found very useful. With John's help, I was able to progress pretty quickly, and after 6 months I started playing in a band with some friends, which has been awesome fun.
John is super friendly and engaging, and this makes lessons with him great fun. As well as being a fantastic drummer, it is clear that he really cares about the quality of his lessons, and about his students. I'm sure he would make a great teacher for students of all ability/background. John, you rock! Thanks!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Sinan
"I could repeat what the others have said, but there's no need. Others did a pretty good job explaining why. ^^"
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Amber is a great Violin/Viola teacher and has been very knowledgeable and helpful! Amber hones in on where a student needs improvement in their playing a
nd explains in a way that's easy to understand how to improve. Lessons are always fun and you can tell Amber enjoys teaching!
I've played brass instruments throughout High School and decided to attempt to teach myself the Violin after I graduated College. After almost a year of struggling I started to take lessons with Amber and she quickly helped me improved my form and technique with my left and right hand, obtain proper equipment, and provide exercises on what to practice to continue improving. I have noticed a drastic improvement since I started taking lessons with Amber and I highly recommend her as your Violin or Viola teacher!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Abdullah
"Accommodating , friendly and well versed in the theory of music."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Drummer
Pierre is the raddest music teacher I've ever had. He's always on time, always prepared, and always ready to have a great time on any instr
ument. His sense of humor is great and he makes learning even the most difficult songs fun. Since he can play any instrument, you'll always have someone to play along with. He has a deep love for all kinds of music, which is the best quality in a musician, teacher, and drummer. I can't recommend Pierre enough. He's given me the confidence, both musically and personally, to drum in a band, Hearing Damage. THIS DUDE RULES!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by shira
"Steve was my guitar teacher, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is patient, clear, and constructive. His teaching style is relaxed but very prof
essional. He clearly loves music of all kinds, and worked with me on the styles I was interested in. He really hones technique and made sure I was doing things properly in order to ensure a lifetime of playing. He has a good sense of humor, an excellent ear, and a genuine interest in his students' success. I recommend him with full confidence!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Mark
"DeAndre is the best teacher I have ever had!!! He explains everything so clearly in a way that I can easily understand it. Since I started taking lessons
from him, people have been telling me my playing has improved so much!!!!! Without him I don't think I would have passed the orchestra audition!!!! I highly recommend him!!!!"
Huntsville, AL teacher:
Review by Arber
"Tegan is an adept music tutor. She is patient and passionate about teaching the material. She is also skilled at working with her tutees in a way that it
most compatible with their learning styles and has a deep understanding of music theory."
Christina has played piano since the age of 3! She was given a piano for Christmas and never looked back. She has taken private lessons starting at age 6 and went on to the prestigious Ithaca College to major in Piano Performance. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. Although her plan was originally to travel the world performing, she decided that her passion was teaching the joy of music to others, and has made that her life. Christina has 15 years of teaching experience in professional music studios in NJ. She began at Elisabeth's School of Piano, w
hich has now grown into the Ringwood School of Music. She now teaches at Garden Street Music in Hoboken, Espressivo Piano in Livingston, and Finger Power Music in Edgewater. She teaches lessons to all ages and levels from beginner to professional. She can teach all styles, but specializes in classical. She follows a tried and true method of teaching including scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, as well as incorporating lesson, theory, and solo/fun books to ensure that her students have a well-rounded music education. Above all, Christina makes learning fun. She makes sure that her students are happy with what they are learning and gives them a choice as to what pieces/songs they would like to learn to accomplish their lessons. She makes lessons especially fun for younger children by bringing stickers and fun projects to lessons to encourage their progress. Christina has also extended experience working with children through accompanying for choirs and musicals. Christina is a fun teacher who makes learning how to play piano easy.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun teacher and easy to work with, while also making sure that we cover a certain amount of learning material in each lesson. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work. I also make each lesson fun! I like to give students a choice of what song they would like to learn as their "fun song" while also working on "learning material" crucial to their musical education. I use stickers for the younger students for extra motivation, and allow each student to work up to his or her own ability. I encourage them to be the best they can be, without putting too much pressure on them. Above all, I make sure that the learning experience remains fun and relaxed. Each student learns at his or her own pace and I make sure that each student works up to their ability. Generally speaking, after 3-6 months of working with me as their piano teacher, a student will know the basics of hand placement on the keyboard, reading music, note naming and recognition, and be able to read and play music at a simple level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Yamaha keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys that plays and feels exactly like a piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard available for lessons and for practicing in between lessons at their home.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, but have experience in and can teach all genres. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work.
Ehsan E. April 16, 2015
Christina is one of the most talented piano teachers in New York Metro area and NJ. Her understanding of music theory as well as piano are just outstanding.
If you are looking for someone with high patience in teaching, she is the one.
John P. November 13, 2014
In home Verified Student
While I have only had 3 lessons thus far with Christina, I can say with confidence that she is an outstanding instructor. She inquires as to how you learn, what style of teaching best works for the student, and what it is we want to learn, rather than a rigid lesson plan. That is not to say that she does not expect effort, practice & a desire to learn from her students, or that she doesn't have a lesson plan. She builds what I believe is a sound foundation for her beginner students by teaching us to read music and going note by note, chord by chord until it's done correctly. She is also very encouraging. Her ability to play all genre's of piano music is a huge asset as well. I would highly recommend her to students of all ages and abilities .
Helen A. August 16, 2014
Christina is amazing! My son is autistic so it was a challenge to handle him, but Christina was able to do it and he loves his music lessons. Great teacher, very professional and creative.
Welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Barbee and I am an active professional classical singer with over eight years of piano and voice teaching experience. I enjoy teaching both children and adults. Check out my specialities and see if you think we'd be a good fit! Then, feel free to click "Ask Barbee a Question" if you'd like more information from me!
Both voice and piano lessons are based on a foundation of healthy technique while incorporating musicianship skills and encouraging the student to develop their own creativity. While my focus as a
performer is opera and other classical music, I am experienced in teaching Broadway/musical theater, pop, rock, R&B, folk, and other styles and genres. I encourage my students to explore new styles and apply good technique to any style they may choose to sing or play.
I also specialize in helping prepare singers for auditions for college, performing arts schools, choirs, musicals, and competitions. As an active performer myself I have auditioned many, MANY times for different organizations. I have also been on "the other side of the table" and I know what qualities audition panels are looking for. Several of my current and former students have been accepted to college music programs, performing arts magnet schools, audition-only choirs, and theater programs to continue their studies. Let me help you show your best qualities at your audition!
As a member of both NATS (National Association for Teachers of Singing) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) I am constantly working to improve my teaching skills by keeping up with the latest pedagogical research. I love sharing new tips and techniques with my students!
I strive to create a lesson environment that is open and honest, where my students are never afraid to ask questions or try something new. I am always happy to explain concepts in a different way and I encourage improvisation and creativity in addition to healthy technique and strong musicianship.
I teach from a church in Bergen County, NJ; I am also available for in-home lessons in Hudson County, NJ, and Manhattan, NY.
Studio details: Small chapel space Grand piano, music stands Waiting area for parents/siblings Limited lot parking, plenty of street parking Accessible by NJ Transit bus from New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal) and nearby areas of New Jersey
In-home lesson equipment requirements: Voice: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s); full-length mirror (preferred). Piano: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments. Music theory: Piano (preferred) or keyboard; music stand(s) (preferred); desk or table nearby for written assignments and assessments. Note: Students are expected to purchase all music, curriculum, and other materials as appropriate. In many cases I can obtain the necessary materials prior to the first lesson and the student/parent can reimburse me at the lesson.
Kevin M. February 2, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
Online Verified Student
So far with Barbee has been a fantastic experience, she is a really talented and patient teacher and performer, she is humorous which is good, you don't want a teacher that is serious all the time, although she can get serious when needed.
A really good person to work with, in general great! I truly love her teaching and her dedication to students.
Maribe G. November 5, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Two months of lessons have proven very productive. I have seen great improvement in my daugher's abilities and confidence. Barbee is mild in her ways yet tenacious; always pushing to the next level. I like that I am able to sit through the lesson. The classes run on schedule. Barbee is responsive to calls/texts and is flexible with schedule changes.
Mary M. November 2, 2013
Barbee is both fun and professional! She creates a comfortable learning environment, and continuously pushes for the best results. She's always positive and wants to help me achieve my goals (and more)!
I teach people to unlock their musical dreams and have fun playing the guitar PERFECT for beginners to advanced of all ages.
Beginners, you'll learn the fundamentals of the guitar, how to tune, learn chords, strumming patterns, basic improvisation, to play your favorite songs. As well as, learning to play with others
For more intermediate to advance players that like to take your skill to the next level, I teach more about Jazz and Blues, improve improvisation, learning new chords and the theory and scales to be able to move around the fretboard.
I am a professional guitarist based i
n NYC/NJ who performs with my quartet , Latin and Brazilian Jazz type originals, in the Tri-State are.
I teach at the 92Y School of Music, private lessons and groups classes, of all ages, since 2005. I help students full fill their specific needs and goals on the guitar. I have a Bachelors in Music from CUNY, and have accumulated credits towards a Masters in Music Education
*** Studio Equipment *** I use various guitars and amps for both performances and teaching:
AMPS Mesa Boogie 50 Caliber Fender Blues Jr. Music Man 112 RD50 Fishman Loudbox Tech 21 Trademark Yamaha RD60 112 (which I am selling , very versatile amp)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Blues and songwriting. I teach music through songs of various styles as well as reading music using the Mel Bay and Alfred's Methods. I also teach students how to improvise.
Bronwen S. August 5, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My review is basically the same as the one below - my son is a little slow at guitar and Nelson is SO patient with him. You can tell he loves music and he really enjoys the teaching process. What a great find.
Joel F. June 28, 2014
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
I have taken 8 lessons with Nelson and I'm very happy with him as my teacher. He is an accomplished guitarist, but more importantly, as a teacher he's very patient and allows me to learn at my own pace (which is slow). I would recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar.
Julie-Anne, has been teaching private voice for over 10 years. In 2006, she opened her private voice studio in Austin, TX where she completed her Graduate studies at The University of Texas. She now resides and teaches in Bergen County, New Jersey. Her students have received many honors including scholarship awards for colleges and universities,awards for solo and ensemble competitions and Texas All-State Choir, leading roles in musicals, and recording contracts! Additionally, her students perform in a wide range of genres -from National tours, Regional theater, to lead singers in rock bands.
She is dedicated to seeing her students grow and succeed as vocalists and performers! As a singer, Julie-Anne, has most recently been seen as Berenice in Little Opera Theatre of NY's "L'occasione fa il ladro", Lydia Larkspur in the NY Premiere of "The Rivals" with Bronx Opera, Violetta in "La Traviata" with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Opera Naples. Other recent performances include Lauretta (Gianni Schicch) with Opera Experience Southeast, Tormentilla (The Poisoned Kiss) with Bronx Opera, Magnolia Hawks (Showboat) with Opera Naples, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Cape Cod Opera, Fiordiligi (Cos fan tutte), Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), and Gilda (Rigoletto) with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY. She is the Grand Prize Winner of the Jenny Lind Competition, Connecticut Concert Opera Competition, The Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Competition, and 5 Towns Music and Art Foundation Competition, 2nd prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artist Awards, as well as a grant recipient from CareerBridges Foundation. Upcoming performances include Musetta (La boheme) with Fundacion ProLirica de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia and La Traviata with Delaware Valley Opera.
*** Lesson Details *** What happens in a Lesson? In order to train your physical voice, it is necessary to do vocal exercises, in the same way that one needs to train at a gym. There is no "magic key" to unlock one's voice; it is a matter of daily practice and muscle strengthening/stretching. So, the first part of the lesson will be focused on vocal exercises specifically tailored to YOUR VOICE and its needs. The second half of the lesson is the fun part- SINGING! We will work on any songs and styles that YOU choose. Whether you want to sing Rock, Country, Pop, Musical Theater, or Classical, there is a healthy and communicative way to sing!
*** Studio Equipment *** My home music studio is located in the upstairs loft, with access via an awesome spiral staircase! Parents and visitors are most welcome to view lessons in the loft studio, or can enjoy the sounds from the waiting room below, as the loft opens to the waiting room area. I have a piano, speaker system, and microphone equipment and the student should provide a recording device (iPhone, droid, iPad, etc.)
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a keyboard. The student should provide a recording device, iPhone, etc.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical and Broadway style singing, but have extensive experience in Contemporary Commercial Music as well. I teach a healthy approach to all styles, and modify technical approaches towards the genre that the student is most interested in.
Esther K. August 15, 2014
Classical Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Jose G. July 17, 2014
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Extremely patient with my girls ( 6 and 8) and extremely sensitive to their personalities. She is very good in connecting and making the lesson fun and personalized to the individual.Highly recommended!
Amy M. May 31, 2014
Classical Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
I am offering Piano Lessons and Vocal Coaching out of my home studio close to downtown Tenafly or in your home in Tenafly or surrounding towns. I have recently relocated here and am looking for students of all ages to join my studio.
I am a classically-trained pianist with a wealth of experience in solo piano literature, collaborative piano/accompanying (vocal & instrumental), and vocal coaching. In addition to classical music, I also greatly enjoy playing in other genres including pop, blues, gospel, and jazz. I've been in the New York area for a little over 10 years, and in that time hav
e performed at well-known venues such as St. Paul's Chapel, the Harvard Club, and the Metropolitan Room. I have been blessed to work with some fantastic singers from varied organizations like the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, and LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts.
I have a reputation as an easygoing, friendly, and positive person. I enjoy seeing my students grow musically with my guidance and I am excited about sharing my talents with a new community.
My home studio is attached to my house, but has a separate entrance and has a waiting room for parents. It is quiet and soundproofed from the rest of the house for an optimal learning environment.
I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions you have about my background and services. I look forward to the possibility of working with you to reach your musical goals,
Carmen C. April 14, 2015
I have worked with Jason Hart in NYC and NJ for five years in a few different capacities: First, he was Assistant Music Director for my church choir where he lead rehearsals and coached the choir, preparing us for each Sunday's service. Second, he has been my vocal studio accompanist for the past three years, helping prepare students for auditions and performances in classical, jazz, pop, Broadway, and blues styles. Third, Jason has personally coached me in preparing vocal pieces for some of my professional singing engagements over the past several years.
As a vocal coach and accompanist, Jason is a great collaborator who knows how to play the piano in a way that supports the vocalist, he uses good artistry in his playing, and he has good musical ideas that he encourages the vocalists to use in their singing. He has a good working knowledge of the classical foreign languages (Italian, German, French, Spanish), which is a great help to classical singers. He has a great, easy-going personality and works well with everyone - from children to adults.
I highly recommend Jason Hart as a vocal coach as well as piano accompanist!
Kate H. April 8, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Jason teaches my two children, aged 6 and 8, and has a terrific relationship with them. I have nothing but positive things to say. He is gentle and kind but knows how to focus their attention. They know they are expected to practice and they do - and look forward to their lessons. I have been impressed with their improvement over the last year and this is largely due to Jason. He picks the books they learn from, he teaches them scales and music theory, and he lets them have fun with songs over the holidays and on birthdays. Thank you Jason!
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