Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Lisa
"First of all I want to say when I read Francesca's profile and saw all of her gifts she was blessed with I knew right away she had so much to offer me, th
e student! I wasn't sure how online classes were going to turn out since I had never had a lesson online before. Francesca prepped me for an audition and I was amazed at the things she noticed such as posture and body language with my online lesson as well as voice placement. Each lesson with her I have learned valuable material to help me improve in all areas of being an artist! I am blessed for having found her and I highly recommend that you give her a try because you'll be so glad that you did!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jeannie
"Jessica is very knowledgable, encouraging, patient and fun. She obviously loves to teach and has been the perfect ukelele instructor for me. Jeannie"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Curtis
"I had my first lesson today with Joan. Wow, I think she is the best. I mean in just an hour she taught soooo much. I came straight home and started practi
cing. We had a great time together!!!!!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Utkarsh
"He had a great teaching style. And very enthusiastic!!!!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Barbara
"Our singing lesson with Lena E has been a very good one! My daughter has really enjoyed the experience and Lena has built up her confidence to a whole new
level. Thank you so much Lena for the inspirations and all your help. Sincerely, Barbara Mills"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Carolina
Taryn was my daughter's teacher for two years. She first taught her guitar and then my daughter wanted to switch to piano (keyboard)
Taryn knew how to create a fun learning environment teaching my daughter to play the instrument by learning the songs that she liked the most. She is very professional and kind. My daughter and I miss her very much!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Fiona
I had never taken any voice lessons before, but I never felt lost or confused in her class at all. She was always very kind, patien
t, present, on-time and knowledgeable. I had a wonderful time and leaned quite a bit!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Maddy
"Kathy has taught me so much about singing technique, and my ability as a performer. Through her lessons, I have gained a lot of confidence singing up on s
tage and in front of crowds. She also helped me greatly improve my abilities as a jazz singer. She is a wonderful teacher, incredibly helpful, kind and supportive!"
Augusta, ME teacher:
Review by Heather
"Nikita has been our daughters' violin and guitar teacher for the past 3 1/2 years. I have always been impressed with the way that he is able to work with
each girl's own particular learning style and personality in his approach to them. Nikita encourages his students to stretch themselves to the next level, all the while maintaining a great rapport and enjoyable atmosphere to the lesson."
I am an experienced, enthusiastic music instructor, who started playing piano around 8 years of age and participated in many musical activities. I received my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Music Education (voice and piano). I have appeared around the world as a soloist singing jazz and pop, including the Blue Note, NYC, and appeared as a guest soloist at the 2000 Southern California Summer Special Olympics. I also participated in ensemble groups such as the Masterworks Chorale in NYC, and the Verdi Opera Chorus of Southern California; and curr
ently I volunteer at the Senior Center leading/accompanying the Sing-Alongs.
Inspired by my love of music, I have been teaching piano and voice for over 20 years from NY to LA and now Orange County. In conjunction with my teaching skills, I have excellent communication skills, patience and enthusiasm, and work well with children and all ages. I feel that music is an important part of education, and it aids in the development of cognitive and motor skills. And most of all, it is fun and rewarding, and a skill to last a lifetime!
Jeffrey W. February 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Kind, lovely voice, happy. Awesome combination for voice teacher.
Christopher W. February 1, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Amber is warm, kind, and happy. She's lovely with the children. They had a great time with her. They're very excited to see her again next Monday. Thanks Amber.
Jennifer December 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Music and music teaching is my first love and passion in life. (Feel free to check out my video and music!) To be able to study and play the guitar for the last 11 years has been an immense blessing! I am a guitar teacher with a degree in music from Biola University, La Mirada. I have been teaching lessons privately almost 9 years now. I am trained in various styles of guitar music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and finger-style on both acoustic and electric guitars. My musical journey began in the 6th grade when my parents purchased a nylon string classical guitar for me. Throug
hout my high school and college years I participated in contemporary rock ensembles for corporate worship at my church and other churches. This included leading and singing as well. While enrolled at the Biola Conservatory of Music I played in the classical guitar ensemble for 5 semesters. My experience includes playing in jazz ensembles, doing solo guitar music at weddings and art galleries, playing in classical guitar quartets, and active composition and recording of my original work on the guitar. You can expect all of this experience and knowledge to come together in a musically fascinating and motivating way that will fill your life with the joys of being able to express yourself musically if you are willing to give the time and effort to do so. Also...Check out my video and music!
*** Lesson Details *** My number one goal is to cultivate your desire and passion for musical expression by providing a friendly and inspiring environment in which to experience the joy and beauty of music! You can learn the songs you have always wanted to play and even learn to write your own music! My overall teaching philosophy includes three basic areas of knowledge which work together to form a well educated guitarist. The first area is technical knowledge. The student will be taught to physically utilize the instrument in an efficient and effective way in order to maximize learning progress and musical potential. The second area is in theoretical knowledge which includes reading both music notation and tablature (tablature is an alternative form of written guitar music that is very easy to read). This also includes understanding music theory as it applies to the guitar, and full knowledge of the musical possibilities on the guitar. The third area, my favorite area, is Practical knowledge which includes learning songs by other artists to expand the student's understanding of how other musicians use the instrument (the students choose these songs based on what they like). You will also expand your practical knowledge by directly applying the theoretical knowledge that you have learned. This is done by composing your own music in a creative and original way. I am also a vocalist and am able to coach my students the basics of the voice and how to use the voice and guitar at the same time. As a teacher I strive for excellence in my students by teaching them all that they need to be a well educated guitarist. I will actively and joyfully peruse your interests by tailoring the curriculum to focus on the music that the you love and have a passion for.
I provide my own music curriculum that has been honed over time through my experience as a private teacher. The books that I use will generally differ according to your desires and interests but there are two books that I use for beginners:
1. Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (this is for beginners in music reading). 2. Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1 (this is for beginners in music reading who are interested in classical training).
After 3 to 6 months of study with me, you will have been taught to read musical notation, have a basic knowledge of chords, and have most of the 5 major scale shapes memorized. You will have learned to pick and strum confidently. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choosing so that you can see the fruit of your musical work and experience the joy of musical expression. (for these results students must be willing to practice for the necessary amount of time: 20-30 minutes a day)
*** Studio Equipment *** Comfortable quiet room. Recording equipment. Internet musical resources. Guitars, Guitar effects, amps, and hardware. I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I expect you, as a student, to bring a guitar, picks and a tuner.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I bring cables and equipment to adapt my guitar to an amp you may have. I also bring maintenance equipment in case I need to work on my guitar or yours. I expect you, as a student, to have a guitar, picks and a tuner. If you are taking electric guitar it is ideal that you have an amp. I also expect you to buy the necessary books. I bring my computer in order to have an internet source and an audio source. I have provided guitars and strings (if one broke during the lesson) in the past to students who are lacking them.
*** Specialties *** Various Electric Guitar Styles such as Rock, Blues and Jazz harmony; I teach Classical and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory, Improvisation, Music composition and Finger style.
Julia Y. March 9, 2016
In home Verified Student
Byron is an amazing teacher. He started with my son when he was 8 and he is now 10 and doing very well. He really knows how to keep kids interested and I would highly recommend him to other students.
Michael/Cara January 4, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
Byron is a great guitar teacher. He has an obvious deep musical background. He can create tabs by ear and tailor to the level of the student. Keeps it interesting by using music that the student likes. Very happy with him as a teacher.
Karyn Boschman January 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
My son has made such great progress under Byron's instruction. He has a good balance of teaching strong technique while keeping it fun. He teaches a broad spectrum of songs that my son gets to choose instead of just going through a book. I would highly recommend Byron as a guitar instructor.
--------------- I also teach Online via Skype or FaceTime! -------------------- Hello! Thanks for visiting my Takelessons profile. Let me start off by telling you a bit about myself: I have been performing for over 20 years as a musician, acting since I was a small boy, and working consistently with public speaking, accent reduction and other presentational skills throughout my career. I started my musical education as a woodwind player and settled in to the wonderful world of singing over time. Music has opened me up to so many incredible opportunities from touring the world to performin
g in marvelous concert halls and working with some of today's most respected artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance skills through acting in various plays, musicals, television, and film.
Performing has absolutely been my salvation! Throughout my life it has been a best friend and constant source of joy, and I share this gift with others so that it might help them to find the same joy. After more than 10 years of teaching, I have so many new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I've spent the last 8 years performing with Disney in Anaheim and abroad in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that those experiences, vast and varied as they are, have given the word "performance" a new depth. I'm always excited to dive into every lesson with fresh ideas that will mesh well with many tried and tested teaching techniques.
Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm especially proud to have expanded my studio to serving clients all over the world with online lessons via Skype and FaceTime! I get such joy from sharing my experiences with a diverse group of people from all walks of life. If you're interested in learning more about my lesson style, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about a plan to help you reach your goals!
For Students of Voice: Teaching Style
Over the past several years I have focused much of my personal growth on developing my ears' ability to pick out and pinpoint vocal “placement”, resonance, subtleties of timbre, changes in pitch, breath support, air speed and flow, pronunciation and diction, and in general, the way in which all of these work together to create style. From these assessments, I work with the student’s particular needs to address each area individually and based on the learning style of each person. To illustrate to the student their method as I see and hear it, as well as ways in which they might make changes to facilitate the ease of singing --be they changes of tessitura (range), length of phrase, tone color, the release of unnecessary tension etc.-- I make use of vocalise (vocal exercises), simile and metaphor, examples from recorded performances, demonstration, self assessment, and techniques to “trick” the voice into acting in a different way, in addition to videos, diagrams, and texts on anatomy and physiology. I feel that all of these tools provide a unique and personalized learning experience for each student.
Edgar April 27, 2016
Eulis has very modest and patient way of teaching. He makes learning a personal endeavor for his student that is clear to see after the first lesson
Marketia M. April 21, 2016
Online Verified Student
I wish I had the funds to do longer classes. He is good. I look forward to class session 2.
James March 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Eulis' wealth of music knowledge and expertise is extensive but what makes Eulis an outstanding teacher is his ability to listen, diagnose and instruct in a manner that is easy going, flexible and fun.
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.
A little bit about me: I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom ha
ll, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
Ayla April 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Olinda Bran February 24, 2016
I have had a great time learning how to play piano. Patrick made it easier to comprehend and helps you understand the material. He is, definetly, a great instructor.
Joshua Leu February 21, 2016
Patrick was very good at explaining what exactly is going on when I am singing. This was helpful in visualizing and addressing the areas I needed to improve.
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as second vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.
Anna K. performs extensively
as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has performed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as the string chair as well as the 2nd vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
Shinyoung ju April 11, 2016
Teacher Anna is very enthusiastic and always makes an effort to help out my son to achieve his goals. My 17 year old son has made a significant improvement in his viola playing since he started taking viola lessons with Anna. I am so glad to see such a big progress in a short period of time. We are very grateful to Anna for her help and efforts.
Maribel April 9, 2016
Anna is a teacher who always motivates student throughout her classes to get interested in music and to practice violin more. She has been a wonderful and attentive teacher to my daughter. I highly recommend her!
Jason T. April 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Ive been playing the violin for about 10+ years but never had a proper instructor before. Anna showed me proper technique and reinforced the basics to help me produce better tone and quality in my playing. After just one week I can confidently see and show major improvements in my playing!
Learning to play the violin can be a difficult, sometimes tedious task for beginners, especially among younger students. The process of learning to pluck the notes and use a bow can try many students' patience, and they may give up on the instrument out of frustration. However, once you master your first great violin song, youll understand why so many musicians play the beloved instrument. Below is a short list of famous violin songs that are easily-recognized and may inspire even the wearies …
5 Famous Violin Songs to Add to Your Repertoire
Learning to play the violin can be a difficult, sometimes tedious task for beginners, especially among younger students. The process of learning to pluck the notes and use a bow can try many students' patience, and they may give up on the instrument out of frustration. However, once you master your first great violin song, youll understand why so many musicians play the beloved instrument. Below is a short list of famous violin songs that are easily-recognized and may inspire even the wearies
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Pick Up Your Guitar Everyday
To some this may seem daunting, and to others it might sound obvious.
Regardless of which side of that youre on, getting your hands on your guitar often is an important step in learning, especially when youre just starting out.
This is true in most other areas of study as well, but if youre learning to wa