Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Sonia
"Pam is a wonderful flute teacher. While I was studying with her in high school, I developed a love for music and the flute that will stay with me for the
rest of my life. She has a keen ability to push her students to excel, while also encouraging them and nurturing their passion for music. It has been several years since I've studied with Pam -- I've since graduated from college and moved to the West Coast -- but the lessons I learned from Pam have stayed with me, and will stay with me for many years to come."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Daria
I really enjoy my instructor. He is patient and professional. I will admit I was a bit nervous at frist but he is very calm and helpful."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Marcus
"My son had warmed up easily with Alex. The fact that my son wants to continue with the lessons means that he likes it. he had fun. Might we will do piano
lessons too with him."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by sue
Mr Nichols is an excellent teacher, he is always patient and understanding. He is willing to stop and review the lesson no matter how l
ong it take the student to understand it."
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Jennifer
My daughter has improved since taking vocal lessons with Mr. Kenneth. He's very well knowledge and each lessons she was learning something
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by John
"Chloe has worked out better than we had hoped or expected. She is teaching our mid-elementary aged children and they love her. The children are excited
about the lessons, look forward to seeing her, and they enjoy practicing their lessons. If you want a great teacher that can motivate in a positive manner I would suggest Chloe."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by John
"He just makes our music so much better. An exceptional teacher.
Randy has worked with my partner and I for 15 years. He took our melodies, arranged them,
and turned them into songs that were actually singable. Watching Randy run a rehearsal and teach people songs is a sight to behold. He makes it happen quickly and efficiently, and we always have fun.
In all sincerity, I consider Randy to be the most talented musician I've ever known. He is a great teacher, even of inexperienced adults, and fun to work with. A winning combination all the way around. John B."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Danielle is great! She is always checking in with me to make sure my goals / needs are met. She's a very talented singer and a considerate, kind person. I
'm enjoying my lessons!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Dave
"I've worked with Mike for over a year, he is great for adults who love rock and blues music. He has helped me become a much more confident player. Taking
lessons with him was one of the best moves I could have made."
I am a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. For the past four years I have been the Vocal Director for all the major musical productions for Arts and Learning Conservatory at Vanguard University. I am also the Vocal Director at Music Theater of Orange County. I teach piano and voice for 45 students at Virtuosos Russian Music Academy in Fountain Valley. I have been the tenor soloist for the Oratorio Choir and Orchestra at the University of Northern Iowa. Performed in thirteen countries as a professional singer. I performed in 49
states in the USA for 18 years. I have recorded 15 CDs.
*** Lesson Details *** Hi. My name is Art O. and I want to see you succeed in music. I love teaching students that are excited about learning their instrument. If you are interested in voice lessons, you will learn how to expand your range, perform on stage, and how to take care of your voice. If you are taking piano lessons, you will learn how to read notes, learn basic music theory, and learn how to read chord charts. You will advance quickly and I expect to see you performing in less than six months. If you work hard and apply yourself to practice, there is no end to what you can accomplish!
*** Travel Equipment *** Music for singing, and piano. They must have a piano or keyboard to practice.
Lynn L. April 16, 2014
Singing Verified Student
We love everything whatever he teaches to my son!!
Mary Lou W. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
I am very pleased with my teacher. He has helped me very much. I am very blessed to have found him.
KAREN W. August 19, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Art is the absolute BEST!
Art is a wonderful teacher!! He is enthusiastic, reliable, knowledgeable and very personable. I feel extremely fortunate to have found Art to teach my 4 year old daughter.
My daughter has been eager to start learning the piano. I needed to find someone that is able to teach at her young level and to be able to connect with her shy personality. Amazingly, Art is able to make her laugh, smile, learn and have fun all at the same time!
My daughter has fun learning and we often find her practicing on her own at the piano. Actually, she considers it playtime at the piano! She is learning simple songs after just a few lessons. She is very proud of her ability to play and is always eager to see Art so that she can learn more.
I HIGHLY recommend Art as a piano teacher. It is obvious that he loves music, this is evident in his weekly teachings. As a parent, I couldn't be happier!!! Art is setting a firm foundation for our daughter's love for music.
So, what is the "right way" to sing? Well, there's more than one answer. Having performed in, and taught various genres (including but not limited to jazz, musical theatre, opera, pop, barbershop, A-Capella, and do-wop), I have encountered countless ideas on what people think the correct technique is. Many find it far too difficult to coordinate the seemingly overwhelming technicalities that can accompany "correct" vocal use. I am proud to say that I have come across the best combination of tools and a straight-forward approach to vastly improving your abilities and overall vocal health. I am
confident that it is the easiest and most efficient way to get the results you're looking for. I will help you preserve your voice as well to achieve the most important thing - longevity. Learn to expand your range in the healthiest way so you can sing for as long as you're able to speak. I look forward to finding YOUR voice and setting you on the path to success!
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard, Taylor 214ce Acoustic Guitar, 6 Microphones (AKG Perception 220, AKG c214, Rhode NT1-A, SURE SM7B, SURE SM57 BETA, SURE SM58), as well as ADAMS A7X Monitoring Speakers; all which can provide recorded vocal lessons & demo's for select sessions.
*** Travel Equipment *** If traveling to a home, I would prefer that the student has a piano/keyboard, background tracks to the pieces they'd like to work on, and a recording device to review their lessons.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in vocal technique and pedagogical care of the voice. I can provide the best combination of tools and a straight-forward approach to vastly improving your abilities and overall vocal health. Preserve your voice with correct use, to achieve longevity.
Patrick D. June 3, 2014
Music Recording ·
READ THE BREAKDOWN.
Cody is a great producer and a great guy - both are equally important in creating the best recording experience. Some of his attributes are best expanded upon with bullet-points.
This is hugely important. There is not a pretentious bone in his body. Cody is great at what he does but is not afraid to ask for help from people who might know more about whatever aspect of the music creation process specific to the artist. There is no “I’m the producer and I know more than you” attitude. Instead, his attitude is very much of equality where both parties understand the strengths that they bring to the table.
Sometimes I have a lot of ideas - or none at all. Cody would bear with my A.D.D. moments in the studio when dealing with ideas that I sometimes couldn't communicate. Instead of writing my ideas off, he instead worked with me until we achieved exactly what I was trying to get at.
Being an artist himself, Cody has immense respect for the artist and their creations.
Cody’s understanding of all kinds of music lends to his fearlessness of exploring new genres - but it doesn't stop at exploring - he captures their essence. I've heard tracks he’s done that are R&B, indie-rock, country, EDM, etc. and its hard to imagine they were all from the same brain. If you wanted a Bollywood track, I’m sure he could give you one.
Cody has ingenuity and is resourceful. He would never tell me what *works with my kind of music* or what kind of instrument I would *need for the song* - if we wanted a certain sound, we’d make it - out of wax paper and water bottles if necessary.
Mostly I sat in awe and watched Cody click and move stuff.
Even when he didn't have to, Cody would work on my track in his free time meticulously making sure everything was how it should sound and also just to make sure there wasn't any territory we had overlooked.
And that's just naming a few.
All in all, Cody brings a child-like spirit of wonder to his sessions - where the song is not a job or a chore, but a new world waiting to be explored, full of possibilities waiting to be uncovered. And that excitedness and spirit of discovery is KEY to sustaining creativity in a studio environment. Not only does it make the whole process productive, it makes it FUN. Cody’s character bleeds into how he works and into what he creates and the final product reflects that.
Chelsea L. May 7, 2014
So Helpful and Patient
Cody is one of the best voice teachers out there. Whether it's helping you get started on your first song, or helping you understand the basics of music theory, he is hands down one of the best voice teachers I have ever had. He is very patient, and within the first 5 minutes he will be able to tell what you need the most help on, sometimes without you even needing to say it. You will leave the lesson feeling fully accomplished and confident.
Neda L. April 21, 2014
Awesome recording session!
I had such a pleasure working with Cody. He is so creative and wants the absolute best for his clients/students. I am a singer who sings a lot of Broadway and classical repertoire, and wanted to record a track that was more on the side of pop. I was nervous at first, but in just a couple of takes, Cody helped me find my pop voice and really made me feel at ease singing my vocals. He had me do a couple of cool tricks to really connect with what I was singing about and after that, everything clicked and I was letting myself be free with my new sound and Cody was so supportive and gave wonderful feedback. He's a great coach as well! I loved every idea he had.
I had so much fun in the studio and highly recommend working with him...I know I will again in the future.
Alexandra has been teaching harp around the country for fifteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her st
udents have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.
A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she is currently the President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society, and serves as a Member of the Board of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra is also co-chairman of the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she has been a main Director for fifteen years.
Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.
Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.
Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eight years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she has also helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps learn to care for them.
Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys working on music startup companies.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a harp teacher, all of my students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire for students according to their technical progress and although I may take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and repertoire both orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before.
I require all students make at least an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized. Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources.
*** Specialties *** HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.
Yana T. June 13, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is a one of a kind instructor. She not only pushes her students to excel, but I truly believe that she inspires greatness. She treats her students with the utmost respect and works diligently to provide them with every possible resource needed for learning. She is not a teacher who will let anyone get by with putting in half the effort. She motivates me to work and perform at the highest level possible.
Melody T. June 10, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is an amazing teacher. I could not be where I am or had great opportunities such as performing at the Grammys if it wasn't for her help and support. Alex always pushes me to do my best and is truly passionate about her work!
Joy C. June 10, 2015
Alexandra is an excellent music teacher. She is by far the best harp teacher I have ever had. Alexandra has a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring. She is very patient and encouraging, and has a real gift for communicating musical concepts in a way that can be understood. My harp lessons with Alexandra are always productive and motivating, and always a pleasure. I highly recommend Alexandra as a harp teacher!
Anthony is a graduate of the University of California Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama (Emphasis in Musical Theatre). At UC Irvine, he served as Accompanist and Musical Director for various Musical Theatre Classes and Productions. After UC Irvine, he continued his acting training in Los Angeles at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio where he is currently receiving his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Equivalent in Acting. He is a Proud Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG-AFTRA)
Anthony has trained with some of the Industry's Top Coaches and has maintained a Private Studio of his own, specializing in Professional and Personalized Instruction, for over Half a Decade. His clients include High School Students, College Students, and Industry Professionals including Actors to Recording Artists. He was recently Ranked One of the Top 5 Vocal Coaches in Los Angeles and Orange County by Industry Magazine, BACKSTAGE.
A Professional Actor and Singer himself, Anthony has performed in over 25 Regional Theatrical Productions including the Original Cast of an Off Broadway Musical. Highlights include: A Catbaret (w/Fred Willard), Sweet Smell of Success (w/Anthony Geary), Rent, The Last Five Years, Popesical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, I Love You Because, among many others. Anthony has also served as Director and Producer for various Independent Films and used his training as a Tour Guide for the Walt Disney Company.
Anthony is often sought out as a Master Class Instructor on Vocal Technique and Musical Theatre. In fact, he helped bring Musical Theatre Training to one of Orange County's Top Acting Schools by creating the curriculum and Co-Teaching for the first few months to get the program off its feet. After that, he moved on to start up the Acting Program at TMH Acting Studio in Orange County before making his way into Talent Management for Actors.
*** Lesson Details *** VOCAL SESSIONS During Vocal Sessions, we explore breath (including floor work and destructuring), vocal warm ups specific to your needs and goals, diction work, and song work (telling a story through song and connecting to what we are singing about).
Our goal through voice work is to get your voice to be as free, full, and connected as possible.
Various competitions are available throughout the year to students since I belong to the National Association of Teachers of Singing. (Available in 30 minute and 60 minute Sessions).
PIANO LESSONS During Piano Sessions, we explore technique, sight reading, song work (material chosen for your learning goals), and performance for recitals and competitions. Accompanist training (learning how to accompany singers) is also available to experienced pianists. (Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)
ACTING LESSONS/AUDITION COACHING In Acting or Audition Coaching Sessions we explore Acting Technique in addition to Cold Reading and Audition Preparation. In addition, Improvisational training in addition to Script Analysis is also available and part of sessions. (Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand Piano, Recording Device, Professional Microphone, Camera
*** Specialties *** Acting the Song; Musical Theatre, Pop, Legit, Rock, and Jazz Singing
Jan B. December 30, 2014
Anthony created such an inviting, safe atmosphere that being coached on my audition material and taping my audition for this New York based tour was actually a blast! Because I was so relaxed and in such safe professional hands I was able to do my very best! Every step was attended to with such care and detail! He is amazing!
Amanda M. March 4, 2014
The Best of the Best!
"Anthony is wise beyond his years and working with him is like working with a music veteran. He knows exactly how to help his students work through trouble areas and does so with ease. He communicates in a way that helps students reach their immediate goal and apply this knowledge to all of his/her future work. His love of music and theatre, professionalism, and passion for teaching complete the package of this truly inspiring individual."
Gary B. March 4, 2014
An Excellent Vocal Coach
"Over the years that I have known him, Anthony has developed into a fine vocal coach and teacher. He has proven to be able to apply the information that he has learned from his own studies to help his students grow as stronger performers."
Amy has been teaching private students since 2014 and is currently available to teach students in their home or from her own home in Orange. Amy looks forward to helping students learn the proper techniques to be able to sing with vocal health and confidence.
She began studying voice at age 15 and went on to receive her degree in Vocal Performance from CSU, Fullerton where she studied classical and musical theater styles. Amy has worked consistently on stage with theater companies from San Diego to Orange County including 3D Theatricals and Musical Theatre West. She has worked for the p
ast 17 years as a professional Christmas Caroler at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and other OC and LA venues, most recently moving into the position of Musical Director for the OC-based company.
Amy understands that each student will work at their own pace and will need individual assistance catered to their own personal needs.
Lilia B. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amy it's very creative and fun teacher to learn with , she gives me the confidence be better every time I take her lessons ! For someone like me with cero experience on singing .... it's fabulous ! Thanks Amy !!!
Ben July 4, 2015
Jazz Voice ·
Amy has a great command of technique and such an easy manner. She is super-friendly and was always positive with me. I've worked with several voice teachers, so I know what there is out there to choose from. Amy is definitely in the upper-echelon of teachers in her style, her personality, and her depth of knowledge. She sings pretty great, too.
Randy June 25, 2015
Music Performance ·
For over 20 years Amy has impressed me with her singing and performance. As a performer, she is absolutely TERRIFIC! As Mixed Company's Music Director, Amy has elevated our music, our singers, their musicianship, and their performance to such a high level that our top clients, (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Five Crowns Restaurant, and Summit House Restaurant) rest easy knowing that the overall quality of our performance cannot be equalled anywhere in the Christmas Caroling industry. Amy has my heartfelt gratitude, and my highest recommendation.
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Guitar 101: Learning the Fretboard | Guitar Fretboard Chart
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4 Essential Classic Rock Guitar Solos That Will Make You a Better Player
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The Surprising Truth About the Vocal Fry "Epidemic"
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What's the Best Guitar Tuner? | An Introduction to Electronic Tuners
With so many options for guitar tuners out there, which type is best for you? Read on as Los Angeles, CA guitar teacher Nils B. reviews the pros and cons for several types...
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