Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Ken
"Far and away, the very best instructor ever. He has demonstrated time and time again that he knows his stuff. More importantly he is able to convey his k
nowledge and skills to the student. It is a pure joy to learn the bass from Vince!"
Melbourne, FL teacher:
Review by Deborah
"Sharon put me at ease immediately. I enjoyed the lesson and I am very motivated to practice."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Swati
"In So Many Words
Bram, is a Fantastic Music Teacher, my Daughter Swati is taking Tenor Saxophone lessons with Bram since she was 10 and at 11 she has l
earn so much from him. She has learn Technics from Bram on the Tenor Saxophone where later it comes up in her music class at her Elementary School Music Orchestra. Swati is planning to be with Bram thru her Baritone Teaching and Soprano Saxophone Teachings, when my Daughter transforms over to the other two Saxophones. From a score from 1 to 10...I give Bram a 10+ without even blinking."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on appr
oach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sam
"Excellent drum instructor.
David is a great drum instructor .He is really passionate about teaching and cares a lot about students improvement in drummin
g skills. He worked to improve my weakness which was play-along songs ,back beats and timing.He makes the learning beats easy. I am still learning and practicing to be better in drums.I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the basics of drumming and improve his or her drumming skills."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kris
"Best teacher I could imagine!
Mike has been working with my son for over 3 years at different locations. Currently, he is working in our home. Mike has a
n incredible gift for working with kids. He gives them realistic goals and keeps them interested.
He's so good, we just started mallet lessons with my daughter! You couldn't ask for a cooler guy to motivate your children."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Norman
Mark is a great teacher he has given me a great base to build from, Even though I have never read music his ability to add that into our les
sons has helped greatly in understanding what I am learning. Mark is talented and easy to follow in his teaching. He tailors the lessons to your abilities while moving along quickly. Best of all he takes the time to review your progress and answer all your questions. Could not be happier with him as my teacher."
Gainesville, GA teacher:
Review by Emma
"We love Charisse! She is a great teacher!"
Provo, UT teacher:
Review by Mo
"Susanna is a great teacher! My first lesson exceeded my expectations."
David P. began formal training with St. Elizabethâs church organist on piano at age eight.Â His older brothers and sisters taught him how to play guitar at home, and at school he was a featured vocal soloist at concert performances.Â During his high school years, he began playing drums and singing at shows around the greater Cincinnati area.Â While attending Xavier University, David continued to play in several groups.Â He performed with the Xavier University Choir for four years under the direction of conductor and music department chair Helmut Roerig.Â David performed with the Xavier
University Percussion Ensemble and studied drums with John Gardner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for four years.Â He studied voice with Harriet Beebe and piano with Rebecca Slater among others for four year also.Â While studying electronic music at Xavier, David began teaching classes with professor James Hart.Â Today, professor Hart and David are co-composers at Ambient Studios.Â David has written countless compositions heard across the globe on networks such as Lifetime, MTV and VH-1.Â He is the head of Ambient Studios and Ambient Studios Music Academy.Â David has taught at Midwest Music, Queen City Music, Take Lessons, Willis Music, Music Makers, Norwood High School, and Roger Bacon High School.Â
*** Lesson Details *** Students will learn to read music literature, play songs, and have fun!Â I am an easy-going instructor, while at the same time, I still want to challenge students so they can excel at their instrument.Â Most students really look forward to their lessons all week. For drums, students will learn rhythm, rudiments, beats, and fills.Â I use a couple of Rick Latham's drum workbooks, and a couple of Ted Reed's workbooks among others.Â For beginner's I have eighteen lessons I've designed to get started.Â For piano, students will learn keys on the piano, chords, scales, key signatures, grand staff, read music and play songs of all styles, including classical, pop, jazz, folk, gospel, indie, and traditional.Â There are children and adult beginners and intermediate workbooks that will be referred to students.Â I also have a lot of material I like to use that I've designed.Â For voice, students will learn scales, keys, breathing techniques, delivery, and diction.Â Breath is the most important tool for proper pitch and vocal strength.Â Students are encouraged to play an instrument to help with voice lessons, but this is not necessary.Â For guitar, students will learn notes on the guitar, chords, scales, key signatures, read music and play songs, including, pop, rock, indie, jazz, folk, and traditional.Â Students can learn to play their favorite songs.Â I accept students from beginner to intermediate experience on guitar.Â For music theory, students will learn intervals, chords, scales, key signatures, harmony, composition, and figured bass.Â Students are encouraged to learn music theory using a piano, but another instrument may be used as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are held at Ambient Studios, a professional commercial recording studio where famous legends like Bootsy Collins have recorded.Â Here, students are able to record their own performances, and perfect their craft.Â Available instruments are a Roland V-drum set, a Mapex acoustic drum set, a Studiologic 88-key grand piano, Fender, Yamaha, Gibson, and Martin guitars, and state-of-the-art pre-amps and microphones.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in pop, rock, and funk drums. For piano I specialize in classical, pop, rock, and gospel. For voice I specialize in pop, rock, classical, broadway, and gospel. For guitar I specialize in pop, rock, and folk.
Lucas B. September 30, 2013
Singing Verified Student
He is a stupendous teacher. He makes his students feel comfortable, which is essential for optimal performance, without being excessively lax. The diaphragmatic breathing technique he began our first lesson with has proven to be incredibly valuable in signing and in my life in general.
Alex C. September 13, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Has a gifted teaching ability
David has been an excellent teacher for my young children. He is patient, encouraging, and has a good teaching method. My children made good progress and although they were skeptical about taking lessons, once they had a lesson with David, they continued to come back and made very good progress.
Zach B. August 22, 2013
Singing Verified Student
David is an incredible teacher and mentor. I recommend him without any reservations.
David is not only gifted at building your talent and ability - he will help you build your confidence. I took weekly singing lessons with David, starting with no experience at all, and he took me to a place I never thought I could be. Lessons are relaxed, efficient, and directed at your own pace, and David has a way of making you very comfortable with his patient, kind demeanor. He is a diamond in the rough, and easily worth 2x the money.
I believe that everyone can enjoy singing. Not everyone gets the opportunity to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, or other world famous music halls. Nonetheless, I believe that with proper training, patience, and practice everyone can enjoy the art of singing within their own level of giftedness. If you have never tried to sing for fear of embarrassment, or If you love to sing and want to learn more or if you just want to brush up and fine tune, my studio is the place for you. Nonetheless, I believe that with proper training, patience, and practice everyone can enjoy the art of singin
g within their own level of giftedness.
I take time to listen to a student's instrument and lesson by lesson determine what is the best course of positive action that I and the student need to take in order to achieve the best results not just for today but for the long term. I want my students to enjoy singing, sing excellently, but also have longevity with their voices.
Voice study requires discipline, patience, and the desire to be better everyday! There is a good deal of effort that the student must put forth on their own in that they must practice what they have been taught and come prepared to lessons. My responsibility it to take the students voice and help them get it in shape. I love helping students make new vocal discoveries. *** Lesson Details *** I aspire as a teacher to help my students to reach their maximum potential in education and life. Further, I strive to see them share their hard earned talents and gifts with their communities and abroad. I recognize and appreciate the fact that every student is unique and each person has their own abilities, interests and aspirations. With this understanding I endeavor to provide students with a classroom environment that allows for a variety of learning styles to better meet the needs of my students.
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard, guitar, music stand, and additional seating
Sherri F. February 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Chris is an awesome instructor! I would recommend Chris to anyone who wants to fine-tune their singing skills.
ChristineL February 26, 2012
Awesome, motivational teacher !
JesseP November 27, 2011
I am very happy I started lessons with Dr McBride. He passes on his knowledge and experience in a straightforward gentle, and professional manner. In a short time I have noted positive progress and improvement from his pearls of wisdom and assigned vocal exercises. Recommended without any reservation!
P.J. C., double bassist, received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Homer Mensch, Timothy Cobb and Albert Laszlo. As an orchestral bassist, P.J. has performed in concert halls all over the world including China, Denmark, Japan and major U.S. venues. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and a frequent sub with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A committed chamber musician, P.J. participated in Denmark's Thy Chamber Music Festival as well as the Kennedy Center's fifth anniversary of The Conservatory Project, where he collaborated with the cla
ssical fusion trio, Time for Three. As an educator, P.J. is the adjunct double bass professor at Capital University in Columbus, OH. Outside of the classical realm, P.J. passionately explores other genres of music through various bands and small ensembles as well as his bass duet, Low Bros.
Lessons are structured around strengthening aural skills and establishing technical proficiency on the instrument. Using a classical background, lessons can focus on any genre of music or style and be adapted to the needs of students of all ages and ability levels.
Tricia I. November 25, 2014
Upright Bass ·
Online Verified Student
PJ is a great instructor. He is teaching solid basic skills in addition to keeping the content interesting. He provides excellent feedback in a manner which makes our teen want to correct/improve rather than get frustrated or defensive. PJ also went out of his way to meet our regular schedule request and works effectively via Skype. He has been very accommodating and even pushed a lesson out 2 hours when our son got stranded at school one day. We are looking forward to many Great lessons with PJ and I think that our teen's exposure to him will further ignite his passion in music - really, what more could you ask for than that.
It is my experience that if you can speak, you can sing. In these lessons I combine my knowledge of vocal pedagogy as well as extensive personal study of the voice with my background in yoga in order to provide you with a well rounded education of the voice as a full body instrument. Your lesson will be tailored to you and your goals. Whether you are interested in classical music, pop or anything in between, this technique applies to you. It is my true joy to guide students in the discovery of their voice. I look forward to helping you do just that.
All the Best,
Courtney H. July 17, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
Jenna is warm and caring, very supportive of a beginning student. She is very knowledgeable and patient. We are looking forward to future lessons!
Deborah N. July 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jenna is perfect in every way! Kind, patient, inspiring, creative, and very professional and intelligent! I am very grateful for the experience! THANK YOU!! I highly recommend Jenna for any age or genre.
Tricia B. July 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My grand daughter Tricia, loved Jenna. Her comment after the lesson was "that was so cool and I really liked the fact that Jenna knew the songs I like to sing." Tricia is really excited about the lessons. Thank You Jenna!!
Hello, my name is Dan, and it would be a great joy to share with you much of what makes me happy and which can enrich your life, too!
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Have you ever wanted to know what's _really_ said in that foreign tongue part of a movie or opera? Have fun with languages while spared the
school trauma, especially Italian and French, as we watch movies, read the best literature of these cultures and - only if you want - listen to music and enjoy it like the native speakers.
Any subject becomes a joy and an adventure!
Marchell S. July 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
After my first lesson I already feel more confident that I will be able to communicate some in Italian while on vacation in Italy. Daniel is an excellent teacher who is very knowledgeable in many languages. He made me feel comfortable right away.
He has a plethora of experiences from living and working abroad. He brought simple techniques/strategies that helped me understand grammar and pronunciation.
I have homework, can't wait for my next lesson. Ciao
Marchell in Cincinnati
Deborah N. July 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Daniel is very enthusiastic and informative. He has a lot of experience and is generous with the amount of instruction he wants to share. I am so grateful for the time that was spent in learning more about the latest in digital photography techniques and equipment.
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