Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Tzahi
"Jordan help to get important basics by giving various techniques for practicing. He keeps encouraging which keeps me motivated and enjoying the lessons."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tierney
"I have been having a great experience with Matt as a teacher. I have been taking lessons with him online for a little while now, and have been very much e
njoying it. I have played the piano for a number of year, and when I was younger was not much of a theory student. I can say that I have learned a -ton- of theory already with Matt, which I really enjoy!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Edward
"He is very patient with kids and my son loves his lessons!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Patty
"Wonderful Vocal Coach
Monique works very well with children. My daughter really enjoys learning from her. Monique has not only helped my daughter with st
rengthening her vocal skills, but also her all around performance technique!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Renee
"Becky is a wonderful teacher!
Becky has been both my choir director and my daughter's piano teacher. I hope to be able to take lessons from her myself on
day. She is one of the most musically talented people I have ever met. I truly believe that Becky could teach anybody anything!"
Omaha, NE teacher:
Review by Eleanor
"Lana is a thoughtful and comprehensive teacher who cares about her students. She is very experienced as a singer and performer and helped me with both my
vocal technique and performance presence. She brings an embodied, holistic approach to singing and is a refreshing perspective to the teacher-student relationship."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Max
"William is an amazing teacher. Not only has he taught me to play the bagpipes but has also managed to form a greater appreciation for music in general.
The little tidbits of information he throws into a lesson really stick with my mind and thus I feel I have learned a great deal more than just one instrument. He has clearly been teaching for a long time, you can tell by his patience and his resourcefulness of teaching techniques depending on the student. While he will show you proper technique he also throws in an analogy that manages to make a complicated piece of music understandable. I strongly recommend lessons from William if you want to learn the instrument and the music of bagpiping."
Tucson, AZ teacher:
Review by Sarah M.
"I took classical piano lessons from somebody else before going to Kevin, and I can confirm that he is a great instructor. He was very helpful and approach
able (maybe because he wasn't as old as my previous teacher). The only reason why I give him 4 stars instead of 5 is because he was almost too nice and didn't crack down on me enough for not practicing sometimes. I'm just the type of person who needs some more discipline, but that might just be me."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon Gordon
"I'm really glad Laura was my very first guitar teacher. I learned a lot of practice exercises and a few cool little fun things. She was patient and helped
with my confidence. I recommend her if you are a beginner like me."
Montana born 'cellist/pianist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Janice, has premiered works, toured solo & with her New American Quartet, while teaching & coaching throughout California. She recorded films, was YoYo Ma's pre-concert lecturer, was an NEH Affiliate Awardee, & she won special Commendation from City Hall in '97 during Los Angeles Week for her work in multi-ethnic communities. Janice enjoyed performing with Herbie Hancock, coaching Samuel L. Jackson for his "'cello playing cop" role, & being featured with her quartet in the Canadian documentary, "Empire of the Word". Janice is Principal 'Cell
ist with the West L.A. Sym., Center Stage Opera & with Symphony 47, also acting as their Orchestra Liaison. Janice has taught both 'cello & piano for about 38 years as well as coached youth and community orchestra 'cello sections, in Southern California. She enjoys teaching all age levels & particularly encourages one to compose their own pieces while learning the music of the great composers, in all styles, including folk music from countries around the world. Lessons will include of course basic technique: scales, arpeggios, warm-up pieces; repertoire from all periods of music including music of the present day and music that involves ensemble playing such as in duets, trios, etc. There are seasonal recitals or what I call "musical get-togethers" where the students play for one another and their families/friends, along with invited guest artists who may be featured on other instruments so the students can experience other ways of making music, including artists from other countries, possibly on their own ethnic instrument. I encourage each student to be creative & expect daily practice so improvement & advancement happens in a consistent way. If a student has a desire to learn a particular piece or style of music, then I will try to weave that into the rest of the repertoire. I aim to teach each student according to their hopes & desires in learning the instrument of their choice. Positive reinforcement & encouragement is at the top of my teaching list - exercises that help one to relax the muscles & warm up the tendons are encouraged so that overuse of the muscles, etc. are hopefully avoided! I wish my teachers had helped me in this area when I was a student because all the rehearsing & performing I did created a lot of muscle & tendon problems, which could have been avoided. Due to my personal experiences, I have gained the wisdom which I now pass on as knowledge to all my students - whether 'cellists or pianists! My bottom line is if you don't enjoy what you are doing then do something else! Music should be fun & as I tell my students, I haven't worked a day in my life music is not work for me performing & teaching music is enjoyable & inspires others which makes me want to do it forever.
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to teach hour lessons since the first 10-15 minutes are spent in warm-up exercises & tuning of course. Also incorporated is music theory so that one knows about keys, interval relations, chord structure, etc. With regards to the 'cello, one may spend some time on bow technique after warming up the left hand. Each instrument has its own needs & areas that should be addressed, prior to working on a particular piece or pieces. I like to end a lesson by playing a duet with the student which for the 'cello helps with intonation. Solo piano playing should also include playing with another person - it helps one for future occasions which may include accompanying another instrument. In addition, I encourage students to make up their own pieces then eventually record them to a CD. I am looking forward to teaching all ages and types of backgrounds.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano with music stands in my studio. Plenty of good lighting as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** For pianists, they should have a regular piano - an electric piano is not the greatest with regards to touch and dynamics, but if that is all they can afford, OK. For 'cellists, they should have their own instrument. Preferably, they should own the 'cello rather than rent unless they are growing, and one has to get a different size to fit their changing body. 'Cellists should also have their own music stand. If necessary, I can bring a music stand. Also, the area where the lesson will occur, should be well lit. I can bring a stand light if necessary.
*** Specialties *** I teach in the Western European string tradition (no Suzuki). I also coach chamber music. I teach privately, one on one, or in a group situation. My 2 instruments I teach of choice are 'cello and piano for all ages and abilities.
Danielle G. June 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very fun instructor!
Lynne M. September 30, 2014
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Janice and we are so happy to have found her! She is a great teacher and really encouraging. My daughter always enjoy going to her lessons and has really progressed since starting with her. It's always exciting to hear the new pieces she has learned as well as the one she is writing herself. Janice has a great sense of humor and makes it easy for the student to enjoy learning.
Sam P. September 28, 2014
Janice has taught me Piano from the time I was 9 years old until I was 17 and leaving for college. She gave me the best experience a young and eager student could ever ask for and now I am entered in the Music Industry program at Drexel University ! I couldn't be more pleased with her jovial manor or her extensive skill. Thanks for everything Janice !
Tony has been performing professionally for over 35 years. When he arrived in Los Angeles in 1969 he studied guitar with virtuoso Jimmy Stewart. Later, he studied with master guitarist George Van Eps.
Tony played guitar with many top recording artist in the mid 1970's. Later, he started to teach formerly at the John Waltrip Music School in Arcadia California. From then on, he began to teach privately.
In addition, he is teaching 6th and 7th grade guitar classes at St. Cyril of Jerusalem School in Encino. Tony is a bonded and certified by the LAPD and FBI. Tony finds it very rewarding in
helping beginner and advanced students to learn the beautiful music the guitar can make.
As Tony's teacher, George Van Eps taught him to think of the guitar as a "Lap Piano" so Tony does the same. The guitar is a versatile chordal and melodic instrument, and should be taught as such.
In addition to the above, I play guitar and arrange music for various Inde-Alternative and Jazz recording artist. I have arranged music for large orchestras, including a 35 piece orchestra in Hong Kong.
This May I will be a featured solist for Occuping Mars a robotic music tour sponsored by NASA and Roland Instruments. I will be playing a Roland synth guitar.
*** Lesson Details *** I will be able to teach students of all ages, from beginners to semi pro players. My studies will include: Learning popular songs, reading chords, single line, guitar harmony, improvisation, blues, rock and jazz. Chordal melodies, finger picking, guitar pick with. left hand studies
*** Specialties *** Acoustic and Electric Guitar. Piano: Improvisation, Composition, Arranging/Orchestration, All styles, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Brazilian, Latin, Standard Music. All Ages and Levels.
Teach at my studio, or On Line (Skype).
AbelM July 19, 2012
Great teacher.lLoves his work. Very knowlegeable and patient.
JenniferL July 23, 2009
Excellent Teacher and Guitarist!
Tony has been a great instructor; he is a very knowledgeable and skilled guitarist with so much passion that is very infectious! He really gives me the motivation to try harder until I get it! He is very patient and tries to understand how I learn and what I want to learn and customizes the lesson to my learning ability. It's not easy teaching me, but some how he figures it out! Tony thanks for all your time, effort and genuine care in teaching me the guitar and being the jump start for a lifetime of guitar playing!
ChaunceyI August 24, 2008
Enjoyable, Challenging, Fulfilling
I am finding my lessons with Tony P. to be very helpful. He is personable and knowledgable. He also seems genuinely interested in seeing me achieve my full potential as a guitarist.
Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a loc
al church for several years.
I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.
Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.
I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room, room for parents to wait.
*** Travel Equipment *** They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.
*** Specialties *** I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.
Flor Garcia July 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First time, first day with Cindy. She explains the lesson very well, demonstrates and writes it down for the student to remember during home practice. That is teaching. She knows how to make the student learn.
George B. June 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Cindy is an awesome instructor. She is flexabIe with schedule, strict on form and an all-around great person . I highly recommend her if you'd like to get those Sax skills further disciplined👍
Jessica R. November 13, 2014
My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them every week! He is learning more than I thought would be possible in just 30 minutes once a week I am very happy we chose Cindy as his instructor.
My name is Ray - I'm 27 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 13 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching I work as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to study and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music, and students very much enjoy learning their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
Hello potential students, my name is Athan Gousios and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student,
in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
Shai G. August 28, 2015
Athan is a fantastic teacher and drummer! He is patient, encouraging, and very helpful! He is such a wonderful drummer, and is able to convey any concept in any style to a student of any level. Strongly recommended!!
Judy L. June 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is very talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)
Ben M. February 9, 2015
I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!
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