Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Ron
"Jason is really good! I am a beginner and he is patient and has great teaching techniques. He clearly knows all aspects of music and is serious about teac
hing. Highly recommend him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Arturo
"Thank You Renee!
I had never taken a singing lesson before and I was beginner. Renee is very patient and knows exactly what exercises to use to help yo
u. Renee made me feel more confident when singing. Great person!
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Andrea
"Excellent experience. I came in as a low intermediate player and after only a few lessons I feel much more confident! My sight-reading and technique appr
oved a great deal in a short amount of time."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ilya
I highly recommend Benjamin! I have had several instructors and I can honestly say that he is the best I've had so far. He doesn't s
tick to any rigid lesson plans. His teaching style is very dynamic, he will taylor the lesson to fit your interest and level of playing. He keeps things fun and interesting and is good at coming up with creative exercises to try and challenge you. He also knows a lot of different music styles from what I can tell. I highly recommend him."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Julian
"Kyle is amazing! There is just no if, ands, or buts, about it. He has taught me so much about music, and has helped me discovered talents that have been
dormant for as long as I could remember. I HIGHLY recommend him as your guitar teacher, and especially for people who live close to West End. Very close to Vanderbilt, TSU(both main and downtown campuses), and Fisk University. Kyle you are amazing, and it was an honor to be your student."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Mary
"Jenny is approachable and knowledgable. She meets students at their level, and works with them to improve them. My child has been taking lessons from Jenn
y for over a year, and has improved greatly. I highly recommend Jenny!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Ben
"I have worked with Terry for 5 years and I have had nothing but a positive experience working with him. Terry always makes lesson fun while challenging m
e and pushing me to become a better musician. Working with Terry I have learned about music theory, music history, songwriting, and guitar performance. You will be had pressed to find a teacher who cares about their students as much as Terry does. He works to make you the best you can be and takes pride in the fact that he turns out great musicians. Terry made me the musician I am today and I am very thankful to have worked with such a wonderful teacher. Whether you are a serious musician that wants to take their playing to the next level or a learning a new instrument, you can not go wrong working with Terry."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Sara
"From the moment we met Erica we knew we were going to lover her! She put both of our boys (8 and 11) at ease, made them laugh and challenged them right aw
ay. My 8 year old had lost interest in piano and after his first lesson with Erica he was hooked. Both boys now voluntarily practice and are learning a ton about overall music education. Erica is prompt, creative and energetic. We are thankful we found her!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Sams
"I have always wanted to learn to play the viola but time has always been a fickle mistress with me so the viola I bought in late 2014 barely got played be
cause of nursing school. I had an online violin lesson with Taylor Davis to support her new album and it gave me the idea to start taking lessons through skype. I spent my time looking through all the instructors on takelessons and chose Rachel because she plays the five string violin, which helps her understand both worlds and what can cross to violas and what can't. I took the plunge and signed up for lessons with her and it was one of the best decisions I've made.
Rachel is very knowledgeable and willing to work around a schedule, she's very quick to praise you when you get something right and also quick to correct to prevent bad habits from forming. Due to my inability to take lessons in real life I chose to take lessons from her but now that I am taking lessons from her I don't think I'd change to an in person instructor if I had the option.
Thank you Rachel for taking on someone who loves classical music and no idea how to play and starting me on the journey of one day playing the Walton viola concerto and the Vieuxtemps viola sonata."
Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to his or her individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career. And the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of music that will always enrich their lives.
As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degre
e at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer at churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to perform and study music because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.
With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!
Brigitte B. August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jessie is really great. She's patient, positive, and really good with teens! We only just started with her but we're off to a great start!
Christina H. July 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jessie is awesome! As nervous as I was for my first lesson, she instantly put me at ease, put me through the paces of warm-up exercises, and I can't wait until next week!
Erik N. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons throughout my school days and became involved in choir in high school.
When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing th
at I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated. After graduating, I taught piano at various private elementary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I am a substitute teacher and have the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and am able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to each individual student's needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred's piano books. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.
I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it's important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room, full size keyboard for piano lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a portable keyboard.
Michael S. April 14, 2015
Denise is a very easy going teacher. Denise is very relatable to my teen daughter an I love how punctual and attentive to our lesson schedule Denise is. Great teacher!
Brian F. November 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Denise has a very peaceful demeanor about her that makes children feel comfortable and at ease. My daughter enjoys the instruction she receives, and the way she receives it from Denise. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a comfortable environment for their children to learn.
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.
I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States.
Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.
I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.
*** Lesson Details *** What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.
*** Specialties *** I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
OscarG May 22, 2011
So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
I am an audio engineer student at Art Institute of California- Inland Empire in San Bernardino. While going to school, I have been doing "gigs" in LA off and on with connections in the industry. I have access to extremely nice studios! I have been playing guitar and drums since the 6th grade and continue to perform and play off and on!
BIO ON MUSIC:
Biography Jacob P. was born and raised in Palm Springs; California. Growing up with parents who had very different musical backgrounds, which led him to want to live in world full of music. At the age 10, he picked up his first guitar and
began to take his first piano lessons and a year later then picking up the first pair of drumsticks. He developed a self-taught technique for drum set, while being mentored by his older brother, Sean, (endorsed by Soultone Cymbals, and former student of LA Music Academy and University of Oregon) traditional jazz artist, Allen Goodman. (Goodman has performed with many famous jazz artists in his during his drumming career and was mentored by Buddy Rich. He wrote the intro to the George of the Jungle cartoon series, and is now playing with many jazz artists at Vickys of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California, with the Desert Cities Jazz Band) Gregory Whitmore, Band Director at Cathedral City High School, has also been a mentor to Jacob.
In 2009, he performed Ron Nelsons Danza Capriccio with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band and world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That event was followed by a performance tour of the United Kingdom with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band.
In 2011, he ventured off to France and Germany with the CCHS symphonic band for his second performance tour with the group. Playing at many venues including, Heidelberg Castle in Germany and Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside of Paris, France. He has been on national television performing at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2007 and in the Hollywood Christmas parade in 2010 with the CCHS Marching Band. He has performed with various groups within the community throughout the years.
Over the years, music has grown into a passion for him and provided solace while dealing with a rare medical condition, Chiari 1 Malformation. Jacob attends The Art Institute of California Inland Empire, studying Audio Production.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginner to intermediate for Guitar and Drum Lessons
Professional Style Studio Recording
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Stratocastor HSS Ovation Acoustic Guitars Epiphone EJ-200 CE DanElectro NOS '59
Grestch Custom Set 10", 12", 14",20" Grestch Energy 10' 12', 16', 22' Tama Snare Artwood All Maple 14" Sabin SR2 Crash 16" Sabian Hi-Hats 14" Sabian Dry Bell Ride 21" Paiste Rock Crash 14" Paiste Thin Crash 12" and 14" Vator Drumsticks
SoundGear: Alesis Multimix8/iO4 PreSonus FireStudio ART TPS II ART VLA II MXL 604 Pencil Condenser Blue Spark SSL Condenser SM 57's MXL A-55 Kicker Dynamic Audio Technica ATH-M45 Headphones M-Audio BX5 Monitars Alto Professional PA Speakers M-Audio 49 Venom Synth VA/Midi Arturia MicroBrute Yamaha 88 Key Grand Electric
Software: Logic Pro 9, X Main Stage 3 Protools 10 Max MSP Macbook Pro 2.3 8Gb of Ram
*** Travel Equipment *** Epiphone EJ-200 CE MacBook Pro
*** Specialties *** Recording Services! All genres of music!
ken W. August 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great relationship. Really good patience with an old guy like me who takes a little time to figure things out. Highest recommendation.
Arnold S. November 28, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
First two lessons
Jacob is a very professional person. He is very patient. We have a great understanding of what I want to achieve and he makes it happen. I am looking forward to more lessons with Jacob.
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