Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kayla
"Jen is simply the best-better than all the rest!!!
My grandaughter Kayla has been taking singing lessons with Jen for almost a year now. Prior to Jen, Ka
yla had one lesson with another teacher but it was not a good match. Kayla needed someone who would critique her in a positive way and make her strive to do better in all aspects of what she learns. Jen has this capability of taking something negative the student is doing and make the student feel positive about it. I know sounds impossible, but I witnessed it myself. My grandaughter loves going to her lessons and she is learning so much more than just singing techniques. Jen has opened a whole new world to my grandaughter. She talks about now writing her own music, learning Italian,etc. She even tried out for a school play and got a part; something I know she would not have been comfortable doing if not for Jen. So, if you want an atmosphere of learning in kindness, an enthusiastic teacher that makes you feel special as you learn your craft, never makes you feel self conscious of yourself as you learn and most of all the ability to let the student know they truely are special she's the one. She's a teacher you'll remember with a warm smile everytime you open your mouth to sing."
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Kutura
"she`s a really great teacher
Arly has really helped me. I have seen improvement before I started taking lessons and to now. She`s professional, supportiv
e, and sweet. I wish I couldve spent more time with her because she really helped me find a way to make my voice pop."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Tony
"Gregory V is the best, ever!
I didn't realize all the opportunities that were waiting for me when I began lessons with Greg. I started so I could learn g
uitar, but before long we were practicing vocals, bass, songwriting, music theory, piano, and singers yoga! Greg is well educated in all fields of music, and any questions you have he can more than likely help you with. Music to him isn't just a skill, but a way of life. ~ Train Girl ~ guitar, voice, piano & bass student"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sheila
Raycurt is a pleasure to deal with. He is very talented and uses his talent to teach me the piano. He is patient with me through I am not a ve
ry good pupil."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Celia
"Ivy is a reliable and excellent piano teacher for learners with all different levels. I have taken her lesson for half a year. She inspired my interests i
n learning piano by helping me learn in an enjoyable way. She arrived at the lesson in time and prepared the lesson materials pretty well. She also has an amicable and easy-going personality that I feel comfortable with. I enjoy taking her classes, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants to learn piano!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"We love Ms. Brown!
Ms. Brown is professional and kind, which is a wonderful way to learn a new skill like playing the violin. My daughters were taught by
her years ago as young children and then we lost track of her. When we found her on TakeLessons, we signed up, willing to drive miles for her instruction. She is thorough, clear in instruction and so even tempered. What a great teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Bridget
"Mitchell has been a wonderful drum teacher for my two boys. He's very knowledgeable and able to break down concepts well for children. He's responsible a
nd timely with scheduling. He's been a delight to work with!"
Toledo, OH teacher:
Review by Mark
Tim is outstanding in all qualities that matter in a music teacher. He knowledgeable, patient, and communicates very well with the student. His
genuine appreciation of music comes through clearly, and that makes for an inspiring lesson. My son studies both guitar and piano with Tim, and anticipates each lesson with excitement. You can't go wrong with Tim."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Susan
"You make lessons fun....
From age 6 until high school I took piano lessons. But guitar was always an unexplored desire. I started taking lessons with Ste
ve a few weeks ago. From the very beginning he has been just so easy and comfortable to work with. He willingly adapts his style of coaching to my specific needs as a student, learner and musician. He's so strong in his fundamentals that I can pick the music and he builds lessons around my choices. Really makes me look forward to my own practicing and even more to my next lesson. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Steve, for bringing music back into my life."
I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.
I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read; started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).
I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004 - that summer I worked and sold CDs in Munich Germany; however, upon returning to the US realized that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention in the palm of my hands (some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios).
After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I especially enjoy teaching families (children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are wonderful to teach as well, I can usually get any combination of two or more people playing music together.
I usually host annual recitals. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.
*** Specialties *** Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; then onto pop, blues, jazz, hymns, praise music (piano/voice).
Guitar: Beginning Classical Guitar (nylon strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking); Beginning Acoustic Guitar (steel strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a plectrum or flat pick).
Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns while accompanying voice.
Voice: I can take you to professional levels! As proof, one of my adult male students, singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist/trumpeter, came to me to enhance his "character" voice. After 30 lessons, and assistance arranging vocals (including mic technique) in home studio four-song demo, my student signed a four-song demo recording deal with an eight (8) time Grammy award winning music producer Joe Chiccarelli - in LA with studio right on Sunset Blvd.
Lastly, I would love to enroll students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. Mitchell never had formal music training, she played by ear; particularly on guitar she used more than 50 open tunings.
*** Lesson Details *** First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).
Lessons are once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.
I do schedule students on "Schedule-As-You-Go" however usually only after consistent weekly lessons.
If you already know an instrument and want to take Combination Lessons - Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar - I am an excellent teacher for that purpose.
Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.
If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and international distribution.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano lessons will be given on my parlor grand piano. For guitar lessons, I use either my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my vintage Epiphone steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion.
Joseph J. December 1, 2016
In home Verified Student
She is very patient with my son. My son enjoyed his first lesson.
Jordan R. November 28, 2016
In home Verified Student
Mrs. Susan was a perfect match for my son. She's very patient, knowledgeable and very kind! My son walked out from his first lesson with her with such excitement in jumping back into lessons after a five month break. Looking forward to many more!!
Matt October 10, 2016
Susan is an excellent teacher because she tailors her approach to the student's needs and goals, regardless of the student's age or experience or what their ultimate goals might be. Singing is not one-size-fits-all and different people learn in different ways. Susan is very sensitive to that. In my case, she mixed exercises from a number of sources with her own techniques and guidance to help me develop some good habits and techniques and ultimately find my natural voice. I can be very hard on myself, but I always believed I could reach my goals with Susan.
Elem Music Teacher with a BA from Texas Tech. I have taught piano lessons since 1991. I have had personal piano studios in every town I have been in. I taught for 12 years in Whitney Texas as I taught at Whitney Elem. I taught 5 more years out in Round Rock Texas, through Musika. and other places. My major instruments are piano, trumpet, and guitar. Once I learned how to play chords on the piano from learning music theory I was enabled to understand how writing songs works. What an adventure I have had in writing songs. I have written over 700 songs. You can find me on YouTube, c
heck it out!
When you take lessons from me we use the Bastien series and I like to add other songs, whether it be christian praise,hymns, or classical pieces of music, composers such as Bach, Chris Tomlin or Scott Joplin. its your choice. I want you to enjoy the songs and styles you like to play. No matter what level you are on you will enjoy learning as a beginner, or refreshing your past knowledge of playing.
Why not take lessons today, it's never too late to start. Music is a gift. Don't say, I wish I knew how? Step out and lets learn and grow together. Let's Go!
Ruby T. February 2, 2016
In home Verified Student
Laura is a great teacher. She challenges you and is very patient no matter how many times you play the wrong note. As I have began taking piano lessons again she has made it extremely easy to find it enjoyable. I highly recommend her as an instruction to future students.
Mary hykin January 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
nice, knows what to do to help you, looking forward to next lessons
Cadence C. August 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
*** SCHEDULE *** PLEASE READ *** I am an RN so my hospital schedule varies. One week I may have Tuesday night available, the next week I don't. It's difficult to reflect this kind of "availability" on my profile but I want potential new students to be aware of the possibility of schedule changes on a fairly regular basis. The availability shown on my profile is only a general approximation of the days/times I have open.
*** Bit About Me *** I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years (began lessons at age 5). Teaching is something I
genuinely enjoy doing. Whatever your goals are, I will work hard to help you achieve them in a way that best fits your needs.
*** What you can expect from me *** Whether your goal is to learn scales by the end of the month, figure out where middle C is, or become a classical genius by the end of the year; we can make it happen. I do not expect you to learn the way I was taught (although if you want a strict regimen, I can provide that). I am a big believer in motivating you in the way that helps YOU succeed. I promise I am patient, pleasant and enjoy my job; you have nothing to be afraid of.
*** What I expect from you *** I expect my students to practice; it is a crucial requirement for progress. Piano will require your time, energy and self discipline. Please respect my schedule; if you need to cancel, do so in the appropriate time frame. Most importantly, I want you to communicate honestly with me about your goals and if you want to readjust the "lesson plan," tell me. I am here to help you learn.
*** Equipment *** I own a 1942 Kimball Consolette piano. She's old but she has soul. I have a variety of sheet music I can share. Please bring your workbooks/sheet music to every lesson. I have pencils (we mark in our music!) and a metronome. It is useful to download a metronome app on your phone for practice at home.
*** My Studio *** I teach in a loft style condo with floor to ceiling windows. I do not have a private, designated seating area for parents but there is a lobby for anyone who needs to wait during a lesson time.
*** Specialties *** I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years. I was trained to perform and compete only, playing songs that were required by competition guidelines. I participated in everything: Jazz, Sonatina, State, Solo, Ensemble, Regional, Hymn, you name it! This also means my "specialty" is classical music (Mozart, Bach, etc.)
Stacey July 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Tara May 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Whitney is a-mazing! She has a great ability to assess individuals' skill levels, strengths and weaknesses, and provides meaningful feedback and suggestions on how to improve. Whitney is super patient, very positive, encouraging, and thoughtful about her instruction and guidance. She's a joy to work with and I highly recommend her!
Ashley P. November 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Graduate from Full Sail University majoring in Music Production. I have produced and recorded many hit songs. I also have the following skills: Songwriting, Composing, Recording, Midi, Music Theory, and Arranging.
Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun! I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides
style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-recording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Let’s give it a try!
Fadi O. October 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
three lessons in and already learning my first song! i couldn't be happier :)
Fadi October 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
Juan is such a joy to work with. he's really supportive and works with me at my speed. his tips and years of experience really come through and make me feel like I am def on the fast track to becoming a competent guitar player and fulfilling a life long goal of mine!
Dale October 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Terrific instructor, very knowledgeable and patient. Makes me a better ukulele player with every visit. Definitely recommend him for any level of student.
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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.
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