Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kyle
"Amazing Vocal Instructor
I had been attempting to learn to "sing" by myself for years, but to no avail. I decided to give traditional lessons a try, and
found this site. After looking in my area and reading other's reviews, I figured I'd take the plunge with Melanie.
Wow. Melanie was great. She was welcoming and she made me feel at home, even though singing in front of someone was a fear of mine. We started out with simple warm ups and practices, which actually taught me more than I had ever known already, and moved on to songs!
I didn't get to spend much time with Melanie, because I moved, but the two months we worked together greatly helped my abilities. I don't feel ashamed of my voice.
She taught me how to not only sing, but listen.
If you haven't already selected her as your instructor, what are ya waiting for?"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Connor
"Excellent - Connor is very excited and can't wait to his next lesson."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Anusha
"I went to my first class yesterday and I loved it. I learned lot of stuff. Kelly is vey patient and an mazing teacher."
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Ivana
"I had a great vocal training sessions with Laura, she is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. I am not a beginner, I got some music education as a chi
ld, but never vocal training one on one. Since I have no experience with other vocal instructors, I have no comparison, but it was very good experience for me. Give a try, you won't regret it!"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Jeannine
"Randi is the best!
My son took lessons with Randi for four years in NYC (from ages 8-11). She catered the lessons to his musical tastes and fostered his
love of music, performing and even practicing! She was well organized, well prepared and always reliable. As my son's ability improved, Randi kept him challenged and interested.
Don't hesitate to hire Randi! You won't regret it!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jonah
"Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using
the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kristopher (Kris)
"Excellent First Day
Thank you Richard for a first day's great experience. Hope it will continue with your new Banjo"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Perri
"Jessica is wonderful!
I have been so impressed with Jess! She's warm and personable. She quickly identified what needed work within my voice and provides
clear instruction on how to improve. She also recognize the strengths I had and reinforced them. Jess responds to emails promptly, and is really just the best! Oh, yes and my voice has gotten so much stronger in the little over a month I've been working with her! She explains everything well and when I don't understand she'll explain it in another way. She's in-tune with where each note should originate and how it should feel in the body. Lessons have been a fantastic experience. Highly recommended!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by bob
"I have been taking lessons with Stuart for over a year and have significantly improved my playing with his online classes. Guitar is a hobby for me, but I
am passionate about it. I took online lessons at Berklee Online, earned a guitar certificate, but at times felt overwhelmed with the amount of material presented each week. At the end of the program, I still didn't feel like I could play very well. After meeting Stuart, he very quickly helped me focus on what is important and how to get the most out of my practice / playing. He has an in depth knowledge of guitar theory and understands how to apply relevant theory in everyday practical playing. Whether you want to study blues, reggae, slide guitar, Stuart will help you become a much better guitar player. I highly recommend Stuart for online lessons."
Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.
A double graduate of the Eastma
n School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.
Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.
Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.
Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.
*** Lesson Details *** Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !
Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.
A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.
*** Specialties *** Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.
Bluma F. November 5, 2014
Online Verified Student
I love listening to music. I took each of my sons to music lesson starting at age 4. Music and singing come natural to them now as adults.
My favorite times are listening to them and I would love to join in but I am always self conscience and don't want to embarrass them.
When we recently retired I decided to take some classes for enjoyment and also to push myself to conquer some fears..I was going to go to a local music teacher to inquire about singing lesson, but somehow I happened on takelessons.com and was matched up with Mr. Farobag. Lucky me!! I have been taking lessons on Skype for over 6 months now! Farobag is the kindest and the most patient teacher in the world..really, really..he makes me feel like I can keep a tune and that I am capable of improving.
I actually pleasantly surprised my family by volunteering at a camp talent show over the summer. I might not have been the best but I was given a standing ovation for trying. (and probably the oldest up there!)
..and this is the best..I was taking lessons for more than 2 months when I decided to look up Mr. Farobag on the TakeLessons site..Oh My Goodness! I really lucked out - that is all I will say- as I could go on and on about his talents and cv!
Thank You Thank you Farobag for your encouragement.
Danielle H. August 13, 2014
Mr. Farobag provides piano lessons for my teenage daughter. She has been working with him for about 10 months. Since she started working with Farobag, her love for playing piano has grown, and her skills have improved exponentially. In addition to his obvious talents, he is professional, patient, and also very flexible with scheduling. He has a genuine interest in seeing his students learn and improve. I would highly recommend him for anyone interested in taking lessons. He also has a strong background in math, and has offered to tutor my 3 children, if needed. We may be calling upon him soon for that!
Hamid R. July 16, 2014
Online Verified Student
I can not describe my level of admiration and respect for Farobag. He is a great teacher, very much in sync with his inner child and therefore a perfect teacher. Hard to imagine he giving up of any of his students no matter how hard at times teaching appears to be.
Hello, my name is Brian and I am currently studying my Bachelor's in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. It is the only college in the world that specializes in specifically Music Education, and has been since 1909. The school teaches us a basic understanding of 17 instruments and voice, while also teaching theory, aural skills, music history, professional ed courses, and includes a large number of various ensembles. Because of this, I'm able to teach some basic concepts on all of the band/orchestra instruments. Personally, I started taking piano lessons in 2000 and started drum se
t lessons in 2002. I've always had a dual musician life after that point, and was apart of the band and jazz band programs from 5th grade until now (sophomore in college). While attending Marist High School, I taught myself guitar, bass guitar, banjo, harmonica, and tin whistle. I expanded my concepts of music and genres, and find myself very knowledgeable of classical, jazz, rock, blues, and pop on piano, and fluent in jazz, blues, rock, Latin, and pop styles on drum set. I am willing to teach any student their musical needs as they prosper through their lives as an artist. I hope to one day teach in a band setting with my degree, offer private lessons, and compose music on the side.
*** Lesson Details *** For lessons, I'm ready to work on making some music while always having fun. As the lessons progress, I start to expect more from the student regarding retaining knowledge and muscle memory throughout learning their technique and repertoire. This will come with consistent practice. After 3 or 6 months, the beginning students will find themselves recognizing note names, rhythms, meter, melodies and harmonies, and mechanics of their instrument. My goal is to keep the student interested in the music while learning about themselves.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect my students to provide themselves with their own instrument but I would provide my own in addition to theirs while teaching, unless there is the sharing of a piano. I can also provide various sheet music.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical, jazz, rock, and blues for piano. I specialize in rudimentary drumming, rock, jazz, and latin for drums/percussion. I believe in making sure the student learns as much as possible about his or her instrument, can improve each day, and ultimately can have fun while playing.
Joe S. July 31, 2014
I thoroughly enjoy studying piano with Bryan it is a delightful experience, he is both very patient and knowledgeable, do yourself a favor and sign up with Bryan! ---Posted on behalf of student Carolyn S.
Brian G. May 5, 2013
This teacher has many great qualities in the field of music education.
I am learning a great deal from this teacher about the piano and life qualities in general. I have taken the tools I've learned from each lesson to apply in my own practice to develop myself as a musician. I would recommend Brian Goodman to anyone interested in learning about music.
I started my journey with singing in high school by participating in the school musicals and different choir ensembles. When I got to college I started taking private lessons and music classes for fun until I realized this is my passion. Then I started my journey with really learning the voice as an instrument and how it works. I am a vocal scientist at heart believing you will go a long way as long as you know how to grow.
I then went on to get my degree at VanderCook College of Music where they teach nothing but music education so I was able to learn all the band and orchestral instrumen
ts on top regular classes and voice lessons. I took the time to study privately with our percussion professor to learn rhythms and with our sight singing and ear training professor to further develop my ear and knowledge. All in all I have been studying the voice for seven years and counting. I do all this so that I could pass that experience down to you.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I like to teach vocal techniques such as raising your soft palate, correct breathing techniques, and a forward placement. These are the tools to help a vocal musician grow for the rest of their lives.
Another part of being a vocal musician that I teach in every lesson is ear training and rhythm. I like off switch off every week so not too much time is taken away from the piece we are working on. So one week we would focus on rhythm and the other ear training. These are things I wish I would have learned earlier on and are essential to being an independent musician.
I like to keep a more uplifting environment when teaching so although you should expect a push for success, you should always feel comfortable and not afraid to make mistakes.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the studio room, electric piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide literature and a music stand while the students should have a full length keyboard and or piano.
*** Specialties *** I teach rhythm, sight singing and ear training, general musical terms, as well as specific vocal techniques.
Ray S. January 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
While my son has only taken a few lessons with Marissa, we highly value her instruction. She's prepared, focused, and personable. My son isn't only learning to sing a song. He's learning the art of vocal training. It's amazing to hear his development in only 3 lessons so far. Marissa is definitely a great teacher.
Tracy Z. January 25, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Excellent singing teacher
Marissa is an excellent singing teacher. She has a calm and warm approach with her students and is very patient. She loves what she does and it shows!
I began playing the piano at the ripe old age of 3 on a toy piano I received for Christmas. My parents began my formal lessons the following Spring with a private teacher who stayed with me until I graduated from High School. I was awarded a four year scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago by my church to continue my studies. I added Voice to my studies there. I went on to study Orchestration, Conducting and Theory at I.S.N.U., Drama at C.T.C. upon returning from I.S.N.U and began to develop my Production Company in the early 70's. Since then I have produced numerou
s productions showcasing the talents of young and old while I pursued my Corporate career in Administration. My private students range from 5 years to 87 years although currently I specialize in teaching Seniors how to fill their retirement years with music. After running a Senior Community Center for several years, I realized a lack of artistic outlets for Seniors and began encouraging those who attended my Center to take up an instrument. I have had the joy of teaching many Seniors how to surprise their mates with beautiful music after only 6 months of lessons.
As for the younger generation, it is a proven fact that many children do better in school after learning to play an instrument especially the piano. Fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination and physical strength in hands and arms is also enhanced with the study and practice of the piano more so than any other instrument. Many piano students discover other talents and go on to participate in talent shows, school performances, and church pageants. The fun of being able to sit down and make music for your own enjoyment is almost as much fun as playing for the enjoyment of others. I look forward to continuing to share my love of music and the skills to play for yourself with students from Take lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** For Adults we discuss their goals and I come up with a plan that we can both agree on to get them there within reason. For children and all beginning students I start with the basics. We learn the keyboard, and the corresponding notes on the music staff. Treble Clef, and Bass Clef become new words in your vocabulary. After you learn your way around the keyboard and the Music Staff we start on the next important part of music, rhythm. I use a variety of percussion instruments and recorded music to teach the various time signatures depending on the age of the student. This makes it more relevant and enjoyable when they can relate to the music they listen to everyday and pick out the time signatures, By now you can read music even if slowly at first, and the addition of rhythm makes it more fun to play. This usually happens within the first six months for children, and the first three months with Adults. Practice is essential , and I recommend that each student practice for 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours a day depending on their age. I also use scales to help improve dexterity and strengthen the fingers. Students are recorded to track their progress and for me to listen to their lessons and spot problems for correction. I also work with performers in perfecting their stage presence and audition skills. With today's opportunities to become overnight stars with just a video, you want to maximize your chances in any way you can. As a producer of many shows and concerts, I can help make that happen for you.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide the percussion, recorder and recorded material.
Student: Purchase recommended material. Provide your own instrument, and computer or lap top if possible . Internet access not necessary but helpful.
EllisV May 1, 2012
Gwendolyn is a wonderful instructor. She is patient and kind. My daughter enjoys her lessons.
Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addit
ion, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School. In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fareed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.
In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.
*** Lesson Details *** As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.
I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.
As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.
Lesson Topics Include Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation) Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...) Rhythm and counting Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher) Songwriting/Composition Improvisation Music business Recording techniques
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster 1980 Gibson Flying V 1994 Washburn N4 2005 Washburn X50PROF 1996 Washburn HB 35 Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials
*** Specialties *** I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
Sarah O. October 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Dave is an exceptional teacher!
I am a beginner guitar player, Dave has been patient and kind at every lesson. This has been an inspiration and a great help for me to continue learning the guitar. I wanted to find a guitar teacher and not just a guitar player; his approach to teaching is outstanding. He has a love for music and a gift of being an excellent teacher. I always leave my lesson feeling good about my progress and inspired to continue learning to play the guitar. I recommend him for any player at any level; he he teaches good practice habits and is very knowledgeable of music theory and how to teach each person individually. It is rare to find someone knowledgeable in music and apply their knowledge to teaching. I was fortunate to find him!
kiara J. January 18, 2014
He's awesome. :)
He makes learning the guitar so comfortable. He makes things easier to review and doesn't mind going over things you may have forgotten. If I could, I would get everyone I know to take lessons from him. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!
Carla J. December 29, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
l love this guy.
Dave is such a great teacher. He is very patient and understanding. I have learned so much with him in one month, then l have learned in four months with the other instructor l had. He makes learning fun, and I'm understanding what I'm doing now.
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