Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Lauren
Dani taught my 10-year-old daughter piano for 2 years. She supremely professional, thorough, and most importantly fun. My daughter coul
dn't wait for her weekly lessons. As she says, Dani is "awesome." Dani was able to deftly make the lessons educational but also lively. My daughter still loves to play, practices without being asked, and reads music well. I credit that to Dani's focus, patience and enthusiasm. She always showed up smiling, and to my daughter's delight also had stickers for her lesson book after each class. I cannot recommend her enough, and am sad that we don't live in the same city so my daughter can continue her lessons with her. A wonderful teacher."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Christina Frangos
"Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Tre
vor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by jason
"Elicia is just awesome. Not only does she know her stuff, she is also enjoyable to work with. It made learning violin enjoyable."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by John
"fun and professional
My daughter gave me a TakeLessons.com gift certificate at Christmas for what she thought were guitar lessons but I took singing/voic
e lessons instead (I don't really read music but I've always thought I could sing a little!). I've only had a few lessons, but so far Keely's been great. I was up front about never singing before and she was right on the money with starting me with basic breathing exercises. Just signed up for more lessons and I'm really looking forward to actually seeing if I hold a tune or not!!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Emily
"We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at
a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie."
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Heidi
I could not ask for a better teacher. Heidiâs ability to make each lesson positive and encouraging are the reasons I look forward to
every lesson. Her knowledge and âmusical earâ are unsurpassed and I appreciate it all because (thanks to Heidi) I am on my way to realizing my dream!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Larry
A patient teacher obviously well versed in music theory, who disseminates information in an easily adaptable manner. No rodomontad thrasonic bombast
ries, he paces teaching to the rate at which I'm learning, as he evaluates my progress."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Becky
"Two thumbs up for Duncan!
I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretche
s my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Cathy
"We've had two lessons from Nicholas and can already play a few tunes! His instruction is very clear, focused and yet fun. This last is particularly import
ant to my two young boys. He made sure that he understood our goals, what type of music we wanted to learn and quickly assessed our skills. We are looking forward to learning more from him as our lessons progress."
Having taught piano and flute lessons for over 12 years in the North Shore. I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages (3 - adult), both beginner and advanced.
I enjoy teaching students the "classical music" repertoire. I also strive to give my students a solid foundation in music theory and history in order for them to truly understand and appreciate the roots and structure of the music. In addition, I want my students to really love playing music and so I strongly encourage my students to also learn to play music outside of the classical repertoire. I believe balance i
s key, so I generally teach students to play classical music as well as music from other genres (such as film music, pop music, video game music, holiday music etc).
*** Lesson Details *** Each student is a unique individual with different learning preferences, goals, musical tastes, and body mechanics. In contrast to the "cookie-cutter" teaching method (a uniform teaching method utilized for every student), with each student, I design an individualized lesson plan that not only accommodates the student's needs, but also nurtures their overall appreciation of music.
I do not demand perfection from my students, but I do expect students to at least put in the effort to learn. I truly want to teach students how to play the piano or flute and I want to encourage students to find joy in making music. The methods I typically utilize include: (PIANO) Faber & Faber Piano Adventures, John Thompson Piano Course, Bastien's Piano Literature, Suzuki Piano (FLUTE) Suzuki Flute, Standard of Excellence book 1, Andersen etudes for flute.
Throughout my piano and flute career, I have competed in numerous music competitions and prepared for several music auditions. If you wish to have your child enter in competitions or prepare for any music auditions, I would be more than happy to help!
*** Studio Equipment *** Glenview Location: I have a Boston baby grand piano, a flute, a metronome, and sheet music (piano & flute repertoire).
Evanston Location: I have a Yamaha Keyboard (equipped with weighted keys, all 88 keys, pedal, and a built-in metronome) and my flute.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students MUST have a piano or at least a working keyboard (for piano lessons). For flute, students MUST have a functional flute and a music stand. For the first lesson I can decide what music is needed and the student can then go out and purchase that music. Students should also have a working metronome.
*** Specialties *** I enjoy teaching all styles and genres of music. I enjoy traditional western art genres, but I can also teach pop music, show tunes, as well as video game music.
Jerilyn M. November 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Alysia is a wonderful teacher. She also is excellent in teaching music theory. She is very patient. She makes it easier for me. She is sensitive and in tuned with my strengths and weaknesses. I would highly recommend her.
Barbara A. February 17, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Awesome teacher. Super friendly and helps me with my vocal music as well as teaching my choice of sheet music.
Awesome teacher! Friendly and supportive. Helps me with my vocal music as well as piano and teaches me the sheet music that I want to learn.
Tiffany R. November 15, 2013
Felt very welcomed and my musical abilites have greatly improved.
I found Alysia's teaching abilities to be quite excellent. She was kind, understanding, and most importantly, patient. I highly recommend her as a music teacher for anybody and everybody, especially children.
I am an experienced guitar teacher / player with a BA in Instrumental performance and an MFA degree in Composition. I have experience teaching all levels, in various styles (Basic theory, Improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock/Fusion, Classical Guitar) and I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 55. From August 2008 'till May 2010 I was a full-time teacher at Fun with Music in Chicago I have studied in Chicago with Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble), Norman Ruiz (classical guitarist), David Bloom (Bloom School of Jazz), Peter Lerner and Bill Boris (guitar theory & improvisation). I ha
ve shared stage with major names from the Chicago Jazz and Blues scene like George Freeman, Ari Brown Quartet, Clyde “Lightning” George. I am also experienced in teaching music theory, orchestration & composition.
*** Lesson Details *** For a beginner student at any age I try to shape my lessons in such a way that the student gets more familiar with the instrument in a pleasant way as much as possible. I am laid back when necessary and especially for a beginner I try to use more than one method so that when difficulty appears I may try to switch gears so that the student still finds it exciting to practice or to finish their assignments. A lot of times this becomes possible when, let's say, practicing a scale can be put aside and playing a few chords from the student's most favorite song is done instead. Then the interest and the joy of playing is still high for them. For a more advanced student I can also be strict when, for example, improvising requires an extra amount of effort by studying alternative guitar techniques. I use different curriculum materials, from the Carcassi method book in classical guitar to Berklee College material for an advanced student or from various 'Guitar for beginners' materials or books to simply deconstructing various songs or tunes and playing them at the student's request.
*** Studio Equipment *** Has full recording studio set up in his apartment.
As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.
This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.
These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.
will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.
And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding of musical structure.
I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.
When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.
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*** Lesson Details *** Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.
Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.
Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.
Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.
I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.
For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.
For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.
For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.
I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.
I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.
In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.
For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.
After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).
For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.
Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.
*** Studio Equipment *** I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.
*** Specialties *** Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.
What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...
Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova) Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.
StephenS1 February 15, 2012
My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
I was born in the West Suburbs and began playing bass during high school. I moved to the city to attend music school at Columbia College Chicago, which I concluded with honors in the Spring of 2013. Since then, I have had the opportunity to play with a variety of bands at venues such as the House of Blues, Cubby Bear, Abbey Pub, Elbo Room, and others. With a firm grasp on a variety of styles of bass playing, such as pop, R&B, rock, alternative, blues, jazz, etc., I have had the opportunity to perform with numerous artists making original music in Chicago. Over the past year, I have also spent
time touring on a national and international level with the Nick Moss Band, a blues outfit based in Chicago.
With a style firmly rooted in traditional music theory, I have a strong grasp over the concepts upon which 99% of Western Music is built, from modern pop songs to the compositions of J.S Bach. That, combined with a very strong musical ear, gives me the ability to learn and teach music by ear or on paper, a valuable skill that any musician can use to their benefit.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons with me can be expected to not only go into the basic techniques of bass playing, but beyond that to the application of music theory, ear training, sight reading, etc. I don't just want to make you a great bass player, but a great musician.
Lessons with me are as rigorous as you want them to be; I don't believe in putting down students who don't have time in a week to devote hours of their time to the concepts discussed the previous week. We all have busy lives, and every student is different, so you will call the pace for our lessons together. If you are in a position to dedicate yourself to the instrument, I guarantee that there will be no shortage of material to which I can introduce you.
Here's a rundown of things I hope to work on with my students:
-Basic technique, such as finger position, plucking methods, and exercises to practice these skills -Practical music theory, such as the fundamentals of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and how to apply these to learning new music or writing original material -Ear training exercises to aid in discerning bass parts without the "Guess the Note" game -The ability to read standard music notation for bass (sheet music) as well as how to interpret chord charts -The ability to transcribe efficiently. This means listening to a track of your choosing and writing out the entire bass line from beginning to end. -Standard rehearsal etiquette to build discipline, an invaluable tool for any musician in a rehearsal scenario -Anything you have questions about! If you ever have a song with a favorite bass part that you would like help in figuring out, I would be more than happy to help you.
Let me emphasize that I have no intention of giving my students more than they can handle. The above list is an outline of the services I can offer, but is not a requirement for all students. Again, I will work at the pace that you decide, and help facilitate your development as a musician. That, above all, is my top priority.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students are asked to have an amp and bass on hand. I will bring my own bass, but no amplifier.
*** Online Lesson Details *** Students need to have a webcam on their PC/laptop with a bass and amplifier, so that I can hear them well over the internet.
*** Specialties *** I'm proficient in most/all genres of American popular music dating back to the fifties, be it Blues, R&B, Rock, Soul, Alternative, Folk, etc.
Michael S. January 6, 2015
As a fellow music instructor I know a great teacher when I see one and Nick is one of the best. His high level of musicianship and extensive knowledge inspires everyone around him.
Aside from being an amazing player, Nick is a kind and reliable person. He is great at breaking concepts down and explaining them in a clear way, which is essential for helping students through their most difficult challenges.
If you are looking to become the bass player of your dreams, Nick is your man!
Doug L. November 10, 2013
Great students make great teachers!
Nick was my bass student at Columbia College - he also studied with Chuck Webb. He was an excellent student, always motivated. punctual, enthusiastic and right on top of all the assignments.
He has turned into a terrific professional player and will make a fantastic bass teacher. He knows the instrument inside out and is an excellent communicator. I highly recommend him to teach you or your child the bass guitar.
Kelsey M. October 31, 2013
A wonderfully knowledgable teacher and mentor
Nick has an immense amount of music theory and bass technique knowledge but I think the thing that sets him apart is his patience, reliability, passion, and his belief in others. Nick has a wonderful work ethic and will work hard to provide his student's with whatever they need.
I began playing bagpipes during my junior year at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. My initial tutor was Mr. Ron "Ringo" Bowen, owner of The Bagpipe Place and teacher at my school at that time. A highlight of this period was playing with The Chieftains at The Pabst Theatre during their San Patricio tour. I have also played with the celtic band Gaelic Storm on 4 separate occasions over several albums. I am on of the few bagpipers in the states who have gone to Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships. The band I played with got 2nd in the world in their grade.
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