Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Julie
My 10 year old son Charlie recently started taking guitar lessons with Brian. At first we weren't sure if he would be interested in ded
icating himself to learning the guitar. Right away we could tell that he developed a confidence and excitement for guitar and music. Even as early as his first lesson he was playing chords to a song! We weren't aware of this but now we have learned that our son Charlie wants to learn "heavy metal". Brian has informed us that he can teach Charlie any style of guitar that he wants to learn. I am happy knowing that our son has a good role model that can help him along his musical path, whichever direction it takes him. I highly recommend Brian as a guitar teache"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Hezal
"Alex is a great guitar teacher. I like the way he teaches the guitar. He has made the music euphonious for me. He encourages me to listen the scales and c
hords while he plays and thus it helps me to learn guitar very quickly. I am new to guitar but Alex has made everything simple with his fun and friendly environment during the lessons. I would recommend him who is beginner like me in guitar."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Mathew is a great guitar teacher, he's patient, kind, friendly & most importantly my daughter adores him. She looks forward to her lessons & he's extremel
y talented. He encourages her to do her best & she loves playing the guitar."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Grace
"She was great. My daughter could not stop talking about the piano after her class. Cassandra was very patient and imformative in her lesson. Highly recomm
end. We are very excited about our next and future lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mala
"My 6 year old daughter learned piano from Ms Angelica for more than a year. She was always very excited to attend her classes. She learned the basics very
quickly and loved the fun music games at the end of her class(which kept her interest in learning music). Ms Angelica is very soft spoken, accommodative and great with kids. My daughter still misses her as she moved to Indiana now."
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by Michael
"Very nice, great teacher"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Joni
"Kate is not only a genius composer and drummer, but also one of the best teachers I've ever studied with. In the summer before and after my freshman year
at Berklee college of music, I got the chance to take a few lessons with Kate through the New York Summer Music Festival. She has greatly influenced my playing, but more importantly she inspired me to listen to new music, to think of the drums differently and approach the music with a wider understanding of what's going on. She's also very friendly and constantly searching for a method of teaching that best fits her student. In one of my lessons with her I had a hard time understanding the concept she was describing, so she took out a piece of paper and asked if I was a more visual learner. I said yes and she made it all quite clear on paper!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Judy
"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 v
ery talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Daryl was my very first music teacher! He himself is a great violinist and has much knowledge on various techniques. He really cares about his students
and has the patience, positivity, and passion necessary to facilitate a wonderful, fun, and informative experience. Although I no longer play violin, I am now a renowned singer and Arabic lute player, and I believe I was able to pick up the lute with no problem and very quickly due to learning proper violin technique with Daryl early on in my musical practices. Highly recommend taking lessons with him!"
I am a classically trained singer, with a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. I have performed professionally in Opera, Concert, Musical Theatre and Oratorio. I believe in good, solid technique, no matter what style of music you want to sing. Build your confidence! Sing connected to your body, mind and soul. I teach students age 12 and up.
*** Lesson Details *** Singing is fun and should feel good. I tailor each lesson to each student. You can expect to begin every lesson with some vocalizing, along with some exercises to help you connect to your brea
th and body. We'll work on developing good, solid vocal technique that we can incorporate into whatever style of music you'd like to work on.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio set up in basement with keyboard, and computer to record lessons. Parking available in parking lot.
*** Specialties *** I was trained classically, but have experience singing Musical Theatre as well as Opera.
Jeff K. January 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons with Shelly. Shelly provides a wonderful, positive learning environment, and her understanding of voice and her ability to help get the best out of you is very impressive.
Lucille B. April 8, 2014
Finding my inner voice
It's been a year since I started singing lessons with Shelly in my home. Besides her extreme talent, that she is reliable, trustworthy, patient and kindhearted, and my 4 dogs love her as much as I do, Shelly has been the perfect singing teacher for me. I am not a stage performer, nor do I intend to be, but I am a trial attorney and do speak in front of audiences often. After some health issues last year, I decided to conquer the stress in my life and find my inner voice. I love to sing but have had no lessons and rarely sing in front of others. I am not even sure I have any talent. Shelly has been wonderful with helping me find out if I do, but even more importantly, she allows me to have fun with singing. Finding my inner voice is allowing me to find inner peace and strength, and this has been such a great way to relieve stress. I am loving it.
Alvarez J. March 1, 2014
Gained more confidence since my first lesson
Shelly is a wonderful vocal coach. We always have a lot of fun and I always look forward to my lessons. She helps me feel more confident about singing in front of people. Because of Shelly, my singing has made a big improvement since last year. She is an amazing teacher and I am lucky to have her as my coach.
I am very passionate about music and spend many hours everyday playing the piano and teaching. My love for music began at a very young age. I remember playing with the glockenspiel and toy organ as a young child. I started playing the piano by ear and then later studied formally in college and received my degree. I studied piano at Concordia College and The Westchester Conservatory of Music. I teach all styles of piano, Classical, Pop, Rock, Broadway, or Jazz. I am patient, friendly and know how to make learning music fun. I offer piano and keyboard lessons to ages 5 and up, beginners to advan
*** Lesson Details *** I use curriculum from many different publishers and match it to my students interest. Students will learn music that inspires them. However there is also work that needs to get done. Every lesson will include piano technique, music theory, rhythm training and sight reading. We will than explore different styles of piano music and build a repertoire of songs. In June all students have the opportunity to play in a recital.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio with upright piano.
*** Specialties *** I teach all styles of music classical, rock, Broadway and jazz. I have developmentally appropriate piano curriculum for children between the ages of 4 and 5 years. Adult students can also learn the piano.
Marlene V. October 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.
How do I do it?
I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.
You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that yo
ur child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.
I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way, especially kids.
For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.
I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.
It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.
Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London. Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records. Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)
*** Lesson Details *** If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like. If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1926 Steinway A
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.
*** Specialties *** I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.
Andrew R. December 31, 2014
In home Verified Student
John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.
Janet S. July 23, 2014
John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.
Heather S. July 22, 2014
My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.
Hello, Music has always been a part of my life. I've studied music at Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz (Where I completed my Bachelor's Degree) I've been teaching music since 2010. For the past few years I've been very fortunate to travel the world performing music. I have performed in 45 of the U.S. States and 25 different countries across 5 continents.
My goal is for the student to have and understanding of the music and perform it effortlessly. Most of all, help share with them the joy and happiness that music has given me over the years.
Eric W. March 31, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Ben is top of the line. Great attitude, good with kids and adults! Highly recommend.
Steve S. March 11, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Ben's bass playing is experienced and versatile, much like the way he teaches. Since he's fluent in multiple genres - from rock to jazz to ska and more - he's able to incorporate a student's specific musical interests into their lesson and tailor the learning especially to them, which always makes his lessons interesting and exciting.
Joe H. February 6, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Lessons with Ben have helped me, a guitarist first and foremost, to be able to hang on Bass in a professional capacity. His music philosophy has helped me to approach my own playing with a more focused mind. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
I have been a professional singer for 20 years and started studying singing when I was 12 years old. I have always been passionate about singing and teaching people how to sing with ease. I maintain that singing should feel good and never hurt, if you get a sore throat, something is wrong! My teaching style is supportive and encouraging, I like to focus on the positive and encourage my students to record their lessons so that they can remember all of the technical instruction I give. I was fortunate to have learned from wonderful teachers and studying at The Juilliard School helped to foster m
y love for music and my desire to share my knowledge. I have a yearly recital in my home where my students benefit from watching each other. I look forward to helping you be the best singer you can be!
Faith August 10, 2015
Classical Voice ·
I have been working with Sabrina for seven years and have seen my voice grow and develop. I have always loved to sing and I went to Sabrina in order to learn how to sing correctly. Sabrina has turned me into a musician! Her way of training in technique is so skilled and kind; I never feel "on the spot" or self-conscious. She is never negative. The most she says is "We'll work on this." I have learned how to use my whole body to support my voice. She has brought my range up beyond anything I ever thought I could do. I can work on a passage over and over and she never tires of it, never loses patience, is always present for support as a teacher and a friend, We are so lucky to have her here. She's rare!
Merryl August 8, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Sabrina puts her heart and energy into teaching classical voice to my daughter. She is knowledgeable and very supportive and her expertise has been key to helping my daughter develop her passion and talent. I recommend Sabrina with highest regard!
Elisa August 8, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Sabrina is an exceptionally supportive and effective teacher. She makes me feel good about the instrument I have, my voice, and focuses on helping me to master my control of it, as opposed to making me feel like my voice itself is lacking in any way. No matter your voice type, she understands your challenges and issues. Under her tutelage I have progressed enormously and have been able to perform pieces I never thought possible. Listeners have noticed huge changes and ask me all the time what I have done to gain such improvement.
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So, you want to learn piano. It's one of the most versatile instruments, and learning how to teach yourself piano will surely serve you in other areas of your life. If youre truly committed to playing this instrument, use this guide to get started.
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