Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Phyllis
"Yes, BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER! I wholly agree! Chip is accommodating, knowledgeable, patient, talented, and sweet. My son's voice improved so quickly, that
I'm certain it was Chip's teaching style that made the difference. When we can afford lessons, we will always look for Chip D. Just incredible! Do your voice a favor and contact Chip. He's affordable, too!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Danielle
"Scott is an excellent guitar teacher. He makes it fun to learn while gearing the lessons toward the student’s needs. In return, this allows the student t
o excel in learning the guitar at their own pace. I definitely would recommend Scott as guitar instructor."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Dominick
"After being in a singing group with this super talented songbird for a couple years, I strongly endorse Michele. Her patience is probably her greatest str
ength. She has a great "ear" for music as well.
With an uncanny sense of humor and a tranquil setting in which to learn, I ferociously recommend ."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Lorrie
"I highly recommend this excellent, patient and creative teacher. He helped me grow as a musician and writer. If you are looking for an experienced and d
edicated instructor, you will be pleased with Mr. Paul."
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Cara
"Rhonda has only been teaching my sons ( 5yr old and a 7yr old) for a couple of months, and in those months I have seen my boys grow so much. They love mus
ic and are so excited when it is lesson time. She has such patience and understanding that make it a great learning environment."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Dean
"Rachel is an excellent teacher. I started with her when I was 57 years old and have taken lessons for over 5 1/2 years. This is the first instrument I
have ever played. Rachel is extremely patient and very attentive to details. She is extremely knowledgeable academically and has a lifetime of performance experience. Any student young or old would be proud to have her as their teacher."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Nina
"My son, age 8, has been taking lessons with David for two years, and we have found him to be a deeply thoughtful, compassionate and highly musical teacher
. He brings rigor yet gentle patience to each lesson. He brings enormous creativity to craft the lesson so that it 'meets' my son at his own level. My son is not the easiest student, and yet David keeps him engaged. I also very much appreciate David's attention to technique so that good habits are at the very foundation of learning to play. David brings a responsiveness and understanding of children that is truly exceptional. We have seen great progress with him!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"Recording artist and award-winning drummer/percussionist Evan Stone has an extraordinary wealth of wisdom and talent.
Of his many advanced traits, Ev
an Stone has a knack for listening (“Don’t hear, Listen” ...Stonism). He presents information in digestible chunks. Hence, each lesson is customized to your specific way of understanding. No matter your musical level, nor your age, your heritage, your hard-wiring, your existential pulse....Evan Stone speaks your language. Evan does not Judge. Evan Evaluates.
Here is my pitch--- Evan Stone, Zen Drum Teacher: Learn how to “sing” your drum beats. Learn how to read and write musical scales. Learn how to play patterns and accents you thought “too advanced”. Evan is a generous musician ready to share his “secret” paradiddles, grooves, poly-rhythms, triplets and more... Everything from jazz, rock, funk, blues, samba, bossa nova, reggae, clave, African, techno, country/folk...anything and everything musical and percussive is in his DNA.
Another thing about Evan Stone’s Lessons which I find really cool...he incorporates visual/audio tools and real-world analogies which transfer and fold back into music theory and playing (e.g. the Clock, the Tides, the tenuous pulse of a Major-League pitcher on the mound, Locked-in...winning the Ninth Inning). Always fluid and never clunky, Evan routinely accesses Smartphone aps (video, audio, tempo click); pen and paper, track references, or just random objects in the room -- which may even include mystical elements hovering in the atmosphere (Disclaimer: Don’t worry about it, he’s from Long Island, NY...he keeps the cosmic real).
Pull the trigger and hire Mr. Stone if you want To Live. And Play. And converse in a New, Universal, Grooving, Language.
|| Boom-tap-slap-tap || Boom-slap-tap-tap! ||
david worthington costa mesa, ca"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Grace
"I have known Trevor for many years. I've seen him perform with his band and to say it plainly..he is VERY good. Watching him makes me excited to get bet
ter myself. You can tell he truly enjoys playing and his passion is contagious. He helped me pick out my violin and with his skills as a violin maker, he even modified it to get the best sound. Not only is he a knowledgeable and talented musician, he is a kind and patient person. I highly recommend Trevor to others."
*** Specialties *** Hi, there! My name is John M and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students build a solid foundation and understanding of music, as well as developing their skills to become well rounded musicians. I also help my students learn to enjoy practicing and performing. I went to the University of Redlands and earned a degree in Music Composition in 2014. I'm a fun and friendly person and my teaching style is constructed in a way that will appeal to visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners. I am very interested in Kod
aly's method of inner hearing and music literacy. I also use warm ups that will help my students develop proper playing techniques, and I teach my students how to play with expression, and emotion. I strive to teach at the best of my ability, work hard, and share my love for music with others. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Michael D. June 23, 2015
John was very patient and encouraging when I first started. He always has a positive attitude and is such a joy to be around. Always arrives on time and always has a plan.
Diana R. June 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very calm, and knowledgable. Helping me progress.
Kaitlyn K. April 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Awesome. My granddaughter can't wait for her next lesson. John was wonderful with her and with my family standing around watching. I could not have made a better chose.
I am a guitarist, composer and teacher specializing in classical guitar and Latin American music. I have loved music for all of my life and my primary expression of that love is playing guitar. I currently teach private guitar lessons, lecture at San Bernardino Valley College and work as a freelance performer in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area.
I began my study of music at the age of thirteen when I taught myself how to play folk, rock and blues guitar. Though, to be honest, I didn't just teach myself. I had many friends who played guitar who would show me songs or correct mi
stakes in the songs I had learned from the internet. I remember thinking that music had a special ability to bring people together, and I became determined to understand what exactly it was that gave music that power. I began my formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I studied guitar, music appreciation and music theory. In 2002 I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.
I majored in classical guitar at the UC Santa Cruz, but I also pursued a variety of other musical interests including Balinese Gamelan, jazz improvisation and North Indian classical music. It was fascinating to learn how different cultures thought of music and how participating in music is so often linked with the formation of community. I also learned a lot about the history of Western music. I studied the lute and performed the works of Scarlatti, Bach and Handel with the UC Santa Cruz Early Music Consort. I also was a member of the UC Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which performed experimental contemporary music. I loved performing with all the different ensembles and becoming familiar with music from different times in history and different places in the world. In 2004, during my last year of college, I began working as a freelance guitar instructor in Santa Cruz.
In April of 2005 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance performer and guitar teacher. I studied guitar with Dr. Emre Sabuncuoglu at the Los Angeles Guitar Academy and eventually became an associate instructor there. At that time, I was also teaching guitar, piano and songwriting at a studio called All Access Musician located in the San Fernando Valley.
In Fall of 2007 I began working towards my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at Riverside. While at Riverside, I studied and performed the music of the Peruvian Andes, early lute music and Brazilian choro. I had always loved Latin American music, but this was the first time I had been regularly performing it with large ensembles. The rhythm, the dance and the singing of Andean music captivated me in a way I never thought it could. I also began to recognize the rhythmic complexity of all Brazilian music at this time and became very interested in choro, samba and bossa nova.
During my time at UC Riverside I was awarded three fellowships from the Gluck Fellows Program, which allowed me to give free public concerts and lectures in schools, libraries and assisted living homes. It gave me great joy to see children in the community fascinated with the music I performed for them and actually being interested in hearing about 16th century Germany or the Peruvian Andes. After two wonderful and painstaking years, I received my Masters of Music in December of 2009.
Currently I work as a freelance classical guitarist for weddings, receptions and festivals. My classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. I am a founding member of Kusisqa: The Riverside Andean Music Ensemble. We performed for hundreds of people at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival. I also collaborate with many local musicians performing nueva cancion, jazz, classical music and original compositions.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that playing an instrument should be a source of joy in one's life. Playing music is one of the most enriching experiences life has to offer. Every single person on this Earth has the inherent skills necessary to play music, but learning how to express yourself with an instrument is no simple task. It requires a great deal of discipline, focus and intent to realize the music that you want to play. But fear not: YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Too often people think of music as something genetic, that you are either predisposed to be a good musician or you aren't. I know from personal experience that this is simply not true. All great musicians became great because they have the discipline, focus and intent to realize the music they want to play. My lessons are designed to give you the skills necessary to make the music YOU want to.
I recognize that every musician is an individual and I want to help you express your individuality through music. Everyone has their own style and tastes, especially when it comes to the music they like and want to make. Whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll (or classical, or emo, or metal, or grunge...) I can help you make the music you want to. I will help you establish your musical goals and set you on a path towards achieving them.
You also must realize that in order to achieve your musical goals, there are some important fundamentals you need to know. For instance, it is vital that a musician be able to physically manipulate their instrument efficiently and effortlessly. Other skills like knowing how to tune and care for your instrument, how to count rhythms and how to practice music are absolutely crucial for you to be successful in reaching your personal musical goals. My first goal as your teacher is to help you master these fundamentals so you have the skills to learn the music YOU want to.
I have taught literally hundreds of students of all ages over the past six years and my students have a very high success rate. Most of my students play in a recital within the first three months of lessons. All of my students who have been studying with me for more than six months have learned dozens of songs and many have begun performing at open mics, concerts and festivals.
Within the first month of lessons you will be able to play simple songs like Skip to My Lou, Amazing Grace or You Are My Sunshine. You will learn to read music notation, which will give you the ability to look-up and learn songs from the internet. By the second month of lessons you will have mastered the basics and progress to more advanced songs! By the third month you will have solid technique, strong music reading skills and you will start choose the songs you want to learn!
My advanced students, usually those who have been studying with me for six months or more, will choose songs they would like to work on. At this stage I often begin to cover special topics with my students depending on their particular musical interests. Some examples of special topics I've worked on with my students are music theory, ear training, harmony singing, composition, songwriting and preparation for the collegiate study of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, 88-key weighted and graded keyboard, guitar tuner, metronome, music stands, various percussion and wind instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, guitar tuner, metronome, music stand
*** Specialties *** classical guitar, Latin American music, composition, music theory
Kevin H. August 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
William is a wonderful guitar teacher. He is very patient and knowledgeable. He works well with our 14 year old. We would highly recommend him!
Trisha B. August 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We absolutely love William. He is so good with our granddaughter. She looks forward to each lesson.
julie S. August 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm a piano player with over a decade of experience, and have been teaching lessons for around eight years or so. I graduated with honors from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2008, with degrees in both Music Education and Music Composition.I have an affinity for Central and Eastern European Piano music and I currently play two Sundays a month at Spirit of Hope Church in San Bernardino. My teaching style runs the gamut of the piano repertoire -- from classical to broadway to jazz to the commercial music arena -- and my teaching revolves around the importance of notation and the
printed page.I was originally a guitar player and have taught guitar to students as well, again, placing great emphasis on notated music, as it's far easier to move from the printed page to tabulature or pop music charts than to go the other way around.For music theory students, I have had the wonderful experience of taking an independent study course on modern compositional techniques and would be happy to share my knowledge with those currently attending a college or university, who are in the middle of their course of study, or who are considering studying music in an academic setting.My essential goal for a student studying music is to be well-rounded musically, exploring music in various genres and styles, having technical proficiency and the ability to read, understand, and reproduce great music.I originally graduated from Mt. San Jacinto College in 2001 and I also hold an Associates of Arts Degree in Music. I studied piano under Dr. Larry McFatter at California State University, San Bernardino, for the better part of 2005 and 2006, and with Dr. Alma Batista from 2008 to June 2013.
*** Lesson Details *** Interested students can generally expect to follow a syllabus of piano repertoire that runs the gamut of notated musical history, in addition to repertoire selected by the student, and will focus both on technical proficiency, with an emphasis on rhythmic accuracy, as well as musicality and performance. In a three to six month span, a student who averages around 30 minutes of daily practice should have learned note names in all registers of the keyboard, five-finger positions and basic arpeggios, and should be reading pieces accurately with a metronome.
Students are expected to make time between lessons for practice, and while I will generally provide the first round of books (a theory and a lesson book), they are expected as they grow musically to furnish books of their own. Students are expected to have or have access to a keyboard instrument in a quiet area free of noise and distraction, and to actively participate in their own progress as they grow musically.Piano students will generally begin with Faber's Piano Adventures series (including theory books -- consisting of written or performed exercises demonstrating mastery of musical concepts) until they reach an intermediate level, when the selected repertoire becomes much more expansive and can be selected by the student. Very young students will use Bastien's Piano Primer books.
Guitar students can expect to begin with Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing", and to remain in that book while a repertory of ancillary materials makes its way into the students library.
Any student considering Music Theory is strongly encouraged to purchase MacGamut for ear training exercises and Robert Ottman's "Music for Sight Singing", in addition to manuscript paper and any number of music fundamentals texts.As a teacher, my primary focus is finding music that interests the student, and am therefore not predisposed to any particular books or publishing companies at the intermediate level.
My teaching style is not so strict as to invoke anxiety, nor so casual as to permit lapses in regular practice. I will help students (and parents) build a practice routine that suits their schedule between lessons. I strongly encourage parental involvement in their student's learning for all students who are either approaching elementary school age or are in the elementary school.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not provide equipment to students, as I expect those who are learning guitar or piano to have their own materials. I will provide the first few books for my students, but they are expected to procure their own music once they reach an intermediate level of musicianship.
*** Specialties *** In the classical arena, my specialties are the fin de siecle art music of Central and Eastern European Composers (Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu, Bartok). I am a classically trained musician from a conservatory-style program at CSU San Bernardino which included quarterly juries and performances at recitals, and I am geared towards performance.
I also read music from charts, playing in a church band twice a month and can teach any form of music from charts.
Victoria Carrillo Batta is a well-known and frequently requested orchestral performer in the San Bernardino County, Orange County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County areas. She is a regular performer with the Redlands Symphony, and also holds a piccolo/flute position in the highly acclaimed American Youth Symphony. Victoria is currently in her second year of study in the Masters’ degree program at the University of Redlands School of Music where she studies flute performance under the expert tutelage of Sara Andon. Before pursuing a Ma
sters’ degree in Flute Performance, Victoria completed a double degree at the University of Redlands in Music Performance and Music Education. Throughout her time at Redlands, Victoria has served as principal flute in the University Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble, and has also been a winner of the highly distinguished University of Redlands Presidents’ Honor Recital on four separate occasions. In addition to her invaluable instruction from Sara Andon, Victoria is privileged to have also worked in master class settings and private instruction with Mary Bestgen, Florence Estrin, Eileen Holt, Sarah Jackson, Jim Walker, Walfrid Kujala, John Barcellona, Thomas Robertello, Paul-Edmund Davies, Ransom Wilson, and Jeanne Baxtresser.
Victoria is also a passionate teacher and is a fully credentialed teacher in the state of California. She is an active member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and the world-renown honors society Pi Kappa Lambda. She is also a proficient pianist, having studied piano since the age of 4. Victoria maintains an active private flute and piano studio and is always looking for new enthusiastic learners.
*** Lesson Details *** My students can expect to have fun while they learn music literacy and the wonderful art and technique of playing a new instrument. I am friendly, positive, and upbeat in my teaching, yet I also maintain high standards for my students. I have a very warm personality and and very patient with my students, but of course I challenge them as well! I also put on a recital for my students at least twice a year so that their friends and family can appreciate the hard work they have put into their musical development. Performance venues for my students have included retirement homes, universities, and community centers. I encourage chamber music and organize for my students to play duets, trios, or quartets with each other.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stand, keyboard/piano
*** Travel Equipment *** Flute students must have a music stand and instrument. Method books and sheet music will be discussed and decided upon in lessons.
Piano students MUST have either a real piano OR an electronic keyboard with WEIGHTED KEYS, and must be a full keyboard of 88 keys. Failure to secure an appropriate instrument within the first 3-5 lessons will seriously affect the students' ability to retain the information we will learn in lessons.
*** Specialties *** I am a classically trained flutist and pianist. I also have experience in playing jazz music and improvisation.
Evelyn B. September 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lessons with Victoria are a lot of fun. She has a way of teaching that you can't forget. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
Evelyn B. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I greatly appreciate my teacher!!! She is patient, very pleasant, smart....! I feel very comfortable learning from her.
Brooke L. May 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Brooke had a great first lesson. She really liked Victoria! Looking forward to working with her in the future.
Whether you would like to play in a band, record your drums (professionally and affordably), create beats, learn to read music, or understand and play different styles of music, I will help to get you started on your way to achieving your dreams.
With almost 20 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals, now matter how big or small. We'll work together on uncovering your talents and use them to your advantage while improving on areas that might be holding you back from reaching your full musical potential.
Paul V., originally from St. Louis , Mis
souri, studied drums for several years before becoming interested in classical percussion and piano in college, eventually becoming Principal Timpanist for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and also Guest Artist with the nationally acclaimed St. Louis Brass Band. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, Paul has played/recorded with the Jacob and Matthew Band, Jane Lui, Danielle Rose, Warren Charles, Scott Detweiler, Hunter Parrish (from Showtime's Weeds and Godspell on Broadway), Brendan James, Billy Mitchell, Bill Purdy, Don Kirkpatrick (Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker), Jeff Littleton (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine), John Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Pete Anderson (Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam), and has opened for acts including The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Wailing Souls, Clint Black, Junior Brown, Rodney Crowell, and has also played for members of the Library of Congress. He has performed at numerous venues ranging from Lucas Oil Stadium, the Verizon Center (Washington, DC), and Cowboy Stadium to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Hotel Café, the Roxy, and many others. Paul is an active educator and has taught at the Los Angeles College of Music and Music Performance Academy and has also studied with Steve Ferrone, Peter Erskine, Joe Porcaro, and Ralph Humphrey.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DTX electronic drums in personal home studio and Pro Tools for recording lesson progress.
Ara D. May 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Paul does a great job of balancing the theoretical and applied. He focuses on developing strong fundamentals and good habits but also delves into songs that apply new skills learned along the way at the appropriate pace. As a beginner, Paul has helped me get off to a good start where I'm learning a lot but also having a lot of fun.
A big plus is that he's got a real down-to-earth personality that makes the lessons even more enjoyable and really interesting to talk to about all things drums and otherwise.
cindi G. November 9, 2014
My son has taken lessons with Paul for over 5 years. Not only is Paul an accomplished musician, he's a great teacher. His teaching style is positive and supportive. He has modified my son's lessons through the years, as his goals and needs have changed. Paul has always been professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He genuinely seems to enjoy what he does, and as a bonus, Paul is also a really nice guy, who has had a positive influence on my teenage son's life.
Alex D. September 18, 2014
Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson. He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!
The violin is often considered by musicians to be one of the most challenging instruments to learn. Its roots trace back many centuries and it was clearly a definitive instrument in shaping classical music all over the world. One of the reasons it is considered a difficult instrument to learn is that it's a fretless string instrument, making violin music notes appear to be inexact, yet fingering must still be done with precision. The reward for learning this sweet-sounding elegant instrument, ho …
Introduction to Violin Music Notes
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Easy Guitar Tabs to Play Now
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How to Read Guitar Tabs
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