Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kuy Hun
"Awesome. I've only taken a few classes so far, but the exercises that Ian give me have really helped me get better and I constantly feel progress."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sara
"Rory has been teaching my daughter guitar for a couple years now. He is patient, articulate, a talented musician, a nice guy, and a great teacher.."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Marge
"Kind and gentle
Voytek is a wonderful instructor. My son is shy but Voytek's kind and gentle demeanor really puts my son at ease. My son always looks for
ward to his next lesson and strives to do his best. Along with Voytek being a great instructor, this is a great program."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Greg
Peter is an excellent Piano teacher with a solid mastery of the instrument. As a beginner, it was an excellent introduction. He is incr
eadibly patient and caters to you and not to a book.
Highly recommended. Enjoy!"
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Maya
"Josh is a great fit for my daughter, who is interested in singing mainly pop music. She's been really enjoying her lessons."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Steven
"This is the guy!
Well, where to start....As a drummer, he is "virtuoso". I've been a drummer for quite a few year and found out about Keith through a fri
end. I was looking for a drum instructor/coach/colleague who I could use as a way to tune up, wait for it..............I found so much more in Keith. We spent a session analyzing my technique and Keith was quick to analyze and develop a plan to take me to the next, and next, and next level. As I'm the drummer in a substantial group "DC Stimulus",I often looked forward to meeting with Keith as someone who has been through the trials and tribulations before and was able to offer great advise Like gold this guy is! Back to the basics. Because of Keith, I (re)discovered the sooooooo important point building a drummers metaphorical castle on a sound foundation. If you're looking for someone to start with on you drummers journey or an experienced drummer who is looking for a coach who is vastly qualified to critique (therefore improve) your technique, Keith is your guy. Keith, I love you man!! I look forward to drumming with you again!!!!!!!!!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by rakesh
I found him to be really really good at what he knows and an excellent and patient teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Tiffany
"best teacher ever
Jennifer has been teaching my 9 year old son for the last few months now. My husband and I enjoy listening to him play and the progress
he makes week to week. She is amazing with him. Definately great with children. We are excited to see how far he can advance this year. Keep up the great work Jennifer!! Thanks!!!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Imani
"I recommend Jennifer Vanella wholeheartedly!
I started working with Ms.Vanella in July or 2013. I originally came into her studio not knowing what to exp
ect. I can honestly say I was presently surprised. Jen creates an atmosphere that is fun and comforting for all who enter it. she is patient, kind, and dedicated to ensuring that her students are the best singers they can possibly be. I am forever grateful that I found her when I did. I have grown immensely since working with Jen and I recommend her to anyone who is in search of a professional,talented, and experienced vocal coach!"
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.
My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!
Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether
you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.
I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.
But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.
Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.
*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.
*** Specialties ***
For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.
For all singers, I am also a superb acting coach!
Fred June 18, 2016
Classical Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
Spent a lot of time going over my musical background and getting to know me in general. Made an assessment of my vocal ability, potential strengths and weaknesses that seemed accurate to me. Proposed a lesson plan to develop my singing that seemed reasonable and practical given my goals.
Sofia B. April 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson
Bettina October 27, 2015
What makes Nancy special as a voice teacher is her ability to understand her student.
I did not want to become a professional, I just wanted to be able to sing in my church choir and not sound
completely off. It turns out that there is a lot to singing which I had no knowledge of, the most important part is
being relaxed and breathing properly. With her help I am singing much better than I ever thought I could and singing with my choir with so much more confidence!
I highly recommend Nancy. She is patient (with me one often has to repeat segments over and over until they come out right), she
never gets upset and she knows how to encourage you when you do well. She is warm and funny and it is a pleasure to have her as a teacher and a coach.
Jason received his Bachelor of Music from UMKC Music Conservatory and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the Rudi E Scheidt School of Music where he studied with Lily Afshar. Jason has won several competitions including the "Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition" and has performed at various festivals including the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He currently received an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase with Frederic Hand. Jason is passionate about teaching guitar to all ages. He has received Suzuki guitar training at the Frank Longay Co
nservatory of Guitar and is qualified to teach the method to children as young as three years old and older.
Jason is equally as proficient in Rock/Metal as he is in Classical and World music styles. He has studied rock music at various institutes such as the "National Guitar Workshop" in New Milford Connecticut.
Jason has been teaching guitar for over ten years.
*** Lesson Details *** Do you want to raise your level of guitar playing to the next level? Are you a complete beginner and would like to learn the basics like: chords, scales, and how to read music? Do you want to learn music theory? I can teach you all of these things. I am classically trained as well as trained in a wide variety of other genres of music. I am passionate about teaching you what YOU want to learn. I have taught students as young as three years old and as old as sixty! I can teach all levels of players from beginners to advanced . My goal is to find what you most enjoy about guitar playing and music and help you to develop it. I encourage my students to find their musical voice through their own personality, aptitude and individuality.
I teach various methods, which depends on what the student wants to learn. I am a firm believer in building proper technique. This is crucial for the Rock player as well as the Classical player.
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in studio with music stand, books, acoustic guitar(s), Electric guitar(s), amplifier, Cords.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide Music, Staff Paper, Music Stands. Will bring travel amp if necessary.
*** Specialties *** I have experience as well as training in Suzuki method. I have experience teaching Classical/Rock/Metal/Pop/Folk
John Aldrich July 30, 2015
Online Verified Student
Great first lesson. Can't wait for more
ralph H. July 21, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommend Jason.
Ernest S. March 11, 2014
Classical Guitar Verified Student
My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.
Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, Ã¢ÂÂCradle SongÃ¢ÂÂ. Former Head of Drama at the Wooster School in Danbury CT, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing young and
adult actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on Thirty RockÂÂ, Gilmore GirlsÂÂ, Law and OrderÂÂ and others. She will help pick your material, improve your vocal technique, and coach your song and or monologue beat by beat until you are connected not only to the music, but to the text as well. She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild. "Ms. Mary is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.
*** Lesson Details *** In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.
*** Studio Equipment *** casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet
*** Specialties *** pop and musical theatre singing college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance
Alexa W. June 22, 2016
In home Verified Student
Nice teacher, looking forward to the next lesson.
Maggie June 16, 2016
Mary Phillips is excellent! I highly recommend her. Her knowledge of technique and her ability to explain it's proper applications helped my daughter improve not only her vocal quality but her range. Mary also worked on building her self confidence and attitude. I've notice a significant improvement in her approach to auditions. She is less nervous and more confident in her skills. We had a hard time trying to find an instructor who values someone with a lower range. I wish we had found her earlier!
Harper March 25, 2016
Online Verified Student
Mary was an absolute godsend! I started lessons with her to help prepare for college theatre auditions. I was so overwhelmed with the whole process and didn't even know where to begin picking monologues and songs. Mary helped me so much by sending different monologues that she thought would fit and we would go from there. She was always there to answer any questions I had, and I had a lot! She is patient and encouraging and our lessons were always a lot of fun but I also learned so much! I also took voice lessons from Mary and in doing so, my voice has greatly improved and so has my confidence. I just finished all of my auditions and I truly could not have done this without her. I couldn't recommend her more!
Greetings and Well-Met! My name is Avi and I can help you make music TODAY! I am a working composer, performer, audio engineer, and instructor, with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy passing on the knowledge of music and help my students cultivate their interest into a real life-long passion. As a heavy empath, I am the kind of teacher who will sit, listen, and connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with all concepts of learning music.
Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York, I can give you lessons in guitar, b
ass, music theory, songwriting, audio engineering, and classical composition! My teaching method in personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning. We're all unique individuals after all!
Nick May 14, 2016
Avi has always been a helpful resource when learning to approach any number of instruments and musical experiments. His encyclopedic knowledge of theory and music technology, coupled with his adaptability to different tastes and approaches and willingness to experiment, makes him a great source of knowledge and an endlessly awesome collaborator.
Alex May 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
I had just gotten a guitar as a gift for my birthday, but had no idea how to play. I heard about Avi through a friend for lessons, so I figured, "why not give it a try?"
So far the lesson's have been great: he's very understanding and patient, and has a good structure and method to the way he teaches. I'm still a novice, but I'm able to play a few songs, and my chord knowledge and technique have been improving rapidly!
Taylor May 11, 2016
This guy is a true master at his craft, but also a delightfully positive and patient instructor. Words really don't do him justice, but I can say with great certainty, I am ten times better after only a few months.
He has all kinds of 'hacks' to make guitar easier. I tried learning for years, but only now am I really improving tonally as well as musically.
If you want to really play with joy, and the knowledge/technique to back it up, who's your guy? THIS GUY. PERIOD.
A violinist is a musical knight: the round shield which once protected the heart has become a sound-resonating violin, the linear sword a bow, yet the fundamental gestures are the same. The active right directs according to linear rules, the left spirals inwards.
My name is Gabrielle A. I am French, in my mid-twenties, and hold a MA in education. Simple, to the point, confident, smiling and fun, I engage quickly and well with those around me.
While teaching a standard violin apprenticeship curriculum, I approach the instrument from the perspective of movement: what qual
itative gesture is at play behind a particular stroke or fingering?
Imagine playing violin according to lines of force, directions and qualities of movement between the right and the left! Musical sound, and its higher sibling tone, are born from the qualitative interplay between right and left meeting in the human chest. By inwardly experiencing the instrument as a threefold instrument (violin, bow and violinist) we can step away from the view that the violin is 'somewhere out there', a foreign object to be more or less painfully mastered.
I believe that as instrumentalists we ourselves are a part of the tone we produce. I will therefore look with you at the kinesiology behind a correct posture and encourage you to experience the playing process as a circle between the violin, the bow and the violinist.
I hope to hear from you, meet you, and work with you!
Yours sincerely, Gabrielle
Sally W. January 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Gabrielle was WONDERFUL!! She was truly the best teacher my son has ever had. She’s warm, lovely, encouraging. Everything you would want in a teacher. We’re very sorry to see her go, as she is moving. It will be very hard to replace her.
Amy H. January 5, 2016
In home Verified Student
Gabrielle is very gentle and really good with high energy children. She is also very encouraging. Recommend!
Vishakha S. November 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
This is our first experience with a violin teacher. My daughter has so far loved the classes. Gabrielle is playful with the child and very energetic. She is very careful and detailed in her approach which is very important when working with a child who is beginning to learn. She keeps the child engaged through out the class, with games, little dance steps, striking conversation with the child etc. She has interesting ideas and techniques to teach this difficult instrument to a five year old. So far we are very happy with Gabrielle.
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