Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Tommy
"I've been trying to teach myself guitar for 8 years now, just bits and pieces of a lot of songs, but after taking lessons from Andy for the last 2 month's
, I can now play almost 40 songs all the way thru, and getting ready to put a band together, I couldn't have done it without Andy, He is an Awesome Teacher, Very Easy to work with, I would recommend taking lessons from Andy, If you want to take your guitar playing to the Next Level."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Christopher
"With a keen knowledge for the art of music Kenneth is a great teacher . He can answer any questions you have and the environment is inspiring i Give him a
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by S
"Excellant kid friendly instructor
My five year old son has been taking piano lessons with Ruth for the past few months. She makes the lessons fun and is
very patient. He enjoys his lessons and is very excited about his piano classes. I highly recommend her."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Julie
My instructor Kelly Z. is completely professional, made me feel at ease, very knowledgeable, wonderful at communication, fun, and she made me feel
comfortable and I would definitely recommend her to others. The "Take lessons" employees were kind and extremely professional. So far my experience has been very rewarding for me."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Rob
"Benjamin is a great teacher and a talented musician. It is obvious that he loves music and wants to share that love of music. His lessons are fun and fl
exible, as he tailors the content to the student’s interests. He has a very large collection of music and I found that he was excellent at selecting music that stretched my ability while still being within reach of learning. I have only been playing for a year, but I was very surprised at how quickly Benjamin was able to help me get beautiful sounding music to come out of the piano. I highly recommend."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Linda
"Jenny was a great teacher for my daughter. Jenny really helped her with understanding music, and my daughter loves her! I would highly recommend Jenny."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Mike
"In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've pla
yed guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Janet
"Jason is one of the best when it comes to clarinet instruction. His knowledge of the clarinet and of music is exceptional, as well as practice technique.
I highly recommend him to anyone who has the desire to learn and become better as a musician of clarinet."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Gina
"Dustin Newbold has been my violin teacher for nearly eight years. He is an accomplished musician and outstanding teacher, always patient, encouraging, a
nd professional. He brought me through the very early stages of the violin as a beginner student, to now playing first violin in the community orchestra. He has not only helped me become a better musician, but has been very knowledgeable in bringing me through the rough times of bowing, tuning, and even selecting the appropriate violin, strings, and accessories. Dustin has the sensitivity to understand the student's level of ability and skill, and he creates a path for improvement. Lessons are always challenging and fun. I highly recommend Dustin to any student who is serious about learning music, and especially to those to aim to be proficient on their instrument."
Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David:
"I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and
songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic chords, showed me how to move and follow vocal melodies and challenged me to SEE what I was playing. All at the speed of thought."
Scott Rogness Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist/Guitarist
David F. plays a custom built guitar with Bartoline electronics made by Jay Rhyne in Atlanta, GA. For live performances, David uses a Roland Guitar Synth and an Apple PowerBook with Logic audio for mixing his arsenal of software synthesizers and samplers, as well as Guitar Rig for guitar effects processing. When in Nashville contact David F. for private guitar lessons.
I am always looking for the band that will allow me to express myself, my influences include Hendrix, Page, Dimeola, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and many others.
I read music and charts, and between practicing, teaching, playing, and recording, I have spent 80+ hours a week for the past 34 years with a guitar. I like to soar in the wind when I am playing."
*** Lesson Details *** Almost all of my students learn bar chords and how to use them in song they want to play in the first hour of lesson time.
Almost all of my students begin in the first lesson with songs like Little Wing and Georgia On My Mind, and Stairway To Heaven, with the right chords in sheet music form. Once you learn how to do that you can begin to take yourself through songbooks, if you learn how to use the printed music, there is a vast amount of it available everywhere.
Almost all of my students are reading melodies using real notation by the 4th or 5th lesson. Reading melodies they like and want to play. Although my students know how to use tab, Notation is the best way and they all prefer it, once they know the difference. Like the Stairway To Heaven Solo, or any of the beautiful Spanish melodies from J.Rodrigo, or blues ,jazz,rock and roll, once you can read, you can read anything in print on your own.
All of my students learn rhythm skills playing scales and songs with a metronome, so you learn how to play in time, as you develop stronger rhythm skills you can play better alone or with other people.
All of my students learn the Music Theory. What Time Signatures are and mean, Scales and scale harmonization. Chord progressions and playing through the chord changes. All of these and more are the fundamentals you will begin to work on in the first 4-5 hours of lessons with me. I just don't show you songs, I teach you to teach yourself and begin to become musically independent. Work on picking and speed and most importantly touch and feel. Work on Finger picking as well, learn to use all 5 fingers on your right hand. or use the pick and 3 fingers, with me you WILL use your pinky or little finger. By 3-4 months we will have covered the fundamentals and be working on more advanced material, songs and technique.
*** Studio Equipment *** separate room with seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I use a Learn to play Guitar book that i wrote and self publish in full color. I also use several books by Jerry Coker with some jazz students,and I recommend the Harvard Dictionary of music to students I teach the fundamentals of music applied to the guitar and bass, as well as metronome skills,sight reading and music theory.
Mike L. December 8, 2014
Online Verified Student
I have increased my lesson frequency to two one-hour sessions per week simply because of my progress under David's direction. After only three months of weekly lessons, I can now read music and play while reading. David has introduced me to effective melodic soloing, has significantly improved my understanding of barre chords up and down the fretboard, and has convinced me to abandon "guitaristic" thinking in favor of really understanding the potential of the guitar beyond shape memorization.
Mike L. September 23, 2014
Online Verified Student
For those players serious about music, who are willing to devote the time and attention required to improve, and who appreciate not only learning to play guitar but the theory and history behind the music, David is your man. I have taken lessons in the past, usually consisting of a teacher asking what riffs I wanted to work on that day. Sound familiar? Not David. Within the first two weeks, he has me focused on plucking the strings with more feel, using a pick and fingers simultaneously with my right hand, practicing scales to the tempo of a metronome while using the forwards and backwards technique, etc. He has convinced me that I can become as accomplished a player as I put my mind and heart to. His mantra is to work towards playing at the speed of thought, which, for the first time in my life, looks to be a possibility with time. Thank you, David.
Lewis G. May 15, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with David. Gave a wealth of info now it's up to me but with his approach I know it will be all good. Have had other teachers but David is not only an accomplished player he is also is able to instruct and teach. Will write again after a few more lessons.
Private Lessons - 22 years Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years
I've tutored 100’s of students on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Tuba, Trumpet and Voice just to name a few. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I give lessons privately and also teach within local school and magnet programs.
I hold a Music Performance Degree from the University of Miami, and have also studied at the University of Northern Io
wa and Florida International University in classical music, arranging, composition, jazz band, marching, ear training, theory, history, and business.
As a musician I have traveled to and performed in over 51 countries around the world, all the major cities in the US and many famous venues in New York City, London and Rome. I've appeared with such artists as: Grammy Award winner and Gospel Singer Mike Farris, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth Wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, to mention a few.
Student Lesson Details:
Most importantly, I believe music and music lessons should be fun and motivating. I custom build lesson plans based on a students individual goals and experience and use most efficient and effective methods available to achieve the best possible results. It is important that all students understand and learn the fundamentals of music yet I’m very accommodating to each student’s individual needs and goals.
Teacher Equipment and Studio:
The lesson studio is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row and offers a quiet teaching space, comfortable seating for parents, audio and video recording equipment and a host of other amenities. There is also a lavatory and free parking. I can also provide all lesson materials and books required for learning and some additional instruments are also available.
For the same price as the lesson time I can also provide instrument repair service. I have many years experience working on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other instruments dealing with general maintenance, to complete overhaul. Please inquire for more details.
Justen C. September 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor. Haven't played in a very long time and he made it easy to get back into it. Really helped me out with a performance I had coming up.
Adrienne M. August 26, 2015
Online Verified Student
Dustin is a great teacher! I wasn't sure how it would be taking lessons online especially since I do not have a background in music and I'm learning the sax for the first time. He has made learning fun and easy. I can already play a song! He is very knowledgable and providing me with music theory as well. Highly recommend!
Jessica R. August 18, 2015
Ear Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Dustin is a great teacher. I have always had difficulty with ear training ever since I started formally studying music. Dustin did a great job of breaking it down and incorporating skills you already have. Highly recommended.
Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 8 years and truly love working with eager students of all ages. It's never too early or too late to pick up an instrument and make music! I look forward to working with you!
Barbara May 2, 2016
she made me feel very relaxed. I learn quite a bit even with the 1st lesson. Looking forward to the rest of the lessons.
Lucy April 28, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Kennedy M. February 2, 2016
Online Verified Student
I offer high-quality, client-centered voice lessons that focus on technique and performance. I have worked with all voice types, including those who have severe vocal damage. You will notice an immediate difference in your voice after our first lesson together. Your success is my biggest focus!
I have studied under some of the top vocal coaches, speech pathologist, myofunctional therapist, and vocal scientist in the nation to better understand the functionality of the vocal folds as they relate to speech and singing.
My specialties include expanding the vocal range, smoothing over the
bridge in the voice, teaching "mix" technique, correcting issues with speech, and helping clients deliver their most moving performance.
Alan Luster February 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Nothing but good things to say about Jacob! I came to him as a drummer wanting to sing background vocals. From the very first lesson Jacob made me feel very comfortable and at ease. It's hard in my opinion to teach an instrument that is non tangible but Jacob does it in a way that is easy to follow. He is very knowledgeable but can break things down so even a drummer can understand. :)
Sarah Beth January 7, 2016
Jacob was amazing! The best vocal coach I've found in Nashville! He understand the voice and how the vocal cords work in a way that I have never seen from other teachers. He makes the most out of every second we have together in our lesson which is important because I've had teachers who waste time or don't really give me 100% of their attention in lessons which can be so frustrating. Jacob is VERY present and attentive to every little detail. We've also done Skype lessons when I've been on the road which has been very helpful.
Brandon July 8, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I've had quite a few vocal teachers over the years, and Jacob is the best.
This is not an exaggeration-- it's the God's honest truth. Jacob is a friendly, personable guy with a TON of education and training himself on the subject of singing and vocal instruction, and is not only a great singer himself, but a great teacher.
Within 2 lessons, I already noticed a marked difference, that ALSO not an exaggeration. This guy is the real deal, and I'd pay twice his rate to keep taking form him.
I received my undergrad and master's from the University of South Carolina, and writing and history are my two great passions in life. I am always seeking to read and learn new ideas, and I love to share knowledge with others! I have taught logic to college students, swimming and flute to children, and worked as an PhD academic coach - so I enjoy working with all ages and levels of experience. History and writing are especially exciting subjects to tutor in because they are often taught in terribly boring ways; helping others to discover the joy of these subjects is a reward unto itself.
I also love playing the flute and swimming - and have enjoyed giving lessons in both areas to others. When I am not doing any of the above activities, I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and researching new ideas.
Alyssa October 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Anna plays flute beautifully, is a very encouraging teacher and my daughter really enjoyed her lesson. Thanks, Anna!
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