Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Rob
"Besides being a fantastic vocalist, Monica is also a great teacher. She is very creative, patient and calm (no drama), but is still disciplined and persi
stent. She managed to get basic music theory into my thick skull and help me with sight reading, and did not yell at me when I didn't do my homework! The only downside is that she is so talented and well trained that she makes singing look effortless."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by michael
"Best voice coach in town
I've been a student of Francesca's for about 3 years now, and it's hard to overstate her teaching ability. Her breadth of knowle
dge and skill at conveying it in the right way at the right time is extraordinary. I highly recommend her to any singer or musician seeking to better your skills."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Arad
"Sandy is the best!! She's kind, patient and very flexible in her teaching methods which made a difference for me."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Ed
"Provided quick tips that helped me immediately
John is a great one-on-one instructor. I had taken an 8-week, beginner guitar, group lesson through Arling
ton County, but almost nothing was said about how we were holding our hands or holding the guitar. Several quick suggestions from John improved my ability to practice immediately. He is friendly, easy-going, and has kept up my interest by virtue of what he sends me home with to practice for the next lesson. I don't think one can go wrong taking lessons from John."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Kandice
"I have been taking lessons with Thomas for a year and a half. He is very patient and explains things very well. I had no drum experience before I met him.
I can read music and play better than I ever though I could for the limited amount of time I have been paying. I highly recommend Thomas for adults and kids. I have a busy work schedule and he has been gracious and flexible with my schedule."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Wayne
"great local talent
Missy is very professional and provides some interesting pointers, (HeHe), not laughing. I expect to gain much ability from her input.
I am a beginner singer, but elderly. I believe Missy will be able to extend my vocal range. I entered a singing contest last year for the first time and this is why I have chosen to get some lessons. See you on the Ryman stage in the latter part of this year."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Donna
"Cameron has been very patient and encouraging to my son who is just beginning his violin study. I was very impressed."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Thaddeus helped me learn various characteristics of percussion and I am grateful for his instruction. One thing I appreciated about learning percussion fr
om Thaddeus was his ability to not only be able to explain the music but to be able to artfully explain musical concepts, relationships between percussionist and other musicians in a group, and how to use the various percussive instruments. Thaddeus' decades of experience become evident in his teaching. Thanks to the instruction I received, I was able to perform much more confidently in various performance and live group environments."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kristyn
"I started taking vocal lessons with Matthew about 4 months ago, and I have to say I have learned more about myself and my voice than I expected.
gan by asking about my music genre preferences and what my goals were with singing. I like that he listened to what I want, which is really important for any teacher who is interested in seeing their student grow and stay passionate about the subject.
He introduced me to a good variety of vocal warm ups that help with finding pitch and increasing range--two aspects I am focused on improving for myself. We still consistently implement these warm ups in each lesson, and use them to test and push my vocal limits.
We also pick songs to work on and examine for specific voice techniques, which keeps the lessons fun since going through a textbook or standard lesson can become monotonous.
Overall, Matthew is a pretty fantastic teacher and he's cool (that's almost just as important). He listens to what you want and caters the lessons for your goals."
My name is Amy and I teach Voice, Piano, and Music Theory! I am originally from Racine/Milwaukee, WI and have been a musician since I was young. I believe music is a universal language that connects us all on a deeper level. There is something so pure, beautiful, and genuine in music. It has the capability to move us to tears, feel empowered, or even break out in laughter. Sharing and connecting with others is what music is all about. I have loved music my entire life and enjoy bringing my passion and expertise to my students!
*** Lesson Details *** Taking lessons is a fun and exciting exp
erience! However, learning to play an instrument (or sing) is not easy. It takes practice, focus, dedication, and hard work. We set up a plan at the beginning of lessons to ensure success!
Lessons are flexible, yet focused. It is important to set a routine and consistently stick to it if you want to see results. While I understand that we all have busy weeks, I do believe that consistent practice is essential to success.
Lessons are geared towards you as the student. We set up our lessons based on your musical goals. Voice Lessons: We begin here by focusing on building healthy singing habits, skill building, technique, range expansion, performing skills, diction, and expression. This is usually done from studying musical theater music. With musical theater, we get all the formal "classical rules" with a modern twist. From there we focus on the specialty each student is interested in - whether you want to audition for American Idol, prepare to major in voice in college, or be a Broadway star, we will focus on meeting your goals!
*Within 6 months you will see range expansion, improved accuracy & control, increase in breath control & capacity, as well as improved performance and expression skills!
**Musical theater book/cd purchase is required (discussed at first lesson). Students also need a notebook and pencil!
Piano Lessons: Studying classical piano will give you the tools and foundation that you need to pursue any other genre of music! Students will learn how to read and write music, hand position/posture, phrasing, texture, hand coordination & strength, discipline, music terms, dynamics, speed & accuracy, ear training, and much more through interactive lessons and games! Students will also learn a variety of music genres (including classical, jazz, musical theater, music in movies, rock and roll, and folk songs!).
*The level of success you see with piano is directly related to how much you practice. If you practice on a consistent basis, you will be reading music in both clefs (treble & bass) and playing both hands together within 6 months. **Alfred Piano Lesson book, Theory book, and Technic book are used. (purchase required). Students will also need a notebook and pencil. NOTES:
*Lessons are varied. You will learn all needed skills, but we will use various methods including worksheets, games, rhythm instruments, etc.
*** Studio Equipment *** A piano keyboard is provided. Students are expected to bring their notebook, pencil, and method book(s) that we have been working out of.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have all supplemental things needed for lessons (worksheets, rhythm instruments, etc). I expect students to have the book(s) we are working out of, a metronome (or app), and the instrument needed (piano/keyboard).
*** Specialties *** I usually use Alfred piano method books for piano. For other instruments/subjects I focus on gearing lessons toward the student.
Judy A. June 19, 2014
Amy is wonderful!
I've been with Amy for just over a year now, having "0" experience in the beginning. I'm so glad that I found her. Amy is a great teacher. She's professional, talented and experienced, patient, flexible and super easy-going.
As a beginner, playing the piano can be challenging and frustrating. Amy is encouraging, even when I think I'm doing poorly. She identifies difficulties and explains/demonstrates helpful corrections. I have learned a lot in my first year and I highly recommend her as a teacher. Thank you, Amy!!
Jessica J. June 24, 2013
My kids love Amy!
My daughters are currently taking lessons with Amy to learn to play piano. They are really enjoying themselves and have learned so much already. Amy is very professional to work with and has a great method of teaching. She leaves specific instructions for what to work on every week. We are very happy to have found such a great source for music instruction!
Miranda K. June 20, 2013
Best Music Teacher Ever!
I have grown so much musically because of what I've learned from Miss Amy. She has taught me so much about my voice and being confident on stage, I even got a solo this year at school! I have learned a lot about diction, expanding my range, making a clear sound, and each class is so much fun!
My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years. As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events. There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’
re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were encouraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today. My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach! Over the years I've played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer. In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops! I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly. From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!
*** Lesson Details *** My pledge to students is to listen. I listen to what their goals are and do my best to insure they achieve them. I expect they work hard to achieve those goals and I match that effort with lesson plans incorporating unique and personalized exercises and demonstrations. I offer encouragement as we progress from the beginning fundamentals through intermediate and advanced study of the ART of drumming. Each student will go at a different pace, so my students can expect that I will patiently guide them as they advance. My curriculum will teach them how to hold the sticks and move the fingers, wrists, and arms so they are fundamentally sound. We’ll learn stick control techniques that will allow them to play dynamically. Drums are a physical instrument and must be played with proper technique to allow each of us to reach our maximum potential, but proper technique also insures that we are playing the instrument safely. Contrary to what some believe, drums are not just something you beat on! It is an instrument of varied pitch and dynamics and from the very start my students learn the techniques needed to play safe, play dynamically, and most of all… play musically! I also incorporate play-along games for kids that are not only fun but teach the fundamentals of timing and groove. We use a multi-set configuration so they get to see how I approach a groove, fill, or song. My State-Of-The-Art studio allows for musical and video study, instant record/playback learning and a balanced blend of book study with musical demonstrations and exercises in all genres. Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated and interviewed where together we identify goals and chart a course of study that will allow them to become the drummer they want to be. Beginning students will find that my clear and concise instruction of the fundamentals of stick control and hand/foot independence can be sufficiently learned in the first handful of lessons and then we will begin our study of Classic Rock grooves. From there more advanced grooves and “add-on” techniques are feathered in with additional music theory developing a well-rounded musician.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private home studio with adjacent waiting area, semi sound proof, multiple drum kits, and seating for parents - SOUNDS GREAT, Video & Audio equipment to record and view lessons and show alternate angles students use to review technique.
*** Specialties *** The method I teach is a curriculum that starts with the very foundation of drumming. How to hold the sticks, hand technique, reading. Students then progress to moving these techniques from the practice pad to the drum set with a series of books developed to progress through Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles. I couple book exercises with personal lesson plans depending on the students interests. Demonstrations, Interactive games for the kids, and real world exercises are introduced along with multi-media recording of the student for playback study.
Ted B. June 6, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Alek really Likes Lou and wants to continue with lessons and will get better and wants to learn
Justin F. April 10, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Passionate about drums; reflected in his teaching
Lou took me by surprise after the first few lessons. His preference is to teach the foundation and basically build up from there. This sort of put me off at first because I wanted to learn a specific genre without all the extras that I thought I didn't need. Fortunately, he was able to help me understand that by learning all of the simple rudiments, I can play anything I want. Now, I haven't reached that stage yet, but I have no doubt that I can get there with Lou's help.
Anthony M., clarinetist and multi woodwind performer, has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher. As founder and co-director of the New York based, Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Dr. M was a winning participant in the 1980 Artist International Chamber Music Award. For their prize, the Rosewood Ensemble premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall and went on to develop its own subscriptions series in Queens, New York, which lasted over twelve seasons. Dr. M. was artist in residence at the Bay View Music Festival in Petosky, Michigan for three summers a
nd was solo clarinetist with the group Quintessence from 1990-1993. He has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Northwood Orchestra, the Arizona Broadway Theatre Company, and is a member of the Symphony of the West Valley in Sun City Arizona, and the Musica Nova Orchestra, where he plays clarinet and bass clarinets. In addition to Clarinet, Dr. M. has performed on Recorder, Flute and Saxophone, both as a theatre musician and an ensemble member. He has performed with such artists as Ray Charles, Jamie Foxx, Doc Sevrensen, Lew Rawls, Wynona Judd and others in various groups and venues in Arizona and New York. Anthony has recorded on the Summit, Con Brio, and Blue Butterfly record labels. He was featured on a Trimark Pictures Release playing the clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet for the movie, “Warlock the Armagedon.”Currently, he is on the faculty of the Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children. Anthony holds degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University.
*** Lesson Details *** All my lessons are centered on where the student is in his/hers musical development. I will in the first few lessons, assess the student's level and then proceed to recommend a course of study. I am process driven and always try to have my students understand my method so I do try to explain all my reasoning regarding the course of study I prescribe. Every student is different so I approach each individual with total respect for their unique ability and talent.
*** Studio Equipment *** In addition to the standard music stands, metronome, tuners and music, I have digital recording equipment for student's audition recordings. I have helped college bound students get into serious music programs like Northwestern University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. For students ages 8 years to 9, I recommend the recorder as a introductory woodwind before Flute, Clarinet or Saxophone.
*** Specialties *** I am a certified Orff Teacher so I use process centered approach even in private lessons.
Gillian A. August 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable and professional, good sense of humor. Inspiring. Going to help me realize goals with my instrument I hadn't even considered!
Selina V. November 30, 2013
I went to Mr. Masiello for clarinet lessons for years in high school and he has always helped me achieve making regionals every year, making state my last year in high school and consistently holding my first chair in the school band. Although, I did not pursue a career in music, he still had influence on where I am today [DVM in June 2014]. And for that I will always be appreciative. Mr. Masiello is an exceptional teacher and a very amiable individual.
Dominic P. November 16, 2013
I have been taking lessons with Tony since 2009 and I have seen nothing but improvement in the way I play. I saw my biggest improvements when I would audition for the regional band. My score increased each year. I went from 560 my first year to 915 out of 1000 my last. You will not be disappointing when you will take lessons with him. You will continue to grow if you follow his lessons.
Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.
Bio: Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U
.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.
Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...
As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).
As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.
I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.
August 2011: I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where I have my own studio for lessons and recording.
On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.
"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"
Product Endorsements: TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.
Mali Singh August 24, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
We are so happy we found Al. My son really enjoys his lessons (bass, beginner), he is totally engaged & learning. Al is knowledgeable & easy to work with, very highly recommend!
Matty N. July 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Al is knowledgeable, flexible
Debbie R. April 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!
I am an enthusiastic, caring, and patient voice and piano instructor. I am passionate about both music and teaching. I began playing piano when I was 9 years, and began classical vocal instruction at the age of 10. I have been teaching both voice and piano since 2004. I received my Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy in 2013. I believe passionately in the healing and restorative power of music. My teaching methods are based on traditional practices and pedagogy while also incorporating my studentâs musical preferences, and personal goals. My main goal as a teacher is to help each student
reach their highest musical potential while developing a life-long love for music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a relaxed and patient teacher. I use positive reinforcement in order to help inspire and motivate my students. I do expect my students to play and/or sing outside of lessons, but I will never make my students feel anything but proud of their accomplishments as a musician. My piano students will learn note reading, proper fingering, posture and technique, music theory, chord theory, ear training, and performance. My voice students will learn proper posture, breathing, vocal technique and alignment. They will also learn how to sing in many different styles, or if they wish we can focus on specific genre of music. Within 3-6 months my students will have a much greater understanding of music, and will have developed a passion for playing their instrument or singing.
*** Specialties *** I use many different method books when teaching piano and am most comfortable with the Bastien series and Alfreds. When teaching voice I draw on many different methods and am comfortable teaching classical, pop, musical theater, and jazz.
Steve R. August 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Erin is great to work with. She has a very easy going and positive personality, and yet gets the student to work hard and practice. She is flexible and willing to adjust hours and days when things come up.
She occasionally will cancel with various family or personal issues, so your flexibility is needed as well.
Overall, we have been happy with our daughters progress and motivation.
Alex August 15, 2015
I've been taking lessons with Erin for about 2 years, and I couldn't be happier with her. I'm a thirty something newbie, and with her guidance and support I'm at a level I would have never imagined before. She encourages and trusts, while putting the right amount of pressure to practice and try. Erin is caring and patient, and genuinely wants to see me succeed in my goals. If you have to choose a teacher, she's the best one around!
Claire W. August 14, 2015
Piano and voice - Erin is a solid musician and instructor. She is supportive, flexible and willing to work with the genre you choose to express yourself - she's great :)
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