Students are raving about their Performing Arts instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Costello
"Jessie is the best!!!
I have had the privilege of taking lessons with Jessie for over a year now. I have to say it has been a wonderful experience. Jessi
e is always attentive to what my strengths and weaknesses are and is always willing to help in any area necessary. She is always helpful, supportive, willing, and most of all caring. Jessie has a genuine love for teaching that rubs off on a student. I'm very grateful to be a student of Jessie's. thank you Jessie!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"I have only had one lesson so far. He is very expensive but for good reason. He teaches in a way no ballet instructor ever has before for me. He sees the
body and understands it. He can tell by looking at you what you are having problems with. He is very helpful and can pull exercises off the top of his head that can help with whatever you are struggling in. It is a great investment to your career to take lessons with him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Gayle Moore
"To anyone that has two left feet, Maria is the person to see, or if you want to learn any type of dancing. I went to Maria and took ballroom dancing. Ne
ver in my dreams did I think that I would be able to do it! Maria is such an excellent instructor, that I was dancing across the dance floor before I knew it. Her personal touch and superior abilities shown through during my first lesson. Now I can go out for an evening and show what I have learned and people ask me, "where did you learn to dance??" I highly recommend Maria for everyone and every type of dancing. I am now going to tackle salsa!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Cynthia
"Working with Ilka is such a great experience! Her dedication and more than 15 years in the Modeling Industry has made her one of the best cat-walkers! Ilk
a is one of the most beautiful, serious and dedicated catwalkers. Her passion for this Industry goes beyond any level of description. Always trust the experience! Ilka has been in the Top fashion shows in Puerto Rico, being part of TV shows, magazines...you name it! She knows everything about catwalk, European catwalk style and she has also been involved in candidates preparation for formal beauty pageants. More than her experience is also her passion for sharing what she knows and making other people successful. Ilka has the tools to make other people reach their dreams!!!"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Veronica
"I've worked with Stephanie for 5 lessons now and I think she's a great acting teacher! I've learned a lot from her about both acting theory/exercises AND
the acting business. She's also really funny :D I was initially worried if online acting lessons would even work, but I can tell you that they do work and I'm so glad Stephanie is my teacher! If anyone is thinking about doing lessons with her, go do it! I really recommend them :)"
Hilo, HI teacher:
Review by Ed
"Working with Kelly has been a lot of fun. She listens well and tailors her instructions very well. When I have needed additional review she is very pati
ent and supportive. She is a positive person which is a good thing when you are trying to learn new things. I recommend her highly."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ben
"David Tom is a very professional and an awesome acting coach/teacher. He takes his time to really make you feel comfortable which makes the whole process
feel natural and constructive. I would recommend his service and have to other actors I know regardless of their experience I think he has the resume and expertise to help any actor at any level. It is rare to find such a successful actor that is also teaching. His classes have helped me so much in my chosen field. Thanks so much David"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Oksana
"Stephanie is an amazing Acting Coach/ Teacher. The best I've every worked with. She creates a very fun and comfortable environment for her actors, but k
nows when to get serious, and when to raise the stakes. Stephanie is persistent in getting her actors to the point of really understanding the characters and the difference I've seen her bring out is remarkable."
Heralded as "a smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8.
As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching e
xperience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches voice and theory at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer, teaches voice at Fairfield School of Music, and owns and operates a full service analog and digital recording studio.
*** Lesson Details *** Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.
I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.
Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.
*** Studio Equipment *** Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music
*** Specialties *** Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.
Charles S. February 16, 2017
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
Matthew was an teacher, would highly recommend to anyone at any skill level. Clearly very passionate about teaching and music, tailors his lessons to suit your needs. Incredibly easy person to get along with, as well
Emily Z. September 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
Really loved my lessons with Matt - from the get go even though he had a super busy schedule he was able to squeeze me in (because I had wanted to work on a project initially that was time-sensitive). He is very knowledgeable about techniques and I learned a lot about what the foundations of singing (starting as a complete beginner) - and feel a lot more comfortable and confident singing after. Matthew is also easy going and pleasant and happy to work on a variety of things (or one thing over and over) and so it's also just fun to take lessons with him! Wish I could continue and get even better but I have to travel soon for work for a period of time - hopefully when I'm back I'll get back to this!
Emily Z. May 13, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance writer and editor.
...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.
Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances a
nd developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.
I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative setting.
As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.
I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.
As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.
It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.
Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!
*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**
**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself and your personal goals.
Ava B. February 3, 2017
In studio Verified Student
Jillian was absolutely delightful.
Talented and an excellent teacher
My very shy grand-daughter enjoyed her lesson with Jillian
Tom January 20, 2017
Jillian has been teaching my teenage son piano for several months. He is always prepared and eager to attend his weekly piano lessons. She has an intuitive ability to connect with him in and make him feel at ease and comfortable. I wish he had started at an earlier age. His musical experiences have certainly exceeded my expectations.
Emma D. December 10, 2016
Online Verified Student
Hi! My name is Barry and I have been teaching for over 10 years in the Fairfield County, CT area. I have had success teaching all ages, styles and abilities, from the most gifted to the physically impaired. I grew up listening to a tremendously wide range of music, and have studied classical flute, rock, jazz and classical guitar, and even the japanese shakuhachi, with some of the great minds of the instruments. I graduated high honors from Queens College with a Masters' in composition, and have had works performed by major acts in the contemporary classical scene. In jazz, I have shared the s
tage and recording studio with the likes of Marc Ribot and William Parker; I have quite a bit of experience as a performer that I bring to my teaching. My passion for music is addictive; I have turned the least motivated students into consummate music lovers. My goal is to find a student's personal musical voice so they have the opportunity to discover where THEIR musical passion lies. Whether it be country, rock and roll, or classical, the long term goal is to both teach the student what they love, as well as expand their musical horizons to discover things they may never have thought they would love.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach in a fairly laid back style with an emphasis on technique, theory making the most of your practice time. Starting with a set curriculum, the material moves into more student chosen songs as the lessons progress. The idea is to communicate the connections between music with the goal of expanding the students ear and teaching them to listen; not just in music but in every aspect of life.
*** Studio Equipment *** room in basement piano, drumset, mixer seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have their own instruments and amplification for electric guitar, music stand and place to take lessons in their home. If they don't, I am knowledgeable of the local music stores and can recommend places to either buy or rent instruments. I provide practice sheets and curriculum.
*** Specialties *** In general, for each instrument I teach I have a cirriculum for the primer/beginning level. Once that level is reached, the direction becomes more student driven; that is if the student responds to classical music (for instance), we will focus on that. As the students interests change, the lesson development changes and the student grows as a musician. That being said, I am primarily a classical pianist, and a jazz/rock guitarist/drummer. While I am a classically trained flautist, much of my gigging and recording experience is with rock bands.
Faith H. October 28, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Very good experience.
Barry has great patience....I enjoy my lessons, but I don't always practice as much as I should so I'm not as good at this as I might otherwise be. He makes the learning experience very worthwhile. It makes me want to stick with it. He definitely gets an A+!!
Rodolfo C. February 11, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Barry is a great teacher and excelent musician. His studio has a wide range of instruments and the environment is pleasant. I found it easy to learn and I appreciate his patience. He definitely knows his staff and will recomend him to my friends.
FaithH June 10, 2012
Barry has a deep connection to music. He pays attention to detail, and he has lots of patience...very good teacher!
I am classically trained with over 25 years professional singing/acting experience at venues across the country/around the world, including off Broadway, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney, Australia Opera House. I work full time as a musician performing, directing, and giving private voice/acting and piano lessons. My education includes Drew University, the Academia Real in Spain, Hart School of Music and private study.
My teaching for voice & piano focuses on a foundation of correct technique. Vocal range, control, projection and tone quality will improve There is a focus on safeguarding t
he instrument through correct care and use. I can help you improve your singing and meet your goals for auditioning, performing, college admission or just having fun
I accept voice students of all levels and beginner to intermediate piano students. I welcome all ages including adult beginners. Bilingual lessons offered
Teresa A. July 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Roberta has such a warm, open, friendly and professional demeanor. I enjoyed every moment of my singing lesson with her. I am grateful and very humbled to be her student. She has such a wealth and experience of knowledge to share. I look forward to seeing her again soon. ☺️
Nathan July 14, 2016
Classical Voice ·
Roberta is amazing! I went to her for a little more than 3 years for voice (and piano for a little bit) and she is very helpful, skilled, friendly, knowledgable, and fun. She helped me get into my top choice college as a choral music major with a full tuition scholarship and supported me the entire way. Roberta knows how to work with any voice with any level of experience of any age. Not only is Robera a fantastic teacher; she is also very understanding and a great person to talk to. I would highly recommend her to any student in the area.
Gina February 24, 2016
Vocal Training ·
Roberta is such an amazing teacher and my vocals have gotten so much stronger since my time being taught by her. She's so kind and I highly recommend her to anyone!!
Hello! I have been teaching the fundamentals of classical singing for almost 6 years now and I have received both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal and opera performance. I promote a fun and healthy learning environment and make sure that my students learn the singing fundamentals that I believe to be the most efficient and artistic. I teach classical, jazz, and musical theater styles of singing, and I also teaching beginning piano.
Amir February 19, 2017
Alec is the best singer and teacher I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He totally knows how to make you feel comfortable and really knows what he's talking about. He also has a very good way of using analogies and visuals to help describe what you should be doing with your body, which makes it so much easier to get in the right voice. After one 2-hour lesson with him, my singing improved drastically. He has a lot of good insight and anybody who's serious in getting better at singing (regardless of genre) should really consider taking lessons with him. I hope I can keep doing lessons with him, going to try to continue via online.
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