Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Kira
"Respectful and Talented Teacher
Scott B. is a masterful guitarist. In addition, he's a great teacher. He communicates respectfully- as good as he is, h
e never talks down to you and regardless of your level, he speaks to everyone the same way and has the same professional teaching approach. He is amazingly knowledgeable and will give you all the tools you need to become a true guitarist. I can not say enough positive things about him as a guitar teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Susan
"good experience, considering skype issues but I think we will work well together."
Winston Salem, NC teacher:
Review by Adolfo
I went to Eric because I wanted to improve my speaking voice to record Voice Over material. After a few lessons it turns out that I can act
Well, not really but it's not Eric's fault. I will continue to take class for as long as I can, because it has helped me with all aspects of using my voice. And I understand a lot more about singing and voice. Actually I am re listening and appreciating even more all the great music I have heard my whole life. I think any other teacher would have not awakened this level of enthusiasm in me. He is great."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Liz
"The request for a review is a bit premature as I have only had one lesson with Rina, but it's obvious she knows her stuff. In just a few minutes of obse
rving my primitive play, she was able to help me improve and correct my technique. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute...and not one minute of the lesson was wasted. She is focused, clear, and precise in her instruction. At the same time, she creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Juan
"Patient and kind teacher
James was easy to warm up to and very relateable. He was quick to acknowledge the type of teaching style that works for me and k
ept me on track throughout the lesson."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Erik
Jordan is a great teacher, and tries to make her beginning students feel comfortable. I would recommend her to anyone looking into singing
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Donna
My son Brandon is 10 years old and he had an unpleasant experience with his past violin teacher. Since he has been with James (2 1/2 months),
he has been so much more happy and is not afraid to let his teacher know when he does not understand something. His old teacher would scold him. James is young and talented and is a refreshing change. He works with the students interests too which makes it fun and exciting for the student to learn. He also has a very good knowledge of the skills needed to succeed!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Marc
"I had only had limited time to learn everything from scratch about the Saxophone. Corbin did an amazing job at bringing me up to speed in 5 lessons and gi
ving me the essential tools to be autonomous. I can already play any tune (as long as it's simple still) and am improving my technique daily.
Great teacher, friendly and awesome player. Would recommend without reservation!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Julvonne
"Lydia is professional and we look forward to working with her."
With music programs being eliminated from many school's education, I feel it is even more important than ever for children, off all ages, to participate in some form of musical experience. Being a piano teacher for over twenty five years, I have seen many benefits for those taking music lessons. Some of these benefits are building self esteem and confidence, learning to focus, developing mental discipline, overcoming the fear of getting up in front of crowds, not to mention being able to play songs that we enjoy.
My philosophy of music is that you don't have to be an expert to be abl
e to enjoy playing an instrument. It is not that difficult to learn to play piano or guitar; it just takes a little time and effort. I believe that practicing doesn't have to be hours a day either, unless you want to be a concert pianist or guitarist, but you can accomplish a lot with 15 to 30 minutes of practice each day. There is time to fit music in with many other activities that we like to do. So keep that in mind as you are deciding how you can fit music lessons into your daily schedule.
I studied guitar for five years, then began to take piano lessons which continued through many years of my life. I studied under many classical teachers, and teaching methods such as Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board. These lessons also included Music Theory. As I developed as a musician, I began to play piano and guitar in churches for worship services. I also accompanied soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and played for many special events such as weddings, funerals, graduations, etc. Eventually, I stepped into music ministry, which included planning music for church services, working with children's music programs, leading, rehearsing, and directing choirs etc. I have taught choir and music theory in schools over the years, as well.
At some point in my life, I decided it was important for me to go for a music degree. This degree gave me four years of classical vocal training, more classical piano instruction, and ensemble work. It also gave me more experience with directing choirs and orchestras.
My formal education is: Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry with Applied Music.
Church Piano Certification
College Level Music Theory and Classical Voice
*** Lesson Details *** When taking lessons from me, students can expect to work hard, but have lots of fun. Their music training will be very detailed and will include all aspects of learning music. In addition to learning how to read music and play piano or guitar well, students will learn theory and technic. Theory teaches students the understanding of how music is written; this will assist them in the future is their interests turn to writing and arranging music. Technique is the exercises for their fingers which teaches them control and agility. I accept students of all ages and abilities up to advanced intermediate levels in piano, guitar, and music theory. I accept beginning vocal students.
Piano lessons consist of learning to play and read music. Students can expect to be classically trained, but will also get to choose and play songs or musical styles that they enjoy. Theory and technique will be included in their study program.
Guitar lessons consist of learning how to play both notes and chords, and how to read both notes and chords, as well as lead sheets specifically written for guitar. Students will also learn the written theory for guitar. I like to include extra books of songs or music styles that the students like. This encourages them to learn and practice because they are playing something that they know and like to play.
Beginning classical vocal students will learn basic breathing technics, vocal exercises and will sings a variety of songs. I don't start out with classical vocal unless that is what the student wants. I let them choose music that they like to sing, as we can learn and practice vocal concepts with all types of music. I encourage vocal students to take at least basic piano lessons, so they can learn to read and understand musical concepts.
Music theory goes along with any instrument and vocal instruction. Piano theory is the basis for all music theory. I have the ability to teach through college level theory for those that are interested in writing or arranging music or wanting to have this level of theory to go along with their musical instrument.
Practice times start at 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for beginners. As students progress, their practice time increases. Advanced beginners will practice 30 minutes a day, early intermediate level will practice 45 minutes a day, and intermediate level will practice at least 1 hour a day.
I encourage students to take one lesson a week for 1/2 hour. As they advance, then this may increase to a 45 minute lesson, once a week, then perhaps 1 hour once a week as needed.
After 3 months, beginning students will be able to play simple folk songs with right hand melody and left hand accompaniment. At 6 months, students will have learned 3 different positions or keys on the piano, will be playing songs that are a little more complex, and can now add supplemental fun books to their lessons. I encourage my students to participate in two recitals a year. I try to make this a fun, not a stressful, time for them. I also encourage family and friends to attend and cheer on the students. If students wish to compete in music competitions or adjudications, I can assist them in doing so, as well.
There are studio locations in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 and Falcon, Colorado 80831
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano at both locations
*** Travel Equipment *** Don't have the ability to travel to lessons at the moment.
*** Specialties *** Classical piano is my strengths; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
BrookV May 31, 2012
Wendy is very knowledgeable and extremely patient. Wendy has a fabulous sense of being happy, helpful and cheery even if things aren't going as well as expected. A very experienced instructor and I am happy to have my daughter learning from her.
CherylG2 May 16, 2012
We Love Her!
My daughter absolutely loves Wendy! She looks forward to her piano lessons every week and she has learned so much just within a year. Wendy makes it fun to learn and is very patient with her students. We are moving this summer and my daughter is really going to miss her. Thank you, Wendy, for all your time, dedication, and patience.
KatrinaM April 18, 2012
Jordan is really enjoying her lessons and learning a lot! Thank you Wendy!
I am a doctoral candidate in Music at Rutgers University specializing in brass pedagogy with ten years of professional teaching and performing experience. Whether you are just starting out on a horn or have a few years under your belt, I can help you realize your musical potential and show you how rewarding playing a musical instrument can be!
*** Lesson Details *** The focus of each lesson depends heavily on the level of each student... beginning students can expect a larger portion of the instruction to focus on fundamentals and music reading so as to lay a foundation for further success
. For these students I will generally work out of an existing band method as these are more than adequate, and perhaps add a few supplemental materials which in include simple exercises specific to the instrument, scale patterns, and rhythm/music reading examples.
More advanced students can expect to review proper technique and work on appropriate etudes and solo repertoire. I spend a lot of time working on practice technique. Confidence building if necessary. If the student plays in a jazz band we can work on bebop/swing/improvisation as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a stand, tuner, metronome, and video and audio recording devices should we decide to use them.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide teaching materials and can bring a music stand. Student needs working instrument, and should own a tuner, metronome, and music stand. For a tuner/metronome I recommend a Korg TM-50. Nearly anything will do for a stand but I'd avoid a flimsy fold-up stand. I recommend an On-Stage SM7211. Can't go wrong with a Manhasset black stand either.
*** Specialties *** Classical solo repertoire and audition preparation. Blues and bebop improvisation. Musicality and lyricism. Technique.
Catherine M. March 25, 2014
As a colleague of Chris' I can heartily recommend his teaching to any trombonists wishing to hone their skills as musicians. Chris focuses on the individual needs of each student, working to tailor his lessons to meet their specific needs and face their unique challenges. His attention to detail and patience helps each student build a strong foundation in musicality and fantastic brass playing. I recommend him highly as both a superb educator and performer!
Steve O. March 2, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Trumpet Lessons for my son
My son is 12 years old, has been playing Trumpet and Flugelhorn for about 5 years, and he needed a private instruction to take his music to the next level. He has made great progress under Chris' guidance, and his easy going manner has made our son feel very comfortable with the lesson environment. He is very talented, and would highly recommend Chris for anyone looking to further their capabilities.
Anita S. February 15, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Our son is taking lessons with Chris. He really enjoys and loves the music. He wasn't very interested in music at first but now he practices all the time!
Educator, Creative Arts Specialist, Consultant, and Dynamic Instructor. Master's Degree in Music and Education. Over 30 years teaching experience with all ages K-Adult. Passion and love for teaching and working with students. Believe learning should include having fun!
*** Lesson Details *** After the first lesson, students will be able to perform a song. Lessons include a variety of learning experiences: theory, basic techniques, fundamentals, and student choices for learning. High expectations for students so that they do their best. Relaxed, fun loving, but power packed with learnin
*** Studio Equipment *** living room w/ yamaha upright piano and acoustic guitar w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have the instrument
*** Specialties *** I use a variety of games, creative ways to help put the information into long term memory. I do not rely on rote learning but rather a more creative approach
Julieanne S. February 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It's wonderful to work with someone who inspires you to come out of your shell and do your best. I also appreciate how she works around my busy schedule!
John L. April 4, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Kay has been great working with me. I am 24 and have been teaching myself guitar for about a year and then just got stuck, I didn't know how to advance or get any better; and she has been great getting me back on track and I feel confident working on improving. I am also taking voice lessons with Kay and have never done so with anyone before and was never in choir in high school or college, and feel much more confident in my own ability. She is very good at making me feel confident and working with my difficult schedule. She has also inspired me to get back into playing piano. I played for 6 years when I was in high school and she is helping me with my musical identity. Kay is great!!!
Jenny S. November 28, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Love comming to Kay!
Kay really knows how to bring the good out of you! Nervous? Have to fear, she will help build your confidence, and with practice, will help you get going in the right direction!
I am here to help you achieve your singing goals, big or small. I am a professional soprano with a master's in vocal performance, and I love teaching classical music, musical theatre, jazz, folk, and gospel music.
I can guide you in discovering how to healthily use your own unique voice to its fullest, so that technique doesn't get in the way of expressing yourself! I hope that you leave my studio with the tools to make great music, both knowing how to manage your own voice and knowing how to tackle new music and make it your own.
I have a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and am a me
mber of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). I was in the prestigious NATS Intern program in 2012.
Kristy L. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Megan was great! Easy to work with; and am confident that she will be able to help me improve to the best that I can be!
Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West"; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; "The Consul at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American arts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony,as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Ja
pan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School, taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College, taught Voice at Indiana University, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and, conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."
He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.
Steven July 6, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Nothing escapes Mr. Stapp's ears. He not only fixed intonation and diction problems but worked to have me produce the best sound possible to reach the furthest seat in the house. He has to be the best vocal coach I've ever had with extensive knowledge of the opera literature and a patient, positive and precise approach to teaching voice.
Jim July 2, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Greg Stapp is the most influential voice instructor in my life. He has a deep understanding of not only how to sing, but also how to relate his own experiences as a professional operatic bass to the aspiring student.
I studied with Greg for more than 3 years and his teaching helped me to release vocal tension and affectation, and to embrace an "honesty" that allowed me to truly express myself through singing.
I have performed many opera roles in local opera companies and Greg's technique has helped me immeasurably throughout.
Elizabeth July 1, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Greg is a fabulous voice teacher. He helped me to work through major vocal problems and rebuild my voice to a point that I can feel good about singing solos in public. He's patient and skilled at figuring out how to keep his students from getting in their own way. His techniques are gentle on the vocal cords, unlike many other voice teachers'.. I still can't believe that he was willing to work with me. What a treasure he is.
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