Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Ali
"Alex is the best
I love Alex's teaching and I've made awesome progress with his help. He's really patient and explains things in a way that makes sense w
hen I'm practicing later on my own. He caters to the music I like and I feel like I'm advancing really quickly with his help. He is also so flexible with my hectic schedule which is incredibly helpful!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Charlie
"What a sweet, patient, and committed teacher! At 28 yrs. old I recently decided to take up piano having dabbled with it as a child, and in these few short
months Lena has taught me to play pieces I didn't think I would be playing for years! My 7 yr old step-daughter also takes class with Lena and loves her. As a very shy child, she feels comfortable learning with Lena and has a new found sense of self confidence.She's even playing in a recital next month. I am amazed at her progress in such a short time. Lena is patient and kind, but strongly encourages daily practice with specific exercises sent home so that the child has a plan they can understand and commit to. I highly recommend her as a teacher to both children ,and adults of all levels."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Chris & Angela
"Raymund has taught our 10 year old daughter guitar for the past year. He has been a fantastic teacher during that time.
He is patient with her, very
accommodating to schedule changes, very responsive to questions, provides regular and candid feedback and has brought her from no knowledge of the guitar to being able to play full songs of her choosing.
Raymund is very knowledgeable and is able to get her motivated by allowing her to play at her pace and to play the music she enjoys.
I would highly recommend Raymund to anyone wishing to learn how to play the guitar."
Washington, DC teacher:
Raymund De La P.
Review by David
"Mike B- Fantastic Teacher
My son Jayden just completed his first lesson in home with Mike and we are both overjoyed with his approach and ability. He com
municated with me all along before the lesson, letting me know what he would bring and wanting to know what Jay was like. He spent time getting to know Jay before they worked on some things in lesson 1. He really is down to earth , kind and overall proffesional with his lesson. We feel blessed to have this kind of person teaching guitar to a zealous learner."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Harry
"Dave's a fantastic teacher!
I have been playing guitar for over 25 years, and I been a student of Dave's since 2008. As part of his teaching style, Dave
works with his students to identify their goals and expectations for studying guitar. He uses this information to tailor lessons to the individual students based on their level of expertise. Dave incorporates his terrific knowledge of music theory into his lessons so his students learn to play guitar (e.g., the theory behind a particular music style or technique), not just how to repeat a song. Dave's instruction has helped me become a more well rounded guitar player with better practice habits focused on improving my playing. I would strongly recommend Dave for beginner, intermediate, or advanced guitar players that want to learn how to play guitar."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Henry
"Emily relates very well with my 15 year old daughter (student). Emily is enthusiastic, patient, and displays a good sense of humor. You never feel that sh
e is rushing the lesson. Instead she is committed to the teaching process. My daughter looks forward to her lessons. We consider Emily a keeper."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Sara
"Barbara is an amazing teacher! My son looks forward to lessons with her and can't wait to tell his friends and family what he has learned each week. She k
nows what pace to work at and is very patient. Wonderful teacher !"
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Katharina
"My Name is Katharina. I am 58 years old and originally from Germany. When I was in the secondary school my music teacher told me that I had a nice voice b
ut my surroundings thought differently. They complained that I was off-key, did not keep a tune and especially was off rhythm. So I shut up my mouth for almost fourty years till by chance I met Patrick. I can't say that I was very relaxed when I came to his first lessons – my self-confidence re singing was on the scale of zero and it took Patrick a while till I started singing with pleasure and deep joy. Patrick showed me how to breath and use my vocal cords. If I didn't understand what to do or how to do it he tried to explain it in different ways and with endless patience and enthuthiasmn.
I do not say that today I am Maria Callas but I am a nice soprano who sings a capella music in a small choir and in an octet. At home even my husband who can be very critical tells me that it is a shame that I didn't take singing lessons when I was small since today I could be a very good singer.
Thank you very much Patrick. You changed a part of my life!!!
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Matt
"First and foremost, Rick is a nice guy with a patient demeanor. I can't imagine finding a more welcoming, easy going teacher who also knows how to push hi
s students to excel when they need it. He takes care to explain concepts to his students in a detailed, timely fashion that is never confusing, rushed or complicated. There are no uncertainties in learning with Rick. He lays out concrete harmonic concepts and rhythmic ideas that help to demystify what are often enigmatic, and hard to grasp ideas such as improvisation and musical style. If you take these concepts to heart and practice them in a conscientious manner, you will certainly achieve your musical goals. I studied with Rick all through college and for several years after graduating. Initially, I was not a great trumpet technician, nor did I have any jazz theory under my belt when I first started studying with him. Nonetheless, Rick helped facilitate my growth both as a trumpet player and as a jazz musician. I firmly believe that it is because of Rick's guidance (a template for how to learn and practice music) that I am still playing today and continue to grow as a musician."
The list of great musicians from Philadelphia is a long one: Will Smith, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, Boyz II Men, Pink, The Roots, Eve, as well as rock, soul and jazz legends Chubby Checker, Patti LaBelle and Billie Holiday. Any city in the world would be hard-pressed to match the musical accomplishments of Philadelphia. Are you ready to take on the challenge?
Musical theory and technique are acquired through long hours of practice with a teacher who has the experience and the training to hear what you need to work on and to extend your range and abilities. These teachers are abundant in Philadelphia, but you have to know how to reach them.
TakeLessons is the way to connect with the most talented musical teachers in the Philadelphia area. Lessons are customized to fit each student's needs and interests. A large range of lessons are available, from voice to guitar, bass, percussion, piano and more!
Use our search function to find results for instructors in Philadelphia and surrounding cities such as Springfield, Lansdowne, Ardmore, Drexel Hill and Darby. If you are not ready to book online, our student counselors will help to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. There is no risk, as your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. In order to be the best, you have to learn from the best. Begin your legendary career today!
Education- Currently a music performance major at Temple University Associates in Applied Science Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects. Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009 Philadelphia/Southampton, PA Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound
production and drumming fundamentals. Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies
St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 2011 Philadelphia, PA Taught percussion ensemble Tutored intensive individual instruction Facilitated drum and snare studies Prepared students for school concerts
Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000 Lansdale, PA Taught marching band
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!
*** Studio Equipment *** recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a studio with two drumsets set up
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz
Julia W. December 3, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Tim is knowledgable, patient, and tuned in to my child's needs. He has an easygoing nature and teaches around my child's musical interests. I would highly recommend him!
Maria T. May 4, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Tim is great, he is teaching my son so much, he loves going to his lessons and learns so much from Tim, he taught him how to read music and the different types of drums and the different sounds they make, He tells everyone he is taking drum lessons. Tim answers any questions we may have and knows the drums very well, he is also very flexible and outgoing, Tirstan has lots of fun and enjoys his lessons very much. I will recommend Tim to anyone who is looking for a drum instructor.
FitziaJ July 24, 2012
Mother of Teddy J
Tim is a great teacher. He introduced Teddy to the different types of drums and cymbals. He allowed Teddy to play the different drums so that he could hear that each drum has a different sound. He also showed him how could change the pitch of the drum. Teddy really enjoys his lessons.
Vince is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer/arranger in the Philadelphia and New York regions. His primary instrument for the past 16+ years is trumpet; he also performs on assorted brass, electric bass, and vocals. Vince holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Vince first began teaching music in 2006 as the trumpet instructor at Silver Creek Central School; he directed trumpet mas
ter classes for high school students. Vince later took on various private students teaching trumpet, guitar, electric bass, improvisation, and arrangement & composition. While earning his Master of Music at the University of the Arts, he served as the trumpet department intern and was responsible for teaching private trumpet lessons, preparing transcriptions for class materials and live performances, and proctoring music theory exams. Also at UArts, Vince was a teaching assistant for the Freshman Jazz Improvisation class for which he conducted sectionals, administered exams, and offered critiques regarding inventiveness of improvisations. He currently teaches a number of electric bass students at Philadelphia's Rock to the Future.
Each student approaches music differently, and Vince tailors his teaching to fit that approach. He asks a student what they're aiming to accomplish, then set short and long term goals in order to acheive them. Vince believes a strong technical foundation leads to freer ease of artistic expression. His students receive a wholistic approach to music on whatever instrument of their choice.
He is a member of Soul cover band: The York Street Hustle, with which he plays trumpet and arranges horns. He also regularly performs with Indie Rock bands Heyward Howkins and Roomtone. Vince has appeared on many albums during the past few years including his own debut solo album Syzygy, which is available now. Vince pursues freelance work in the music industry; he continually performs, arranges, composes, and records original music.
Vince is also an Audio Engineer and Producer in the Philadelphia region. He primarily engineers and produces radio & TV commercials, while also engineering and producing original artists' music during the recent two years. Vince has seven years experience operating analog and digital sound boards for live events, radio, and in recording studios. He has also managed multiple semi-professional Jazz ensembles; in charge of scheduling rehearsals, booking performances, negotiating with venues, and marketing via web, print and social media.
"Vince proves himself a very creative composer. I look forward to hearing more from this upcoming composer & instrumentalist." - Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter
"Vince plays his horn with creative passion and soul, his tone is very open and full these two combined make him one of the leading up and coming young Jazz trumpet players of today." - Rebecca Coupe Franks
"I've had the great pleasure of working with Vince as an arranger and writer. His music explores many styles and directions, and is always well crafted. He has an original and distinctive voice as a player, an arranger, and a writer. Such dedicated talent deserves to be heard, and I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot from Vince in the future." - Vinnie Martucci
John Lavin L. June 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Vince is an extremely resourceful teacher as well as an extremely accomplished musician. His clear commitment is to being encouraging and helpful. His ability to focus upon the student's specific needs and to address those needs make him an excellent teacher.
Steve S. March 11, 2015
Vince is a great, experienced trumpet player. He knows the ins-and-outs of the instrument, its role across multiple genres, and how to help me reach my goals. He always has helpful hints and tricks that are useful in making me a better player. Great composer and arranger, too!
Joe H. February 6, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
Vince has enlightened me to many new pathways when approaching music composition. Many concepts he has shown me have translated right into new tunes! Highly Recommend!
My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, and I began my musical journey at age twelve while still back west. I received private instruction on guitar from a professional guitarist who focused on technique and classical playing. About a year later, I began playing guitar and bass in groups that ranged from church ensembles to rock bands, and even spent two years playing in an orchestra. I've instructed nearly 30 students (of varying ages) on both bass and guitar while serving as a music director at two churches and serving as a student music director at Point Lo
ma Nazarene University. I also received a certification through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville. Here, I acquired further skills in live performance, studio work, and songwriting. After moving to Philadelphia to finish my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University, I began playing shows in the area. I also toured with Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I then spent a summer in Nashville, interning under hit songwriter, Kate York. After graduation, I was hired by the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) to be their new lead singer and guitarist. I've been a full time professional musician in the Philadelphia area ever since. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, The Field House, The Tin Angel, and JC Dobbs in Philadelphia; Revel, Showboat, Ballys, and Tropicana in Atlantic city; and Seacrets in Ocean City, Maryland. I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person. I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)
*** Lesson Details *** I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons! Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students. Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!
Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:
-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc). -Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers. -Tuning of the instrument -Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc). -How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic -Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like. -Basic concepts of “keys” -Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”) -Chords (mostly basic open chords) -Strumming -Learning songs to put concepts together For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following: -Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors. -Scales beyond basic majors and minors -Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc). -Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp. -How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).
[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]
SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS: -Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc) -lyric and vocal phrasing -finding your voice as a writer -exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).
LIVE PERFORMANCE: -Breathing/relaxation exercises -Movement/watching footage of self -Watching footage of others -Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body -learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin). -Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking. -Developing your stage persona
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)
*** Specialties *** I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
Karen S. February 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Victoria is an excellent teacher! She is precise in her observations of my playing and the subsequent constructive critique, which has already helped me to tremendously improve the way I play each note as well as difficult chords, such as B minor (difficult for me as a beginner). She is very patient, as well as very smart and extremely personable. She helps me to define my goals at each lesson. I am thrilled to have Victoria as a teacher and I will be signing up for additional lessons with Victoria.
Edward R. December 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have a lot of fun taking lessons with Victoria. She tailors each lesson to meet my interests and skill level. She was able to immediately identify the areas I need the most improvement and I have already progressed in these areas after only a few lessons.
Dennis M. December 3, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Wonderful personality, skill and insight
I just wanted to pop in and say how happy I am to be learning guitar. At 51 some may hesitate, but I promise you it's still possible. If you have a love and a want to learn, you can make it happen. Victoria has been wonderful. She's always helpful and supportive and tailors her lessons towards what direction I want to go with my music. She's always smiling and makes lessons fun, the time passes way too quick. So if you are wanting to learn an instrument, then go out there and do it. Maybe if you are lucky and in the Philadelphia area, you'll be able to get Victoria to teach you as well.
William is a certified K-12 music instructor with experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels of instruction. He is committed to providing quality music instruction to every student. In addition, he has served on staff for several universities and theatre companies as a performer, vocal coach/accompanist, music director, and professor. William's areas of expertise include vocal coaching all styles of singing, private piano instruction, adaptive lessons, and general music instruction. Special interests are vocal health, vocal/speech training, music psychology and music interventio
n and therapy for special needs.
He offers the following lessons at his home studio:
VOICE LESSONS- for all levels and styles of singing. Specializes in contemporary styles and Broadway singing for all levels. However, William has a background in classical singing and teaches beginning and intermediate level classical singing to adults and high school students interested in the study of opera or college prep.
PIANO LESSONS- for beginning students and intermediate levels.
ADAPTIVE MUSIC LESSONS- music lessons tailored for student that might need a modified approach to learning. He offers adaptive lessons for voice, piano, and general music for special needs students. It is recommended that adaptive music students take 45 minute lessons due to the approach and purpose of these sessions. In addition, it maybe encouraged from time to time that parents and/or family members become actively involved in the music learning process.
GENERAL MUSIC LESSONS- ear training, theory, movement.
AUDITION PREPARATION- designed to prepare singers of all levels for an audition and/or performance . Recommend a 45 minute or hour session for those planning only a single or limited amount of lessons.
COMBINED LESSONS- meaning student may study two instruments or have two areas of concentration during a single session/lesson. Recommended time for a combined lesson would be 45 minutes due to the focus being on two areas.
Jonathan S. June 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was not much of a singer before seeing Will, but my singing has improved immensely with him; I had a few vocal breakthroughs during our time together. He is also exceptionally flexible in how he teaches. We were able to meld singing with song-writing and piano-self-accompaniment.
Jonathan S. June 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I had no prior singing experience prior to seeing Will, but I had some extremely helpful vocal breakthroughs during our time. He is also exceptionally flexible with how he teaches. We were able to meld singing lessons with piano-self-accompaniment and song-writing. Being a pianist and aspiring songwriter, this was much more than I had hoped for.
I am 23 years old, a Lansdale, PA native now living in Philadelphia who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.
I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University, but I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed. Since 2010, I have tau
ght private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.
My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.
***Lesson Details*** I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.
***Travel Equipment*** Upright & bass guitar JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings ZOOM stereo recording device Pencils/manuscript paper
Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)
Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis
Laura L. June 24, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!
Elizabeth S. June 23, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max was really patient with me. I got frustrated when I didn't get the hang immediately but he worked through the issues with me and was very supportive. Definitely a super nice guy who knows his stuff!
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