Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Monica
My kids have been taking lessons with Justine and we are very happy!! She is professional, patient and always on time.I was very hesita
nt about skype lessons but it has been great. We give Justine 5 stars."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kristin
"A real professional
Kelvin is an amazing teacher whose love for music truly shows. His knowledge is beyond the normal music instructor and shows when org
anizing all my kids in the living room to play music together. It's a real treat to hear them all working together!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Abraham
"Learn drumming from a real pro.
Tom is a professional drummer that has been around for quite a while, and has tons of experience. He loves drumming, and
I love to watch and listen to him going at it. He also loves to share and teach his talent and skills to others. His teaching style is very relaxed, and customized to the student's wishes. He stresses on the importance of practicing rudiments, stick handling, and playing with a metronome, but also on having fun and playing along with your favorite songs. Tom's fee is very reasonable and affordable for private lessons. He'll come to your place and helps you set up your kit and/or teach. I prefer to go to his studio where he has two drum sets. With Tom on one set and me at the other makes it a lot more fun and better learning experience,"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Alanna
"Perfect teacher for any level
Jared finds where you are skill wise and teaches you from there. I know some basic music theory but there are many holes in
my knowledge - He is very good at figuring out exactly what I know and what I need to practice still so I feel accomplished at the end of every lesson and don't waste any time getting to know my instrument.
I highly recommend taking lessons with Jared. I'm having a blast!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Dawn
"Learning to Play
Alex is a great teacher. He is extremely patient and very good at taking his time to explain the things you do not understand. It's easy
for me to express my own concerns as well as ask him questions. I also think his teaching techniques are great. He uses songs of your choosing as well as knows plenty of songs to advance your techniques with the guitar in realistic stages. He is good with constructive criticism. I like his honesty and directness, but he never makes you feel like you can't do it. Alex can spot things wrong with your technique quickly and help correct them. He also promotes a positive environment for those not yet confident in their playing.
I am very happy with Alex as my guitar teacher and feel that I can learn so much from him and I would definitely recommend him to another guitar player."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Cory
Matt's a great teacher. He's really good at articulating, and helping you visualize, the different things that are going on when you
sing. In the past few months I've noticed a big change in how I look at, and approach, singing.
Really looking forward to continued growth with this teacher!! Highly recommend him!"
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Zenab
"best teacher ever
such an amazing teacher! so patient, friendly, encouraging, and supportive. great personality too, and passionate about teaching. i've
learned so much, i always look forward to class!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by K
"Actually learning guitar!
"I don't know how I got so lucky to find one of the few teachers in the area that not only enjoys playing but also teaches flam
enco guitar. Mark is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, multi-talented and endlessly patient, a crucial quality for a thick-headed adult student like me. He takes his work seriously and conducts himself very professionally, but still manages to make every lesson a lot of fun. Amazingly, I am learning to play the guitar, which I never thought I could. Highly recommended.""
Gainesville, GA teacher:
Review by xi
Kan is absolutely a super good teacher I've ever met! I have learned more than one year with her. She is very patient and nice to her
students so I never worry that I may learn slow than others. I recommend Kan to you with no hesitation! She made me love piano and love the world of music. She is exactly the kind of teacher you are looking for!"
Hi! My name is Janet, and I would like to be your new music lessons teacher! As a quick biography, I have 20+ years of experience teaching both piano and voice lessons. I have taught piano students from as young as 5 years old up to a wonderful lady who was a grandmother many times over, and voice students from 10 years old up to adults. I have taught students of all ability levels, from the most basic beginner to very advanced performers. I welcome you to come to my home studio. I have both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Indianap
olis. I retired in 2009 from teaching in the Indianapolis area public schools after 32 years of teaching elementary vocal/general/choral music. During the last 17 years of that time I was also teaching privately during the evenings and on Saturday. As a student taking lessons with me, I will always put your desires as a musician first, and consider them to be the most important factor in guiding the progress of your lessons. While I will make basic assignments for you to practice for your next lesson, I am always open to including music that you would like to learn. If there is a particular style of music that you would like to study, or even a particular piece of music that you want to learn, please feel free to mention that to me, and I will do my best to find that music to add to your lessons. If at any time you have questions, requests, or comments, please either mention them to me at the lessons, or contact me by phone, text, or email. I look forward to meeting you, talking with you about your desires and aspirations as a musician, and to guiding you and helping you to reach your goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I will work with you to find the most convenient time for your lessons. Lessons are given in my home studio. While there will be basic material you will need to learn proficiently, you will be free to select the style of music you wish to study. I always tailor the lessons to suit the student's desires and aspirations as a musician.
*** Studio Equipment *** office/studio space for lessons; spinet piano; electronic equipment available to play cassettes, CDs, videos, and DVDs either from my own library or yours to assist and/or augment the lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** My piano students are expected to own either a 3-4 octave keyboard, or an acoustic piano. I can give you guidance regarding specific details you need to look for when you purchase an acoustic piano or a keyboard. I do not recommend specific manufacturer names. You will also be required to purchase any necessary materials (books, flashcards, etc.). I provide supplemental materials (teaching games, etc.).
*** Specialties *** I use a variety of methods, mostly based on the goals of the students. For piano students, I prefer the Bastien Piano Basics method books. For voice student, I use a combination of methods developed by several different voice instructors.
Lauren October 7, 2016
In home Verified Student
My experience with Janet was great. I had 5 lessons with her, which was enough to achieve my goals. She was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Damon B. March 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She was very prepared and experienced. She knows a lot about singing and can make you feel like you're learning something.
Timmé January 30, 2016
In home Verified Student
She's very nice and my daughter just loved her to pieces!!!
My musical journey began the with piano at the age of seven. I took regular lesson all the way through high school, eventually performing works such as Gershwin Etudes, Chopin Waltzes, Debussy Arabesques, and Beethoven Piano Sonatas. My trumpet performing started in 1993 and continues, having earned two degrees in trumpet performance, and performed with groups such as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Lone Star Wind Orchestra.
I have been teaching privately for 13 years, most recently having a studio of around 50 students in the Dallas area, where my students have performed at even
ts such as the state solo and ensemble contest in Austin, and it groups such as the Texas All State Band, and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra to name a few. I now continue my private lesson instruction in Indianapolis. I have learned to adjust my teaching technique to match each individual, whether it be the music difficulty, learning pace, or musical genre preference. I have taught trumpet students of all ages and abilities, as well as beginning and intermediate piano and french horn. I look forward to helping you make beautiful music on your instrument!
My teaching philosophy
Private lessons are a one on one experience that give students guidance on their specific musical needs. Rather than only working on pieces for un upcoming audition or competition, I emphasize working on a variety of repertoire that will improve all aspects of one’s musicianship. Lessons are not a weekly practice or coaching session, but rather a time for me to help students with what they have already been practicing. More specifically, I help with embouchure formation, tone production, note reading, practice technique, musical phrasing, breathing, performance anxiety, rhythm, music theory, bad habits, or anything that will help the student make better music in the long term. I also frequently provide musical examples and inspiration by playing for my students.
Students are required to practice a minimum of fifteen to forty-five minutes per day (depending on the student’s age), six days per week.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own lesson materials, such as books, valve oil, metronome, etc. Piano students must also have a well maintained piano to practice on. High quality electric keyboards with 88 keys, weighted and touch sensitive, are acceptable.
I have a 24-hour lesson rescheduling policy. If a student fails to provide notice via phone, text or email at least 24 hours prior to the starting time of the lesson, or misses a lesson unannounced, they will be charged for the full lesson cost. If adequate notification is given, the lesson will be made up at a later date. Lessons MAY NOT BE MISSED WITHOUT MAKEUP. I do, however, allow students to miss lessons without makeup during the months of November (up to one lesson), December and August (up to two lessons each month) and July (no limit), and one lesson for spring break.
With rare exception, all of my students take weekly lessons. Students who keep a regular, weekly schedule improve at a far better pace than those who miss frequently.
*** Studio Equipment *** Clavinova keyboard with weighted keys
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide no equipment
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical, jazz, and commercial, having experience in all three areas. I teach a lot of ear training and music theory regardless of the instrument.
Lukas G. September 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
Thanks Jay! All is going well and the lessons are certainly improving his skills!
Butch W. April 5, 2016
In home Verified Student
Listened to my comments of my progress on my own and then advised ways to improve. Not over selling and understood what my goals were in playing.
Layla T. February 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
My 4 year old is very happy with Mr. Jay. She looks forward to her piano lessons and lights up when it is time to start :)
He is very patient with her and that encourages her to practice and get better.
I have taught private piano lessons to all ages and levels for more than forty years. I teach sightreading, rhythm, musical expression, technique and music theory. The student will need either a piano or keyboard available for practicing between lessons. Titles of method books to be purchased will be given to the parent at the first lesson. If a student has books that were used with a previous teacher, I will consider continuing in those books if they are the appropriate level for the student. I enjoy sharing my love of music with my students. I am a patient teacher and I consider the indivi
duality and goals of each student. I was a church organist and accompanist for many years.
Sophie July 1, 2016
In home Verified Student
Today was the first lesson ever for my six year old daughter. Miriam was very welcoming and patient and made her feel comfortable and successful.
Mike June 1, 2016
Miriam V. is a great piano teacher. My 11 years old son takes lesson from her for almost two years now. She is very professional and good at what she does. She is very patient with my son. My son loves her. His piano skill has been improved a lot since she taught him.
Paul June 1, 2016
I've been studying with Ms. Vessels for 21/2 yrs. now. My success has been amazing during this time.
I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.
Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.
I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contempora
ry keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.
As a professional recording artist I frequently take trips to Nashville for co-writing, recording, and meeting with record labels. I have written with well-known writers like Mia Fieldes from Hillsong, Tony Wood from Provident Label Group, Stu G from Delirious?, and Jon Steingard from Hawk Nelson. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.
My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
Jill Ramos December 22, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Absolutely fantastic educator. Josh positively and energetically instructs each and every lesson. His musical knowledge base, as well as sheer talent, is impressive, and he readily shares this with his students. My 12-year old daughter has greatly improved from his piano tutelage in the last 18 months. I would recommend Josh Lavendar to everyone of all ages.
Cortnie December 22, 2016
Josh is a fantastic teacher. I learned so much from him and I highly recommend him as a teacher. He is positive and very knowledgeable.
Jackson December 21, 2016
Online Verified Student
He does a great job at making me feel comfortable enough to be confident but not so comfortable that I don't challenge myself and progress. Great teacher! I highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to sing well.
I teach fun and easy lessons that allow you to explore the guitar at your own pace. I tailor lessons around the student's musical interest. I'll have you playing your favorite songs in a matter of weeks.
I taught at my last music academy for 9 years. I am currently teaching at Sam Ash Music in Castleton, IN. I've been playing guitar since 1980 and I've taught hundreds of students thousands of songs since 1998. I have taught country, pop, and rock from the 50s to today. I have taught Elvis, The Beatles, Guns and Roses, Nirvana, Metallica and Avenged Seven Fold not to mention hundreds more.
Larry W. October 27, 2016
In home Verified Student
Mike is very patient with my 9 year who has no experience and this is what I was looking for in an instructor.
Sudipto C. July 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great start.way to learn more from Mike..
MeLisa March 1, 2016
Mike is a wonderfully talented guitar player. He will teach you what you want to learn, picking, or chords, if your mostly wanting to sing while playing! Great guy! Thanks Mike
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