Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Lee
"Awesome Teacher, Very Professional, Super Knowledgeable
I was lucky to have Scott as my first guitar teacher. He took me from a beginner to an advanced g
uitarist. He is very knowledgeable and makes playing guitar fun, but also challenging. So, if you are serious about becoming a guitarist and or musician Scott is your instructor."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Jan Tuohy
"Scott is astounding! He has a passion for teaching music and is knowledgeable in many aspects of his field. He has strong technical skills, is eager to
design a forward path to meet a student's needs, and a very positive attitude to support your desire to learn. I am so happy to be learning from him and am optimistic that I will grow in the future!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by susan
"Ruben is such a bright, talented teacher! He has found the perfect blend of pushing me as a student to achieve goals, but also patience to get through the
more difficult techniques. I highly recommend him as a teacher!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Carla
"Great with young children!
My 8 year old daughter has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Arnell for a year and has truly flourished under her instruction
. Ms. Arnell is patient and goes the extra mile to motivate her students. She never rushes the lesson and sends notes of encouragement to my daughter in between weekly classes which motivates her to practice at home. My daughter is very shy but after a year of lessons and her first recital her self esteem is noticeably on the rise! I recommend lessons from Ms. Arnell to anyone who wants to give their son or daughter the gift of music."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Tayler
"Professional, talented, encouraging and friendly
I have taken lessons from Jack and have worked with him as a musician. Not only is he incredibly talente
d at what he does, he is also extremely professional, knows his stuff, and is encouraging in growing your skill and confidence. I would highly recommend Jack for his teaching skills and say that if you wish to learn and grow in the craft as well as your passion for music, he is the best!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sarah
Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one
she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Ruth
"I took drum lessons when I was 15. I decided now, at age 66, to take lessons again. I plan on playing in our church's Praise Team Band. Davy easil
y assessed my level of knowledge and started from there. Each lesson started with things that I wanted to learn. He then rounded the lesson out with the things he could see I needed to know. Davy understands people very well. He also has a great talent for music."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Khoa
"Mr. Ashot is great piano instructor, and a very talented musician. He is a very patient teacher, which is one the most important quality in my opinion. He
also teaches me a lot new and popular song which I love playing. Before I had him as my piano teacher, I used to just wait for the instructor to tell me what note to play. Now after having taking theory with Mr. Ashot my sight reading have improved a lot. Thank you for being such a great piano teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Emmanuel
"This guy is simply amazing. I'm Just overwhelmed how he could train the kids in just a shot time. Always on time, very neat and so loving. I recommend him
to any parent and or group that desires to see quick results and excellence in their music department..."
Robert's exemplary and diverse career all began when he was a very small boy. His magical, musical journey began with his Grandfather, Donald Mcullick, a country singer/guitarist, who spent the 1950's touring and performing with blockbuster artists such as Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Grandpa would take his young protégé out to the swing under the apple tree in the backyard and show him songs on an old acoustic guitar. He would later give that guitar to Robert. That guitar was the key to the music box of Robert's life. A life long dedicated to the art and craft of music.
's high school years were very non-traditional. While most students spent time at football games and pep rallies, Robert spent his time performing in pit orchestras and composing for local theater companies. His extensive theater credits include work with the Hampton Playhouse, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, the Seacoast Reparatory Company and the Portland Stage Company. Robert was comfortable on both sides of the stage. He was an accomplished performer, composer and overall technical adviser even in his teens.
After graduating High School, Robert took on the daunting task of recording his first solo album "Obstacles Overhead". The album featured members of Capitol Records recording artists Thanks to Gravity and Pondering Judd. All of his hard work paid off and the album received airplay on many local radio stations.
The allure and glamor of the Rock and Roll life soon called, and Robert found himself fronting a heavy Metal power trio called Nine Shades of White. The group toured extensively throughout the east coast, and recorded two well received albums.
After taking time to record projects with Boston based singer Rick Skeehan and the world renowned Irish folk group the Makem Brothers, Robert joined a group called Two Much Trouble, and performed on their album "Frankenstein". The group earned a wild reputation with its heavily modified tour bus that spit flames and transformed into a mobile stage.
In the summer of 1997 Robert was enlisted as the lead guitarist for the premier seacoast rock group 202 The Band. For the next 5 years he rocked crowds every weekend all over the New England area. In 2002 the group released the album "En Route". Many of the songs featured on the album were either written or co-written by Robert.
Always anxious to take drastic "left turns" along his musical path, Robert accepted an invitation by the renown New York City based jazz guitarist Larry Simon to perform in two of his large scale new age, rock, jazz ensembles, Collective Consciousness and Infinite Soul. Each group sported, at times, over twenty members. This setting not only gave Robert the chance to tread on new musical ground, but it also gave him the chance to explore new instruments like mandolin and electric violin. Robert now plays an electric violin custom made for him by Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Rock and Roll of course was never far from his heart, so of course he did just that. Robert next found himself playing second guitar for his close friend and virtuoso guitarist Dan Miller in the Dan Miller Band. This heavy metal juggernaut created enough of a rumble to make it into the final round of the Boston based Beantown Meltdown battle of the bands in 2004.
In 2005 Robert finally found the time to release his second solo album, "Dust Covered Man". Produced by Grammy nominated producer Mac Ritchey, it was a somewhat dark and introspective, acoustic based, singer songwriter album that featured flutist Cynthia Chatis and blues harmonica guru "Hatrack" Gallagher. Robert's version of Pink Floyd's "Blue Sky" had the distinction of being voted the 2nd best cover of a Pink Floyd song on iTunes, during 2005. Richie Havens, the internationally known folk singer, has also given his stamp of approval on Robert's version of "Darkness Darkness".
In the spring of 2007 Robert was given the immense honor of performing as a member of the world famous Irish soul band "The Commitments" on their 2007 U.S. tour, filling in for the bands ailing original guitarist Kenneth McCluskey.
2007 also saw the release of a series of Hypnotherapy CD's by therapist Sharon O'Connor that featured music written and recorded by Robert. He has also written music for independent films and television throughout the years.
In 2007 Robert also found time to reunite with some of his old 202 band mates in a short lived group called Stone Circle. While the band had to be put on hold for the time being, Robert looks forward to working with his old friends again someday.
In early 2008 Robert began studies with British classical guitar master Edward Flower, expanding his already diverse background even more. Later that year he was recruited to do transcriptions for Guy Davis, a popular performer in the modern blues world.
Early 2009 saw the launch of Robert’s newest endeavor, his own professional recording studio, dubbed “The Dragon’s Den”, nestled in the woods in tranquil Stratham NH. A place where Robert himself and others can find peace and craft their creative vision.
And the journey continues……..
*** Lesson Details *** Robert's teaching approach changes and conforms to the needs and goals of each individual student. He does his best to encourage good technique and the understanding of basic music theory as it applies to the style of music the students wishes to learn. Robert strives to find the perfect delicate balance between focused study and just having fun with music.
After a few months of lessons all students will learn the importance of proper technique and the core essentials of reading music. Younger students will be able to play well known melodies familiar to them, and older students will be playing pieces from popular songs. This of course is a general overview, as each students progresses at his or her own pace.
*** Studio Equipment *** Can provide an instrument for the first lesson only (teacher must be advised beforehand) If students wish to continue they must have their own instrument. Students playing electric guitars or bass do not need to bring amplifiers to lessons, there is one provided. Students do not generally need to purchase books or other instructional materials, they will be provided.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk, Heavy Metal
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should eventually, have a drum set at home for this service, or whatever percussion instrument they wish to learn. However, we can start the first 6 months with a pair of sticks and a practice pad (under $50).
*** Specialties ***
On drum set, I teach many genres, several world music styles, classical, rock, jazz, etc.
I have a studio in Washington Heights as well as one in Yonkers that are equipped with drum set, hand drums, a 5 octave marimba, keyboard, snare drum, etc.
I have a very prestigious marimba/vibraphone background. I teach four
mallet grip- both Stevens (main) and Burton (secondary, but always for vibes).
I have placed students at the Juilliard PreCollege, New School, LaGuardia Arts, Manhattan School of Music Precollege, NYU, among others.
I specialize in special needs education, having had several students over the years with Autism, ADD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc. (also group classes).
I teach theory, and I can help with reading. All of my students, even those who claim to have struggled with reading, do read well after a few months with me. I also specialize in rudiments and healthy, efficient (speedy!) hand technique for snare drum.
I've studied world styles including Latin/Brazilian Percussion, West African Music, Middle East Percussion, Irish Bodhran, and Indian Tabla.
I have a rich and extensive educational background, but I focus on enjoyment of music making, and I have a firm, but very friendly approach. Fun is paramount, but you have the most fun when you put in the work to have the skills to excel. I am realistic and understand the demands of adult work life, so I help my adult students work out schedules to get results in the limited time available.
I hold recitals twice a year for my students in a supportive environment. Children/teenagers especially, look forward and work hard towards this goal.
With a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, Masters Degree in Computer Science and Education, over a quarter century of teaching and performing experience, and awards and recognition too numerous to list, I can help you define your vision, set your goals and objectives, and teach you the tools you need to move from where you are to where you want to be.
*** Lesson Details *** Private Lessons in our studio in Exeter NH. On-Line lessons provided via Adobe Connect, Skype, Google, or any other technology of your choice. Travel to your location at current IRS rate.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Wall-to-wall mirror for immediate visual feedback. Digital Audio/Video recording and playback equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** Digital audio/video recording.
*** Specialties *** I do not provide the "standard" studio lessons of repeating rote exercises. Rather, I work with you on the material YOU want to use as a vehicle to help you grow your skills in your craft. I work with all genres, with a cappella being my specialty.
Inventive and innovative, yet embracing the best of his classical upbringing, violinist Chris B. is rapidly becoming a prominent force in contemporary music circles around the globe. His strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing the boundaries of the violin while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. The Berklee College of Music graduate’s growing list of credits include collaborations with The Dear Hunter, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bent Knee, Symmetry, Sean Roldan, Wheat, Art Decade, Ben Levin, G
uy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured Chris as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China and Taiwan.
Chris' philosophy on music education is an embrace of every aspect of music-making in order to develop into a truly creative, well-rounded, and capable artist. His teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. Chris has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between.
Selected Discography: ElderFlux - ElderFlux* (2015) Video Game Orchestra - Live in Taiwan* (2015) The Dear Hunter - Live (2015) Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015) Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015) Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies (2014) Art Decade - Art Decade (2014) Pyre Dove - Shallow Stepper (2014) Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014) The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013) Qwill & the Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013) Symmetry - Junky (2013) Bent Knee - Live and Nearly Unplugged (2013) Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013) Hillary Barleaux - Hillary Barleaux (2013) Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013) Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012) Jaggery - Private Violence (2012) Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012) Perhaps - Volume 1 (2012) The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012) Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011) Black Kettle - Narrative (2010) Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010) Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009) Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007) *upcoming release
Adam P. April 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I think the 5 star description sums it up nicely, 'Best instructor ever'. I've worked with Chris for a few months now and his knowledge, friendliness, and ability to to teach are astounding! He teaches in a very dynamic way, adjusting the lesson on the fly to make sure you are learning what you need to know, when you need to know it, and at a pace that works well. Definitely recommended!
My name is Justin, and I've been heavily involved in music for over ten years. I started playing guitar in 2003 I picked up bass and other instruments over the next few years & I became an integral part of my high school band; often playing every instrument I knew how to play in one concert. I also began to teach guitar & bass during my high school years. After finishing high school, I attended Berklee College of Music; achieving my Bachelors Degree in Guitar Performance after graduating this year. I'm a hard-working individual and I'm very dedicated to my craft, whether I'm teaching or perfor
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