Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Nancy
"Great skilled teacher -- extremely patient, kind and good natured!
My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Barbara for approximately 5 years. Barb
ara is passionate about piano and music in general and really gives over the love of music to her students. She is also extremely flexible and is in tune with where the student wants to go musically....we highly recommend her!"
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Hanna
"She is so dedicated and organized with her lesson.
I always enjoy and having fun with her lesson."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Suparna
"Friendly and great teacher.
Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback
instantly in order to help me improve."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Stephanie
"You see results with Allie. She's a phenomenal teacher.
I have two children who take piano lessons with Allie. Here are what they have to say:
lie puts a lot of energy and focus in her teaching. Austin: Allie is a good teacher. She explains in detail.
I do see progress in my children's piano playing, thanks to Allie. She's very professional. We love having her as the piano teacher."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Dena
I have been taking lessons with Jordan for about 5 months, and she is really wonderful. She has helped me with my confidence and the growt
h of my range, and projection. I highly recommend!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Gretchen
"A couple months ago, I enrolled my 4 yr. old son, Wyatt, for piano lessons with Amanda Ramus. Wyatt took to piano lessons immediately. Ms. Ramus has a ver
y engaging style of teaching that can get kids and adults alike interested and enthusiastic about the learning material. Genuinely friendly and pleasant, prospective students will find her a joy to work with. What makes her stand out is that she really loves what she does, and I highly recommend her!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Courtney
"Daniel is a great teacher. He is super friendly and patient. I'm only on my 3rd lesson and have learned so much already! I like that I'm learning to read
music and guitar tabs. In previous guitar lessons I've only worked with tabs. So its good that I'm learning to read it as well. I would highly recommend Daniel!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ben
"Amy has a great command of technique and such an easy manner. She is super-friendly and was always positive with me. I've worked with several voice teache
rs, so I know what there is out there to choose from. Amy is definitely in the upper-echelon of teachers in her style, her personality, and her depth of knowledge. She sings pretty great, too."
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.
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I hope to encourage and build you up in whatever challenge we decide to tackle. Whether you are starting out for the first time or you have been playing for a while, I'm here to push you, to see you grow and to learn things as well. I love working with both children and young adults. My students say that I'm fun, I run lessons in an exciting manner, and I love making music.
I am a recent college graduate of Gordon College who, in my other life, am a Firefighter for Ipswich Fire Department and a 911 D
ispatcher for Patriot Ambulance in Chelmsford, MA.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons can be scheduled in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions. Generally, students in elementary school should have 30 minute lessons. Middle/High school amateur students, 45 minutes. Advanced high school students or adults, 60 minutes. Exceptions are made depending on the progress of the student.
All lessons must be booked per person (i.e. if you have two kids who you want to take lessons with me, they each must be signed up for 30 minutes.
**Location Requirements** All lessons are to be in the students' home.
Students must provide their own instruments. I can assist you in choosing an appropriate instrument for your child through local vendors.
All method books must also be purchased upon discussion with the instructor within the first two weeks of lessons.
*** Specialties *** Strong in classical trumpet, jazz and contemporary piano, music technology, basic recording. Well-versed in teaching all instruments listed at the basic level. As students progress in their studies, if it is not my specialty instruments, I would refer you to a teacher advanced in your students area.
Nicole R. December 1, 2014
In home Verified Student
My 14 year old daughter has been taking cello lessons with Ben for the past 3 months. He is a reliable, respectful and patient instructor. My daughter has made great strides under Ben's instruction. His love for music is evident in his enthusiastic, confident approach.
Barbara L. September 26, 2014
In home Verified Student
My three granddaughters and I are taking lessons with Ben. I asked each of the girls to give me three words about Ben and we all agreed. He is patient, fun and funny and, they added, "I really like him and he knows a lot about teaching and playing the piano." I was a teacher and professor for many years, and I know good teaching when I see it. Ben is a very good teacher. Not only is he patient and at ease with his students, he seems always to be aware of each of them and able to respond to their needs. I'm impressed and feel fortunate to have found someone who is also responsible and reliable, and takes his work seriously. It is a great pleasure to work with Ben and we all look forward to our weekly lesson.
Katy G. January 18, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Top notch teacher
My son has been taking lessons from Ben now for a little over a month. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and reliability of Ben. I figured it would take a lot to keep a 16 year old boy who is a beginner totally interested in piano but Ben has managed to do just that. My son actually looks forward to his weekly lessons and practices without hesitation and I can only attribute that to the teaching techniques of Ben. If anyone is contemplating on choosing Ben for their or their child's instructor, hesitate no further. He is one of the best.
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!
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