Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Max
"Book this guy without hesitation.
Before beginning I had reservations about an online piano lesson format, but he dispelled them immediately. Every le
sson is engaging, informative, and - most importantly - productive. Excellent approach and truly tailors his lessons to the subjects that you're interested in exploring.
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Punk at it's finest
I liked the way that Matt listens to the songs I like and within seconds he's able to play them by ear. Hopefully and with some more
training and lessons I will be able to get on that level. Other than that I have no complaints."
Seattle, WA 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 Michael
"Jayna taught piano to our 9yo son for two years, and I can say without equivocation, she is fantastic. Her skillset and lesson planning are great. She w
as punctual always. But the key quality that put her above all the other private teachers we've had (tennis, violin, piano, Japanese), is her rapport with kids. She is firm and maintains the focus of the lesson (not easy with young boys especially!), while still keeping it fun. Our son made great progress with Jayna and we are SO disappointed she moved out of state!!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Todd
"I first met Seth when I decided to pick up the guitar at the age of 50! I am now 53 and I am so glad that I did (as they say, it's never too late). Seth
is a wonderful instructor and he has opened up a part of life that has brought me immense joy. Seth is a gifted musician and he shares that gift of music with his students. I simply cannot recommend Seth highly enough. I am a teacher myself and I can truly say that Seth is one of the most talented, natural teachers I have ever met. He also taught my son and I can attest that he is great with kids too!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Dr. Seth G.
Review by Nick
"Fantastic Guitarist! Even Better Teacher!
I'm an advanced guitarist, and started as such when I started receiving lessons from Kevin. I took lessons to l
earn music theory and how to apply it to my guitar. We discussed rhythm, melody, and harmony, and I studied it on my own time as well with a music theory book. We also discussed audio pre-production and used a few programs to help with learning it. Kevin had a few injuries during the time I was taking the lessons, but was very quick to make up each lesson he missed. Kevin is an awesome guitarist/bassist and friend. If I was still in Salt Lake, I'd continue to take lessons from him to further my audio production skills."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Becca
"Lin is an amazing violin teacher. We feel so blessed to have found her. She is punctual, knowledgeable, and fantastic at what she does. She is very encour
aging and has been wonderful with our 6 year old. She makes learning fun and easy to understand. Our daughter looks forward each week to seeing her and we have been amazed at her progress. We highly recommend her for anyone looking for a teacher."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Edex
"I have my daughter taking a piano lesson with Canda and all I can say is.."I made a good choice". I am surprise at the pace my daughter plays piano. I li
ke her patience persuasion with her students I would recommend her to anybody."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Pam
"This is one of the most talented young men I've ever met. I've know him for several years. Watched him perform, teach, arrange. Anything to do with mu
sic, this man can do. I was so impressed with him that I hired him and his band to perform at my company Christmas party last year. Everyone was so impressed and pleased that the company had me book him immediately for this years party. Once again, they outdid themselves!!! There are not enough words to list Josh's abilities. This is the man to look to for any and all lessons you may be searching for. He is sooooooo talented."
I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan.
I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluabl
e as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students.
I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.
I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.
My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.
I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!
*** Lesson Details *** While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.
We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!
Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.
*** Specialties *** I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.
My specialties include: music-based early childhood development adult beginners and continuing learners intermediate and advanced players chamber music coaching.
Lizzy M. May 4, 2016
Online Verified Student
I immediately felt comfortable with Jill. She is so patient, kind, and supportive. As a first-time student of the violin, I feel incredibly lucky to have found such an invaluable resource as her. I will most definitely be signing on for future lessons with her.
Nicole April 11, 2016
I look forward to my violin lessons with Jill. She is a great instructor and I have learned a lot. She personalizes each lesson and I come away with tools to help me in the future. I know that she is going to make me a much better player.
Vijaya H. March 24, 2016
Online Verified Student
My first lesson in many many years! You may as well say I was a beginner. As an adult learner, I need a type of instruction that will leave me motivated to continue and Jill was just PERFECT. Knowledgeable, patient, she uses tricks and techniques to facilitate learning. I learned so much in just the first lesson. I am very motivated to continue and to get to a point where I can actually play!
I have been involved professionally in music for over 35 years as a music teacher, performing artist, recording artist, record producer, record label owner, arranger and composer. I have written many music books and hundreds of arrangements for musicians of all levels. I have experience in virtually all styles of music. I offer private lessons to students of all ages and abilities in all styles. My Teaching Background My entire family is involved in the arts. My Mom is a painter and violinist in the Cape Ann Symphony, my Dad was an actor and a writer. My Uncle was under contract to Cecil B.
DeMille and appeared in several Hollywood movies with Gary Cooper and Paulette Godard. I was educated at the Berklee School of Music. I also studied privately with John Payne, Jerry Bergonzi, Houston Person, Buddy Tate, Arnett Cobb, Eddie lockjaw Davis, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. I have recorded 10 CDs as a leader. My CD Crescent City was the #1 Record on Jazz Radio Charts coast to coast in 2002 and #35 of all jazz Records released in that year. I performed on “Good Morning America” as part of the Mardi Gras coverage. I have performed in New Orleans at Jazzfest, Satchfest, and major venues including Tipitinas, Snug Harbor, and the House of Blues and with the Neville Brothers and the Marsalis family. Also in New York City at The Village Vanguard with Buddy Tate and Scott Hamilton, Birdland with the Count Basie Band, the Lester Young Tribute Concert in NYC, and Cecil’s Jazz Club in New Jersey. I headlined at Boston’s “Steppin’ Out” concert sharing the stage with Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Tito Puente Jr. and many others, and at the Jazz Week festival in Boston sharing the stage with Max Weinberg from the "Late Nite" with Conan O'Brian Show. Primarily a saxophonist I also perform and teach Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo and Mandolin.
My Teaching Philosophy I approach teaching each student as a unique individual and try to assess what their skill levels and goals are and how I can help to take them to the next level. When I find that a student reaches a certain level I start creating unique arrangements for them that will help them grow even faster musically. I have students from age 5 to age 85 on all instruments. Along with private lessons I offer ensembles. One of my students performs professionally with me on trumpet. He is now 18 and has been studying with me since the second grade. Another of my students started two years ago at age 56 on Bass Guitar and then Bass Violin. He now performs regularly with me as well. One of my students is 10 years old. His mother and father are from Brazil. He has been studying with me for 5 years. He began on piano and added the trumpet about two years ago. His best instrument is the drums however! After studying with me for only a few months he has become the drummer in my main ensemble which includes the two previously named students and is performing with us a concert which is part of a big arts festival. I teach my students that there is no limit to what they can achieve if they keep trying!
Schedule and Availability I teach six days a week year round at my home studio. I offer lessons from 1/2 hour to as many hours as I can fit into my schedule. I also offer Skype lessons.
With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style t
hat interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!
Resume is available upon request.
Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Phil S.
Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics." - David Kane, Cadence Music
"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box." -Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
Akhter April 25, 2016
Blues Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
My son likes the instructor a lot. He has been learning from him for close to a year now.
John F. January 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
Mike W. December 23, 2014
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
Chris Baum is an American violinist, composer, educator, and recording artist. A pioneer of modern string technique, 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. Trained in a demanding classical environment, Baum expanded his musical vocabulary at Berklee College of Music, where he studied contemporary repertoire under Eugene Friesen, Mimi Rabson, and Sheldon Mirowitz. He graduated with honors in 2010 with a degree in film scoring and composition.
is' growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Symmetry, Art Decade, Ben Levin, Guy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured him as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China and Taiwan. He currently resides in recording studios, tour buses, and occasionally, Rockport, MA, where he teaches music at Brookwood, Pingree, and Rockport Schools.
Chris' teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. He 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: The Dear Hunter - Live (2015) Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015) ElderFlux - ElderFlux (2015) Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015) Poorvaa - Arunagiri Perumale (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!
Hi, I'm Kelly and I love teaching students to love music! I've been teaching private piano students for nine years, and have taught more than 200 kids and adults. My goal is to help my students explore their own personal gift of music - because we each have one! Whether your dream is to become a concert pianist, a pop music pro or play the Stars Wars theme song, I'll coach you to get there! Along the way, we'll have lots of fun learning through music that you get to choose and come to love. I look forward to meeting you!
Jill O. May 25, 2016
In home Verified Student
Kelly was very kind and very patient...enjoyed her very much
Isabella S. May 14, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful 1st time experience. We think it's a great fit! Thanks Ms. Kelly!
Lucille Allan March 9, 2016
Kelly will bring her love of music to every lesson. Her enthusiasm is contagious and very motivating for her students. She is always 100% present in mind, body and soul for her lessons and considers her students an extended family. Kelly tailers her lessons to suit her students age, personality, ability and lifestyle. Kelly will challenge her students and teach them to love and appreciate music. My daughter grew to love Kelly and she has become a lifelong friend.
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