Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Fleur
"improve my method
I came to take violin lessons with Alisa in a specific purpose: improve my technique of violin and have fun in a play. Today, Alisa hel
p me in this regard. She gave me techniques and excercies for a basic adequate posture and then exercises to improve my technique. I'm really glad to have meet Alisa and I recommend her for all levels."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by David
"I have been playing the mandolin for about four years now and have had several different teachers, of which Marc is by far the best one I have had. I wis
h I had started with him. Marc is very patient and works with you to bring out your best effort. He challenges me with interesting music to play, helps me to understand the piece and shows me different ways to finger the notes. When I started with Marc two months ago I was playing hornpipes and dances and now I've moved up to Bach and Vivaldi. Marc is also an accomplished instrument maker."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Jesse
"My main regret is that I did not start with him when I was much younger!
I have had the pleasure of lessons from Jesse Horner for two years. I started wh
en I was 73 years old and never had any music training before, so I started from scratch. Jesse has been great in guiding me in the direction I seemed to want to go. With almost 40 years experience, I think Jesse has experience and knowledge of every aspect of music theory, guitars and guitar playing(also Ukuleles). He makes the lessons enjoyable and is very flexible and understanding in his teaching process. My main regret is that I did not start with him when I was much younger!
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by William
Kenny's approach to the piano is warm, precise, and professional. My son is learning, having fun and loving to play the piano. We have had
lessons elsewhere and it was boring and dry but with Kenny my son is excited to go to every lesson. His studio is professional non-intimidating and inviting. We would not dream of going anywhere else for music instructions. PERIOD! Although we are taking off for the summer we will be back first of the school year."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Kim
"Randall is very patient, knowledgeable, friendly and punctual. He also very flexible when it comes to schedule changes."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Ash
"Paul is a teacher who really cares about the progress of his students. In our first few meetings, he introduced me to different chords step by step and do
esn't give too much all at once which helped me remember each chord easily. When I play he also corrects what I’m doing wrong by showing me techniques that will get me playing better. His lessons are also fun as he always incorporates different types of songs for each lesson. I've only been meeting with him for 2 months and I am already seeing some improvement in my guitar playing. At the same time, I’m also enjoying the process of learning! I highly recommend taking Paul’s lessons for all levels!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kyle
"A Great Teacher
I have been taking lessons with Dan now for two years and I have learned more then I could on my own. Dan is easily approachable and an a
ll around good guy. He never has any problems with questions. He teaches advanced rhythms but also puts the fun in fundamentals. He has helped me immensely in all aspects of drumming and is a great teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Xun
"My daughter is learning guitar with Mr. Ollie, who is always kind, gentle, patient, on time and easy to work with. Mr. Ollie is very methodical. Not only
he teaches classic rock-roll songs, but he also tends to teach my kid basic music knowledge, help her develop sense of rhythm, tempo, etc. His love of music shines through his teaching, which is great to behold. Mr. Ollie also plays awesome drum."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Lauren
"I have been taking lessons for 6 months now and have enjoyed every one! Brad prices his lessons reasonably and is flexible with my busy schedule. He makes
the lessons fun and not all about buying tons of books. Highly recommended for any age!"
Music has been my passion since childhood. Having learned at an early age the benefits of music in all areas of life, I want to encourage you to give me an opportunity to impart the knowledge, skills, techniques and passion that has driven me to share this with the world. I am a trained classical pianist and have studied with the best. I have been teaching for years and look forward to spending time with you as you grow in your love for music too! I am an independent recording artist who loves to perform, write and produce good music.
*** Lesson Details *** Learning the art of music can b
e a very music friendly environment. There's absolutely nothing too hard to accomplish when you relax and let music be your passion. Expect to grow, but realize that you are a "musical masterpiece in progress, but not overnight".
*** Studio Equipment *** The sanctuary is where the lessons would take place with a keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** Keyboard
Sandy R. May 4, 2013
Music Performance Verified Student
How do you say a teacher has good features. A particular instrument has good features.
Liz is a good teacher for someone that wants to take piano lessons. She is knowledgeable and very patient. She is also a Christian which is a very important matter to me when I determine who will be instructing me in any course. I made a wise decision. I look forward to each of my lesson.
Tommy"kemet"J May 14, 2012
love her...she is god send...
Mrs.JuneKN May 25, 2011
LOVE HER!!! Miss Liz is very enthusiastic and encouraging. She's fun to be around. She's very knowledgeable and a GOOD teacher. I feel I can tell her anything...open up to her. She makes me feel good about my skills in piano, and I LOVE her very much!! Five Stars, of course!!!!
Jeff began playing guitar at the age of ten. His very first performance was in the fifth grade, performing in a rock band. In high school he sang in the concert choir, chamber ensemble and studied music theory piano and classical guitar. After high school, Jeff obtained a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University and continued classical guitar studies with Jesus Silva who studied with Andres Segovia. After graduating college, he directed the guitar program at J Sergeant Reynolds Community College for nearly a decade, receiving a faculty recogniti
on and achievement award for five or more years of outstanding service. Jeff currently performs with his own group called the Jeff H. trio, specializing in contemporary jazz performing at various venues and occasions.
Jeffâs music theory and teaching ability is extremely varied and ranges from classical to rock, blues to jazz. Some of his top skills are improvisational guitar techniques, which include sight-reading, understanding chord theory, and how to improvise melodically over various chord changes. Teaching by example and coaching students through performance is not only good practice, but a great confidence builder for the student.
Over the years, Jeff has developed a specific method of teaching that has proven to be extremely effective regardless of age or skill level. Jeff uses a three-pronged approach that focuses on music knowledge, method, and skills training. Through this method, students not only learn their instrument, but enjoy their lessons. This is key aspect for students to achieving their goals. Lastly but important is making the lesson fun and enjoyable for both the student and teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher, recognizing a students goals and creating a strategy to reach them applies to all levels of guitar playing. Jeff will evaluate each studentâs abilities and skills and tailor the lessons appropriately. In general, Jeff has at least four approaches on how you may learn and process information: by example, analogy, hypothetical, and by written instruction. In addition to teaching things to students, another primary task of the teacher is to develop the strategy that will get the student where they want to go. The student will establish the goals and together student and teacher will stay focused on the result they want to achieve.
Jeff has been dedicated to music and the teaching of music at all educational levels. Teaching music teaches you to be human; it helps you recognize and appreciate beauty so you learn to be sensitive; music gives you something to cling to when all else fails; music helps you to have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good, in short more life. That is why Jeff teaches music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Amps, stands, upright piano, lessons in front living room w/ seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** My teaching methods are three pronged, to teach, coach and mentor all in one lesson. I take each student at whatever level they are at to assist in setting their goals and achievements. For example, as part of the mentoring segment i do encourage students to perform for each other, open mics and other performances to help give the student positive musical self esteem. I do teach in the areas of classical, jazz and blues with a concentration in contemporary jazz, jazz arranging, jazz theory and jazz transcriptions.
CarlaH June 10, 2012
Jeff is a great teacher. He makes learning guitar and reading music fun, easy, and exciting. Jeff has great patience and experience in different genera's of music so, I am getting a variety of styles of music!
EdY November 6, 2011
Jeff has been a great instructor! His patience, instruction, and quality have been remarkable. We could not have been set-up with a better instructor!
I first fell in love with music at the age of 7 after hearing Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog". I soon after received my first guitar and started learning all of my favorite classic rock songs. Over time my tastes began to branch out to include all kinds of music from country to jazz. Knowing that I wanted to pursue a long-term career in music, I decided to choose a college with a strong music program, and received a bachelor's degree in music performance and jazz studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2010.
As a jazz guitarist, I perform regularly in a variety of settings wit
h various ensembles. For the last several years I have played at various venues in the Richmond area, such as Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Tobacco Company restaurant, Havana 59, Maymont, and at private functions including weddings, receptions, wine tastings and private parties for such organizations as the MCV and VCU Alumni Association and the Science Museum of Virginia. I have also performed in professional pit orchestras for Christian Youth Theater, Richmond Triangle Players, and Theater IV/Virginia Rep. In addition, I compose and perform original tunes in various styles and instrumentation.
I love to listen to, play, and teach many styles of music ranging from classic rock to country, jazz, metal, classical, and pop. Since 2008, I have been teaching music professionally to all ages from 5 to 70. I teach all levels and styles of guitar, as well as beginner piano and beginner to intermediate level bass guitar.
*** Lesson Details *** Music should be fun, therefore, I firmly believe that music lessons should be tailored to a student's interests, tastes, and goals as much as possible. If you want to learn pop, then I will gear your lessons toward pop. If you want to learn rock, then we will move in that direction from day one. I still focus on all of the basic techniques of playing, reading music, rhythm, and theory but never exclusively within the sometimes sterile pages of a method book. I will often challenge students by suggesting tunes or exercises that I think will be beneficial to their long-term development, but I also like for students to guide their own learning as much as possible so that they enjoy music above all. The lesson style and level of difficulty will vary depending on the student's prior experience and skill level.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should provide their own instrument, music stand, and amp (if necessary). I will provide my own guitar and amp and much of the music to be learned. Over time, students may be encouraged to purchase certain method books to further their progress.
*** Specialties *** Specialize in jazz, rock, blues, and music theory. Experience in pop, classical music, country, bluegrass,metal, and funk.
JeffJ May 15, 2012
My kid loves his lessons.
Connor has done a great job with our 9 year old. He is very patient and tries to make the lessons fun. Our son is even more interested in learning guitar since he started the lessons.
AlbertT August 20, 2011
i'm having a good time learning and Connor has been great at keepimg my inteest in mind,rhanks
SeanD April 4, 2011
Connor is a great teacher! He has alot of patience and takes his time with the students.
Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Ja
zz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.
I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understanding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.
I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!
*** Studio Equipment *** Steinway Grand Piano, Electric Piano Electric Bass Synthesizers French Horn Trumpets
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring music books to augment the student's library. However, students must provide their own instruments.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki method for the 3 year old plus my father's method for ages 5 and older. After that, I teach according to the student's abilities and their goals.
Jeanie M. December 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
He is GREAT at making me understand theory, which I never have. He's also exciting and challenging in learning how to look at music and anticipate/understand where it's going versus my habit of only looking one note ahead at a time. I wish he was a little more interested in teaching classical music, but I also understand that the new stuff I am learning from him will greatly improve my playing of that.
Roy S. October 2, 2014 Verified Student
Jonathan has extraordinary knowledge of music and teaching technique. He has patience and understanding which is both helpful and encouraging. It is a pleasure and an honor working with him.
Debra B. July 3, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jonathan has an exceptional background in music theory, which has been implemented well throughout my daughter's lessons. He is positive and encouraging as her vocal abilities rapidly expand. Jonathan has gone above and beyond measures I expected. He is an excellent vocal instructor!
My name is Katie and I would love to teach you how to play violin. I am certified to teach suzuki book 1, but I can also teach other books comfortably. I have played in many Orchestras across the country including Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra, Shenandoah Valley Academy Orchestra, and Pacific Union College Symphony. I have been playing violin since I was 5 years old. My favorite memories were Suzuki camps where I learned how to fiddle, winning a talent show playing Bach Double Concerto, and starring as a guest performer for Eastern Mennonite University's 100th Anniversary celebration. If y
ou are interested in learning to play the violin, give me a shout. I would love to share my love and passion for music with you.
Hawaiian for "jumping flea", the ukulele is an enchanting instrument, as versatile and melodious as a guitar. The small bodied, four stringed uke has gained in popularity in recent years, perhaps owing to gorgeous covers like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and "Im Yours" by Jason Mraz. Trendy or not, the ukulele has a timeless sound. It's enjoyable to play, portable, and relatively easy to learn. Ukuleles are also less expensive than many other instruments, making the pr …
Take Lessons or DIY? How to Learn to Play Ukulele
Hawaiian for "jumping flea", the ukulele is an enchanting instrument, as versatile and melodious as a guitar. The small bodied, four stringed uke has gained in popularity in recent years, perhaps owing to gorgeous covers like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwoole, and "Im Yours" by Jason Mraz. Trendy or not, the ukulele has a timeless sound. It's enjoyable to play, portable, and relatively easy to learn. Ukuleles are also less expensive than many other instruments, making the pr
The 3 Biggest Mistakes You're Making in Your Voice Lessons
Want to get better at singing? Simply showing up to your voice lessons isn't enough. Here, St. Augustine, FL voice teacher Heather L. shares 3 common mistakes she's seen students make, so that you can be sure to avoid them...
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How to Sing the National Anthem: 9 Videos You Can Learn From
The Star-Spangled Banner is one of the most recognizable songs out there -- no doubt you've heard it dozens of times! It's also a song that requires a lot of vocal finesse and skill. Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares nine performance videos, what you can learn from them, and tips for singing the national anthem yourself...
The national anthem. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's bold. Inspired by seeing the American flag flying at "dawn's early light" after witnes
Pianist Spotlight: How Stevie Wonder Overcame Blindness to Play Piano
Have you ever wondered if you have the potential to become a famous musician? If so, you probably know that it takes more than just raw talent to break into the music industry.
Stevie Wonder is an excellent example of this. Beyond his amazing talent, vocal and piano practice, along with hard work and persistence, were the keys to Stevies success. Read on to learn more about Stevie Wonder and how he came to be the musical legend we know today.
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What is Guitar Technique? And Why Does it Matter?
What's the deal with guitar technique anyway? Guitar teacher Alexander A. explains a few of the fundamentals and why they are so important...
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