Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Thomas
"One lesson so far and my son is inspired and motivated to practice and master the scales and the other "homework" Jeremy gave him to do. My son is 12 and
he was very impressed with Jeremy saying he learned more in 45 minutes with him than in two weeks at band camp. Jeremy is calm, knowledgeable and patient and I am very happy with my decision to encourage my son with his guitar playing. Thanks Jeremy - very pleased we found you!"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Janelle
"I came to Stacey to pursue a dream that I was never able to pursue as a child. This was dream to sing. While my goal was not to be a professional singer
, I simply wanted to tap into my breath and my voice so that my presence through my speaking and singing would be stronger. I wanted my voice to be vibrant and more alive. Stacey's professional and down-to-earth presence helped me shift the way I breathe, the way I speak, and the way I sing. My professional life involves frequent public speaking and b/c of my work with Stacey, my confidence has increased and I am the stronger educator I yearned to be. She shifted who I am and how I give myself through my voice and breath in this world. I highly recommend working with her regardless if you want to sing for professional develop, for voice exploration, or simply for fun."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Dwight
In our lessons, David consistently demonstrated exemplary understanding of complex music theory, but was also able to impart his deep
professional knowledge in a manner accessible to a neophyte such as myself. And further to his credit, he has the patience of a saint when it came to actually implementing difficult theoretical ideas.
David was exacting in his attention to the details of our practice sessions, and was also able to offer techniques to ameliorate my lack of dexterity. He noted that my physiology was likely a culprit and helped me find workable solutions to the problems.
Overall, David was dedicated, always punctual, a real pleasure to work with, and I could not recommend him highly enough to others."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kelly
"I was always inspired by the piano. My Grandma was a fantastic pianist, and I always wanted to learn, but was too afraid to learn after hearing for years
that either you have it or you don't. Feeling like I might not have natural ability, having a teacher that is encouraging and patient was really important. James was that patient and encouraging teacher, and thanks to him, I've been progressing more than I thought. He is a natural teacher with a talent for adapting to different learning styles. His lessons are so helpful, and I rarely feel frustrated like I have learning instruments with other instructors. Within a couple of months, I felt so much more confident with how far I've progressed than I thought I would."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Tracy
"Sasha is awesome! I'm 18 and I've been taking guitar and voice lessons from Sasha for several months now and I've improved way more than I expected. She r
eally listens to her customers and tailors the lessons to each individual. I choose which songs I want to learn each week, and she teaches me exactly what I want to know. Couldn't have asked for a better instructor--I'm so pleased with all she's helped me accomplish."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Tom
"Very good at helping improve musically and a great personality!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by William
"For the first evaluation I give Cara a 4 star. I can't say that she is the "best instructor ever" because I have never been instructed in music before.
Her knowledge of music is very good and her singing voice is excellent. I sang for her, got her input and sang again only better the second time around. She liked the way I sounded and has told me I am a tenor."
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Taylor
"One of the most down to earth and coolest teachers I have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Karyn
"Lisa is a great teacher! She is kind and encouraging. She balanced challenging pieces with things that are purely fun to play to keep my daughter engaged.
Whenever my daughter was having a bad day and it was time for her violin lesson, she always came back happy because Lisa is so cheerful and fun to be around. My daughter grew leaps and bounds musically in one year's time under Lisa's instruction."
I'm a 'classically trained' voice teacher with extensive training in dance and drama; a liberal arts degree from Columbia University/Master of Arts Education from City College of NY. Before settling into a music career, worked as a dance instructor, for the City of NY and received congrats from John Lindsey, then mayor, for outstanding achievement. As an actor, performed in several off-Broadway plays and was a principal in the “Broadway tour”, ”Pulitzer prize ” winning play, “No Place to be Somebody.” I've performed through the years as a vocalist with a trio and as a ONE WOMAN SHOW a
t various night spots, concert halls and social events. As a voice coach I've had the good fortune to teach the skills and techniques of the art of singing. Singing is the joy I share as a performer and as a teacher. Anyone can learn to sing; and do it on a superior level. It takes desire and the willingness to practice the skills necessary until the goal is achieved. The journey is worth it!
*** Lesson Details *** WORKSHOP FOR LEARNING TO SING COMPETENCY: A SOLID FOUNDATION IN THE BASICS OF SINGING OBJECTIVE: Students will learn 5 Basic Components of Singing and demonstrate via public (by choice) performance; at the end of course. 1. Pitch 2. Rhythm 3. Breath 4. Voice 5. Diction Pitch Tone is the use of pitch in language to distinguish words. All languages use intonation to express emphasis, contrast, emotion, or other such nuances. Pitch refers to the notes and sounds that we hear when someone sings, and it determines if the song is going to sound great or not. The singer will have to hit various pitches in a song with a relative amount of accuracy in order to be in tune with the overall music accompaniment and harmonies. RHYTHM Every song has a certain beat, and it is essential that we keep to the basic rhythm of the song, or else we might find that we are constantly trying to catch up with the lyrics or always lagging behind. Rhythm also determines the groove of the song, and this is what gets us on our feet and dancing when we listen to upbeat or fast tempo songs. A great sense of rhythm begins with learning to recognize various beat duration, to vocalize notes with different beats, as well as to be able to keep to the basic tempo of a song. BREATH CONTROL Breathing is an essential component of singing, and is what most singing instructors would introduce to students during their first lesson for singing. It is also what most people would want to learn about and also ask questions about. Breathing is a natural process, and it is not difficult to achieve better breath control for singing. A great breath foundation is needed for singing! VOICE To produce great sounds when singing it is essential to adopt beneficial singing habits in order to produce sounds that are more relaxed and healthy. DICTION Learning how to produce sound with our voice is not enough. We still need to shape our voice, and form words in a language that our audience will understand. This is why diction is also one of the vital basics of singing, because it determines whether our audience understands what we are singing, and whether we are able to connect with them through our song. Diction is also a key factor towards hitting the correct pitches, especially for the high notes, and this will be explained in detail.
COURSE OUTLINE: Lesson 1 PITCH How to avoid the most common singing mistakes that prevent singers from producing a clean and professional vocal tone. Objective: Students will learn warm up exercises that strengthen vocal cords and loosen the muscles needed to produce a professional sound./ the importance of singing ‘scales’ to achieve this objective. Lesson 2 RHYTHM Rhythms often used in various standard songs. Objective: Students will listen and learn to identify rhythms used in songs. CD player provided. Students will learn to tap out the various types of rhythm. Students will sing a favorite song; using rhythms learned in class. Lesson 3 BREATH For the purpose of voice projection, students will learn to breath more from the diaphragm, the muscles beneath the ribcage, as well as the abdominal muscles. Objective: Students will learn vital techniques to create a connected voice blending head, chest and diaphragm. Lesson 5 DICTION How to use the emotions, enunciation and clarity. Objective: Students will learn to sing a favorite song with focus on elements of singing. Lesson 6 Review of previous 5 lessons. Lesson 7 Group/Individual Performances Objective: Students will show confidence in employing elements from training. Lessons 8/9/10 Rehearsal for recital TBA *Each lesson to begin with a brief review of previous. Copies of previous lessons/homework assignments to be distributed at each meeting
*** Studio Equipment *** CD Burner/SURE Microphone/Charts in various keys/Speaker System/Pitch Pipe/Recorder/keyboard/Metronome/Video Camera
*** Travel Equipment *** Lesson plans, books, pitch pipe, keyboard. Student should be prepared to be serious and committed.
*** Specialties *** I show the student how to use breathing and voice placement techniques to gain vocal improvement via projection.
Kiesha M. July 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great fit for a beginner singer - very hands on and provided me with literature to read to help in between my lessons. I look forward to resuming when my schedule permits.
tomi P. June 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's an amazingly confident beautiful women... They don't come like her anymore.. I'm grateful and blessed to have her as a coach and so will the next person!! 10 stars**********
Kiesha M. June 8, 2015 Verified Student
She's a very pleasant lady who is very knowledgeable about the art of singing.
Matt has enjoyed working and teaching as a professional musician for at least 15+ years. He began studying music and playing the saxophone at age 11. He currently lives and works in the New York City area after moving there from Philadelphia in early 2001, after graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelors in Music.
Throughout his musical career, Matt has performed and worked in a variety of capacities including as a composer and recording studio engineer. His main area of expertise is performing as a jazz saxophonist on alto, tenor, and soprano saxoph
ones, and he regularly plays throughout New York City in restaurants and jazz clubs.
Matt's area of expertise in teaching is beginner to advanced studies on the saxophone, beginner to intermediate studies on the flute and the clarinet, music theory, and jazz improvisation for any instrument. Whether he is teaching saxophone, flute, or clarinet, his teaching approach places emphasis on giving the student an in depth understanding of his or her instrument. He puts the utmost importance on explaining advanced concepts in the simplest of terms in order to insure that the student fully comprehends the objectives of each lesson. Such concepts that he covers regularly and places importance on are sight-reading, ear-training, and creativity.
As a regularly performing musician in New York City, Matt can be seen every Sunday night at Ba'sik (a new and very popular bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn) where he leads the open jazz jam session. A few of his adult students have even been able to reach a level in jazz improvisation that they've been able to come out and sit in with the band.
In addition to teaching woodwind instruments and jazz improvisation, Matt also has experience teaching Sibelius music writing software, and audio engineering with Pro-tools LE and Logic Pro.
PLEASE NOTE: Because the NYC area is very different geographically from other parts of the country, especially in terms of transportation, I may appear outside of your area in terms of where I am available to travel. If you are very interested in taking lessons with me, but you are outside of my travel zone, please feel free to follow up with a Takelessons counselor and have them contact me personally to see if we might make an exception. I am available to travel to virtually all areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan as well as Jersey City and Hoboken. if my location in Williamsburg Brooklyn is not convenient for you, and you are unable to have lessons in your home, then there is also an option where I can most likely find a very affordable teaching studio in an area that is more convenient for you that we may rent by the hour and split the cost for your lesson.
*** Lesson Details *** Matt believes that any student, regardless of age or experience level, learns best when engaged in an activity that he or she understands and enjoys. Part of his success as a teacher can be attributed to his willingness to take into account every student's particular musical interests and strengths, and in tern, he teaches directly to those areas. For instance, in the initial stages of developing a student and teacher relationship, Matt requests that the student compile a "wish list" of approximately ten pieces of music that he or she would like to be able to play. This list may include pieces in such genres as classical, jazz, and popular music, just to name a few. It is through this list that the student can begin almost immediately learning exactly what he or she likes, and by default, Matt can then teach the student all of the technical components needed to perform on his or her instrument, as well as determine the specific areas where the student needs to receive more focused instruction. More importantly, this "thinking outside of the box," customized approach provides a fun atmosphere and enables the student to enjoy learning the art of playing music by not being solely dependent on instructional booklets which many students, regardless of age and experience, find boring and tedious.
*** Studio Equipment *** Additional saxophones for students who do not currently have a saxophone to use during a lesson. Recording equipment, including software and microphones. Mac book pro with music writing and recording software. Full 88 key keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment *** Additional saxophones. Macbook pro with recording and music writing software
*** Specialties *** music, music theory, home recording, saxophone, clarinet, flute, all styles
Burak U. September 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He was very helpful
Marisol R. September 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
There's a difference between knowing how to play and knowing how to teach and Matt is fluent in both. I have given up on the Sax a couple times before due to lack of affordable and qualified teachers so I'm very glad I finally found a teacher who's very patient and kind like Matt 5 stars all the way!
Tanaya R. August 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Matt's a wonderful teacher. He's extremely patient, and takes his time explaining concepts in different ways to help you understand the topic fully. He's also very flexible which really helps those of us with crazy schedules. If you wish, class time can focus on music theory along with the actual playing of the flute which is very valuable (in my opinion). He's given me great tips with regards to embouchure and tone, not to mention with reading music and applying them to my playing. His instruction has really helped me improve my playing overall. I highly recommend Matt.
Marjorie has taught beginners to advanced students of all ages in every vocal style including Opera, Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, R&B and Gospel at Hunter College, New York University, La Guardia Community College, The Learning Annex as well as her private vocal studio in NYC for the past 25 years.
Marjorie received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Special Studies Award in Voice and Opera from the Eastman School of Music. Marjorie has sung at Venice's Grand Teatro La Fenice, Carnegie Hall in NY, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, Cagliari's
Teatro Lirico and the New York Grand Opera.
She was the winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and a finalist in both the Enrico Caruso Voice Competition and McAllister Opera Awards Competitions. Recently she was featured on Channel 5 Good Day New York morning news program.
IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING and I guarantee it!!!!!
I teach beginners and advanced of all ages as well as all styles of music:
Opera - Classical - Musical Theatre - Pop - Jazz - Folk - Rock - R&B - Gospel
*I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to connect without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.
*Singing on the vowels with clean articulated consonants before and after the vowel is sung.
*Correct understanding and pronunciation of French, Italian, German and English languages
*Musicianship, theory, piano, all musical styles and song writing
*Performance and acting skills
*Annual Student Recitals in professional New York City Venues
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons take place at my home studio. Lessons may be recorded on my professional recording equipment or you may bring your own recording devices. This is an excellent learning tool. I teach my students how to extend their range, increase breath control and the freedom of their body in order to enable a free and easy produced vocal tone. I teach song repertoire to the student's particular musical style choices. I also work with students that wish to write their own songs so that their musical ideas can be heard clearly and precisely. A guitar is available for students if they wish to use it to accompany themselves. I teach my students how to deal with performance anxiety . Students are presented in recitals twice a year and performance classes are held once a month in addition to the private lessons.
IF you can talk you can sing and I guarantee it!!!! I teach beginners to advanced of all ages.
*** Specialties *** Voice, Piano I teach the freedom of the jaw, neck and shoulders to allow the breath to come without tension allowing the production of a free vocal tone.
Beginners and advanced of all ages. "If you can Talk you can Sing and I guarantee it!!!! Opera - Classical - Musical Theater - Jazz - Folk - R&B - Gospel - Country - Rock -
Angela W. August 14, 2015
Opera Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
no stress, no fear, relax
good way to learn something new for me
very much enjoyable the whole time
you will feel good about yourself too after the lesson
Laurie S. May 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marjorie is an amazing teacher!! She's very supportive and inspiring to the point that now I've started to get into songwriting. She even teaches me relaxation exercises to help nudge the creative spirit! I always leave her studio feeling enthusiastic, full of energy and looking forward to the next lesson!
Chloe D. April 27, 2015
When I first came to Marjorie it was to see if I could start to work on adding some natural vibrato after years of straight-tone choral singing. I was feeling very discouraged and worried that maybe I just didn't have any natural vibrato at all.
When the lesson started, one of the first things Marjorie said to me was, "You're not singing straight-tone. I can hear your vibrato in there, but we need to set it free." In just a few more lessons we were already stripping away years of bad habits from choral blending, and I was thrilled to start to feel my vocal chords phonating easily and naturally.
Fast-forward several months and my confidence -- and love for singing -- continue to grow. I'm so amazed with Marjorie's patience and faith in me and just thrilled that she was able to break through 10 years of bad habits and set free my natural sound!
I am a songwriter, composer, and performer living in New York City. I am a formally trained musician with considerable real world performing experience. Teaching music is something I enjoy immensely and something I am extremely passionate about.
During my time as a college student studying music, I began teaching guitar lessons. I found the work to be extremely rewarding. I was happy to be spreading a bit of love for music around, and I believe I made some lasting impressions. I continued to teach music lessons after I graduated, expanding to teach piano as well.
The more I taug
ht, the more I found sincere joy in teaching. As I was was getting to know each of my students better, I realized that I was doing more than just teaching music lessons. I was acting as an example, a friend, and a counselor of sorts. I realized that each lesson was an opportunity to influence each of my students in a positive way, however small or large. To be granted that opportunity was truly thrilling.
I teach guitar from beginner to advanced levels of performance, in many styles. I teach piano up to an intermediate level. I specialize in Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock, Funk, and pretty much any contemporary style a student might be interested in learning. Although not my specialty, I am capable of teaching classical styles as well.
I am very excited to teach anyone interested in learning about the wonders of music, and I love to work with all ages.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons, students can expect to have lots of fun, and learn a lot. I like to think that my students always enjoy their lessons with me. I am friendly, warm, personable, caring, and fun. I strive to find the perfect balance between learning the important fundamentals of music, and just plain enjoying music. Music takes hard work, but music is supposed to be fun!
I consider myself to be a laid back person, and I do not expect any strict formalities when interacting with students. I feel that the more comfortable a student is, the more easily that student can learn and have fun doing so. However, I do expect my students to thoroughly practice, to focus, and to strive to improve.
I tailor each lesson to a student's particular needs. Everyone learns and interprets music in different ways, so I strive to serve each of my students uniquely. From basic fundamentals to advanced techniques, I cover everything. I also give each student an opportunity to choose some music that they would enjoy learning.
My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** For guitar lessons, I provide my guitar and any equipment that the student may not have initially, like for example, their own guitar, or music stand. Piano students will need their own keyboard for the very first lesson. The student should eventually provide their own instrument and equipment, such as their own guitar, music stand, and copy of the selected method book; all of which are things that they will need in order to pursue practicing on their own time.
*** Specialties *** I am capable of teaching using many methods, styles, and genres, depending on the student and their particular needs. However, I specialize in jazz, folk, and rock styles, as well as improvisation.
Mark S. May 14, 2014 Verified Student
Tim is a knowledgeable, competent, teacher who cares about his student's progress and puts good effort into each lesson. He is also pleasant to deal with, and communicates very well with the student.
Mark S. January 9, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Tim is outstanding in all qualities that matter in a music teacher. He knowledgeable, patient, and communicates very well with the student. His genuine appreciation of music comes through clearly, and that makes for an inspiring lesson. My son studies both guitar and piano with Tim, and anticipates each lesson with excitement. You can't go wrong with Tim.
Mary K. January 25, 2013
Tim taught my now 8 year old son piano and guitar lessons. He was kind, patient and encouraging. My son enjoyed practicing during the week and improved at a steady pace. At the little recitals, Tim accompanied my son in guitar, which gave my son confidence and made him feel 'cool' to be playing with an adult. Tim was a great role model for my impressionable son.
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education
Natalie September 25, 2015
Classical Piano ·
Concetta is kind and patient and extremely knowledgeable about what it takes to learn an instrument. Her training at Columbia University shows in every lesson. Just because you are an excellent musician does not necessarily translate into an excellent teacher, but her grasp of the pedagogy is clear. I would highly recommend Concetta to anyone at any age looking to learn to play.
Brianna P. September 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
wonderful teacher knowledgably and patient my daughter love her.
Kemal K. August 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am 43 and started my first musical instrument experience with Concetta, with no background and knowledge of music theory at all. Needless to say how challenging it was at first, but with her dedication, professionalism and friendly approach, I made a significant progress in about 7 months. I am so happy to have Concetta as my violin teacher and would definitely recommend her.
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