Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Nicolas
I've been taking Cello lesson for a few months and I have to say I don't regret my choice of picking Jared for teacher. He's an easy g
oing & fun teacher. He's also very patient, it's perfect for a beginner."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Pei
"I am really glad that i take the online classes for Ukulele with Jared. At first i wasn't sure if it's going to work out taking music class online. Turns
out it really works well, as Jared is a really great teacher who is patient and well knowledgeable instructor. He's also great for accommodating my schedules. He's helped me make great progress. Strongly recommended!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Emily
"Kyle is a patient, flexible, thoroughly knowledgeable teacher and musician. I signed up to take singing lessons with him, having not done a bit of it for
15 years or so. I'm mostly a beginner and he immediately intuited what I needed from him in terms of balancing instruction, discipline, and enjoyment.
My schedule is busy, and I was less than committed to practice and being present/confident in my lessons. Kyle has been encouraging as well as forgiving precisely when I need him to be, which is essential for adults learning or relearning musical skills as an aside to a full-time job and other responsibilities.
Kyle tailors our lessons exactly to my diverse levels of proficiency on both piano accompaniment and voice, and throws in music theory only when appropriate (he is extremely clear about why he's doing it, which I really appreciate.)
Most importantly, he's always willing to have us practice and perform songs during lessons that appeal to my musical preferences, ensuring it always remains fun and attractive and I leave the lesson with extremely positive feelings, which promotes the learning and continuation of my lessons.
I love his laid-back attitude combined with professional, serious approach to music, which clearly is his passion and something he loves deeply. He's exactly the kind of teacher I was looking for and his home studio is a very inviting, comfortable place to practice and learn.
I recommend him highly to anyone looking for guidance, flexibility, and a positive, encouraging, open musical experience. Thanks, Kyle!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Ikram
"Rhonda is amazing! Made me feel very comfortable right from the outset. This is my second attempt to learn the guitar. First time was when I was a teenage
r and I gave up because I tried it on my own. I sure hope Rhonda will be able to help me learn."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Sandhya
"Ben is a very talented teacher who has greatly taught and enriched my daughters piano playing. Ben has cleverly and quickly taught music theory as well as
composition and so much more! At the end of lessons he freely composes beautiful music with her, which has contributed greatly to her love of piano playing....she even would like to write her own songs and now freely goes on her own to play the piano while we cook dinner! He challenges her and yet patiently helps her build the skills and tools needed to for a strong understanding of the fundamentals and foundations of music. I highly recommend Ben as a teacher, he is absolutely one of the strongest and most lovable teachers out there!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Zach is teaching our seven-year-old son, Ben, the piano. He's been working with Ben for seven months, now. Zach is kind and incredibly patient. He is enco
uraging by default. Ben looks forward to his lessons. Zach seems to match Ben's pace, pushing him forward when it's appropriate and reviewing material when it's clear that Ben is not ready. Zach began with familiar tunes, without sheet music, and Ben was proud of his early accomplishments at each step. Now that they're into reading music (using a Disney fake book), Ben feels comfortable and engaged. Zach is a graduate student, and he's on a student schedule (at least for now), which means scheduling lessons around the academic year--an approach that works well for us. It also means that we had the chance to see one of Zach's recitals at ASU, and that was inspirational for our own young pianist (and his dad). Ben and I recommend him highly."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Myla
"We are very lucky to have Voytek as a piano teacher for my daughter. He is very professional and he knows his craft really well and it shows in the way h
e teaches. He knows how to make the lesson challenging but still fun at the same time . He is very patient and his passion, enthusiasm and dedication to music inspires my daughter so much. We highly recommend him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Deborah
"Had a great time learning! Matt was very patient and took his time to make sure I could do this on my own. which for me was one of the most important as
pects of taking these lessons. Wanted to learn the basics of recording and creating my own Voice Over reels and auditions on ProTools. I learned about microphones and signal processing as well as editing music to combine on my reel so I could get a professional sounding Reel.
Since I've continued studying with him, I've actually been able to help other actors as well to make some basic demos :) It's so incredible to have someone with Matt's vast experience teach a newbie like me!
Thank you MATT!!! You Rock!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Eric
"Carmen has been working with our son, Ryan, for about two years now. I feel you would be hard-pressed to find a better instructor. Carmen has an exception
al ability to read your child and form a caring and personal relationship with them. Our son looks forward to each lesson, is a happy drum student, and it shows in his progress!"
I've been playing guitar since I was 9 years old and teaching guitar since I was 14. I grew up playing in bands with friends. My parents would drive us (and a ton of equipment!) to wherever we were playing, which was sometimes 50 to 200 miles from home! I later did studio work and played as a solo entertainer. I also studied acting while in college, so being on stage and performing is very comfortable for me. I have extensive experience in teaching both individuals and groups with regard to several different venues, including guitar, bass guitar, acting, public speaking, songwriting and stu
dio recording. I also provide a unique service that my students tell me is very helpful. I record instructions, or demonstrations, and email them to you - on the spot! This way you don't get home and wonder "Now how did that go?" or, " How was I able to do that?" You just open the email and listen to it – whenever you like.
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is geared toward each individual student. Everyone has different specific interests and desired outcomes, so my lessons are based on your priorities and your goals. Beginning with your first lesson you should feel inspired and excited! Even if you are just beginning to learn an instrument, you need to have a teacher who can supply you with what you need AND have you playing things that you like within a very short time. This applies to all types of music; rock, standards, folk, metal, classic rock, popular, country, whatever you want to play. Beginner or advanced. So it's up to you -- just tell me what you want to get out of the lessons, and that is what we do! I may be the instructor, but YOU are the director.
*** Studio Equipment *** Martin 1963 "000-18" acoustic guitar Fender Telecaster electric guitar Acoustic Amplifier (Acoustic is the brand name) Digital Recorder (portions of lessons are recorded & emailed to you) Digital Video Recorder (portions videoed and emailed to you) All music, tab, and diagrams are supplied at no additional cost
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, sheet music, diagrams, and any and all notes pertinent to what we work on. I supply everything but the guitar that you are playing.
*** Specialties *** Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar. Rock, folk, gospel, country, finger-picking, vocal accompaniment, improvisation, lead guitar.
Susan C. May 11, 2014
The Joy of Learning Music
He lights up the room when he picks up his guitar and plays! Dave draws his students in with his welcoming smile and sparkling eyes that seem to say, "I'm having so much fun here and I want you to have fun, too." His pure enjoyment ignites a spark in us. We're motivated to have that kind of fun with our music while studying hard to advance our skills and techniques and reach our personal goals.
Dave is the consummate teacher--he energizes and inspires, he is trustworthy, of impeccable character, a guitarist extraordinaire, a former counselor whose mission in life is to help others achieve success. He conducts every class with good humor and patience. He is an inventive instructor with a toolbox of unique ways students can learn skills and techniques more easily. He is an honest appraiser of our work whose positive comments encourage and motivate us. He's Dave, who knows and teaches every aspect of guitar repertoire--country, blues, gospel, pop, rock, etc. His instruction is centered on the student's music preferences and goals, and he integrates a progression of the skills and techniques we need to learn with the music we choose. Practice is welcome, as it brings us closer to playing the music we love. Dave is the teacher who opens doors to new aspects of music and encourages us to reach beyond our expectations for ourselves. It's amazing what we find beyond that horizon.
Dave is a teacher for all students. Whatever your talents and aspirations, you will achieve your goals. And along the way, you'll be the one saying, "I'm having so much fun here!"
Dave is a treasure, and taking lessons with him is a truly joyful experience!
Henry M. December 13, 2013
Great teacher, highly recommend
Excellent teacher - very knowledgeable with good tips on improving. Very enthusiastic and recognizes improvements that provide encouragement. Teaches at your pace and the music you want to learn. Highly recommend for all levels
Milan D. December 11, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Would like to take the time to tell you how much I like taking lessons from David Doud. I have been taking lessons for 3 years now from teacher to teacher. The lesson's I was taking was not going directions I wanted to go. I just wanted to play guitar and make a song book up. When I called David up I explained to him what I wanted and he delivered. In a very short time I created a song book and my guitar playing getting better buy the week. January of next year I will turn 71 year old. I will continue to take lessons from David for a long time. I look forward to each weeks lesson with David because he make's lesson's so interesting and understandable and fun.I did not have that with other teachers they just made the lessons to hard and not fun. Milan
I am a classically trained singer who graduated from Cedarville University with my Bachelor's of Music degree. While I love to sing opera, I also enjoy singing pop, country and other music styles. I currently sing with the Phoenix Opera and continue to study with the Phoenix Opera co-founders.
I have taught people of all ages and backgrounds including children, adults, jazz singers, and a professional country artist. I continue to teach a variety of students with many different goals. Because I have had different voice coaches over the years, I have learned many different teaching s
tyles and techniques that I use to help my own students progress.
*** Lesson Details *** I love to encourage my students! I believe that recognizing improvement and rewarding it increases the student's desire to progress.
With that in mind, I start every lesson warming up the voice with exercises that teach free and easy singing with proper breath control. The student also learns sight-reading and some music theory. I use the same method when teaching songs, but as the student progresses, they learn to apply the techniques and recognize how to improve the song on their own. As they improve, they will be able to sing more challenging music.
Because every student has their own unique goal, they are expected to purchase music and books accordingly. I prefer my students record their lessons to help facilitate their practice. I strongly encourage the purchase of a recording device if you do not already have one, or at the very least to bring a note-book.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical singing and opera. I believe that having a good foundation of correct breathing, placement of sound and relaxed singing is important for any music style. When the voice as an instrument is taken care of properly, any style of music is possible. I teach these three things as fundamentals to every student no matter what genre of music they want to sing in. We then work from there to add the stylistic nuances that separate genres.
Karen M. June 24, 2015 Verified Student
I am probably a little older than most of Sarah's students, but I felt at home with her right away!
She is just what I needed at this late stage in life to motivate and teach.
I look forward to my singing lessons and know that she will tayler our lessons to my needs and range.
I'm learning and loving it!
Laila R. March 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter is 14 and she has had 3 lessons with Sarah to date. She is enjoying the lessons and she is learning a great deal about the techniques that can be used to sing. Sarah is a supportive and motivation teacher but more importantly she does know how to teach.
My name is Andrew, and I've been a musician nearly my entire life. I have a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University, but my background goes far beyond classical music. My performance experiences range from playing violin in my high school symphony orchestra to playing lead guitar in a Santana cover band, and just about everything in between! As a teacher, you can expect me to be positive and encouraging. My biggest goal is to inspire you and help you discover a similar passion for music as I've developed over the years.
*** Lesson Details *** While
I do expect students to practice consistently, I always do my best to tailor the lesson plans to their wants as well as their needs so practice is both fun and challenging. For students pursuing classical music, I'll typically start them in a book and reading sheet music, but for just about anything else, the lesson plans will be more customized to the taste of my students and will not require music reading ability in most cases. After the first few months, my students can expect to have a solid understanding of music, their instrument, and what steps to take to reach their long term goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio includes a full drum set, electric piano, as well as several guitars and a bass guitar. I would prefer that the student brings his or her own guitar or bass. I always have spare books and music in case the student forgets to bring their own.
*** Travel Equipment *** I travel with my own guitar and bass guitar, but for piano and drum lessons, the student will need their own instrument and a quiet area to get the most from the lessons.
*** Specialties *** While I have a degree in classical guitar, I have several years of experience with blues and classic rock, specifically on the electric guitar and drums. Aside from those, I enjoy all genres of music and have plenty of musical experience outside of the aforementioned genres.
I excel at mending breaks, achieving tonal accuracy from 'sloppy' or 'off-pitch' singers, strengthening the voice where it is weak and sweetening it where it is harsh, expanding range toward its physical possibilities, focusing the voice, bringing ease and confidence where there was strain and worry. In short, I teach students how to remove the obstacles that block us from joyfully expressing our hearts in song.
Vocal studies include many years with vocal Masters - people who know how to free and enhance each individual voice at a rapid pace - and an M.A. in Voice. (See Musical Training
below.) I have taken this training onto the stage and into my own teaching studio and used my experiences of what does and does not work - and what is most effective in the least amount of time - to benefit my students.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are fun and full of specific information and vocal "ah ha's" to bring rapid improvement. Each lesson is recorded on CD for students to work with at home.
We work on songs in the genre(s) of a student's choosing, and exercises specifically selected to build your voice. The exercises I use are culled from Speech Level Singing, Ann Thornton, Edward Sayegh (Garcia Marchesi method), and from my own inventions. The Speech Level Singing exercises are marvelous for helping easy production, chord coordination, and range. I am not a Speech Level Singing instructor, as I do not want to be limited to only this technique. Ann Thornton concepts deliver remarkable clarity, ease, and focus, as well as further refinement of chord coordination. Those exercises that I use from Edward Sayegh increase body engagement and the power of the sound.
We work songs from mp3s and/or sheet music. I can transpose and change the speed of recordings to taylor generic karaoke CDs to a student's voice.
I expect students to make solid - often very rapid - progress. And all students who practice meet this expectation.
*** Specialties *** My specialties are starting voices and fundamentally fixing vocal difficulties. My passion is enabling the technical side of the voice the express what the spirit of the voice wants.
Children, teens, adults, no matter what the age, I know how to start you off into or return you to - a world of song.
Whatever your age or level, if your voice breaks or is uneven ... or you struggle with limited range... or you are straining... or if you have trouble with pitch accuracy ... or your voice sounds fuzzy or nasal or harsh - I specialize in guiding you to vocal ease.
Music Training Anne Thornton, 2002- present-ocassionally (cabaret/pop/country/jazz) Dave Stroud, 2004 (lessons during visits for Speech Level Singing) Edward Sayegh, 1996-1999 (opera/musical theater) Masters in Voice, San Jose State University, 1996 (opera/art song) Ray Brown, 1980s (jazz piano and arrangement) Classical piano, 1970's and 1980's
Music Experience Merrill currently performs one-woman cabarets consisting of various genres and has recently completed her third CD Vocal Concerts (solo cabaret, personalized floor shows, salon) Musical Theater (legitimate, straight, belt) Opera (lyric soprano and mezzo supporting roles and chorus) Club Jazz and Studio Work
Voice Teacher Training and Experience Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in AZ, 2000-present Owner-Operated Vocal Studio in CA, 1993-1999 Participant of Week-long Seminar with VoiceCare Network (2000) Ongoing Music and Teacher Training
Other Skills and Training Songwriting, script writing, theory, German fluency, Italian studies, transcription and arranging skills
Norlisa K. July 14, 2014
Merrill is excellent! She has done wonders with my voice. She works with you to bring out the best in your voice, and lesson after lesson, she teaches you not only technique, but also ways to really connect with your music and bring it to life. She uses humor--lessons are FUN! Merrill is also very personal; she doesn't have a cookie-cutter approach to teaching. Merrill gets to know you, and makes sure that she is teaching you and working on your voice, and every aspect to make it your best. She listens VERY intently to every note you sing, and helps every aspect of your voice that she can. I consider it a precious gift to have a teacher who won't let you or your voice get away with "mediocre," but patiently takes you to your best. Together you and Merrill set measurable goals, and as a student, I can say that I am defeating "vocal demons" and reaching heights that were only pipe dreams before. Thank you, Merrill, for taking my voice and music to a whole new level--and for making it so much fun in the process.
Jere G. June 30, 2014
Country Singing ·
Is there any way that I could give Merrill 10 stars? If there was, I'd surely do it! I've been working with Merrill for a while, and she has helped me grow from a tentative novice to a full-fledged confident performer. With each lesson, I leave with a better understanding of my voice, and what I need to do to be the best that I can be. Thank you, Merrill!
Wesley C. June 30, 2014
I've been a full time touring singer/songwriter for years and although I get lots of praise for my voice, I've always felt it could be better. Merrill saw me perform in Los Angeles and was able to point out exactly what I thought might be lacking with my voice already. Since I've started working with Merrill via Skype (I live in Atlanta), my understanding of my own voice and what it can do has gone to a new level. I'm learning things that, I feel, will take me from being a pretty good singer who is resting on what he can get by with naturally to being a real vocalist. I'm excited to find out what my full potential is and it's with her guidance that I will get there. She's a blast to work with and nothing gets past her. If you want to improve and have fun doing it, you should get in touch with her ASAP :)
Hi I'm Marty T. and there is nothing I love more than playing and teaching the guitar (except for my wonderful family)! I was born and bred in New York City where I learned the art of guitar playing from the finest musicians in the world. By the age of 16 I was performing in the famous Catskill Mountain hotels. Being surrounded by famous musicians and musical acts gave me the drive to continue my studies with renowned guitarist / teacher Howard Morgan. While attending the City of New York University I continued my studies with legendary guitarist Joe Monk. I also studied with Joe Ravo and
Billy Bauer. By the time I graduated college, I had more musical work than I could handle so I opted to be a professional musician. In this endeavor I ended up playing every venue possible in the Tri State Area. From The Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel to show bands to Country Club extravaganzas, from jazz to classic rock, blues, Brazilian and so much more. I boast a repertoire of literally thousands of songs....dedicated to memory! This extensive knowledge is passed through to my students in an exciting and more important, a FUN manner. When a student is having fun while learning I feel as if I have achieved a personal goal. I have performed with The Drifters, The Spinners, B.J. Thomas, The Tokens, Legends from Las Vegas and countless other name acts playing acoustic and electric guitar. I continue to perform on a regular basis all over Arizona. I am quite well known and respected as a guitarist and bandleader.
*** Lesson Details *** In general, most lessons are divided into two sections.
The first being the formal study of the instrument including the reading of music and the various techniques that incorporate the student's goals.
The second part of the lesson is how we apply these techniques to songs. This is commonly known to my students as the "fun" part of the lesson. All students truly enjoy applying techniques learned to their favorite songs.
After three to six months of lessons the student will be able to play their favorite songs.They will have also acquired the musical education to apply this knowledge to their goal, whatever that may be.
I take an extremely laid back approach to teaching, incorporating humor and positive reinforcement.
My students are asked to practice for a half hour per day and then then encouraged to "play" for at least another half hour.
I never forget that if it weren't for the fun and joy, I would not be involved in music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Designated music room with a baby grand piano, a keyboard, full PA system, amps and a recording system
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a temporary guitar for a student. One of my instruments is 3/4 size for younger students. I will recommend books that the student should purchase (I can also obtain these books) Students should provide 2 chairs (no arms) and a music stand.
*** Specialties *** I like to customize methods for the individual. I do prefer the Berklee series for more serious guitar students. I have used Alfred's for some younger ones. Personally, I was brought up on the Mel Bay method and I don't really care for it. Besides general guitar lessons I can offer instruction to bands as I play bass keys and drums as well. Music Theory is a very strong point for me. Ear training goes hand in hand with theory. Being a performer too, I can teach the student the ropes of stage performance.
AllisonM April 4, 2012
Makes lessons fun and informative
Marty is really enthusiastic about teaching guitar. He is patient, willing to take the time to explain things and he wants the student to enjoy the experience of learning and playing guitar. My daughter is enjoying her guitar lessons with Marty. Thank you so much for your efforts Marty!
CynthiaI March 23, 2012
Marty is the best!He is patient and extremely knowledgeable.He is able to break down music concepts so they are easy to understand and learn.He mixes lessons from the book with contemporary song choices (selected by you) so that you have fun learning!
MilanD December 15, 2011
Marty is an excellent teacher. He is fun and easy to work with his approach in teaching with a new students I think is excellent. Thank you Marty for lessons we had. Milan
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