Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Julian
"What a wonderful person to be teaching my 10 year old, patient and very knowledgeable"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Kristin
"A real professional
Kelvin is an amazing teacher whose love for music truly shows. His knowledge is beyond the normal music instructor and shows when org
anizing all my kids in the living room to play music together. It's a real treat to hear them all working together!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Worlds greatest guitarist gives lessons (and he's a good guy too)
I have been taking lessons with Scott for almost 10 years. Lessons have varied from ear
training to guitar to songwriting. He is one of the most knowledgable and gifted musicians/ teachers I have ever known.
Lesson structures have been both formal and informal (at my request). I take a lot of information and knowledge home from each one and plenty to practice. Whether you want to learn a song or you want to learn theory, he can explain anything clearly and comfortably meeting you on your skill level.
I was really uncomfortable with where I was musically when I first started taking lessons. Almost immediately after starting with Scott I was confident in talking with other musicians in their language.
Do yourself and anyone who hears you make music a favor, and get a lesson with Scott!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Lynne
"Perfect fit for my daughter
My 17 year old daughter recently began taking lessons with Richard D., and we couldn't be happier. He is patient and encourag
ing, and he makes learning fun. She really appreciates the fact that he encourages her to work on music that she likes rather than telling her what songs to learn. He obviously knows his instrument, and clearly enjoys passing on his knowledge. A+ for this teacher!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Robert
I did not like taking voice lessons but Kelly make voice lessons easy and fun. Even though we only had 2 lessons, I felt comfortable and
learned a lot. I highly recommend her!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Lynn
We love everything whatever he teaches to my son!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sage
"Family Fun on Ukelele and Strumstick
Don has been wonderful to work with as a Ukelele and Strumstick instructor. I had an idea to get music lessons for m
y husband and 5 year old daughter as a Christmas gift. The thought was to have special Daddy and daughter time; sharing something that my husband loves to do. Don has worked with us to create a whole experience for them around music lessons. Don has succeeded in building an environment for our daughter to enjoy the music lesson experience. The first time she played 'hot crossed buns' brought a tear of joy to my eyes. He has even included me in the group lessons on Strumstick. My husband has expanded his knowledge of musical instruments and enhanced his playing skills with Don's skillful instruction. Don has made the whole experience delightful for our family."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Jared
"Great piano teacher for youth or adults
I have known Stephanie Quinn for over 14 years, during which she has been my piano teacher, mentor, and friend. H
er accomplishments as a professional musician--on piano and violin--are numerous and impressive in and of themselves. What distinguishes Stephanie, however, from other performers / teachers is her unique combination of competence, passion, and disciplined approach to teaching. Her studio, which includes students of all ages and levels, is unmistakable proof of that. I am extremely grateful to Stephanie for starting me on a path towards love of music, and for helping me develop the ability to share it with others."
Asheville, NC teacher:
Review by Carla
Ray is an awesome teacher. He has great communication skills and was brilliant talking with my teen daughter, assessing her skill level and instr
Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 19 years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!
Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I spec
ialize in teaching ages 5-19. I would describe myself as a preschool/elementary/middle school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for those who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!
In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!
**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**
*** Lesson Details *** Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!
Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!
For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!
Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local firehall and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!
*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.
So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.
For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.
Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!
Caitlin December 12, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great experience! My daughter is very excited for her next lesson!!
Evan M. August 30, 2016
In home Verified Student
Valerie is a wonderful teacher.
She is very patient and kind.
Kristin G. July 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a c
Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.
He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.
Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.
I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.
For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.
My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Violinist Mengjiao is currently a Master student of Prof. Herbert Greenberg in the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where she awarded full scholarship. Majoring in violin performance. Prior to joining the Peabody Conservatory, Mengjiao received her Bachelor degree at the Department of Music at the University of Delaware. In her college life, Mengjiao was awarded the highest undergraduate scholarship (tuition waiver plus full living stipend for four years). Prior to study in the United States, Mengjiao studied at the Middle School Affiliated to the Central Conservatory of M
usic, which is the top ranked violin program in China. Mengjiao was admitted with scholarship after winning the first place in CCOM's national audition. Mengjiao was the second prizewinner of the Mozart International Violin Competition. She won the Chamber Music Competition in Meadowmount Music Festival. She also won the Concerto Competition of the University of Delaware in her freshman year.
Ilene G. August 24, 2016
In studio Verified Student
MJ is patient, extremely knowledgeable and humorous. I'm very comfortable and at ease with her. I look forward to my next lesson!
Isabella P. June 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Isabella loved her first lesson
Lillian L. February 27, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My First violin lesson was fantastic.
Mengjiao was very patient. I learned a lot just w/the first lesson.
Hello! I am Katie P. and I just received my Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from James Madison University. I have been teaching for two years. I will be teaching from my home studio for the next few years while I attend Peabody Conservatory for my Master's. I have studied voice for four years, and have sung in operas, operettas, choirs, and musicals. I have played the cello for eleven years. Looking forward to working with you!
NOTE: For the next few months I will be in rehearsals for an opera at Peabody. Rehearsal time takes up a large portion of my schedule. If we are unable to m
eet at a time that is labelled "available" on my calendar, feel free to sign up and we can work out another time.
Reece October 11, 2016
In home Verified Student
Katie was excellent,my daughter learned alot, I was very impressed with Katie
Abby July 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
The instructor is very nice and I asm having a great experience.
Amanda June 10, 2016
Classical Voice ·
Katie will help you reach your full potential as a classical singer. She is full of passion and dedication and will provide you with the tools you need to succeed.
Violinist Lionel Thomas graduated with a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also received his Bachelor of Music cum laude and completed two years of doctoral studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. He has taught and studied internationally, and currently has a private studio in Newark, Delaware.
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