Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Cruizio
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Megan
"Very patient and thorough
Tom is a great teacher! He takes his time to get to know the level of the student. This was my son's (8y.o.) first guitar exper
ience, and he did a great job with starting with the basics. I appreciated how he focuses on form and posture too."
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by Adam
"Lyle has been a great instructor so far. He has taught me how to think about and practice guitar better. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that
he shares in an easy-going way. I feel better prepared and confidant that I can reach my desired skill level, rather than it seeming like a fantasy. Highly recommended."
Madison, WI teacher:
Review by Rob Meade
"First lesson, but Sylivan is very professional and is very concerned with balancing one's work load expectations with what one actually has the time to ac
complish. I look forward to our next lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by John
"Justin is a tremendous drummer and his experience from student to performer makes him an excellent teacher. He customizes the lessons to what I want to d
o and learn, and makes it fun in the process. I look forward to my weekly lessons and wish I could go more often."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Abe
"He was very courteous and professional and most importantly really helped my daughter using her voice properly!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Octavio
"Mark is an amazing instructor. His knowledge, skills and understanding combined with his patient and warm demeanor makes learning a pleasant experience. Y
ou'll learn multiple aspects in Pro Tools including: short cut commands, signal flow, plug-ins, mixing, editing, midi, recording, melody, sound designing, industry work flow...Lessons are informative, creative and fun by injecting humor whenever possible. Thanks again Mark for sharing your knowledge."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Mark V. S.
Review by Jennifer
"From a vocal coaching and teaching perspective I can truly say Chy is a real Gem. Open to new experiences, thinking outside the box, and talented in any m
usical genre you can think of Chy can lead any Singer with a dream and a passion on his enthusiasm alone. As a professional I recommend Chy Billings 100 percent. Give him a try, you won't regret it. Jen Vanella Artist, Educator, and advocate."
Toledo, OH teacher:
Review by Frank
"Howard opened up new ways to approach my playing that transformed my experience with the piano. I highly recommend him."
*** Specialties *** Hi, there! My name is John M and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students build a solid foundation and understanding of music, as well as developing their skills to become well rounded musicians. I also help my students learn to enjoy practicing and performing. I went to the University of Redlands and earned a degree in Music Composition in 2014. I'm a fun and friendly person and my teaching style is constructed in a way that will appeal to visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners. I am very interested in Kod
aly's method of inner hearing and music literacy. I also use warm ups that will help my students develop proper playing techniques, and I teach my students how to play with expression, and emotion. I strive to teach at the best of my ability, work hard, and share my love for music with others. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Michael D. June 23, 2015
John was very patient and encouraging when I first started. He always has a positive attitude and is such a joy to be around. Always arrives on time and always has a plan.
Diana R. June 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very calm, and knowledgable. Helping me progress.
Kaitlyn K. April 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Awesome. My granddaughter can't wait for her next lesson. John was wonderful with her and with my family standing around watching. I could not have made a better chose.
Trained and educated (MM) in Russia and USA, over 20 years experience in teaching. Individual approach to the course development based on student personality, goals, skills.
Major instruments are piano, classical guitar, accordion. Student must have own instrument and desire to learn!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe many of my students enjoy my class and are able to achieve a higher skill level because I make it a point to personally motivate them. I give them personalized goals to reach and/or tailored practice techniques.Based on response, I may offer words of encouragement or
tips such as how to ease sore muscles or an alternative way to execute a technique they are finding extra difficult.
I make it a point to not just teach music grammar and/or fundamentals of music, but to include the importance of the sound of music strategies to enhance their skill development.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Clavinova, piano Classical guitar "Takamine" Accordion "Gullietti"
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional Russian School all styles and genres. Levels: beginner through advanced!
Ellen Schippert July 3, 2015
Online Verified Student
Alex is an excellent teacher. While he is a very accomplished musician he communicates in ways I can understand as a beginner. He quickly identifies areas I need to work on and both shows and tells me how to do that. He encourages questions as well as creativity that builds on the basics. He makes good use of the lesson time and is very encouraging. I can easily take what I learn in the lesson and practice it on my own. I look forward to my next lesson!
Celine V. June 1, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated guitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth.
Dede R. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Alex is wonderfulâ¦he has such a feeling for music and being sure his pupils learn properlyâ¦one important thing that impressed meâ¦he asked me a very good question, "do you want to learn easily or do you want to struggle learning?"â¦I have long nails and he explained when hitting the keys, it is very difficult to hold the wrist and hit the key properlyâ¦.so I have filed my nails downâ¦LOLâ¦.because I want to learn piano easily and most importantly learn the proper etiquette when playing.. He is a great teacher..and he teaches with passion...
I am a guitarist, composer and teacher specializing in classical guitar and Latin American music. I have loved music for all of my life and my primary expression of that love is playing guitar. I currently teach private guitar lessons, lecture at San Bernardino Valley College and work as a freelance performer in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area.
I began my study of music at the age of thirteen when I taught myself how to play folk, rock and blues guitar. Though, to be honest, I didn't just teach myself. I had many friends who played guitar who would show me songs or correct mi
stakes in the songs I had learned from the internet. I remember thinking that music had a special ability to bring people together, and I became determined to understand what exactly it was that gave music that power. I began my formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I studied guitar, music appreciation and music theory. In 2002 I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.
I majored in classical guitar at the UC Santa Cruz, but I also pursued a variety of other musical interests including Balinese Gamelan, jazz improvisation and North Indian classical music. It was fascinating to learn how different cultures thought of music and how participating in music is so often linked with the formation of community. I also learned a lot about the history of Western music. I studied the lute and performed the works of Scarlatti, Bach and Handel with the UC Santa Cruz Early Music Consort. I also was a member of the UC Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which performed experimental contemporary music. I loved performing with all the different ensembles and becoming familiar with music from different times in history and different places in the world. In 2004, during my last year of college, I began working as a freelance guitar instructor in Santa Cruz.
In April of 2005 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance performer and guitar teacher. I studied guitar with Dr. Emre Sabuncuoglu at the Los Angeles Guitar Academy and eventually became an associate instructor there. At that time, I was also teaching guitar, piano and songwriting at a studio called All Access Musician located in the San Fernando Valley.
In Fall of 2007 I began working towards my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at Riverside. While at Riverside, I studied and performed the music of the Peruvian Andes, early lute music and Brazilian choro. I had always loved Latin American music, but this was the first time I had been regularly performing it with large ensembles. The rhythm, the dance and the singing of Andean music captivated me in a way I never thought it could. I also began to recognize the rhythmic complexity of all Brazilian music at this time and became very interested in choro, samba and bossa nova.
During my time at UC Riverside I was awarded three fellowships from the Gluck Fellows Program, which allowed me to give free public concerts and lectures in schools, libraries and assisted living homes. It gave me great joy to see children in the community fascinated with the music I performed for them and actually being interested in hearing about 16th century Germany or the Peruvian Andes. After two wonderful and painstaking years, I received my Masters of Music in December of 2009.
Currently I work as a freelance classical guitarist for weddings, receptions and festivals. My classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. I am a founding member of Kusisqa: The Riverside Andean Music Ensemble. We performed for hundreds of people at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival. I also collaborate with many local musicians performing nueva cancion, jazz, classical music and original compositions.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that playing an instrument should be a source of joy in one's life. Playing music is one of the most enriching experiences life has to offer. Every single person on this Earth has the inherent skills necessary to play music, but learning how to express yourself with an instrument is no simple task. It requires a great deal of discipline, focus and intent to realize the music that you want to play. But fear not: YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Too often people think of music as something genetic, that you are either predisposed to be a good musician or you aren't. I know from personal experience that this is simply not true. All great musicians became great because they have the discipline, focus and intent to realize the music they want to play. My lessons are designed to give you the skills necessary to make the music YOU want to.
I recognize that every musician is an individual and I want to help you express your individuality through music. Everyone has their own style and tastes, especially when it comes to the music they like and want to make. Whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll (or classical, or emo, or metal, or grunge...) I can help you make the music you want to. I will help you establish your musical goals and set you on a path towards achieving them.
You also must realize that in order to achieve your musical goals, there are some important fundamentals you need to know. For instance, it is vital that a musician be able to physically manipulate their instrument efficiently and effortlessly. Other skills like knowing how to tune and care for your instrument, how to count rhythms and how to practice music are absolutely crucial for you to be successful in reaching your personal musical goals. My first goal as your teacher is to help you master these fundamentals so you have the skills to learn the music YOU want to.
I have taught literally hundreds of students of all ages over the past six years and my students have a very high success rate. Most of my students play in a recital within the first three months of lessons. All of my students who have been studying with me for more than six months have learned dozens of songs and many have begun performing at open mics, concerts and festivals.
Within the first month of lessons you will be able to play simple songs like Skip to My Lou, Amazing Grace or You Are My Sunshine. You will learn to read music notation, which will give you the ability to look-up and learn songs from the internet. By the second month of lessons you will have mastered the basics and progress to more advanced songs! By the third month you will have solid technique, strong music reading skills and you will start choose the songs you want to learn!
My advanced students, usually those who have been studying with me for six months or more, will choose songs they would like to work on. At this stage I often begin to cover special topics with my students depending on their particular musical interests. Some examples of special topics I've worked on with my students are music theory, ear training, harmony singing, composition, songwriting and preparation for the collegiate study of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, 88-key weighted and graded keyboard, guitar tuner, metronome, music stands, various percussion and wind instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, guitar tuner, metronome, music stand
*** Specialties *** classical guitar, Latin American music, composition, music theory
Kevin H. August 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
William is a wonderful guitar teacher. He is very patient and knowledgeable. He works well with our 14 year old. We would highly recommend him!
Trisha B. August 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We absolutely love William. He is so good with our granddaughter. She looks forward to each lesson.
julie S. August 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm a piano player with over a decade of experience, and have been teaching lessons for around eight years or so. I graduated with honors from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2008, with degrees in both Music Education and Music Composition.I have an affinity for Central and Eastern European Piano music and I currently play two Sundays a month at Spirit of Hope Church in San Bernardino. My teaching style runs the gamut of the piano repertoire -- from classical to broadway to jazz to the commercial music arena -- and my teaching revolves around the importance of notation and the
printed page.I was originally a guitar player and have taught guitar to students as well, again, placing great emphasis on notated music, as it's far easier to move from the printed page to tabulature or pop music charts than to go the other way around.For music theory students, I have had the wonderful experience of taking an independent study course on modern compositional techniques and would be happy to share my knowledge with those currently attending a college or university, who are in the middle of their course of study, or who are considering studying music in an academic setting.My essential goal for a student studying music is to be well-rounded musically, exploring music in various genres and styles, having technical proficiency and the ability to read, understand, and reproduce great music.I originally graduated from Mt. San Jacinto College in 2001 and I also hold an Associates of Arts Degree in Music. I studied piano under Dr. Larry McFatter at California State University, San Bernardino, for the better part of 2005 and 2006, and with Dr. Alma Batista from 2008 to June 2013.
*** Lesson Details *** Interested students can generally expect to follow a syllabus of piano repertoire that runs the gamut of notated musical history, in addition to repertoire selected by the student, and will focus both on technical proficiency, with an emphasis on rhythmic accuracy, as well as musicality and performance. In a three to six month span, a student who averages around 30 minutes of daily practice should have learned note names in all registers of the keyboard, five-finger positions and basic arpeggios, and should be reading pieces accurately with a metronome.
Students are expected to make time between lessons for practice, and while I will generally provide the first round of books (a theory and a lesson book), they are expected as they grow musically to furnish books of their own. Students are expected to have or have access to a keyboard instrument in a quiet area free of noise and distraction, and to actively participate in their own progress as they grow musically.Piano students will generally begin with Faber's Piano Adventures series (including theory books -- consisting of written or performed exercises demonstrating mastery of musical concepts) until they reach an intermediate level, when the selected repertoire becomes much more expansive and can be selected by the student. Very young students will use Bastien's Piano Primer books.
Guitar students can expect to begin with Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing", and to remain in that book while a repertory of ancillary materials makes its way into the students library.
Any student considering Music Theory is strongly encouraged to purchase MacGamut for ear training exercises and Robert Ottman's "Music for Sight Singing", in addition to manuscript paper and any number of music fundamentals texts.As a teacher, my primary focus is finding music that interests the student, and am therefore not predisposed to any particular books or publishing companies at the intermediate level.
My teaching style is not so strict as to invoke anxiety, nor so casual as to permit lapses in regular practice. I will help students (and parents) build a practice routine that suits their schedule between lessons. I strongly encourage parental involvement in their student's learning for all students who are either approaching elementary school age or are in the elementary school.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not provide equipment to students, as I expect those who are learning guitar or piano to have their own materials. I will provide the first few books for my students, but they are expected to procure their own music once they reach an intermediate level of musicianship.
*** Specialties *** In the classical arena, my specialties are the fin de siecle art music of Central and Eastern European Composers (Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu, Bartok). I am a classically trained musician from a conservatory-style program at CSU San Bernardino which included quarterly juries and performances at recitals, and I am geared towards performance.
I also read music from charts, playing in a church band twice a month and can teach any form of music from charts.
I teach classical vocal technique with the goal of creating independent vocalists with the skills to succeed in any genre.
jakub K. September 6, 2014
Vocal Training ·
Over the course of my vocal studies at the University of Redlands I had the privilege of working with two wonderful instructors: Professor Marco Schindelmann and Dr. Tosh. My junior year, however, I had a unique opportunity to take lessons with Brad, a grad student whom I sang next to in Chapel Singers. When my choral instructor Dr. Andrews first told me about the opportunity to study with Brad I was elated!
Working with Brad that year was the best decision I made. Not only did he take a particular interest in helping me grow, I really felt Brad took time to understand my voice and he really made sure to challenge in ways that I would be receptive to. Also, he is just a phenomenal singer himself with a beautiful voice, and I believe this is vital to picking a teacher.
At the time I was studying with Brad I was also reading The Free Voice: A Guide to Natural Singing by Cornelius L. Reid. If you are a vocal student and you have not read this, you are making a big mistake. But the reason I bring it up is because Brad's teaching really alined with what I was reading. Brad is living proof of the techniques I was reading about, and this was extremely beneficial to my personal growth.This book helped me understand not only my own voice, but the reasons Brad is such an amazing, intuitive teacher.
If you have an opportunity to work with Brad, take it!
I know you will not be disappointed!
John R. September 1, 2014
Classical Voice ·
I have taken classical voice lessons with Bradley for the past year. Bradley is an incredibly talented vocalist, performer, and teacher. I have seen major improvements in my technique, breathing, and range. He has challenged me and made me work diligently to become a better vocalist. He is supportive and engaged and he has helped me set realistic and achievable goals. I always feel positive and encouraged after leaving a session. I highly recommend working with Brad!
Sara J. August 22, 2014
I attended the University of Redlands with Bradley and was fortunate to work alongside him in Lehar's The Merry Widow. Bradley is one of the most professional and polished musicians that I worked with, and he has a great personality and sense of humor! I would highly recommend him as a voice teacher. He is very knowledgeable about singing and has a great deal of experience.
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