Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Meredith
"She is a phenomenal teacher!
I decided to take singing lessons despite years of being told that I should just mouth the words. In part, I wanted to see i
f I was actually tone-deaf. It turns out I'm not. Rachel was so patient and supportive that I lost some of the anxiety about singing and now actually enjoy it! She taught me pitch and ways to strengthen my voice. My goal was to be able to do karaoke without feeling like I was assaulting other listeners and I now can. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Shirim
"Bill is phenomenal! He is patient, funny, friendly and extremely talented. My 12-year old is always eager to see him, and has made huge progress in lear
ning to play the clarinet. He is also very flexible. A gem of a teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alexander
"excellent ability to work with the student
You will enjoy taking lessons with Kevin, because he adapts very well to your skill level and is very intuitiv
e as to whether you 'get' what's being discussed. He is patient as well, just like he says."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by kathy
"My son is 9 and he has been taking lessons from Miss Emma for the past year and a half. We love her. She is very dedicated to her craft and to her stude
nts. She has worked very closely with our son and he has improved tremendously while working with her. She truly cares about him and goes out of her way to make him the best that he can be. I cannot say enough good things about her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Katrina
"Lyle is awesome! Lessons are fun and helpful, he focuses on helping you meet your musical goals. I am an adult absolute novice, never played an instrument
before, and I feel really good about my progress. If a year ago someone would have asked me "will you ever play an instrument?" I would have said absolutely no and that I didn't think I was even capable of learning an instrument, I considered myself to be very non-musical; but not anymore. 1 star off because we've had a lot of cancellations and reschedules but that's partially my fault as well since our lessons are on Friday nights and he warned me he often plays gigs or has to travel to gigs on that night."
Madison, WI teacher:
Review by April
"this is a great experience
He is an excellent teacher... very skilled, patient, talented, flexible, and laid back. Very good with young student... remain
s focused, and relates well. Helps to understand everything he's talking about and challenges with review questions."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Jesse
"I have been taking online lessons with Paul for four months now. He creates focused lessons that not only help my playing but greatly expand my knowledge
of theory. He is great at taking your input on what you hope to get out of the lessons. He is very open to working with my busy schedule. The online lessons are a great way for someone with limited free time to playing. I highly recommend taking lessons from Paul."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Christopher
"I couldn't recommend Devon enough! First and most importantly, he's a genius. The guy has over a decade of experience with his instrument, certifications
from AIM, master classes with guitarists I personally have worshipped for years... And to top it all off he's the nicest guy! Patiently presented the information in a way that was easy for me to understand even as a beginner and even gave me documents to practice with free of charge.
I walked out of my first lesson with enough practice material to learn on my own for months, but it didn't stop me from coming back because I enjoyed myself! This is a teacher who makes learning both personal and fun and I'll swear by him until I'm famous and on tour."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Chona
"Curtis is very patient, kind and in tune with what my son's interests are as he learns the guitar. He is extremely knowledgable and professional. I would
highly recommend Curtis to anyone who is open to learning acoustic or electric guitar!"
I've been teaching guitar professionally since I've been 17 and I've taught a wide range of musicals styles from Jazz, Blues, Fusion, to Rock you name it. My first experience with the instrument was 8 years ago and since then I haven't put it down. Early on in my teaching career I found that it's important for students to have the drive to learn, but it's more important to have someone that can guide them in the right direction. I believe the role of a teacher is not only to instill that drive, but to fuel the fire of their imaginations through fun and effective exercises. I've had the pleasur
e of teaching students ranging from 5 to 60 years of age and have found that the fundamentals of playing are applied across the map.
I'm currently attending Columbia College of Chicago and I'll be receiving my bachelors in instrumental performance mid May. I've studied under some great players such as Frank Dawson, Harry Hmura, Chris Forte and currently studying under Peter Lerner.
*** Lesson Details *** I understand what it's like to be in a tense environment where all the material is condensed and thrown at you in a set amount of time. I'm not an advocate of such curriculums. I promote an atmosphere where a student isn't afraid to ask questions and feels the need to express his or her thoughts on whatever we may be learning.
I've come to the conclusion that everyone learns differently and different avenues need to be taken in order for a student to learn. I feel as though every student needs a customized lesson plan that will help them excel. We're all attracted to music in one way or another so I feel the need to tend to what attracted you to playing and writing music in the first place. For example if you like classic rock we will explore certain techniques, ideas, songs and song structures that pertain to that genre. I like to partner you're interests with basic fundamentals of music such as note reading, music theory, and listening exercises. The goal is to keep progressing and learning new things.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upstairs studio: guitar rig set-up, studio speakers, pro tools set up, recording gear, practice amps, music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide an amplifier, cable, tuner, sheet music and even a guitar need be. I expect my students to provide themselves with a guitar so after the lesson and during the week they can practice the material I have provided them with.
*** Specialties *** I like to start out young students with reading music along with teaching them and exploring the music they are interested in.
Thomas R. May 19, 2014
In home Verified Student
Hristo is patient and full of passion for music. He is very knowledgeable and capable of imparting this knowledge well on children, as he has done thus far with our 10-year old and 6 year-old (first full month of lessons). He is flexible and even came to our house for the lesson when our schedule for that day was affected by another commitment.
Its going well thus far and our sons look forward to the lessons every week.
Xavier L. March 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
This guy loves what he does!
Histro is always on time and is very knowledgeable. He is a college grad that can teach you soo much. I've never played guitar before and after my third lesson with him, I already know 12 chords and am capable of playing at least two songs. A very relaxing way to spend my sundays. He makes it fun to learn the guitar!
I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.
*** Lesson Details *** With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching
style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.
*** Specialties *** I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
Susanna V. August 31, 2015
In home Verified Student
Terrific! We are very happy with the lesson, our young son is learning. Teacher Jeff is great with him - very methodical, consistent and has a lot of patience and understanding with our little guy. Our son looks forward to lessons and enjoys practicing the work he's given to work on during the week. He's great about explaining what we should work on with our son and how to do it, what to watch for and why we are working on what is being assigned. We have had a great first experience!
Cheryl F. December 14, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Always has something to challenge you
Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging.
Christopher M. October 29, 2012
Drum Verified Student
**Excellent** drum instructor, highly recommended
Jeff is everything you'd want in a drum instructor: he is highly skilled, has thorough knowledge of drumming styles and technique, and he is an excellent communicator. On top of that he is thoughtful, polite and listens carefully. This is all a very, very rare combination.
I had to play a couple of slow gospel tunes for a church service this summer; Jeff very quickly found suitable and tasteful grooves for me that were within my capability to play. He also worked with me on some rudiments and provided invaluable feedback. I can't recommend him highly enough.
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a
multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-
I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
colleen D. August 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
David is really easygoing and so patient. He's helped me to learn some songs in genres I like and I'm comfortable playing along with him in a way that I hadn't been in previous lessons. I'm glad to be learning from him.
Peter P. August 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with David for about 4 months. Excellent teacher!! i have learned a lot from each lesson.
Patty R. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is very patient! He has been able to teach my daughter different genres of music. Expanded her knowledge on different types of genres. Very sweet, very approachable. Very reliable!
I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion. I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
Michael D. July 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
Hi! My name is Evan and I'm excited to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students learn about playing drum set, percussion, and marching percussion. I went to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and earned my first degree in Music Business in 2012, and my Master's degree in Music Performance from Jacksonville State University in 2014. I'm easy to get along with and adjust my teaching style to my student's preference (everyone wants to achieve something different, and everyone learns at a different pace). I look forward to helping you reach yo
Natalie August 23, 2015
I first met Evan when attending a band camp in Southern Illinois and from the moment that he started talking I was automatically learning from him. He was incredibly fun and relatable to myself as a teenager, so he made the learning process more interesting. He's very talented and I know that when I left that camp, I left with so much more knowledge of percussion instruments and how they are played. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Hannah August 22, 2015
Excellent lessons - very organized and experienced - great with younger children/beginners very patient. Even took time out to help with concert prep upon short notice request.
Kevin August 22, 2015
While I only had a couple of lessons with Evan, he did an amazing job teaching me the basics of percussion. As a music teacher, I had taken a percussion techniques course in college which really did not teach me much about teaching others in percussion. Evan's fun and pedagogical structure in his lessons allowed me to fill those gaps in understanding and allowed me to be a better teacher as well as a better percussionist and drum set player. Highly recommend for students of any age.
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