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Music Lessons in Rochester, NY

Rochester New York is home to the Eastman School of Music, one of the greatest music schools in America. Every year thousands of aspiring musicians attend Eastman School of Music in hopes of pursuing a career as one of the country’s premier conductors and musicians. Of course as you would find with many top academic institutions only those who pass a rigorous audition process are accepted.

Due to the their selective enrollment process we suggest that you first gain a solid background in music by enrolling in our Rochester music lessons with our certified music instructors prior to perusing an education at Eastman School of Music. Unlike other music lesson providers, we constantly strive to provide our students with a multidimensional learning experience by equipping every student with a solid foundation in music. We do this by ensuring each student learns proper technique as well as provide a means for students to develop a foundation in music theory if they are interested. Whether you want to learn to sing or play the guitar, piano, or drums our music lesson programs are guaranteed to provide you with an excellent music education for your preferred instrument. In addition, to our wide array of musical instrument lesson programs our Rochester music lessons also include lessons for those looking to pursue music performance and music recording, providing you with a distinct advantage over those who choose to enroll in typical music lessons. Lastly, all of our music instructors are passionate and friendly, so they’ll be sure to help you achieve your musical goals, whether they are instrumental or vocal, in a fun and entertaining way.

If you wish to pursue a career in music or supplement your existing knowledge, let the TakeLessons team help you out. We guarantee that your first session with us will be an exceptional experience and meet your expectations or we will help you find another teacher or provide you with a full refund. So if you’re passionate about music and want to sharpen your skills don’t wait! Sign up for one of our Rochester music lessons today!

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Ben B.

Spencerport, NY

About Ben

Hi, I'm Ben B., a professional saxophonist and educator. I have been teaching lessons for ten years, including young students as well as professional musicians, and I find it fun and rewarding. I've also taught music at various colleges, and I've written two saxophone method books, which are used in college teaching. In my own learning, I've studied with the best, including earning a doctorate in music from Eastman School of Music. As a performer, I've worked all over the U.S. and performed with great artists like Chris Potter and Dave Rivello.

I like to make lessons enjoyable for students,
but I also push them to learn and grow. My students learn to understand the music they hear. Not only do they learn to read music, they learn to perform with style and expression. I find that students play their best when they love their sound, so I also focus on technique. Overall, my students learn to use their ears and musicianship to be the best musicians they can be.
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Steve Brasgalla September 10, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Ben is a fantastic teacher, HIGHLY recommended!
He is an accomplished musician himself and is a seasoned professional in the fields of teaching, writing, theory and general promotion of the arts.

He is patient and positive in all things.
He quickly identifies areas of a Student's performance that can be addressed easily and directly for noticeable improvement in a short time. He works with what he has (meaning student skill levels across the spectrum) and is able to propel a student forward and help them advance, while remaining fun and upbeat.

The lesson cost is very reasonable and online lessons seem to work out fine. Be sure to watch his Blog regularly because there is always fresh information there that keeps you thinking and motivated to surge forward in your playing.

You will be glad you took instruction with Ben Britton!
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Adam September 9, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Ben is engaging, knowledgeable and patient, qualities any student should appreciate. I certainly appreciated the attention to detail on developing a good tone with a follow-up check, after the actual "tone" lesson was completed. If one puts the work in the advice from Ben will produce results. Look out Chris Potter!
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Ted September 8, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Ben is a world class musician, and an equally amazing teacher. Studying with him I made some serious progress, and through his methods we would discover lots of uncharted territory. We covered sound production, transcription, ear training, and various topics from his insightful perspective and guidance that I have never explored in the 20 years I have been playing the saxophone. His lessons are the perfect balance of fun, yet very challenging. I noticed huge improvements right away studying with him. I think of the concepts and his unique perspective on how to approach improvisation every time I pick up the horn.
I first sought him out for private lessons after picking up his "Complete Approach to Sound" book and was completely floored when I noticed how significantly my sound changed when we started working on those concepts. We worked through some really fun transcription projects with John Coltrane, and Chris Potter, we worked on some different areas of Time and Bebop language characteristics as well as ear training to hear the changes. Before studying with him I had never transcribed changes- I would look at a lead sheet or fakebook, and in a relatively short time I made some great leaps in my own musicianship and began hearing things (Root Movement, Chord Quality) and experiencing music on a more profound level, and that, to me, is what it is all about.
World Class Musician and Teacher !
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Ben B.

Spencerport, NY 14559
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Rhonda F.

Rochester, NY

About Rhonda

I started taking piano lessons in the first grade from a teacher who graduated from Eastman School of Music. I later won a scholarship to Eastman School of Music as a classical pianist. I have been teaching for 40 years and have performed in Europe and won First Place Piano Competition in New York with 200 of the best pianists in the nation performing. I wanted to quit in the 5th grade but my mother told me I was to young to make that decision for myself and she would not hear of it!
Music is now like the air that I breathe. I cannot live without it! Thanks mom for being smarter than me. Play
ing the piano should be fun at any cost. I let students play many styles of music until they find the style that calls them.
For young children I recommend the parent sit in with the lesson so the parent can help with the practicing at home. They need the extra support when starting piano lessons.

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Lessons are and should be a fun experience. I teach bits and pieces of college theory to students so they can play the whole keyboard and not just in the middle. Its nice to get students young before they develops bad habits. Piano keys should be played with the fingers and not moving the wrists. Bad habits are hard to break. My children students play like a pro, even if it is only one piece.
Through me, kids learn to love music.
I start lessons at age 4 years old to 99. Please call today to book lessons!

"Learn a little but learn it well" ~Ben Franklin

*** Specialties ***
Traditional Classical and theory. I also get students ready for competitions and scholarships. I will teach any style that will ignite the flame in your child to love music! I designed the pre-school in Philadelphia for 10 years and now teach Wunderkeys to pre-schoolers starting at 3 years old. It is based on math and music and mostly fun and gets students ready for traditional lessons starting at age 6.
I specialize in children. I will be taking new students starting January 4, 2017.
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Harold August 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
I just began taking lessons from Rhonda after ten years with a former teacher. Ms. Fisher is the absolute finest teacher and she plays a very nice piano herself. I am happy to have found her and I will continue with her as long as God is willing. She is much appreciated.
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Rhonda F. April 27, 2014
Fabulous Piano Teacher

I took lessons for 5 years and I play better than I ever dreamed. I enjoyed the lessons and understood the teaching with ease. Expect to have great lessons with your head spinning with tons of information after each lesson from this gifted teacher. Very enjoyable and rewarding experience to say the least. I never again found such a great teacher since taking with Rhonda. I was heartbroken when she moved.
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Rhonda F.

Rhonda F.

Rochester, NY 14607
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Keith S.

Webster, NY

About Keith

Hi, there! My name is Keith Spratley and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1998 and have loved helping my students achieve their various personal goals.

I went to The City University, London, and earned a degree and a doctorate in chemistry from 1971 to 1977. I'm an extrovert music lover (many different kinds) and have a wide ranging sense of humor. My teaching style is very relaxed and lessons are tailored to the needs of the individual. Music theory and composition are taught as required.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rose July 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is very enthusiastic in his teaching as well as very informed on many instruments. This makes the lessons very enjoyable and playing actually fun! Also he is flexible in scheduling, so if you need to move lessons around he is very good at accommodating that. Overall I would highly recommend Keith as a guitar teacher for anyone looking to get into guitar, or someone who already knows but is looking to improve! He is good at teaching the proper technique at first and then how to change that to make it easier to different chords, depending on how you can reach the right strings and frets.
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jim larner March 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Keith is a really nice guy and very knowledgeable. he not only knows guitar but several others as well. I bought a guitar and knew nothing about it, but he has been more than patent with me. His teaching style is very easy to follow and I've learned a lot, could have done a lot more if I'd followed his advice and practiced more. That's not his fault though! Each lesson goes over what I learned before and he throws in new things along the way. He seems to spend a lot of time before each lesson getting me new material for me to practice from and puts that music into "tab" form so I can follow it easier[and this is time he's not even getting paid for]. I will continue to take future lessons from Keith and some day with his teachings my wife might actually like my guitar. He's worth your time, so give him a try. Do you already play good? Go see him and he could help you to improve.
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Gavin E. January 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think he is very knowledgeable but, I think he is more cut out for older people not kids
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Keith S.

Webster, NY 14580
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Emily L.

Rochester, NY

About Emily

Teaching piano is one of my biggest passions. I take a creative approach to teach piano skills and I emphasize finding the beauty in the music. The skills we develop in learning music will create good habits and they translate extraordinarily well into real life situations. Piano has been a huge part of my life- I would love to make it a part of yours!
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Lynn G. June 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Emily is energetic and very encouraging for our granddaughter. This has been a very positive experience.
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Veronica B. January 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Emily is kind, patient and encouraging with my eight year old daughter. She clearly knows how to teach children and keeps the lessons fun and light hearted while teaching a lot of skills. I am amazed at how much my daughter has learned in only three lessons as well as how quickly Emily was able to build a positive rapport with her. I highly recommend Emily as a teacher.
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Emily L.

Emily L.

Rochester, NY 14620
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Brett L.

Lima, NY

About Brett

My name is Brett, I have been playing in bands since 1992. I received a degree from Monroe Community College in performance: guitar in 2012. I've written recorded and performed my own music the last 5 years. I just opened a recording/instructional studio this summer and am looking forward to passing on my knowledge to students who are serious about music.
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Hunter A. August 28, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson went very well. Looking forward to the next.
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Deborah Dickson Jones December 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Brett and he customized it according to my individual needs and circumstance. I am passionate about guitar and folk music but have no musical experience. Bretts plan is to start with the very basics and move forward from there. He was very patient with me and his directions were easy to follow. Though I am a senior I feel like I am 20 years old again and learning a new skill. Thanks Brett
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Michael October 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brett provides a unique blend of expertise and personalization in his teaching. He takes the time to find out what your musical interests and experiences are so that instruction can be targeted at specific goals. His love of music is apparent. I look forward to learning more about music and how to make my guitar sound good from him!
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Brett L.

Brett L.

Lima, NY 14485
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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