Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Otto
My daughter Maya has trouble focusing, and Sara's patient and fun loving attitude kept Maya's attention. Sara was very professional. I would
truly recommend her teaching ability to anyone interested in learning to sing."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bill
"Broad background muscially, interesting, and effective communicator
Iâm an adult who has played the piano for years on and off. Because of my prior exp
erience I often ask questions that a beginner would not think about. Such as, is this a better scale fingering than the traditional one? Or what is a common key to use to accompany a sing-a-along group on a piano? Dorothea consistently provides intelligent and sometimes surprising answers to my questions.
She also is very focused on what you want to accomplish. Unlike past piano teachers, and I loved them all, who seemed intent on my learning the full classical literature, Dorothea asks what your main interest is. Is it composition, or playing, or arranging? Then she drives the lessons in that direction. Very customized lessons.
Another interesting example is scales. Whatâs new in that area, I thought? So she pulls out a book that has clearly defined levels of accomplishment. For example, if you can play the C major scale, quarter note = 80, with your left hand, you get one âpointâ. If you can do the same with your right, thatâs another point. Playing with both hands together is yet another point. Playing both hands together but in contrary motion is another point. This pattern is repeated at increasing tempos and the number of points accumulated indicates your skill level. With that approach itâs not a matter of how long one practices but one practices long enough to reach a desired, measurable, skill level. I think that approach is novel and I had never seen it used before meeting Dorothea. In short, she is an interesting teacher with interesting ideas, methods, and very student focused. I don't think you will find a better teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jarrett
"*Read the whole review!*
I took guitar lessons from Aaron for about 5 years and it was brutal the first year and a half, since it was the first genuine m
usic training/instruction I'd really received in my life. He was understanding of my beginner status and ALWAYS made sure I had memorized all the basic chords, notes, melodies, etc. before moving onto the intermediate and eventually advanced techniques. He answered any question I had promptly and with a full explanation, -ex: he'd play the part of a song I had a hard time with, then asked me to play it on my axe, and at my own pace- which was good considering I liked experimenting out harder stuff when I still considered myself just a real good amatuer. On top of all that he keeps up with the times, so that newest film or game thats come out, he'll know what your talking about. A nice change from the old geezers who I've received music tips from who didn't know what an Xbox is. The top choice for a guitar instructor if you live in the San Diego area."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tina
"She is soooo GREAT!!
She makes me feel so comfortable, and is a great teacher!"
Ventura, CA teacher:
Review by Alexandra
"My Highest Recommendation
Diedrich is a one of a kind guy. I had taken lessons with him for over 6 years, starting off at my local community music lesson
s venue in the neighborhood of Linden Hills. There he gave me the chance to learn bass guitar, where I had no background knowledge. Shortly after I was able to play songs by heart. He is patient and kind, and goes out of his way to help you learn the songs you want to learn. After about 3 years of bass, I made a transition into vocals, where the next 3 years, he helped me work the best abilities of my voice. I used to sing as a soprano one, (the highest female voice in a choral setting), and with his help, I was able to reach a more comfortable setting as an alto. He was always supportive of the song choices that I wanted to sing, and would take time out of his week before our next lesson to learn the song for our next session. He made lessons very enjoyable and fun, where I felt free to be myself, and I always felt comfortable to sing in front of him even if I knew it didn't sound that great. I was in choir for my first two years of high school, and I had the worst stage fright when it came to singing a solo in front of a crowd. Diedrich helped me conquer my fear, he gave me the push I needed. Looking back I will forever be grateful for what he has done for me. Without him, I would have missed out on a beautiful opportunity to sing at my mom's wedding. He has been not only a wonderful teacher, but the most amazing friend to not just me but my family as well. I highly recommend him as a teacher! I had taken many music lessons with different people before meeting Diedrich, and it stopped with him. I wouldn't have found a better teacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Shannah
"Very good for 1st time"
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Cade
"Ms. Nichols is an amazing instructor. She is very talented at very good at sharing her knowledge and technique."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by michelle
"She is an amazing instructor for my child. She really helped her to focus on her lesson. She showed great knowledge of vocal skills and kept my child ent
hused through out the lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kevin
"I always wanted to play the piano since I was young but didn't have the chance to. Jumi helped me get started with playing the piano from the basics. She
has been a wonderful teacher. There has been a great progress in my playing and understanding of music in general since I started learning from her. I am very happy with her and couldn't ask for more!"
I am a friendly, patient, enthusiastic, experienced teacher, joyfully instructing piano professionally since 1999. Music transcends words, and I have a deep understanding of music/ piano, both personal and experiential which I truly enjoy sharing with my students. I draw from my love of music and my own experience as a pianist, piano student, and piano teacher to motivate and inspire my students.
A classically-trained pianist, I've been taking piano lessons since age 6 and playing "by ear" from early childhood. I continued to study piano throughout elementary school and high school. In c
ollege I majored in music, studying piano, music history and theory, and psychology in addition to fieldwork and internships in music therapy. I have extensive experience working with students with special needs. In graduate school, I studied classical piano and music theory with professor David Holzman, Grammy-nominated pianist and lecturer.
Fun, engaging, personalized, and productive, each lesson is both enjoyable and effective. I want the love of music to be the reason my students want to practice piano and attend lessons. I believe the rapport between student and teacher to be one of the most important factors of your lessons. I consider it a priority that each student feel comfortable with me, feel at-home in my studio, enjoy their lessons, and develop a love and knowledge of music that will last a lifetime.
Proper technique is stressed regardless of experience level or age.
I hold annual Student Piano Recitals for my students and their families.
*It is highly recommended that students have a keyboard or piano.*
NYSSMA preparation offered for all levels.
*** Studio Equipment Piano, keyboard; den dedicated to music. Extensive musical library.
*** Specialties *** Students with special needs Lessons for young beginners and adult students
Selin V. July 31, 2015
I have been taking lessons with Trina for the last few months and she is a wonderful teacher. She is so patient and is great at what she does. I learn so much in each lesson and that motivates me to keep on learning and enjoying piano. Thank you Trina, you have an amazing gift and I'l so thankful to have found you as a teacher.
Jubie M. July 29, 2015
Trina has been a wonderful piano instructor for my children! Not only is she skilled as a teacher, she has an enthusiastic and warm personality that allows my kids to get excited about playing music! She is truly a gem!
Yvonne C. March 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My 5 and 8 years old sons have been learning piano from Ms.Trina almost a year. I was amazed at Ms. Trina's unending patience. I cannot believe I can find a piano teacher with good patience dealing with my sons. My 5 year old son was always lacking confidence to do every single thing, but through Ms. Trina's encouragement, he has gain confidence and he actually feels proud of himself when he plays something well. My 8 years old son likes to complain every single things, but he was so happy with Ms. Trina and he even told me Ms. Trina is the best teacher. Ms. Trina also customized each lesson according to my sons' needs. She is creative and fun approach to work totally engaged my sons. She is such an amazing and one of a kind teacher- her love for her work is apparent in her commitment to her students.
I have been taking the world by surprise since the age of 4. I began studying at Queens College at 6 years old and was a recital pianist by the age of 12. I was a consumer of music, from the Music Theory lessons on Saturdays, piano lessons on Thursdays and voice lessons on Saturday afternoons, my life was filled with music.
It is to no one's surprise that I completed my first demo at the age of 13 and was performing for Queens Colleges audiences at 14. I went on the rank high in the NYSSMA series in both piano and voice. I also went on to study music in college and began touring with gospe
l troupes nationally. Since then I has done many workshops, Master Classes, tour dates, theatre shows etc. Too many to date. I am a sought after teacher for voice, piano and broadway singing. I train public speakers, actors and teachers as well.
Get your slot NOW! I will take your musicianship and skill to the next level! But you have to be ready!
*** Lesson Details *** Here are some details about the lessons:
1. Please come with a notebook and pen 2. Each lesson consists of vocal exercises, breathing exercises, goal setting, artist development etc 3. After 3 moths CONSISTENTLY with me, you will be transformed
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio in home with seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** Black and white notebook 25 Italian songs and arias Alfred's Piano Book 1
*** Specialties *** The foundation of all my teaching stems from my background in opera.
Gabrielle D. September 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Danielle is great, and she really understands what my child wants to work on, and makes sure it happens. She is teaching her new techniques all the time. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher.
Mia G. August 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was a pleasure meeting Danielle.. very friendly and outgoing individual. she made my daughter and I feel very welcome and Mia felt super comfortable being with her.. this was our first session and I felt a very good vibe. can't wait to continue our journey with Danielle because I truly believe it will be a great one.. Thanks Danielle... :)
Esther A. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was a wonderful experience taking lessons with Danielle. She is amazing! I recommend her to everyone.
Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside
many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more! Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Strings and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.
*** Lesson Details *** I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and I am very proud of the results I have achieved with every single student. Lessons are planned on an individual basis, in order to facilitate success for every student, based on their own needs, requirements, interests, and goals.
With me, students will learn Etudes, Scales, Pieces, and anything else they wish to know! (including instrument upkeep, music history, ext.)
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.
*** Travel Equipment *** students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. I can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. I can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though I recommend the student have their own. I do own a travel drum set that can be transported to lessons upon request, but all drum students should own their own drum set to practice and perform on.
*** Specialties *** I am experienced with Strings, (orchestral as well as electric guitar and bass), piano, and percussion.
Dedrick A. September 28, 2015
Thomas a great instructor and I had a wonderful experience with him. He is a wealth of knowledge with a deep understanding of all genres of music. Thomas was very patient and I liked that he utilized more than just the piano to show me how the music all correlates with one another. I would recommend Thomas to any student how is looking for well - rounded musician and instructor!
Isabella S. September 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great teacher my daughter is always looking forward to get piano lessons with Tom!
Gabriella July 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Gabriella felt very comfortable with Thomas. He was patient and jumped right in without wasting time. She can't wait for her next lesson.
I believe that progressive teaching must employ constructive pedagogical strategies to foster meaningful musical experiences for students to build and to exhibit competence. My pedagogical model is comprised of a student-centered approach to produce attainable challenges and to affect affirmative changes that will physically, technically, and emotionally enrich each student's performance.
During instruction, I exercise scaffolding methods to facilitate the students' zone of proximal development and innovative questioning to augment students' cognitive thinking and cri
tical thinking skills. The process of musical learning is purposeful when it is facilitated within a nurturing environment to motivate the students' intrinsic interests and that is my goal!
Actively, I prepare my students for singing auditions on Broadway and off-Broadway productions, CCM Singing Competitions, Commercials, Musical Theatre Productions, The Voice, X-Factor, American Idol, Specialized Performance Schools, College Music Performances, and Choirs. A number of my piano students prepare for the NYSSMA and ABRSM examinations. As a clinical trained Vocologist, I also work with students to correct vocal fold injuries and to prevent further trauma, as well to improve phonatory production during singing.
Education / Training
As a music professional, I specialize in Voice (Contemporary Commercial Music), Vocology, and in Piano (Classical). I am certified by the New York Singer Teachers Association and the Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method. In addition, I am a City/State Teacher Certified in Music (K-12) and a member of NYSTA, NATS, and MEANYC.
I am a graduate of Columbia University in Music & Music Education, M.A., Ed.M. I have a comprehensive background and training in Piano, Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocology, and General Music. I studied music at Hunter College and I obtained a Bachelor Degree in Italian from Queens College. As an instrumentalist, I attended Fiorello LaGuardia of Music & Art & Performing Arts H.S. and the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College.
My professional development is comprised of studies in Vocology at Keidar Voice Instititute, in Voice Management Techniques at Westminster Choir College, and in Dalcroze at Lucy Moses School.
Over the years, I have studied with acclaimed vocal professionals such as Dr. Anat Keidar, Dr. Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, and David Sabella-Mills among others.
*** Lesson Details *** My pedagogical model is designed to benefit students' aspirations and strengths in voice and piano. The outcomes are based on each individual's commitment to the process.
*** Studio Equipment *** KORG Digital Keyboard, iMac, Macbook laptop, Cd player, iPod recording device, grand mirror
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano is a must!
*** Specialties *** Vocology, Contemporary Commercial Music, Piano, Theory
American violinist Emily V. is an active and versatile performer of chamber and orchestral music. As a chamber musician, Emily has appeared with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in the ensemble's Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo in a concert that has been broadcast on WWFM, and is a member of Trio des Waldes, a horn trio that has performed throughout NYC and on the Bucks County (PA) Performing Arts concert series.
As an orchestral violinist, she regularly performs with the Symphony of Westchester and the Chappaqua Orches
tra; previously, she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, and the pit orchestra for LoftOpera, and as section violinist in the Columbus and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. She was an orchestral fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra, and has attended the Bowdoin International and Madeline Island Music Festivals.
Emily maintains a private teaching studio of twenty students ages 3 to adult in the NYC/Long Island area. Additionally, in the summers of 2013-2015, she was Junior Faculty at the Stringwood Chamber Music Camp.
Emily received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Columbus State University, where she was named the Presser Scholar, and received her master's from Mannes College of Music. Currently, Emily is pursuing a DMA in Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her major teachers include Daniel Phillips, Lewis Kaplan, Muneko Otani, and Sergiu Schwartz.
Katrina M. April 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Emily was so patient and encouraging. Great first lesson!
Min H. February 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am excited to write a review for our awesome violin instructor~! Our little pre-teen 10 year old daughter took lessons prior Miss Emily for about 6 months but had no motivation to practice and so there was no progress. However, since we met Miss Emily, our daughter has been so motivated! Only after her first lesson, she understood how to read notes, she was engaged, and must've picked up her violin to practice at least 3 times a day for a good 20-30 minutes on her own (under no request by Miss Emily)! I believe it is because Miss Emily is very passionate about her teaching and is very encouraging towards her students. She doesn't make violin lessons a chore, rather an amazing experience!
Miss Emily is very knowledgeable and an amazing and very professional instructor! She patiently goes step by step to make sure all the basis for a firm foundation in music is there and then thoroughly goes to all the steps to keep it simple in learning! She builds great rapport and brings her personal experience to make her more relatable! I would highly recommend Miss. Emily as an instructor!
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