Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Tera
"Samantha has been teaching music to my three children for the past year. She teaches records, piano, music theory, and ear training to my kids, ages 6, 9
, and 12. They all feel inspired to make music, motivated to learn the music and skills she is sharing with them, and happy about the skills and progress they have gained. I observe that Samantha manages her time well, has fun with the kids while still keeping them progressing with their lessons, and helps them think musically. She's a real gem."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by John
I never thought anyone and I mean anyone could get me past the fear of singing. I have over three decades of acting, including a prestigou
s acting school, but never developed confidence in singing. Thomas taught me. He helped me develop my new voice. Wow! Thank you sir!"
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Evelyn
"Learning is easy
Very professional in teaching works with students to ensure the learning experience is enjoyable."
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Marsha
My daughters instructor, Cem is Excellent. His lessons are relaxed and unpressured and delivered in a way easily understood. Cem's l
essons are so comprehensive a beginner or advanced student can understand and simply get better. These elements, I feel, have been key to igniting my daughters desire to improve on the drums. After only 5 weeks (5 lessons) my daughter participated (played drums) in her school assembly! I would absolutely recommend Cem as an instructor. Before this we had invested similarly without results; simply put, this is the best money I have spent on lessons to date!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Michael
"I'm a more "Senior" student who decided that learning the saxophone needed to be at the top of my "Bucket List". I recognize adult students can be partic
ularly challenging because they're a bit more rigid in what they want. Carl is the perfect instructor for all ages. First he's extremely knowledgeable, making you confident he's leading you down the right path. He's has so much diversity in both instruments and styles that he's able to accommodate anyone. With this, he has been able to tailor lessons, mixing the basics with my desire to learn popular jazz tunes. He's picked up on the fact that I'm an engineer and have to understand everything I'm taught, so he's included music theory that makes the lessons, steps, and songs take on a more complete meaning (and improving retention). He's extremely patient and encouraging, as some of my lessons are after very long and tough work days; yet, he knows how to challenge you to ensure continued progress. It's coming up on a year that he's been my instructor and he’s made me so confident I'll stick with playing, that I upgraded to a professional instrument. Superb instructor."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Kent
"It is very important. I haven't met or had the first hour of instruction but Felix is my choice of many teachers presented in this website. Why? Because I
played violin before I served in the Navy and I think there's a future get together that will bind us together for our mutual benefit. Это очень важно Kent"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Jon Girson
"Zach is a very intuitive and engaged coach. He shines with musical theatre training."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alisa
"Dedicated Teacher with patience. My experience has been overwhelmingly positive and effective."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jazzmin
"Rachel was my first and only vocal trainer. She is amazing! She made me feel very comfortable, and there was no pressure! She's always encouraged me and s
upported me. I recommend her to anyone who is shy and afraid to step out to share their gift. Because of her training, I was able to lead worship at church alongside of her! She's very patient, understanding, and down to earth! She'll laugh and be goofy with you to make you feel comfortable! Give her a shot! :)"
A native of Washington DC, Scott has performed for over 45 years in various shows, bands & theaters. He has worked with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Modernaires; The Peter Duchin Orchestra; The Ink Spots; The Tokens; Rory (Disney Channel); Charlie Byrd; Susannah McCorkle; Keely Smith & John Colianni (accompanist for Mel Torme) to name a few. He has also toured for the USO with Miss USA in Europe 85’ (With an 18 year old Halle Berry) and Miss USA in Central America 86’. Besides playing a in few theater pits, Scott has also performed on the stage as a musical character in the Kennedy Cen
ter’s ‘92 production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes”, taking the role of inbred “Eddie” to new lows. In 2005, upon the return of guitarist Dan Hovey from a NY career joined with drummer John Zidar to form Gigahertz [GHz]. The trio was an effort to reconnect with the music he grew up with. The band quickly became a known entity on the DC music scene. Currently he is in his 15th year as a member of the Adjunct Jazz Faculty of Montgomery College, MD teaching electric bass and converting his students to upright bass players. As a versatile musician, Scott is constantly changing hats to survive in an ever changing music climate and continues to work as a full time musician in and around the Washington DC area. He has developed a reputation as a go to guy subbing for bands when they need someone who can walk in and get the job done. Besides teaching at Montgomery College and privately, he owns a recording studio making demos for local groups and also creates sheet music for bands and singers.
*** Lesson Details *** I am more than a teacher, I am a musical coach. I will offer exercises that will stimulate your musical creative juices. I quickly assess my students strong and weak points and guide the student how to become a balanced player. Emphasis on rhythm is always important. Whatever genre you wish to study I can guide you through the channels to reach your musical dreams.
*** Studio Equipment *** Pro-tools Recording studio Fender deluxe hot rod amp for guitar Fender Super Champ amp for guitar Mark bass amp 1x12 Mark bass amp 2x6 Genz Benz shuttle 9 bass head Genz Benz Uber cab. 4x10 Genz Benz bass cab' 2x10 Electro voice PA system. Rogers Drum kit Kurzweil Keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** Anything needed including amps, music, cables, books, metronome, etc.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, dixieland, swing, bebop, contemporary and smooth. Rock old school and contemporary Folk and country
Nick August 24, 2015
Upright Bass ·
Scott is not only an incredible bassist and musician, but he is an passionate and willing teacher. He was able to tell right away what my strengths and weaknesses were as a musician, and he began to strengthen my weak points while improving my strong points as soon as the first lesson. No teacher in the past has been able to push my musical boundaries the way Scott has, and he has always found a way for me to understand even the most complex musical ideas. He has many years of experience to call upon as he teaches, and he never fails to show his wisdom.
David August 2, 2015
Upright Bass ·
Scott is an awesome musician and a great teacher! I am actually a trumpet player who meets with Scott (as often as possible) to learn jazz improvisation from a true master.
Scott has a gift for making complicated things seem easy. In a jazz improvisation lesson he told me, "The trick is to keep the melody in your head, while you're creating a completely new melody." This one suggestion has completely changed my playing - and I hope - made me a much better jazz player.
He is an excellent musician, one of the best bass players around. He plays so VERY musically and swings really hard. If you have an interest in learning the bass, Scott is one of your best options.
Hong L. July 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
If you're looking for lessons, I definitely recommend you go to Scott! This is the first time for me taking singing/voice lessons, and the first day I didn't comprehend all the music terms when I was being asked, I felt like such a newbie but he explained well, was patient and understanding. I'm sure I am a very frustrating person to work with overall hahah but he is very professional. If you sign up for lessons I guarantee you will learn something from it and make improvement progress on whatever it is you're signing up for!
Music is something that everyone can share and express themselves through, and i want to help everyone to find that avenue of expression! I studied drums at the Drummers Collective in New York City, where i studied several genres of music. I play everything from rock, jazz, soul, R&B, Caribbean, and Latin music. If a student is interested in a certain style of music i would be happy to dive into that further, or explore other genres that may peek interest. The difference between me and many other teachers is that i genuinely love teaching and watching my students grow as players and music
ians. I am excited to say that I am now set up to teach online! If you have Skype or FaceTime and live anywhere in the continental United States, I am available for drum lessons!
*** Lesson Details *** I'm here to motivate students to be the best they can be, and to answer any questions or concerns they may have about their instrument. I teach out of several books that will help develop and improve, technique, reading, and listening skills. Unlike some, i don't just "go through the motions" when teaching. I like to adapt to the students specific style of learning, so they have fun while developing a solid understanding of the material as well as practice habits. I also distribute recommended listening and encourage students to create their own rhythms and/or songs to develop musical creativity. My goal as a teacher is to cater to the wants and needs of the student, as well as create a solid foundation of rhythm and music history.
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 drum sets. One electric and one acoustic. Congas and bongos. Piano, bass guitar, and webcam. Open and comfortable space with plenty of room for a parent to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** metronome, and practice pads
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean
Lethe L. May 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher! :)
Lethe L. April 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Alex T. March 27, 2015
Online Verified Student
He is excellent. goes above and beyond to make sure I'm learning and enjoying my lessons. I've noticed significant improvement already in only 3 lessons. Will definitely continue and recommend him very highly!
Jennifer is a versatile performer with extensive experience in several genres, including opera, and musical theatre. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree from The Catholic University of America, as well as her Masters of Arts in Vocal Performance Degree from George Mason University.
Jennifer is also a vocal instructor in Montgomery County, Maryland, And an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has had a long teaching career which started during her studies at The Catholic University and continues today.
Jennifer is an operatic soprano, and
has performed with several companies, including as the Reunion Music Society, Summer Opera Theatre Company, Multimedia Performance Studio, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Damascus Theatre Company. Her performances include the role of Kim in the east coast premiere of Opera.com.edy, Musetta in La Bohème, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carrie in Carousel, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. She also created the role of Lust in The Blue Opera, and starred in that role for its world premiere. Recently she has been seen as the Bloodied Child in Riverbend Opera's MacBeth, and as Charlotte in A Little Night Music with DTC.
Jennifer has also served as music director for several productions, including Alice in Wonderland with Damascus Creative Stage, Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and The Gondoliers with Montgomery Blair High School, a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with DTC Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. and Disney’s Cinderella Jr with Ballet Petite.
Jennifer also has strong ties to the community and has served as the Co-Conductor of the Kentlands Children’s, Teen, Glee and Adult Choirs, in Gaithersburg, MD. She was also a board member of the Damascus Theatre Company in Maryland.
*** Lesson Details *** I encourage students to explore their voices in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. I focus on healthy singing technique, while still encouraging creativity and individual style. Good singing technique will work for any style - pop, rock, folk, country, musical theatre or classical - and I encourage all students to work on individual expression.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Stereo, Computer, iPad, Sheet Music, Music Stand.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have an iPad and lots of sheet music. Students need to provide a keyboard and may need to purchase sheet music that I don't have.
*** Specialties *** Musical theatre, Classical, Opera
Karyn F. May 3, 2013
Opera Voice Verified Student
Helped me find my passion
In middle school, I really didn't have very much direction and I was afraid of going to high school. To make friends, I decided to go out for one of the high school's audition choirs, and though I didn't make it into the elite choir, I made the women's choir. I was happy, but I was afraid to sing out even in front of the other girls in the choir. I didn't have any confidence in my voice and most of them knew how to read music and sight-sing. I didn't. I started taking lessons with Ms. Jenni in the fall of my freshman year in the hopes of catching up with the other girls and eventually auditioning into the elite choir before my senior year.
That was three years ago. I now read music and sight sing and have much more confidence in my voice. I made the elite choir at my school in the spring of my sophomore year-- and in my junior year we performed at the White House! Jenni has encouraged me to participate in competitions and summer music programs that have helped me grow even more. I am seriously considering majoring in music in college after I graduate in 2014.
Jenni has been such a wonderful teacher. She really "gets me" and her encouragement has helped me find my passion. She's always positive and helpful and treats each student like they are her only one. I just love her and I will miss her when I go to college--because without her I really don't know where I would have ended up.
JyotsnaA April 24, 2011
My daughter Zoe loves Ms. Jenni and is enjoying her vocal lessons. She feels very comfortable with Ms. Jenni and feels she is learning a lot.
MaureenS February 22, 2011
I really appreciated the way Jenni made me feel welcome and comfortable through her outgoing attitude and encouragement. She also made a point to relate to me on a personal level which was very important to me as well and contributed to my comfortability and progress. I definitely plan on taking lessons from her again in the future!
I picked up my first pair of drumsticks when I was 10 years old. After a little bit of practice and hard work I've gone on to teach kids and adults the best instrument in the world! Some of my heroes include Steve Gadd, Carter Beauford, Buddy Rich, Gregg Bissonette, Dennis Chambers, and any drummer who can play left-handed. I have been in bands ranging in styles from rock to funk and currently enjoy playing in instrumental funk and pop-rock bands based here in DC. Whether it's an intimate club like IOTA in Arlington or a large venue like The Fillmore in Silver Spring, I love putting on a good
show. While studying Audio/Radio at Emerson College in Boston, I played drums with funk-groove band SYM while honing my skills in audio engineering. It was in the studio, I fell in love with recording music from top talent in New England. Here in the D.C. area (originally from Northern VA), I am excited to meet new students and spread my passion for drums, audio engineering, and music performance!
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor my lessons based on two factors:
1. The skill level of the student.
2. The main goal the student aims to achieve.
Each student is unique and deserves a lesson that both accommodates and challenges their skill-set. Let's start talking today and see what kind of lesson works for you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Stage Custom Drums, Premier Artist Maple Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks
*** Travel Equipment *** I use an electronic drum pad while the student must provide their own drums or percussion.
*** Specialties *** Funk, rock, and creative linear drumming styles. I also teach percussion which includes both latin and most western music genres.
Andrew H. December 8, 2013
Professional Drum Teacher/Collaborator
I'm not a student, however I did play in a band in Boston with Brian for over 2 years. He was professional drummer and had a great attitude towards collaboration.
We recorded one EP at Emerson College, where Brian had an integral part in the mixing, production and of course recording.
I would recommend working with Brian!
David H. December 5, 2013
Brian and I shared the drum section together for several years in a local Northeast touring band. His technique and pursuit of the perfect beat were second to none. He's got a keen ear to tempo and brings unique flavors or different genres of music to the table which helped push the band in new directions.
I'd recommend Brian as a teacher based on his love and dedication to music coming from his college major to his hobbies, music and playing drums are a large part of B-rocks life.
Rock on brah.
Joseph V. December 4, 2013
I have had the unique opportunity of playing in band with Brian for two years. Not only is he an incredibly technical drummer, he genuinely understands creativity and collaboration. He was also at forefront of recording one of our EP's back in '08, and it came out great! He made us sound much more professional than we were at the time. I haven't had him as a teacher, but would highly recommend him for anyone looking to learn both skill and creativity.
Born in Russia, I studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Master of Arts/Voice) and am a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland (Master of arts/Opera). For 3 years I worked in a children music school as a voice teacher and have taught privately. I am active performer. Mostly I am performing in New York City but also in Dc area and other countries. My performed roles include: Nedda (Leoncavallo's Pagliacci) and Iolanta (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta) with Vocal Productions NYC 2014; Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Bethesda Summer Opera Festival 2014; Mimi (La Boheme), Adina (Elixir of
Love) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Dicapo Opera NYC 2013-2014. First Lady (The Magic Flute) with Ash Lawn Opera; Nicolette with State Theatre Bern, Switzerland (Love for Three Oranges); Elisa (The Shepherd King) and Pergolesi's Flaminio (Il Flaminio) with State Theatre Biel, Switzerland; Kupava (The Snow Maiden) at Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lithuania; Mimi (La Boheme) with Opera Ischia, Italy; Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) in Moscow.In January 2014 I had my debut in The Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Misha L. January 28, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Yulia is a very professional, capable, and patient teacher, who produces results. She has a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of singing and what is takes to build a solid foundation of a vocal technique. Furthermore, she is able to demonstrate and reinforce important points with her own voice and that helps a lot. I definitely recommend Yulia as a voice teacher!!
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