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! :)"
I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perfor
m as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private schools and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.
*** Lesson Details *** I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.
*** Travel Equipment *** When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.
*** Specialties *** Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.
Bridgit A. June 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!
Maria T. June 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.
Holly May 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
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!
RockSmith Journey is a fun, energy-packed and safe environment where kids are encouraged to love God, music, their band members, and their electric guitar or bass. My desire is to partner with parents to teach kids (6 & Up) basic music skills using technology, Rock, Blues and Worship and this to serve as foundation for their musical growth and performances in their lives.
I truly believe in Victor's music philosophy that music is a language and Rocksmith is the perfect tool to make the whole process approachable and fun for young kids while still providing experienced guitarists plenty of
tools to experiment with. In the beginning, we embrace mistakes. instead of correcting them... LIKE A CHILD PLAYING AIR GUITAR, THERE ARE NO WRONG NOTES.
I encourage you to watch 3 youtube videos:
1. Victor Wooten Music as a Language
2. Benji plays electric guitar.
3. John and Thomas playing with Bill Withers. A'int no Sunshine.
I believe God is the source of all truth and musical abilities. Everyone can be Grounded in notes, scales and chords, learn to be Reliable with band members, very Entertaining when performing; Available when called upon and most importantly, Teachable.
Let's Play & Grow Together, Joe B.
*** Lesson Details *** Along the way you'll learn and experience:
RockSmith Sound Check Tuning Changing strings Strapping up How to hold a pick Plucking strings Accents Chords Power chords Double stops Barre chords Arpeggios Music Notation RockSmith Major Scales (Rocksmith Strings)
Shifting Fretting Sustains Palm mutes Slides Bends Tremelos Hammer-ons Pull-offs Natural harmonics Strumming patterns Unpitched slides Fret hand mutes Improvising and jamming Vibrato Scales and modes
Additional Bass Techniques:
Fifths Roots Slapping Popping
Double stop, Oblique, and Compound Bends Two hand tapping Articulation and phrasing Pinch harmonics Extended harmonies Hybrid techniques Advanced chords
*** Studio Equipment *** 32' LCD TV Xbox 360 Rockmith PC Version Rocksmith 2014 Xbox
PA system GarageBand (Mac) Ipad Apps
*** Travel Equipment *** RockSmith PC Version Small Amp Ipad
*** Specialties *** A Proven Method Countless people gave up on their dreams of playing guitar because their experience was too frustrating and too time consuming and mentioning costly.
Now with advances in technology, there is a better, faster way to learn. With the Rocksmith Journey method, all it takes is just an hour a week for 60 days. You will have enough riffs to start your own band.
Rocksmith 2014 teaches you fast and effectively by letting you plug any real guitar or bass* directly into your Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC or Mac.
Rocksmith 2014, if you missed the first one RS1, is basically more-than-education-software-less-than-a-game. This is a real tool to help anyone either learn or practice guitar, and practicing an instrument is hard work. To make it easier, Our Journey features Group Sessions, Live performances, games and over 55 genre-spanning songs, from Classic Rock to Pop.
I'm not just teaching you to play guitar, I am making you into a qualified musician! Member of a real band, performing for a real audience.
I'm your RockMaster. I will be there to keep you focus in your path from day one.
The fastest way to learn guitar meets the longest road to travel.
Let's Play & Grow Together
sanjay P. July 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
my son had his first guitar session with Mr. Joe today and he was all excited and happy and was saying why did not we find him earlier, I liked the way he went about it and showed my son how to use Rocksmith on XBOX , my son already use and play games on XBox and using Rocksmith for learning guitar was a great idea, Mr Joe showed him how to use it and gave instructions to prepare his first lesson for next week. He also have a weekly get together for kids to play in public that will help kids to show off their skill to outside world. looking forward to more classes with him
Mike S. June 21, 2014
Rhythm Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Joe's lessons have made a tremendous, positive impact on our seven-year-old son, Thomas. A year ago, Thomas expressed interest in learning guitar after seeing the musicians at church. We connected with Joe to arrange for some lessons. Following Joe's instruction, supplemented with practice at home, Thomas has become a devoted guitar player, learning chords and songs along the way. He now improvises a little on his own with chords and is even keeping a journal of different chords he has learned. We highly recommend Joe, and his method of using the RockSmith game on the XBox is uncanny - the game is sophisticated enough for an adult, yet very accessible for someone Thomas's age. We plan to keep up with Joe for the foreseeable future.
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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