Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Carl
"Excellent vocal instructor
Gfire is very helpful and a lot of fun to work with! Definitely recommended."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Amara
"Where can I start I don't Know but what I do Know for sure, this lady is very kind and patient. She's a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. I a
m so glad I have you as my instructor thank you Carolyn R.
Instruction is always individualized and positive. She always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. She works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with her is a great pleasure."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Bior
"Great teacher, really talented
I have worked with Danilo for a few weeks and look forward to every lesson. Not only is he very talented, he is patient, a
ttentive, and really works with you on getting the best out of every lesson. I would reccomend him to anyone looking to start an instrument or to get back into playing an instrument."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Carol
"Lisa is very encouraging and sees your true potential. My lessons began with voice and have advanced into guitar lessons. She has provided what I need to
succeed. Thank you so much!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Hidden Garnet
"Sandra H. is a teacher you can rely on to encourage you to perform not only for yourself, but for an audience. I can't remember a lesson day when Ms. Sand
ra wouldn't tell me, once I had mastered a piece, to play for the church congregation, or to one of her colleagues' open recitals. One specific time, I was asked to play 3 songs for the congregation by someone who heard Ms. Sandra specifically praising my skill. I was told to form a group of 3 total, so I invited a friend and my brother to play the trumpet and the violin, respectively. Ms. Sandra was very encouraging and determined to assist in perfecting the pieces I would do within the week I had to prepare, and I'm certain that without the help, the performance would have been a complete, total disaster. She not only provided a teacher's support - helping me practice the correct rhythm and speed, to name the parts I had trouble with - she also gave me a friend's support, telling me not to allow stage-fright to consume my confidence before I even had a chance to start.
What can I say? She's a great teacher, and cares for her students beyond the borders of the musical world."
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Kayla
"Enthusiasm that spreads! His excitement and passion for music truly inspired me.
Ryan is personable, eclectic and respectful. I met him while performing
at a show with my old band. He had along his flute and saxophone. Excellent with any ability level and of all ages of students! He is well-versed in many different genres and on many different instruments, although he taught me saxophone. His enthusiasm and passion is contagious!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Mariana
"I highly recommend Andre as a professional and knowledgeable teacher.
I'm a professional bass player graduated from Berklee College of Music currently li
ving in New York City. I came to Andre for technical support and improvement of my guitar skills as well as overall orientation to become a more complete musician and educator. I'm truly grateful I found him because I've been growing greatly as a guitar player on stage as well as a composer. He was also very helpful in guiding me for my early education classes and lesson planning. Furthermore, he is a very talented guitarist with a unique sound and that's why I chose him to play on my two children's albums. I highly recommend Andre as a professional and knowledgeable teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Christina
"I would be more than happy to recommend Mrs. Laurie G. as a private vocal instructor. I originally knew Mrs. Laurie from the middle school I attended in
Flower Mound, TX, where she taught as the choir director. Naturally I was thrilled to learn she would be teaching private lessons at my high school, Edward S. Marcus High School, for the choir and enrolled as one of her students to continue my classical training my sophomore year in 2008.
In my experience with her, Mrs. Laurie focused not only on the precise execution of note after note, but also on the musicality of a performance in her instructions. She had an excellent ear for understanding just the right emphasis and emotion one should convey in a specific piece of work. Mrs. Laurie also helped me to develop different tones and styles for different music; e.g. instead of using a big, heavy "opera"voice for every piece, she helped me learn how to lighten my tone so that it matched the lightness of the music and the lyrics when needs be.
On top of her technical skills, Mrs. Laurie is also very enjoyable to learn from - working with her does not feel like work. She is one of the most personable people I have ever met, and critiques and instructs in a firm but kindly manner. She is beyond professional, and it is obvious that she truly enjoys teaching from how she treats her students.
While I decided that I did not want to pursue a career in music, I would not have reached the skill level necessary to receive an audition spot for the University of North Texas's College of Music if not for Mrs. Laurie's training and instruction. I sincerely believe that she is the best vocal instructor I had the privilege to study under, and I hope that you will consider her as a vocal instructor."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alexandra
"I worked with Mr. Pickering for three years when he was my high school choir director and it was a great experience for me. He inspired me to work my har
dest and always push myself to be better than I was the day before. Now I am studying to be a music teacher myself; I hope to inspire my students to be their best just like he did."
I've been playing music since I was 14 years old. I studied classical guitar at State University in Buffalo, NY. and also studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I love just about every style of music. I mostly play Celtic, Bluegrass, American traditional, jazz, and classical. I also love to improvise. My goal is to get my students results so they feel that they are really making progress. I do this by incorporating practice exercises, ear training and some music theory. Music theory and reading music can be intimidating for beginning students. So I like to get you pla
ying first and add theory a little at a time so you can better understand it through experience and it makes learning more fun.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio has a piano, acoustic guitars,mandolins and other instruments.Students receive sheet music and written materials.
*** Travel Equipment *** Sheet music and other written materials.
*** Specialties *** I play a lot of Irish fiddle tunes and also know a lot of American Folk styles,popular music and some jazz. I play some classical pieces on the mandolin and some bluegrass. I consider improvisation one of my strengths.
Annie B. March 3, 2015
I have been taking fiddle/violin lessons from Marc for a few months now, and it has been a great experience. He is very patient and keeps things fun by helping me learn pieces that I am interested in learning to play. I would highly recommend him for any instrument you are wanting to learn.
David S. February 19, 2015
I have been playing the mandolin for about four years now and have had several different teachers, of which Marc is by far the best one I have had. I wish I had started with him. Marc is very patient and works with you to bring out your best effort. He challenges me with interesting music to play, helps me to understand the piece and shows me different ways to finger the notes. When I started with Marc two months ago I was playing hornpipes and dances and now I've moved up to Bach and Vivaldi. Marc is also an accomplished instrument maker.
Kelly B. October 1, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Marc is an excellent violin teacher with an easy-going yet effective style. My 8 year old daughter looks forward to her lessons and is rapidly improving with Marc's guidance. Marc makes the lessons fun by choosing music that my daughter enjoys and playing along with her. I highly recommend Marc as a teacher.
Bachelor of Music, Master of Music Degrees from S.F. Conservatory. Soloist with San Francisco Symphony at age 12, Denver Symphony, Oakland Symphony. First place winner of Young Musicians Foundation, North American Young Artists Competition, played with Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, accompanist for Irving Klein Competition, Coach at Kirkwood Chamber Music Workshop, adjudicator for many competitions. 35 years experience teaching all levels. Students have won competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall. I am committed to instilling good habits from the very beginning with my students, teaching
them note reading, sight reading, theory, technique, and teaching them how to practice, not just how long to practice, and how to listen to themselves when they practice. I am a disciplined teacher, but also teach with humor as well. I have been on the piano faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College. I also taught piano for 13 years at the Nueva Center for Learning in California, as well as giving master classes throughout the United States and Canada.
*** Lesson Details *** Roxanne M's Music Studio
“To play without passion is inexcusable!” – Beethoven
I believe having the proper foundation to learning is the key to making learning much less challenging, and fun as well. I believe strongly in learning by doing, and not just imitating. As we use different senses when learning piano, one component to learning is to read music without looking down at the keys, so as to become adept at playing by feel, just like a blind pianist does. This makes a fair sight-reader a great sight-reader. Teaching a child or adult to develop that all important critical ear is extremely important to me, so that they can learn to trust their own musical sense, with or without an instructor. It does not come right away, but with patience and persistence, it is attainable. Being an avid chamber music performer myself, playing duets or in larger ensembles is one of the greatest ways to learn to listen, not only to oneself, but being able to blend in with other musicians.
I give monthly recitals(masterclasses) at my home. Having a goal and working towards it offers students a way to measure their progress and share what they have learned with others. With proper preparation, performing can be an exciting and even life changing one!
My lessons are 30/45/60 minutes once a week.
The focus of each lesson is based on technique, theory, diverse repertoire, that will fit the student's needs and wants, sight-reading, ear training, and working in ensembles
*** Specialties *** I teach mainly classical piano, and love to teach not only solo playing, but chamber music and accompanying as well. Each form uses the ear in different ways, and I believe develops listening ability even greater.
linda July 2, 2015
Classical Piano ·
I am an older adult and have been taking lessons with Roxanne for about 4 years. She readily displays the qualities of patience and kindness, love for music, and always challenging you to learn and move forward.I feel much gratitude in having Roxanne as my piano teacher.
Trish S. June 9, 2015
Roxanne is a true professional. She is calm, patient and encouraging. Music theory is a part of every lesson helping to gain the knowledge of how music is put together. Roxanne is realistic about the level of music you should be playing, while encouraging you to stretch. She has a solution for every problem area that you may encounter. I would highly recommend Roxanne.
John G. June 8, 2015
Music Theory ·
I came to Roxanne with the hope of deepening my understanding of music. I had played the clarinet in various ensemble for decades and yet had a fairly weak grasp of how music is structured and how compositions make sense musically. Fortunately, this is exactly Roxanne's main strength, for me anyway. Along with learning to play piano, I am gaining more and more insight into "music theory" and that is helping me become a more rounded and capable musician. I commend Roxanne to anyone with an interested in a deeper understanding of music as well as gaining proficient keyboard skills.
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I
went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish from San Francisco State University. I currently attend San Francisco State University in a Music History master's program. I recently switched to seven-string guitar, which is the same instrument as the standard six-string plus one more low string. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.
*** Specialties *** Guitar I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
I have been involved in music all of my life. As a child I played trumpet in band and sang in school and church choirs. My favorite movies were musicals and they still are my favorite. Music was my major in college, which included singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. I like all types of music. As a school teacher, I taught 3rd. grade through high school, everything from band and choir to musical theater. I also taught private students, of all ages, piano, guitar, voice and most of the wind instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** My students can expect to learn the basics
of music theory, such as melody, harmony, key signature and rhythm. I want my students to have fun by learning the kind of music they like best while learning to appreciate the kind of music that will develop their musical skills. Piano books like John Schaum and guitar books like Mel Bay's Guitar Method are good books to learn to read music and learn the proper way to play your instrument. Scale exercises are important for instrumental, as well as, vocal students. I use a practice log and CD-DVD recordings of my students so they can see and hear their progress. At the end of 6 months I want my students to play their favorite songs in 3 different keys. C, G and F Major.
*** Studio Equipment *** Designated music room: Two keyboards, guitars, sound equipment, PA system, computers, seating for parents (he encourages it!)
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need their own inst. I have one of every inst. to demo. except piano and guitar which I have 2 of each.
*** Specialties *** Open-minded to all music. I specialize in performance. I help my students with their look, as well as, their sound. I know how to bring out the best in my students.
Tod B. June 26, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
We couldn't be happier with Michael. His passion and expertise are what you'd want from a teacher (clarinet + guitar), but beyond this, he's a kind, patient man who really took the effort to reach my son outside of just the lesson. This made a huge difference when it comes to keeping my son engaged.
Considering lessons? Go with Michael.
Tod B. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Michael is simply awesome. My son has been through lessons before, but they neer inspired him to practice or take his clarinet seriously. Michael's joy and interest not just in music, but in who Justice is, has made a big difference. Thanks, Michael!
PaulR July 14, 2012
Learning made fun
Michael is very informative and fine tunes to where you are at on a vocal level.So far I have learned a lot about vocals and am improving right off the bat.
I have a life long passion for the sound of the flute, and have been very lucky to have had some legendary teachers. I love passing on the tradition of great flute playing. I have played in symphony orchestras around the country, recorded albums, performed with chamber music groups, and taught at elementary, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. I enjoy teaching all levels, focusing on developing a beautiful tone, an ear for pitch and rhythm, exposure to the repertoire, and the fun of ensemble playing.
Jaya June 25, 2015
Beverly is amazing. She is more than a flute teacher. She is a life coach, a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. She recognized and encouraged both my girls to reach the levels that they wanted. Prianca continued to learn the flute till she graduated high school and Kavya learned till her sophomore year in high school. They both loved Beverly's lessons and we owe her much.
Pam B. April 5, 2015
My son has been taking flute lessons from Miss Beverly for five years, and we couldn't be happier. Not only is she a terrific teacher with impeccable credentials, she's a wonderful person. She has a delightful sense of humor, is kind, and always seems to know the right thing to say. Sometimes that is encouragement, sometimes sympathy, and sometimes it's a little push. Miss Beverly's broad knowledge of the world of music is a big bonus. We look forward to our lessons each week.
Sandy F. April 2, 2015
Beverly Jacobs is a terrific teacher. She has worked with our daughter Sabina for over three years and kept her inspired in music and with the flute. She is easy to be around and has become a friend to our whole family. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and has made a lot of progress working with Beverly. She has a large range of knowledge about flute repertoire and technique.
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