Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Rob
"MY daughter loves playing!!
I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has
made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.
Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Jonathan
"Dan is a natural teacher. He is positive, informative, patient, and engaged. He selects practice music suitable to my style and singing level, and the exe
rcises we are doing have already yielded noticeable progress after just four lessons. I'm very happy with my learning experience with Dan and recommend him highly."
New York, NY teacher:
Dr. Daniel C.
Review by Kathleen
"I am so glad to have found Susan! She is wonderful with my daughter, very professional, patient and reliable. As an experienced teacher, she seems to know
exactly how to work with each child at there own level and pace. She always greets us with a huge smile. I would highly recommend her to any parent!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Josh
"I'm thrilled to have George. What a help! You don't have to worry about being perfect or proving yourself, wherever you are at he's encouraging and help
s you take the next step- and it's built around your needs, too. He's not trying to make you into whatever you technically should be, but rather, tailors it to your goals in your situation to make you best as possible- with legit music understanding and skill. George is the man, I highly recommend him!"
Cleveland, OH teacher:
George F. H.
Review by Estelle
"Molly is an amazing artist and person. I absolutely love learning from and knowing her!
I've played in a band with Molly for several years now, in which
we both play violin and sing. She's taught me so much about music, from violin, cuatro, and vocal technique, to arranging music, to the specificity and detail that bring a performance from good to great.
She's wildly gifted, energetic, patient, as well as extremely kind and encouraging. But most profoundly, she leads by example with her pure love and curiosity for music. She reminds me that the integration and practice of the things in life which make us sing on the inside not only make us happier, more balanced people, but make it possible to touch others with our work."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michelle
"Great Drum Instructor !!
Great Drum Instructor!! He has a true passion for teaching and identifies quickly with his students.
My son has been taking les
sons from him since the age of 13 and he learned more in his first year than most kids learn through many years of instruction.
He is a personable, friendly and talented professional !! I would highly recommend him for anyone!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Jaci
"I have completed my first month of lessons with Marilyn and I AM learning to play the piano!! Marilyn's knowledge, technique, personality, perseverance, a
nd kindness are attributes which are so conducive to a pleasant learning experience."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Caroline
"Super friendly, talented, and professional!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Judy
"Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is v
ery talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)"
At the age of 12, I picked up the bass guitar to start a rock band with my neighborhood friends. After years of private lessons, I got my Associate's degree in music and shipped up to Boston to earn my BA at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. During my time in college I joined a number of bands, had my music played on the radio for the first time, and even founded my own mobile recording company. I found that my best teachers were the ones who were willing to learn themselves, so I decided that my own quest for education would never be finished.
*** Lesson Details *** I want to get
you playing music immediately! Beginning students are much more likely to stick with an instrument if they see immediate results, so I don't waste time in the first lesson forcing you to learn lots of music theory and fingering exercises. My approach to teaching uses the songs you know and love to introduce important musical concepts, so you become a well-rounded musician while having fun playing music. Remember, a musician's job is to entertain! I can get you moving with beginner to intermediate guitar lessons, or have you playing the bass on a professional level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room and rehearsal and lesson space. Seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to provide an instrument and amplifier to play on, and to purchase any necessary teaching materials. I will provide my own instrument and amplifier when necessary.
*** Specialties *** Rock, pop, funk, and all other groove-based styles. Reading music, including musical theatre scores.
Robert D. February 21, 2013
From Learning To Doing
When I started taking lessons I was very much a beginner. Will helped me out. We started at the bottom working some scales and learning the fundamentals. Once I figured out some of the basics we got to do what I wanted to do, play!!! After just a few months I became comfortable playing in public and now I gig all the time. All of this thanks to Will. Thanks Will!
Nathan E. February 6, 2013
The boost I needed to get playing again
Will's lessons didn't only help improve my bass playing, but also gave me the confidence I needed before recording in the studio. He was patient and didn't mind working with me until I had my skills down. His lessons are more practical than others I have had with a more "classical" feel. I would recommend Will's lessons to anyone who is looking to improve their bass playing or have some fun rocking out to great tunes.
Jaclyn is a highly-acclaimed musician and educator in New York City. Classically and commercially trained, Jaclyn has been teaching for nearly 10 years.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, She has a vast amount of experience in both performing and teaching Classical, Jazz, Pop/R&B, Musical Theater styles of music.
In high school, she graduated as the valedictorian of the Orange County High School of the Arts where she majored in Musical Theater. In addition the school's conservatory program, Jaclyn continued to excel her piano studies after school and during the weekends. She was selected t
o perform in numerous Honors Recitals and Festivals under the Music Teacher's Association's Certificate of Merit in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.
Jaclyn both studied and graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor's degree of Music in Vocal Performance and a concentration in Jazz Studies. While studying at the the university's conservatory, she began to teach private voice and piano lessons and thus, developed a suitable and thorough curriculum and style.
Jaclyn's curriculum consists of proper technique training, music theory, sight-singing, sight-reading, microphone technique, performance techniques, and song analysis.
Her teaching style remains positive and beneficial for each student. Jaclyn caters to each individual student's needs building the most effective weekly progress for each student.
"Studying music is exceptionally beneficial for one's mind and spirit. I believe that there is an inner musician in every person, and that with the right concentration and positive environment, anyone can reach their goals. Students of all ages are encouraged to learn and reap the benefits of music education." - Jaclyn, Voice & Piano Teacher.
Testimonials: "My students really look forward to each lesson. I'm enthusiastic, patient, and I always motivate my students to believe in themselves. My students thoroughly enjoy learning music, and I ensure that each student progresses every week. " - Angela, Parent of Andrew (11 years old) and Julianne (9 years old).
"I had a great great learning experience with Jaclyn! She is creative, patient, fun, like to challenge - it has made my piano learning journey so much fun! Till date, I have about 1 year learning experience with her - my skill has improved tremendously! I still remember my first lesson was "where is Middle C note/key?" Today, I can play a Minuet music piece! All great work and encouragement from Jaclyn.
The greatest thing that I learnt from Jaclyn - you can be great pianist to read music sheet, but that doesn't means that you can play a piece of good music. Almost every music piece, she taught it with a different style, phrasing and expressions! Every lesson is a new world to explore and she made it so enjoyable." Denise (Age 30)
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright Piano, Microphone, Sound System
*** Studio Equipment *** music room seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I would provide copies of some pages from the book. Just a need a guitar and quiet place to study. Also, parents should be present if the student is a minor.
*** Specialties *** folk acoustic, electric blues,
I grew up in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s. I understand the importance of community and how a neighborhood can be destroyed if the people do not get involved and work together for real solutions. Music and films were my salvation. I began to write songs and play guitar a
t the age of ten, and 15 years ago I started a band to raise the awareness level of teens and adults regarding the world around them. The band is called Glass of Know. The group had songs playing on rotation on upstate NY radio.
Although music was my first love I always had a fascination with film. I began study with the successful theater and film coach Ruth Kulerman four years ago. After many lessons and plenty of encouragement from Ruth I decided to start testing the waters. Early in 2007 I went out and started auditioning. The response was overwhelming and I landed 17 roles in 5 months. Not a bad problem to have your first time out of the gate. It wasn't prime time or the big screen, but it gave me enough confidence to continue to work hard and more importantly, I knew I had something special to offer.
I've had films in the Asian American Film Festival, New Film Maker Festival, and 2 years ago the film En Route won first place at the Milford Connecticut Film Festival, in which I was the lead. I was nominated for best actor at the Columbia film festival for the short Good Bye. In 2011 I was the lead in the film Down & Across which went to the Cannes film festival. I'm currently working on a TV pilot with the same team. The Coffee List, was my first attempt at writer, director and actor. The film has been screened at International Manhattan Film Festival, The Katra Film Series and we came in 3rd place for the HollyShorts Challenge on Indi website.
Saleem B. March 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been a student of John for a few weeks now and I am amazed at the progress I have made under his instruction. I attempted to learn guitar about 15 years ago and after a few months of very little progress I got frustrated and quit. My experience under John has been a completely different experience and I couldn't be happier!
Natalia D. October 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
John is an amazing instructor and keeps inspiring me to reach for new heights in my musicianship and just life in general. I also had a pleasure of witnessing him in action as a film director and an actor - such a fun and easy person to work with, and highly professional! With his extensive experience and teaching ability, I believe he can work with the student of any level, while adjusting the pace to the student's needs. Highly recommend to any person who loves music, film, and arts in general.
Jorge V. October 1, 2014
I must say I feel totally privileged to have John as my guitar instructor, He has guided me through an incredible journey while giving me the ability to learn at a comfortable pace. I always look forward to our lessons knowing that I will always leave feeling accomplished! Thank you John for this great experience!
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms Luba S. started playing piano at the age of 6 and continued her musical studies at Mussorgsky School of Music and later at St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Her concert appearances in Russia included performances with orchestra and solo recitals at St. Petersburg State Capella, Philharmonic Hall, and Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Hall.
Upon moving to the United States in 1989, she worked as a vocal accompanist at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music while pursuing her BS degree in Computer Science. From 1996 she participated in the series of Maste
r Classes at International Summer Festivals such as Holland Music Sessions, Nice Festival Academy, studying with Boris Berman, Brigitte Engerer, Menahem Pressler and performing in the frame of above mentioned festivals.
Luba made her Weil Recital Hall debut with the Zephyr Duo as a prize winner in the Artists International Competition. Both as a solo artist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the Metropolitan New York area in venues such as Trinity Church, Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music, the Connell Library, Drew University, Watchung Art Center, Summit Presbyterian Church, Atlantic Highlands Chamber Music Series and others. Her performances also included appearances at Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, PA, Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Benefit concerts for New Sussex Symphony, Bucks County Symphony and NJ Symphony orchestras, as well as chamber music recitals at Livingston Music Club, Women's Club in Glen Ridge, Temple University.
Ms. S. currently maintains a private piano studio. She is an active member of Music Educators Association of New Jersey and sits annually on a panel of judges for the association.
I believe that learning to play an instrument should be an integral part of every child's education. Music enriches emotional and intellectual development, provides a source of joy and fulfillment. My teaching philosophy is based on emphasizing individuality of each student. I teach students ages 5 through adult, and try to find a way to make it interesting, exciting, intellectually stimulating and rewarding for each individual.
- I incorporate elements of Suzuki method into my teaching for young beginners combining it with traditional Russian school methods and various others depending on student's needs.
- I believe in providing strong technical basis for piano playing and teach my students skills and tools to make practicing on their own efficient.
- I include music theory, ear-training, and elements of music history into my piano lessons
- I prepare my students to participate in annual MEA auditions, as well as recitals and competitions. I am an enthusiastic and devoted teacher who loves sharing my knowledge and creates an environment in which a student can learn and grow.
Michele M. September 17, 2014
It is with great pleasure and with no reservations whatsoever, that I can recommend Luba as a piano teacher for both children and adults. Although her curricula vitae speaks for itself in terms of her qualifications and experience, it is the personal qualities of a teacher that are of the utmost importance in developing a student/teacher relationship that brings out the fullest potential and desire to learn of the student. Luba's warm and kind demeanor belies her exacting requirements of her students. As a pianist who has attended Luba’s student recitals, I am always impressed to see how well-prepared and confidently they perform. Even the beginners play with beautiful phrasing and musicality. One can tell they have studied with a teacher who has worked hard to impart a strong sense of organic expression that music, performed with care and understanding, can evoke. As a concert pianist, Luba understands well the difficulties, both physically and psychologically of performance and is most supportive of the goals of her students. She is also interesting and caring and uses her sense of humour to entice her students to keep working through the difficult times, and keep coming back for lessons.
Colleague and professional freelance accompanist.
Niraj G. August 20, 2014
Classical Piano ·
"Mrs. Luba" has come to be one of the most positive role models in our daughter's life. Over the last two years, Luba has instilled in our daughter (now aged 8) a deep appreciation and love for music and an understanding of the importance of setting goals.
In addition to her obvious rich musical knowledge, Luba is enthusiastic, caring, warm and understands how to teach. She has worked with my daughter on troublesome topics and knows when and how to challenge her. She makes each and every lesson fun while creating a real sense of accomplishment. Rather than simply plow through songs, Luba also works with her on piano technique and music fundamentals that will hasten her development, particularly as she advances. Finally, Luba is always extremely accommodating and cognizant of our hectic schedule. Our daughter recently scored "Outstanding" in the 2014 Music Educators Association Annual Audition, thanks in no small measure to Luba.
We are absolutely thrilled to have found Luba for our daughter's piano instruction and hope to continue our long relationship together.
Cat Z. July 31, 2014
Classical Piano ·
I started taking lessons with Luba when I was 7 years old, and stayed with her for over 10 years (until I left for college). Now, despite no longer taking piano lessons, I still find great enjoyment in playing piano, and I attribute my love and knowledge of music to Luba. Luba's piano lessons were truly invaluable. She believes in a holistic approach, and understands that it is important for a student to be able to tackle a piece both technically and emotionally. She patiently goes over music theory, delving into the whys and hows of composition, helping her students understand the piece technically. Her explanations and demonstrations on the techniques with which to play a piece were clear and informative, and with practice I found my technical skills improving substantially. However, unlike many other musicians I've met who have mastered technique but failed to apply emotion, Luba ensures that a student is also able to connect with the music. She encouraged me when I chose to learn pieces I liked, and guided me when I struggled to emotionally connect with certain composers. She also taught me the value of practicing (which many children dislike doing, myself included at the time), and gave advice on how to actually practice and improve. With Luba, I consistently received a grade of "Outstanding" (the highest grade level) at the Music Educators Association's annual audition, and placed in numerous piano competitions around the state. I went from barely having any knowledge of music and piano to being able to both learn and sight read complex pieces. It's so satisfying for your efforts to pay off and to finally reach a level where you can pick any piece and know that you have the skills to learn it and play it well. Without Luba, I would not have reached such a mastery of piano and I am extremely grateful for all of her help over the years. Luba is a fantastic piano teacher and any student would be lucky to take lessons with her!
I am a music educator, classically trained with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. With a high degree of knowledge and proficiency, I teach proper technique and practice strategies, music notation, theory, rhythm and phrasing, while adapting teaching approaches to match the needs of each student. I share a love of music with my students and it gives me great pride to hear each student develop their own musical voice.
*** Lesson Details *** My goal is to help stud
ents of varying ages and abilities succeed musically. Dedicated, experienced, encouraging, and sensitive to student moods, I am a multi-instrumentalist who can instruct you in acoustic guitar, classical guitar, piano (classical and popular repertoire), oboe, and voice. Study music to awaken your aural senses, develop muscle memory, and enhance your intellectual development.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and bench, keyboard, guitar, guitar stand, music stand, foot stool. Ample seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I am comfortable teaching from a piano or keyboard. I will transport my own guitar and anticipate students will own or rent the instrument they will be studying.
*** Specialties *** Beginner to advanced music instruction, guitar notes and chords, piano melodies and accompaniment, vocal instruction, musical theater, classical piano and more.
Denise R. July 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rina started teaching my now 11 year old daughter piano almost three years ago. She recently started teaching my daughter clarinet.. Rina is not only knowledgable about teaching music but is able to teach in a learning style that works best for my daughter. Rina has patience and at the same time is very encouraging! She gives positive reinforcement which helps my daughter want to learn more. She has been very accommodating to my daughters musical needs. When my daughter requested clarinet lessons to strengthen her playing for her school band, Rina was more than willing to teach her in the same positive style she taught her piano. I highly recommend Rina !
Liz S. June 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
The request for a review is a bit premature as I have only had one lesson with Rina, but it's obvious she knows her stuff. In just a few minutes of observing my primitive play, she was able to help me improve and correct my technique. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute...and not one minute of the lesson was wasted.
She is focused, clear, and precise in her instruction. At the same time, she creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn.
Anthony B. June 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rina is an EXCELLENT teacher! She is very patient and knowledgeable which help make her such a great teacher. I regrettably have to move, but I learned so much from Rina that I know I will take with me wherever I go!
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