Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Juliana
"Nicole has a great energy and makes you feel at home. Her technique is very effective and she makes singing seems effortless. Highly recommended! :)"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Michelle
"caring, patient, reliable teacher
Always patient, positive and upbeat. Tailors the lesson plan to fit the needs of the individual. A lot of progress made
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Lauren
"I booked my first 3 shows!
I started my vocal journey with Stephen just about two years ago, from scratch. Under his professional guidance, I have alread
y landed my first 3 regional theater shows, AND my first major role of Val in "A Chorus Line"! Stephen's lessons are always fun, efficient, and he has a keen sense on how to best help me in my professional growth. As a dancer who sings, I look forward to seeing what lies ahead in my vocal training and career!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Matt
Stephen is a great teacher, actor, and singer, in addition to being a wonderful guy. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in any of
his varied services."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alysa
"Dave is a great teacher! I'm playing songs I never thought I could figure out but because Dave really knows music he can always help me learn new ways to
play the songs I love. He is a talented teacher and musician. He is always helpful in answering questions and is great a encouraging me."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Carol
"Donato is a terrific guitar teacher!
I took lessons from Donato for about 3 years. He was a great guitar teacher - both electric and acoustic. Not only d
id he teach me the songs I wanted to learn, but he also taught me the fundamentals of guitar. He has an extensive knowledge of music theory and can easily communicate that to his students. Donato was always enthusiastic and supportive, and he made taking guitar lessons fun and interesting. He also plays drums, so sometimes he would accompany me on the drums while I played guitar, which was always cool. Any student, whether beginner or advanced would benefit from taking lessons from Donato."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Melissa
"Andrew is a great teacher!
I'd been wanting to take guitar lessons for a couple of years and when I finally got around to it, I found Andrew. He was grea
t! He went at a pace that I could keep up with and I learned a lot. He adjusted his lessons to the music and techniques I wanted to learn and it was a great overall experience. I'd highly recommend him!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Christy
"Jacob has been an awesome teacher for my teenage daughter, Quinn - who started very much from scratch with the drums. He is super patient, and brings an e
nthusiasm and clear love for music that is contagious and inspiring. He was able to weave in a lot of basic music foundation for her, and helped her progress at a pace that was appropriately challenging without being intimidating or discouraging. He helped her learn the fundamentals, but also let her apply them as patterns to songs and styles that interested her. If he wasn't moving away for school, we would love to continue with him, he's been a wonderful teacher. We'd recommend him in a heartbeat."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Angela
"My daughter has started lessons with Stelios as a beginner. He has been very patient and tends to break things down to make it easy and fun. She truly e
njoys each lesson and feels very much at ease with Stelios as her teacher. I would highly recommend Stelios!"
I began music in Winona, MN at age 9 with a pair of drumsticks and went on to become a world champion in 2003 with the Blue Stars drum and bugle corps. I do all things percussion and have been playing for 20 years but these days I do a lot more than just drums.
My time spent studying Music Education at the University of North Texas expanded my musical horizons adding piano and guitar among other tools of the trade. The majority of my students these days are piano students young and old but I love teaching a variety of lessons including guitar and ukelele.
I currently teach piano, drums,
and guitar at a local music store in the Twin Cities. I also teach the Hastings drumline in the summer and fall and the Red Wing indoor drumline in the winter time.
On a completely different note, I'm a veteran member of the Twin Cities Terrors all-star men's roller derby team. I travel across the country as Egon Strangler challenging teams on roller skates from Dallas to New York. You can find more info about when I'm skating next at tcterrors.com or just ask me about it. I love to talk about derby.
*** Lesson Details *** We'll take a focused and fun look at the kind of music you want to play and make that an achievable reality. Whether we'll be playing Ben Folds, Bach, or Bruno we'll work together to find a direct path to making the music that you like.
My goal is to make your experience interesting and understandable. If I send you home with music you can understand that you enjoy playing then I know you'll practice and our time together will be successful. Everyone has that creative spark and I'm just here to help you shine some light on it.
*** Travel Equipment *** An instrument they can practice on.
*** Specialties *** I play and teach a method that customizes the experience for each student so they get the most out of their time on their instrument of choice. We can play any song in any genre and most importantly, have fun with it.
Eric J. June 24, 2015
I've got two kids (ages 9 and 12) taking guitar and piano lessons with Joe for a couple years. He's been great! He's a gifted instructor who does a great job of meeting my kids at their level and tailoring the instruction style to their needs and personalities.
Jennifer F. June 22, 2015
Joe is a great teacher. He motivates my son to the nth degree. Focuses on music my son is interested in while also expanding his horizons. Drills without discouraging. He is just awesome.
Theo N. June 22, 2013
The Good, the Bad, & the Drummy
Joe is knowledgable in percussion and pretty flexible with instruction. He identifies strength areas and assigns appropriate work. He also showed me how to install drum heads and gave me some tricks on care and maintenance of my equipment. Of the three drum teachers I've had, I like Joe the best. I have been playing drums for 3 years and I am 12 years old.
Hello, My name is Beau. The bass guitar is a great passion of mine and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with others. I am eager to teach as well as continue my own personal journey as a musician. Initially self-taught, I attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN where I earned a degree in Bass Performance studying under Terry Burns, Gary Raynor, Jay Young, Jeff Bailey, and Charles Fletcher.
I have been performing professionally in various original and cover/variety/wedding bands for over 6 years. I also have extensive studio performance experience constructi
ng and recording bass lines of many different styles. My band, The Fontanelles, have been successfully writing, recording, and performing original music in the Twin Cities for the last three years.
I am the weekly bass player for the contemporary and traditional worship services at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and have also played bass in musical productions of Footloose and Godspell. People know me for being passionate, energetic, patient, and friendly.
*** Lesson Details *** All students can expect to have a positive and fun, but focused and educational learning experience.
Beginner students will learn to navigate the fretboard, technique, pitch matching and ear training, scales, and learn to play bass lines and melodies to favorite songs.
As a student progresses, they will learn chord recognition and relations, music theory, more scales, more ear training, sight reading notation and chord charts, improvisational techniques and building walking bass lines.
*** Studio Equipment *** -Fender 62' Reissue Jazz Bass -Ampeg BA-15 (amp) -Fender BXR-25 (amp) -Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver -Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth -MXR Bass Octave Deluxe -Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner -Boss RC-3 Loop Station -Yamaha MO6 Keyboard -MacBook Pro -Protools -RME Babyface for recording -iPad with various teaching apps
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand, amplifier, computer for musical playback and recording, my own bass or guitar, and a tuner.
Students should bring their own bass guitar.
*** Specialties *** I find that developing a musical ear is vital as a student. To a student, I like to stress the importance of pitch matching and recognition, scales, chord recognition, as well as fingerboard technique. Students will learn to improvise walking bass lines, solo over various styles of music, sight read, and develop a personal repertoire.
As a player, I began playing rock, but am also passionate and experienced in jazz, funk, country, latin, pop, etc.
Also, you may be asked to sing sometimes! I believe in the importance of using our own natural instrument as a tool for musical growth in all areas (especially for bass players). You can practice music virtually anywhere when singing.
Claire S. August 4, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed her lessons with Beau because he has a calm demeanor and extensive knowledge of music theory and electric bass technique. Every week she showed progress as she learned songs that were gradually more and more demanding. She also benefiitted from learning theory: modes, how to play scales in each key, as well as ear training and identifying song key. We would highly recommend Beau if you are looking for a bass teacher for you or your child.
Heather holds a Music Degree for Music Therapy from the University of Iowa. She is especially good with younger children and those with special needs. Much of her work experience has been with people of varied developmental and learning challenges. Her specialty is developing adaptive, one on one lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** Flute, Piano and Guitar. I'm laid back. Lessons are adaptive to the needs of the student. I expect my students to practice and enjoy their lessons and time playing at home. The learning environment creates a great sense of accomplishment for the student. Music
theory is incorporated in the lessons at the level appropriate for the student.
*** Studio Equipment *** in home is guitar and flute: LivingRoomm she does not have room to do piano lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a flute, keyboard and guitar. Music books
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching children and children and adults with mental impairments. When working with children I work on developing the ear and getting a feel for the instrument for the first few lessons before looking at a book.
Jennifer W. November 12, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
In Home Guitar Lesson
Heather is a wonderful teacher. My daughter looks forward and enjoys seeing her each week. She is very knowledgeable, and makes it easy for a child to learn and understand the guitar. It has been so convenient having her come to the house.
ryanb January 30, 2012
Heather has been a great piano teacher for my 6 year old daughter. She is great with kids & a nice, patient & enthusiastic approach. My daughter has only had 3 lessons now & has made great progress. I would highly recommend Heather.
JessieH December 1, 2011
Heather is very nice, cheerful and patient. I just decided to go with a much more experienced teacher that is charging much less but giving you much more, I am wishing Heather all the best she is really something.
Hi everyone. If you're reading this, that means you're taking the time to consider music lessons for yourself or a family member, which is fantastic. Most people play music because of one simple reason - it's fun. The fun and excitement of playing a song for the first time is a great experience that you don't forget. The benefits that musical study has on an individual, both young and old, are too many to list in full here. It provides a fun, relaxing hobby, it keeps the mind sharp, people who study music tend to do better in school and work, it can bring one out of a sad
mood, it is a fun social activity....... the list goes on and on! As someone who has studied music for 25 years and taught for nearly 10, I understand the reasons why people become interested in studying music. I always strive to keep lessons fun yet ensure that students get the best educational experience from them as well. I treat each student as an individual, tailoring my approach to fit each student's personality and learning style. I also play and teach a wide variety of styles and feel that students can learn a lot and have fun from playing almost anything. Studying with me, you will definitely get to play the songs and styles that you've always wanted to. So if there's a song you've always wanted to be able to play yourself, now you will be able to! I am currently studying piano and piano pedagogy in college and of course these experiences help a great deal in my teaching. Having played a lot of music on my own, and having had to figure a lot of things on my own as well, I feel I am especially well-equipped to teach students of all ages and abilities and to help students overcome any obstacle they may encounter. I firmly believe in keeping music-making an enjoyable, enriching part of people's lives and can't wait to do that for you.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a teacher who is laid back, fun, and easy to talk to yet focused on ensuring that students get the most out of lessons. I base the curricula I use on each individual's taste, goals, ability level, and age. After 3 to 6 months of study, students can expect to have learned at least the basic musical and pianistic tools needed to become more proficient players. A beginning lesson with me is very much a "get to know each other" meeting. I strive to get to know the student as well as I can, what his/her musical background is like, what his/her goals regarding musical study are, etc. I typically ask students who have played piano before to play one or two short pieces so that I can get a good idea of what level that student is at, what his/her strengths and weaknesses are, etc. Students who have never played piano before will still get to play some, figuring out keyboard topography, playing short, simple rote pieces, etc. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and ability levels. I work especially well with adult students, although I have substantial experience teaching children as well, and enjoy it very much. My musical philosophy is based on the fact that music and music making is one of the most pleasurable activities one can engage in. The discipline and diligence needed to excel at music are proven to have positive impacts on other areas of life, and the joy one experiences from it also have incredibly positive effects on one's life. I hope to make music an enjoyable, refreshing part of the lives of all of my students and hope that, in turn, the joy of music making will spread to other areas of their lives as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide some, but not necessarily all, sheet music, and if students meet me at a predetermined location, a piano as well. If traveling to a student's home, they should have a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained but play and teach a wide variety of music. My specialties are in classical music, ragtime, and jazz, but I am capable of playing and teaching nearly all styles. I don't necessarily have one particular method or approach that is predetermined, for I prefer to wait until I have met each student before deciding what is the best one, based on said student's needs, goals, and wants.
Chris M. October 29, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Effective, pleasant, encouraging.
I am an adult student. Jacob has been great. Timely, responsible, motivational, interesting, knowledgeable, encouraging, extremely accomplished (PhD), creative (varying music styles), etc. I highly recommend him.
I'm a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music where I studied Music Performance (for Drum Set) and Music Education. I've studied under great teachers including Rod Morgenstein, Bob Gripp, Henrique De Almeida, Eric LeVan, Jackie Santos, Steve Wilkes, and the list goes on. I also have experience performing in a wide variety of contexts and genres. In your lessons with me I will help you to achieve any musical goals you have as well as to take your current skills up to the next level and beyond. I have a wealth of knowledge about music theory and teaching methodology, as well as experie
nce in execution of these skills. Your lessons with me will be fun as well as informative, and if you are willing to put in the work I can guarantee you will make progress as my student.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm an easy-going guy, so I won't push you very hard unless you want me too. My lessons will focus on achieving your goals. If you want to master your instrument in general, we will focus on theoretical concepts and technique. If you are looking for a fun time and just trying to learn a few songs, I will help you to do that as well. Regardless of your learning goals, I will strive to make my lessons entertaining as well as informative, and together we will make rapid progress if you're willing to put in some work!
Excepting students of all ages and all levels in and around the greater Twin Cities area.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must provide their own instruments and have something available to take notes with, but I will provide materials and anything else that is needed.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Drum Set, all genres, but my strongest ones are Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles. I can teach lessons through advanced levels on drums of all sorts and percussion. I can teach or tutor Music Theory to a very high level as well. I am also proficient enough to teach beginner-intermediate piano.
Logan July 21, 2015
Music Performance ·
In home Verified Student
William is a great teacher. I would recommend him for anyone seeking a teacher for children. He teaches both of ours (5 and 8). He has infinite patience, and power of redirection!
They both enjoy lessons--and they're learning!
Lynette K. May 5, 2014
Drum Verified Student
An excited learning experience
I have had lessons for a month with Billy, and will continue to study with him in future. He is an excellent teacher. Nothing to neat pick, everything is just amazing. He taught every single details of what I should know about drumming, recommended a really helpful textbook to me, and even helped to make my practice a great fun other than a dull work for a beginner. I really appreciate those. If someone is expecting to have an effective and pleasing learning experience, just go ahead try to work with Billy. It is absolutely worth the time and effort. Hope that'd be helpful.
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