Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Jenny
"SETH IS SO AWESOME! HE PLAYS GAMES AND TEACHES AT WHATEVER PACE YOU WANT! HE LETS YOU PLAY WHICHEVER SONG YOU WANT TO LEARN AND IS REALLY NICE AND I LOVE
TAKING LESSONS WITH HIM!
-WILL GALLON (age 10)."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ken
"So far Emily loves the lessons from Jeff. She's learning a lot!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Nakia
"I haven't been involved in formal vocal training before, but working with Brejoya has been a great experience. She is very knowledgeable when it comes to
teaching the concepts I wanted to learn, and she gave positive feedback and critique that helped me improve. I took the lessons for my personal enrichment, and I truly feel I did get what I expected from working with Brejoya. I have no problem recommending her to others!"
Daytona Beach, FL teacher:
Review by Laura
"Eric has done a wonderful job with my teenage son! By offering instruction that met him where he was at and building upon it, he has learned so much. Fu
rthermore, Eric has inspired my son to play to guitar by choosing things to work on that excite him. With Eric, my son is not only developing his guitar skills and abilities, but Eric passion has increased my son's love of playing guitar."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Nola
"Awesome Singing and Vocal Production Teacher
Because Tracy is a seasoned performer herself, she knows how to get our band's vocalist to their peak perfor
mance quickly. That is because Tracy is not only a singer, she is also a musician. We feel lucky to have her coaching our band for performances."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Justin M.
"Vince is a wonderful teacher and a fantastic performer. He introduced me to a handful of rather advanced music theories when I was still a pre-intermediat
e music student and was able to communicate the ideas clearly and precisely. We don't play the same instruments--I'm a guitarist, he's a trumpeter--but it didn't matter since Vince uses clear language and live examples to demonstrate what he teaches. I learned a lot from him and would highly recommend lessons with him, especially one-on-one style lessons."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Birgitte
"Great with children
My son (7) very much enjoys going to Ben's place for his drumming lessons because Ben makes the lesson enjoyable. Ben is serious and
dedicated and the progression in the lessons has been just right. There's a lot of repetition in the beginning, but Ben still manages to keep my son interested and attentive. I can highly recommend him."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by stephanie
"My 7 yr old son recently started guitar lessons with Greg. We are very happy with his progress, and my husband, a former piano teacher is very impressed
with Greg's knowledge and teaching methods. He is very patient and my son is enjoying his lessons"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jonathan
"I have been playing the piano on and off for years, since I was a child. I recently started to get more serious about my piano playing but after a while I
realized I am running into technical obstacles - something was just not right.
Haven't had a teacher for many years, I decided to try 3-4 teachers. David was by the far the most patient and provided immediate insight, so I decided to learn with him. For the first months, I had to unlearn some bad habits and learn proper hand/finger formation and movement.
After a while, I started playing whole pieces again. David can observe from the side and has great technical insight if corrections are to be made, both technically and musically. I felt like I am learning something new and right almost each lesson.
Looking back, after learning with David, I can't believe I played many years in a different technical manner. Everything that I learned with him I apply to new pieces I learn or old ones I get back to. David truly helped me transform the manner in which I play and practice.
The only "negative" thing I can say about him is that he is too nice and should have been a little bit harsh on me when I got lazy (but then again, I am a 38 years old person)."
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.
A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.
*** Lesson Details *** The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I wi
ll play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perform a wider range of music
*** Studio Equipment *** Most instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.
*** Specialties *** Kodaly and Orff methods
Griffin S. June 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son seemed to really enjoy his first lesson with Tom. Looking forward to more!
Jennifer M. January 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tom is wonderful, patient and understanding. My daughter is really enjoying working with him. We are confident that with his guidance and instruction she will reach her goals.
Barb W. February 10, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Vocal lessons with Tom
Tom is a great teacher. He is very encouraging and gives great advice on how to improve. Without his encouragement I do not think I would have tried out for the community choir. I made it through the audition and am back singing with a great group of people.
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.
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.
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Beginner Bass: Get to Know the Bass
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