Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Eugene
"Michael is an excellent instructor with a sound knowledge of music. He has a customized lesson plan for each day and is very patient with student. High
ly recommended !"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"I really enjoyed having Adam as a Ukulele instructor! He was very friendly, professional and accommodating. He went out of his way to find songs for me to
learn that were within my ability. I've never played a musical instrument before and he not only taught me the basics of how to play the ukulele, but some fundamental music principals. Adam even took the time to research how to help me fix my ukulele when the supplier I bought it from was no help. He is a very talented musician and is patient with beginners. I would highly recommend Adam if you are looking for a music instructor!"
Lansing, MI teacher:
Review by Cassey
"Jon is a great violin teacher! I wanted to pick the violin back up after nearly 20 years and he's helped me get back into the swing of things. He is enthu
siastic and patient and keeps me motivated to practice. l feel I improve every week.
I highly recommend Jon to anyone who wants to get back into violin!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Willie
"Kenneth is a true professional musician. In only a few sessions, I have been able to get a better understanding of music theory and how songs are formed.
I am thankful to have access to his years of experience and talent. I get better and better every week!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Joanna
"Ronald is very talented and is an amazing teacher! He is hilarious! He tells many true stories. He helped me a lot."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Caitlin
"Apart from being an exceptional violinist, Daren is friendly, personable and a great teacher. I had never played the violin before but he broke things dow
n in a way that made sense to me. His tips and foundational instruction brought results by the end of just the first lesson. I'm excited to learn more!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Eddie
"This was my first experience in guitar learning. The lessons were tailored for my abilities. Chantilly is a wonderful teacher and if I were to continue t
aking lessons I would definitely take it with her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Derrick
"One of the best teachers around!
I have known Steve for many years as a fellow drummer and educator. We come from the same background as far as schooling
and theory's on how to teach students. I have subbed for him several times and have always been impressed with the knowledge and skill level of even students that have been with him for a short time. I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking about starting or advancing their skills!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jack
"Evan Stone has been my favorite drum instructor hands down! He not only teaches you how to play drums, but also to think musically. He is an inspirational
person who constantly teaches me new and exciting things that leave me with a constant urge to get to a practice room and shed. On top of that, he is a great person who is always fun and interesting to talk to. My skills and musicality have improved dramatically since starting my lessons with Evan, making him a great friend and instructor."
I am an experienced professional with a background in music performance, education, composition, theory and arranging.
*** Lesson Details *** Few musicians or music students have identical goals, musical interests or physical size. So, It is NECESSARY to customize the course of study to meet student requirements. There are common issues for any serious pursuit of learning involving the guitar; right and left hand technique, fingerboard knowledge, chord knowledge, reading and interpretation.
However, to progress, it is also necessary for the student to practice daily.
I try to maintain
a healthy balance between the focus on performance and technical issues.
*** Studio Equipment *** 16 Channel Mixer for Recording and Playback 16 Channel Audio Interface for Recording and Playback PA Speaker System 55" Flat Screen display for projection of materials Record to Cassette Tape, and Computer
*** Travel Equipment *** N/A
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Pop
Dennis L. May 5, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
The best teacher I've ever had...
My learning experience with Ron has been great! I'm truly getting to know my instrument and what it takes to be a good musician. The lessons are designed to my specific needs and cover the full spectrum of musicianship. I'm confident that with Ron's guidance and routine practice, I'll finally be the guitarist/bassist I always wished to be.
I graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA with a BA in Music Education, voice principal. During my years in public schools I taught a variety of age ranges and subjects including kindergarten general music, beginning band, high school chorus, and remedial middle school English and language arts. I have professional Yoga training and enjoy incorporating aspects of that when tutoring adult, middle school, high school, and elementary students. I also uses Yoga, brain respiration and other healing techniques in my lessons as needed.
I was a member of The William
Baker Festival Singers and Summer Singers since 2003 before becoming Media Relation Coordinator in 2006 and Assistant to the Music Director in 2008 and left the group in July of 2009 to pursue other musical ventures.
Every student has a potential for greatness no matter what their strengths and weaknesses are. No matter your age or ability level I will help you set your goals and reach them. All students should want to learn. I expect my students to be prepared and have an open mind. Learning to sing is a process. I focus on building technique and a strong musical foundation and customize my lessons for every student and individual needs. I use breathing techniques and exercises that are challenging and work toward quick and accurate results. I implement a variety of exercises to improve pitch, intonation, placement, strength, and endurance. My main goal in teaching is to encourage each student to get to know their vocal strengths and weaknesses while using all their skills to their advantage producing their best sound consistently.
*** Lesson Details *** Your lesson is customized to meet your individual needs.All students should want to learn. I expect my students to be prepared and have an open mind. Learning to sing is a process. I focus on building technique and a strong musical foundation and customize my lessons for every student and individual needs.I use breathing techniques and exercises that are challenging and work toward quick and accurate results. I implement a variety of exercises to improve pitch, intonation, placement, strength, and endurance. My main goal in teaching is to encourage each student to get to know their vocal strengths and weaknesses while using all their skills to their advantage producing their best sound consistently. It is a slow building process but a student should always be happy with what they do every day but never be satisfied and know that what they do today will be ever better tomorrow. We all grow and learn together and improve every time we try. I expect my students to do the best they can, practice regularly, be on time and have patience. I am excited about music and know it is also important to have fun and enjoy the process. So lets make some goals and get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard, stereo system with iPod connection, CD player and computer, futon sofa, large mirror.
*** Specialties *** I teach a wide variety of styles and specialize in audition and performance preparation. I do vocal coaching as well as voice lessons. I teach, Pop, R&B, Country, Musical theater, classical, folk, choral music, praise band and others. I also work with music in different languages such as Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, German and of course English.
Marie J. May 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Laurelanne made me feel so comfortable on my first singing lesson. No one ever feels comfortable singing for the first time in front of someone else and she did it! I was taught breathing techniques and I really hope to eventually sing at a festival in a year when I become really good. She's definitely the person to go to if you want to learn to sing!!
Meggan C. March 9, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Great instructor, I learned a lot in a short period. The exercises where fun and I became more aware of my speaking strengths and weaknesses. I would definitely recommend Laurelanne!
HeatherT March 6, 2014
I looked forward to having class with Laurelanne each week. The lessons were fun and informative. The classes not only improved my voice, but improved my breathing, posture and boosted my confidence, as well. Excellent teacher!
As a more seasoned music teacher, I’m learning that it’s essential to tailor music lessons to each client’s (family’s) individual goals. And no matter what the family’s goals may be, life is too short for a music teacher to ever stress out a student or the parents. For this reason, I try my best to impart as many smiles and laughs as I can into every music lesson. Also, I have a mindset that music lessons can have high standards AND be fun, not have high standards OR be fun; however, I will always regularly communicate with parents and students to make sure that their high standards and my
high standards are on the same page.
As for my training, I have two degrees in vocal performance from Georgia State University and am currently “continuing education” as a staff singer at the renowned Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. While at Georgia State, I had the good fortune to observe in action some of the most phenomenal musicians in Atlanta: Dwight Coleman, Dr. Peter Marshall, and Maestro Michael Palmer. Since that time, I’ve studied voice privately with bass Jason Hardy and Sharon Stephenson, and I’ve fine-tuned, pun intended, both my vocal and pianistic musicianship by singing in choirs lead by phenomenal directors like Dr. Eric Nelson, Walter Huff, and Dr. Dale Adelmann.
And not being a stranger to accomplishments in teaching (voice and piano), in 2013 I was recognized as a Top Teacher for student retention, communication with parents and staff, general positive feedback, and overall professionalism. In addition, both my students regularly receive superior ratings at the local National Federation of Music Clubs festivals; earn leading roles in school productions; and place in local talent shows.
P.S. For potential voice students, how many of you want to be a famous opera singer? My guess is, not many of you (to say the least :) However, what if I say, who would like to pretend they’re a famous bullfighter, a bird catcher (who likes to dress like a bird), an Ancient Egyptian, or a King or Queen while singing awesome music? Hopefully, more of you would try it. That’s why I love opera and classical singing. So I encourage you to watch, not just listen to, classical singing before you turn it down. You may be surprised at how cool it can be.
Roopa R. June 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
He works great with kids! Has the perfect balance and isn't strict. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.
Verneyy V. April 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am totally new to singing and this was my very first class so I was quite apprehensive. Stephen however was able to create a safe environment and within minutes I felt that it was right, that taking singing classes was not a crazy idea.
I am very happy and I hope I will be able to take many more classes with Stephen.
Shari G. March 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mr. McCool is an excellent teacher! He just naturally shares his love for music with his students and this is a beautiful thing to experience. He is always patient and encouraging during our son's piano lessons. He is firm and serious when necessary but always friendly and kind. His teaching style is absolutely perfect for our 12 year old son who is motivated so much more by encouragement than by criticism. Stephen has a gift with children...he shows a sincere interest in what's going on in our son's life (they always have a little chat before his lesson begins). We are fortunate to have have found a wonderful music mentor for our son. I would highly recommend Mr. Stephen McCool to anyone interested in voice and/or piano lessons.
Donny Dey is a professional recording artist, drummer, guitarist, electric and acoustic bassist, and pianist. He's had an impressive performance history touring around the nation with many notable artists. Donny pursued Jazz Studies and the Commercial Music Program at both Middle Tennessee State University, as well as Jazz Studies at Belmont University. He's also had the privilege to study under Alabama's Dixie State Pianist Ms. Sue Payne Ried for 10 years. Donny's training and experience has led to many accolades including winner of the All-State Piano and Percussion Competitions. He has
been teaching privately for over 10 years, and he's enjoyed every bit of it - he's known to have a keen ability to connect well with students of all ages. Donny's teaching styles include contemporary, pop, blues, jazz, classical, funk, R&B, country, fusion, latin, rock and swing.Donny also attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for graphic design.
Will K. April 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Donny is a great teacher. I really enjoyed my first lesson and can't wait until next week. I would highly recommend him!
Lucy K. is an active flutist and teacher in the Atlanta area. She is a member of the Symphony on the Square Orchestra, the Georgia Wind Symphony, SOTS Woodwind Quintet, Papageno Flute Quartet and The Flute Choir of Atlanta. Ms. K. has toured internationally with the International Flute Orchestra, recorded with the National Flute Choir, Flute Choir of Atlanta and the National Lydia Fellowship Worship Team. She has been selected to play in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. Ms. K. is currently a flute clinician at several local schools.
*** Lesson Details *** Lucy we
lcomes students of all ages and levels to her studio. She believes that music is a gift from God and to be used for His glory. Because of this, her desire is to instill a love of music in each student and to help each one reach his or her full potential. Lucy provides a positive and encouraging environment to bring out the best in each student musically while taking into account their different learning styles. She also offers annual flute recitals to give students the opportunity to perform solos, as well as in duets, trios, quartets and a flute choir. Lessons are usually 30 minutes but 45 or 60 minutes lessons are available as well. Lucy teaches out of her home studio located in Woodstock, GA (North Atlanta).
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stands, music, flutes, tuner, metronome, computer, piano
*** Travel Equipment *** music, music stand, flute, metronome, tuner
*** Specialties *** classical music
Lil H. June 12, 2015
My daughter has taken from Lucy for a couple of months on the recommendation of her middle and high school band directors. Her confidence and sound quality have greatly improved. Lucy is a patient and kind teacher, but pushes my daughter to do her bast.
April S. June 11, 2015
While our daughter has been taking private flute lessons for 5 years, she just started private lessons with Lucy this year. Her progress has been tremendous. Lucy has helped her improve her technique, sight reading, and overall playing quality. We highly recommend her.
Trish L. June 9, 2015
After just a couple of months of lessons my daughter had the confidence to audition for All-state band. Thanks to Lucy, her solo received near perfect scores. She looks forward to lessons each week and recieved the honor of first chair flute and the band student of the year award at her middle school. Lucy is dedicated and patient, and knows when to challenge each student.
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