Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Jay
"Jason is an accomplished guitarist, and an excellent teacher. He's a down to earth, regular guy who has a gift to share....which he does very well! He t
akes time to communicate with me at a level which meets my needs, and is very patient with me. I believe that Jason wants me to improve in my guitar playing skills and knowledge of music theory just as much as I do, and is uniquely gifted to help me. I'm looking forward to on-going lessons with Jason. He's a really good guy, who deserves my highest recommendation."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Monica
"Cheryl is a great teacher. My sister really enjoys her lessons with her!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Nelson
"Lena is a wonderful teacher! she was very knowledgeable, kind, and a blast to work with. This was my very first Music Teacher and even though I only had s
everal lessons it was worth every penny!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Isaac
"Kit is an excellent teacher. Very encouraging person!!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Xing
"A great teaching environment.
A great teacher and very good teaching environment."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Sawyer
"I came to Cameron having essentially no drumming experience whatsoever. He's a great instructor: relaxed, friendly, comfortable. Very knowledgable and eas
y to work with. The best part for me is how easily he can transfer from genre to genre; we've gone from alternative to jazz without an issues, and I always feel comfortable approaching him with a problem or new need. Uses positive reinforcement and has so far been able to find a fix and/or exercise for every issues I've had. Obviously a great drummer, as well. Would definitely recommend to any person."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Gary
"An Excellent Vocal Coach
"Over the years that I have known him, Anthony has developed into a fine vocal coach and teacher. He has proven to be able to ap
ply the information that he has learned from his own studies to help his students grow as stronger performers.""
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Drew is an excellent instructor. After letting my guitar languish in a corner for several years, I contacted Drew and discussed my background and goals. F
rom the very beginning, Drew was genuinely interested in my progress and tailored the lessons to my particular musical tastes. He combines technical and theoretical expertise with practical tips and a down-to-earth teaching style. Drew's friendly demeanor and vast knowledge of music in general, and guitar in particular, made for a very enjoyable and successful learning experience for me. I will continue taking lessons with Drew and highly recommend him to all aspiring musicians"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Alessio
"Great teacher! I had two previous teachers and so far she's the best one, she's not just very experienced and knowledgeable but her teaching method it's e
asy to understand and follow. She's passionate about music and very dedicated to her job, she keeps leaning piano interesting and fun for me. I'll definitely keep learning and improving with her!"
Hi there! I'm Michael and I recently graduated from New England Conservatory (NEC) with my BFA in Jazz Performance on trombone while also completing NEC's Music-In-Education (MIE) Concentration.
I'm currently an active trombonist in the Boston music scene having played with a wide variety of groups at many of Boston's top venues. I also enjoy curating and producing music events and festivals! But most importantly, I love to teach (that's why you're here, right?)!
Working with people and watching them grow brings me a lot of joy. A recent highlight was hosting my first recital for my stu
dents at my private studio-- it was a really special evening and am excited for more!
Feel free to e-mail at email@example.com or call me at 617-827-7378. I'd love to chat!
*** Lesson Details *** The number one tenant is to have fun! I offer a relaxed, but hard-working environment while keeping the lessons easy-going, stimulating, and educational. My job is to challenge you, make your "brain sweat," and to keep you engaged. I'm flexible and very sensitive to your needs.
Davide Z. June 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Michael is an excellent teacher. For the first time in years, my 11 years old son is looking forward the his trombone lessons! Not only he's making lots of progress, he also loves the fact that Michael is always open to play the music that he likes and that they improvise a lot, which makes it so much more fun playing.
Michael is also very easy to get in touch with and very accommodating if a change in schedule is needed.
Super easy going, highly recommended.
Robin H. May 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter is learning so much from Michael. She started out having no idea how to play any brass instrument. She's now been taking lessons with Michael for 4 months and is making great progress. He's a fantastic teacher and also very reliable and communicative around scheduling issues. Highly recommended.
Ellen S. May 8, 2015
My 14-year-old loves his lessons with Michael. Michael makes learning the trumpet fun because because they play the music my son is interested in learning. We no longer fight when it's time to practice.
My name is Stephanie, I am a teaching-artist from El Paso, Texas. I currently reside, perform and teach in the Boston and greater Boston area.
I am a recent graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music with my Masters in Saxophone Performance. I received my Bacherlors in Music Education from New Mexico State University.
“A teaching artist, by definition, is a two-career professional: a working artist and a working educator. As a working artist is they are involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refineme
nt of skills in their discipline. As a working educator, it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education. Achieving a meaningful balance between these two professions, whereby one feeds the other, is an ongoing process that requires a deepening awareness for the teaching artist of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.”
I am devoted and dedicated to helping find each of my students strengths, weaknesses and style of learning. Once I have identified these traits, I am able to develop lessons and repertoire that helps each students become the most efficient learner and best musician they can be.
I pride myself in creating a fun and safe learning environment in which I establish a firm musical foundation for my students. Lessons include: scales, etudes, articulation, dynamic and sight reading exercises, standard saxophone repertoire, recording and analyzing performances, saxophone/music history lessons, and exploration of the sounds, genres and artists of the saxophone.
Simultaneously, my students cultivate many other skills while learning how to play saxophone. Students enhance their fine motor skills and ability to memorize, students increase their overall self-confidence and become self-sufficient and creative problem solvers. I am passionate about educating and empowering my students and I enjoy connecting with a wide array of musicians of all ages, playing levels and backgrounds.
Feel free to contact me to inquire about lessons, I hope to hear from you soon!
Austin B. May 25, 2015
I went to New England Conservatory with Stephanie, and I have to say that she is one of the most supportive colleges I have ever met. She is extremely dedicated to her students, even to the point that even in social settings she will be texting her students words of encouragement and asking about their progress. She has an incredible work ethic and an infectiously positive attitude.
Brad R. March 3, 2015
Music Performance ·
Stephanie isn't just a great player. Her compassion and open personality make her a great teacher as well. I would recommend Stephanie to anyone.
Karen Q. March 2, 2015
I hired Stephanie to work with me at Lynn Middle School as a woodwind technician for one semester, Spring 2012. Stephanie was always punctual, organized, and outstanding with the kids. She immediately set up a fun and safe environment for them to learn. Her work was excellent. We were preparing for our district Music Performance Assessment Festival and received Superior ratings. I have no doubt we owe part of that rating to her hard work. She really goes above and beyond, on one occasion I had to miss my afternoon classes for jury duty and she ran rehearsal without any problems. I wish we still had Stephanie in our district. I highly recommend her.
----------Musical and Teaching Philosophy----------
I can safely say through all my experiences (as an orchestral musician, entertaining busker, teacher, accompanist, freelancing musician, concert organizer, fundraiser) that my theory of teaching and learning music is that it's all about connections. To learn music is to learn a completely new way of looking at the world. It is an inward journey of strength and discovery as much as it is an outwards one, learning to successfully and compassionately communicate with fellow musicians and anyone else who might cross your path. I have collabora
ted with individuals in both the instrumental and vocal realms - trumpet, trombone, tuba, (French) horn, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, bass, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, baritones, and have taught piano, horn, and beginning/intermediate wind instruments in both private and group settings. I love music, and even more, I love teaching music!
In my love of music and of teaching, I follow the Artist-Teacher-Scholar model. The Artist-Teacher-Scholar (ATS) infuses the role of the artist with the curiosity of an educator, realizing that true learning is a volitional act of one’s ability to make a personally relevant connection with the art. The ATS understands that all individuals possess inborn artistry and thereby innovates and extends the cross-curriculum methodology to engage students into the act of volitional learning.
----------What I Teach----------
I've been teaching music for over ten years. Currently, I teach all levels of piano and horn, and beginning to intermediate piano accordion lessons. Piano lessons can range from classical to jazz to pop to alternative to folk to simply learning a song or piece that you enjoy. Horn lessons can consist of excerpt drilling, exploring your more melodic side, developing your technical prowess, improving fundamentals, whatever you would like with whatever pieces you would like (as an added bonus, I can also accompany you in your lessons, so hiring an accompanist is not necessary!) Accordion lessons can make you feel like you're traveling the world, from learning French zydeco to rhythmic Balkan insanity to sing-songy Irish folk to toe-tapping German polka. It is not agenda-driven learning; music lessons can be as career-oriented and focused or as awe-inspiring and challenging as you like. Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome as are all genres of music.
Music lessons are almost never pigeonholed into different categories that must be adhered to; rather, music lessons encompass all the components that make music music. Music theory and music history, in addition to fundamentals, technique, mental preparation, performance anxiety, orchestral sectional psychology - there is no taboo. Communication is key. Therefore, learning must take place in a compassionate and professional atmosphere, where effort is not only required, but effortless as a result of full engagement of the student. I want you to be enthralled with your learning.
Breanna is a dynamic and highly sought-after horn player in the Boston metro area. Of her debut performance as principal horn with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, wonderful solos came “especially from Breanna E., who intoned the essential horn part with nobility.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Of an exposed, pre-concert lecture-demonstration with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, “that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freischutz, [were] excellently sounded by Breanna E..” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Breanna has played with numerous groups, including Boston Ballet, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays in the East Coast Scoring Orchestra and the Phoenix Orchestra. Recently, she served as principal horn with MetroWest Opera for their production of Hänsel und Gretel and acted as section coach in the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Equally at home in symphonic, opera, and chamber music worlds alike, Breanna has performed in music festivals across Europe and the United States. In 2011, she served as principal horn at the Eutiner Opernfestspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She attended the Colorado College Music Festival in summer 2012, and later that summer attended the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, Breanna performed with an international chamber group that took second place in Ameropa's International Concertante Competition. The quartet performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K295b in the Czech Philharmonic's Rudolfinum, Dvořak Hall with Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia.
Having performance degrees in both horn and piano from the University of Kansas, Breanna attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy as a pianist in 2010. There, she met kindred spirits amongst the composers attending and later that year, invited them to Kansas to hear their commissions performed by her brass quintet, the Lawrence 5. The concert served as both premieres of their works and as a benefit concert to aid in the building of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute. While at the University of Kansas, Breanna was a recipient of the Zakoura Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. Much of her pianistic time was spent collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from all realms, often in premieres of new works by colleagues in composition. Regarding hornistic studies while studying at KU, Breanna was assistant then fourth horn of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the first job she won at age 20.
Breanna is currently pursuing her master's degree at New England Conservatory, studying with James Sommerville. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas in horn performance, studying with Paul Stevens, and piano performance, studying with Jack Winerock. Breanna continues to be a collaborative pianist both at the NEC Preparatory School and in the Boston area, playing for Suzuki classes and private lessons. When not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys creating raw desserts, planning her worldwide backpacking trip, and learning mad, Balkan rips to busk with on accordion.
"The other motif representing Till is the famous laughing French horn call heard a number of times through the work: Breanna Ellison was flawless in execution and vivid in characterization." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
"...that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freschütz [were] excellently sounded by Breanna Ellison." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
"And again, there were wonderful solos, especially from Breanna Ellison, who intoned the essential horn part with nobility." - Boston Musical Intelligencer
Carl S. June 28, 2015
French Horn ·
Breanna is one of the best musicians that I know. I've had the fortunate opportunity to perform in ensembles with her, and she always seems to raise the bar of the entire group. Breanna is a dedicated, passionate, and knowledgable teacher. Her diverse musical background allows her to bring a lot to the table, whatever subject. I highly recommend Breanna as a teacher without hesitation!
Arden M. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Breanna is a great teacher, and she is very patient. I'm a real challenge, but she has worked through it all with me. I highly recommend her!
Ali Spray May 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
When I started learning oboe at age 10 I was told by my band director that it was going to be too difficult and not worth the trouble. The oboe may be slightly more difficult to start out with than the other instruments, but it is also more rewarding. What it lacks in ease it makes up for in beauty and character. I want to make sure that no one misses out on the joy of this instrument out of intimidation!
Having an experienced teacher and reedmaker to help is essential, and I will gladly offer my skills to anyone interested in the instrument at any age or stage of development. With the righ
t instructor, learning the oboe is no more difficult than any other woodwind.
I have been the oboe teacher at Camp Encore/Coda for three years and a counselor for many more. During that time I have taught many students varying in ages from 10 to 17. I am passionate about teaching and strive to connect with my students to assess their personal goals and make the most effective use of their time. Most importantly, I want to make learning the oboe a fun and enriching experience.
I will gladly travel to meet students. Doing lessons over the internet is also easy, though I do prefer that students purchase reeds from me so that I know what they are working with. Don't have an instrument? No worries, I have several extra oboes that I'm willing to rent for a fair price and am open to selling, should you want to invest in your own instrument.
Andrea E. November 26, 2014
Daniel is a very engaging teacher that makes learning to play the oboe enjoyable. His encouragement made playing the oboe more fulfilling for me than it had ever been in the past with other instructors. He strikes a good balance between constructive criticism and cheerful reward for a job well done. Time in lessons is always well spent and I always walked out feeling like I had made great improvements in just an hour's time. I would highly recommend him!
Ceci C. November 22, 2014
Dan is wonderful. Let alone the fact that he's amazing at what he does, the way he teaches is so easy and good for whatever level you may be at. I learned with him for a few years at Camp Encore/Coda and then for a little while during the year, so I got to know him really well. He helped my knowledge and skill with the oboe grow immensely. When I started with him, I was not very good at playing, and he gave me the exercises right for me. He is so nice to learn from for he understands what is the best for his student, and he pushes you the right amount so you improve, but don't get stressed out or worried. I didn't think "I'm not good enough" when he gave me something hard for he gave me the tools needed to keep moving forward. Learning from Dan was a really great experience.
Rosie S. November 17, 2014
Prior to my time at Camp Encore/Coda, my experiences of oboe teachers and been unengaging, boring and most importantly, uninspiring. Dan was such a great contrast to previous old and stale lessons - I actually looked forward to his! He is a thoughtful teacher who aims to teach, but also understand. His work with me on the oboe was hugely beneficial, and fundamentally inspiring. His love for the music and the instrument is at the forefront of his teaching, and he perpetually convinced me of my own. Thank you, Dan!
Meet John Egizi, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge.
Students from New York City and Boston can work with John in person.
Rafi F. June 16, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
In home Verified Student
John is awesome, patient and pays attention to detail. A skilled and knowledgeable dude. I highly recommend him.
Ryan G. November 24, 2014
John is one of the most gifted musicians I know. His ability to see music as an extension of his soul sets him apart from the herd. John helped with my breathing so I can last longer. I would recommend anyone to meet with john and take a lesson on anything musical. Love this guy!!!
Madeline L. November 18, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
John is extremely versatile and talented, and his love for music is so obvious and inspiring. I went to him with what I thought was a solid foundation of knowledge but he brought so many new ideas to the table that I started thinking of music in a whole new-and positive- way. He is very personable and easy to work with, and he treats you with respect and focused attention to detail. Definitely try working with him, you won't regret it!
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