Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Neil Hill
"Very good and detailed instructor."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Sharon
My sons are learning so much in a short amount of time! Evan makes learning music so much fun. They say he's the best teacher they've ha
d so far! I have to agree. He's an all around nice guy who is down to earth and amazingly talented."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Todd
"Mark is very patient and very talented! I never feel like he is rushing through my lesson. He makes learning fun!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Adrien
"I really enjoy Brandon's approach toward guitar and what he can do through Google Hangouts. Not having to leave the house is also a huge plus!!!
s a good mix of theory and practical ear training, so it's not just drills and boring exercises. He's also ridiculously good at figuring out songs on the fly lol!
I definitely recommend taking a lesson with him. There's a money back guarantee, so why not!?"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by George
"The teaching approach is great, the learning and lessons productive.
Kathy is extremely knowledgeable about piano and music. I am thrilled with the fact
that you are not pressured into learning, but are enthusiastic about completing lessons simply because of the approach Kathy takes to teaching. Thus far, I am very pleased with having the opportunity to learn from her and would highly recommend Kathy to anyone interested in playing an instrument. Kudos to Kathy!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Michael Earls
"Denise was very easy to work with and very knowledgeable. She was patient and taught me a lot in the first lesson. I'm looking forward to what I'll learn
in the remaining lessons."
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Leah
"Jamie is AMAZING!!! We love him. He has been working with my daughter over the past year preparing her for auditions with DSA. The transformation in her s
inging voice is nothing shy of remarkable. She has always had a very pretty voice but now it is coupled with good voice control, projection, and everything that makes it go from aw, that's so nice, to WOW. Not only has his lessons helped with her singing, but he is very knowledgeable on all aspects of music, and has taught her sight reading, solfege, counting and rhythm, and all other aspects of music theory. Since we are auditioning with DSA, he also took it on himself to look up all the audition requirements and has been working with my daughter towards her audition. In addition to all technical stuff, he's very professional and great with my daughter. Has always been present on time, good with communication, and very patient with us. I've talked a lot about my experience with my child, but I do also think he is good with people of all ages. I've heard adults that have come before or after us in lessons and they sound great...there was a woman that was singing in another language and he was working with her on it! He truly is a great find. If you want to improve your voice and learn how to be a true vocal artist, he's your guy."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by HEMAL
"One of the best guitar teacher, I met so far!
I am taking guitar lessons from Dan for more than a year. Dan has profound knowledge about music. He ha
s all the skills what I always look for in “perfect” teacher; good listener, push your boundaries, encourage you to keep learning. When I approached him through ‘takelessons.com’, I was not sure what to expect. He gauged my guitar skills and started from there. Now, I can play music notes, strumming, chords, bar chords and finger style etc.
Born and raised in Detroit, Sandy studied music from an early age. He obtained a bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University and a masters degree from Wayne State University in music education. Sandy provides private music lessons to children and adults alike. In addition to working as a music educator in the Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, Sandy taught music for Cranbrook Institute's Horizon Upward Bound program and night school for Mary Grove College in
Detroit. Sandy once served as music director and guitarist for "The Miracles" and has performed with many top Motown Acts including Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, Sweet James and The Fantastic Four, The Originals and most of the Funk Brothers. Sandy performed or recorded with James Jamerson Jr bass guitar, Ralph Armstrong bass guitar, Marcus Bellgraves trumpet, Ernie Rogers saxophone, Dennis Coffee guitar, Ron English guitar and many more. He also recorded or performed with the late Uriel Jones drums, Richard "Pistol" Allen drums, Levi Mann organ, Rudy Robinson keyboards, Joe Hunter piano, Johnny Griffith keyboards, Maurice Davis trumpet, Lefty Edwards saxophone, Thomas "Beans" Bowles sax & flute, Earl Van Dyke keyboards and Robert White guitar known for his famous guitar line on "My Girl" by the Temptations. He also wrote the music for two songs, performed by William "Wee Gee" Howard, one of the former lead singers of the Dramatics; "You've Been A Part Of Me" and "Don't Make Me The Reason".
*** Lesson Details *** You can expect a laid back teacher with well over 40 years of teaching and performance experience to educate you or your child/children. My lessons will be focused the following areas; Note reading - playing chords and chord progressions - learning scales - proper and useful warm-ups - learning the blues and blues progressions - speed exercises - and allowing the student to pick the songs they would like to learn to play
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are taught in the family room which includes music stands, amp, trumpet, guitar (electric), electric keyboard and four piece drum kit..
*** Travel Equipment *** The student must have his on trumpet or guitar. I will provide the music stand guitar cord and guitar amp.
*** Specialties *** I teach jazz, classical, blues, rock and popular guitar and trumpet. I know and teach my students how to read and wright music. I teach students how to learn songs by ear. I teach them useful warm-ups, scales and chords. I teach them all they need to know to be a good musician.
Samuel J. April 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Sandy works very well with my son. My son is extremely excited about his drum lessons.
Cameron L. January 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher! Very patient and encouraging. My son truly enjoyed his time learning something new. Can't wait for the next lesson!
Jim F. December 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm thrilled I was able to meet such an accomplished musician today! I'm excited and looking forward to our next meeting.
Do you wish you or your child could just sit down and play ? Are you an adult who always wished you could play or sing? Have you written some great song lyrics and just need help with the music?
SONGLab is a professional studio and a teacher/producer passionate about helping singers, keyboardists, songwriters, kids & adults who just always wanted to play...
Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?
That is how music has been taught for many years, and why a huge perc
entage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.
It has been said that playing only from sheet music is like only being able to talk when you are reading it from a book.
We play by ear & use recording to help you find your own voice. When you find your voice, the rest of you is not far behind. Study here in town or anywhere in the world with lessons online.
First, we find out how you learn and what you are interested in. Life is different when you get in touch with the music inside you. Sure, it is some work, but it is very satisfying! I love to help people do this!
Everybody loves music. How will you find yours? It’s different for everyone. Maybe you want to sing like that great pop singer you love, or play keyboard. Some people write songs. In all cases, the keyboard helps you to understand all about music.
SONGWRITERS: If you write songs, just bring in an idea and we will record it. We set a tempo and a key, and get your basic groove looped, all in about two minutes. Then we lay down the chords and a bass part and you sing a reference vocal. You can easily lay out a song in a one-hour session. Then it is easy to see how to produce it. It is amazing to go home with a recording of your song that did not exist in the world until you gave it a voice!
Along the way, you become a better writer, singer and/or keyboard player. You will learn to play by ear. And have a LOT of fun. You can do this online too.
ONLINE SESSIONS You create a rough sketch and we track it, with your input. We can help you to set up your own songwriter studio as well. If you get Logic software at your end, you can put on phones and cut a vocal with me producing you.
Did you ever have musical ideas, write them down, figure you had songs inside you? Well let’s go find them!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “...an amazing instructor...inspiring mentor...compassionate.” “...a lot of patience.” “My son's love for music has come from Randy.” “...positive attitude and friendly personality.” “...wildly entertaining.” “ ...will teach you in a way that will make you want to learn.” “We look forward to our lesson every week!”
"Randy, I like your "Semper Method of Music” teaching method. It's applying knowledge with fun, and common sense... the best combination. Good luck. You’re a great musician." Joe Messina, Motown recording guitarist & Funk Brother
SONGLab Your music. Instantly. We use recording as a powerful tool to help you listen and improve. Tired of crappy tabs? Struggling to capture your song? No worries. Learn a process, instead of a lesson. Apply it anywhere.
Go from musical idea to music, fast. Get to the groove in 2 minutes or less. In any software.
SONGLab Studio. The antidote to rote.
SCHEDULING: Please note: If the particular time you had in mind is listed as unavailable, don’t worry. Between my two locations, I am very flexible and will work hard to make our schedules click.
SPECIAL NEEDS? Everyone's needs are special. If your child has been diagnosed ADHD or as a "Sensory kid", music can be a joyful and rewarding way to see real growth and make a wonderful experience for parent and child. We help with the Proprioceptive and Vestibular senses in a fun and therapeutic way.
Just Google "BrainVolts" for a tremendous study from Northwestern University on the amazing effects of music study!
Playing by Ear Pretty much everyone can play by ear. So we help you to find your own voice, reach your musical goals and to create and perform music as a real and beautiful part of your life.
Making music should not be a boring job. Rather, it should be something you can't wait to do. A way to get in touch with the rest of the universe. You will also learn to read and write, but it won't get in the way of your music.
Since a very young age I have loved to improvise and to create music. It is very satisfying to pass this on to others who are full of music inside but may not know how to get it out. If you wish that you or your child could get some help creating your own music as well as playing the great music already written, perhaps we should be talking.
I am from Canada, and I have been a professional musician since 1970. I studied music performance in school, piano with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and Music Education at Queens University. I have toured with national acts, produced dozens of recordings of all kinds and played, arranged and conducted music on cruise ships all over the world.
Music is my life. Bringing other people's skills to a higher level is what I do best.
Tell me what you want to accomplish, either for yourself or your child. I look forward to speaking with you. Warm regards, Randy
PS: A note about allergens: I teach at my home and at my studio. At home we have a very friendly dog and a cat (Julian) who sleeps all day. If you have allergies, we will study at my Troy studio which is allergen-free. Unless you love animals. In that case, you will get to meet Vinnie, the most kid-friendly, loves-everybody, most gentle little guy you will ever meet. I put his picture up so you can see him.
Teaching teachers Several excellent teachers I know who have been teaching music for many years were frustrated by not being able to play without a sheet of music. They have found satisfying and positive results from this approach.
Wouldn't it be great to be gifted? In fact... It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You're not born this way, you get this way. ~ Seth Godin
*** Lesson Details *** Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?
That is how music has been taught for many years, and why a huge percentage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.
My only real job is to make sure you have fun and want to learn more. Then you will do the rest. you will astonish yourself and everyone around you!
In a traditional music education, reading the works of others is the focus, with no encouragement to improvise or to play by ear.
Bach used to improvise all the time. Why shouldn't you?
In our community, there is a prestigious, private college prep school that charges just under $80 per hour for traditional private music lessons. If you take away the music, most cannot play a note.
My method is every bit the equal of that school for those who are drawn to express themselves playing by ear. You will still learn all the core skills needed to be a well-rounded musician.
Music study helps people young and old to overcome shyness and build confidence. It empowers them as they refine their special talents.
We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.
Please note: You are most welcome to start with 30 minute sessions to see if we are a good fit. 30 min lessons are offered for this purpose and also for very young children with short attention spans. For any student, wishing to make progress, lessons will eventually need to be 45 minutes at minimum in order to reach your goals.
Though you'll receive serious critiques from me, I always uplift and encourage. Positive energy is the ticket.
My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music. Folk, jazz, pop, rock or classical; all Western music is derived from the same principles. We will study ear training from a wonderful ear training book by a famous guitarist. It'Âs simple: you learn all the theory so you will be at the top of your game, but always have fun doing it. For notation, we will use The Semper Note Speller. For scales, we have the famous Brown Scale Book.
Technology We use recording as a tool to help you hear how you sound and we always encourage you to express yourself with improvisation. In many cases, you will have tracks to practice with. We also use apps for your phone that really help. A guitar tuner to nail down vocal pitch, as well as a metronome app that is with you wherever you go. If you have a minute anywhere you can get in some good practice time. So we truly have the best of all worlds: playing from music and learning to play by ear! If you stick with it and do the work, the end result will be that you can always just sit down and play, whether or not you have any music in front of you!
On our first lesson we will do a duet jam session together and you will not believe how great you sound!
The Big Picture Although a percentage of students may become a concert pianist, there are a multitude of other ways to become involved with music. Whether you are looking at music as a profession or as a hobby, we let parents know of the many choices available so that they can make good decisions, for themselves and for their children.
Having fun as you improve is a big priority. I also teach songwriting, singing, music recording and performance, as well as piano.
Remember: A piano should be an irresistible invitation, not an obstacle.
*** Studio Equipment *** Troy studio: A digital keyboard in a professional recording control-room environment at our media production studio. The studio is near Big Beaver and Stephenson Hwy.
Home studio: An acoustic piano and recording studio environment at my home in Franklin/Beverly Hills.
Your Instrument If you are taking any kind of music lesson, we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard, preferably with at least 76 full-sized keys.
We have helped many people to find the right piano. If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve. They range from an inexpensive but effective starter keyboard for ear training and just plain fun to an 88 note weighted keyboard for more expressive practice.
*** Specialties *** I teach people of all ages first to play by ear and to have fun while they study. Then I back up ear training with solid theory so they can read and write music. In school I studied many traditional methods and I have distilled my own distinct method from them. Though I am classically trained, I specialize in improvisation.
Elaine May 12, 2016
This past year, I have been brought back to piano music through Randy's excellent teaching. His approach is one of a kind. He helped this student to hear the music within me, the sounds around me and to play what I hear. He is truly amazing, encouraging, supportive and highly skilled, a true professional. I am always happy to recommend him to anyone who is seeking the very best instruction, by the very best instructor.
Dawn May 10, 2016
I had always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I wanted an instructor who was fun, loved playing and teaching, and patient. Randy is all of those things and more. I have learned so much about music and the piano in the four months I’ve been working with him. He makes me feel confident that I can learn to play almost anything! All I can say is I picked the right guy. I’m looking forward to many more lessons and with his help reaching some of the many musical goals I have set for myself.
Karen J. May 8, 2016
Online Verified Student
Guitarist/Songwriter Bill G. is a versatile and experienced instructor, who's been playing and teaching guitar for over 20 years, and is fluent in everything from finger style Classical/Flamenco and Folk guitar, to Jazz, all Rock(from classic to modern Alternative/Indie), and various World music styles. From first lesson beginners to highly advanced students; and from simple songs to elaborate music theory, improvisation, and songwriting development; all are welcome to sign up with this patient, and highly recommended teacher. Starting guitar lessons at a very young age; Bill went on to w
in many regional, national, and international awards through out his formative years as a student. Writing and recording in several different styles over the years; and also being a vocalist and songwriter; he founded Indie Fusion trio The Static Dial in 2010 as it's leader. The band has worked with several national and international touring bands, has been featured on indie and major radio from their hometown in Detroit to the UK, and has released an EP, two singled, and a full length album. Feel free to message with any questions about potential lessons; we'd love to hear from you!.
*** Lesson Details *** As an instructor, I start students with the basics (open chords, major/minor, and blues scales, rhythm/timing, and beginner technique), and like to get at least a basic ability to sight read (music notation).
For younger students, I get them started on a beginner book for sight reading music and simple/basic songs to start with and build up their ability.
If a student is a little more capable, we start on a more modern/popular song they like. For my more advanced students, we get into music theory (cycle of fifths, harmony, chord language, etc.) and with some students we study specific genres.
My approach is one of building up a student's self confidence, and ultimately making learning fun. I take teaching seriously and value my student's time; so I work to get the most out of them, and to make their lessons worth while. All ages and levels are welcome!
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio space in Helen's of Troy. Office is furnished with seating, music stand, and amplifier. Student must have their own instrument and pick.
*** Specialties *** I'm a singer/songwriter as well as a guitar player/instructor, so the construction and arranging of a song; from the music to the lyrics; are very much within my experience and teaching.
Phil A. May 13, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Bill is a great teacher, and willing to adjust the lessons to match my skill level and learning style.
Jeff April 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Bill is always great as a teacher! My son started taking lessons a few months ago and plays great, learning very quickly! Then my husband started after hanging out at his lessons. They always look forward to their lessons together, and speak highly of Bill. Definitely would recommend!
Gary K. April 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoyed my lesson with Bill. I was a little nervous at first but Bill made me feel at ease. He's very knowledgeable with the guitar and gave me some good pointers to help me improve my skills. Looking forward to my next lesson.
I have been teaching guitar and piano for many years in the Metro Detroit area. I have played professionally in many local nightclub and wedding bands as well as having toured with Bob Seger as his lead guitarist/writer/vocalist. I also have done some recording sessions with Motown. I take great pleasure in mentoring, training and equipping students with the necessary skills to achieve at the personal and/or professional level according to the students interest and desire. I tailor my teaching methods according to the students ability and musical preference and can teach anything from class
ic rock to pop, classical, oldies, jazz, etc. Many of my students have gone on to play at the professional level and one, in particular, has become a music professor at Berklee School of Music. In addition, I have aided students who have a desire to incorporate vocals while playing their instruments as well as giving personal assistance in songwriting.
*** Lesson Details *** I am very easy to get along with during lessons, however I can provide extra encouragement and motivation the student needs based on their individual goal for taking lessons whether it be for personal enjoyment or for the purpose of making music their career. I believe that learning music can be fun even as a serious venture, therefore I incorporate humor when appropriate. The curriculum I use includes Berklee, Mel Bay, and Alfred's Methods for guitar and Schaum and Thompson Methods for piano. Additionally, I invite students to bring in their favorite CD's whereas they can also learn from the music that interests them. This is helpful to develop a good ear as well as sparking motivation to practice as they learn from their favorite musical artist in addition to learning the fundamentals of the instrument.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would provide music method books/sheet music. Students would need to own their own instrument. I provide Guitar amplification.
*** Specialties *** Berklee, Mel Bay, Alfred's guitar method's. Schaum piano methods. Pop, rock and jazz styles.
Anthony Licari January 27, 2016
In studio Verified Student
It was a great experience.
Darryl L. August 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is patient and very knowledgeable!
Jason Jay July 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was a great first lesson. I'm excited to learn more.
I currently teach 17 students on a weekly basis and work two other part-time jobs. I travel to most my students' home to teach but now I would prefer if you travel to my home (due to time constraints).
I host recitals for students to perform and the next one is on May 28!
Some info on my other profession: I have a Master's in Social Work and I love building relationships with clients and empowering people.
Look forward to hearing from you! Chenyu
Amanda O. February 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Chenyu was very patient, friendly and informative.
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and is eager to practice what she learned.
She can't wait for her next lesson!
Sameem B. October 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chenyu is very smart and calm. She knows what she's doing. I recommend her for everyone wants to learn music and playing violin or piano!
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