Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Tabitha
"Merrill is a great coach! She's patient, understanding, and fun! She's extremely good at explaining what I'm doing well, and things I can improve on in a
manner that I can understand, and most importantly, she makes me feel very comfortable. If you want a coach who will spend quality time with you improving your technique and overall abilities, Merrill is right for you. I couldn't be happier with my experience, and I highly recommend Merrill's services.)
Merrill definitely deserves the full 5, and if there were more, I'd check those too! Couldn't be any happier with the progress I've made since seeing her, and I'm beginning to actually FEEL the difference in the way I sing. I can also hear it :) Correct breathing is becoming like second nature to me, and vowels are something we're working on now. HIGHLY recommend Merrill if you're serious about wanting to be a singer."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Anne
"My son Joseph takes lessons with Seth. Joseph can get distracted and get off track throughout his lessons at times. Seth has the ability and the patience
to get him re-focused on the matter at hand-the piano. I know Joseph does not like to practice very much but gets very excited when he knows Seth is coming over to work with him and teach him. He is doing quite well and I am very happy we started lessons with Seth after thinking about it for over 1 year. Thanks Seth!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
"As an adult student, Stephen provides patience, guidence, and timely prompts. A relaxed style that keeps one form getting tense and frustrated!
ocation as well! I would highly recommend anyone in the area to take from Stephen!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ramu
"Aleksis' lessons are very structured, he comes prepared and has a lesson plan ready which makes things much easier. He gives me practice sessions which ar
e also very helpful."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Priyanka
"My 4 year old loved Ms. Ruth. She is so patient with her and always tries to work according to her pace.."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend
him to anyone wanting to learn music."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Krystal
"Joey is a FANTASTIC instructor. A great inspiration to my kids."
Charlotte, NC teacher:
Review by Daniel
"It was a great lesson. Teresa is good at teaching. I love her teaching style. It was very efficient and enjoyable."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Cooper
"Estela has been great. She really connects with my son and he is re-interested in applying himself. He had started to lose interest with his last teache
Hi there! My name is Valerie. I'm a certified music teacher that loves to see a person grow in their love and ability for music. With 17 years of teaching privately, experience teaching publicly in elementary school music classrooms, enjoying several years as a Kindermusik (preschool music) teacher, and a school year teaching with VSA arts of Delaware (teaching music to those with disabilities), I find it thrilling to see a person of any age & background grow and blossom in their passion for music!
Though I enjoy and have experience at teaching all ages from children to adults, I spec
ialize in CHILDREN'S MUSIC EDUCATION (ages 5-12). I would describe myself as an elementary school music teacher that teaches privately. ;) My studio is filled with many smiles, stickers for every accomplishment, and a treasure box of cool prizes for those who are practicing regularly and did a great job in their lesson. Lessons are a time where children can feel like music really is fun and enjoyable to learn and experience!
In addition to being a teacher, I am also a singer/songwriter, and performed for 6 years at local coffee shops and outdoor events within Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. I am also a member of a local professional caroling group called Yuletide Singers which performs seasonally in places like Longwood Gardens and corporate functions. My history for performing stretches back, though, to my years as a puppeteer/children's performer, touring with a team doing school assemblies and evening family performances. I'm always excited to bring my understanding and experience with performance to my students!
**And, with excitement, I must add that TakeLessons named me "Teacher of the Week" on October 4, 2010! What a great honor! Thank you TakeLessons!!**
*** Lesson Details *** Our time spent together will be filled with many smiles & laughs because that is probably why you want to take lessons -- because it makes you feel wonderful inside!
Within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. We'll learn how to play/sing some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!
For the intermediate piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales and will even take a look at how chord symbols work. Soon, you'll be learning how to accompany yourself and others as you sing! For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to take a song to its potential! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual, and one we will embark on together!
Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each school year for students who are interested. This is an optional event, but is encouraged as part of the learning experience. It is usually held at a local music store recital room and presented in a low-stress and fun way with refreshments that follow!
*My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment. We also having a loving canine member in our family... a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Maximus. He is energetic and friendly. You may or may not see him since the entrance to my studio is through our back door, off the main house.
So! What do you say? Shall we START THE MUSIC? :)
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are enjoyed in a dedicated music room; keyboard (full-size with weighted keys and sustain pedal)
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
I specialize in music education for all children, including ones with special needs. I feel it is so important for a child to start out with a fun and wonderful experience with music and performing. My approach is simple and fun and understandable for the young mind.
For my more intermediate students, I enjoy taking them to the next level of understanding in their instrument as well as music theory.
Because music is a performing art, I coordinate two music recitals each year for students who are interested. This is an optional event and presented in a low-stress and fun way!
Zoey M. July 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter loved Valerie from the first day they met. and is soooo excited about going to meet her every week. She makes her very comfortable. Plus she send me updates of what they do every class. Valerie is an awesome teacher with an amazing personality.
Jennifer A. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
The is Joan, Zoe's grandmother writing a review for Valerie. Valerie is an AMAZING teacher. My grandaughter Zoe has been taking lessons with her for about 2 years now and she continues to become a better and better singer every lesson with Valerie. I love the way that Valerie works with kids and she handles all the rough situations, that come along with working with kids, so well. All of this paired with her enthusiasm really helps build a great connection to her students and we wouldn't have it any other way! Thank you!
Megan W. June 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter has been taking lessons with Valerie for about a year now and she LOVES her! Valerie tackles challenges head on and her enthusiasm about music motivates my daughter to reach her goals time and time again!
I hold a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA. I have studied piano with Gisa Adler at New School of Music in Philadelphia, PA. I taught public school in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster County, PA and I have taught private piano for over ten years. I love music and I love teaching - seeing my students progress and reach their goals. I believe music should be a pleasant experience and a demanding and ill - spirited teacher can ruin a student. I am NOT one of these. You will find me patient and supportive.
*** Lesson Details **
* To be an accomplished pianist you must learn all the basics well. These include music symbology which enables you to read music so you can translate it into the sound on the piano. In order to play the music written on the page you must train your fingers to do what you need them to do - so you will have finger exercises and scales to practice to enable to play pieces/songs you like. In order to accomplish all this we will use a piano method designed to teach you these things little by little so you won't get overwhelmed. One step at a time towards your goal - self enjoyment, being the life of the party, accompany the chorus, play the songs you hear on the radio or perhaps even become a renowned pianist on stage or in the theater. Whatever your goal you will need to practice and you must have a piano or at least a keyboard. The method we use will depend on the student's age, reading level, past experience with piano or other instruments and I will take into consideration your goals. If you are interested in popular music there will be a point (when you are ready) when you will be able to add this type of music to the lesson music. How quickly you grow musically depends greatly on the quality of your practice time - thus you will determine your rate of progress.
*** Travel Equipment *** I like to purchase new materials myself for the student based on their needs at the time. They need a decent notebook for listing practice items. I usually have the method book, with note-speller for beginners, theory for more advanced, and additional pieces (non-method) as appropriate. Hanon is a staple. I use various other materials to remedy finger technique and rhythm issues as learned from my teachers and those devised by myself.
*** Specialties *** I prefer to use a variety of materials. At the first lesson I assess reading ability, interest, physical ability and attention span to determine what materials are appropriate for the student. All students will learn scales, finger exercises, pieces and theory. I have used Thompson, Schaum, Pace, Fletcher and Alfred in my teaching - and frequently a combination there-of.
Jessica S. November 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Alexis attended college at the University of Delaware and graduated cum laude with a double major in Music Performance: Voice and Music Education: Choral/Vocal. During her time at the University of Delaware, she was involved in numerous musical ensembles including Collegium Musicium , and performed as a soloist on a number of occasions, including two solo recital programs and major roles in the UD Opera Theater program (UDOT). Alexis has performed as a soloist and ensemble singer for the UD Schola Cantorum, The UD Chorale, and the Newark Symphony Chorus. Her solo performance work includes suc
h roles as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (UDOT), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (UDOT), Anna in The King and I (St. Marks Theater Co.), and Grace Farrell in the Wilmington Drama League’s production of Annie, where she received rave reviews for her “musically impressive” and “soaring” performance from The News Journal. Alexis starred again as Despina in Opera Lancaster's production of Cosi in October, 2011. She will be performing as the soprano soloist in the Newark Symphony Orchestra's Performance of Mozart's Solemn Vespers in February of 2014.
In theater, Alexis has played both comic and serious roles, including a striking female interpretation of E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind. Alexis has also worked in film, recently completing the production of Dead on Delmarva, a zombie-comedy-thriller produced by Arkham Productions scheduled to be released in 2013, and is looking forward to working with Arkham Productions again on a future film.
In addition to her acclaim as a performer, Alexis gained recognition for her work as a choral conductor and voice teacher, working with the UD Opera Theater Chorus, New Ark United Church of Christ adult and children's ensembles, and was the music director for the production of Les Miserables at Mt. Pleasant High School. Alexis currently works as a vocal coach for The Tatnall School as well as the as the assistant conductor for The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, PA.
When speaking of her career, she comments, “Performing music and drama is not just a passion for me; it’s my sense of purpose. Whether I am working on a role, singing in an opera, developing a character, teaching a student; it completely fulfills me. I don’t just want to do it because I love it. I need music.”
*** Lesson Details *** Alexis teaches proper singing technique and support through the Bel Canto philosophy of singing, and specializes in Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, and Jazz singing styles. Sight singing skill work is also offered and will cover basic music theory in addition to solfege music reading techniques. Alexis also offers audition preparation services such as audio recording and transposition for her voice studio students.
In addition to vocal lessons, Alexis is pleased to offer beginner piano and music theory lessons. The piano lessons are geared towards singers who would like to learn to accompany themselves, or would simply like to be better at piano for rehearsal purposes. Music Theory lessons will be presented at the individual students level and will cover everything a student desires to learn, from basic rhythm and pitch reading through compositional theory.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room/Kitchen: couch, computer desk, piano, studio bookshelf, room for parents to sit in on lesson
*** Specialties *** Opera voice, musical theater acting and voice, jazz voice, classical voice, safe stage combat acting, diction and speaking, Alexander Technique, sight singing and music reading, basic music theory, audition preparation
Paula G. October 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Alexis explains technique in a way that is at once immediately understandable and easy to implement. I've only had a few lessons with her and I'm already noticing a huge improvement. I would highly recommend her as a voice teacher to anyone at any level.
Veronica L. August 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Alexis has been a wonderful private vocal instructor for my son who is currently a middle school student. She is professional, versatile, helpful, flexible and extremely encouraging as a teacher and mentor. Alexis believes that her students need a solid musical foundation; she is willing to spend time teaching the basics in order to assure her students know how to read music. She has been able to help my son grasp and learn music theory concepts that were sometime challenging in his music theory class at school. Alexis has also worked diligently with my son on musical theatre audition preparation which prepared him and ultimately earned him lead roles in a few musical theatre productions. Alexis is very versatile and is able to teach many types of musical and vocal styles from classical, to Broadway – musical theatre and to popular music, etc. She worked with my son and helped him gain confidence to participate as a vocal soloist for his school’s talent show. I also love the fact that Alexis can see the growth in her student’s after they have worked hard in their private lessons; she offers them advice and encouragement and often recommends new opportunities for the student to try such as auditioning for All State Choirs. Alexis is also very flexible and will work with you in instances where you need to change, reschedule or cancel your vocal lessons. This flexibility is greatly needed and appreciated as a busy parent who may have to change the schedule due to personal conflicts or work commitment. But, the best endorsement that I can give for Alexis is that my son trust, believes in and likes Alexis as a teacher and as a person and as a parent, I don’t think you can ask for too much more!
My instruments are horn, trumpet and piano. I am a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and I've played all over the world. I've played with soloists from Frank Sinatra to Luciano Pavarotti. I've taught for 29 years, and have a proven track record of success. I teach in Cherry Hill and Moorestown, NJ, Avondale, Unionville, Landenberg, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Wayne and West Chester, PA, and Hockessin, Wilmington, and Middletown, DE.
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