Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Lauren
My cello lessons with Jared are great! I always look forward to them. He's very patient and encouraging, and he's really good at listening to my s
pecific music goals and tailoring lessons to help me :) I really appreciate it. Thank you!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Racine Robert
"My grandchildren love Daniel. He is awesome. He is fun all around. Excellent with children. Very very patient! Recommend!"
Charlotte, NC teacher:
Review by Byunggon
"Varin is really nice and great teacher. My kid is always excited to have a lesson with him, saying that he is very funny and exactly knows what my kid nee
ds. Thanks, Varin."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Valerie
I wanted to start taking the violin seriously, and Julie was certainly the best teacher for that (and still is!). She helped me prepare for m
y audition for my school's chamber group and although I did not make it that year (being that I had started lessons a couple months before my audition day), I did the next year. Not only that, I made it by a long shot. I was fifth chair, first violin. Even before then I noticed how much I had improved studying with Julie. She not only worked with me on how to efficiently practice and approach the music itself, but taught me proper technique to yield the best sound--for instance, using the ENTIRE bow, an important thing to do... She is patient, her instruction is invaluable, and improvement is guaranteed (given that you also work hard). It is also superfun playing duets with her <3."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by J
"Stephanie is extraordinary!
I never gave it any thought that it would be possible to learn such a complex instrument via Skype. To find someone as profes
sionally trained as her is very challenging in of itself, but to have someone of her caliber teach my daughter from many miles away in the comfort of our home is truly amazing! Stephanie was very patient, observant, extremely knowledgeable and a talented teacher. It is quite a luxury to have the opportunity to work with her. I'd recommend her highly. If you are hesitant to try her online lessons I would suggest you at least give it a chance; you will be pleasantly surprised."
Asheville, NC teacher:
Review by Dustin
"I completely stumbled onto lessons with Bobby through GS Music. It was the best piece of serendipity ever! Bobby is one of the rare musicians who is bot
h great at his instrument and also great at teaching. Most lessons started off with a review of the pieces from the previous lesson, areas to improve, followed by new exercises. Bobby was never limited to one technical manual and had numerous exercises and pieces of music at his finger tips to always inspire me. When my motivation was lacking regarding Clarke exercises Bobby even transcribed a few pieces I had chosen that the music did not exist for (Black Eyed Peas on trumpet!!!). Bobby was always on time (early) and completely prepared for the lesson. He knew the hangups with playing the trumpet and how to fix them. What was even more amazing was I was able to sit in on the lesson before me that Bobby taught to a school aged kid. Bobby was completely adaptive and able to enthuse a kid who was clearly 1/4 my age!
I give Bobby my highest recommendation... something I rarely do."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Suzanne
"She is a hands on instructor. Her ethusiasm gives my son wanting to exceed himself. She is very meticulous in her teachings."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Maddy
"Kathy has taught me so much about singing technique, and my ability as a performer. Through her lessons, I have gained a lot of confidence singing up on s
tage and in front of crowds. She also helped me greatly improve my abilities as a jazz singer. She is a wonderful teacher, incredibly helpful, kind and supportive!"
Augusta, ME teacher:
Review by Lindsey
"Joe has been really patient and helpful with helping me gain a solid understanding of basic music principles. He is very knowledgeable and resourceful. No
t only did he teach me how to play music I like while focusing on technique and understanding progressions, but expanded my interests through sharing music from famous bassists that I had never heard of."
I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organizati
on and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.
*** Lesson Details *** I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.
*** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Acoustic Piano Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets
Cyndi has been very successful as a singer/songwriter, artist developer, producer and teacher. Originally hailing from Dayton, Ohio, she has resided in Los Angeles for many years. She has performed all over the United States and the world as an artist singing on cruise lines such as The Royal Carribean, Carnival, NCL etc., and has shared the stage with The Jackson's, Barbara Striesand, Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans and many others. Cyndi is currently music director and artist for the tribute act, "The Voices of the Supremes, which performs in various venues throughout the United States and abr
oad. She is also President/CEO of her own Entertainment company, Neuhaus Entertainment Group, and has produced CD projects for numerous up and coming artists.
As a teacher, Cyndi has taught "Vocal Technique" to students of all ages ranging from 6-70 for the past 25 years. She was Youth and Young Adult Music Director for Crenshaw Christian Center, one of the largest churches in America, as well as A&R for their record label. As a songwriter/producer/artist developer on staff for 12 years, she produced numerous CD projects. Her song, "The Power of Faith," that she wrote for the Ever Increasing Faith broadcast can be heard all over the world daily on both television and radio. Because of her meticulous instruction, many of her students have gone on to obtain professional careers in the entertainment industry singing backup vocals for named acts such as Ameridan Idol, Fantasia, Gospel recording great, Kim Burrell, Nikki Minaj. Adam Lambert, starring in the lead role of Young Simba in the Lion King Production at the Pantages Theatre, recording the title song for the movie "Another Cinderella Story II, singing for Middleweight Champion of the World, Sugar Shane Mosley at Madison Square Gardens, another of her students went on to become part of the Grammy award winning girl group "Isis" and yet another is one of the main cast members on the hit TV show "Glee".
As a teacher, I get immense satisfaction from seeing my students excel and fly using the techniques and tools that I have taught them," Cyndi says beaming with pride. "My students have done tremendous things in the industry and it is my pleasure to continue to pass down the nuggets of wisdom and skill that I've obtained from over 30 years in the entertainment business."
Cyndi's training began at age 8 where she studied classical piano for 6 years. By age 15, she and her brother released their first independent single which did reasonably well locally. By age 19, while studying music at Ohio University, she along with her brother won "Right On" magazine's nationwide talent search and were offered two major recording contracts. She decided to sign with Philadelphia International Records under the auspices of Grammy Award winning producer, Thom Bell (who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). She studied under Thom Bell and it was there that she learned the art of record production. She also studied vocal production under legendary Grammy Award winning producer, Hal Davis (Jackson five fame). Cyndi was taught proper vocal technique by vocal trainer to the stars, Seth Riggs and continued her private studies learning the vocal techniques of the great Alan Linquist. Her teaching style has subsequently morphed into a combination of all these great inspirational instructors.
As a teacher, Cyndi is kind, patient and extremely enthusiastic when it comes to instructing her students. Her students always see her as their friend and one who they know will bring out the best in them and desires that they grow to their fullest potential.
*** Lesson Details *** When you come to Cyndi for voice lessons, you can rest assured that your vocals will never be the same. She is as comfortable teaching the beginner as she is instructing the seasoned professional who wants to hone their skills even further. She can always bring something out of you that you didn't know was there. Maybe it's the confidence that she exudes when she instructs, maybe it's her innate ability to know what's needed at any given time to make the student better. But whatever it is, you can rest assured that your lesson will be fun, thorough, and the lesson plan that she devises will cause you to arrive at the musical goals that you've set for yourself. She can help you or your child prepare for upcoming auditions, as well as any other scheduled performance. Cyndi will create a lesson plan that will certainly be tailor-made for your style and needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring my Cd player to play tracks etc....the student should have a recording device to record the lesson, whatever performance tracks we'd be working from, and a keyboard would be helpful but not necessary.
*** Specialties *** My style of vocal training concentrates on singing in the 'Ng" position and using cuperto as the primary way to produce more tone with less effort. I also train my students to breath properly utilizing the lower lumbar area along with breathing from their diaphragm. I generally train vocal students in all genres of music and I stress stage presence in conjunction with proper vocal technique.
Jeff Maher February 7, 2016
In home Verified Student
My first lesson with Cyndi was a complete giant step towards my goal. She explains things well and we hit it off right away. We got right to work on the good technique that I had never had. She pushed me to the limit and more, which is what I asked her to do.
Aside from doing the all-important breathing and scale work I learned the secret of an effective vibrato. She explained it in a very simple way. For me it was a revelation to think of it like this; an immediate breakthrough for me!
I was sent home with some breathing exercises and scale work as well as how to effectively sing the song I had brought along to work on with her.
Cyndi has a beautiful soul and is a very effective and positive teacher.
Thank's Cyndi! See you next week.
Melissa February 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Cindy Is one of the best teachers! I love how she works with my girls, she takes her time and doesn't miss details. She's an outgoing person and my girls are always so excited to go to her lessons. I'm really greatful to have her as my daughters teacher. I know because of her skills my girls will go far in singing. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
James November 20, 2015
Jazz Voice ·
My daughter and I are very happy with Cyndi's work, doing jazz vocal instruction.
My daughter walks out of each session with an ear to ear grin because Cyndi not only has taught her well and taken full advantage of the time spent, but also because Cyndi is a great encouraging force who brings some TLC to the lessons and positive support that helps my daughter's confidence (an area that she sometimes has struggles with).
Cyndi brings the "whole package" with professionalism, understanding of the craft, a determination to help a student get things right before moving up and on to the next step/level. She also brings a great deal of patience, as well as the TLC catering to the needs of my daughter and working with her at a realistic pace with the goal of mastering skills.
She communicates with me as needed/requested and has been very accommodating when needed. My daughter previously worked with another singing instructor and we had a bit of a disappointing experience. We drive 10x as far now to meet with Cydni because she is worth the commute.
Hi there! I'm a music teacher and private academic tutor for students with learning disabilities, but I have taught in every capacity you can think of! Since I graduated with a degree in music (viola) with honors from UC Berkeley in 2010 I have been a full time substitute, classroom music/orchestra/private teacher with 42 private students a week and a k-12 academic tutor, all in public and private schools with both high and low income students from various demographics. But more to the point, I love teaching and tutoring. I believe in giving back the quality education I've received, and there'
s nothing more fulfilling than helping someone else reach their goals. My students tell me I'm a fun, engaging teacher who is understanding and accommodating to their needs, but not afraid crack down and be strict when necessary. I am currently in the process of moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington for my Master's in Music Education and Cognition. I look forward to meeting you!
Klare T. November 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very patient and communicates well to my daughter.
Michelle August 18, 2015
Music Performance ·
I had the pleasure of having Ms. Conti as a music teacher at Brighton Private Elementary School. As the principal, I was amazed at her ability to instill in children her love for music. I was also inspired by her understanding of the power music plays in our lives and more specifically in our learning of all subject matter. She is amazing, talented, and kind.
ChristopherF October 28, 2010
Giuliana is a wonderful teacher. She has been both patient and thorough as I stumble through the basics of learning the violin. It's a great help that she has also been flexible with the lesson sessions, as I often deal with an irregular schedule.
I've been exploring music since age 13 when I started on guitar and electric bass. I've gigged around the Puget Sound area for over a decade and am passionate about many styles of music. I've played in jazz and blues ensembles while studying music in Boston and Seattle. I currently play in a band called Wax Orchards in Seattle and perform on my own as well. I play acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, and have taken up Ukulele in recent years.
*** Lesson Details *** I provide my own student binder that is divided into two main sections: Songs and Fundamentals.
SONGS I will wri
te up any song for you that you'd like to learn, assuming it's within your skill level. If you have no particular recommendations, I bring in songs regularly of my own choosing as well. Student notebooks come with at least five beginner songs. I am happy to go through songbooks students may have purchased.
FUNDAMENTALS In the fundamentals part of the student binder, scales, chords and theory are presented in an easily readable fashion. These parts of lessons become improvisation time, as the student learns how to apply these scales and chords.
I do a mixture traditional music notation and tabulator in my sessions. Accessories required are a tuner, three-ring binder with sheet protectors and music stand.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring one of my acoustics to my lessons.
*** Specialties *** I play all kinds of music and can assist with anything from pop to jazz to metal to folk and acoustic playing. Some of my personal favorite artists are The Beatles, John Frusciante, Paul Simon, The Smashing Pumpkins and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Jagger January 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
So patient with my 5 year old! He really was great at making it easy for him to understand and follow along! Can't wait until the next lesson!
Nick L. January 7, 2016
In home Verified Student
James is very nice and patient. He taught me a lot of fundamental skills and knowledge, which helps me really understand how guitar works. I look forward to making more progress with James in the future sessions
Stewart October 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
H, there! My name is Chris, and I love teaching people how to sing! Whether it's brushing up on your karaoke skills or getting ready for the next school contest or professional audition, I'd love to help!
I attended Pacific Lutheran University for Vocal Performance, where I studied voice with Marcia Baldwin of MET Opera fame, and before that with George Peckham - the teacher of Merrilee Rush, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I've had the great privilege of working with such noted professionals as Marvin Hamlisch, Asher Fisch, and Peter Phllpsand with local Jazz legends such as Frank Dem
iero and Phil Matson.
In addition to teaching and singing, I conduct Illumni Men's Chorale (America's Got Talent, Season 6!), and I was the staff Vocal Coach for the Seattle Choral Company, Seattle SeaChordsmen, and the Seattle Men's Chorus - the largest male choir in the world.
I love teaching all styles of music, and while affectations may vary, the basics are all the same. If you're interested in lessons, please say hello!
Andre M. January 29, 2016
Speaking Voice ·
In home Verified Student
Had a great first lesson and I am looking forward to working with Christopher!!
Zach Reinhardt January 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very knowledgable and tons of fun. Singing is improving at a rapid pace!
Allyson M. June 25, 2015
Classical Voice ·
In home Verified Student
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