Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Katherine
"Great teacher and nice guy!
I started singing lessons as a complete beginner, although I am in my 30s. Ian was happy to teach me the basics and then we d
ove right in to something I was interested in learning to sing. He was easy to talk to and encouraging, but willing to point out what I could improve as well. I would recommend him to others."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Greg
Peter is an excellent Piano teacher with a solid mastery of the instrument. As a beginner, it was an excellent introduction. He is incr
eadibly patient and caters to you and not to a book.
Highly recommended. Enjoy!"
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Rita
"Wonderful first lesson
My 11 year old son just had his first online lesson which Chad. He is very comfortable and loves the convenience of taking lessons
via Skype. Chad was very professional and accommodating. My son really enjoyed his lesson and looks forward to the next one. I think my son and Chad are a good match."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Kas
I am an older student and I started to learn to play the piano more than a year ago under a different teacher. I started with Eugene ab
out 4 months ago. I was struggling with the piano previously. But after just 2 lessons with Eugene, I found myself playing confidently. Eugene explains so clearly and everything makes sense to me now. I enjoy practicing everyday now. He is excellent teacher, patient, and very professional. He is always on time."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Kimberly
"Theresa is a wonderful teacher! I have had many private lessons teachers, and she is by far the best. She is incredibly patient with me (especially when I
get frustrated and struggle with a particular technique) and always challenges me each and every lesson. I feel that her pricing is very fair (my previous teachers charged much higher rates) and she is flexible whenever I cannot meet for lesson (given advance notice). I highly recommend her for anyone looking for teacher --- young child or adult. I have only had her for acoustic guitar lessons, but I imagine she is probably just as competent at teaching other instruments."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Sam
"He's awesome, funny, very nice to my kids. He's just a really good guy"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Amanda
"My 8 year old daughter took piano lessons from Heather and she really enjoyed them. Heather is a very patient and encouraging teacher!"
Winston Salem, NC teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Fine teacher and top-quality musician with incredible depth of experience."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Marianne Chevallier pour Simon
"Quel regret que Mlle Guegan ait déménagé à Paris ses classes étaient un réel épaanouissement pour mon fils. Elle a réussi à s'adapter à son tempérament cr
éatif pour lui apprendre à pousser plus loin sa technique en composant un peu ce qui l'amusait énormément. Je n'ai su trouver de pareil professeur depuis. Quel regret! Une perle! Marianne"
I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.
I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.
What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along
with their favorite CD's.
Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on songs that the students enjoy.
It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.
I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I record exercises at the lesson and give the student their own practice CD to work on during the week.
Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.
Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!
*** Lesson Details *** I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.
*** Studio Equipment *** Both studios have a full PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible.
*** Specialties *** music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera. I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
CJ C. October 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
A caring and sensitive teacher which promotes confidence in her students. We are looking forward to more lessons!
Jolene S. October 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've really been enjoying my singing lessons with Carol. I'm learning so much. Carol is very upbeat and encouraging. I will definitely be continuing with her after my first five lessons.
Kate G. September 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Carol is a great teacher! I was glad that I was able to find a teacher who has experience in the genre's of music I like to sing which are Jazz and Blues. Carol keeps things fun by letting me learn the things that I want to learn and her flexibility make her such a good teacher. Thank you very much Carol!
Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music. Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.
I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.
Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.
Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.
*** Studio Equipment *** Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.
*** Specialties *** Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
Susana W. January 26, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
Cat W. July 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
Christina N. June 9, 2015
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
Judi specializes in teaching classical piano and, as well as contemporary, popular, jazz/blues and music theory for all levels. She is currently choir director/accompanist for three choirs.
Before graduating from college Judi taught piano at Holy Trinity School, grades K-12. She taught piano, as well as accompanying the choir for church services. She also taught private lessons after graduation from college.
Judi began performing in recitals at the age of 8. She performed as a soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She also performed solo recitals fr
om the age of 13 throughout high school and college. Judi received a music scholarship from the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music where she pursued a degree in piano performance, as well as receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on childhood development. While at U.S.C. Judi accompanied other piano and violin students for master classes and juries. In the summers Judi attended master classes at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In addition to teaching and accompanying Judi has performed for many community events.
Judi enjoys teaching piano and music appreciation because she sees that there is a potential to have fun, enjoy and learn music in everyone. She is very patient, fun and well trained and enjoys teaching students how to use and develop their talents to increase their self-esteem, confidence and self-discipline.
*** Lesson Details *** Judi is an experienced, patient and enthusiastic teacher. Students will learn to develop proper technique as a foundation to build their individual strengths, talents, abilities and skills. Your individual learning style, interests and needs are my first concern in tailoring your lessons to suit your personality and learning style to help you reach your musical goals.
*** Specialties *** Music theory, classics and popular music.
Pat C. December 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Judi is everything I had hoped for and more. Professional amd congenial.
Eddie B. January 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've been taking my son to Judi now for almost a year. He has grown by leaps and bounds since learning under Judi! His lessons in reading, playing, and understanding music under Judi has increased his passion and confidence in playing the piano which he loves so much.
Judi is professional, courteous, and accommodating to us and she is one of the most patient people I've ever met, I love working with her and I highly recommend her as a teacher. She does exceptionally well handling children. I trust her and I appreciate her style of teaching for my son.
Carol W. January 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
As a beginning "youthfully mature" piano student, I was very concerned about finding an instructor who was both adept and well experienced with teaching adults. Whether it was 'beginners luck" or plain good fortune, I found just that person in Judy. Her approach to teaching is multi-faceted with focus on the essentials of theory, technique and playing to enjoy many types of music. She has high expectations of her students and recognizes good effort always.
I highly recommend Judy as a very capable instructor.
"Music is what feelings sound like." I teach music based off of passion, inspiration, creativity, imaginations! The proper techniques are then allowed to be taught in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to learn or practice.
Lessons plans: Piano: 30 min: 5 minutes warming up 5 minutes on homework 5 minutes on music theory 15 minutes on song(s)
45 min: 5 minutes warming up 5 minutes on homework 10-15 minutes on music theory 15-20 minutes on song(s)
60 min: 10 minutes warming up 10 minutes on homework 15 minutes on music theory 25 minutes on so
Piano/Composition: 45 min: 5 minutes warming up 5 minutes on homework 15 minutes on composition time 10 minutes on music theory 10 minutes on song(s)
60 min: 5 minutes warming up 10 minutes on homework 20 minutes on composition time 10 minutes on music theory 15 minutes on song(s)
Singing: 30 min: 5 minutes stretching 5 minutes warming up 5 minutes on music theory 15 minutes on song(s)
45 min: 5 minutes stretching 10 minutes warming up 10-15 minutes on music theory 15-20 minutes on song(s)
60 min: 5 minutes stretching 15 minutes warming up 15 minutes on music theory 25 minutes on song(s)
I currently have 16 students that I teach on a weekly basis. I have been teaching piano, singing, and composition for a few awe-inspiring years while keeping involved with my band Cosmic Lullaby or my choir Folklore Guild.
Whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over 1,000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices, and 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir.
M U S I C: PIANO SUMMARY 2007-2009: My great-aunt taught me the beginner piano fundamentals and basics. 2009-Present: Proficiently self-taught and trained.
VOCAL SUMMARY 1995-2009: Self-taught and trained. 2009: Melody Moore Molinaro gave private instruction. 2009-2013: Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater, opera and choral music. 2013-Present: Proficiently self-taught and trained.
VOICE DETAILED HISTORY (Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)
2010-2013: Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA Over 1000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music, 6 hours/week. As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines.
2009-2013: Canyon Crest Academy Choir. I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.
Choir Masterworks Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010. Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010. A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010. 5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010. Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011. Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013
Operas/ Operettas Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012. A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.
CCA Envision Collaborations Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010 PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011 Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011 The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013 The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013
Solo Performances Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010 Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011 Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012 Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013 I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.
Voice Repertoire Italian: Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca
French/ Catalan: Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure
German: Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus
English: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne Music for a While, Henry Purcell Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim My Johann, Edvard Grieg
*** Studio Equipment *** Bongo Drums Cheap Ukulele YAMAHA Digital Piano (with weighted keys and pedals)
Hey! My name is Micah. I am a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist, drummer, DJ, music producer, and graphic designer. I also love to cook healthy, balanced meals. What ever your interest is, I would love to help you take it to the next level. Looking to use my years of experience performing live, producing quality music, and cooking to help fuel your passion!
Gregory W. August 26, 2015
Micah is one of the most insightful and talented young producers I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from. He can take a mix from ordinary to proffesional right before your eyes, and also explain how he is doing so in real time.
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