Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Chana
"Dvora is a sensitive and exciting piano teacher for my nine-year-old daughter. Not only is Dvora musically intuitive, she is emotionally so as well. She p
lays my daughter like a harp, and my daughter responds beautifully to her positive energy and dynamic approach. With the trust Dvora has built with my daughter, she could probably teach her anything."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"I played clarinet for ten years. I wanted to find a teacher who really knows how to focus on a student's goals and weaknesses. Kevin has provided me with
weekly lessons that I can take home and make trues progress in picking, timing, reading, fingering, and listening, Kevin is a true professional."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Stacey
"Fernando is a fantastic teacher!
Fernando has been teaching our two children guitar for over a year and a half. His passion for guitar and teaching is ev
ident at every lesson. His gentle mannerisms and clear understanding of children and how they process and learn is the perfect mix to allow for continual growth in the subject. We could not have asked for a better teacher!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Allyson
"In one simple word to describe Joan is "Wow!" She is an awesome teacher who has taught my 7 year old daughter for about a year and a half. My daughter ha
s never complained about going to class but more always eager to attend class and learn more. She continues to progress and is doing extremely well. Joan definitely knows how to work with children, very patient, kind and is a very good motivator."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Dinah
"Heidi's love of music is contagious! And her teaching style nurturing & encouraging.
We love Heidi's encouraging teaching style. She communicates wonderf
ully with all 3 of my children! All three are excited about what they are learning & how quickly they can confidently play & sing."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by George
When I first met Keith, or as I call him Coach, he went right to business. Took out my notebook, and in the 30 Minutes, I learned so
much about music notes that I could go home and remember without looking at the book. He Is an AWESOME teacher and someone that I will always admire and look up to. He is very patient and gives a lot of similarities to what he went through years past to what I could handle now. The unfortunate part is that I had to cancel some classes because of my A/C and Heating job and he always had extra time during the day to squeeze me in. He will always be in my mind, and there is not a single day that goes by that i tap my fingers while listening to music and measuring the beats in a song. Its fun! And he got me in LOVE with drums even more. Coach, i know you are reading this, and I am glad you are, just want you to know I really appreciate your time with me and give me something to accomplish, which is learn something new in my life. Coach, you are the greatest and I hope new students who come to for training and help realize that it will be the best 30 minutes they can ever receive from any music teacher. GOOD LUCK!!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Mark
"dedicated fun teacher
ive known Mike for a few years. he really puts all his effort and passion into teaching. he loves drums and knows how to communicat
e that feel to others. he is well versed and experienced on all types of percussion having been to acclaimed university programs. for both kids and adults Mike reaches out and brings the joy of music!!!!!!!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Andrea
"Jenny is a great teacher. She is really in tune with knowing my daughter's level of ability and adjusting her lessons to meet her needs. She is very accom
modating with lesson times and makes every effort to provide a comfortable learning environment. I am so glad we found her!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Patricia
"Christina is a very detailed, experienced teacher. I am happy to have
her as a piano teacher."
As certified teacher in three states and over 30 years of music experience, I am comfortable with students of all ages in developing their musicianship and love of musical expression. Playing violin professionally since the age of 16, my performance background includes symphony orchestra, mariachi, acoustic rock, chorus (alto), and various small ensembles. In college, I studied piano and currently play keyboard with a classic rock group. My overarching goal is to share the benefit of a lifetime of experience with my students so that they will find their own 'voice' in the wide world of music
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching is to customize lessons to meet the needs of individual learners and to make learning fun: It is always okay to make mistakes as long as you are willing to do the work to overcome them. I will be there every step of the way to help you meet your musical goals. The curriculum used will depend on your current level of playing and the particular style of music you are interested in. From that point, I can provide you with basic theory, techniques, and self-selected pieces to guide you towards your personal goal. It is my hope that our lessons will develop into a lifelong teacher/student relationship: There is nothing that brings me such joy as seeing my students move forward and develop their own independence as a musician.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have my own violin; students must have their own instrument. Violin students that have a piano in their home is preferred but not required.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in working with beginning students to develop basic techniques and notation skills.
Alison P. January 23, 2013
Mrs. Monica is a very happy and gifted teacher. She always greats her students with a smile and gives achievable goals to keep her students motivated to keep learning.
Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.
Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations thro
ughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.
"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis
*** Lesson Details *** Piano students will focus specifically on the most important skills and concepts they need to be able to play proficiently and musically. This will be through the use of proper technique and providing clear explanation of music theory. Scales, progression, harmonizing, improvising and sight reading will all be demonstrated and explained thoroughly. Also creative exercises to help the students build chops and play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.
Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing many diverse styles. I will introduce (or reinforce) the rudiments and how they might be applied to any beats or fills. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline. Styles will be covered to grasp a feel of straight 8th and 16th note patterns. Blues shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so that the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on triplets. Students can also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world. (Latin, Jamaican, Afro Cuban etc...) After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied then we can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.
Lessons with me will focus on the following: ï¶ Students of all ages and skill levels ï¶ Improve your technique and creativity ï¶ Play in any style of music you are interested ï¶ Drum set and hand percussion ï¶ Learn through fun exercises
â¢ Understanding rhythm â¢ Rudiments â¢ Sight reading â¢ Stick control â¢ Accent and rebounds â¢ Double bass â¢ Soloing â¢ Studio drumming
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano, Â Drum practice pads, Drum kits, Congs, Other percussionÂ instrumentsÂ .
*** Travel Equipment *** Practice pads. A full library of exercises and instructional materials. Books, videos, laptop...
*** Specialties *** Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Voice and Ear training Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand Drums.
I try to meet the needs of my student in the styles they are interested in. I will use the proper teaching methods to help them to become efficient in styling of there choice.
Lesley W. March 20, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Working with Take Lessons is easy and convenient
My son and I had a positive experience with both Take Lessons and the instructor, Travis Bloom.
MarlysG January 11, 2012
Great! Patient with questions being asked of him.
Lessons are to the point and fast moving. He is willing to review the past lessons for confirmation of students doubts or questions.
JessicaB March 17, 2011
Knowledgeable and helpful
He is responsive to our needs, patient, energetic, and positive. He makes lessons enjoyable and engaging for our 9-year-old son.
Music has been my passion for the past 18 years. I started piano when I was 5 yrs old and the violin when I was 7 yrs old. I continued with lessons until I entered the Detroit High School for Performing Arts. During my sophomore year, I took additional classes at Wayne Sate University for music theory and in my senior year I took on my first piano students. I have been teaching piano, violin and music theory ever since. I have also choreographed and taught dance for many years as dancing has been with me since my first lessons at 4 yrs old. My focus is in ballet, tap and jazz. I am a gradua
te from Eastern Michigan University where I was actively a part of the music and dance program.
*** Lesson Details *** I remember my piano teacher and I try to keep her balance of fun and learning. I am a very fun teacher, but I do expect my students to work, and learn. I introduce learning games and have contests. I also regularly quiz my students. For the younger students I like to inform the parents about what they should be practicing and of any theory exercises they may have for the week. Music is a rewarding and enjoyable passion that I try to pass on to my students.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have their own instruments. I will provide the first books, but they will have to provide the books that come after and I will assist them with that.
*** Specialties *** I've been doing ballet, tap and jazz for 16 years and i taught all of them for about two years. I teach classical piano and violin.
Sarah I. March 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
We were disappointed when Alysia showed up late to our 8 year old daughters very first piano lesson (which was an 8th birthday gift.....she was very excited) And then to our surprise she leaves the lesson 5 full minutes early. We thought that maybe she was having a rough day and decided to give it a shot again next week. Well, this time, not to our surprise, after a suspiciously quite...piano lesson...our daughter confirmed what we had hoped was not going on....Ms. Alysia spent much of the lesson texting with "her parents". Just disappointing.
Suzannah B. November 27, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Solid, happy Teacher, quality instruction!
Aysia has been a fantastic teacher for my 13 year old daughter for violin. She has clear expectations and lessons. She is very competent with her skills and good at communicating her knowledge in an encouraging and constructive manner. She has been flexible with the schedule when necessary, due to life happening. I highly recommend her as a choice teacher.
KellyU May 15, 2012
Alysia is a great teacher I was a little nervous to use her because most of the reviews were written by parents whos kids are learning and I am an adult who just really wanted to learn the violin but after meeting Alysia she is not only patient but informative I think learning as an adult we or at least I tender to want to run before I can crawl like let's just learn this so I can get to the "good stuff." The way she explains stuff really lets you see there is method to the madness of trying to learn something so complicated? She is also easy to work with both in song selections (within abilities) and how she teaches. Learning the violin poster among a thousand other things is important and she has a way of correcting that doesn't make me feel stupid I know my husband has the nicest things to say. After a few lessons I am still on simple songs at only a few lessons and I still mess up but I have improved enough he doesn't run away or put in ear plugs anymore. Thank you Alysia!!!! I cant wait till I get a few more lessons in.... I am very excited!
Karl K. has been playing drums for nearly 30 yrs and has been teaching private drum lessons for nearly 15 yrs. Karl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University and has also completed an advanced leadership program at ASU in Non-profit Leadership and is currently in a citizen leadership program with the Town of Queen Creek. Karl maintains an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card and works as an Associate Director for a major child welfare organization. Karl's musical background is extensive. Karl took private le
ssons for drums and percussion in Michigan and Arizona for 14 yrs with 4 instructors. Karl also took a few years of private instruction in guitar and piano. Karl received the John Phillip Sousa award in high school and went on to play in Mesa Community College and Arizona State University bands. Karl's professional experience includes performing in various styles and venues. Karl teaches rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching and orchestral percussion and drums. Karl has an extensive advanced knowledge of child and adult learning methods and utilizes them in his instruction. Karl prides himself in being a well rounded drummer, musician, and a teacher who focuses on helping students become the drummer they want to be.
Karl is a Girl Scout Troop co-leader and also enjoys traveling extensively, visiting museums, plays, concerts, national parks and amusement parks with his wife and 3 children.
Karl cites Buddy Rich as his biggest influence. Other major influences include: Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Ron Bushy, Mike Mangini, Weckl, Peart, Bonham, Starr, Escovedo and on and on and on! Ask him to name a few, and he will try to name them all if you have a few hours!
*** Lesson Details *** I help you to become the drummer you want to be. We spend about 10-15 minutes on the snare or practice pad learning the chops you need to be successful, and then we spend the rest of the time on the full drum set where I show you exactly how those chops/rudiments transfer to a drum set. I have dozens of drum books and thousands of drum exercises/handouts to use. Most students want to rock, so I focus on rocking out, but I also have the students dabble in jazz and Latin so they can get some exposure and learn how these styles of playing will enhance their rock drumming. If a student chooses, we can spend a lot more time on Jazz and Latin, and even explore hand drums. I think they are all important. If a student wants to learn marching snare then I pull out the marching snare and we work on that, if a student wants to learn bells/xylophone, then I pull out the bells and we work on that. If a student wants to learn congas, bongos, timbales, etc., then we pull those out and work on those. I have it all in my studio ready to use. I have experience teaching both right and left handed drummers. Left handed drummers have some advantages and we can talk about the different options left handed drummers have and find the approach that is best for you.
*** Studio Equipment *** No Mutes or Muffles here! Play on professional equipment. Several drum sets, snares, marching snare, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, lots of other percussion instruments, guitars, organ, keyboard, a piano etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** Sticks, brushes, mallets, a practice pad and some books/handouts. Come to me with the same (don't bring your practice pad).
*** Specialties *** Karl teaches rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching and orchestral percussion and drums.
Hi! my name is Ryan. I have been playing for over 13 years and am happy to help you get started playing guitar. I love teaching beginners of all ages out of my studio in Mesa!
Courtney July 31, 2015
Ryan is just fabulous. Not only does he teach all sorts of styles of guitar, he also teaches drums and ukelele. He teaches good technique and great theory on the guitar and shows great patience. He never gets frustrated and is always understanding. When I've written songs, he's helped me figure out the missing piece to the song, whether it was a chord or particular melody or riff. As a music teacher myself, I can say Ryan is a fabulous teacher.
Michelle July 22, 2015
My son is 11 years old and never played before. He has really been enjoying his lessons with Ryan.
Bryanna July 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I have been taking guitar lessons from Ryan for five months now. Within those five months I have learned to use several techniques on the guitar. Ryan has also taught me about other instruments which has resulted in my guitar skills to be a lot better. Currently we are working on my rhythm by using the drums. Feeling the beat of the drums helps me with my rhythm. Ryan does not only uses drums but other instruments too. To help connect the instrument you came to learn on. Over all Ryan is are great teacher and I have learned more in five months than I did when I tryed to learn myself.
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