rogress that we continued the lessons via Skype. Learning the piano helped him improve in school and has become his favorite extracurricular activity. Jamila is very patient and she creates engaging lessons. Whenever we plan to visit family in Florida, we will definitely schedule a lesson since he miss his favorite teacher."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Andre
"Our 8-year-old daughter is very happy studying with Bill. He has enough patience to guide the young student through the pieces that are challenging, and w
hile practice at home is still key for the student to be able to play, Bill has been instrumental in ensuring that our kid is playing the flute with the best practices.
He is always in good humor, and flexible in fitting us into his schedule."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Chaya Lieba
"Jessica is a great teacher
Jessica works with me on what I want to work on. She is knowledgable and has creative ways of teaching. I really enjoy lessons
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Somto
"I have had lessons with Katie now for almost 2 years and I am very impressed by her dedication, patience and ability to motivate and engage me. I have per
formed in several events so far and for each performance, I heavily rely on Katie's input...so far, they've all gone well thanks to my astute instructor. I wanted someone that could help me grow in classical singing and I am happy I found Katie. Katie is able to teach a wide repertoire from Bizet's Habanera in French to Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade in German. She also takes me through diction before we start learning the songs. I highly recommend Katie to anyone new in the area looking to grow in their vocal technique no matter the style."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Jake
"Andy is one of the best instructors I've ever had. We met through LinkedIn, as I was looking for artistic development for my music. He came up with a six-
month-long plan after our first lesson. Needless to say I was very impressed.
He also has a great ability to explain and make relevant some obscure concepts. Music theory concepts that had evaded my understanding for years were made simple as 2+2.
I highly recommend Andy for anyone looking to further their artistic development!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Maria
"Exactly what we were looking for
My shy 6-year-old daughter took right to Nathan. She was so confident of her ability that she entered the school talent
show with the first song Nathan taught her just a month after starting lessons. She did great. His lessons are in a beautiful setting and just a joy to attend. My daughter has no problem keeping-up with the homework."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Donna
My daughter has taken lessons from Kurt for over a year. He is very dedicated, patient, talented, professional, flexible and very like
able. He demonstrates a very positive learning atmosphere and communicates his lessons so that they are easily understood by my daughter.
With a strong knowledge of technology, Kurt set up her weekly lessons via Skype implementing YouTube videos for previews to her lessons and videos recapping each lesson. He goes above and beyond just a music lesson and then seeing you the next week.
Kurt is extremely professional and an excellent guitarist, which he demonstrates in every aspect of his teachings.
I would highly recommend Kurt if you are interested in learning how to play the guitar. He will work at your speed as fast or slow as you desire. He not only teaches you your favorite songs, but teaches reading music, rhythm, history, and every aspect of learning how to play the guitar."
Wheeling, WV teacher:
Review by Rodil (Deo)
"Have you seen conservatory conductor-teacher Fletcher rip into jazz drummer-student Andy in the movie Whiplash? Famous quotes: "Were you rushing or dragg
ing?", "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job'."
Thankfully, Jackie is in NO way like Fletcher. She's kind and very encouraging, though firm and exacting at the same time. She will not say 'good job' if you don't deserve it. If you've seen her youtube piano and singing videos, you know that she comes from an impeccable classical background, so understandably her standard is very high. She doesn't tolerate 'sloppy' playing. I've been studying with her for 6 months plus, and I'm still trying to earn a star on my drop-rolls. I'm also still struggling to maintain a technique that does not vacillate between legato and staccato when doing scales with a metronome.
Before coming to Jackie, I could not read sheet music, and can only 'play by ear' (improvise) the melody/accompaniment while reading lyrics and chords from sites such as ultimate-guitar. I tried all kinds of software and apps, including 'Playground Sessions' and 'Piano Marvel' but with limited success. However, I just recently tried the new 'Flowkey' webapp, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I can now handle some of the beginner and intermediate level sheet music.
Here's a youtube video of some of us, her students, performing in our piano/voice recital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r01ElWcOVmg
There's just no substitute to a real great personal teacher like Jackie, who can not only guide you, but ultimately motivate and inspire you."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Stephen
"I had only great experiences studying with Louis Cruz. He gave me very clear ways of understanding complex music theory concepts, and approached teaching
me piano with patients and a unique and encouraging attitude!"
I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your unique instrument. From a very young age I was sharing my love of the arts with others as a performer. I grew up with an immense appreciation for all forms of art and found music to be the ideal way to express myself. My extensive education and performance experience has allowed me to cultivate my skills and knowledge so that I can best support each student on their own unique journey of cultivating their authentic singing voice. As a teacher I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to support students both in my
studio and through online lessons, providing the positive and supportive guidance and experiences they need in order to cultivate their own musical gifts.
*** Lesson Details *** My intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of my ability, in finding and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, I keep a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. I design a specific curriculum for each student based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to me that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and I provide fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. I have extensive experience working with individuals who may have fear or anxiety about singing, speaking or expressing themselves to others. I am able to assist these students as they move past their fear and hesitation and truly claim their voice. They learn to cultivate and appreciate their own ability to express themselves in the world with confidence and ease. My goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** Portable Keyboard
*** Specialties *** Musical theater, jazz, classical, opera, folk and popular music.
Cindy F. July 29, 2015
Online Verified Student
If I had to pick all over again, I would still choose Michelle! I can't think of anything she could do to improve. She is smart, funny, bubbly, positive, and very flexible with schedules. She could teach any age and any range of ability without making the student feel humiliated. In fact, she is very good at building confidence and you can tell she ENJOYS teaching and singing. She is also very caring. I originally purchased the lessons for my daughter (20) who is interested in theater, but just for fun (and as a Christmas present), we did the first few lessons together. I am in charge of our church youth band, so I continued my lessons as I discovered there really is so much to learn. I have never been able to reach high notes, so I've learned how to breathe and even get well past my normal B-flat high note. I never knew there were so many places for sound to reverberate, so I guess you could say I am finding my voice. I am a reading specialist, so I recognize quality instruction. My daughter and I love her so much that my 22-year old son wanted to take lessons as well. He is a piano performance major at UNT and appreciates good teachers who are also good musicians. We all three highly recommend her. I would give her more stars if I could! The Take Lessons website is also very well organized and I haven't had a bit of trouble with it, despite the fact that I've had to rearrange my lessons quite often. Thanks for everything, Michelle!
Michelle R. July 27, 2015
Online Verified Student
My daughter who is 10 has been taking singing lessons with MIchelle for about 10 months now. My daughter loves her time with Michelle. Michelle has mastered the art of encouraging the student while giving areas of improvement. My daughter loves singing and Michelle gives her specific areas of improvement while instilling confidence. Michelle is timely on her lessons and consistent. I never have to worry whether she will show for our lesson and I can rest in the fact that my daughter leaves the lesson with confidence and direction in her singing.
Kimberly G. July 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
This was my first ever vocal/singing lesson. I've had a deep desire to learn how to sing for years. I finally made the decision to leap into a whole new, and unknown world of singing lessons. Michelle took away all my anxieties on the very first lesson! She is very warm and welcoming! Although I am very new to vocal/singing lessons, she certainly didn't make me feel like it was my first time! She was extremely informative, gave great tid-bits, explained things in a manner in which I could understand the technicalities easily, very encouraging, gives you kudo's for a great job, and over all just made it FUN! I could go on and on...you just have to see for yourself. If she made ME feel comfortable...someone with absolutely no prior lessons, no natural singing voice...she is definitely one to choose. She is extremely patient as well and her warm, friendly personality is infectious!
Sheila M. is a native of Southern California, born and raised in the city of Palm Springs. Her interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hu
Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.
In 2013, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I am available to teach both flute and piano lessons and have taught both instruments at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, though I prefer to teach piano at the beginner and intermediate levels the most. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.
My guarantee is that the student will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons, but little joking here and there is always necessary, in my opinion!
That said, here are my three expectations from my students:
1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)
2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.
3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home with your child. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!
*** Required Materials *** Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.
Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano (not a keyboard) in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
Cary K. August 24, 2014
In home Verified Student
Sheila taught my son flute for the academic year 2013-14 in our home once per week. She was able to supplement instructions with what he was doing in school music. She had a great relationship with him and he looked forward to his lesson every week. He improved greatly in his music skills over the course of the year and was asked by Sheila to perform in a recital at the end of the school year. Sheila was a very good music teacher and her academic training was clearly reflected in her teaching a great plus! I would highly recommend her for flute lessons.
jasmine F. August 17, 2014
Sheila has been teaching my son for more than three years and my daughter for more than one year. Both have a wonderful connection with Sheila and have seen tremendous growth and improvement during the time they have been studying piano with her. She is always punctual and prepared for lessons.
While she has high expectations for her students, she is also kind and works very well with younger students.
Sophia C. July 31, 2014
Sheila is a great flute instructor. Her attention to detail and knowledge of flute performance help shape every flute piece we work on. She is very pleasant, understanding, and kind. She gives good feedback and sets reasonable weekly expectations. I have improved greatly in the time that I have been working with her. With Sheila, you will be looking forward to the lessons, instead of dreading them :)))!!
Are you or your child interested in learning how to play piano? I am a former child prodigy and a very experienced soloist / teacher whose talent was fostered by the highest of Russian Classical Pianist Pedigrees from a very young age. I have a lot to share. Learning the piano, isn't just about learning notes and playing them; it's about creating music, and conveying a story! I know how to teach that! I have been teaching on and off since I was 18 in 1991. I formerly taught at a Yamaha School, and now I teach in my home on my beautiful Yamaha C7, or I will come to you. My rates are very com
petitive, and I will give you a strong foundation, instill the art of musicianship and teach you skills you can apply on your own and at your own pace. Learning an instrument should be fun and stress-free to foster a love of creating music. I enjoy teaching most, when you and/or your child are challenged in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Please contact me if you have any questions.
Ms B. February 24, 2015
Roni B is a treasure! So wonderful! We are so blessed to have found her.
There were several options in the valley, and you can never know if there will be that 'connection' with a new teacher.
Roni is patient and she got me! Knew exactly what I needed to learn.
I have had other teachers, and RONI B IS THE BEST!!!
Im giving her card to ALL my friends, even if they don't play piano!
Thank you Roni. Now don't get too busy so you can't work with you number one student lol!
Robin S. February 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
The thought of finding a piano teacher for my young daughter and myself in this city that is filled with so much talent and musicality seemed daunting to me. I was unsure if the piano teacher I chose for my daughter would also be right for me but I felt I needed to start somewhere. I gave my daughter a Yamaha electric piano for Christmas and began the search for her piano teacher immediately.
I stumbled upon Take Lessons completely by accident as I was learning about the rigorous credentializing of the Yamaha School instructors. I knew I wanted someone that was classically trained but still had plenty of youth left to enjoy teaching children. Additionally, I have a very good friend that plays the piano beautifully and he swears it's because of the discipline he learned from his Russian "battle ax" piano teacher so many years ago. He told me if I could find someone that was Russian taught, they would be the best!!
After reading lots of profiles, I found Roni B!!! From the very first lesson for my daughter and then my subsequent lesson, I knew it was the perfect fit for not only my daughter but for me too. Roni B. not only brings her passion of the piano to life with every lesson but patience and compassion as well. She knows her job well and doesn't push me or my daughter to a place that isn't fun and nurturing. It is very important to Roni B. that we learn the piano at our own pace and the love of the journey. She also has very strong knowledge of theory as well.
I have begun to refer friends to Roni B. and I am confident in no time at all, she will be one of the most "in demand" piano teachers in Los Angeles!
Laura S. February 4, 2015
My 8 year old has wanted to play piano for a long time, but struggled with her last 2 teachers.
Roni has changed my daughters perspective of learning. She really LOVES playing.
Roni is so much fun. She is not only patient, but kind and funny.
Mark V has been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when he discovered his natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching himself the harmonica by ear. He went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. He has collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and has well over a 100 in his collection. Mark V is also Pro Tools certified and has been teaching Pro Tools, MIDI, music production, composing, keyboard techniques & sound design since 1998 hav
ing won numerous academic awards. Mark V has a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. He wears many hats including his first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MIDI expert & programmer, writer, consultant & teacher inspiring his students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN!
Chaz July 14, 2015
Pro Tools Software ·
Mark is a fantastic teacher. His lesson's run from deeply technical to deeply spiritual. Thanks to him my eyes have been opened to the grace of Pro Tools and I feel confident with my new found skills to step out into the post production world.
Octavio July 8, 2015
Pro Tools Software
Mark is an amazing instructor. His knowledge, skills and understanding combined with his patient and warm demeanor makes learning a pleasant experience. You'll learn multiple aspects in Pro Tools including: short cut commands, signal flow, plug-ins, mixing, editing, midi, recording, melody, sound designing, industry work flow...Lessons are informative, creative and fun by injecting humor whenever possible. Thanks again Mark for sharing your knowledge.
STEVEN W. May 28, 2015
Pro Tools Software ·
I have been in the "music business" and performing for more than 50 years. I started performing and recording in 1964. In 2005 I moved to Beverly Hills and wanted to build a digital studio. I had produced only in analog and had a very minimal knowledge of computers. When I decided to go with Pro Tools I called friends that had already produced many hit projects on that system. Although they had their own creative knowledge and "tricks", as teachers they left me more confused than capable. Then one day a member of Tupac's crew called and, upon hearing my problem, recomended me to Mark.
Right away Mark advised me as to which components would become compatable with the studio I had in mind. The gear he recommended back then remains "studio standard" quality today.
Mark, patiently , began with the basics.First he taught "troubleshooting" and "keyboard commands" . I learned to "back-up" and protect my music. Eventually I could use all the moves I learned to maneuver creatively through recordings. In sessions problems occur, and, amazingly I can handle most of them. When I can't I can always call Mark. That, alone, is invaluable. We have remained friends for 10 years and now that it is time to upgrade my system, Mark is still the one person whose advice I trust .
Study with an American Idol! Antonella Barba, Season 6 finalist, is available to teach private in-home & online lessons in violin, piano, & voice. Antonella has been playing the violin for 24 years & teaching music since 2001.
Her newest role as Brand Ambassador for UNICEF not only exemplifies her passion of helping others by entertaining, but also calls those who share her passion to create & inspire through music. UNICEF features her internationally in their Imagine Campaign performing w/ Will.I.Am, Katy Perry, & David Guetta. The star-studded video was featured on Good Morning America as
well as the New Year's Eve ball-dropping ceremonies in Dubai, Sydney, & Rio: https://gma.yahoo.com/video/unicef-releases-star-studded-39-121010998.html
Antonella teaches all levels, beginner to advanced, & also offers audition prep & professional advice for music industry auditions.
A classically trained musician, Antonella employs Suzuki method as well as contemporary methods of music education.
Jennifer July 22, 2015
Antonella is a wonderful music instructor. She is patient, kind, and personable. Her musical talent is unmatched and she taught my daughter not only how to play the piano and violin, but also provided voice lessons as well. We miss her and her instructions very much! Antonella taught my daughter at home, online, and in the music store.
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