Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Mandy
"Original Gift Idea
I purchased 5 lessons from Michael as a Christmas gift for my wife. It was a fantastic idea- she loves her lessons! Michael is a very
skilled teacher and I have already noticed improvements in my wife's playing.
I highly recommend Michael for anyone looking for a music teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Charles
"Great teacher and did a great job inspiring my son to play."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Lorraine
"Extraordinary, perceptive instruction
Michael is my first and only voice teacher. I came to him because I wanted a more comfortable and confident singing
experience. With kind and patient guidance, I am learning to sing like myself and not copy the performance of professional singers on each song. Michael coaxes your personal sound right out of you! I am finally free to sing like me....."
New York, NY teacher:
Michael Douglas J.
Review by Kathy H.
"Matt is a fantastic teacher. He's knows what he's talking about, my daughter loves him, and he's very friendly. I highly recommend Matt."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
I have been working with Julie for over a year now and I have nothing but great things to say about her. She is a fantastic teacher who
has helped me expand my playing beyond what I thought possible. She really understands my playing goals and always gives me pieces of music that I enjoy but that continually push me forward. I feel very lucky to have her as a instructor."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Charlene
"I loved taking lessons with Khemya. My job interfered with my lessons. What I enjoyed most is I felt my music which my sound strange but as a senior adult
is makes all the difference."
Stockton, CA teacher:
Review by Cristy
I really enjoy my lessons and look forward to them each week. I trust Richard and am happy to continue to do lessons and recommend him to
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Adam
"Andrew is an incredibly knowledgable and talented teacher
Andrew impressed me from our very first lesson. He listened to what I wanted to get accomplishe
d with my lessons and adapted to my requests and my skill level. His knowledge of music is just one of the things that makes him such a great teacher. His patience and enthusiasm also make him the perfect instructor!
I would highly recommend Andrew!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by rita
"Easy to sign up and Great customer service
My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding
Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor."
I maintain very active performing and teaching careers. I have private voice studios on Long Island and in Manhattan and have taught singers and pianists in every genre of music for the last 24 years. I was on the faculty of New York University in the Music and Music Professions Department for 5 years and was Music Director and Vocal Coach for an innovative new rap opera, "Odin" in Spring 2006 at the Fred Lowe Theatre. I was a coach in the Banff Centre's 'Voice through body and movement' workshop with international artist, Richard Armstrong and served two years as a voice instructor and guest
lecturer at the Banff Centre for their young artist training program entitled 'Opera as Theatre'. Throughout my career as a vocal coach, I have worked with many cabaret artists as musical director, arranger and accompanist. Most notably, Debbie Boily's "Thank You for the Music"a one woman show with me at the piano, recorded live at Ovations in June 2004 Houston, Texas and subsequently performed in France, England and New York. Most recently, I recorded an opera with Jazz legend Anthony Braxton and an all Jazz CD with Fred Ho. I have recorded operas in progress for Atlantic Records and new works of composers on the BMI label. As a performer I won the prestigious Jessie award for "outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role" for my creation of the Marquis in "120 Songs for the Marquis de Sade" in the world premiere co-produced by Modern Baroque Opera and Vancouver New Music. My international debut was in Sweden, singing the lead role of Director in "Kafka's Chimp" by Welsh composer, John Metcalf. Originally from Hawaii I now reside in New York where I garden and raise chickens. Experience Fall 2000-2006 New York University NY, NY Vocal Instructor for undergraduate and graduate students in the Music and Music Professions degree programs. Instructor of Italian Diction Music Director/Vocal Coach for ODIN, a new rap opera.
Spring 2003-present State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Vocal Coach for chamber groups for performances, which begins with selection of repertoire and continues to final dress.
Summer 2002-2004 Banff Centre for the Arts Banff, Alberta Guest Lecturer/Vocal Instructor working with each singer individually for festival opera productions as well as attended rehearsals and production meetings.
*** Lesson Details *** I endeavor to teach you a natural and easy vocal production; to teach you a good solid technique of singing and to help you develop confidence and a polished delivery as a singing artist on and off the stage.
Our work together is an intuitive journey of discovery. Your participation in giving feedback about what you are experiencing during our sessions together as well as what happens in your practice sessions and in your performances is an invaluable tool for us to discover and develop your voice.
Practice: I encourage you to practice 20 minutes a day. An hour is ideal. Singing is like anything that you want to master: it improves with work and investigation. The voice is a curiously individual element of each person and aside from the basics of technique no two voices work the same. Our work together is to develop your unique voice and to discover how it works. Working outside our sessions on a regular basis will help you take ownership of your voice and technique.
Auditions/Performances: Please bring all music that you plan to sing in public to your sessions well in advance of the performance. We need time to investigate the music and its demands together; it will make you more confident and polished in your presentation.
In our Vocal sessions you will learn… …how to use and blend the entire range of your voice. … a healthy and free voice management. 1) You want to know what to expect from your vocal instrument on any given note and on any given word. 2) Training makes singing technique second nature; training relieves struggling to get the sound out and allows more focus on the performance. 3) Training allows for more tone coloration, a wider dynamic range, a full use and blending of the registers and greater stamina. 4) Extensive training and practical voice work gives a singer with long-range career aspirations the tools necessary to succeed in an incredibly competitive business. Whether the music is rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, country, musical theater or classical, the trained singer can better meet the demands of a life on the stage as a singer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated Music Space, music stand, grand piano, three windows
*** Specialties *** Onstage singing: I have 25 years experience on the operatic, music theater and cabaret theatre stages.
Chris D. July 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
i haven't sung in 10 years, Michael gave me faith in myself and encouragement to get back into it which was great. Very personable lessons made it feel like it was catered to me and not a cookie cutter lesson, he knew what to focus on with me and how to work with me.
John H. April 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Michael was very patient. He has excellent teaching skills and made me feel very comfortable from the start.
5 stars !!!!!
barbara January 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.
I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basi
c piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.
The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.
*** Lesson Details *** The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.
With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.
Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.
*** Studio Equipment *** Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.
*** Travel Equipment *** Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, violin parts and maintenance tools and equipment.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
Yulianet N. August 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Peter is amazing, with just a few classes she was able to play a tune. He is great with children and the parents as well. Very patient and dedicated! Definitely recommend.
Glenn C. April 15, 2016
Upright Bass ·
Online Verified Student
Peter provides me with challenging material to practice that fits both my ability and my interest. Often the music he provides is material that he hand writes. He has a knack for pushing past where I'm comfortable without overwhelming me. I would recommend him to anyone.
Christi N. April 15, 2016
Online Verified Student
I really enjoyed my lessons with Peter, he was professional and kind as I took on a new adventure in learning cello and reading music as and adult. Skype was a wonderful option since I couldn't find any local instructors. There was a delay in sound at times so we would accidentally talk over eachother or I didn't know what was being asked to play, but we worked it out ans overall I would say it's worth it and would recommend Peter.
Hi, there! My name is Tamar; I'm called Tamari, informally, and Tamara for the stage, and I can't wait to meet you!
I've been teaching private lessons for many, many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment to the art, discipline and joy of music making. I went to Indiana University's Jacob School
of Music and earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years. I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style, One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style. Over the past 23 years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults.
I look forward to helping you reach your goals
Michael August 24, 2016
Classical Piano ·
As a fellow teacher, pianist and choral director, I know a fine musician and teacher when I see one, and I am happy to recommend Tamari Witkin as an outstanding teacher of piano, voice and composition. As a highly versatile, knowledgeable, multi-faceted musician and coach, she motivates her students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels, to keep reaching for ever-higher levels. Tamari's enthusiasm and creativity as an instructor make taking lessons from her both interesting and fun. She skillfully and thoughtfully communicates the language, meaning and joy of making music. Tamari is exceptional in encouraging and motivating her students. These qualities are what make up the keys to what it's all about; the bottom line: one would be hard-pressed to find a better balanced and effective teacher of music.
Gloria August 20, 2016
I am a fellow musician and piano teacher. I've known Tamari for well over a decade, and know her to be a dedicated teacher of piano. I've heard her sing at performances hosted by The Schubert Club of Fairfield County here in Connecticut, and she is quite skilled. I haven't seen Tamari in a formal piano performance, but we've sight-read piano music together at home, and she is very capable. Tamari's greatest strength is her warm and caring personality, which is essential for relating to students. Put that together with her excellent musical training, and you have a dynamite teacher.
Kate August 15, 2016
Classical Voice ·
I have known Tamari Witkin for about four years through a very active music club called The Schubert Club of Fairfield County. She and I have performed vocal duets for the other members of the club on two occasions, and recently we were members of a quartet presenting music from a Bach Cantata. In addition, I have listened to her perform as a solo pianist on several occasions and was impressed with her musical ability.
Tamari is delightful to perform with, because her musicianship is highly professional, and she works well with other performers. In rehearsal, she is able to communicate her ideas about the inner structure of the music, giving her partners clear insights into the composer’s intent that helps them achieve a more satisfying performance.
I have been a voice teacher for over forty years, teaching both young and older students the craft of singing. My long years of experience have taught me that effective communication (from teacher to student) lies at that heart of developing an artist. Although I have not witnessed Tamari in a teaching capacity, I believe from the association I have had with her that she would be an effective and capable teacher.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan in 2010, and continued on to a Masters degree under Dr. Steven Spooner as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas. I am currently pursuing a D.M.A degree at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert Kalish.
I am a native of Taiwan, one of the few pianists in the world to successfully perform “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long set of 36 variations) from memory, and I have performed in the U
nited States, Taiwan, and Prague. I am also involved in chamber music, contemporary music, and piano collaboration. I am an active member of MTNA (Music Teacher National Association).
Personality and Teaching Style:
Patient, dedicated and caring. Providing a comfortable and stressless experience is my principle. My goal is to cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher. I apply musical games and online musicianship development activities in teaching. It's FUN!
*Teaching in Chinese is available.
Yuna June 22, 2016
Classical Piano ·
My son started taking lessons with Ms. Sharon about four months ago. I was searching for a piano teacher with classical background because I know that classical background is very important in basics of piano. I was looking for a serious teacher who was able to keep my son focused and learn well because I want piano to be a big part of my son. Sharon not only can keep my son, who is only 7, focused for 60 minutes, but he is truly enjoying his time with her. He loves taking lessons with her, enjoys practicing at home, and eager to go back to the lesson every week. I thought, at first, 60 minute lesson may be too long for 7 year old boy. However, Sharon keeps him interested, and he is learning basics of piano very well. I searched for a good piano teacher for almost a year, and I am very glad that we met Ms. Sharon.
Ruby June 21, 2016
My daughter is 8 years old, and has been learning piano from Sharon for almost a year. Sharon is very kind and patient with kids. Her professional teaching skill is also very impressive. I would highly recommend her to anyone interested learning piano.
Nancy K. February 13, 2016
My daughter just started taking lessons with Sharon three weeks ago. I found Sharon's education and experience are very solid, and she knows how to observe students. My daughter Emma is 9 years old, and she was not very excited when I mentioned starting having piano lessons. However, it turns out that she likes Sharon's piano lessons! It's fair to give four stars since we only know Sharon for three weeks, but I have good expectation and am very looking forward for next lesson!
I received my Bachelors of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music and my Masters in Music & Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I recently completed my Doctorate degree at Columbia University, in the Music & Teaching of Music in Higher Education degree program. I am on the Faculty of Applied Piano at Columbia University as well as Instructor of Chamber Music there. I am also on the piano faculty at the Bard College Conservatory, Preparatory Division. I am a New York State Certificated music teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. I was on the piano and cham
ber music faculty at the Luzerne Music Center for eight years.
Immanuel June 1, 2016
Cynthia was a great teacher. She helped a lot with my technique and timing while continuing to encourage me to express the music. She was patient and really helped me polish pieces I was working on to bring them to the next level
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