Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Joel
"I begin learning the guitar with David Iâm well on my wayâ¦.
I purchased my first guitar about three months before starting lessons with David. I trie
d self-study through several books and quickly realized that I needed to find an instructor if I was serious about learning. I was hesitant about trying lessons online but quickly realized that there is almost no difference between face to face and online lessons. David can clearly see and hear what Iâm playing. The commute downstairs to my computer is also an advantage.
I have several friends who play at various levels and I questioned them about how they learned. Most of them who didnât take music in school (high school or college) donât read music and rely on TAB. After eight months of lessons I have a solid foundation on sight reading, bar cords, theory, and understanding the relationships of the notes and cords on the fret board. Iâm able to pick out a song from a songbook and I have the tools to start learning the song myself. This is due to learning the fundamentals correctly the first timeâ¦
My experience learning with David has been very good. He keeps me motivated, Iâm learning songs that I enjoy, and I have an expert leading me in, what I feel is, a good direction. Of course I need to do my part and practice, but thatâs part of the funâ¦right?"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Ian
"Eric is a great teacher to work with!
I was sort of nervous to get back into singing but Eric was completely relaxed and motivational. His techniques rea
lly push your range and his home studio is great... definitely recommend!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jodanne
"We have been very impressed with Anna and have also received feedback from our son's orchestra instructor that she must be fantastic based on the progress
our son has made over the last school year. Thank you, Anna, for all of the encouragement and instruction you've given to our son."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Audie
"I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by John
"I took lessons from Debra Lee on a weekly basis for about 6 months. It was a very rewarding experience for me. Debra got me to a level of confidence where
I could sing at my niece's wedding just two weeks ago today. It was a spectacular success. Debra is kind and patient as a teacher. She helped extend my range at both the top and bottom.
I cannot say enough good and positive things about Debra. On a scale of 1-10, I would give her a 9."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Estelle
"Molly is an amazing artist and person. I absolutely love learning from and knowing her!
I've played in a band with Molly for several years now, in which
we both play violin and sing. She's taught me so much about music, from violin, cuatro, and vocal technique, to arranging music, to the specificity and detail that bring a performance from good to great.
She's wildly gifted, energetic, patient, as well as extremely kind and encouraging. But most profoundly, she leads by example with her pure love and curiosity for music. She reminds me that the integration and practice of the things in life which make us sing on the inside not only make us happier, more balanced people, but make it possible to touch others with our work."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by William
"All of my children have begun to work with Nicholas. His relaxed but challenging style is a perfect combination for young boys. Great experience!"
Allentown, PA teacher:
Review by Trevor
"Varin helped me a lot with singing. He helped create a foundation where I can stand vocally, and gave me tools to use to create the sound I want. When I f
irst started with him, I was pushing, and straining my voice to excess. He showed me how to take a step back from the pushing and let my voice do its thing. I've seen marked improvement since training with Varin. From vocal warmup exercises, to recording songs we worked on to pick the technicalities apart, his curriculum covers all the bases. I highly recommend Varin if you're looking for a friendly face who also knows his stuff!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Stacy
"I've been going to Dyce since Feb of this year and my playing has improved 100%, He is very knowledgable and gives me great tools to apply while I practic
e. I love playing and look forward to learning so much more with him."
*For more information on SKYPE lessons, please read the "lesson details" section.
Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She maintains this certification through the continuous rigorous training and evaluation program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Melody utilizes over 10 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges. She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mist
akes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Seth Riggs (CEO SLS), Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier.
Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 16 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her rolls in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerable others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casino's, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell school of Music and Dance, and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults.
Personal Message: "Learning how to sing is fun!! It is also a lot of work. =) My goal for each student in every lesson is that they EXPERIENCE something new and better when it comes to vocal technique, and that they EXPERIENCE what I like to call the "happy music feeling." The perfect hybrid is when vocal technique is no longer an issue, and singing songs becomes effortless, joyful, and ripe for self expression and passion. This does not happen overnight, but with practice, dedication, and a patient impatience that keeps the student striving for perfection while simultaneously enjoying the process.
I teach all ages and I don't require an audition like many other highly trained teachers. I understand that you are coming to me to learn HOW to sing, and this is why I love beginners so much! I have spent many years studying to become the best voice teacher I can because I find teaching others the joy of singing incredibly rewarding. I understand the demands of a rigorous performance schedule, and I love the opportunity to help fine tune a working singer's vocal technique. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, I can teach you to sing higher, stronger, and faster with more ease than you probably thought possible. I look forward to working with you and your voice!"
Here are some nice things people have said about her:
"A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . " -Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette
The Forum Newsweekly "Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence."
The Shreveport times "She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and faces were pointed to the stage."
Dan Garner Tipitina's
The Shreveport Times "Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals."
Michael Pickett "Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! "
Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington.
*** Lesson Details ***
SKYPE LESSONS: Since I moved to Pennsylvania from San Diego, I have begun taking all of my lessons from Seth Riggs via Skype. I also maintained almost my entire San Diego student base by teaching via Skype, and in addition starting accepting students from all over the country and the world. I now have a very busy studio with an over 70% Skype student base due to the high demand for SLS technique and a balanced approach to singing instruction. My youngest Skype student is 4 years old, and I recently held my first Skype Student integrated recital where online students performed live on a big screen from the comfort of their own homes! I'm constantly thinking of new ways to engage students from all corners of the world, create an online studio community, and offer performance and learning opportunities. Skype lessons are a great option for those without access to good vocal technique instructors or those who have tight schedules and prefer not to battle traffic on the way to the voice studio.
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard, piano, microphone, Guitars.
*** Travel Equipment *** Will travel for: Studio coaching for artist recording.
*** Specialties *** Voice: I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles.
Debbie C. March 23, 2015
Online Verified Student
She is the greatest teacher! 5 stars just isn't enough! She is very patient, very skilled and I love Melody!
Nancy L. March 20, 2015
Online Verified Student
Melody has taught my granddaughter vocal lessons for over three years now. Her technique, along with her vibrant attitude has really helped Lizzie grow as a vocalist. Over the past three years it has been a joy to watch Lizzie perform at recitals and on stage for theater and solos at church. Melody has given Lizzie confidence by instilling the basics of singing and developing her style, technique, stage presence, and much more. Lizzie quickly build a good relationship with Melody and felt very comfortable during lessons. She was consistent with her practice since she took what Melody taught to heart. Lizzie started at 7 years of age and is almost 11, so I know that any young person would benefit from Melody's teaching. I also know that Melody is a great teacher for any age as I have heard her students sing in recitals. We are so very happy to have been connected with Melody and feel confident that Lizzie greatly benefited from her lessons. We love you, Melody!
Delphine B. December 3, 2014
Online Verified Student
Melody works with me both on songwriting and singing. She is a dynamic instructor and really cares about each student. Melody works to build confidence of the student so that they can do with their music / singing what they dream of doing. I highly recommend Melody.
My name is Jared N. My main instrument is upright bass though I am also proficient at electric bass. The genre of music I enjoy playing is jazz, but I can play everything from classical to rock to funk, etc. I am also a certified Alexander Technique teacher and can incorporate it into my music lessons.
Hi my name is David with Mac's Accordion. God has been good and has allowed me to teach and perform the accordion for the last 25 years. I have students from all around the world ( India, London, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and all around the United States). My lessons are high energy and a lot of fun. I teach from the Palmer Hughes Books and add in 25 years of playing into the lesson. I also send students different styles of music that will give them a more professional sound.
Here at Mac's accordion you have a choice of taking lessons from my Pittsburgh studio or you can learn
the accordion at the comfort of your own home with live, One on One online accordion lessons.
I look forward in starting you on your accordion Journey.
David M. August 23, 2014
Thank for the great lesson! I'll definitely have some excellent stuff to work on. Also, I just wanted to say thanks again for doing this online instruction. You're a great teacher and this method fits perfect with my highly mobile life. I'll be in touch soon to schedule another round of lessons.
Zach from Denver Corado
I was skeptical about taking music lessons by Skype, but thought I would give it a try since there are no accordion teachers in my area. Skype lessons with David have turned out to be quite a pleasure and much better than the best I could have imagined. First of all, David pays such close attention to my playing that he picks up on little details that I thought might go by unnoticed through a video lesson ( e.g. fingering and minor issues with my accordion reeds). Also, because David is so personable, the lessons are fun and I forget that we are not actually in the same room together. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have been taking weekly lessons for only two months and my playing has already improved considerably. All and all, I am extremely happy with my accordion lessons with David through Skype: I have an attentive teacher, the lessons are fun, I am getting much better, and the only thing I'm missing from taking lessons with a teacher in person is the drive!
Bruno (student) New York City
I have been learning the accordion with David for a few months now and would happily recommend his Skype tutoring service. I have progressed well since starting the lessons and really enjoyed David's teaching style. He covers all the basics and fundamentals necessary for my level but also focuses on chord structures and progressions with an eye on mor advanced technique.
Stuart Dorin, (student) London,England
I love the Skype lessons! It allows me to learn how to play accordion from the comfort of my own home. I just set up a time to meet and then do the lesson! It's quick, easy and painless. David is very knowledgeable about the accordion and I have learned so much from him in only a few months. I would highly recommend the Skype lessons with David to anyone who wants to learn accordion, but may be hesitant about online lessons.
Matthew (student) Atlanta, Georgia
I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and Music Theory from Kent State University and my Master of Arts degree in Music Theory Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music, a prestigious conservatory-like school. In addition to my focus on music theory and composition, I have studied classical piano for over 10 years. I have many years of experience teaching in both one-on-one and classroom settings. Though I have more experience working with college students, I feel very comfortable working with children and adults.
I firmly believe that students should have a fun experie
nce in addition to learning the material. This means that I do not utilize one specific teaching method - instead, I do my best to adapt my teaching to each individual student. I bring a positive attitude to every lesson and strive enhance a student's passion for music. In addition to standard lesson materials, I often allow students to express their creativity through abstract assignments.
I am a professional ESL instructor, singer, guitarist and intermediate Chinese speaker whose passion is bringing the world together by helping people learn to express themselves through all these means. I have a diverse background and combined experience of over 30 years in musical performance, teaching and communicating with people of diverse cultures. Being married with three teenagers of my own, I have a lot of experience with young people as well as adults.
Please take a few minutes and read my Individual subject descriptions as I have a lot to offer you or your
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