Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Christopher
"Kristina is a great teacher! She's very versatile and has lots of experience. She's easy to talk to and easy to work with. She helps you work on your wea
knesses to improve."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Kathy
"Wow. Just, wow. Take lessons from this guy. Seriously, he's awesome."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Josh
"First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the nex
Cleveland, OH teacher:
Review by Carrie
"Wonderful instructor! Milton has a great attitude and is a joy to be around. My son loves learning from him and we are very thankful for finding such a
patient, creative and skilled instructor. Student's Review - Milton is an exciting and fun guitar teacher. He has exceeded expectations and made otherwise bland lessons interesting and fun. He is always quippy and easy to be around. Having him as an instructor has made me grow to love the guitar even more."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Haley
"Thank you for making my first visit so enjoyable."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
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Review by Karen
"My son took violin lessons with Charlene as a preschooler through 3rd grade before we moved away from Michigan in the early 1990s. I only have the best t
o say about Charlene's abilities as a thoughtful, attentive, proactive, discerning, creative teacher. She loves what she does, which showed in my son's attitude about attending lessons and his continued passion for music and string instruments 20 years later."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Natale
"As helpful as they come, Nick has bent over backwards to make sure our 6-yr-old daughter was outfitted with the right violin and bow. As an absolute begin
ner when she began a couple of months ago, she's impressing us now with her new skills."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jay
"Howard is an amazing teacher. He is intuitive, patient and has a knack for identifying just what you need to learn when you need to learn it. His tips alw
ays help accelerate the learning process. I've found that letting go of my preconceptions and following his advice is always the better way to go.
I am in my 50's and stated lessons just a few months ago - but I am playing songs and thoroughly enjoying every note along the way to achieving my goals.
I would highly recommend Howard as a teacher of piano and also of learning how to learn."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jill
"I don't know if I can even put into words how much I appreciate Candis as a teacher; she taught me violin for about 5 years before I went to work with ano
ther teacher downtown (because she moved away). Unfortunately I don't play the violin anymore, but I can definitely say that she affected me pretty greatly as a teacher and I would absolutely recommend her."
Heralded as "a smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8.
As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching e
xperience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer and is an Adjunct Professor of Music and Composition at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.
Voice Teaching and Performing - 11 years Drum Teaching, Performing and Recording - 16 years Music Theory & Composition Professor and Private Tutor - 8 years
Owner and operator of Mother Brother Studios - Full production & recording facility servicing all genres and styles.
*** Lesson Details *** Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.
I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.
Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.
*** Studio Equipment *** Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music
*** Specialties *** Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.
William P. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
So let me tell you about Matthew. I came into his lessons with some weird songs that originated from Japan and when we went over them, the songs were so fast that he could hardly believe that people sang them. But even so, he took on the challenge of something he hadn't heard of before and worked with me to improve what I needed to in order to take on the challenges I wanted to face. I feel within the past 12 weeks I've improved so much on breath control, posture, confidence, mixing my music, overall singing with chest, full voice and even in my falsetto. He'll teach you how to keep your voice nice and open, pays close attention to your movements so he can correct you, and is overall just so very knowledgable about the world of singing and more.
He's even agreed to take it to the next level with some research on how to do some dangerous sounding screaming. This guy takes any challenge you throw at him, makes sure you are informed about how each skill/warm-up/style is completed and if you practice, with his help, you'll be sounding so much better and stronger in no time. I'd hire him if I were you. He's a great teacher, a great guy, very flexible and a joy to learn from.
Miles D. May 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have wanted to sing since I was a kid, but never got around to taking lessons in high school or college. I signed up for Matt's weekly lessons on a whim and saw he had some good reviews. His students were right on.
Matt is very knowledgeable about different areas of music and in addition to teaching me how to sing, taught me how to tune my bass guitar and the basics of drumming at my request.
His practice room is nice, and its easy to find of 95. He's also a really chill guy and easy to take instruction from.
Highly recommend to everyone.
Abigail F. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Matt was amazing! These lessons were a first for my 10 year old daughter, and Matt's style and demeanor were perfect! He's very knowledgeable, kind and patient - characteristics I was looking for in a vocal coach. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a child with a passion for singing and wants to develop it.
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.
Jessie E. September 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very helpful !! Very nice !!
Michelle O. September 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Michael Douglas Jones is a talented performer and teacher. He individualizes his instruction and provides the student with vocal and breathing techniques to improve their ability. Michael helps to build the singer's confidence in a caring professional manner. He is undoubtedly a "5 star" teacher!
Dominique D. September 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Our experience with Michael has been great. Under his guidance, I have seen my daughter Olivia excel in her ability to sing and more importantly her confidence. We had been with another instructor for two years and it is very clear that Michael is a professional.
Craig C. is a pianist, accompanist, and musical director from Massapequa, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Music with a degree in Piano from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. During high school, Craig studied primarily jazz piano and was chosen as the All Jazz piano Player for New York State in 2005. While in college, he studied classical piano with Phyllis Lehrer and gained a great interest in teaching piano. His coursework included studies in piano and voice pedagogy and techniques, accompanying, vocal diction, and choir. Craig has performed with some of the best orchestras in th
e world in the Westminster Symphonic Choir. Notable performances include Mahler's 8th Symphony with Pierre Boulez and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, performed in Carnegie Hall and "Die Erste Walpurgisnacht" by Felix Mendelsohnn under the direction of Kurt Masur. For the past nine years, Craig has been involved with over fifty professional and amateur musical theater productions throughout Long Island. He has been musical director, vocal director, pianist, and keyboardist. Throughout the years, Craig has gained a lot of experience in musical theater vocal coaching and techniques. In addition to jazz, classical and musical theater, Craig has performs actively with performing/recording artist Ryan Thomas as keyboardist and is a well received accompanist around Long Island. He is very comfortable with all styles and genres of music and loves to share any and all types of music with everyone.
*** Lesson Details *** Craig is comfortable teaching all ages and abilities of piano and voice. Students should expect a relaxed and friendly environment that is open to change and interpretation depending on the individual. Lessons are completely catered to each individual student's needs and wants. Depending on what the student (and parent) is looking to get of it, lessons can be anywhere very loose and free form to strict with clear cut goals. Students can study any styles they wish to study while still learning good technique and musicianship. Technique and musicianship will always come first in lessons. Students can also expect to have the style of teaching used to be catered to their particular learning style.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide some music, forms, recording equipment, and a music stand, but students must provide their own instrument, books, and any other materials I would like them to have such as a notebook or binder.
*** Specialties *** I am most proficient in piano of all styles as that is what my degree is in, but I have extensive experience in musical theater voice coaching and teaching as well. I can also teach classical voice, euphonium, and musical theory. I am comfortable with all ages and levels.
Robert F. February 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Craig's Patience and Knowledge
Craig is very knowledgeable and patient. I am an older student (64) who started lessons at age 4 and then my playing became sporadic, sometimes not playing for weeks at a time. Craig has been focusing on open chords and using the Jazz repertoire to put concepts into practice. I tend to be a little hard on myself and Craig has helped me with that, too. His suggestion of working on songs two measures at at time has been very helpful
Richard B. February 5, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Craig is an excellent teacher and a very nice, person. He teaches piano to three of us and easily adjusts his lessons for each of our competency levels. His instructions are easy to follow and his suggestions for mastering skills work. Our lessons are friendly and low pressure. I would highly recommend Craig.
PamB4 November 3, 2010
Craig is a terrific instructor. He's very knowledgeable and patient. He clicked with my son immediately, and I'm impressed by how much he has taught my son in only a few lessons.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987, Anna started her studies at the age of 4 at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. Her first solo performance was at the age of 8. At the age of 14, she took first prize in the Glazunov International Violin Competition in Paris. She is the Grand-Prix winner of the International Violin Competition held in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan). In 2009 Anna performed with the Gunma Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Tokyo, and in concert series with the Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg (Germany), conducted by Claus-Peter Modest, held in Bukhara (Uzbekistan). In 2013 she perfo
rmed a debut recital in New York City at the Lyric Chamber Music Society. Anna has served as Concertmaster of the Lynn University Philharmonia in Boca Raton, FL. Participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Guillermo Figueroa, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Daniel Heifetz, Elmar Oliveira, Philip Setzer, Ilya Kaler, Philip Fowke, Mikhail Gotzdinner; as a member of orchestra performed under the baton of John Nelson, Albert-George Schram, Jon Robertson, Guillermo Figueroa, Greg Ritchey; worked and performed with such distinguished artists, as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Anna graduated from the Uspensky School in 2007 and entered the State Conservatoire of Uzbekistan. Currently, Anna is studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet for her Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University, NY.
*** Lesson Details *** The very first lesson is a process of establishing professional contact between a student and a teacher; couple of exercises will be given in order to figure out the current level of a student. Then recommended material will be chosen.
You may also require what repertoire you would like to work on (either for beginners or advanced students). I have all the books/scores for Suzuki Violin School, Maia Bang, etc. I also work with Russian Violin Books (ex. "Yuniy Skripach" ("Young Violinist")).
I also work with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome students, and study the subject seriously,
Lesson schedule may vary, depending on convenience of both the student and the teacher. I will always do my best to find the best time that would work for you. So please, do not look at my availability schedule, it is all very wobbly! Just allow me to contact you, and I am sure we will figure something out!
*** Studio Equipment *** Online lessons available!
For beginners: I have all the materials (music, score, flash cards) For advanced students: we can work on either material you have or I can provide you with recommended material (music, score, technical material)
*** Specialties *** Music Education for Beginners, Advanced Students, and Students with disabilities (Asperger's, etc.), Children Psychology, Educating Games
Eva E. October 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Anna is an exceptional teacher. I wish I had a teacher like her when I was young, learning to play violin. Now I'm a senior and trying to relearn what I have forgotten in the last 50 years. Anna is very patient, she has an incredible knowledge of music and violin. The best violin teacher one can have.
Lesley S. September 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
So far so good. My granddaughter (6) is not the most cooperative child but Anna is wonderful at keeping her engaged. I could not have found anyone better.
Brenda B. July 24, 2014
Online Verified Student
Anna is an awesome instructor for my 12 year old daughter who is a beginner. Each lesson my daughter learns something new and progresses on the violin. Anna does a great job of teaching the basic techniques and not letting my daughter develop bad habits. Anna gives clear feedback: she praises what was done well and corrects what needs improvement. Anna encourages my daughter to excellence while making the lessons fun. My daughter loves violin lessons with Anna and looks forward to each lesson.
Hello! My name is Ed and I'm so glad that you or your child is interested in becoming a better, more confident musician. I have both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Music Education and I have been working with private students for the past 10 years.
I love teaching students of all ages and abilities from the beginner to advanced. My goal in teaching is to keep music fun while encouraging self-discipline and patience. Students that study music with me enjoy my lessons because I try to make each lesson relevant to the music that they already love. After working on some foundation techni
ques, students can sing or play anything from Taylor Swift to Les Miserables to Beethoven.
Sara M. August 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
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