Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Shirley
"As a novice piano playing student, I was introduced to reading music as well as playing the piano by Buzz Amato, a great pianist and instructor. I would
be remiss if I did not share how wonderful my piano lessons have been under the many talents Buzz offers as a piano instructor. His ability to convey concepts/theories of piano playing into understandable and applicable practice has made my learning experience enjoyable. Buzz is a good listener, very patient and observant, and acquires an innate gift to teach piano playing in ways that encourage me to continue my lessons. Buzz is a highly skilled piano instructor."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Leann
"Dan is an excellent instructor. He keeps lessons fun, while bringing two or three new teachings to the table each class. Additionally, he is always prompt
and accommodating when it comes to our schedule. My only regret is that a half hour class goes by way too fast! I would recommend Dan to any student who is serious about improving their vocal skills."
New York, NY teacher:
Dr. Daniel C.
Review by Mari
Jarrod is very patient, easy going and a born teacher. I am very shy and self conscious, he is easy to be around so I am able to relax
and learn. Jarrod knows when to change tack and how to get you to push your self a little further. He really is an excellent teacher I would not want anyone else. I would recommend to anyone. when my son is ready I want Jarrod to be his teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Justine
"Penny seems knowledgable and professional. She was very energetic and related well to my 13 year old daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Susan
"Versatile, knowledgeable, listens to the student to set personalized goals"
Winston Salem, NC teacher:
Review by Avery
"Mark played for my wedding, and I was incredibly impressed. I had certain musical portions of my wedding pre-arranged, but those plans ended up falling ap
art. Mark was able to pick up and play beautiful music right when I needed him to. His flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile helped make my wedding as successful as it was! He really saved the day, and I'm so thankful he was there! If I couldn't have him at other future events, I would be happy to take any of his students because I know they would have learned from one of the best."
Gainesville, GA teacher:
Review by Jon
"I can't say enough about how great Maria is! She was quickly able to assess my ability and create a unique lesson plan catering to my goals. Each lesson w
as informative, fun, and most importantly- helped immensely with my playing. I happily recommend Maria to anyone hoping to expand their musical horizons."
Scranton, PA teacher:
Review by Lou
"I've taken guitar lessons on and off during my life. I am above 60 years old. After taking guitar lessons from other teachers I find Lou's style to be ver
y productive. He has helped me grow faster than other teachers. He is patient and listens to your needs and try's to answer all questions. I take an hour lesson every other week which works great for me and he has no problem filling that hour up with plenty of things to work on. He knew what level I was at and has already taken me to the next level in just 3 months time. I have a much better understanding of theory and finger picking and applying it to songs i enjoy playing.
Jerrie from Connecticut"
Waterford, CT teacher:
Review by Charlotte
"Eowyn gave me private saxophone lessons a little while back. She genuinely cares for the success of her students and she's a great motivator. She really k
Christina has played piano since the age of 3! She was given a piano for Christmas and never looked back. She has taken private lessons starting at age 6 and went on to the prestigious Ithaca College to major in Piano Performance. She also holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. Although her plan was originally to travel the world performing, she decided that her passion was teaching the joy of music to others, and has made that her life. Christina has 15 years of teaching experience in professional music studios in NJ. She began at Elisabeth's School of Piano, w
hich has now grown into the Ringwood School of Music. She now teaches at Garden Street Music in Hoboken, Espressivo Piano in Livingston, and Finger Power Music in Edgewater. She teaches lessons to all ages and levels from beginner to professional. She can teach all styles, but specializes in classical. She follows a tried and true method of teaching including scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, as well as incorporating lesson, theory, and solo/fun books to ensure that her students have a well-rounded music education. Above all, Christina makes learning fun. She makes sure that her students are happy with what they are learning and gives them a choice as to what pieces/songs they would like to learn to accomplish their lessons. She makes lessons especially fun for younger children by bringing stickers and fun projects to lessons to encourage their progress. Christina has also extended experience working with children through accompanying for choirs and musicals. Christina is a fun teacher who makes learning how to play piano easy.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun teacher and easy to work with, while also making sure that we cover a certain amount of learning material in each lesson. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work. I also make each lesson fun! I like to give students a choice of what song they would like to learn as their "fun song" while also working on "learning material" crucial to their musical education. I use stickers for the younger students for extra motivation, and allow each student to work up to his or her own ability. I encourage them to be the best they can be, without putting too much pressure on them. Above all, I make sure that the learning experience remains fun and relaxed. Each student learns at his or her own pace and I make sure that each student works up to their ability. Generally speaking, after 3-6 months of working with me as their piano teacher, a student will know the basics of hand placement on the keyboard, reading music, note naming and recognition, and be able to read and play music at a simple level.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Yamaha keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys that plays and feels exactly like a piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard available for lessons and for practicing in between lessons at their home.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained, but have experience in and can teach all genres. I follow a plan in my lessons based upon scales, Hanon exercises, music lesson books such as Faber and Faber "Piano Adventures" or Alfred lesson books, theory and sight-reading, as well as ear training work.
Ehsan E. April 16, 2015
Christina is one of the most talented piano teachers in New York Metro area and NJ. Her understanding of music theory as well as piano are just outstanding.
If you are looking for someone with high patience in teaching, she is the one.
John P. November 13, 2014
In home Verified Student
While I have only had 3 lessons thus far with Christina, I can say with confidence that she is an outstanding instructor. She inquires as to how you learn, what style of teaching best works for the student, and what it is we want to learn, rather than a rigid lesson plan. That is not to say that she does not expect effort, practice & a desire to learn from her students, or that she doesn't have a lesson plan. She builds what I believe is a sound foundation for her beginner students by teaching us to read music and going note by note, chord by chord until it's done correctly. She is also very encouraging. Her ability to play all genre's of piano music is a huge asset as well. I would highly recommend her to students of all ages and abilities .
Helen A. August 16, 2014
Christina is amazing! My son is autistic so it was a challenge to handle him, but Christina was able to do it and he loves his music lessons. Great teacher, very professional and creative.
Oleg is a violinist who represents the brilliant Russian violin school which is arguably one of the leading violin schools in the World during 20th century. In 1984 he was accepted to Moscow Conservatory of Music and in 1991 he graduated Conservatory with highest marks in violin and piano. In 1990 he was invited to participate in IV International Violin Competition 'Isola di Capri' (Capri Italy) and won 1st Prize of this competition playing N. Paganini's 4th Violin Concerto with cadenza which Oleg composed especially for this event. After competition he was invited to participate in music fest
ival in Rimini Italy where he shared the stage with such famous musicians as Boris Berezovsky (1st Prize 1990 P.I.Tchaikovsky Piano Competition) Enrico Pace and Evgeny Bushkov (both winners of many international competitions). After one year with State Symphony Capella of Russia where conductor was legendary Gennady Rozhdestvensky and where Oleg performed in section 1st Violins in 1992 he accepted position of Assistant concertmaster of famous Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and traveled around the globe performing in almost every important music hall including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York Royal Albert and Barbican Hall in London Beethoven Hall in Bonn (Germany) Gewandhaus Symphony Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka (Japan) Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna and many more. In 1994 Oleg immigrated to USA and settled in Fort Lee NJ. He made his American debut recital in Memphis TN in 1995. Since 1994 he performed with such orchestras as New Jersey Symphony Albany Symphony New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony New Philharmonic of New Jersey Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Bachanalia Chamber Ensemble and appeared in a few Broadway productions such 'Ragtime' and 'Music Man'. In 1996 Oleg was invited to perform with the Houston Festival Orchestra as Concertmaster under the the button of Maxim Shostakovich son of the the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Currently Oleg teaches extensively in NJ where he holds a full time position as a string director at the Fort Lee Public Schools.
Moscow Conservatory of Music (Moscow, Russia) BM , MM.,
*** Lesson Details *** I strongly believe that each student is an individual personality and differentiated instruction gives the best possible result. Every student has different cultural and social background and each of them deserves an equal start regardless of their differences, nor their talent. I employ patience and enthusiasm in my effort to pass my love and knowledge for classical music to my students. In 3 to 6 months with me they will be able to play some basic musical pieces with authority and confidence. For the violin/viola/cello students I am using a mix of classical and Suzuki methods. The very beginners will start with "Essential Elements 2000" and after the completion of this book the next step will be Suzuki books 1-6. For piano students I am using Bastien Piano Basics, Levels 1-4.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ piano, music stands, and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** Suziki system for strings
Peri F. November 12, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Superb, excellent violin teacher
highly competent, most inspiring, very likeable, musically talented and capable of producing soul stirring heart warming music.
Hi! My name is Marni and I am an accomplished vocalist and Voice teacher who has traveled the world to perfect my craft. I have a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Master's Degree in Education and have performed on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall in NYC, Canterbury Cathedral an Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. For more than ten years, I have taught both in private voice studios and have instructed students in public schools as well and am a certified Educator in the state of New Jersey.
I teach students of ALL AGES to sing with correct vocal technique includ
ing breath support, tone, pitch, posture and more! The "Bel Canto" style of singing is taught in all cases no matter what style of music. This means that the voice should be free from tension, stress and strain! Learn to sing Rock, Jazz, Classical, Broadway/Musical Theater and any other vocal style!
Many, many of my students have gone on to place in the renowned Bergen County, North Jersey Regional, and All State Choruses and consistently receive leading roles in school, community, and regional theater productions! I also have current and past students who have gone on to have roles on Broadway including an upcoming production of Annie! I've also had students who have gone on to have their rock and heavy metal bands place in local and regional band competitions and be signed!
Whether you want to learn how to sing Karaoke better, audition for American Idol, prepare for auditions, or really seriously work on your vocal technique, i'm the teacher for you!
*** Lesson Details *** Our lessons will be filled with music, support, encouragement and success! I teach to the whole student and we will get to know one another well so I can tailor your lesson specifically to your needs, goals and dreams! By taking lessons, you are taking an amazing step to improve not only your skills as a performer but also your self esteem! When you become better at an instrument or your voice improves so will your outlook! Its a natural fit!
Within 3-6 months, you'll have learned many standard warm-ups and vocalises that you can have in your back pocket for any opportunity that comes your way. If you are a singer, you will have learned how to breathe correctly for singing and implemented great technique into the style music of your choice. You will also have learned quite a few songs, starting from simple to more advanced as we go along!
For the beginner piano student, we will begin understanding basic Music Theory and scales. We will work on finger position and learn basic tunes starting with one hand at a time. soon you'll be learning how to play simple songs with both hands and accompany yourself as you sing along!
For singers, we'll learn about vocal techniques, breathing, relaxation and getting your best vocal sound and discovering how to perform a song with great diction and presence! We'll also learn performance techniques, how to work with a microphone, have a great stage presence in front of a live audience and begin learning how to read music and even get familiar with the piano keyboard!
All of my current students will say that they enjoy our lessons because each one is tailored to the individual and their goals. Its a wonderful and exciting journey that we embark upon together! I love seeing my students progress and learn over the course of our time together!
I encourage all of my students to get out and perform and i'm ALWAYS looking for opportunities for my students to do just that (unpaid AND paid!). Since music is a performing art I try to schedule two recitals a year with my students. These recitals are completely optional (but encouraged!) and take place in a local church hall or other performing space. They are done is a low stress and fun way ...and afterwards, i always provide some sweet treats for the parents and students that attend! Its a super fun way to display how hard my students have been working! Each student leaves the recital with their name and piece in a printed program and a certificate!
My studio is located in a safe, family home on a quiet street with ample street parking. The home is a smoke-free environment. We have a cute little Shih Tzu but not to worry if you have any allergies. He stays in his house downstairs and away from the studio and he never enters the studio room.
Let's make some music!
*** Studio Equipment *** second floor up stairs, bathroom, desk, f/w keyboard seating for parents, method books, music stand
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide any necessary music books, pitch pipe, and possibly music stand. Student must have a keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in the Bel Canto style of voice teaching. This means an easy and fluid voice that can be applied to ANY STYLE of music! Whether you want to sing pop, rock, musical theater, classical/opera I will help you to perfect your style and technique!
Colleen M. February 9, 2014
Singing Verified Student
A great experience!
I highly recommend Marni for voice lessons. She is an extremely talented teacher in both the mechanics and creative aspects of singing. Often, she explains concepts to me in a visual manner because it is familiar to me (I have experience in visual art). I'm amazed at how much I've improved my vocal range/quality in a short time, and how much more comfortable I feel when I sing (both physical comfort and improved confidence). Marni is a gifted artist who will help you find your unique singing voice.
Sally G. February 6, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Marni is a great teacher and helps you feel more comfortable with singing in front of people. She helps with cite reading and makes you feel at ease with new music. She always gives you various options of music to choose from and gives good advice and tips. Overall, Marni is a great teacher and makes you a better musician.
Marni G. January 30, 2014
Loved working with Marni. She has been my voice teacher for years and i've learned so much, gained confidence and gotten roles in school plays and competitions.
I teach people to unlock their musical dreams and have fun playing the guitar PERFECT for beginners to advanced of all ages.
Beginners, you'll learn the fundamentals of the guitar, how to tune, learn chords, strumming patterns, basic improvisation, to play your favorite songs. As well as, learning to play with others
For more intermediate to advance players that like to take your skill to the next level, I teach more about Jazz and Blues, improve improvisation, learning new chords and the theory and scales to be able to move around the fretboard.
I am a professional guitarist based i
n NYC/NJ who performs with my quartet , Latin and Brazilian Jazz type originals, in the Tri-State are.
I teach at the 92Y School of Music, private lessons and groups classes, of all ages, since 2005. I help students full fill their specific needs and goals on the guitar. I have a Bachelors in Music from CUNY, and have accumulated credits towards a Masters in Music Education
*** Studio Equipment *** I use various guitars and amps for both performances and teaching:
AMPS Mesa Boogie 50 Caliber Fender Blues Jr. Music Man 112 RD50 Fishman Loudbox Tech 21 Trademark Yamaha RD60 112 (which I am selling , very versatile amp)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Latin, Blues and songwriting. I teach music through songs of various styles as well as reading music using the Mel Bay and Alfred's Methods. I also teach students how to improvise.
Bronwen S. August 5, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My review is basically the same as the one below - my son is a little slow at guitar and Nelson is SO patient with him. You can tell he loves music and he really enjoys the teaching process. What a great find.
Joel F. June 28, 2014
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
I have taken 8 lessons with Nelson and I'm very happy with him as my teacher. He is an accomplished guitarist, but more importantly, as a teacher he's very patient and allows me to learn at my own pace (which is slow). I would recommend him to anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar.
I have been teaching guitar for more than 10 years. I do have great experience teaching kids in the New York area. Nonetheless, I have taught students with different ages (6 to 60!) and with opposite tastes and styles of music. That made me aware of the many possibilities and directions one can take. My experience taught me to adapt to the student´s goals while being able to communicate the formal methods or strategies that define the understanding of music as a whole. My goal is to ensure the student has a general sense of musicality and at the same is able to gather the right tools to learn
and play the music she/he likes.
I have a bachelor´s degree from Berklee College of Music in Guitar Performance and a Master´s Degree from New England Conservatory in Jazz Performance.
I have my own projects and collaborate with many musicians, performing mostly in NYC, but having also toured in the US, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia and all over Europe.
I speak fluently English, Spanish and Portuguese.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to divide my lessons in two parts: first we address the most formal aspects of the lesson, most of the times using a method book or given hand-outs or whatever relevant material was suggested to the student; the remainder of the lesson is dedicated to work on the student´s choice of a song or anything less formal suggested by myself. This scheme for lessons might be different regarding the level and commitment of the student, but it is in general the outline I use.
There are a few books that I like to use (Alfred Guitar Method, Berklee Guitar Method, and others), because I think they are a great tool and guideline to complement my own notes. I expect the student to have a notebook with staffed paper where I can write the lesson´s summary and topics to be practiced.
I like lessons to be fun and relaxed while expecting the student to be able to perform the weekly assignments or goals.
I think, in most cases, after 6 months with me, students will be able to play basic chords for chosen songs, play several simple melodies and read a beginner/intermediate piece for guitar.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have amplifiers, music stands.
*** Travel Equipment *** In this case I don´t provide anything other than handouts on the selected topics.
*** Specialties *** Most of my private students are interested in Jazz, Blues, Rock or Brazilian music. But overall, I teach guitar and music according to the students musical taste, background and level.
sara S. March 4, 2014
An amazing teacher
I have heard about Andre M. while I leaved in Boston and have reconnected with him upon my move to NYC. I have been taking Music Performance lessons with him. As an intermediate level pianist, I can say Andre is a very dedicated teacher- he knows how to listen and can identify immediately what needs to be improved.
His knowledge of all kinds of music such as Jazz, Rock, Pop and Classical is impressive and I have recommended him to my friend who was looking for a guitar teacher. I am really happy to have found a teacher like him.
Mariana I. February 16, 2014
I highly recommend Andre as a professional and knowledgeable teacher.
I'm a professional bass player graduated from Berklee College of Music currently living in New York City. I came to Andre for technical support and improvement of my guitar skills as well as overall orientation to become a more complete musician and educator. I'm truly grateful I found him because I've been growing greatly as a guitar player on stage as well as a composer. He was also very helpful in guiding me for my early education classes and lesson planning. Furthermore, he is a very talented guitarist with a unique sound and that's why I chose him to play on my two children's albums. I highly recommend Andre as a professional and knowledgeable teacher.
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