Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Amy
"Heather is a marvelous teacher. She has a great personality that really puts you at ease. She shows great patience and always has an encouraging word abo
ut your progress. Lessons tend to go by so quickly because they are a lot of fun.
I highly recommend her."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Kaden
"It is obvious that Dave has a lot of training, experience and strength in teaching piano. He made my son feel at ease and had a lot of tools for assessing
my sons ability and skills and areas that needed development. While being encouraging, he was also able to develop a practice plan and strategy for helping my son to get better in a fun environment. My son left with a huge smile, saying he was excited and liked his new teacher."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Bryan
"I have taken lessons from Mitchell and have grown leaps and bounds in my ability to not on become a better guitar player, but also learning the fundamenta
ls so that I can play on my own. He is the ultimate professional and his own skills as a musician show up when he is teaching."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by jennifer
"She's awesome! Great teacher! She's patient. I really like her!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Marsha
My daughters instructor, Cem is Excellent. His lessons are relaxed and unpressured and delivered in a way easily understood. Cem's l
essons are so comprehensive a beginner or advanced student can understand and simply get better. These elements, I feel, have been key to igniting my daughters desire to improve on the drums. After only 5 weeks (5 lessons) my daughter participated (played drums) in her school assembly! I would absolutely recommend Cem as an instructor. Before this we had invested similarly without results; simply put, this is the best money I have spent on lessons to date!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Adam
"Every lesson that I have taken with Owen has greatly increased my ability to play. It seems like after each lesson my skill increases a months worth of pr
acticing in just one hour. Not only have I increased in skill but also in understanding of the guitar and music theory which has made practicing on my own and playing with friends a lot easier. On top of all of that every lesson is just fun and littered with jokes and laughs along with some great guitar playing."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Remy
"Very good teacher and listener
Sebastian is a wonderful teacher. Patient and dedicated to his students, he always comes up with appropriate exercises dep
ending on his student's levels or expectations. I highly recommend Sebastian as a teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Robert
At the tender young age of 60 i started taking lessons with Robert. He was patient enough to show me the way without me getting discouraged
. He not only taught me guitar but helped me pick out instruments and a p.a. system. I really enjoyed the learning experience. Now i am able to play out in front of people and have a lot of fun playing at charity and other events with my friends."
Knoxville, TN teacher:
Review by bridget
"My 9 year old son LOVES Zach. Zach is so sweet with him. He is very encouraging and patient and is really teaching him. We couldn't be happier!"
Having studied Jazz at Wayne State University, I previously earned both an Associate of Arts degree, and a Music Foundations Certificate from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. I have years of experience as a professional music instructor, working with both children and adults of all ages. I am also an A+ Certified IT Technician with experience as a technical trainer.
*** Lesson Details *** My method is simple to understand, and will take you step by step through everything you need to know. I stress strong fundamentals while keeping things fun and interesting. Lessons are relaxed,
*** Studio Equipment *** Instruments - Amps - Computer Hardware/Software
*** Specialties *** Music: Jazz, Classical, Rock Technology: CompTIA A+, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Windows
Jaesung June 28, 2015
Tremendously knowledgeable and able to teach complex things very simply. Everything he taught me was so much more profound and important to understanding music that I could have imagined. Highly recommend him as a mentor if one is at all interested in music.
Maya H. June 5, 2015
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Online Verified Student
Brian is wonderful! He is extremely helpful and patient.
Dan S. April 1, 2015
Online Verified Student
My greatest desire is that I will instill in each of my students the love I have for making music. I am a classically-trained violinist. I grew up in Lodz, Poland, where I began musical education at the age of 7. I studied violin and piano at the Music High School and Music Academy of K.&G. Bacewicz, Lodz, Poland and earned a Master Degree in violin performance in 1980. During his College years I started to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television. From the mid – 70s until the early 1990s, I performed with several Polish orchestras and held a position as a v
iolin teacher for four years at the College of Education in Slupsk, Poland. Then, I spent almost 10 years performing in numerous ensembles and orchestras in Germany and toured with Orchestra of Great Theater of Lodz in many countries all over the world. From 2002 – 2005 he was first violinist at Lodz’s Operetta Theater. I moved to Michigan in 2005, where he performs with Macomb, Jackson and Flat Rock Symphony Orchestras.
*** Lesson Details *** The most interesting and beneficial thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. I believe that every Human Being is precious and deserves to be nurtured and encouraged in a fun and loving environment. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives. Our time spent together will be laid back and comfortable, yet challenging because that is probably why you want to take lessons. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment of instrumental pieces/songs given to work on throughout the week—usually 2-3 short songs for 30-minute lessons, and 1-2 longer instrumental pieces for an hour-long lesson. These will be the same pieces we have worked on during the lesson time, so you will go home with the knowledge you need to master each piece. Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments. Within 6 months, you will begin discovering how to read music and understand the language of it. You will learn how to play some of your favorite songs/instrumental pieces and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve through taking lessons, and we will work toward those goals! Discipline is vital to musical progress and daily practice is strongly urged, in order for the student to progress. If a students don't practice, they won't progress. Because of that, you can expect that I will encourage consistent and regular practice, always keeping in mind that the study of music is meant to be fun. Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. I would be honored to share my knowledge and love of music with you. Give yourself a priceless gift that will last a lifetime!
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand Piano /Hammond Organ
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have their own instrument. I can provide the music stand and I always bring my own instrument so that I can demonstrate during lessons.
*** Specialties *** Teaching methods: Suzuki and traditional /formal method, in group and one on one settings
Tracy Y. May 26, 2013
Viola Verified Student
This instructor is very flexible and understanding. He is very knowledgeable and talented and I'm very privileged to be his student. He takes his time to make sure that you are understanding and learning. You can sense his excitement and passion for music and I know that he honestly wants to see me succeed. I even decided to switch instruments after a few lessons and he was very supportive and started all over with me without and objections or irritation!
Soprano Monique Michelle’s voice has been described as rich, powerful, moving with an expressive face that pulls the listener in with her intense focus and captivating eyes. Most recently Monique was featured in Arias in Motion, as an emerging artist in OperaWorks intensive summer program in Los Angeles, CA.
Monique performed the role of “Serena” in Bowling Green State University’s Festival Concert Series presentation of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Her heart wrenching performance of “My Mans Gone now” was one of the highlights of the night. Monique was also featured as an ensemble mem
ber in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and in Donizetti’s E’lisir d’amore also at BGSU. In 2011 Monique received a second place prize for the NATS regional competition in the advanced men and women’s category. Monique's love for the stage also crosses over to musicals with her debut as the Angel in I need you to Survive.
Monique has been a featured soloist in churches across Ohio and as an advocate for classical music in urban communities she has performed free community outreach recitals in Dayton, Bowling Green and Toledo, OH areas as well as Detroit, MI. Monique has also performed solo work extensively throughout the United States and Italy, singing a variety of repertoire ranging from baroque to 20th century. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity International. With other members they created an annual clinic for local elementary schools kids interested in music.
Monique received her Bachelors of Music Performance in Voice from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a gold chord scholar. Monique will receive her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University in Aug 2011. Upcoming Events for Monique include a duet recital with tenor Gregory J. Ashe in Dayton, OH and a solo recital at First Presbyterian Church later this year.
*** Lesson Details *** Students taking lessons from me will experience a fun environment that actually gets results. I look forward to setting and meeting goals with you! I focus on healthy singing to ensure a long healthy singing career. I will try to help you understand complex techniques in a way that best suits you. As long you are willing to work I will also work hard to get you to the level you want to be at!
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music loft or basement , keyboard, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide sheet music and teaching tools. I would expect the student to provide a keyboard/piano and a quiet working environment.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Opera but have worked with musical theatre, gospel, and pop singers as well.
Ileana V. May 9, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Monique is a great teacher
Monique is a great teacher. My daughter enjoy taking lessons with her. She teaches vocal techniques but also works to built confidence in young performers. I highly recommend Monique.
HeatherC February 8, 2012
Monique is very age appropriate, she helped with my 5 year old and has a ton of experience and variety of techniques to help get the best sound. She's great!
SteveP1 November 28, 2011
Super fun singing instructor!
Monique has been very helpful the past few weeks! I feel as though I have made great progress in a short amount of time and she has made singing lessons fun. I would recommend her to anyone looking to enjoy learning proper singing techniques!
Music can be found in every part of the world in every culture and there is nothing better than to be able to make your own music. I am a dramatic soprano and possess my master's degree in vocal performance and am still active as an opera singer around the country. I have a real passion for music and enjoy opening the doors for you to have the same enjoyment; and if we hit a road block there are always windows that can be opened! I have taken music lessons since I was five, so I am familiar with the trials and tribulations faced at all levels by music students and I have the patience and a
bility to work with you to achieve your musical goals. I have worked as a private teacher for several years with students as young as five and as old as mid-eighties and believe all that is required for a stellar music student is the desire to learn and the right environment.
My approach to singing is from a holistic perspective focusing on the physics of how sound is made. If you have studied singing previously, my approach may be very different from what you've ever done but if you join me on the journey you will find you have never produced sound easier.
*** Lesson Details *** Music should be, first and foremost, fun. During lessons with me, students can expect someone who is willing to put forth every bit as much effort as you do. It is my goal to make every lesson productive even if no practicing was done during the week prior. I view it as my responsibility to help you ignite your desire to work so I work hard to be a motivating factor.
What to expect for your first lesson: The first lesson is not an audition, but rather a get to know each other session. ---For voice students we will begin with some warm-ups so I can get a feel for your voice which will allow me to tailor your program for your specific needs and goals. We may also sing through a song you know or something standard (like Jingle Bells or Happy Birthday) so I can get a sense of what will best suit your voice. After this, I encourage you to bring a song you've worked on previously so I can get even more of an understanding of where you are at vocally. ---For piano students we will start with some basic discussion on how to sit at the piano, where middle C is, some simple finger placement and body mechanics, and then some basic songs.
I tailor my curriculum to meet my students' needs. I enjoy the Alfred methods for beginning theory and piano for both adults and children. For beginning voice, I will use theory as well as songs tailored to help students learn proper, healthy vocal habits. If a student already has books that have been used previously, I will work with those and provide supplemental materials as necessary. Each student requires a different curriculum to blossom to full potential.
A typical lesson will include theory, warm-ups/scales, and working on repertoire.
In general, within three months all students will be able to read music, understand markings in the music, and will have played or sung through several of their favorite songs. In six months, the student will have progressed to more complex music.
I hope that you will consider voice or piano lessons for yourself or for a family member or friend. I tailor lessons to individual students and will make them fun and worthwhile.
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained in voice so I focus on a healthy sound that will last lifelong.
I am able to help with diction and phonetics for singers in English, German, Spanish, Italian, and French as well as some Russian, Czech, and Polish.
I have an associate's degree in early childhood education and I am comfortable working with children as young as 3 in certain cases. Please know that learning to read music will progress slower than it would with an older child, however setting the foundation with music this early helps children through out their entire education and beyond.
*** Travel Equipment *** For lessons in your home, I need access to a piano or full size keyboard.
*** Alternative Medicine *** I am finishing my first year of study towards my doctor of naturopathy degree.
*** Notes *** I have two dogs and three cats. If you are allergic, we will not be able to work in my studio. We can work in your home or online, however.
Susan S. July 31, 2014
In home Verified Student
My lessons with Marie are perfect for me. She is a very positive person which adds to my excitement of learning. Marie also understands that each person has areas of music that are easier to grasp than others areas and provides me with worksheets for my difficult areas; very helpful. Marie is also able to recognize how much I can do in a week (how many pages in the lesson and technique books) so I don't feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed.
I look forward to many more lessons with Marie and give her a 5 star rating. BTW, she comes to my house, which I appreciate, which allows me to play on my own piano for lessons.
Candace D. June 2, 2014
Marie is a student of mine and has been for the last 4 years. She has a vast knowledge of music and how to sing properly and has the ability to bring out the best in her students. I highly recommend her.
Roy H. April 28, 2014
Marie is patient and fun
Marie is my wife. However, she has also helped me learn piano. I am not good, however, she is patient with me. Let's face it, if she can teach me, she can teach anyone!
Marie is very talented (all husbandly love aside). She sings like an angel even when she would say she is doing terribly.
She enjoys teaching and goes the extra mile, often spending hours a week after lessons making sure her students have the warmups needed, music examples, and anything else you can think of to help them.
And, like I said, if my wife can teach her husband piano with a smile on her face, she can have patience working with anyone.
Greetings! My name is Kelly and I have been teaching voice and piano since 1991.
My training in voice/singing/performance/Voice Movement Therapy has been extensive and multi-faceted as has my own performance experience. This has enabled me to successfully guide/mentor students who are not only singers of classical, musical theater, pop, folk, and jazz, but also people who use their speaking voices to teach, present and act.
My teaching approach is more holistic in that it not only addresses the technical and physical influences that affect the singing/speaking process, but also the emoti
onal and psychological influences.
I work with ANYONE who wishes to vocally express themselves more freely and authentically, including those who consider themselves to be tone-deaf.
While voice is my primary instrument, I also teach piano to those who wish to learn to read music and those who would rather learn chords.
I can work with you at Earthbones Studios, at your home, or online through Skype - whichever is most convenient for you.
Ken K. January 11, 2015
I have taken two classes with Kelly through Ann Arbor Rec&Ed and both were great experiences. Kelly is a patient, kind, and fun teacher. She did an excellent job going over the fundamentals, and I learned a great deal in both of her classes. I especially appreciated the helpful feedback she gave me--it definitely made me more aware of those areas I need to work on. I would highly recommend her.
mary S. November 6, 2014
Kelly is a very supportive, knowledgeable, fun and gentle singing coach/teacher. She has many talents and a diverse background which allows her to work with students in a very comprehensive and holistic way. I have worked with other singing teachers and Kelly's working knowledge of the physical body far exceeds my previous teachers. I really enjoy taking lessons with Kelly.
Tracy B. November 6, 2014
In my two year of working with Kelly I've gone from fragile, terrified whisper-singing to singing alone with clear tone and pitch, a Capella, at an open mic. I still have barriers, but with Kelly's encouragement and advice I've learned to recognize their cause, and I've also knocked many down---I have a set of tools to draw on when my nerves start taking over, and I owe this to working with Kelly and her holistic approach to voice training. Kelly is patient with all levels of ability and purpose, and can deal with multiple aspects of training, from emotional barriers to technical challenges.
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