Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Steve
"A good first session. I think Nicholas will prove to be a good coach for me."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Sarah
"She is always prompt and responsible. She seems to be with the pace of the student's ability. My daughter enjoys it. Recommend!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Julie
"We selected Brad Allen because he was using Faber&Faber's Piano Adventures. Since then, my three children have not only excelled in their skills, but they
have grown more and more to enjoy playing. Brad is fun and personable and he gives his students the freedom to play the things which will interest them. The amount of practice homework he gives is manageable but still enough to increase their skills. As a parent, I appreciate his flexibility when our schedule gets complicated. I fully trust Brad Allen with the time he spends with my children."
Columbus, OH teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Travis is an awesome teacher! I started off taking guitar lessons from him, but then he showed me his piano and electronic production and started taking l
essons on those as well.
He has his masters degree so teaching and educating people is nothing new to him. He explains things perfectly and uses so many great examples. He's laid back but also expects hard work from his students. He always understands when life gets in the way and we haven't had time to practice. Overall I can't recommend him enough. Truly a good guy and phenomenal musician"
Columbus, OH teacher:
Review by Dalia
"Josh is very knowledgable about many musical styles and teaches in a way that makes things very understandable and applicable for students."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sam
"Mr. B is wonderful! I went through two other teachers before him and neither of them taught what I wanted to learn. Mr. B was the only who asked me, " Hey
what do YOU want to learn?" I didn't know that was even an option. He is very knowledgeable, talented, and the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet!"
Sarasota, FL teacher:
Review by Tianhong
"Jon puts great enthusiasm in piano teaching. His professionalism and patience are very impressive. My 8-year son enjoys the whole experience very much and
is always looking forward to next course each time. I wish I had found Jon's class much ealier and I would recommend it to every kid who has interest in piano."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Theresa
"I certainly miss Kristi as my violin instructor. I was with Kristi for four and one-half years. Since her relocation to another state, I have continued
my violin practice on my own. Kristi is highly knowledgeable and her love of music is quite evident. Kristi's love of music is "written all over her face" during her student's recitals and comes through in her student's performances. I do regret that I don't have a picture to include with this review because I am not the "typical" music student. I started violin with Kristi at age 60 and without a doubt, those four and one-half years with Kristi and the violin turned out to be one of the best gifts I have ever given myself."
Knoxville, TN teacher:
Review by Denise
"Wow! I am so happy that I found an instructor who is patient, passionate, and talented all in one with Sonja! My daughter is having a wonderful time learn
ing to read music and play the piano. She started from knowing nothing at all about the piano, now she is excited about going to her lessons and to be able to come home and show me what she has learned. I trust Sonja's knowledge and experience of classical piano because she has been able to start my child from the basics and give her all the tools necessary to become a great musician. Her warm, energetic spirit and professionalism are qualities that I am most grateful for. We found the best instuctor and couldn't be any more satisfied. Thank you Ms. Sonja."
Paul is a guitarist/songwriter/educator from Branford, CT. He began playing the guitar at age 13 with a strong background in piano. He performed and recorded with bands in high school, during which time he was influenced by a wide variety of musical artists and styles, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pink Floyd.
Paul enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music in the fall of 1994 and discovered a love for jazz, particularly guitarists such as Joe Pass and Tal Farlow and arrangers Nelson Riddle and Gil Evans. At Berklee, Paul continued to study the g
uitar while working toward a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, which he received in 1998.
After graduating, Paul remained in Boston for several years performing and teaching private guitar lessons. He developed a hands-on, practical instruction method that teaches music fundamentals, theory and improvisation through playing and analyzing popular songs. Now back in Connecticut, he continues to teach privately in Branford and the surrounding area. He also performs regularly with his bands, The Syndicate and Debacle on the shoreline and in New York City.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe my job as a guitar teacher is to help you get better at whatever you would like to improve. For beginners, that is probably pretty straightforward. After a few lessons, with a little hard work at home, you can be playing songs YOU choose. If you are more experienced, you tell me what you'd like to work on, and I'll give you a specific path to your goals. I have a pretty laid back teaching style, but I can tell if you've been practicing!
*** Travel Equipment *** I require my students to have a guitar and a notebook. I bring my guitar and any handouts I might use as well as recordings of music we are working on.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in blues, rock, funk and some jazz. Over the years I have developed a hands-on, practical instruction method that teaches music fundamentals, theory and improvisation through playing and analyzing popular songs. After a solid base of fundamentals, I let the student choose the style and songs. With some very young children I use Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method.
Sofia C. April 30, 2016
In studio Verified Student
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.
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
Calming - kind - fun
sherrel M. September 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Michael Douglas is a great voice teacher. He is passionate and wants to see you succeed. He pushes for you to try and want to be great. He makes singing possible no matter how hard it may seem
Lindsay A. is a current Drum Set student at Berklee College of Music. She has notably studied with drummers Bernard Purdie, Jon Hazilla, and Jesse Hameen II.
Private Lessons in Westbrook, CT, or within driving distance.
Instruction is based on drumming techniques customized to personal music goals. Lindsay specializes in Jazz drumming and is also fluent in Rock, Pop, R&B, Orchestral Music. Learn songs and have fun while learning proper techniques!
Hi! My name is Haley, and my specialties are music and math. I have been playing harp for many years. It's my passion in life, and I would love to share the gift of music with others. My musical education includes a Maters degree in Harp Performance from Yale School of Music and a Bachelor's from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I have played with numerous orchestras, both as a soloist and orchestral musician, and have been a prizewinner in several national and international competitions. While I always enjoy performing, I also love to teach!
In addition to music, I also ho
ld a degree in Mathematics, another great interest of mine. So if you want to learn about anything from basic arithmetic to calculus (or beyond!) it would be my pleasure to help you understand the many wonders of the mathematical world.
I am a performing musician and teacher who graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Musical Studies. Additionally, I began teaching and tutoring subjects in science and standardized test prep during the summer after 11th grade, helping students grasp fundamental principles of our world as well as achieve more desirable SSAT results. I strive to bring the right balance of patience and enthusiasm into all situations, whether working through beatbox flute grooves or evaluating multiple choice vocabulary questions. In music lessons, I strive to offer as much stylistic and historical context
as possible, so that students are able to gain a broader understanding of given material, as well as an open yet focused path to exploring their instrument. Ultimately, I wish to help students achieve their goals through harnessing their own strengths for musical and academic applications "beyond the page."
Jake April 8, 2016
He helps me get better at playing my flute, he's very patient and helpful.
Deirdre Fox April 8, 2016
Dylan is patient and calm with my sometimes difficult Aspergers student! With a true love of playing, Dylan's enthusiasm is infectious. A talented and dedicated teacher!!
Learning to play the violin can be a difficult, sometimes tedious task for beginners, especially among younger students. The process of learning to pluck the notes and use a bow can try many students' patience, and they may give up on the instrument out of frustration. However, once you master your first great violin song, youll understand why so many musicians play the beloved instrument. Below is a short list of famous violin songs that are easily-recognized and may inspire even the wearies …
5 Famous Violin Songs to Add to Your Repertoire
Learning to play the violin can be a difficult, sometimes tedious task for beginners, especially among younger students. The process of learning to pluck the notes and use a bow can try many students' patience, and they may give up on the instrument out of frustration. However, once you master your first great violin song, youll understand why so many musicians play the beloved instrument. Below is a short list of famous violin songs that are easily-recognized and may inspire even the wearies
Guitarist Wanted: Life as a Musician for Hire
Your days of bedroom jam sessions are over -- it's time to start your music career and hit the road! In this article, traveling musician and guitar teacher Nick K. discusses his experience with guitar gigs and gives you tips on how to make them successful...
I'm what they call a "hired gun." That's a cool title for what's otherwise referred to as a traveling performer or musician for hire. I've done a lot of touring with a great group called The Three Degrees.
They had worldw
Are Piano Lessons on DVD Worth It?
Thinking about purchasing a piano lessons DVD program? Here, Brick, NJ teacher Elizabeth C. shares her thoughts on this method of learning, and if it's really the best way to go...
You have probably seen the infomercials marketing piano lessons on DVD that guarantee you will be playing the piano in six weeks or your money back. These programs may be beneficial in teaching piano basics, but fall short in providing methodology that fosters long-term piano success or song versatility.
5 Crazy Piano Performances You Have to See to Believe
Think only rock guitarists burn their instruments? Or that flying performances are reserved exclusively for singers playing Peter Pan? Think again! These famous piano players are breaking all the rules with their unbelievable performances.
Pianist Yosuke Yamashita wanted to create a performance that would capture his passion for the piano. So, in the course of this nearly 10-minute performance, his piano was set on fire and he played until the strings are burned out and wi
The Best Online Singing Contests to Show Off Your Skills
Updated post: Check out our updated article with must-read tips for singing competitions, plus online singing contests to enter! Read it here.
Can't make it out to the next American Idol or The Voice audition? That's alright! You can still show off your vocal skills and compete for recognition in one of the many online singing contests put on across the country. Below are several worth checking out!
The Hal Leonard Vocal Competition: The only vocal competition for all of North America aim