Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Josefina
"Superb Violin Teacher!!
I have been taking violin classes from Anna for a few months now and it has been fantastic. I am making faster progress under her
instruction and she provides me with different learning strategies she has acquired over the years which is very helpful. Anna has many years of experience and it shows! It is such a pleasure going to class each week. I have so much fun!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Kuy Hun
"Awesome. I've only taken a few classes so far, but the exercises that Ian give me have really helped me get better and I constantly feel progress."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Will
"Great teacher for all levels
I have been consistently playing guitar for over 15 years, and within one lesson Jesse taught me new approaches to both guit
ar and songwriting that immediately inspired me. He has a great depth of knowledge and passion for music, and that comes through in each lesson. He quickly pinpointed the areas I needed to practice, and helped me craft a practice routine, and he continues to show me areas I can improve during each lesson. He plays many different instruments and uses them to teach, which comes in especially handy for learning rhythm. It also means I get to practice playing along with those different instruments, which is always a good thing. He has an easygoing attitude which makes learning easy, as I never feel intimidated or afraid to ask questions. I look forward to my lesson every week!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Kristi
As a first time voice student, I had no idea what to expect. I have been very nervous in music lessons as an adult. Mary is so friendly,
fun and knowledgeable and I feel she knows her craft. Lessons are enjoyable and I am not nervous, and feel comfortable even though I am such a novice."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by THERESA
"Excellent Vocal Teacher
Milton is a very patient vocal teacher. I have taken vocal lessons in the past and never learned so much as when Milton teaches.
I have only had a couple of lessons with him and have learned so much already. He is teaching me the correct way to sing and breath and am currently getting used to singing the way he taught me. Very happy."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Karen
Stacey is a wonderful teacher. I was nervous about taking singing lessons and she put me at ease with fun vocal exercises and her warmt
h and sense of humor. The musical education I received from her was excellent."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by anna
Lisa has been teaching our three children for several years. She strikes a great balance between being a serious instructor but also ke
eping it fun for the kids. She does a great job of identifying the different needs and talents of our 3 very different kids and tailoring her instruction style to each one. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Robyn
"Barbara Carlisle has helped my daughter with Down Syndrome start getting back her pitch that she had lost by utilizing many types of teaching material
rbara Carlisle didn't give up when she heard my daughter with Down Syndrome sing all of her notes on the same monotoned pitch. She told me that she would not give up on her if I didn't and she has gotten her to consistently sing Do (C), Re (D), Mi (E) Fa (F) and So (G) and inconsistently sing some more notes. She also has taught my daughter to not give up and to listen and try her best. She utilizes many types of teaching materials such as warm up scale books on a student's level to broadway hits books and other songbooks and songs that will help a student develop his/her range. She also pays attention to good posture and breathing and explains where the breaths should be felt in the person's mouth and also uses silly sounds to get children to make high and low sounds. She is very caring and goes the extra mile and has a beautiful voice herself and also plays the piano and transposes beautifully. We have been transposing most of my daughter's songs to a lower key due to her limited voice range and expanding that slowly. My daughter never balks at going to her lessons, and we are happy with what she has learned and will continue to learn from Barbara!"
Lansing, MI teacher:
Review by Patricia
Nicole is an excellent teacher. She is very personable and has a lot of patience. She is very skilled at teaching."
John is an Organist, Harpsichordist, and Pianist just completed a Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in the organ studio of William Porter. He graduated from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Historical Keyboards in 2011 as a student of David Higgs. At Eastman, he has also studied the pedal clavichord and piano technique with Ulrika Davidsson.
As an instructor, John firmly believes that private, one on one music instruction should be tailored to each individual student. His pedagogical approach is different for each student. Everyone learns differently. There is
just not one way to learn to play an instrument. At the first lesson there will be a discussion on the students goals and interests and different methods of teaching will be discussed with the student (and parents) to decide what the best step forward will be.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are different for each student. The way a lesson is conducted depends on many circumstances. Depending on the goals and age of the student, one can expect lessons to guide a student to achieve the goals which will be discussed in the first few lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano for Piano Lessons Organ for Organ Lessons Music Theory Lessons or Tutoring: Staff Paper and Pencils
*** Specialties *** Piano: Depending on the Age, Ability, Personality, and Ear, I have used "Adventures in Piano," the Alfred Method, and the Thompson Method. I supplement all of these books with pieces and exercises that the students express interest in.
Alice J. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
I feel really lucky that you got me in touch with this teacher. He is professional, knowledgeable, polite and he has a lot of patience. I am totally pleased.
Irvin H. February 1, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Lessons with John are terrific.
John is an experienced and professional teacher who always has an array of tools to teach his students to help them learn. Lessons with him have exceeded expectations.
Elizabeth L. April 30, 2013
I have known John for the last 7 years. He is an excellent musician, a brilliant organist, and a very thoughtful teacher. We have often played for each other and his comments and suggestions are always insightful. In addition to his musical gifts, Johnâs wonderful personality and sense of humor make him a great colleague and friend.
I started taking piano lessons in the first grade from a teacher who graduated from Eastman School of Music. I later won a scholarship to Eastman School of Music as a classical pianist. I have been teaching for 40 years and have performed in Europe and won First Place Piano Competition in New York with 200 of the best pianists in the nation performing. I wanted to quit in the 5th grade but my mother told me I was to young to make that decision for myself and she would not hear of it! Music is now like the air that I breathe. I cannot live without it! Thanks mom for being smarter than me. Play
ing the piano should be fun at any cost. I let students play many styles of music until they find the style that calls them. For young children I recommend the parent sit in with the lesson so the parent can help with the practicing at home. They need the extra support when starting piano lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are and should be a fun experience. I teach bits and pieces of college theory to students so they can play the whole keyboard and not just in the middle. Its nice to get students young before they develops bad habits. Piano keys should be played with the fingers and not moving the wrists. Bad habits are hard to break. My children students play like a pro, even if it is only one piece. Through me, kids learn to love music. I start lessons at age 4 years old to 99. Please call today to book lessons!
"Learn a little but learn it well" ~Ben Franklin
*** Specialties *** Traditional Classical and theory. I also get students ready for competitions and scholarships. I will teach any style that will ignite the flame in your child or an adult to love music! I specialize in children.
Rhonda F. April 27, 2014
Fabulous Piano Teacher
I took lessons for 5 years and I play better than I ever dreamed. I enjoyed the lessons and understood the teaching with ease. Expect to have great lessons with your head spinning with tons of information after each lesson from this gifted teacher. Very enjoyable and rewarding experience to say the least. I never again found such a great teacher since taking with Rhonda. I was heartbroken when she moved.
The Grand Prize winner of the LaDue Professional Recital Competition, Soprano Yunjin Audrey has made appearances on the opera, concert and recital stage. On the opera stage, Ms. K has appeared as Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto at Eastman and has performed lead roles in many main productions and scenes including Cosi Fan Tutte as Fiordiligi, Dido and Aeneas as Dido and, also as First Witch, Don Giovanni as Donna Anna, The Rake's Progress as Anne Truelove and Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie, to name a few. Ms. Kim has performed in master class with Maestro Gildo DiNunzio from the Metropolitan Ope
ra and in October of 2013, made her debut at Carnegie Hall performing songs of Nikolai Medtner.
Concert solo appearances include a performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle as soprano soloist with First Inversion, Bach's St. John's Passion as soprano soloist at The Bach's Festival, a performance of Messiaen’s Poémes pour Mi with the Eastman Philharmonia, a performance with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus as soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Kodak Hall and a soloist for Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Ad Hoc Chamber Orchestra. Ms. K has been winner of the Mu Phi International Fraternity Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), James Madison University’s concerto competition and Eastman Concerto Competition. Ms. Kim was also featured on the album A Thousand Burnt Offerings released in South Korea in April 2013.
Ms. K has collaborated with composer Arlene Elizabeth Sierra, culminating in a performance of her composition Hearing Things in a guest lecture recital. Additional master class performances include Martina Arroyo, Kevin Kennedy, Peter Mark, Wieland Mueller, Sharon Chirstman, Rick Chirstman, and Fabiana Bravo. She also has served as Music Director and Collaborative Pianist in organizations including Opera Scenes and Music Theater Class at James Madison University, Rochester Association of Performing Arts, Pittsford Central School District and Victor High School. Currently, Ms. K is serving as Music Department Chair and Teaching Artist at Rochester Association of Performing Arts in Kodak Theatre and the Music Director at Spiritus Christi. Ms. K holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Ms. K currently resides in Rochester, NY where she regularly performs and teaches throughout central New York.
*** Lesson Details *** I always start with warm ups for both piano and voice students. I believe musicians are like delicate athletes, who use their fingers/vocal cords to make beautiful sound out of an instrument or a body. It is important to understand to warm up before practice/lesson for their own benefits to keep techniques fresh and healthy.
(For Piano students, scales, little warm up style finger exercises/for voice students, easy scales and vowel exercises, stretching registers)
Then, we tackle the fun stuff (more traditional practices) and after that, I encourage students to bring me or play/sing for me what they love. I love working something different with student who also has passion for different genres of music like light jazz, gospel, pop..etc. I value my students' opinion and encourage them to explore other things to develop themselves as unique, creative musicians.
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano or Keyboard
*** Specialties *** I start with traditional classic music training. Basic theories, ear training, aural skills with all of my students.
I believe Basic understanding of music is important to everyone. I specialize mainly in classical, however I am open to anything students want to learn.
Tammie C. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Love her! Although I am trying to learn jazzy/ blues vocals, Yunjin is teaching me the classical basics as a foundation to build upon. I will really enjoy to continue working with her.
Ione M. April 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very kind, experienced & efficient.
Alex F. March 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
A vivacious and passionate educator and performer, Kristina received her Masters in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where she held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship for instructing MUE-221 Clarinet Methods. At Eastman, Kristina was a member of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, a founding member of Trio Ario, and performed with Ossia, a student managed contemporary music ensemble.
Currently, Kristina is a Teaching Artist for Sistema Ravinia's Harza Nucleo, bringing intensive after school El Sistema music program to elementary and midd
le school students of Lake County. In addition, Kristina has an active private studio in the greater Chicago area.
Kristina’s principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Susan Warner, Deborah Chodacki and Nancy Mathison. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University and is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.
Kristina has performed in master classes for Ricardo Morales, Michel Lethiec, Mark Nuccio and Jon Manasse. In 2013, Kristina made her international solo debut in Chåteauneuf, France. Kristina can be heard on the Eastman Wind Ensemble's most recent album.
In addition to music engagements, Kristina is a 300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and enjoys cooking and hiking.
Scheduling Disclaimer: Please message me before scheduling lessons to verify that I have the availability to be at your students' location at your preferred times. I input my general availability into the calendar, however it does not account for commuting times between teaching engagements. Depending on your location in the greater Chicago area, my lesson availability my vary.
A student's weekly lesson time is decided based on a mutually agreed upon time. If the student needs to reschedule their lesson, the instructor will do her best to accommodate the student's needs. Reoccurring lessons are confirmed and scheduled minimum of one week in advance.
I look forward to being in touch.
Rami A. November 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Punctual, dedicated, patient and compassionate. Couldn't recommend her more, especially for children. Great instructor all around!
I have over 17 years of joyous experience teaching all sorts of students from beginning to advanced guitar, songwriting, audio engineering, and music theory. I’ve been Professor of Guitar at Darton State College, and on faculty at Bainbridge College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Palmer Trinity School. I've performed in classical, folk, singer-songwriter, and jazz outfits for over 15 years, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to coffee shops. My most recent CD is a project of original songs and compositions called "Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane", and was called a "Masterpiece" by Ameri
cana legend Grant Peeples, and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.” I have a doctorate in guitar from Florida State University, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Guitar from the Eastman School of Music.
Cole March 6, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
Matt was my first real guitar teacher after several years of self-instruction. Since I've studied with Matt, I've continued my studies at the University level and participated in masterclasses with world-class teachers. Still, when I think of an effective teacher, Matt is always the first to come to mind. He's got a wide knowledge base that allows him to appeal to every student, and is such a relaxed and approachable guy. When learning guitar from Matt, one also learns about performance etiquette, professionalism, and music in general. Matt is both a great musician and a fantastic teacher; working with him is a heck of an opportunity!
Chandler March 6, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
Matt was the first real guitar teacher I had ever had. Getting the chance to learn from him was an incredible experience. I was already a guitar player but not a classical guitarist. He took me from being a normal guitarist and turned me into a passionate musician. I can honestly say that he is the reason I continue to pursue music and study where I do now. I will forever be thankful for his teaching, support, mentorship, and friendship. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to pursue music.
Erik March 3, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
I must say that Matt is the greatest teacher I could have asked for.
I had a brain injury back in 2006 and had to endure 4 months of therapy in effort to learn to walk, talk, and live again. I had major problems with my right hand and the therapy I went through greatly helped with some of my problems.
But, when I returned home and eventually was able to return to school it was then that Matt arrived at Darton and became the guitar instructor that would teach me. Matt was hard on me and even made me leave when I came to class unprepared. That was one time. I never came unprepared after that.
He taught me not just how to play great, but he also taught me how to be a studious student which made me into a better guitar player. Matt changed the way I practiced, changed my study habits for other classes, and makes me want to strive to be as good a guitar-player as he (if only I had my own classical guitar).
You will find NO better man for this position than Matt and it is my great, great honor to leave this message to tell how great of a teacher he is.
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