Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Bair
I've learned a lot about playing guitar, songwriting, recording, and singing from Omar and taking lessons with him definitely has helped me
become a better musician. The lessons are interesting, fun, and really helpful. Great teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Brenda
"Julian has been wonderful to teach Music Theory as well as Piano. He has interesting methods and uses very solid music theory, to create a larger picture
which leads to a full understanding of how piano works, and of the music you play on it.
Lessons are interesting and fun. Also I find them very well-rounded. Julian is a positive instructor and I find him very respectful and simply fun to learn from.
I highly recommend Julian Y."
Boulder, CO teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Patience of Job
Barbara is a kid-whisperer. She is excellent at figuring out how best to motivate each individual student and is extremely patient. I hig
hly recommend her as a teacher!"
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Amanda
"Mich teaches guitar in our home to our 10-year-old daughter. What a find he is. He strikes the absolute right balance among humor, comfort, and moving he
r along with challenges. He has been responsive to every question I have had, and never made me feel like I was being a pushy stage mom. I feel incredibly lucky to have found Mich for my daughter and I hope they continue together for years to come."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Sasha Thomas
"Damien has really helped my daughter progress in her study of clarinet. He listens to me on areas that I'd like her to work on and incorporates that into
her training. He is flexible when needed on when and where to have her lessons as we are often busy, which I really appreciate."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Aakash Parekh
"Really loved his teaching style and his interest and knowledge in the subject! Can't wait to learn more from him!"
David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Baltimore, MD. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 18 years he has been performing (13 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he ha
s performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, Rams Head Live and the Recher Theatre.
As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 16 years. His students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.
*** Specialties *** Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.
Syndee D. July 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
The lesson went awesomely! Dave was very friendly and went at my pace. He made sure I understood what he was teaching. He was upbeat and positive!
MichaelW3 July 20, 2011
My son has really enjoyed his lessons with David.
PadiA March 14, 2011
I'm very pleased to have him as my daughter's teacher..very patient..nice personality....P.Asuncion March 14-11
Musically and personally, I strongly feel that diversity and openness are key in a person's development: when we move outside of our comfort zone and embrace the unknown, we are better able to grow as musicians (and human beings). As a performer, I feel that performing with musicians of different backgrounds is a constant source of inspiration and engaging music. As an educator, I emphasize the role of music as a form of expression and its parallel to verbal language. As children, we learn words and sentences so that we can accurately and gracefully express ourselves and, in this sense, music
is no different. I encourage students to enjoy the music-making process and to view mechanics as a means to an end.
I have been dedicated to the drums since the age of 9 and since then I have been honing and applying those skills to musical groups of all types, from rock and pop to big band to world music to orchestral to small combos and everything in between. In 2007, I embarked on a two and a half year gig with Princess Cruises as a show band drummer, and traveled the world on some of the world's most modern ships while performing on stage over 1000 times. From 2011 to 2013 I was the touring drummer for renowned Celtic/Gypsy/Americana band SCYTHIAN, a band which tours extensively and is known for their energetic live show. Other groups I have recently recorded and toured with include "Yall-ternative" fan favorites Mr. Fuzzy & The Barbarian and modern funk band The Royal Noise. In 2014 I relocated to College Park, MD and I love it!
*** Lesson Details *** When we work together we will split lessons between the necessary mechanical aspects of the instrument and the more creative and spontaneous elements. At the beginning, I emphasize a relaxed technique and an efficiency of motion. Once this is established, we will explore the instrument through improvisation and other creativity exercises. Although drumming can be very technical, I never lose sight of the importance of groove, expression, and having fun while playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is complete with 2 drums sets, practice pads, computers, hand percussion instruments, and other instruments for accompaniment. I am also available for lessons in your home.
*** Specialties *** I try to split lessons between the technical elements of drumming and the more creative aspects of the instrument. I feel that you can't have one without the other and teachers need to be mindful not to lean too much to one side. I also strive to give the students practical examples in their style of interest and encourage them to apply what they learn to actual musical situations as much as possible. I have had experience in pop/rock, jazz, show music, and many traditional world-music styles.
Matt F. February 26, 2013
Drum Verified Student
From the first lesson, Andrew has been a consummate professional. Each lesson he brings in something new, while making sure that everything we've covered in the past is still ingrained through repetition. Having Andrew as an instructor has opened my eyes to the many facets of drumming, and I have taken skills/techniques with me that will last forever. The feedback does not stop after each lesson, Andrew is available all the time for any questions I may have during the week if I am stumped while practicing. His schedule is flexible with mine, and he is willing to bring in music that I want to personally learn. The lessons are the right balance of fun and teaching, and his studio promotes a learning environment that is not intimidating to let loose if you're a beginner like me.
I'd recommend Andrew to anyone looking to expand their skill set, the lessons have been a great experience.
I have been playing drums for 45 years. The last 16 years I have been playing and performing professionally with my band Black Widow USA. We have toured the US several times in support of our two internationally released CDs. For about 30 years of my time behind a drum set I had given drum lessons on and off. But because of my super strong passion for the drums and my desire to share my knowledge of the instrument I decided to start teaching on a more regular basis. Although I can teach most styles of drumming I have been a die hard rock and roller most of my life. With my main influences on t
he instrument being Carmine Appice, Don Brewer from Grand Funk, John Bonham, Ian Paice from Deep Purple and for double bass Tommy Aldridge. So I really specialize in the old rock and roll, classic rock, hard rock and metal from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, all the way up to today's rock, metal and pop music. I believe my years of experience are valuable in relating to each students musical interests ,desires and accomplishments on the drums. Besides playing in my original band Black Widow and teaching drums, I also play in a classic rock and metal cover band. *** Lesson Details *** I make sure that I find out from the get go what each and every new student likes musically and what they want to learn and how far they want to go on the drums. Then I try to tailor all the lessons to each students interests and abilities. Making sure that it's fun for them in the process. This can't be work or a chore or they won't stick with it. But I will say I do believe that every beginning student who has NEVER sat behind a kit before should know and start with the fundamentals ( the building blocks so to speak) of drumming such as holding the sticks, proper stick control and technique, and how to execute some important basic rudiments and keep good time. Also I think learning to read some drum notation is important so you know and understand what you are playing when you play it, but can teach by ear also. I can also teach double bass technique if a student is interested in that.
*** Studio Equipment *** Works space w/two drum sets, one double-bass and one single. Instruction material (books, CDs, videos). Seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** If necessary to travel to a students home, they should have a drum kit there or at least a practice pad to get started on. I will bring sticks, a metronome if needed and the necessary instruction books for the lessons. Also willing to travel to a students home if they are just getting started and need help setting up their kit or need help tuning the drums.
*** Specialties *** Mostly specialize in beginner to intermediate ages 7 and up teaching rock ( which includes old rock and roll from the 50's, blues), classic rock ( 60's and 70's) , hard rock and metal from the 80's all the way up to today's rock, pop and metal music. Believe it or not, it's all tied together. Let me show and teach you how.
Erick S. July 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lesson Was great although my experience with takelessons.com leaves alot to be desired.
Tom a ton of passion for music and drums and has much to offer a student and any stage or age.
Brad R. February 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We decided to get our son involved in something that doesn't require a gaming controller and he chose drums. We picked Tom out of the gate and I told my son that if he didn't mesh with him that we could find another instructor. After my son got over his initial shyness and intimidation, he warmed up to Tom and now looks forward to his lesson days. Tom ALWAYS is encouraging and supportive which has helped build my son's confidence and stoke his passion for something other than XBox. He has been flexible with us when needed. I would highly recommend Tom as an instructor.
Thomas R. October 28, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My son Brandon was very exited right after the very first lesson with Tom
Tom is a great teacher he is really good at what he does he teaches in a way that clicks very fast and at the same time he makes it real fun
Studio is great nice drums and really nice environment
I would recommend Tom to any parent out there!!!!!!!!!!!
I TRULY LOVE to mentor young creative enthusiasts in music and the arts and I thrive in being personable with each of my students. I believe I'm 100% qualified in educating youth in music theory, piano, guitar and visual arts. I'm a versatile professional who truly loves to teach and learn music and visual arts. I believe in the importance of adapting my teachings to each students needs. Through my 15 years of studying and teaching Music in both here in the US and in Brazil I've come to realize with the support of my mentors, peers and my family that my goal is to educate children in the arts
for the enrichment of culture in our community here in the DMV metro region. It's vital to me to teach arts alternatively and I'll do so for always with great passion that some say is contagious! So get on board with me and let's Make Music and Create Art!
*** Lesson Details *** I have an easy-going, yet structured approach that allows each student to achieve results effectively at his or her own pace. I believe that there is a connection between music, movement and language that intertwine and support each other through the development process. I specialize in teaching all kinds of styles from Classical, Pop,Bossa Nova in guitar, piano and music theory lessons. I Love to emphasize various playing techniques, music theory, ear training, music reading, and more.The materials for teaching varies.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Books, Metronome, Guitar
*** Travel Equipment *** note book, assigned books and sheet music assigned
*** Specialties *** Guitar, Piano, Music Theory and Performance is what we do ! My main goal is to present students with simplified arrangements of standard repertoire concentrating on sight-reading and writing composition as well as playing all sorts of variety of music genres. Use of the metronome is needed, and very often the exercises defy the tendency to play by ear or in the position pattern.We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on the technique. I have my students let me know via email what songs they would like to work on for the weeks lesson a few days prior to the lesson, then I cater the technical study during the lesson to help them learn the song we are working on. It has been proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less uninteresting. Through good vibes we all learn and grow tremendously so with that said come and Jam with me.
Sydney W. July 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter is only 2 and she was very patient with her. Great experience!
Christian L. June 18, 2015
Online Verified Student
Wonderful teacher! Thank you so much.
Malini K. June 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Priscilla is a GREAT teacher for kids! I loved how Priscilla was very organized and had lesson plans set up for my daughter. Priscilla was nothing but friendly whenever she was around and it has been great having my child learn from her!
Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait.
*** Specialties *** I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some
Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces. I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and appreciation. Students may also bring songs of their choice.
ruth K. August 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
Lisa is a fabulous and generous teacher. I was very scared about embarking on this venture to try and learn to sing. She has been encouraging and gentle and very, very helpful. She instills hope as well as provides me with the encouragement to keep getting better and better. I highly recommend Lisa as an excellent teacher.
AngelaT July 22, 2012
Lisa has been very helpful in assisting my nephew with his singing lessons. My nephew expressed that Lisa's very encouraging and does a good job of addressing the genre of music he prefers. He feels that he's making progress with his singing.
ReeveM July 11, 2012
I really appreciate the positive feedback. It feels really nice hearing things I do well, especially when I am new to this and can't make awesome music yet. Thank you!
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