Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Kenzi
"Bijan is a great teacher. Learning to play the cello as an adult is tough, but he's very organized and encouraging. The recital was very anxiety-inducing,
but we did really well and I felt a great sense of accomplishment afterward. I am only discontinuing due to distance and time constraints."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Kellie
"Since starting with Michelle four months ago, our daughter has grown both vocally and in confidence. We really love Michelle's approach, her level of comm
unication, and how she is willing to go above and beyond to ensure success in both performances and auditions."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Allison
"Corinne is amazing! I have been studying voice with her weekly for about two years now, and my musical theatre callback and booking rate has multiplied so
much since before I started with her. She is so friendly and accommodating to my crazy, unreliable schedule. She always manages to fit me in when I need to see her for audition prep etc. She has also helped a lot on the business end of things with helping me create/work on my Book. She is wonderful at pinpointing what needs to be worked on most individually with her clients and letting that be an area of focus, while still making sure to give a full lesson with everything you need. For me, my weakness when I started with her was my mix. Now, two years later, at the last musical theatre audition I had (which I booked) I was complimented by the musical director about how nice my mix was. I definitely credit Corinne for that! I would highly recommend Corinne to singers of any level! Whether new and wanting to learn how to carry a tune, or professional singers looking for a good vocal workout, she is your lady!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Joann
"This teacher has great experiences with small kids.
My daughter, Niki, started taking lessons with Lena right after she turned 3 and has been learning wi
th Lena for 3 months now. In the beginning, I was just trying to see how well Niki can handle a 30 mins class and how she can progress. I was so amazing how much progress Niki has made. After 6 weeks of lessons, NIki was able to perform two children rhymes with her two hands playing together in a recital, and now she has mastered to play simplified "Ode to Joy", "The Can Can" and to name a few more. So many people can't believe she has only been learning for three months at her age. Niki got evaluated by another teacher as too young to learn piano before we started with Lena. However I like to share our very rewarding experiences with you about Lena. She will pick right songs and exercises for a very young child, yet keep her challenged and continuously advanced in difficult levels. I would highly recommend her to my daughter's classmates, our neighbors and you."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Eliana
"Gentle yet firm and directive in his ability and approach to teach the young."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by sue
Mr Nichols is an excellent teacher, he is always patient and understanding. He is willing to stop and review the lesson no matter how l
ong it take the student to understand it."
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Sherri
"Chandrika is a wonderful teacher! She's very encouraging and patient. My son really enjoys taking lessons with her."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Erika
"We saw great progress in our child as a beginning student. Leandria use instructional techniques that made learning to play the violin easy to understan
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Aparna
"Kavin, my 9 year old boy has made good progress with Suzanne."
Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Clayton and travels to teach in the Raleigh and Knightdale areas. He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and
teaches his more advanced students songwriting.
Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to relate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.
For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.
*** Lesson Details *** I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms, I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.
For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.
As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.
I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.
My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.
*** Specialties *** Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues, rock. jazz, country and classical.
Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
Emily D. October 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
sue M. December 1, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Mr Nichols is an excellent teacher, he is always patient and understanding. He is willing to stop and review the lesson no matter how long it take the student to understand it.
Hello! My name is Eryn J., and I have been playing the lever harp professionally since 2005, and teaching beginner harp lessons since 2009. In my lessons I like to focus on playing technique and encouragement, and I offers lessons in sight reading, playing by ear, and harp with vocal accompaniment.
You might be surprised at the variety of music harp has to offer; i.e. my top three favorite songs to play on the harp are "Canon in D," "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley, and "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica! I can hold the lesson at my home office in Cameron, or I can drive to the student. A ren
tal harp is available.
*** Lesson Details *** Out of all the instruments I have played over the years (including piano, guitar, and violin), I have by far enjoyed playing the harp. It is the easiest and most forgiving instrument to play, whether you are a beginning learner with no prior training, or a seasoned musician.
I start out my students on playing technique, holding the harp, posture, etc. Once the basics are solidified, we move on to a much more fun stage: reading music and/or playing by ear, whichever the student prefers. Lessons can range from 30-60 minutes, depending on student attention span, the pace at which they are learning the basics, etc. Each student is going to have their own pace, varying prior musical knowledge, etc, and I prioritize each person's individuality and learning style.
*** Specialties *** Celtic harp, classical harp, folk harp, rock harp, reading sheet music for beginners, playing by ear, playing by chords, playing with vocals.
Gabrielle H. March 12, 2014
Eryn has brought my daughter's love of the harp, appreciation of the harp and ability to play the harp to a whole new level. We had two years of Suzuki previously. I don't know what she does, but she has the ability to challenge, yet engage my child into playing the harp with enthusiasm.
I like what Plato said, "I would teach children Music, Physics and Philosophy but most of all Music because with Music and all the Arts, you are teaching them the patterns that are the key to learning everything."
*** Lesson Details *** I use the Alfred books. I try to keep lessons fun. I work to keep a student interested and bonded with the process so that boredom never sets in. One of my strengths as a teacher is inspiring students to reach for their best as well as conveying to them that their best is expected. I instill in them that achieving excellence is very attainable. Students und
erstand that they are valued. Personally, I have had some incredible teachers that taught me lessons on going the distance. Learning to play the piano is a lot about going the distance. I'm thankful my teachers didn't give up on me so I now know how to go the distance and not give up on my students either.
Hello! I graduated in 2012 from the University of Mount Olive with a Bachelor's degree in Muwic Education. I teach all styles of singing. My company, GiftsofLife focuses on helping the student embrace and enhance their own unique sound.
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