Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Rosa
"We were new to the whole online, private lesson world and only tried as a test for our 10 yr-old son. He has now been working with Jason for several mont
hs now and shows no signs of stopping. Our son is progressing, has gained confidence and still seems to have fun. Jason is on time and if you cannot make a lesson he is flexible in rescheduling if given some notice. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much Jason packs into his lessons without overwhelming the student. We highly recommend him!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Suparna
"Friendly and great teacher.
Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback
instantly in order to help me improve."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Kathleen
"Marty can guide you go down whatever musical path that interests you. She tells you what you need to do to achieve great quality, but never makes you fee
l bad if you don't make it.
Instruction is always individualized and positive. She always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. She works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with her is a great pleasure."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Jake
"Great guy , we've been using him for years!!!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Madeleine
"Brian is one of the most gifted drummers I've ever met. His teaching style is extremely relaxed. Every time I meet with him, he puts me at ease. Brian
makes learning an instrument fun. His approach is direct and straight to the point. He's also very perceptive and focuses specifically on what he feels I am having trouble with the most. I have been taking lessons from Brian for over a year now, and I cannot believe how much I have grown as a musician. I am even playing in front of my friends now. My confidence is high and owe it all to Brian!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Josh
"David has been extremely helpful to me as a beginner. He is very patient and fun to learn from. He taught me everything from note reading to the Circle of
Fifths. As a teacher, he encourages me to push through and not to give up. I'm excited to keep learning from him as our journey continues."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Karise
"So far so good my 9 years old son s enjoying the lesson with Alvarado And has now asked me to have it to times a week instead of one;))"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Bao
"Matthew is very patient. Good for beginners and parents trying to feel out their children's talents or interest."
Fabio is an accomplished and experienced musician. Beginning with percussion at the age of 9, he has over 15 years rocking out behind the kit. He has played in many local bands and as well as some internationally. He is sought after for his wide variety of styles: Classic rock, Modern Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Blues, Funk, and Latin. He is currently working on a Hard Rock project whom are finishing up some demos before they start gigging around the area. Aside from drumming, Fabio has also been trained in classical and electric guitar, as well as Music theory, which he acquired whil
e obtaining a BS Mechanical Eng/ and Acoustics.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe it is important for a student to feel he/she is in a comfortable environment, which is why I tailor each lesson based on the student. I take into account not only natural talent and level of experience, but also progression and devotion. Whether the student is an adult looking to start a new and fun hobby, or a child with major aspirations to be come one of the greats, I can make sure either one gets the necessary instruction at a comfortable pace. Se Habla Español!
For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or behind the kit, we can assess your level of experience and move from there.
For beginning guitarist, I begin by familiarizing the student with the instrument, and some very basic theory and tuning. We then move on to simple patterns to get those calluses on those finger tips. Then we start with chord charts and strumming rhythms. Followed by the fun stuff, which is actually playing a song. I am very open to my student's tastes and encourage them to bring in songs they would like to learn, because I when someone is familiar with a particular song, it can be almost as if your fingers naturally know what to do. I can teach both electric, classical acoustic, and steel acoustic guitars. For students who are further along, I like to assess their particular level first, and go on from there.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drums: I provide a full kit, with necessary extras to for accompaniment. A stereo for playback, some recording equipment if needed. Books and necessary copies, although I encourage students to purchase their own instruction books. practice pad and extra sticks, music stand Guitar: Amps, pics, stereo for playback, recording equipment, mics for non electric/acoustics, music stand.
*** Specialties *** modern rock, classic rock, blues, metal, punk, alternative
Tim P. March 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Fabio is friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great introductory overview, customizing my lesson and practice plan to my specific wants and needs.
Cameron B. September 22, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
helped me expand my knowlege of the guitar
this is a very good teacher he really opened the door for my by helping me physically and mentally understand the interment better and really gave me a hole new prospective at music i was already an intermediate guitar play and he helped me figure out more complex music and really progressed me muscly.
Tyrone C. July 2, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Man,this guy is amazing! Three weeks ago I couldn't keep a beat. Now, this guy Fabio has got me jamming with him on the guitar. No kidding he is that good. I would recommend his lessons to anyone.
I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk
group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.
Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while simultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.
My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started a church choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.
I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I have completed my second degree at George Mason University, and continue to play with other musicians there. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.
*** Lesson Details *** Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.
Here are some testimonials from present or former students/parents:
"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." Gregory K., age 10 Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed. He provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain. I could write a book about Geoff's credentials: highly qualified is an understatement. -- Neal B. Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you. -- Michael B., age 12 I'm sure I could learn to Play Guitar Today using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction. Linda H. The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight! Gina R., parent
*** Studio Equipment *** Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide self-produced instructional material. Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.
*** Specialties *** I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute. I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles) I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music I've played classical guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.
Bradley B. July 16, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
If you're interested in studying classical guitar you know that it is both difficult and important to find a quality guitar instruction. Look no further. Geoff is fantastic. His daily exercises for guitar have helped improve my technique dramatically. I'm so glad I found him and had an opportunity to work with him.
JohnK September 18, 2011
I am enjoying my lessons. You are being extra patient with me I suspect. My practices since our last have gone better I think. I think I am picking up things better. I practiced quite a lot today. Every commercial break in the football game as well as half time. See you in two weeks. Thanks
I grew up on Long Island New York and am currently finishing up my music education degree at George Mason University. I have been playing flute for 13 years now and it's time I share my experience and love for music with others!
To me, music is an outlet and it's important that my students fall in love with music while also learning about it. Music has always been a driving force in my life and one of the greatest things I've been involved in. I hope to give my students the same opportunities I have had and make music an important part of their lives as well.
A typical lesson with me w
ill be structured like this: Emphasis on basics (scales, studies, tuning, etc) Sight Reading and Ear Training Learning techniques through pieces
I had a lot of bad habits that developed over years so it will always be my goal to make sure this isn't the case with my students. Playing music should be fun, never too hard or painful. I will put a big emphasis on posture and building proper habits from the beginning.
My recommended length of time for a lesson is one hour. 30 minutes is not enough time once a week to really develop habits properly and really get into the heart of the music we will be working on.
I am really looking forward to acquiring more students!
Veronica W. June 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Megan is an excellent flute teacher. I thought it was going to be difficult for me to learn how to play the flute but her method and patience has helped me and I am convinced that anyone can learn music with the right teacher. I highly recommend Megan for flute lessons.
Kim L. May 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We had a great experience with Megan. She's efficient and professional.
Lindsay L. January 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Megan is working to get our 5th grader up and going on trumpet. He's a challenge, but she's up to it. She's pleasant, punctual and proficient. A great teacher.
I am currently pursuing a BM in Trumpet Performance at George Mason University, studying under Professor Phil Snedecor. I have been playing trumpet for 14 years, and have orchestral, wind band, chamber, marching band, and pit orchestra experience. I have been teaching privately since 2012.
It is extremely important to me that my students reach their full potential, being the best musician they can be while still retaining their passion for music. I remember the first time I ever picked up a trumpet; it was one of the most unforgettable experiences.
I emphasize teaching and solidifying f
undamentals while creating a fun and musical environment for my students. I also believe that ear training is imperative in developing musicianship.
As a performer, I have played with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the United States Air Force Band.
I am available to teach both 30 minute and 1 hour long lessons.
Zachary Pickett July 21, 2015
Learning trombone from Brianna was a great experience for my son, who is going into 6th grade this year. We wanted him to have a few lessons before starting band in middle school, and Brianna was the perfect person for the job. She taught him the basic skills he would need to succeed in the middle school band, and she really helped him become interested in music.
Sarah Mitchell July 13, 2015
I loved learning from Brianna. She is the greatest person to learn trumpet from. Her expertise is exceptional, and I truly enjoyed going to see her perform in concerts at George Mason University. It's great to be able to see your teacher perform!
I have been playing the flute since 3rd grade and have loved it ever sense. I recently graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance, while studying under Prof. Julianna Nickel. I was a member of the George Mason Wind Symphony and George Mason’s Symphony Orchestra in my senior year. I performed in George Mason’s Honors Recital in 2012 and 2013. I had the opportunity to perform with the AFPO in 2013 and 2015. I was selected as a soloist for The Young Masters Concert concerto competition in 2014 and performed with the GMU Orchestra. This past spring
I had an internship with the Education Institute at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. I have been teaching privately since my senior year of high school and love working with students of any age, especially beginners! I started building my studio throughout my years at George Mason University and look forward to continuing to teach students who share my love of music!
Ava M. July 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter is 9 and a bit shy - played piano but never flute. Melissa jumped right in on our first lesson, went through the basics, and while doing so assessed her abilities (like ability to read music). Before she left, my daughter was playing some basic notes using the form Melissa taught her. As I write this, she is already practicing on her own after left with some challenging but fun practice. Only the first class, but a great "gut feeling". My wife and I both enjoyed Melissa's kind personality but most importantly our daughter enjoys her. We're optimistic for a great learning experience.
Angelina M. July 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
first lesson went great! My daughter is super excited for the other lesson to come
Megan A. June 22, 2015
Melissa Thompson has been a colleague of mine for 4+ years now and is an amazing musician! I have had the opportunity to watch her teach countless times and would recommend her to anyone. She is clear, concise, and fun in her lessons and you can definitely hear an improvement right away.
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