Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Conchita
"Nicole is very down to earth friendly and not intimidating teacher. Her method of teaching is basic and easy to understand. I am looking forward to the
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Natalie
"Brianna was a great teacher! I really liked how patient and thorough she was with every lesson. Brianna was able to tap into my daughters attention span i
n a way that really helped her grasp the concept of playing this instrument. Thank you Brianna!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by John
"I've had 3 lessons with Justin. Justin has a great knowledge of the voice and the breathing required for good singing. Justin has been great at helping
me with my pre-stated goals, as well as pointing out other opportunities for improving my singing. The exercises he has prescribed have been very helpful. At our most recent lesson, Justin suggested a song for me to begin working on. It's a beautiful song, and I am looking forward to working on it with Justin's insightful guidance."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Kelly M.
"I have been taking flute lessons for over a year with Heidi and totally love her. She is so patient and understanding. My husband and I are also taking He
idi's Music Theory on-line class which is amazing. We are learning so much. My performance on my flute has improved dramatically since starting my lessons with Heidi. She has so many innovative ideas in regards to teaching. Her compassion for music is very contagious. No matter what the age of the student I feel that Heidi will meet the student where they are and help them grow into the musician they desire to be."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Sarah
"I cannot oversell my experience with Lisa Kay. She was always so encouraging and made it both a comfortable and vocally challenging environment. With her
help, I was able to push my self to new heights (literally notes I couldn't imagine hitting before) and I have a stronger confidence now in my abilities. I would highly recommend her!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Sean
"Tom is a great drum teacher and nice guy. He is a professional drummer and is very patient and knowledgeable about drumming. I would recommend Tom for
anyone who wants to learn how to play drums."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by MacKenzie
Always challenging and keeps me informed about stuff that I need to know. Always relates things to other areas of percussion. Is really funn
y and nice. Always keeps me interested in what is going on during the lesson."
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by Sophia
Joel is very knowledgeable with music and is easy to learn from. He's patient and works at your learning speed! I look forward to my weekl
y class and I definitely have improved because of him. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn in a fun, easy going way."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Amber
"David is a great teacher! He definitely knows his way around a guitar and is passionate about helping his students master the skill. I would strongly reco
mmend David to anyone who wants to have a fun and informative guitar lesson!"
Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.
I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.
I have been playing professionally & teaching for over
a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.
In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my vast experience, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:
Scales/modes Ear training Guitar-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.) Songwriting & Composition Arranging & Orchestrating Sight-reading Improvisation Chordal theory & how to read charts Practice routines & approaches Guitar maintenance Guitar-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)
The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of time they put into it. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!
*** Studio Equipment *** Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).
*** Specialties *** Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.
Brianna B. August 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed her lesson and felt like she had some new techniques that will really help her going forward. She is excited to see what comes next!
Brooke B. August 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter loved the lesson and is excited to continue. Her comment was, "finally someone who understands me!"
jack H. May 28, 2015
Voice Acting ·
In home Verified Student
Alex has been great - connecting up with my interests and helping me develop the basics.
As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8
), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 16 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead childrenâs music time at church.
I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.
*** Lesson Details *** What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to unlearn bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.
*** Studio Equipment *** Large music room: piano, flute, clarinet, mouth pieces for trumpet, trombone, french horn and sax, snare drum
*** Specialties *** I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new studentâs musical experience.
I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a child's first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.
Kris June 26, 2015
French Horn ·
We only had one lesson with Amy, but I was impressed and I give her a 5. She was very patient with Josh, even when Josh wasn't very focused. I was impressed with how she conducted her lessons, even though her children were home. They were very respectful of our lesson time and never had an interruption. That says a lot about Amy's dedication to focus on her students.
Jamison June 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jamison loved his first lesson so much he came home and IMMEDIATELY started practicing for the next one! Amy is an awesome teacher. Both our daughters take lessons from her as well. She was a wonderful presence with the children. She is very complimentary and explains things clearly. Even I learn musical vocabulary and techniques during their lessons! I highly recommend her as a teacher.
Katie W. February 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We have only taken 3 or 4 lessons so far with Amy but from what I can tell she is great! Amy is very patient in our lessons which really shows that she is great with beginners. Amy is also always right on time which is always great to have. Amy is a friendly and kind person and that really helps make the lessons fun for my daughter.
Hello, My name is Beau. The bass guitar is a great passion of mine and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with others. I am eager to teach as well as continue my own personal journey as a musician. Initially self-taught, I attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN where I earned a degree in Bass Performance studying under Terry Burns, Gary Raynor, Jay Young, Jeff Bailey, and Charles Fletcher.
I have been performing professionally in various original and cover/variety/wedding bands for over 6 years. I also have extensive studio performance experience constructi
ng and recording bass lines of many different styles. My band, The Fontanelles, have been successfully writing, recording, and performing original music in the Twin Cities for the last three years.
I am the weekly bass player for the contemporary and traditional worship services at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and have also played bass in musical productions of Footloose and Godspell. People know me for being passionate, energetic, patient, and friendly.
*** Lesson Details *** All students can expect to have a positive and fun, but focused and educational learning experience.
Beginner students will learn to navigate the fretboard, technique, pitch matching and ear training, scales, and learn to play bass lines and melodies to favorite songs.
As a student progresses, they will learn chord recognition and relations, music theory, more scales, more ear training, sight reading notation and chord charts, improvisational techniques and building walking bass lines.
*** Studio Equipment *** -Fender 62' Reissue Jazz Bass -Ampeg BA-15 (amp) -Fender BXR-25 (amp) -Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver -Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth -MXR Bass Octave Deluxe -Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner -Boss RC-3 Loop Station -Yamaha MO6 Keyboard -MacBook Pro -Protools -RME Babyface for recording -iPad with various teaching apps
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand, amplifier, computer for musical playback and recording, my own bass or guitar, and a tuner.
Students should bring their own bass guitar.
*** Specialties *** I find that developing a musical ear is vital as a student. To a student, I like to stress the importance of pitch matching and recognition, scales, chord recognition, as well as fingerboard technique. Students will learn to improvise walking bass lines, solo over various styles of music, sight read, and develop a personal repertoire.
As a player, I began playing rock, but am also passionate and experienced in jazz, funk, country, latin, pop, etc.
Also, you may be asked to sing sometimes! I believe in the importance of using our own natural instrument as a tool for musical growth in all areas (especially for bass players). You can practice music virtually anywhere when singing.
Claire S. August 4, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
My daughter enjoyed her lessons with Beau because he has a calm demeanor and extensive knowledge of music theory and electric bass technique. Every week she showed progress as she learned songs that were gradually more and more demanding. She also benefiitted from learning theory: modes, how to play scales in each key, as well as ear training and identifying song key. We would highly recommend Beau if you are looking for a bass teacher for you or your child.
*Lessons with Colin have moved to an exciting new location! A recently finished home music studio now features two full drum kits, a P.A and sound insulation for a quality learning experience!
I am a 29 year old drummer with 20 years of experience spanning all genre's and styles of music. Countless hours of stage performance with bands. A love, drive and passion for music and drumming you won't find in any other instructor! Multiple studio recordings both behind the mixing board and behind the drum set. 10 years of teaching experience, realizing the importance of setting a unique curriculum
for each student tailored to fit each individual's goals and interests. I have been involved in bands ever since middle school, starting with rock, and moving on to perform in country bands, hip-hop performances, indie rock bands, and progressive rock bands. A strong knowledge of jazz techniques and music theory as well as the ability to read drum sheet music make me a perfect instructor for any student. I have had many beginner and intermediate level student's and have become proficient in determining what skills each individual student needs to work on as well as helping students progress in their interests, keeping the lessons fun and the student motivated. I can easily transcribe any song as well! So any song you might want to learn, even if there is no sheet music, is totally doable. I love working in odd time signatures and I prefer fancy hi-hat work over heavy double-bass drum use. Progressive / Indie rock is my favorite genre of music to play, but I have tons of fun playing hip-hop, punk, metal, I dabble in jazz, Latin rhythms, and pretty much anything else. I'm always excited to play drums, and I pass this excitement on in my teachings.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons and curriculum's are built around a students experience level, age, and goals. Students will learn the fundamentals of drumming, as well as the ability to add flair and pizzazz to their playing. Within the first 3 months, a beginning level student will have the ability to play basic beats found in many styles of music, as well as feeling comfortable playing to a metronome and keeping time. Lessons will include routines to be practiced by the student on their own time, as well as fun, exciting techniques to keep students interested and motivated to continue playing. Each Lesson will hold its own highlights depending on the student. I believe getting to know the student and their goals for their drumming is one of the most important aspects of teaching lessons. Understanding whether the student is looking to drum as a hobby and for fun will change the lesson style dramatically compared to a student looking to make a living off drumming. The types of routines, styles and techniques taught should fit into helping the student reach their desired destination.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the basement, full band rehearsal set up with 2 drum kits, one for the student, one for the teacher.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect the student to have a drum set and drum sticks. I can provide a drum set for lessons but it is important for the student to have a drum set or practice pad to practice.
*** Specialties *** I have touched on almost every genre of music. I am currently studying Latin jazz, I specialize in progressive rock.
Ryan H. April 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Colin has been an awesome drum teacher for my son! He is very supportive and flexible with my sons abilities. Colin makes the lessons fun and really boosts his confidence. It is easy to tell that Colin has a lot of teaching experience and that he loves to share his musical talents.
Linda C. July 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I am very happy to have selected Colin as my drum teacher. He is patient and explains concepts clearly. I find that he provides helpful feedback identifying both what I am doing correctly and where I need to adjust. He adjusts the lessons to my progress, so I feel that I am receiving individualized instruction. I am a long time educator and know good instruction when I see it, and I see it in him!
Josh R. July 5, 2014
In home Verified Student
Colin has been a great inspiration in my son's playing. It has brought a level of creativity and improvisation that he just wasn't learning from other teachers. He truly cares about his students and has a positive energy that helps motivate my son to be a better player. Colin has the chops and spectacular sense of timing and song memory. I would recommend Colin to students of all age and ability levels.
Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student! Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Educat
ion, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!
Learning in the home, they become very comfortable in playing the piano, and have opportunities to sing and perform for other students in occasional groups lessons. There are opportunities to perform in recitals monthly, and earn theory and performance certificates through St. Paul Piano Teachers Assoc. We perform at Mall of America at Christmas time, and have a large Recital at the end of the year!
Your student will love Piano lessons and will learn quickly with daily practice! :)
*** Lesson Details *** We start warming up with technique and scales, quickly reviewing our theory.
Students play 2-3 pieces from their Lesson books of Faber & Faber, Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, or whatever works best for them. These are fun repertoire pieces they will enjoy playing.
We finish the lesson with a special Performance piece they are working on, or Melody Bober, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, Catherine Rollins specialty pieces. We even play duets!
Students will love lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy singing &/or playing the piano! :) They will want their friends to join along! :)
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano in the Living room.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, Faber & Faber, Bastien, State and National Music Teacher's Association Theory, skill, and repertoire standards, and State Competition with Minnesota Music Teacher's Association.
Terri R. August 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
According to my daughter who is taking lessons " My instructor is pretty Chill" :)
Just started the lessons and already notice significant improvement . Looking forward to future lessons
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