Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Laurie
"I'm a 55 yr old female that hasn't taken voice lessons in the last 20+ years. From that time until recently I would just do karaoke off and on. I started
taking lessons with Tanisha about seven months ago. She is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to my voice. Initially I just wanted to learn how to use my "alto" voice more effectively. I avoided singing soprano songs because it was very uncomfortable and it didn't sound right to me. But to my surprise Tanisha convinced me that I am in deed a first soprano. She started working with me on my singing with much attention on my upper range. Thanks to Tanisha, for the first time in my life I have started feeling like a real singer! She has truly taken me places vocally that I could have only dreamed of going. Even when I sing lower it sounds tons better. I practice consistently because I'm so excited about all of the progress I have made in just a seven month period. And I am just blown away that I have those high notes now! When it comes to the voice Tanisha is definitely a miracle worker! On top of that she has this bubbly personality and from the day that I met her I felt like I've been knowing her for years. She's like a new best friend!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Katie
"Chris got me suuper excited about learning how to play the guitar. As a beginner, I was nervous for my first lesson but Chris made it fun from the start.
Very patient and relaxed teacher. He calms your nerves and gets you doing a lot each lesson. I've only had a few and my friends are already (sort of) impressed!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by hakan
"I have been a student for Mathew for past few months and I enjoy his classes. In his classes, I've been learning songs, guitar techniques, music theory, a
nd even a little about the music business from his experiences. He has a great in-home studio which is perfect for guitar lessons and I've have learned a lot from him and I look forward to his classes each week. In my opinion, he is the the best type of person to learn from because of his dedication and his ability to teach anybody at any level."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Cabbar
"Best. Teacher. Ever.
I'm a college sophomore with absolutely no background in music. I decided I needed a hobby so I looked into TakeLessons, and I am ex
tremely glad I did! Monica is an amazing teacher. She knows exactly what she is doing and can basically work with every situation. She is also so approachable and easy to talk to that the lessons are actually fun! I learned so much in just two months, it's unbelievable! I recommend it to anyone at any age to give lessons with Monica a try, I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Alex
"Mr. Mike was really cool. He has lots of instruments. I want to play the congas next. I had fun.
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Nadine
"Meeting Mike for the first time is like visiting an old friend. My initial session was both engaging and very informative. Mike exudes a great passion f
or the arts. During the session, he was insightful in terms of identifying areas I need to improve upon. He assessed my skills level, then providing the necessary tools to assist and guide me through the process. By the end of the session, I was encouraged and motivated to learn more. Thanks Mike!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tim
"Diedrich is a terrific teacher able to convey concepts in terms all levels of students can understand and benefit from musically. A true musical soul who
really loves to share his talents in a genuine way!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Lisa
"My 6th grade daughter has been taking lessons online with Christian since September. He is reliable, flexible, and very patient. Christian is encouragin
g but also pushes my daughter to challenge herself. Christian has motivated her to work much harder than she did through the school band alone; sometimes she will practice for an hour or more after her lesson because she is excited about her new material. We are thrilled with her progress. Thanks, Christian!"
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Lisa is a wonderful teacher. She gives excellent ideas which help improve technicality and tone. She is enthusiastic and respectful of individual learning
I have been playing guitar for 30 years, starting with Rock/Blues before studying both Classical and Jazz guitar in college. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1995. I am currently a guitar teacher in the NW Chicago suburbs and in Chicago currently with 45+ students, teaching all ages, all levels and all styles. I have been teaching guitar and music off and on for the past 20+ years but in 2007 I decided to devote myself to teaching full time (yes, teaching guitar is my primary job!)...one of the best decisions I have ever made!
To me, play
ing music is an incredibly rewarding experience. It's also a lot of fun! But no matter what your goals are in music, I have found, through many years of playing and teaching, that every musician needs a basic understanding of their instrument and of music in general. Whether you are learning piano, saxophone, violin, flute or guitar all music students will need to know about the basics of music, how it works and where the notes are on their instrument. My goal as a guitar and music instructor is to *teach people how to teach themselves*. I would love to have you study with me for years and years, but a good instructor should be able to show people what they need to know so that they can be their own primary music educator for the rest of their lives. Not only is it more economically friendly for the student, I see it as simply the right thing to do. My lessons are designed to make the absolute most of a student's motivation and to keep them motivated to maximize their learning experience!
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are an absolute beginner or more experienced guitar player, I see it as my mission to prepare all of my students to be *musicians*, not just people who can move their fingers on a guitar. I believe that all musicians should think of music as a language: if you don't understand the basics of any language how can you expect to communicate well in that language?
Beginners can expect to learn the foundations of guitar and music: good finger and pick technique, familiarity with basic notes, simple chords, basic musical concepts, easy and fun songs. More advanced students can expect to improve in many aspects of guitar playing in most styles and in their understanding and appreciation of music- advanced playing techniques (pick and finger style), scales, arpeggios, advanced chord forms and chord progressions, melodic improvisation in any style, music theory, ear training, etc. I teach beginning and intermediate Classical guitar as well. I request that Classical guitar students already have some prior guitar experience (knowledge of basic notes and chords).
In my years as a guitar student and as a teacher, I have learned that communication is the key to good, productive lessons and as much as possible I cater lessons to what each student is interested in, while having fun!
At this time I am offering lessons on Friday afternoons and evenings at my Inverness teaching studio. Due to my weekly teaching schedule, I am not currently available to offer in-home lessons at student's homes.
*** Studio Equipment *** My teaching studio is equipped with: amplifier, cords, music stand, guitar stand, laptop PC, printer, play-along programs for practice, hundreds of self-authored exercises for all levels. I also have a huge library of guitar books, songs and other materials available for lesson material as well. Method books to use for lessons available to purchase from me ($8-$10 generally). Just bring yourself, a guitar (acoustic or electric), a pick or two and we'll be ready to roll!
Lisa Altenbach June 26, 2015
Ok ...I am the mom paying for the lessons and I can say we get our moneys worth! Dan is a talented musician and a great teacher. He is patient with the kids and flexible with time . Always willing to make up lessons or change out times. The songs he teaches are enjoyable to listen to and the kids have done well . The recital was at the library , very casual and low stress for the kids and parents. Dan worked with each student on an individual basis to improve their performance. Thanks Dan!
Rudy Altenbach June 26, 2015
Dan really rocks!!! I have fun learning electric guitar and he even taught me a star wars song! COOL!
Bella Altenbach June 26, 2015
Dan is a great guitar teacher. I have been taking lesssons on and off for a few years and anytime I want to learn something new he has been able to help. I get to choose songs I like and he helps me figure them out. We recently had a recital at the library and it was fun!
I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.
Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 12+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park Distri
ct, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.
Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA and country rock cover act soon to be announced featuring members of Trash Martini.
I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.
With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.
For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn: *to read music notation and music charts *to read drum notation *songs by real bands *timekeeping via a metronome *hand technique and foot technique *rudiments *all styles of music *double bass *drum grooves and drum fills *marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)
For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn: *to read music notation *to read music charts/lead sheets *music theory *intervals *chords and inversions *chord progressions *scales *fingering *styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional *songs you wish to learn
For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn: *to learn to read music notation *to learn to read a music chart *music theory *scales *chords *chord progressions *fingering *styles of pop, rock, and blues *songs you wish to learn
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal
Meg D. April 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Steven is a great teacher! He's flexible, and works well with all ages! He's teaching my 3 kids, drums, guitar and bass. He's very receptive and adjusts his lessons according to what my kids are interested in. For example one of my kids was learning notes, but then the other wanted to learn a specific song and he easily adjusted to focus on what each of them wanted to do to. My kids love him!
S G. March 7, 2015
I took 5 in-home guitar lessons from Steve and loved every minute! I had never played guitar before so we were starting from scratch. We covered a lot of information, tailored to what I wanted to learn, and I felt like I made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Steve was always on time, well-prepared for lessons, and was very encouraging. I would recommend Steve to anyone interested in taking guitar lessons.
Theresa H. January 27, 2015
In home Verified Student
Steven is very patient with my 5 year old and very good at explaining things at his level.
Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!
*** Lesson Details *** While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I
utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also very flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard. Also, a boombox/CD player may be necessary if we need to play with some backing tracks.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet - Jazz & Classical
Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.
Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).
Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop, Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.
Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.
Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.
Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
AMY H. June 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Andrew G. June 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Voytek is a great teacher. I started with little knowledge of anything regarding the piano or reading music and Voytek was able to help me through the process to the point where I fell very confident in my skills. I have learned a lot from him in a small amount of time and I am very grateful for that.
He is also very accommodating and flexible when it comes to making appointment times and rescheduling appointments. Great guy and great teacher.
pete K. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Voytek is a true professional with a kind heart! He's very nice and knowledgeable. My daughter loves her lessons with Voytek!
I am a music professional that will help you expand your musical talents, study the basics and learn to play the type of music you enjoy! I utilize a well-rounded teaching approach that includes Note Reading, Theory, Technique, and Performance. I keep my students engaged through a curriculum that is fun, creative and designed to provide a well based understanding of music while playing a variety of musical styles that include classical, standards, blues, and rock.
I am a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree for Music in Depth and have over 30 years of teach
ing/playing experience. I also serve as a Music Director for the 1st Presbyterian Church of Itasca where I provide music for weekly church services and lead the choral and hand bell choirs.
Anna S. March 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Patsy is a very experienced musician and knows how to adjust her teaching to the level that meets the student's level. I am absolutely satisfied with Patsy as my piano instructor and she is a wonderful person as well. I highly recommend Patsy as a musical instructor.
Jan P. August 4, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Hi. I'm Eric and I own a Studio in Elgin, IL. I'm a professional, full time musician and educator and my guitar has been paying my bills my entire adult life. I have real world, professional experience playing guitar as well as bass guitar, drums, piano, mandolin and more on countless gigs here in Northern, IL. I teach between 30-50 private students per week. I have taught hundreds of students in the past 12 years how to reach their musical goals. I've played tons of theater. I played guitar, mandolin, and drums as a swing musician for the Chicago Production of Jersey Boys at the Bank of Amer
ica Theater in 2008. In 2014 I played a lot theater gigs for local productions such as Little Shop of Horrors (bass), Hands on a Hardbody (Guitar, Steel/Slide) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (guitar). I grew up as a gigging rock n roll/blues guitar player, but my heart is in jazz. I am confident and fluent in, and have gigged most styles of guitar playing.
MITCHELL DAVIS May 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very comfortable atmosphere, Eric listened and tailored lessons to my needs
Jeremy Y. March 17, 2015
Taking lessons with Eric is awesome. He shows me how to play my favorite songs but he also shows me how to understand the music theory behind the songs. This makes learning songs so much easier. Eric always finds a way to keep me learning the things I SHOULD know while teaching me the stuff I WANT to know.
Mike H. March 17, 2015
Lessons with Eric provided me with the tools I needed to become a more complete musician – not just a better guitarist. In broad strokes, I read music, developed a much better ear, learned how to construct chords, got exposure to the Real Book, possessed a nice repertoire of scales, and could tackle songs without the assistance of tabs after taking lessons from Eric for a few years. The structure of each lesson built on previous material and can be presented at any pace; Eric's attention to detail makes sure every student masters the material to the best of his or her ability before moving on to a more advanced topic, which helps ensure legitimate progress is made lesson-to-lesson. Eric's emphasis on music theory and jazz allowed me to pick up the piano rather easily, and dynamic lessons where he got behind a drum kit to teach me odd time signatures helped me develop a fantastic sense of timing and the confidence to sit behind the drums as well.
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