Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Taylor
"Great teacher, very nice and helpful."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Alan
Tanisha is hands down the best vocal coach not only with her knowledge of music and voice but with her willingness to go above and bey
ond to help her students. She has given me great progress in such a short amount of time, and even takes time out of her day to help me when I need it. Tanisha not only helps build a good singing voice but also gives direction on how to turn it into a career!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Chu-Xin
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Amy
"Great teacher for my son!
Tracy has been an excellent fit for my young son. She is very patient and varies the lesson to hold a young child's attention.
She gives lots of praise and encouragement. She seems to have appropriate expectations for a 5 1/2 yr old and is good about communicating with him on a level he can understand. These are concerns I had when looking for a drum teacher for a child who is so young."
Oklahoma City, OK teacher:
Review by Joseph Cassanello
"Awesome instructor and I am very happy with everything."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Chona
"Curtis is very patient, kind and in tune with what my son's interests are as he learns the guitar. He is extremely knowledgable and professional. I would
highly recommend Curtis to anyone who is open to learning acoustic or electric guitar!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Mariano
"Insanely patient, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. Outstanding!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Cristina
"Howard is not only an excellent teacher, very professional, honest, talented and qualified, but a WONDERFUL human being full of many virtues -hard to ment
ion them all in such a short space- Highly recommended."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jeff Thompson
"Tarrific musical knowledge, excellent teacher, kind and gentil with new musicians, excellent with children."
I've been studying music for 10 years now. Having come to music later in life than most, I find that I am more empathetic to the perspective of the beginning student than many teachers. I spent the Summer of 2009 teaching music fundamentals to groups of severely physically and mentally disabled children of all ages. Since then I've completed my Bachelors degree in Music, taught privately and with several established music schools.
To me, music is above all about transformation. Beautiful sound transforms our experience of the environment, and learning an instrument can help stude
nts approach life as one big instrument they need to practice to master. Learning to play an instrument is also an experience of training one’s nervous system to gradually act and respond in new ways, and that kind of persistent, focused, training is applicable to any new skill. Last and definitely not least, playing music is fun.
*** Lesson Details ***
I plan my lessons around getting students to enjoy playing music as soon as possible, whether that means learning how to strum a chord rhythmically, playing their favorite song, or how to take a blues solo. There are steps that have to be climbed to do more complex things and I encourage students to practice a little every day rather than for a long time once or twice a week. Developing a love of music and steady practice habits are more beneficial over the long term than practicing until your limit.
*** Studio Equipment *** I currently have a living room space where I can teach, but it's small so it might be preferable to travel to you.
*** Travel Equipment *** If necessary I can provide amplification, cables, and a microphone.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock, Hip-hop, Funk, Reggae.
Dimico M. August 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Andrew is great, very patient. My son is five and Andrew was able to keep him focus on the task at hand, he makes the lesson so enjoyable that my Dimico was practicing long after Andrew left. We are looking forward to more lessons with him.
Mushka W. July 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
It was our first class, and my daughter felt comfortable with Andrew. Looking forward to having her grow in her guitar playing in the coming lessons
richie July 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very happy with the teacher. Andrew is very patient and encouraging. Always on time and normally stays a little longer than the allotted time . Recommended definitely
Pianist Lianhua C. is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College where she received her M.M. under the tutelage of Dr. Adam Kent. A native of China, Ms. C. began her musical studies at age 4, and studied at the Music University of YanBian with Professor Tianyi Zheng. She continued her studies as a full scholarship student at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf Germany, where she earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees with Professor Georg Friedrich Schenck. She has also played in Master Classes taught by world renowned pianists Hans Leygraf and Andre Watts. Ms.
C's talents have been recognized in numerous international competitions, and she has been awarded top prizes in the Wiesbaden International Piano Competition, the Music of Dusseldorf University Schomolz-Bickenbach Piano Competition, and the Concorso Internazionale Di Esecuzione Musicale Citta Di Padova Competition. Her international concert engagements have taken her to Helsinki, Finland, where she was offered a solo recital at the Sibelius Academy in 2005. Her orchestral engagements have included a performance of Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Robert-Schumann University Orchestra at the Dusseldorf Tonhalle in 2006. Ms. C. is also a featured Winner of the 2010 Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College Concerto Competition where she performed the Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 with the Conservatory Orchestra. Mrs. C.-Bretania currently resides in New York City.
Beginning her musical studies at the tender age of four, pianist Lianhua C. has been able to showcase her talents to an international audience. At the age of seven, she was accepted into the Music University of YanBian where she studied under Professor Tianyi Zheng. Following her studies as a child, she left her homeland of China and began her studies in Dusseldorf, Germany at the Robert Schumann Hochschule, where she studied under Professor Georg Friedrich Schenck and received both her undergraduate and master's degree. She also studied with Dr. Adam Kent at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College in New York City where she received her second masters degree.
During her stay in Germany, Lianhua C. was given the honor to perform for master classes taught by world renowned pianists Hans Leygraf and Andre Watts. In 2006, she performed Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Robert Schumann Hochschule Orchestra at the famous Dusseldorf Tonhalle, where her performance was highlighted by the Rheinische Post. She has accompanied two young musicians during their performance at Carnegie Hall, and has most recently taken top prize at the 3rd annual "Health To Hollywood" Talent Competition benefitting United States Veterans hosted by the North Shore LIJ Health System.
*** Lesson Details *** Private instruction given by a patient instructor who has been studying the art of classical piano since age 4. NYSMA, ABRSM examination preparation also given.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Avant Grand N3 Digital Grand Piano
Mia W. June 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
The lesson was fantastic. It was better than I ever expected. Lianhua was patient and personable. I would definitely recommend her.
Andrew S. March 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Lianhua has been a fantastic teacher so far. I would recommend her for adults as well as children. She is knowledgable, motivating and kind. She helps with technical skills as well as theory. You will not be sorry.
Kristine P. September 2, 2014
I like having lessons with her. It's a good feeling when you get a happy reaction from her when you play songs that you practice.
I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.
My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.
Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.
In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.
I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.
*** Lesson Details *** I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.
With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.
I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!
*** Travel Equipment *** I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.
Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
Erin S. July 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.
My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
SadiaM May 30, 2012
Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
I'm a professional singer and a passionate teacher of voice and beginning piano. I have been singing since I was five, and studying voice since age 14, going on to complete a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Voice Performance. The classical technique I teach gives my students the tools to sing in a variety of styles, whether opera, broadway, pop, or rock.
I also teach beginning piano for both children and adults, as well as ear training and musicianship.
Everyone can make music. Even if you think you can't carry a tune, come learn with me!
Cristiana D. March 15, 2015
Claire has been my daughter's piano teacher for two years and she's excellent!
Her knowledge and patience with kids make the lessons interesting and fun. I can see improvements week after week, not only in music-playing but also in my daughter's confidence. Claire is instilling a passion for music that I hope my daughter will keep forever.
An actor’s journey is made up of many personal and professional discoveries on the way toward fulfilling our artistic goals. Whether you are beginning or have much experience, I will help you feel more confident, prepared, and excited about the work you create. We will work together to illuminate your natural talents, build a solid technique, and overcome the obstacles that stand in your way in the audition room, in rehearsal, and on stage.
My experience as a professional actor for the past decade, with Off-Broadway, International, and Regional credits, enhances my ability to work with
actors in a unique and personal way.
I was recently accepted into the M.F.A Classical Acting program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and I received my B.A. in Theatre & Mass Media Studies from Florida State University in 2007. In New York City, I have trained with the Pearl Theatre Company, Fiasco Theatre, Shakespeare Forum, and the Flea Theatre. I have studied with renowned classical teachers John Barton (LAMDA), Cicely Berry (RSC), and acclaimed actress, Claire Higgins (The Old Vic Theater).
Diana D. May 29, 2015
Shakespearean Acting ·
Michael is a fantastic teacher! He helped me work on my Cleopatra among other great characters. He is focused, knowledgeable, passionate and has a profound manner in making the text accessible-current and personal. I used to have difficulty relating to a piece, the language intimidated me. Michael helped me to make the text my own, coming from my own heart. It changed how I worked on everything, both classical and modern.
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