Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Shanon
"Andrew is more than a capable and patient music instructor. He is an outstanding and insightful musician himself. Not only does he listen carefully to wha
t the student wants to learn so that he can carefully tailor the lesson to meet their needs and wants, but he cares more than most and puts his heart, soul and 110 percent effort into making sure each student reaches their goal. Andrew is reliable, knowledgeable, always professional and extremely talented.
I have never been disappointed in Andrew's ability as a musician and teacher. If you hire him for music lessons, you will not be disappointed, and you will learn more than you thought you could... especially if you practice. ;)"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
Cynthia Matty is an amazing flute teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and the flute. Her teaching style is very energetic and
passionate. You can tell Cynthia truly cares about her students and their learning. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in taking lessons."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Jenna
"I learned so much from Judy!
Judy Tomsko is the best voice teacher I've ever had - I learned so much about my vocal potential and music theory with her.
She is such a sweet and caring person, which made it an amazing environment to learn and grow. I can genuinely say that Judy taught me so much of what I know today about vocals and she is a great mentor and friend. I highly recommend that you take lessons with her!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by M
"Diedrich is great -- teaches skills and instills confidence
I came to my lessons with Diedrich already knowing some guitar and having taken classical gui
tar lessons for several years, reading music and getting technique. Diedrich has been teaching me to improvise on acoustic guitar, including not just how to improvise in different keys but also all those intangibles like confidence, musicality, creativity, expression...the things that don't come easily to some of us but are so important. He's a great teacher for this because he's so intuitive, respectful and patient -- and fun."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Rachelle
"Evan has been an outstanding drum teacher for our son! His skill and enthusiasm for the instrument come through in his instruction. He sets a positive exa
mple, has excellent technical knowledge and theory, provides clear, easy to understand lessons, and allows our son to express his own interests and develop his own style of drumming. Our son is excited to see Evan each week, and looks forward to sharing his new skills with the family. Evan provides lessons at our house, is organized, and timely, as well as flexible with the his schedule to allow for changes in our family schedule from time to time."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Manna
"Kristian is a great instructor! Very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable about singing. I've learned a lot in a very short time and have heard improvem
ents in my voice already. I would definitely recommend Kristian as an instructor."
New Haven, CT teacher:
Review by Edgar
"My playing has skyrocketed since I started taking classes with Dyce. He has a way of teaching that anyone can easily understand."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Jiana
"She is the woman to go to for musical theatre and classical style singing. She is not a high soprano, but a great belter too!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Tina
"Gavin is, by far, the best guitar instructor I've ever had. I took lessons from him for 2+ years and learned a great deal from him. He incorporates teachi
ng the essential skills every guitar player should master with music that the student wants to learn. This method really motivated me to play more and become a much better guitar player! I've learned so many valuable skills (chord recognition, improvisation, scale shapes etc) while taking lessons from him, and it has made me a much better player in the long run. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to take guitar lessons, regardless of their prior skill level. Thank you Gavin!"
I am a professional gigging musician, teacher, producer, and session player with a degree in Music Theory and Guitar performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. I've had the pleasure of playing in many bands, opening for such acts as David Grohl with Chevy Metal, The Animals, and Eddie Money. I can teach multiple styles including, but not limited to: rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, metal, alternative, reggae, and classical guitar. I've taught people of all ages and am proud to see many of them start bands of their own. I take pride in sharing my passion and knowledge to anyone
willing to learn, and am ready to take you to the next level of playing music!
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I'd like to mention that I'm 100% confident in my teaching skills when it comes to any age or skill level. I've taught barebones beginner classes as well as seriously advanced students who have been playing for 10+ years.
Get more bang for your buck! What you will receive when purchasing lessons with me:
-Custom tailored lesson plans that suit you or your child's specific needs. -A fun, safe, and encouraging learning environment with a highly trained and experienced musician. -A professionally recorded demo cd of you or your child's playing which can be used for auditions, resume's, or personal enjoyment (huge value for your money). -Take home video of any lesson you have with me, so it can be referred to later for practice. -Access to personalized backing tracks for you to jam with at home.
My philosophy on teaching and music:
Playing music is fun! Period. Learning how to play shouldn't be any different! My lessons are structured and informative, and at the same time fun and relaxing. As far as specifics, lessons are always custom tailored to each student. The first thing I do, is assess the student's skill level, what they hope to learn, and musical tastes. Lesson plans are then designed specifically for each student and directed towards their personal goals and needs. I focus on areas such as, learning to play songs, the proper development of technique, chord and scale theory, ear training, chart reading, rhythm notation, improvisation, and song writing.
About every 3 to 6 months, I like to have a student project in which the student gets to record an original or cover song of their choice. The student will then be rewarded with a demo song on CD of his or her playing. This does many things for the student. Not only does it give the student an accurate experience of what it is like to record in a studio environment, but it also gives them something tangible to show for all their hard work and dedication!
Lessons can be given either in my home studio, or via Skype, however, lessons given over Skype are limited in features due to distance.
Check out this article I wrote for TakeLessons.com! http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-guitar-every-day-z01
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a fully functioning recording studio at my home with all sorts of awesome equipment. I have a variety of different 6, 7, and 8 string guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers, cabinets, keyboard, synth programs, mixing and mastering software, HD video and editing equipment, drum programming software, microphones, and other various recording gear.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide, teaching material, homework, metronome (although students are required to eventually acquire one of their own), and jam tracks.
Students should be able to provide their own instrument.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in many styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Folk.
Tayler G. January 22, 2014
Professional, talented, encouraging and friendly
I have taken lessons from Jack and have worked with him as a musician. Not only is he incredibly talented at what he does, he is also extremely professional, knows his stuff, and is encouraging in growing your skill and confidence. I would highly recommend Jack for his teaching skills and say that if you wish to learn and grow in the craft as well as your passion for music, he is the best!
Rick N. January 7, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Just started taking lessons for Jack a few weeks ago and am feeling encouraged. He has made some adjustments to my technique that are improving my skill. He's a HUGE improvement over my last instructor (lessons taken elsewhere). He offers a really good mix of warmup work, metronome work and actual playing. Highly recommended.
Samara R is a contemporary classical music composer and educator based in Southern California. Textural elements, unusual instrumentation, extended performance techniques, and imagery inspiration combine themselves to form her compositional sound.
Samara is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in music composition, and was selected to participate in the prestigious honors program, which culminated in a solo h
onors recital. She was awarded The Steward Prize for an outstanding creative work.
Samara studied music composition at UCSD with Dr. Lei Liang, Dr. Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger, and Dr. Philippe Manoury. She studied music composition, music theory, piano performance and pedagogy at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA under the tutelage of Dr. Norman Weston, Pamela Worcester and the late Dr. Rebecca Rollins.
At UCSD, Samara also had the opportunity to broaden her musical knowledge with courses complementary to composition. She studied recording, mixing, and mastering techniques in a state-of-the-art studio with Tom Erbe (SoundHack), completed a yearlong series of courses in jazz theory and improvisation with Kamau Kenyatta, took private violin lessons with Batya MacAdam-Somer, and even spent a quarter studying conducting with Dr. Chinary Ung.
Samara has sung and performed in numerous choirs throughout Southern California, including The Southern California Children’s Choir, Saddleback College’s Women’s Camerata and Modern Masterworks Choral, UCSD’s Concert Choir and Gospel Choir, and The La Jolla Symphony Chorus.
Samara currently runs a private music studio where she teaches piano, violin, voice, and composition lessons. In addition, she is a certified Music Together instructor for music and movement courses so she can introduce infants and toddlers to the joys of music.
Samara has participated in various music festivals including UCSD’s Toy Piano Festival organized and hosted by Scott Paulson, UCSD’s undergraduate arts festival ADDO, and The Grand Teton Music Festival.
She enjoys sharing her love of music through composing, teaching, and performing.
Samara is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), and The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC).
*** Lesson Details *** Expect lessons to be fun and enjoyable! I want all my students to love music. I use a variety of materials to craft customized lessons based on your interest, skill level, and musical style. Let me know what you want to learn and I can help you achieve that goal!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room, piano, supplies, music books, couch, music stand
*** Specialties *** I mostly teach in a traditional classical trajectory with emphasis on developing solid technique, musicianship, and theory skills. However, I also encourage students to learn other fun songs such as their favorite Disney and pop songs.
Samara K. May 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Samara is great with our daughter. She recommends songs that our daughter likes and she asks my daughter to choose songs that she likes. She sings along with her when necessary to help her find the right notes and plays piano beautifully. Our daughter looks forward to the lessons with Samara.
Melissa S. January 5, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
As Samara's colleague at UCSD, I had the privilege of collaborating with her on various musical projects and observing her composition process from start to finish. She's a creative, talented and ambitious musician who is familiar with various musical instruments and techniques. More than that, she is a dedicated educator: she has extensive knowledge of musical pedagogy and is always looking for opportunities for further professional development. I highly recommend her for students of all levels!
marjorie B. September 9, 2014
Our daughter took voice and piano lessons with Samara for about 6 months in San Diego. She had never had lessons before but within that short time fame our daughter learned and progressed at an unbelievable pace.
Samara is patient and extremely talented with her gifts as well as with children. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed all her lessons with Samara and we were definitely sad to see her go.
During your first lesson I do a computer analysis of your voice, I find out what your goals are in singing, what your favorite kinds of music are, and I take you in the direction you want to go and show you how to get there in the shortest possible time.
Think you're the only one who feels that terrifying nervousness? Most everyone does, including the biggest stars. One of the four books I've written is a book about it, entitled, "How To Conquer Nervousness For Singers", and I'll teach you to not only handle it, but to direct its energy into your singing, making your performance soar. I'
ve also written, "How To Get Standing Ovations For Singers" to teach you to drive your audience to their feet for a standing ovation.
I always record my students so that they know how they sound to others. I also make a CD of them singing to background music if they wish, included in the cost of the lessons for no extra charge.
Learn to sing beautifully, and most important, emotionally. Learn the parts of your vocal instrument, How each works, How they work together. Develop Breath support (80% of singing). Learn "The Singer's Formant", that "ringing" sound of professionals. Learn how to conquer nervousness, learn about Resonance, Overtones, Vibrato, How to sing high notes, Learn the "singing vowels", and more.
I would rather teach singing than eat chocolate, and if you knew how much I like chocolate, you'd know my passion for teaching singing. I've been studying voice since third grade, and teaching singing for eighteen years.
I've had nine singing teachers myself, so I know just how you feel. I get you comfortable, and I listen closely to what you want to do and where you want to go with your singing voice.
My students learn all the important aspects of singing right away, rather than drawing them out over time.
I teach beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional students of all ages.
I teach all styles of singing, including pop, blues, gospel, classical voice, rock, jazz, SCAT singing, belting, country and western, and RAP.
I teach singing in English, Italian, Spanish, and German.
As my singing student you'll have access to the four books I've written on singing: SING BETTER FAST: a complete but concise treatise on vocal technique (It includes a Practice CD with a free recording studio program to install into your computer); How to conquer nervousness for singers, how to get standing ovations for singers, and sing better fast 2, advanced singing. These four books are the most current and relevant works on these subjects available today.
My Bachelor's and Master's Degrees are from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Put your singing voice in my hands. You'll love what happens.
*** Lesson Details *** My introductory class includes a computer analysis of your singing voice, then describes the main parts of your vocal instrument, how each works, and how they work together. It teaches you what a song is, and how to sing a song well right away.
During the first lesson I record every student and play it back, both for computer analysis, and also so the student can hear how they sound to others. Remember the first time you heard yourself in a recording and said, "That's not me!" I'll explain that to you, and why it's so important to record yourself and listen to your recordings.
Your lessons are designed toward YOUR goals and desires in singing, and include specific guides for your between lessons practice sessions.
I also teach how to sing karaoke and impress an audience. I've been studying audience psychology for more than 15 years, and my entire orientation in teaching singing is to, "DRIVE YOUR AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET FOR A STANDING OVATION!"
I record CD's with custom labels for students, with their picture, included in the price of the lessons. You can have a CD of yourself singing for you to to play, to give to your family and friends, or perhaps to sell.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are in my home studio, with recording equipment which we use to record you in lessons and on CD's, high quality studio monitor speakers that let you sound exactly the way you sound to others, high quality recording microphones, computer, control panel, keyboard, and music stands.
*** Travel Equipment *** When I come to your location for lessons I bring portable equipment to do a computer analysis of the student's voice, and to record and play back my student's progress for analysis and discussion.
*** Specialties *** I teach singing in English, Italian, Spanish, & German, in all styles, including Pop, Blues, Gospel, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Scat Singing, Belting, Country and Western, and Rap.
Amanda S. August 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Carl is an excellent instructor! He is very patient, encouraging, and gives you the tools to become a better singer. I couldn't ask for a better instructor, thank you for everything Carl!
Barry J. July 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Carl has been fantastic. I just completed my third lesson and my voice has been completely transformed. Couldn't recommend him more.
Susan D. December 12, 2014
You will like Carl as your instructor. He is an expert at what he does, especially voice analysis with techniques to better any singing voice. He knows from A to Z what needs to be done to correct and improve, and this he imparts with specific instructions, coupled with lots of encouragement. He has generously worked with both my husband (a very good voice) and me (a bit of the ordinary) and we have always been satisfied with his professionalism and love of the art. Thanks, Carl.
I have taught music for more than 13 years. In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where I also studied conducting, music theory & history, and piano. I have been playing the violin for 21 years and had over 17 years of private lessons along with college instruction on violin, viola, and piano. I also played the piano for 7 years with private instruction and the viola for 9 years.
I perform professionally with the Montage Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and Symphony
Irvine as Assistant Principal Violist. I also play violin and viola for operas and musicals.
I performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band. I was a concerto competition winner in 2004 and performed Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist. I am also a soloist, member of violin and cello duo, and trio for professional events.
I began violin as a Suzuki violin student. I teach the Suzuki method mixed with a flexible, traditional method that teaches note reading, rhythms, shifting, theory, scales, and memorization. I accept students of all levels.
I've had many of the same students for 2-5 years. My students have biannual recitals featuring violin, viola, and piano students levels 1-7.
You can see more about me at: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jill-zor/45/740/31a and can listen to my unedited performance recordings at https://soundcloud.com/jzorviolinist
Additional Music Education:
I studied the violin privately with violin teachers from the Julliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I also attended music camps like the Montecito Music Festival and Musishare's former Chamber Music Festival of 2004.
*** Studio Equipment *** Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.
Youssef M. May 4, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Jill is extremely knowledgeable with all kind of mistakes that students may have. I am always amazed by the interest she shows to give us more of her knowledge and motivation.
Also, Jill shows enormously great patience to make students comfortable and motivated playing music.
I strongly believe she is one of the best teachers in takelessons team..
I am a classically trained composer, guitarist, tenor, pianist and percussionist and I love sharing what I have learned with others and watching my students develop and grow. My goal is to teach my students until they are better than me, so I hold no secrets, tricks or techniques back and I devote my time and energy to help others become the best musicians, artists and people they can be. I have a BA in music composition and a BA in music history, both from California State University, San Bernardino. I play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, orchestral percussion, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, recor
der, harmonica and didgeridoo and I am well versed in music theory, songwriting, recording, MIDI, arranging, singing (contemporary, broadway and opera), and acting/performing. I have performed in The United States, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and have 13 years of experience, development, mistakes and successes to offer my students. I love learning new things and have been teaching as a profession since 2007. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, Live Scan fingerprinted, FBI background checked, Safe Environment trained and a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.
*** Lesson Details *** I do not use a set curriculum. I prefer to discuss goals and music with my students and their parents to determine what genres, styles and techniques they are most interested in. I then use techniques I have gained through experience along with songs and classical exercises to develop strong technique, a developed ear and the ability to read music. I do expect students to be disciplined, practice regularly, and be prepared for lessons, enabling them to expect the same from me. Whether a student wants to be a classical virtuosi or learn how to play a song they heard on the radio, I will keep the lessons fun and interesting for anyone willing to practice and learn, and I will always to my best to cater to the student's individual needs and goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** I provide all copies of music, handouts, exercises, etc. Students are expected (when applicable) to have an instrument in good, working condition.
*** Specialties *** I form all of my lessons around being able to learn, memorize and play songs, read written musical notation (along with sight-reading & technical exercises), and improvisation (based on scales and exercises).
For guitar and it's relatives (bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo) I can teach any style or genre of music, including modern tapping techniques, and I also teach TAB notation.
I teach both classical and popular piano, usually combining sight reading exercises while learning classical and/or popular repertoire.
I have experience acting and singing on stage in both non-musical and musical productions, as well as five years of classical vocal experience singing in collegiate ensembles. Being in these environments has equipped me with the tools and exercises to be able to teach everything from basic singing to fundamentals in Broadway and opera.
I also have a small studio in my home where I write and record, providing me with the opportunity to also teach recording, songwriting and music theory.
Craig woods August 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Matthew is not only a very talented musician and teacher but also a very pleasent person to learn from.
Risa May 14, 2014
Matt is very helpful! Taught me some nice skills and made me be able to sing confidently!
Bunny May 14, 2014
My lesson with Matthew was great. Even though I have experience with music he was able to help me out with small habits that I needed help breaking. Great teacher really well versed in different styles of music as well as small techniques which will help me build and become a better piano player. All around great experience for my first time taking a piano lesson. Thanks Matt!!!
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