Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Aditya
"Excellent & amazing
I learned many things with Gordie. He is technically very good & helps students understand their miatakes & correct them.
dly, respectful & punctual. I strongly recommend Gordie as a guitar teacher."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Violet
Ronald is a very good teacher.My son didn't know anything and in few months he was improving and it's.Been a year and my son is like a mini Mozar
t.He is an amazing and you should try him."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Khanh
"Over all Julia is a great teacher. My daughter likes Julia
Good lessons. Work well with kids. Our schedule is hard to match but we manage to make it work
. Thanks Julia!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by germaine
"Mark is a great teacher.
I've been taking drum lessons from Mark for 2 years. He is a great teacher. I always have fun and I learn something new each tim
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Rahim
Barb is very good with my 6 yr old daughter. Like many six yr olds her attention wanders & she likes to tell stories. Barb is very patient and
still gets a good lesson in. I am so pleased that I am planning to start taking lessons with my daughter!"
Lansing, MI teacher:
Review by Thomas
Denise has been an inspiration to me. I have only been taking lessons for four months and I already feel more confident in my ability to act
ually sing than I ever have. She is not an "easy" teacher. If you just want to take lessons but not really work at being your best I recommend finding someone else. She has challenged me to become better every week. Her passion for singing is a beautiful thing and it brings out the best in everyone it touches."
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by shagee
"Professional & reliable teacher for Voice lessons
Monique is an excellent & reliable motivator for any young learner. Monique has all the expertise to tr
ain a child to improve the vocal skills and to help the student to reach their potential. Reliability, character and excellence has converged in this teacher, which is very rare in the field of music."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Lisa
"Jessica was fantastic with my 8 year old son. Very patient and positive!"
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Lana is an all around amazing teacher, performer, and musician.
I have been working with her privately over the past year and my entire understanding
of the voice and signing has been fundamentally improved beyond what I thought was possible.
I work playing jazz saxophone and flute and wanted to start singing to further develop my ear.
In our lessons, Lana fuses both western classical and jazz singing technique with Indian classical vocal tradition seamlessly into a neat package even while we work on simple pop melodies.
Her teaching style and skill set is truly a unique gift and certainly rare among voice teachers.
Lana maintains a brisk yet mindful pace and I am fully engaged throughout the entirety of each lesson.
Lana also has an incredible sense of rhythm, is a Tabla player and has studied with Master Samir Chatterjee. Her sense of pitch is also unrivaled by most professional musicians and she can memorize and clearly project the most complicated of atonal jazz phrases. Furthermore, Lana plays the piano with great skill and grace both to accompany me during lessons and to accompany herself during performances.
I highly recommend studying with Lana for anyone interested in beginning or advanced study of the voice."
The guitar has the capacity to energize or to sooth. My desire is to help you encounter and master it's power!
I enjoy helping my students maximize their potential as musicians. Whether their longing is to simply enjoy guitar as a recreational pastime, or they desire (or have) a career in performance, I endeavor to help my students achieve their personal musical goals. You are encouraged to strive to do your part to the best of your ability: that is, consistent and regular practice. Discipline is vital to progress, and without it, the experience would be shallow and unsati
sfying. But with skilled, caring instruction and self-motivation, you will encounter the might of the guitar and the beauty of it! I will be cheering you on and supporting you every step of the way!
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Although I've always been a fan of British invasion, my childhood guitar teacher told me he wasn't going to teach me "any of that rock 'n' roll garbage." He was going to teach me "the right way," and he did. Through traditional drills and repetitions, I didn't learn to play just "songs," but learned to play music. The solid foundational instruction I received enabled me to recognize the difference, and you will too, regardless of your preference in style or genre.
In 1981, I completed the Certificate Program: Record Production, Sound Re-enforcement from Jon Miller School for the Recording Arts & Sciences. In 1982, I studied Musical Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I gained a wealth of knowledge. In 1990, I earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Music Emphasis from Northampton County Area Community College in PA. Since 1999, I've been serving as Director of REZ Music Ministry. Additionally, since 2009, I have served as Pastor of Worship Arts at The Gospel Chapel from 2009-2013. Related strengths include singing, songwriting, recording and producing.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons utilize Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method, the world's premier guitar course of instruction. After three months, you should have a good understanding of this basic material necessary to play contemporary guitar, and within six months, elementary harmonies are studied and elaborated upon. As you progress, you will be taken through scale and technical exercises in a careful and challenging manner, yet in a comfortable atmosphere with plenty of encouragement.
Don't be embarrassed of making mistakes; I will celebrate your accomplishments with you as you persevere. I have plenty of patience and supplemental materials to aid you in your progress.
Weekly exercise and song assignments are given to help you develop strong technique and understand essential music theory. The commitment to daily practice and the importance of adequate preparation cannot be exaggerated. At the same time, the freedom of creativity fosters a passion for the guitar and prevents the boredom of solely playing by rote. There is a short path from boredom to quitting. With the guitar being such a powerful art form, you can be assured that with plenty of practice and persistence, you will enjoy a lifetime of musical blessedness!
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, amplifiers, music stands, recording equipment, seating.
*** Specialties *** Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method
A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio.
*** Lesson Details *** Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's
approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for parents
2) Private teaching room w/ all instruments and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** For the last few years I've had good results teaching theory as part of a greater performance focus. I've taught Hal Leonard and Suzuki Method in the past, but find this more enjoyable and rewarding for the students.
Jeff W. March 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I very much enjoy the time I share and learn with Mike. He has been very patient with my slow learning curve. I have noticed that he caters to a person's strengths, which works for me since I have been slowly learning technique and muscle coordination in respect to playing the violin.
I highly recommend anyone at any age to call upon Mike for instrumental instruction.
To TakeLessons, thank you for offering a system that lets people connect with highly competent instructors.
Jeff T. June 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mike has been very patient and helpful and takes the time to carefully explain the instruction given. Besides being a great teacher Mike is very personable and that makes the lessons stress free. Taking lessons from an accomplished working musician is the best possible choice.
Thank you Mike for taking me on as a student!
Dee D. April 14, 2014
Violin Verified Student
Mike is the best!!
I always wanted to learn Violin, but at 26 I thought I'd never get very far. Mike is teaching me Improvisation so that I can jam with my bluegrass friends. After 9 months of lessons with Mike, I am starting to really understand my instrument and am able to jam with my friends! I never thought I would progress this quickly and I know that is all due to the way Mike has taught me and teaching me certain things every week that I can build on and practice at home. I definitely recommend Mike for lessons on any instrument, he is a talented multi-instrumentalist who is interested in all genres of music from classical to country, he is accessible and doesn't make you feel like an idiot when you don't get it right, but he is also tough enough on you that you progress very quickly. He is also interested in teaching you what you want to learn, the right way, so you can get the most out of your musical experience. Playing fiddle is now one of my favorite things to do, I get so much joy out of it, all thanks to Mike and a little hard work!! :)
I am a second generation music teacher for piano and violin. I have been teaching for over 15 years as well as playing both instruments for about 30 years. I have an Associates in Music. Making lessons both fun and educational is what make my students successful in their instruments. My lessons are custom made to how the student learns, not cookie-cut. We also do bi-annual recitals in October and April to showcase the students' accomplishments.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are both fun and educational at the same time. I compromise with my students by having us each pick a piece
to play on top of the usual learning pieces. My students play anything from Katy Perry to 80s music and rock ballads and in between. I use John Thompson and Fingerpower as well as a notespeller for piano and String Essentials for violin. Many of my students can play with both hands after six months. We do recitals each year to showcase the past year's achievements in their pieces.
*** Travel Equipment *** For either instrument I pick up all books and supplies ahead of the lesson. I have my own violin and music stand that I use to assist in teaching.
*** Specialties *** John Thompson, Suzuki, popular music, Gospel, New Age, and anything in between
William Z. June 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
All of my children have begun to work with Nicholas. His relaxed but challenging style is a perfect combination for young boys. Great experience!
Raquel M. July 26, 2014
In home Verified Student
Nicholas has been patient and quite forgiving with the difficulty in teaching the range from 4 year old to adult in my household! He is great!
Ann T. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Piano Teacher review
Teacher is very connected to student regarding what music student wants to learn. Teacher very encouraging and positive. Student looks forward to lessons. Teacher very flexible with schedule changes. Teacher checks on progress occassionally during the week.
With over 30 years of piano and organ experience I love to engage students in the love of music. Singing, reading music, and learning music theory are a natural part of learning on any keyboard. My personality is upbeat and encouraging. Anyone with a desire to learn will experience a rewarding time while enjoying music!
*** Lesson Details *** 30 to 40-minute lessons
*** Specialties *** Classical and sacred music is what I know best. However, I want to have fun, so meeting the students likes and musical interests is very important to me. I search for the right music, even write my
own renditions on occasion to meet the student's needs.
My Name is Mason and I've been teaching music to students of all ages since I was 14. I originally taught at a facility near Reading, PA called Zeswitz. While I worked there I studied along side other seasoned professionals in genres like jazz, heavy metal and folk styles. Currently I run a small business. My experience, since I was 8 years old, was built on private lessons from select very accomplished and certified guitarists. I also played in several profitable bands including jazz duos, classic rock trios and currently a blues duo with my lovely wife. I'm also always building and helping l
ocal bands. I'm very pro learning and never satisfied with my playing enough to say I don't have to practice any longer. I share to same attitude towards my students. There are always new grounds to break and new people to meet especially when it comes to guitar. Like Duke Ellington once said, "The wise musicians are those who play what they can master". Thank you for considering!
Clare G. May 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great in every way
John S. February 6, 2015
I've been a student for a few years now. As a producer, I lack the ability to perform. Mason goes beyond traditional curriculum and helps me use the abilities I already have to bring to the stage. I am pretty skilled in my musical career, but now I'm becoming polished. Thank you! Absolutely recommend!
Malisa B. February 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
He makes everything super fun and easy to learn even when it gets into bar chords and stuff! I learned a lot from him
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