Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Galeano
"I've been looking for a teacher for quite some time now and finally found her. I have extensive experience singing operatic repertoire so it's tough to fi
nd the right help on this. Monica has greatly helped my singing with her understanding of the voice. She has a fine ear and a great teaching style that builds on what is already right without reinventing the technique all together. She's so energetic and fun to work with. I'd recommend her to anyone looking to improve their singing in any way."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jesse
"This is a shout out for Lena.
My name is Jesse, and I am 28 years old. I had never played the piano before, but I want to surprise my girlfriend by pl
aying her favorite song for her, and then propose. Although I felt the learning process was overwhelming, Lena not only taught me everything I need to know, but she also adapted to my learning style very quickly, demonstrating patience and flexibility. I am in a position that I didn't think I could get too with regard to playing music."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Rich
"Michael has been teaching drums to my 6-year-old son for the past 5 months. He has been really great to work with. My son loves going to his lessons, wher
e he always has fun. Michael's demeanor is perfect for my son, keeping the lesson light and breezy in tone, but making sure he is always learning proper technique and advancing his skills.
Michael is very flexible, always working with us to adjust the schedule when needed. We rented drums at first (which we were able to do through Michael - I asked, he provided; no pressure sales), but when we were ready to purchase, he helped us find the right set. Michael even helped us get a reduced price through a local music store.
I can't say enough good things about our experience with Michael. The best testimony that I can give is that my son loves to practice his drums every day, without having to be asked!"
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Susan
"My son made Amazing progress
My son picked to play the trumpet for middle school band, I signed him up to have lessons 1 x a week with Zack. After only 2
years, my son is a amazing trumpet player and has been picked to join Jazz bands and has had solo performances. I don't know how he does it, but my son has learned so much in such a short time!!!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Ellen
"Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .
My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient .
My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student
I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Gail
"My son seems to be picking up learning quickly from Dale
New Haven, CT teacher:
Review by Donna
"Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Batuhan is gifted at teaching drums to students no matter what the age. I learned more in three months from him than I
did from my previous instructor in 18 months."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Natasha
"I am very glad that I found Fabian to teach me guitar. I was very nervous at first, because it is my first time learning, but I was extremely lucky to sel
ect Fabian. He is so patient and understanding, and explains everything so well. He is also fun, and brings ease and comfort to the lesson. He goes above and beyond. I look forward to our Monday lessons together. I highly recommend him."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ryan
"Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talente
d musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended."
Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills and Nash) and jazz legend Cannonball Adderley don't seem to have much in common, but as it turns out, they both came from Tampa. They also both had a tremendous dedication and persistence to learning their craft. To make it in the music business requires a tenacious attitude and also the willingness to seek guidance from a trained professional.
To help you get to that level, TakeLessons can help you find the perfect music teacher in the Tampa, FL area. All of our instructors complete a yearly background check and extensive interview, to make sure you’re being taught by the best of the best. We also offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee with your first lesson - so you can feel comfortable signing up at no risk.
Taking Tampa music lessons has never been so easy. Simply use our search engine to find a teacher in your area, or call 877-231-8505 and speak with a friendly representative who will guide you through the process of selecting the right teacher for your skills. The range of subjects available for Tampa music lessons is nearly endless: acoustic or electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and percussion, voice, violin, piano and much more. We even offer lessons in music theory, performance techniques, songwriting and music recording.
So why wait to start working toward your dreams? Make them happen today by getting in touch with TakeLessons, where your dreams become reality.
My inspiration first started when I was seven years old and in second grade. I was pondering if I wanted to dedicate myself to the music field. A substitute piano teacher came in that day and played and my admiration decided me to pursue this ambition for my life work.
I studied and played guitar and auto-harp as a child because of our lack of piano. The guitar was a gift and I played it for years and studied vocal music throughout school.
When I was a young teenager I started playing with a group that I met in a barn and I was thrilled. Many other musicians
have been part of my story and as a young person I studied privately with such greats as Michelle Barone Horsefield as well as with with studio musicians such as the Scott Steeleman Studio and John Sayer.
When I was a little older I started studying at the Community Music School at Capital University in Columbus Ohio. I studied with Joan Hall Huet and enjoyed her style and training as well as Steve Caricciola out of Capitol who played organ and taught me composition. Those are only two of the wonderful teachers with whom I trained.
As I was studying, there came an opportunity for me to study and work with the founding member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He was Mr. Robert Buchsbaum of Coronet Recording Studio. I came into his studio to make a demo tape and he offered me a job.
He was a fantastic engineer as well as the finest of oboists. We talked music for nine years together. He changed my life in so many countless ways that it would take a book to explain what was brought to me musically at that time.
I continued to play as well as help in the studio wherever and whenever I was needed. I recorded and wrote many original pieces and became copyrighted as well as a member of BMI and ASCAP.
I won the USO talent show in 1985 and was offered the possibility of travel, but I chose to stay in Columbus. I was very blessed to have met and worked with many of the finest professors in the country as they were a part of our Artist-In-Residence Series in the studio.
People such as Rosemary Platt, a professor of Ohio State University, Paul Droste, TBDBITL and retired OSU marching band director. I came to Florida in 2001 and have expanded my musical adventures. I continue to play musically with a few local musicians and write music. I plan to continue to be an active force in the music field as well as teach other people how to be fine musicians.
I have been involved within the music industry for many years. My credits include working almost ten years in a classical recording studio of high reputation. I have trained with many fine teachers and have grown to love the music field more and more. My goal is to expand your knowledge into a lifetime love for the music field and not to frustrate you with seemingly impossible tasks.
Children and Adults:
I love children and have worked many years with all age groups as well as with adults. I have the patience and good disposition necessary to help you enjoy the musical experience.
The methods that I use while on a steady course with an accredited system will also include learning how to enjoy music, write music and read music. I have people who are devoted to music and who will have it in their lives always because of my guidance.
A Personal Note
My skills include many years of teaching and helping students become stronger and better equipped to face the best future that they can possibly reach. I have devoted my life to teaching people to read, study, write and perform well.
I have researched the many students that I have trained and I have developed quick and efficient ways to reach needed goals. I have tutored children in reading, writing and comprehension skills as well as contest preparation and test taking.
I have also been involved in many public speaking and performance opportunities. When I was a young child I had the privilege of training in phonics and in eighth grade was reading at a college level.
When my family moved to another community while I was in the ninth grade I was placed in twelfth grade classes and while I did not have the emotional maturity I did have the intellectual ability. I have been concentrating on teaching music for the last few years and have also addressed a need in raising the skill levels in other subjects.
I have also spent time teaching children to prepare for tests. That led me into training others how to develop study skills to help them in lifelong pursuits. I am a writer and love to use stories with a good solid moral point.
I have devoted myself to helping children and young people as well as adults and have many references and connections to my community. I have been published in syndicated newspapers and I am currently a member of the American College of Musicians.
I have been listed in various Who's Who Publications such as Who's Who for Entrepreneurs and have even been listed in European publications. I believe that I have changed lives for the better and this gives me a strong drive and purpose to equip and strengthen others.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach online with much success. You can stay in the comfort of your own home and I can teach your student as if I am right there. Give online a try and see if your student continues to grow musically.
My usual goal in a lesson is to promote thought and a natural interest in personal development.
1. I require that the students have the materials needed to get the best possible results I can suggest which ones are the best for the student. Materials are usually of minimal cost unless a student wants to do very serious training.
2. The first few minutes we go over their homework and decide if they need another week or if they are ready to move on. Most of the students can move on so I am going to give that scenario.
3. I then present a concept that will usually take some practice to master.
4. The last section is spent in going over what will be done in their own time.
I'll do my best to make sure that the student understands everything that is being presented to the best of their capacity.
Practice time is age appropriate and I am sensitive to the time constraints that are part of our society today.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha keyboard, bel canto vocal set up, computer, Luna acoustic guitar, classical guitar, lesson books.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a guitar but students need their own instrument and will need books.
*** Specialties *** I use touch therapy and associations as well as help people overcome stage fright. I also use Bel Canto in vocal training. In guitar I can teach up to early advanced. On piano and vocal I can take children 7 and up male or female. I use positive reinforcement. I have innovative programs that stimulate and rejuvenate.
Stephanie P. September 29, 2014
Lisa is an exceptional person, let alone teacher. I have had the privilege of having her as my Aunt, and writing and playing piano with her has always been a fond memory for me. She made it fun, and even when I struggled, she was able to lift my spirits with her positivity and her passion for music. As a teacher, she's able to explain things in different ways and cater to the individuality of the student, which I think is key to building a solid foundation when learning a new skill, and developing said skill over time. She has incredible drive, and I think any student who gets to work with her will excel, while having a good role model to aspire to!
henry G. September 28, 2014
Music Theory ·
Lisa is by far the most experienced and practical piano teacher I have studied under in recent times. Her teaching methods and relate-able knowledge of brain-muscle memory were keys in helping me progress.
Being a studio engineer who is learning to produce, the fundamentals which Lisa has taught me are critical. Thanks Lisa!
Santina R. November 3, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Excellent for children
Lisa is very structured and patient with my 8 year old son. She is clear with her instructions in class and for practice.. We are extremely happy with Lisa's teaching skills and highly recommend her.
Dramatic Soprano & Brandon School of Music Director, KeriAnne B., is an alumna of California State University, Fullerton, where she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance. She is the Director and Instructor of the Brandon School of Music. In addition, KeriAnne B. holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Music from Yuba College where she studied Vocal Performance and Piano Performance. Recently she made her Florida professional singing debut with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as soprano soloist for their production of Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. She has performed selecti
ons from the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto), Rusalka (Rusalka), Lakme (Lakme), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Carmen (Carmen), Susannah (Susannah), Pamina/First Lady (Die Zauberflote), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lauretta (Gianni Schicci), Lay Sister (Suor Angelica), Semele (Semele), and Xerxes (Xerxes). She has appeared as soloist with the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale, Yuba Sutter Youth Chorus, Yuba Sutter Bel Canto Singers, First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach as Soprano Section Leader and Soloist, CSU Fullerton University Singers, CSUF Chamber Singer, CSU Opera Production, and the CSU New Music Ensemble. She appeared as the soprano soloist with the Bel Canto Singer's production of the Stabat Mater of G.B. Pergolesi. She has sung as soloist for works such as the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Ralph Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music, John Rutter Gloria, John Corigliano Fern Hill, and other such works. She has appeared in productions with the Shoreline Opera Scenes Program singing Mozart, Offenbach, Chausson and others.
KeriAnne has studied voice under Joaquina C. Johnson, Dawn Hays-Weiss, Dr. Gerald Seminatore, Dr. Nicole Baker, Kathryn Rundus, Rhona Klinghofer, Meg Stecker-Thorsen. She has studied piano under Howard Johnson, Dr. Robert Bowman, Lavinia Livingston, Dr. Terry Watson, Dr. Monica Lee, Jensina Byington-Oliver, and most recently under Dr. Charles Enlow. She also has studied vocal pedagogy under Joaquina C. Johnson and Dr. Patricia Prunty. Extensive studies in piano pedagogy were completed under Dr. Robert Bowman. Post-Undergraduate studies have included opera and piano studies at California State University, Chico, Fullerton College, El Camino College and Shoreline College.
She has sung under the the highly esteemed and world renown choral conductor John Alexander, and acclaimed women's choral director, Dr. Vance Wolverton. She has also sung professionally under choral conductors Grant Gershon, of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Opera Chorus, Dr. Robert Istad (Long Beach Camerata Singers), Dr. Nicole Baker, Joaquina Johnson, Dr. Lynn Bielefelt, Sean Boulware, Linda Waterman, and the acclaimed Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pop's Orchestra. She has toured with the Boston Pop's Orchestra and has sung as professional section leader and soloist for Redondo Beach Methodist Church. She has performed for world famous composer, Morten Lauridsen, singing his piece Mid Winter Songs. She has had the opportunity to tour California with the Cal State Fullerton Chamber Singers. She has also had her compositional work "Snow Falling in a Quiet Night" premiered by the New Music Ensemble at CSU Fullerton. She has studied composition under Dr. Pamela Madsen.
KeriAnne's teaching career has included teaching at elementary school, high school, college, and university levels and has had several experiences with music education. She has tutored college/university level theory, piano performance, class piano, coached voice students, taught voice and has accompanied vocal and instrumental soloist. She has acted as the Assistant Director to the Yuba Sutter Youth Chorus, Assistant Director to the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale, and Assistant Director to the Yuba Sutter Bel Canto Singers. She has taught throughout public schools and private schools throughout California, Florida, Texas and Washington State. Matthew's Music (CA), Orange County Music Academy (CA), Redondo and Hermosa School of Dance and Music (CA), Manhattan Beach Middle School (CA), Lennox Unified School District (CA), A Sharp School of Music (TX), Allegro Piano Studio (TX), Alamo School of Music (TX) and Aria School of Music, Palm Bay School of Music and Brandon School of Music her privately owned and operated voice and piano studio. She has also accompanied singers in the San Antonio Independent School District vocal programs (Luna Middle School). Most recently, she has obtained her K-6 Elementary Education Teaching Certification from the State of Florida.
Along with her teaching, she has acted as the Assistant Youth Chorus Director for the acclaimed Sacramento Opera Company in the production of La Boheme. KeriAnne has had an extensive performing background in choral music, vocal performance and piano performance. She has acted as cathedral pianist for the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, TX. She has been involved and competed in the NATS auditions as well as has performed in solo concerts and recitals within Yuba Sutter area, Seattle Metropolitan area, Orange County, Brevard County and Los Angeles County areas. In addition, she is a church musician that has sung in the Aldersgate Chorale and UMC of Redondo Beach and has performed numerously as soloist for several various churches. KeriAnne has had an extensive list of activities as a pianist, accompanist, coach and teacher. Some of her pianist involvement include, accompanist for instrumentalist and vocalist, pianist for weddings, funerals, parties and entertainment venues. She has had extensive experience in church music and served as pianist for four years.
Most recently, KeriAnne has been accepted in the Central Florida Lyric Opera as a member of the Resident Artist Training Program. Auditions for local opera companies are in the works, and she is looking forward to starting her Master of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2013. Her goals include getting an Artist Agent to manage her singing career and having the opportunity to sing internationally.
KeriAnne is a Certified Music Teacher in 32907
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons can expect to be educational, fun, motivational and full of lots of singing. You will learn how to have fun playing music, musical techniques, sight-reading, musicianship, note-reading, ear training and theory. After 3-6 months of lessons, you will be either playing the piano or singing at a high level. You will be learning new music, having fun and enjoying what you are learning in my teaching studio.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Upright Piano, Music Stand, Parent Waiting Area with comfortable chair and couch, Lighting, Bookcase with Music Books and Music Supplies, etc.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical/Operatic Voice Techniques, but am able to teach musical theatre. I do not teach popular vocal styles, such as rap, rock, indie, soul, country, hip hop, gospel, punk, or pop music styles. For piano, I teach a little bit of every genre and style. Guitar I teach basic techniques, chording and strumming. Music can range from classical, folk, jazz to more popular tunes.
BettyM May 16, 2011
KeriAnne B. is absolutely awsome!! She always encourages and instills confidence in my grandaughter's abilities to play any piece she desires.
*** Specialties *** I use the Suzuki method for younger flute students and a combination of Blocki Flute Method and Rubank for students who are in fifth grade and above. I work with students to set specific goals for their progress and encourage them to enter solo and ensemble, all county and all-state competitions and I prepare them for those competitions if they want to enter them. I also work with adults and teenagers. I teach piano up to the intermediate level using the Faber books.
Sonia C. June 20, 2015
Pam is a wonderful flute teacher. While I was studying with her in high school, I developed a love for music and the flute that will stay with me for the rest of my life. She has a keen ability to push her students to excel, while also encouraging them and nurturing their passion for music. It has been several years since I've studied with Pam -- I've since graduated from college and moved to the West Coast -- but the lessons I learned from Pam have stayed with me, and will stay with me for many years to come.
Diane G. June 10, 2015
I have known Pam Irwin for the past 14 years. I remember praying to find instrumental music teachers for my daughters when they were in the first and third grades. I was looking to find flute and harp teachers and was thrilled to find an extremely qualified and caring teacher for both of them! Pam is a multitalented, skilled musician who has many years of experience in teaching private music lessons. She was the only teacher for my girls for harp and flute and took them from the beginning to the advanced levels. She was especially gifted in working with my daughters to play duets together. Pam utilized recitals as well as numerous other opportunities to perform at churches, orchestras, weddings, and other social events of which they have continued on their own. Pam instilled a lifelong love of music in my daughters and their music education has continued to the present while they are in college. I highly recommend Pam Irwin as a top choice music instructor for children, youth, and adults of any age.
Christina G. May 17, 2015
I started harp lessons when I was 8 years old, and neither my parents nor I ever thought about looking for another teacher. Pam Irwin's teaching style made it easy for me to learn many wedding songs, hymns, and classical pieces. This has led to numerous church performances as well as weddings and parties. I've been so blessed to have her as my teacher from the beginning all the way through the 12th grade. During my college freshman year, I won the talent show at Florida College playing the harp. She is well capable to take a beginner to the advanced level. She is patient, kind, thoughtful, and encouraging. I would not be the musician I am today if it weren't for her excellent teaching.
I am the tutor who makes it too easy to learn to play piano. I teach any genre and any level.
Elizabeth M. March 19, 2015
Ear Training ·
I have always thought of playing-by-ear as being mysterious and beyond the reach of most humans. I thought one had to be born with that ability. I was SO wrong. Osmond proved to me that this ability is within the reach of everyone. He de-mystified the whole process WONDERFULLY. When he revealed to me how easy the process is, and when I saw and heard myself doing what I previously thought was impossible, I cried ( tears of joy).
Mary R. March 19, 2015
I am amazed at how rapidly my 6 year old daughter learned to play 2 of her favorite songs ( after just 4 lessons ). She is even adding some fancy flourishes to give her playing a professional sounding touch. Absolutely wonderful.
Owen B. March 19, 2015
I didn't know playing piano could be so easy. This is my 5th instructor and what a revelation!!!!! I am glad I kept looking for the best. I have finally found it.
Gonca teaches cello and piano in south Tampa at her studio. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional methods and is certified Level 5 with Suzuki. She also teaches master classes to advanced students wishing to pursue a music career or audition for college entrance and scholarships.
Gonca has a Master Degree for cello performance and more than 20 years teaching experience. She is an active performer, playing with several local symphonies.
Rachel S. June 7, 2015
I came to Gonca as an adult learner and with absolutely zilch in the way of musical background. Gonca has been very patient with me, and impressed me with her ability to frame a lesson in several different ways to help me to understand a topic or skill, for example, sharing articles and cognitive tricks related to training when she heard me asking about the "why" of things often. She is incredibly talented, rigorous, and passionate as a teacher and as a musician. I recommend her to others at every opportunity.
Jasmin U. June 6, 2015
Gonca was one of the best music instructors I had! As an adult learner, I had some hesitations taking classes. However, with Gonca's passion,encouragement and patience, I enjoyed the classes greatly and felt more confident about my skills. I would recommend her to any one I know at every age group.
Hassan H. June 3, 2015
I started playing the cello when I was 14 under Gonca's instruction. I am now 25 and proud to have been her student as long as I was. I was blessed with the fortune to study under a teacher with so much compassion and passion for teaching, as well as the wherewithal to tailor her teaching as I grew into an adult. Now I enjoy performing, and exploring the cello's repertoire as my skills continue to improve.
If you're beginning to learn how to play guitar, chances are you'll want to get started by learning a handful of chords. Learning how to read guitar chords is a great way to get familiar with guitar notation and get used to your instrument.
A chord is a group of notes that makes a harmony when played all together. On guitar, you can strum chords to accompany a melody that you or someone else are singing, or more advanced players might incorporate chords with single notes for a more complex so …
How to Read Guitar Chords
If you're beginning to learn how to play guitar, chances are you'll want to get started by learning a handful of chords. Learning how to read guitar chords is a great way to get familiar with guitar notation and get used to your instrument.
A chord is a group of notes that makes a harmony when played all together. On guitar, you can strum chords to accompany a melody that you or someone else are singing, or more advanced players might incorporate chords with single notes for a more complex so
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Want to learn how to play the piano? This is a totally achievable goal, for students of all ages! With the right tools and a little focus, you may be surprised at how quickly you become proficient in basic piano techniques.
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How to Buy Your First Piano
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Where Do You Start?
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10 Classic Christmas Carols Meant for the Piano
Ready for the holidays? Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares her top picks for Christmas songs for piano to perform for your friends and family...
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