Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Sarah
Vanessa is an amazing teacher. She is so sweet and encouraging! Whenever I'm having trouble with an exercise she is able to pin point what I'm do
ing wrong and correct me, which I really appreciate. I've only had a few lessons with her but I can already hear the progress! I highly recommend taking lessons with her. She's great!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by lashaun
"Phenomenal piano teacher!!!!
I have taken piano and music composition lessons with Tanisha and she is very fun, understanding, and helps me learn things
I never knew possible on the piano."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Anthony
"Tanisha is an Amazing teacher.
What I love most about my lessons with Tanisha is the fact that she took time to really learn my voice. She did a great jo
b at helping me find a range that was comfortable and exclusivey fit for me! The songs that she chose for me to sing were challenging yet very possible for me to learn. In addition she made sure that we sang song that were fit for the genre I aspire to master. Tanisha is a kind and truly caring teacher. She will also push you, she gives her all in teaching sessions and she will not take anything less from you! I would proudly recommend Tanisha to anyone that aspires to enhance there singing voice!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Donald
"I am 3 lessons in, and I am very satisfied with the pace we are taking the lessons and the advice I am receiving for my music career. I like to cover a l
ot of material in lessons and in homework and we are keeping busy as I like. If you're serious about music, you will probably like Troy as your instructor."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Janet
"I love Julie. She makes me feel very comfortable and has a great personality. I have been to other voice teachers and she has a special way about her th
at helps me have more confidence!"
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Destinee
"(This is Kari's daughter writing the review as I am the one receiving the lessons) Jennifer is honestly the best instructor I have ever had. She's so unde
rstanding about having to reschedule due to personal issues. She teaches in a way that's very focused for your individual learning style and she's also very honest which is always nice when you're learning a skill. I love Jennifer and I would definitely recommend using her for your child."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Mark
"Joe taught both my kids and made it a wonderful experience
We wanted our son and daughter to have an appreciation of music and at the same time enjoy the
experience. Joe was the perfect solution. He has the ability to reach out to kids and make them feel comfortable. He encouraged them to select the music they enjoyed and then molded his lessons around their interest. We didn't really need to push them to practice, they actually enjoyed it. This had not been the case at other organizations, where it was always a chore to have them practice."
Allentown, PA teacher:
Review by Jim
"Mike is great, he simplifies a complex music reading into plain simple English. Within a few lessons, Mike had me playing all the major chords and using t
hem to play songs. I look forward to being able to play more complex songs with Mike."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Tara and Jason
"We were fortunate to have David recommended to us by a family member. Not only did he come to our house and save us the added stress of traveling during
our busy week, he often stayed longer than scheduled to ensure understanding of new skill(s) being taught. He was calm, professional and patient and had an adaptive approach with our son that increased his confidence when he struggled."
Having taught piano and flute lessons for over 12 years in the North Shore. I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages (3 - adult), both beginner and advanced.
I enjoy teaching students the "classical music" repertoire. I also strive to give my students a solid foundation in music theory and history in order for them to truly understand and appreciate the roots and structure of the music. In addition, I want my students to really love playing music and so I strongly encourage my students to also learn to play music outside of the classical repertoire. I believe balance i
s key, so I generally teach students to play classical music as well as music from other genres (such as film music, pop music, video game music, holiday music etc).
*** Lesson Details *** Each student is a unique individual with different learning preferences, goals, musical tastes, and body mechanics. In contrast to the "cookie-cutter" teaching method (a uniform teaching method utilized for every student), with each student, I design an individualized lesson plan that not only accommodates the student's needs, but also nurtures their overall appreciation of music.
I do not demand perfection from my students, but I do expect students to at least put in the effort to learn. I truly want to teach students how to play the piano or flute and I want to encourage students to find joy in making music. The methods I typically utilize include: (PIANO) Faber & Faber Piano Adventures, John Thompson Piano Course, Bastien's Piano Literature, Suzuki Piano (FLUTE) Suzuki Flute, Standard of Excellence book 1, Andersen etudes for flute.
Throughout my piano and flute career, I have competed in numerous music competitions and prepared for several music auditions. If you wish to have your child enter in competitions or prepare for any music auditions, I would be more than happy to help!
*** Studio Equipment *** Glenview Location: I have a Boston baby grand piano, a flute, a metronome, and sheet music (piano & flute repertoire).
Evanston Location: I have a Yamaha Keyboard (equipped with weighted keys, all 88 keys, pedal, and a built-in metronome) and my flute.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students MUST have a piano or at least a working keyboard (for piano lessons). For flute, students MUST have a functional flute and a music stand. For the first lesson I can decide what music is needed and the student can then go out and purchase that music. Students should also have a working metronome.
*** Specialties *** I enjoy teaching all styles and genres of music. I enjoy traditional western art genres, but I can also teach pop music, show tunes, as well as video game music.
Julie S. July 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am a complete beginner. She is articulate; covered the basics so that I could practice and make progress even in this first week. She is pleasant, and yet, she is serious about music and making this successful. I liked her very much.
Jerilyn M. November 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Alysia is a wonderful teacher. She also is excellent in teaching music theory. She is very patient. She makes it easier for me. She is sensitive and in tuned with my strengths and weaknesses. I would highly recommend her.
Barbara A. February 17, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Awesome teacher. Super friendly and helps me with my vocal music as well as teaching my choice of sheet music.
Awesome teacher! Friendly and supportive. Helps me with my vocal music as well as piano and teaches me the sheet music that I want to learn.
I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it
on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am also a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist. I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance. I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.
*** Lesson Details *** I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants. Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there. If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more. I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature. I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in. After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument. Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.
*** Travel Equipment *** My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.
*** Specialties *** Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
Bill G. July 30, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Paul was great! Super friendly and very talanted. He made learning the bass fun and exciting! He really knows his stuff.
Adam F. July 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Paul is fantastic! Very nice guy. Our daughter thinks he is super cool.
Luke H. June 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Paul is a good teacher that can break things down for you. I've been playing about 6 years and Paul has helped me learn some jazz and classical guitar. He's friendly and the lessons are fun.
Kate has years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels, from 5 to 55. As a teaching assistant at Eastman and at Northwestern University, she has given individual, private lessons to undergraduate and graduate violin students, under the supervision of her mentors.
A registered Suzuki teacher, in her own private studio, she has taught beginners as young as age 3, to adult students and every age in between.
Kate earned a Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. She received her Master's degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Mu
sic. She also has the distinction of being one of the first to earn the Certificate in College and Community Music Teaching at Eastman. She earned her Bachelor's degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine.
In addition to her teaching activities, Kate is a frequent coach of chamber music ensembles and orchestral sectionals and clinics. An active performer, she is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Elmhurst Symphony, where she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions. Kate has performed as a soloist and recitalist in various venues in the Los Angeles, New York Chicagoland areas.
*** Lesson Details *** The goal of lessons depends on what the student wants to gain - whether that means getting into their school orchestra, getting ready for college or simply for the sake of enjoyment and musical fulfillment. I work with the student to determine the best course of study to meet their needs along the way.
With beginning students, I use a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods. The emphasis is on gaining a strong foundation, while also having fun and getting to play "real" music right away!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand. I would expect the student to provide their own instrument and sheet music.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Classical Violin
Isabelle R. January 29, 2015
I'm a teacher who has worked with Kate and her students. I'm always very impressed with her students, they are set up so well! Kate does a great job balancing technique basics with repertoire and musical knowledge. I would highly recommend her for any level, she is great with beginners as well as more advanced students.
Julie R. March 4, 2014 Verified Student
Kate is a fantastic teacher. She taught our sometimes resistant 6 year old, and she was always patient with her and made her lessons fun. I highly recommend her!
RallyA December 6, 2010
My best music teacher ever!
We are so happy to have Kate as our violin teacher. She is a professional who has great approach towards kids and manages to find the best way to teach them how to love the instrument, play it as a true artist and show them how to enjoy music. Our daughter adores her and always goes to the lessons with desire and leaves with a big smile on her face. She quickly learned the basics and now loves playing the violin and keeps practicing every day without being reminded to do so.
I am an experienced guitar teacher / player with a BA in Instrumental performance and an MFA degree in Composition. I have experience teaching all levels, in various styles (Basic theory, Improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock/Fusion, Classical Guitar) and I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 55. From August 2008 'till May 2010 I was a full-time teacher at Fun with Music in Chicago I have studied in Chicago with Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble), Norman Ruiz (classical guitarist), David Bloom (Bloom School of Jazz), Peter Lerner and Bill Boris (guitar theory & improvisation). I ha
ve shared stage with major names from the Chicago Jazz and Blues scene like George Freeman, Ari Brown Quartet, Clyde “Lightning” George. I am also experienced in teaching music theory, orchestration & composition.
*** Lesson Details *** For a beginner student at any age I try to shape my lessons in such a way that the student gets more familiar with the instrument in a pleasant way as much as possible. I am laid back when necessary and especially for a beginner I try to use more than one method so that when difficulty appears I may try to switch gears so that the student still finds it exciting to practice or to finish their assignments. A lot of times this becomes possible when, let's say, practicing a scale can be put aside and playing a few chords from the student's most favorite song is done instead. Then the interest and the joy of playing is still high for them. For a more advanced student I can also be strict when, for example, improvising requires an extra amount of effort by studying alternative guitar techniques. I use different curriculum materials, from the Carcassi method book in classical guitar to Berklee College material for an advanced student or from various 'Guitar for beginners' materials or books to simply deconstructing various songs or tunes and playing them at the student's request.
*** Studio Equipment *** Has full recording studio set up in his apartment.
As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.
This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.
These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.
will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.
And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding of musical structure.
I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.
When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.
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*** Lesson Details *** Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.
Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.
Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.
Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.
I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.
For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.
For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.
For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.
I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.
I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.
In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.
For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.
After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).
For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.
Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.
*** Studio Equipment *** I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.
*** Specialties *** Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.
What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...
Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova) Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.
StephenS1 February 15, 2012
My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
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