Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Ember
"Concetta taught violin lessons for my young daughter, who loved the lessons and picked things up so fast with Concetta's guidance. She is patient, engagin
g and extremely knowledgeable. She offered my daughter a wonderful mix of classical technique and creative songwriting. I have also observed her teaching in a group setting with the violin program she created for the school called Still Waters in A Storm. So inspiring. She has tons of experience. Concetta is a gem. Anyone is lucky to have her for a teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Carlie
"Very good 1st lesson. My daughter really enjoyed it. She will definately continue."
Allentown, PA teacher:
Review by Olivia
"Jeanmarie is a wonderful clarinet instructor. I studied with her while attending Bay View Chamber Music Festival during the summer of 2015, and had a grea
t experience. Jeanmarie helped me renew my passion for the clarinet and gave me a sense of confidence about my musical ability that I had not experienced before. Jeanmarie is extremely thorough in her teaching and is a wonderful clarinetist. I highly recommend Jeanmarie to any clarinet student."
Traverse City, MI teacher:
Review by Emmanuel
"A fantastic teacher
In just my first few lessons with Rachelle, I learned more about the anatomical aspect of singing than I had in 10 years of choir/sin
ging. She put great emphasis on the technique and skill aspects, while still balancing it with emotional connection. Perhaps my favorite thing about Rachelle is that instead of giving you songs to practice or telling you exactly what kind of songs you need to be doing, she allows you to bring in any music that you like and allows you to pick the focus of your lessons (whether you want to work more on breath support or volume or tone quality etc.). She maintains a flexible, laid-back and supportive attitude and has been a wonderful help for me."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Alex
"I have been taking classical guitar lessons with Remi for about a month now and so far my experience has been very positive. Remi is an excellent musicia
n with robust knowledge of theory and technique. His experience and background is impressive as well.
As a teacher, Remi is very patient and works with you to help you understand music theory and improve your techniques. He is focused on making his students well-rounded musicians and has a long-term view in mind with his teaching style, which I appreciate. His sessions are very casual and have a relaxed feeling.
Overall, I rate him very highly as an instructor and I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking to learn an instrument in which he has proficiency."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Linda
"I LOVE Michele. I've had a lot of experience singing and performing over the years, often paid, and I am still learning SO much from her. I expected to di
ve right into "fixing" my singing problems, but she is really laying a grounded and centered foundation with me. Especially for finding my best voice, not the one I think I "should" have. And relaxing everything about singing. Plus she's just so dang friendly and welcoming!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Larry
"I've known Andy for many years, and have enjoyed playing music with him.
He is a top-flight musician, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who
is is considering taking drum lessons."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Julie B.
"Arrica has been such a wonderful teacher for my 11-year-old daughter. (She was 9 when she started with Arrica.) Our girl has a lot of raw talent but neede
d some good instruction that wasn't too formal. Africa is just the right blend of traditional singing technique and fun rock-n-roll, record your own music on Garage band. We love her!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"I learned a lot from Nick!
I learned so much from Nick. He is an excellent teacher, one I highly recommend."
I've always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons through
out my school days and became involved in choir in high school.
When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing that I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated. After graduating, I taught piano at various private elementary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I am a substitute teacher and have the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and am able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to each individual student's needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred's piano books. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.
I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it's important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room, full size keyboard for piano lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a portable keyboard.
Tom March 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I'm an adult beginner and Denise was very patient with me. I'm looking forward to future classes with her.
Yvonne C. February 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I really liked Denise's teaching style. She's very thorough and exceptionally nice. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her and learning more.
Mary Z. February 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Denise was an amazing teacher. She is very patient, prepared and professional. She did an amazing job with my son who is special needs. She really knows how to approach students with a disability and knows just how to cater to what they need. I would highly recommend her for any student.
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest
to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.
I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.
I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.
*** Lesson Details *** What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.
*** Specialties *** I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
OscarG May 22, 2011
So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
I'm a mother and grandmother, active in my community and have lived in CA since 1998. I will travel to the home of the student so they can play in their own environment and on their own piano.
Sejal Bhakta February 17, 2016
She was very good with my 3 year old. He really liked her and she would give him breaks or change to another topic to teach. That was really nice. So he wouldn't get bored doing the same thing for the entire lesson.
Laurie February 12, 2016
Good at bringing material to play
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