Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by rikki virginia
"Coren is amazing! I absolutely love her! She's not only a great singing coach but also an amazing person all together. She makes me feel so comfortable an
d more and more excited every singing lesson I have with her. She is great to talk to and I almost feel I can go to her for anything because she shows she cares about her students. She's there when you need her and is always reassuring me that I'm doing great and getting better. I really notice improvement in myself as well. She has a great way of applying the things I need to know about singing into my actual life. It's so refreshing to meet someone who only wants to see you succeed and not tear you down.. especially in vegas! ha! thx for everything Coren and look forward to more lessons!!!"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Alex
"Best lesson teacher I've had
Let me start out by saying something about myself. I have played saxophone for 5 years and bass for 3 But I never had any vo
cal training whatsoever until about 6 months ago when I started with Mr. Tanksly. I have taken lessons before but I have never felt as welcome or comfortable in a lesson as I have with him. He is very patient and encouraging which really helped me to become comfortable with my voice. Also he always has helpful analogies and ways to help me understand what he wanted me to do with my voice. Every time I walk into my lesson he is always bright and happy and ready to get started. With his help I have made huge improvements in my vocal technique. Overall Mr. Tanksly is an amazing lesson teacher and an amazing person that I would suggest to anyone."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Greg
"This guy is a true PRO
I have not personally taken lessons from B.J. Montoya, but I am a colleague of his and have created and performed music with him o
ff and on over the last ten years. WHat I can confidently and boldly say is that B. J. is masterful at the violin and fiddle, and truly knows all aspects of the language of music. IF you take lessons from him, you won't just learn songs; you will learn artistry, technique, music theory, ear-training skills, music appreciation, and most of all a PASSION FOR MUSIC - which B.J. cannot HELP but to pass on to his students. I say this because I have always respected and admired his true passion for creative muical expression on the violin.
Besides all that, B.J. is a sincere, super-friendly, and laid-back guy who will help any student - at any level - feel comfortable and at ease. His ability to offer warm support and encouragement - AND make the lessons FUN - will surpass any other violin teacher - I can pretty much guarantee that.
I highly recommend B.J. as a music teacher."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ileana
"Monique is a great teacher
Monique is a great teacher. My daughter enjoy taking lessons with her. She teaches vocal techniques but also works to built co
nfidence in young performers. I highly recommend Monique."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Christopher
"I was in a jazz trio with Carl several years ago and he was a joy to perform music with. He's an all around great musician, and rises above the expectatio
ns of a typical horn player. His experience with several instruments, music theory, and his extensive performance history all contribute to his expertise. Not to mention, all the awards and videos speak for themselves."
Brookings, SD teacher:
Review by Seamus
"Beneficial, Excellent, and Fun Guitar Teacher
During the time I took guitar lessons with Kurt, which was for about several years, I learned a lot and was
very happy with his teachings. Going through different books, learning different techniques and scales and chords, I excelled to a point where I was able to pick up on a lot of things on my own. Thanks to Kurt, I was able to learn many different rhythms, scales, chords, and technique that proved to be beneficial to what I wanted to achieve in guitar. Overall, I was very happy with the lessons I took, and obtained all the knowledge I wanted and needed from him. The atmosphere of each lesson was understanding and friendly, and he never did anything you wouldn't want to. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from Kurt if you want an excellent, beneficial, and fun experience."
Wheeling, WV teacher:
Review by Thomas
"Dennis is a great teacher, he is effective, patient, passionate, I could not be happier, he has an excellent teaching style made me improve a lot. Highly
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Rebecca
"I am a retired education professional returning to piano having had some lessons in childhood and, briefly, about 25 years ago. In some ways I am a begin
ner, but I also had some skills - reading the treble clef, knowing the names of the keys, and singing ability, as well as the smattering of earlier lessons. Shirley is amazing! She takes a very personalized approach which reflects my interests and abilities but also sound principles for teaching piano. I was quite nervous about starting to study piano at my age but she has managed to both challenge me and encourage me. She was quick to realize that my love of singing and vocal skills could be applied to learning piano and moving from technique to musicality and helps me do that. After 4 months of lessons I am determined to succeed and starting to believe that I can - thanks to Shirley!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"William has a very positive teaching style and is fun to work with. I am excited about my next four lessons."
I started playing music in the fourth grade. My first instrument was the cello. In fifth grade I changed my instrument to the violin and found that it was definately something I wanted to persue. A year later I started on the piano, and unlike the violin, I found that it was easier to learn it on my own. Because of that, my knowledge on the piano has been mostly self taught. I have been playing both instruments going on 16 years, and even though I did play other instruments, nothing took center stage like the piano and violin.
Although I have never played in the Boston Philharmonic
or London Symphony Orchestra's, nor have written or composed any CD's, doesn't mean I don't have a passion for what I do. To me, music isn't just about playing in a large orchestra or being famous. It is about recognizing the many different styles from cultures all over the world. It is the ability to appreciate the sounds the reverberate across the spectrum, the ability to mix and match in order to create something new, and to think outside the box when it comes to inventing new ideas. To me, music is a form of art (just like dance, drawing and writing), and just like any form of art, there must be a spark of passion behind it, or it becomes meaningless.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching music for almost two years and I have experience in musical influences from the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, 20th century and contemporary music, ragtime and blues. My belief is that learning music comes easiest when it is relatable to everyday life. It is relaxing and teaches patience and coordination. It is also a way to release one's inner artist.
My lessons will cover topics ranging from learning how to play (beginners), improving your technique, your ear, sight-reading, music theory, and improvisation.
It will include the application and utilization of the fundamentals of music as an art, and will incorporate style, technique, and creativity.
Lessons will be individualized to encourage and inspire ones self to not only succeed in just music, but to succeed in life.
*** Studio Equipment *** Books, computer, keyboard (weighted keys, sustain pedal), violin (student must have their own violin). Students are responsible for purchasing their own books (if the student is young, it is the responsibility of the parents) for their lessons after the first lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books (if the student is young, it is the responsibility of the parents) for their lessons after the first lesson.
*** Specialties *** baroque, classical, romantic periods, 20th century, contemporary music, ragtime and blues
JamesB2 December 9, 2011
Although, I've never met Kenya personally, my usually shy daughter has been completely comfortable around her. I a few short lessons she's already learned sooooo much. My daughter and I both look forward to more lessons from her in the very near future. Thanks TakeLessons and THANK YOU KENYA!
MichelleC3 January 22, 2011
I wish I could have continued my lessons. Hopefully I'll be able to continue this in the future, but wanted to say that Kenya is a very kind and patient teacher, and I hope to be able to take lessons from her again when the time comes. I really liked her approach to teaching an old dog like myself.
SarahL2 January 10, 2010
Kenya is a great teacher. She is very encouraging and has a good read on my 8 and 5 yr olds so as to not push too much but is by no means a push over. I like her soft spoken firm style.
I began playing flute as a child and have continued with music into adulthood. I attended the Community College of Rhode Island and graduated with an Associates in Fine Arts, and continued my studies at Rhode Island College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Music Theory and Music History. At Ric I studied Flute with Mary Ellen Kregler, as well as, Bass Clarinet with Ian Grietzer, Principal Clarinet for the Boston Pops Orchestra. Currently I am the Prinicipal Bass Clarinetist for the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and 1st Piccolo for the Boston Wind Jammers, Providence Br
ass Band, and the Worcester Brass Band.
*** Lesson Details *** In lessons, I find it important to work on tone production, technique, etudes for concentration, and a piece that the student and I pick out together. I also like to incorporate a little theory in the mix so student understands what they are reading. Most of all, I want the student to feel relaxed and have fun while learning. A relaxed musician who enjoys what they are doing always plays beautifully.
*** Studio Equipment *** Metronome, Tuner, Keyboards, Various Music Books, Solo Pieces, White Board, and Computer.
*** Travel Equipment *** Metronome, Tuner, Books, Solo Pieces
*** Specialties *** Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory, and Music History
Steve S. November 24, 2014
In home Verified Student
Kathleen is dedicated, positive and timely. My daughter likes learning from her and I am glad I hired her.
Kathleen F. February 26, 2014
Friendly and Skilled
My daughter has been taking flute lessons from Katie since September. She is very friendly and has helped my daughter improve her skills and technique greatly. She gets 5 stars!
Hi, there! My name is Liz and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have loved helping my students have fun while learning, have a sense of accomplishment, and master what they are learning. I went to Boston University and earned a degree in Music Performance in 2011. I'm a fun, passionate and outgoing person and my teaching style is is tailored to each individual student, engaging, and fun. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
As your teacher I’ll cover any and all material you want to learn as my teaching approach focuses on YOU (the student) getting the results you want out of lessons! Nothing is too simple or complicated for us to begin to explore and learn in the goal of creating real music, knowledge and experience!
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