Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Leyla
"She is very good in motivating and keeping an active 6 year old engaged and exited. She is very delightful. We love having her as our teacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Carma
"Amazing Teacher, my kids LOVE their lessons with Jordan!
My children have been taking lessons with Jordan now for just over a month, and they are loving
it! My 7 year old son is doing Guitar, and he has learned to tune his own guitar and is able to play simple songs with 4 basic chords. My daughter who is 5 is taking Piano lessons with Jordan and is able to play 2 simple songs, and able to identify notes on the keyboard while reading music. I appreciate that Jordan teaches the actual music rules and reading of music as well as numbers for the fingers. He is great about having the kids hold themselves and their hands correctly, and having them keep trying something until they get it right and reinforcing the correct practice once it is right. I would refer anyone to Jordan to learn an instrument! He is amazing!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Sian
"Awesome Teacher - Definitely would recommend
Michael has been a great teacher to my 5-year old. My son and I both came to him with no experience with dru
ms/music education and Michael was able to teach my son in a way that was fun and kept the attention of a 5 year old, while still being able to grasp the concepts and foundations of music. As a parent, I admired his enthusiasm and excitement of my sonâs progression. He is very passionate about what he does and it is exemplified through his lessons. My son truly enjoys the lessons and even practices on his own throughout the week and this is definitely attributable to Michaelâs instruction style and passion for his craft. I would absolutely recommend Michael as a teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Anne
"Elicia is a wonderfully talented Violinist! My daughter started lessons two years ago and loves going every week. Elicia is encouraging and very positive,
she will point out areas that need to be re-worked. If something is not up to par she will add it to the lesson the following week and allow for more practice time. Elicia is truly wonderful I couldn't have asked for a better instructor for my daughter! I am so lucky to have found her on take lessons."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Abigail
"Juliet is an excellent instructor! She is very easy to work with and we would highly recommend her to others. 100% satisfaction from this customer!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Kathleen
"Lori is the best. My daughter is a singer-songwriter who has never had much formal training. As she approached her junior year in high school she announce
d that she would like to go to college for music. We toured her top choices and found out she needed some very specific skills she had not yet developed. Exasperated by her rejection of the instructors I found I told her to find her own instructor and let me know when she had. She found Lori online and we gave her a trial run. Lori is very talented skilled and patient. My daughter's singing and music theory abilities have soared since she began working with Lori. She got into her top school choice. One of the best music schools in the world for what she wants to do. I know Lori was a big part of making that possible."
Santa Cruz, CA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"We would recommend this teacher highly.
My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Carolyn for almost a year, and we have been very pleased with the
entire experience. Carolyn is a super teacher, and has a gentle, kind approach to teaching which I believe is especially helpful in working with children (my daughter is eight years old). She certainly knows her field well and is able to relay the necessary information in a straight forward, yet fun manner. Carolyn obviously has a passion for teaching piano and keyboard."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Patrick graham
"Yuki is a wonderful and patient teacher. I am sixty years old and have always wanted to learn the sax. He always takes time to explain what we are trying
to accomplish, even with an " old guy " like myself. I highly recommend Yuki to anyone who wishes to learn the sax in a competent and relaxed manner"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jasmin
"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,encouragem
ent 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."
I have 30 years of teaching experience and have enjoyed a successful singing, teaching and conducting career in the US and Australia. I have excellent piano skills and can sight-read and play most piano accompaniments for my voice students. No two students are alike so I teach everyone according to their needs and their learning style. I have an exceptional understanding of the voice and communicate using tangible imagery to produce excellent results. I work with all levels of singers from beginners to career level in Broadway, Pop and Classical styles. Beyond university training, I have had
training from teachers and coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Arizona Opera and many others. With piano, again, technique is important but lessons must be FUN! I like using innovative ideas and materials so that learning is exciting.
Practice is important for progress so the more you practice the faster you progress.
Because there is always more to learn, I continue to study and attend master-classes and workshops so I can be the best teacher I can be.
*** Lesson Details *** I always want my students to leave their lessons knowing that they are better at the end of the lesson than they were at the beginning. Lessons are all about skill-building, so fundamentals of technique, theory and repertoire are included elements. I'm pretty laid back but know that practice is essential to progress. To that end, I always want my students to understand how to practice, not just what to practice. Practice doesn't make perfect, it makes permanent! My goal as a teacher is not just to help you achieve your goals, but to give you the ability to build on your own skills by knowing the how and the why, not just the what.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the music room, 5'8" grand piano, computer, iPad, Apple TV, music stands, good lighting
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have a piano that is tuned and in good working order or a full 88-key weighted action keyboard. Voice students must provide a recording device. All students will be required to purchase music books.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching the Italian school of "bel canto" singing. This technique provides complete connection of breath, voice and body and applies to all styles of singing.
For piano, I don't adhere to any one method. I teach practical, "real world" piano skills including playing chords and improvisation.
I have a Level 1 AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card.
Lachlan M. March 22, 2013
Patti is a phenomenal musician and teacher
Patti is the most effective music teacher I have worked with. She has an intimate and readily communicated knowledge of vocal technique, and crucially, where problems can arise. She has an intuitive awareness of the voice in a way that can only come from extensive professional experience in performance and education. In a relatively short space of time I have learnt a great deal and grown vocally beyond what I thought I would be capable of.
I cannot recommend Patti highly enough.
Abigail S. March 22, 2013
She does an amazing job!
Pattie is an absolutely wonderful teacher who really knows her stuff. I have learnt so much over the short time we spent together and even though its been a while I can still put her techniques to good use.
I am a pianist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, I studied classical and jazz piano with Carole Neal, and classical and jazz guitar with Hank Bryant. I have won one Washington Area Music Award for an original instrumental composition. I have performed with numerous and varied musical situations, including The University of Maryland Jazz Orchestra, Pavement Chasers Tribute to Adele, Elvis Aaron Presley Jr., and my own original group Ã¢ÂÂLUMAÃ¢ÂÂ, which performed at venues all over the Washington, D.C. area. In 1999, I received a Certificate of Au
dio Engineering from The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. I then produced and performed as a studio musician on a variety of regional and national projects, including radio advertisements for The United Way, Chevrolet, and Pringles. In 2000, I produced, performed, and co-engineered on a recording of my own original music entitled Ã¢ÂÂA & LILLÃ¢ÂÂ. I have extensive background and experience in rock, jazz, blues, classical and country musical styles. I currently perform as a freelance keyboardist and guitarist in the Phoenix metro area. In addition to teaching, my other musical passion is writing and performing my original music. I am published through Big Fish Music Publishing Group. With many years of experience teaching students of all ages, I am confident that I can provide lessons that combine both the necessary instruction in theory and technique with the fun and enjoyment of learning new songs! I am able to find out where each student wants to go in his or her musical adventure, and tailor a lesson plan based upon those needs.
*** Lesson Details *** I have a teaching style which is informative and fun at the same time! I do typically use method books for piano and guitar lessons, as well as handouts which I provide. After a certain period of time, usually within 6 months, my students have a solid foundation in theory (scales, chords, etc.) and technique, and are usually on their way to playing songs. I encourage students to let me know what songs they are interested in learning! We learn music through both reading and by ear. I am very patient and I believe in repetition so that my students fully understand the music that they are working on.
*** Studio Equipment *** Front room w/ grand piano, f/w keyboard, guitars, amps, and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** For my students, I incorporate a method involving a logical way to learn what the notes are on their instrument. My method involves a combination of music theory and hands on participation. I systematically expose them to theory in order to help them understand what is behind the exercises and songs that they are playing. I use both method books and my own supplemental handouts to enhance their learning experience. I also help students to learn music from audio recordings. I teach jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, and classical music styles.
Bob July 2, 2015
I went to Dave to learn theory to improve my note reading. With his patient persistence I'm learning the Seven Keys thru the Circle of Fifths. This is really helping me to play the pop and rock songs I love.
There is no accomplishment like learning music and Dave is a great guide to do it.
Bob July 2, 2015
I went to Dave to learn theory to help with my note reading and thru his patient persistence, I have learned the seven keys thru the circle of fifths which has enabled me to play the pop and rock songs I love.
The accomplishment of learning music is like no other and Dave is best at guiding the way to it .
Joycelyn M. June 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
David is the most patient music instructors my son has ever had. His professionalism is most outstanding and the passion he has for the music he teaches is a testament to why we need music in our lives.
David is warm and personable. He is flexible with my son's school and baseball schedule but the largest compliment I can give David, is that my son doesn't want to miss his weekly piano lessons.
Another important fact about David is that he doesn't pressure shy students to do recitals. Finding an instructor who understands his students' feelings such as this makes it all more important that I HIGHLY recommend David.
His in-home studio is in a great location for Southwest Valley residents. Goodyear is center of the surrounding cities and David's location is within 2 miles off the freeway.
I started studying piano and singing from a very young age. I used to make my friends come over and watch me perform (karaoke style--before karaoke was big) when i was in the 4th grade. My greatest love is music, performing music, and sharing it with others. As a singer i have studied all types of music, but my favorite- and what i excel at- is opera.
I have taken private voice and piano lessons constantly since the age of 5, and have studied opera performance and music theory in college. I perform locally around the community as a singer, direct the church choir, and occasionally
accompany soloists on the piano. I have taught private lessons in voice and piano for 5 years and i greatly enjoy the one on one experience of teaching private lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** I want my students to enjoy the time they spend with me. I believe in a very relaxed, comfortable environment, where students feel they can express themselves, but it is still an environment where time is maximized. In piano, 10-15 min is devoted to theory, scales, and chords, then we work on songs, some of my choosing and some of the students choosing. In voice we spend about 10-15 minutes on warm-ups and the rest of the time is devoted to songs. Again, there are songs that i choose for the students according to the needs of their voice and development, but i also allow the student to bring things he/she wants to learn for fun.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a sound system and microphone. i have my iPod hooked up to the sound system to play karaoke music.
*** Specialties *** In piano I am partial to the John Thompson method. I also spend a portion of each lesson on scales and music theory. In voice, I specialize in bel canto. The most beautiful sounds come when you are not straining the voice. I work on getting it out of the throat and into the mask.
**i do not recommend every other week lessons. take lessons does offer them, but i have not seen many students thrive or progress with that much time in between lessons.
Marianne P. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Very patient and well connected with her studentd. My son has learned a lot from the few mths he has been under her tutilage.
Jeanine S. March 1, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Best teacher for my girl!
Nanette is do kind and patient and she takes the time needed to ensure that the voice and range are being developed. I have to say, since she has been teaching us I have seen such an incredible difference and so happy with the progress!! Thank you and so happy we found her!!!
RenateN April 13, 2012
Very patient and excellent teacher. So happy we choose her.
Hello there! If you are reading this then you or your child must be interested in learning how to read and play music. I am so excited for the journey you are about to begin!
My name is Amy and I am a certified music teacher. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in instrumental music education, and my primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 8 years in the Valley.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially beginners! I teach beginner lessons in piano, and brass instruments, beginner to intermediate level studen
ts in woodwinds, and beginner up to advanced high-school level clarinet.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons with me will be tailored to each student's needs and goals, however note and rhythm reading will be a strong component in each lesson - especially for beginners. I have a very laid back and patient personality but I do feel that practice at home is very important and expect it from my students in order to give them the best chance at success.
Students with intermediate or advanced ability on their instrument will have the opportunity to have lessons directed towards specific interests such as preparing for chair placement tests, honor band auditions, or solo and ensemble festivals.
It is extremely important that students taking piano lessons have an instrument to practice at home - a keyboard is fine if an electric or accoustic piano is not available.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a full size (88 key) digital piano with attached pedal in my home studio.
There is a lazyboy and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons of their children as well as a table and chairs for those that have work to do while their child is having his/her lesson. :)
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not travel to student homes for lessons at this time.
*** Specialties *** Working with beginners of all ages.
Shavon B. June 27, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amy was a great teacher. My daughter is shy and she was nervous to be a beginner with a flute. Amy was patient with her and made her feel comfortable. I would recommend Amy for any nervous beginner.
Justin B. May 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amy was very pleasant & worked well with Justin.
Lisa M. August 11, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amy is awesome! My son just turned 5 and his attention span is very short, but Amy is able to keep him on track. She is very patient and always go over the material with me, so that I understand it and I am able to help my son practice at home. I really appreciate her teaching style.
I currently teach over 30 students ages 4-75 piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, and singing. This is my full time job, this is not a side hobby to make extra cash. I am a professional teacher with a big schedule and flexibility. I do not travel, students come to my home.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: I have taught general music K-8 in a charter school and basically had to build a music program with no funding and almost no supplies. I left this job in favor of teaching privately because the staff and administration were horribly disrespectful and unappreciative of what I did for t
heir school. Teaching privately allows me to teach music passionately without limits (and without administration who know nothing about music telling me what to do!). I can also focus on one student at a time, rather than try to manage an entire class.
I have taught private lessons for about 13 years. These have mostly been clarinet lessons because that is my primary instrument, but in the last three years, I've expanded what I can teach. At one time, I was teaching several high school students music composition, music theory, and ear training to prepare for college entrance as music composition majors. One of them did get into the Juilliard school and was actually placed in advanced classes because of the theory and ear training work I did with him. I've also taught one of my flute students for years, starting her at an early age first on recorder, switching to fife, and then on to flute. I currently teach several students from 4 yrs old-adult various levels flute, clarinet, and piano.
I have been a music theory/ear training TA at ASU for four years. I can definitely prepare anyone for college level music academics. Most high school band programs do not prepare students for the academic side of music study in college.
LESSONS I TEACH: Clarinet: All ages (starting 4th/5th grade) and levels Flute: All ages (starting 3rd/4th grade with fife), beginner to high school level Piano: All ages (starting at age 4-5) and levels Recorder: All ages (starting 2nd grade) and levels Trumpet: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only French Horn: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only Music Theory/Ear Training: recommended for HS students looking for intensive music study in college Music Composition: recommended for HS students or adults who want to write music, or pursue music composition in college
WHY I TEACH MUSIC: I love music, and I enjoy passing my passion and knowledge on to others. Watching a student, grow, explore, and enjoy music is a great reward. Music gave me a voice to express myself, and a creative outlet, and I want others to have the same opportunity. I also enjoy the social interaction with students.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE LESSONS: I have a lot to offer students (check out my specialties). A school music teacher or band director doesn't have the time to give one-on-one attention. Nor do they have the chance to go deeper into music with students. I will help you find music that you like at your level, and I will also teach you how to practice and correct bad habits.
MY STUDIO: I teach in the music room of my house, which is clean and cozy. If you are a parent, my couch in the living room is a comfortable place to wait during the lesson, or you may sit outside on the porch (weather permitting). I live in a safe neighborhood close to downtown Phoenix.
LESSON DETAILS: I am a firm believer in the humanistic approach to learning. I want to teach you what you want to learn, the way you learn best, doing activities that keep you engaged and add growth as a musician. Come to me with your questions, curiosities, and requests for what you want to learn ("How do I play two notes at the same time on the clarinet?" "What is this key for?" "I really want to play Sleigh Ride"). Please bring in any musical goals you may have for yourself. I incorporate meaningful scales and exercises that apply to the music that you are working on (they are not chosen at random). Conducting, ear training, music theory, and music composition are all incorporated into lessons over time (depending on the student's interest). I am aware of the state standards (they are my instinct anyway), but I ultimately analyze your interests and abilities and follow your lead, acting as your guide along the way. My teaching and activities are age appropriate.
If you are interested in music composition lessons, I give advice on your work, give ideas to continue your music, educate you on instrument capabilities, help with orchestration, open your ears to music by others, teach theory/counterpoint/form, give you advice on how to get your music performed, help you use Sibelius software, and help prepare a college portfolio if you are pursuing music composition in college.
STUDIO EQUIPMENT: ~2 different toy pianos (Schoenhut and J. Chein) ~88key Yamaha digital grand piano ~Macbook computer with Sibelius 6 (for writing music) ~Music for Little Mozarts starter pack with the cute puppets and music board (for young beginners on piano) ~Music stand, clarinet stand ~Log Drum
~SPECIALTIES~ TEACHING TO CHILDREN AT YOUNG AGES: If your child is showing interest in music at an early age, I can start as early as age 4 on piano. I use the "Music for Little Mozarts" series that come with cute little puppets, and the storybook lesson style is perfect. I also have 2 nice toy pianos that can be incorporated into the lesson. If your child wants to play a wind instrument at an early age, I start them on recorder at about age 7. I can then switch them over to fife (a smaller simpler flute) in a year or so, and then to flute -or- they can go from recorder to clarinet at about 4th or 5th grade.
INCORPORATING CONDUCTING TECHNIQUES: If taking lessons on a wind instrument, I teach conducting patterns and techniques so the student learns how to follow a conductor and what it means to lead musicians visually without speaking. Musicians rely a fair amount on body language to communicate while playing together. I've also found that incorporating conducting makes lessons fun, and it improves the student's sense of rhythm and control.
INCORPORATING MUSIC THEORY/EAR TRAINING: Music is more than just breathing and moving fingers up and down. Great musicians understand music and have good listening skills. Knowing how music works (music theory) actually helps students recognize patterns and learn music faster (or spend less time practicing). Ear training helps with intonation and playing music with others (you'll sound better and notice more detail in music!). I do activities that are age and ability appropriate; most young students love listening games with their instrument.
INCORPORATING MUSIC COMPOSITION: For variety, I teach students how to use Sibelius (using my computer) to write music for their instrument. This encourages creativity, an awareness of how music works, and helps them learn technology. Plus, they get the pleasure of writing their own music and playing it! I print the music, and it looks like real published music!
SHEET MUSIC: I love thrift shopping, and I collect lots of music for my students. Some music is copied, and some music I sell at the great price I paid ($1 or less!). Music can be expensive, so I try to save you the time and money if possible. I only get used music in good condition.
Candice D. April 2, 2015
Dr Jeff has been doing an amazing job with my 6 year old son. He listens to what my son has to say and really encourages him to learn the musical notes as well as how to play correctly. He is very encouraging and patient.
Dr Jeff's philosophy is really great for fostering a love of piano playing. We recently had to miss a piano lesson but were going to do something else that was fun as well. My son's reaction was, "Aw. That'll be fun, but I wanted to go to piano." In my opinion, very rare is the piano teacher who can encourage that enthusiasm!
Ram P. March 13, 2015
My son takes Piano Classes from Dr Jeff.
He has lots of knowledge and is very good at adopting to the students skill level. Super good with younger kids, makes learning music a fun and encourages them a lot. one of the best teachers my son ever had. Class schedule is flexible. Definitely recommend to any one.
Benjamin B. December 21, 2014
Dr. Jeff has helped bring music back in my life. I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and had been trying to teach myself because of my past experience (played trumpet from elementary school– 2 yrs of collage). Learning that way was not ideal though and I was really not progressing at all. I finally decided to start lessons and I can’t tell how grateful I am that I did. Dr. Jeff has helped me learn and practice correctly and I really feel that I am progressing well. I am having so much fun learning and playing.
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