Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Marisa
"I loved having Tiffany as an instructor! She is extremely knowledgeable about the vocal instrument and has helped me strengthen my voice in a safe way. Si
nce studying with her for 2 years my range increased (3 octaves!) and my breath control strengthened. She was also great about challenging me. We took on duets with heavy harmonization, songs in other languages, accompanying myself (with a ukulele), practicing performance techniques with a microphone, complex musical arrangements, focus on character, and recitals. She has a knack for explaining adjustments and a great ear to bring out your best sound. Plus she is a really nice person!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Leo
Good teacher, very passion with kids. My son really likes this classes."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Brenda
"My daughter loves her...
Elicia is a great teacher! My 9 year old daughter- Allison loves her. She is very knowledgeable and polite and is very patient.
She has been very flexible with her schedule to accomodate us and has been a pleasure to know."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Heather
"My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of musi
c and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher."
Torrington, CT teacher:
Review by Mavrick
"David is a fantastic instructor!!! I personally love his unique approach which combines the art AND science of singing. His explanations of whats happenin
g physiologically actually help you learn what is correct and incorrect technique. My singing has absolutely improved learning from David."
Corvallis, OR teacher:
Review by Erick
"You'll never find anyone better!
My daughter has been taking lessons with Jason since she was 5 years old, almost 6 years now. Watching her progress over
the years has been amazing to see, and seeing how Jason's lessons evolve with her shows how versitile he can be. Starting out with very basic lessons, now to some complex chords; and various styles of music along the way. Julia has worked on songs that range from The Little Mermaid to Johnny Cash, Jingle Bells to The Civil Wars, and Jason has made it fun all along the way. He makes it challenging for her, while not so tough that she gets discouraged, all the while pushing her to try new techniques making her better. She looks forward to sitting with Jason every week."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Jared
"Phenomenal instructor. I would absolutely recommend for anyone who wants to learn music, literature, poetry, composition, music instruction, philosophy, o
r even just different types of coffee. Dr. Thomé is an incredible mentor, instructor, and friend."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Leslie
"Greg has taught my 10 year old daughter for over a year and has done a wonderful job with her. He manages to keep her interested by teaching her had to p
lay popular new songs that she hears on the radio.
Greg is very punctual for the appointments and I am so glad we found him to teach our daughter!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Patrick
"I highly recommend , if you are interested in developing your guitar skills and/ or expanding your knowledge of music theory , to schedule an appointment
with Devin for a lesson . I came from my native Brazil to study jazz at an american college and he patiently introduced me to jazz music . I not only was able to succeed in my jazz ensemble classes with straight A's , but I also got prepared to audition successfully to universities and will be completing my bachelors degree in music soon. And I thank Devin for that ."
Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.
Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations thro
ughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.
"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis
*** Lesson Details *** Piano students will focus specifically on the most important skills and concepts they need to be able to play proficiently and musically. This will be through the use of proper technique and providing clear explanation of music theory. Scales, progression, harmonizing, improvising and sight reading will all be demonstrated and explained thoroughly. Also creative exercises to help the students build chops and play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.
Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing many diverse styles. I will introduce (or reinforce) the rudiments and how they might be applied to any beats or fills. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline. Styles will be covered to grasp a feel of straight 8th and 16th note patterns. Blues shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so that the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on triplets. Students can also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world. (Latin, Jamaican, Afro Cuban etc...) After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied then we can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.
Lessons with me will focus on the following: ï¶ Students of all ages and skill levels ï¶ Improve your technique and creativity ï¶ Play in any style of music you are interested ï¶ Drum set and hand percussion ï¶ Learn through fun exercises
â¢ Understanding rhythm â¢ Rudiments â¢ Sight reading â¢ Stick control â¢ Accent and rebounds â¢ Double bass â¢ Soloing â¢ Studio drumming
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano, Â Drum practice pads, Drum kits, Congs, Other percussionÂ instrumentsÂ .
*** Travel Equipment *** Practice pads. A full library of exercises and instructional materials. Books, videos, laptop...
*** Specialties *** Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Voice and Ear training Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand Drums.
I try to meet the needs of my student in the styles they are interested in. I will use the proper teaching methods to help them to become efficient in styling of there choice.
Lesley W. March 20, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Working with Take Lessons is easy and convenient
My son and I had a positive experience with both Take Lessons and the instructor, Travis Bloom.
MarlysG January 11, 2012
Great! Patient with questions being asked of him.
Lessons are to the point and fast moving. He is willing to review the past lessons for confirmation of students doubts or questions.
JessicaB March 17, 2011
Knowledgeable and helpful
He is responsive to our needs, patient, energetic, and positive. He makes lessons enjoyable and engaging for our 9-year-old son.
My name is Andrew, and I've been a musician nearly my entire life. I have a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University, but my background goes far beyond classical music. My performance experiences range from playing violin in my high school symphony orchestra to playing lead guitar in a Santana cover band, and just about everything in between! As a teacher, you can expect me to be positive and encouraging. My biggest goal is to inspire you and help you discover a similar passion for music as I've developed over the years.
*** Lesson Details *** While
I do expect students to practice consistently, I always do my best to tailor the lesson plans to their wants as well as their needs so practice is both fun and challenging. For students pursuing classical music, I'll typically start them in a book and reading sheet music, but for just about anything else, the lesson plans will be more customized to the taste of my students and will not require music reading ability in most cases. After the first few months, my students can expect to have a solid understanding of music, their instrument, and what steps to take to reach their long term goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio includes a full drum set, electric piano, as well as several guitars and a bass guitar. I would prefer that the student brings his or her own guitar or bass. I always have spare books and music in case the student forgets to bring their own.
*** Travel Equipment *** I travel with my own guitar and bass guitar, but for piano and drum lessons, the student will need their own instrument and a quiet area to get the most from the lessons.
*** Specialties *** While I have a degree in classical guitar, I have several years of experience with blues and classic rock, specifically on the electric guitar and drums. Aside from those, I enjoy all genres of music and have plenty of musical experience outside of the aforementioned genres.
Kathryn has taken violin lessons since she was 5 for a total of 14 years and has taken lessons from various prominent teachers in the Vegas and St. George area. Kathryn graduated from Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts under the Music Academy where she was pushed by talented peers and faculty to grow as a musican. During her senior year she was her school's Sterling Scholar in Music, won the opportunity to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and got superior ratings at various music festivals throughout the state. Kathryn has recently studied for a
year at Dixie State University in music and plans to transfer to ASU soon to continue her degree.
During her junior year of high school, Kathryn began teaching violin lessons to students at Vista Charter School. Since then, she developed her own independent studio and through her first year of college taught private lesson at The Music Store where she gained a full-size studio.
Kathy August 12, 2015
Kathryn is amazing! She taught my daughter for a few years and is so good. She is talented, kind, patient, and a fantastic teacher! Violin lessons with Kathryn were a weekly highlight for my daughter. I highly recommend Kathryn!!
Cathi August 11, 2015
Kathryn taught my children in home as well as a chosen location. Kathryn was always prepared and interacted well with my children. She would challenge my children with their music. They learned from your many talents. Thank you Kathryn for all of your patience and sweet kindness. We were sad that you moved away but we are excited for you to be close to your family again.
I have taught piano for ten years. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1991 focusing my electives in piano pedagogy and studying privately with Paul C. Pollei.
My teaching plan includes the Faber method. Students work through levels of Piano, Performance and Theory. I bring in classical pieces as understanding increases. Strong hands create a strong performance. I combine technical exercises with theory so that students are not only strong, but also comfortable playing in all key signatures from the very beginning.
I use games and incentives to help students connect with other students and keep progressing. The outcome is a positive and predictable experience when it comes time to perform.
Jennifer August 27, 2015
Nancy is a fantastic teacher! She blends her immense knowledge of and skill at the piano with motivating and rewarding teaching techniques that inspire the kids to want to practice, improve, and perform at their best! My children especially love her "Beat The Teacher" practice time competitions and her reward bucket. Not to mention her recitals are always positive experiences, full of praise, rewards, and recognition. If you're looking for a piano teacher that is both good at the piano and at teaching, you need look no further!
Christi August 24, 2015
Nancy excels at helping kids learn to not only play the piano, but to LOVE playing. Finding music that inspires and excites them, she makes learning fun and motivating!
Alicia August 24, 2015
Nancy taught piano to 2 of my children, ages 7 and 10. She was their first exposure to the instrument.
Nancy has a gift for unlocking the potential inside a child. She can instinctively see exactly what method will be most successful to keep them interested and motivated. She makes a continual effort to keep it fun while still pushing her students to try new and more difficult things. She's so good at it, that the kids don't even realize how much progress they are making!
She is also a gentle and kind person and has a very nurturing attitude which makes that progress possible. It is clear that she, too, loves the piano and the child and wants them to be successful!
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