Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by JIA
"Mr. Michaelson is the best teacher I've met at Portland.
I do appreciate Chuck for his professional piano lessons and kind. My son enjoyed his lessons so
oooooo much and, loves piano more from then on. He is really a great musician and responsible teacher I've ever met at Portland. His patience and style of teaching are sunshine to my son's piano life."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Keitha
"Very pleased with this experience.
I'm taking these classes mainly for breath and voice control for public speaking, but am delighted to be learning so m
uch about the singing voice and how to improve it, also.
Carol is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and professional. I'm entering my second month and am very pleased with the progress, and feel I'm acquiring a life skill that is helping me beyond my original expectation."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Lee
"Awesome Teacher, Very Professional, Super Knowledgeable
I was lucky to have Scott as my first guitar teacher. He took me from a beginner to an advanced g
uitarist. He is very knowledgeable and makes playing guitar fun, but also challenging. So, if you are serious about becoming a guitarist and or musician Scott is your instructor."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Laureen
"Great Singing Teacher
Rebecca has helped me reach my goal of becoming a more accomplished choir member. I sing alto and before I took lessons with her, i
t was very difficult for me to stay on my part. She also helped me to breathe correctly and sing without straining my voice. I have learned SO MUCH from her, from how to warm up to how to project my voice so it can be heard. I am much more confident about my voice. She is a great teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Nathaniel
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Michael
I have been studying the bass with Andrew for just over two years with a concentration on Jazz theory. Andrew uses a step by step appr
oach geared to my learning style - we have switched directions several times. Andrew's attention to detail and his desire for me to learn the right way is more than impressive. There have been lessons where I have not played a note but instead focused on reviewing different concepts. I'm fifty-seven years old and things don't come as easy as they use to and I really appreciate Andrew's patience and availability. I highly recommend Andrew for someone who is serious about learning to play the bass."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Steven
"This is the guy!
Well, where to start....As a drummer, he is "virtuoso". I've been a drummer for quite a few year and found out about Keith through a fri
end. I was looking for a drum instructor/coach/colleague who I could use as a way to tune up, wait for it..............I found so much more in Keith. We spent a session analyzing my technique and Keith was quick to analyze and develop a plan to take me to the next, and next, and next level. As I'm the drummer in a substantial group "DC Stimulus",I often looked forward to meeting with Keith as someone who has been through the trials and tribulations before and was able to offer great advise Like gold this guy is! Back to the basics. Because of Keith, I (re)discovered the sooooooo important point building a drummers metaphorical castle on a sound foundation. If you're looking for someone to start with on you drummers journey or an experienced drummer who is looking for a coach who is vastly qualified to critique (therefore improve) your technique, Keith is your guy. Keith, I love you man!! I look forward to drumming with you again!!!!!!!!!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Adam
"Andrew is an incredibly knowledgable and talented teacher
Andrew impressed me from our very first lesson. He listened to what I wanted to get accomplishe
d with my lessons and adapted to my requests and my skill level. His knowledge of music is just one of the things that makes him such a great teacher. His patience and enthusiasm also make him the perfect instructor!
I would highly recommend Andrew!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Chandler
Nick is a fantastic teacher! I had him teach me guitar a while back for a few years and I've learned so much more from him other than
just learning how to play! I've learned how to write music, memoriation and finger techniques to play, tips and help to play on stage, and so much more! He's a great teacher and a fun and awesome guy! I highly recommend him as your guitar teacher!"
It is my experience that no matter what kind of music you end up playing a solid classical piano background is invaluable. I was privately trained in classical piano from the ages 5 - 17 in Los Angeles, California. My teachers were Mary Brady, Mae Gilbert Reese and Jeane Weiss. I graduated from Harvard High School and then graduated from UCLA with BA in art. I am a Los Angeles based artist and composer. Recently I was nominated Best Music Director of the year by the L.A. Weekly for my work on 'Head the Musical' at the Met Theater Los Angeles in 2010. I am currently mounting an opera I wrote
at the Met Theater. I have been teaching private piano lessons to students ages 8 to adult for the last six years.
My experience as a musical director has honed my skills as a good communicator and teacher. I know how to get people trained and motivated to perform on stage with confidence no matter what their skill level.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons focus on reading, technique and basic music theory. I always start my lessons with scales and exercises. This develops good technique and primes the student for music theory. The rest of the lesson is focused on reading and performance. I expose students to different classical composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Once they have mastered a few pieces, students are then encouraged to study the composers they enjoy the most. It is important for students to enjoy the music that they are learning as I expect them to practice everyday.
*** Travel Equipment *** They must have a piano
*** Specialties *** Classical Piano
Tennessee O. September 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Really enjoyable lesson. Very pleased.
Moriya B. June 26, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.
I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.
Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.
armen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich children's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.
Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced
Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.
Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.
Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.
*** Lesson Details *** I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.
For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.
For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire
For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire
*** Specialties *** Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
Chris H. October 7, 2016
In home Verified Student
Carmen is great! We appreciate her patience and her wealth of knowledge. She sat with us for the lesson and took the time to go over our game plan and lesson plans for upcoming lessons as well!
Geneva S. October 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Carmen has a gentle approach. She is sweet and patient. Her teaching technique is thorough and detailed. The lessons are well structured and age appropriate for my 7 years old daughter. Carmen motivates and inspires,and Geneva enjoys her violin lessons!
Sarah K. May 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
Carmen is amazing teaching my 5 year old! She was patient and taught in a fun easy way. She make me think that I could even play Violin! Highly recommend her!
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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keith September 17, 2015
She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.
Audie L. May 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.
I am an enthusiastic teacher with a nuts-and bolts approach to singing. With over 20 years of training as an opera singer my technique is impeccable! I teach all styles and ages from beginner to professional. Can't carry a tune? You can learn! Love to sing in the shower? Dry off and sing out proud! Is your kid a Broadway Baby? Give him or her the best training and keep those cords SAFE with proper technique. If your child isn't a typical learner- have no fear. I am a patient and experienced teacher with ASD and ADHD kids. All learning styles welcome! I have trained with the best a
nd am ready to share my knowledge. Come train in a fun and nurturing environment while improving by leaps and bounds!
Pam November 28, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I had a great first lesson with Tania. We did a lot of vocalization technique, which is great, although I would have liked to have a bit more time for practicing my songs. But I get there's a process and we'll have more time in future lessons.
Lynne S. October 10, 2016
Vocal Training ·
In studio Verified Student
I sought Tania out in order to try to retrain my voice after years of speaking, singing, and even breathing incorrectly were leading to raspiness, soreness, and exhaustion. In just five lessons, Tania completely overhauled my bad vocal habits. She gave me exercises I could do on my own every day, and she was clear and thorough in explaining everything I needed to know about the mechanisms that go into proper vocal usage. I cannot recommend her enough as a voice teacher. She is the real deal, and a truly wonderful person to be around!
Bob Burris January 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Mark V has been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when he discovered his natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching himself the harmonica by ear. He went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. He has collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and has well over a 100 in his collection. Mark V is also Pro Tools certified and has been teaching Pro Tools, MIDI, music production, composing, keyboard techniques & sound design since 1998 hav
ing won numerous academic awards. Mark V has a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. He wears many hats including his first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MIDI expert & programmer, writer, consultant & teacher inspiring his students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN!
Tim B. July 10, 2016
Online Verified Student
Mark has been an excellent teacher. Although I haven't played the accordion very long, my steady improvement, following his lessons, has been very enjoyable. I can feel my confidence building as well. I'm looking forward to continued progress with Mark.
Daniel Laner March 31, 2016
Pro Tools Software ·
Mark is the best at what he does. I took a pro tools class with him and left feeling like a master. His hands on teaching style is unbeatable.
Stephen March 18, 2016
Pro Tools Software ·
Phenomenal experience. Mark is not only a consummate expert when it comes to Pro Tools, he is a highly skilled teacher, extremely professional, and a great guy. As someone with a PhD and a background in teaching and instructional design, I know something about effective teaching and Mark is truly a cut above--organized, patient, engaging, articulate, focused, helpful, illustrates his points with colorful anecdotes, offers useful ways of remembering the information... Mark, thanks for sharing your knowledge as well as your enthusiasm for ProTools.
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