Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by David
"I played clarinet for ten years. I wanted to find a teacher who really knows how to focus on a student's goals and weaknesses. Kevin has provided me with
weekly lessons that I can take home and make trues progress in picking, timing, reading, fingering, and listening, Kevin is a true professional."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Maggie
"always patient and professional
as an adult learner i had some trepidation about taking flute lessons again. however, it is so good to be taught by amy,
she breaks down music and offers a manageable script. i was a better flutist after my first lesson and continue to improve. i love the setting in her home. it is a warm inviting space that puts me at ease. in her instructions she is always clear and patient. she is professional in her home even with her family near. it has been a joy getting to know her family, as well.she is able to function masterfully in her own home.as ateacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by SarahJo
"Clear instruction and flexible teaching style
Kristen was wonderful, she worked around my schedule and was an incredible instructor. I don't have much of
a background in music and have a terrible ear. After trying to follow along with the notes on the piano and finding it difficult she recognized that I could hear the sound and imitate better when coming from another person's voice and she then would play the piano note, sing the note herself, and have me repeat it until I got more familiar with it all. Just an a+ teacher!!! I would definitely recommend her for any level of student and would be happy to take classes from her again!"
Ogden, UT teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on appr
oach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mary
"Kelly is so sweet and has helped me to be one comfortable with my singing voice. My confidence has definitely improved a lot and my range and breathe stre
ngth is improving as well."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Belinda
"Kortnee is a fabulous teacher! She came into our home and taught my 9 and 11-year old daughters piano once a week. Both girls thrived and looked forward
to their lessons. The progress they made in one year with Kortnee was impressive. We have moved out of state and the biggest regret is that we can't find another piano teacher like Kortnee. We miss her and her enthusiasm for teaching music. Best instructor ever!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Rudy Altenbach
"Dan really rocks!!! I have fun learning electric guitar and he even taught me a star wars song! COOL!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Randa
"Kan W. is such an amazing teacher. She gave me all her time. She was very flexible with me even though when she just had her new born baby. I am a beginne
r and I had a special request from Kan to learn a song to play on my wedding (which was last September). In three months she taught me two! she did more than enough on her part to teach me how to play the songs that I picked. She was very helpful with the process. She simplified the notes for me, found easy version and even went through the notes I found and listened to my examples. She also has great techniques for practicing. I loved her approach. Besides all of this, she was really motivational. She is a great teacher. I look forward to take lessons with her again."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Susan
"David L. Was highly recommended to us by multiple people. He taught my two daughters piano for 1 1/2 years before we said a tearful goodbye as he moved t
o Texas. David L has a perfectly magical way in communicating to young students. He always spoke positively and found something good to say about any piece they played. He would then very positively guide them towards the correct way of playing. My shy, nervous girls thrived. It is truly going to be a challenge finding his replacement, David L. is an amazing person and teacher."
Buzz is an independent producer, writer, arranger, & keyboardist with over 30 years in the music industry. He appears on more than 150 CDs as performer or producer.(2 received platinum certification)
During the 80's, Buzz toured the world with the legendary Curtis Mayfield as musical director and during that time became staff producer for Ichiban Records. In the 90's, Buzz focused on production & arranging, working with some of music's finest such as Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, & Ben E King to name a few.
In 1998, Buzz created AMusic. He has composed music for CNN, Delta Airlines, T
he Discovery Channel, the Weather Channel as well as for film and TV. His orchestration skills provided him the opportunity to score 2 songs for jazz pianist Bob Thompson and the West VA Symphony Orchestra.
Sept of 06 Buzz released his debut CD Collection on Blue Canoe Records. Music from that release can be found in both film and TV .
Buzz continues writing and producing for various artists as well as composing music for independent film.
The future holds a 2015 release of new music entitled, Muse Cafe along with a book ("Repeat Offender") related to his career as a record producer and touring artist.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching is simple. The primary goal is to have fun and enjoy the experience of making and creating music. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in music or just wanting to add a bit of a creative outlet to your life, let me help.
My specialties include jazz, r&b, and pop piano styles. I do teach a little classical but primarily to beginners only. My curriculum is simple. I try to teach you what it is YOU want to know and that which fit your needs. There are some fundamentals that we all must learn, but typically I can have you playing a song your first lesson. As you progress, you will be able to learn to play songs on your own and interpret simple chord charts with melody.
For those students who already actively play, I can help hone your skills, offer performance, recording and studio tips and techniques.
90 and 120 min lessons are only offered to those students wishing to learn production and do NOT apply to piano lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Your lessons are given in my pre-production studio in my condo. Lessons take place on a digital piano either a Yamaha or a Casio Privia. If you are taking production classes, then see the list of gear below. My space is tidy but not always immaculate. I am a working musician and often have several projects juggling at once. There is room for 2 to 3 in addition to the student. My living room is always available and wi-fi for those who wait on a student is also available. More than ample parking is available at any time.
Buzz uses Cubase 7.5 recording software Sibelius 7 Notation Software Roland V-Synth Korg Triton Yamaha KX8 M-Audio Pro Keys 88 Casio Privia full array of VST instrument & effect plug-ins for commercial recording (Waves, Soectrasonics, Kontakt 5, etc)
David M, M.Ed. grew up immersed in the music industry in the Muscle Shoals Alabama area where greats such as Cher, the Allman Brothers and Aretha Franklin got their start recording with the world renowned Muscle Shoals Sound. Click, here, to see the trailer for the documentary about the legendary "Muscle Shoals".
After playing piano professionally while in high school, David attended the University of Montevallo- Alabama's oldest and most respected music school and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Voice. In fact, David studied classical piano with Dr. Robert Cowan of the i
nternationally acclaimed duo piano team- Yarbrough and Cowan and studied voice with Bruce Tolbert and Madame Baruvka- a world renowned European opera singer. Additionally, David was also a fellow classmate of the current Broadway diva, Rebecca Luker.ï»¿
After graduating from Montevallo, David moved to Atlanta and starred in professional musical theatre while working as a public school choral music director and attending Georgia State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Theatre. In fact, David completed some of his actor training at the HB Acting Studio in NYC.
Some of David's favorite roles include the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Rudolfo in A View from the Bridge, Serge in The Food Chain, the teacher in School House Rock, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, multiple characters in The Harvey Milk Show and Raywanda in Saga: The Story of Whitney Bonneville. David has been seen on stage at the 14th Street Playhouse, Neighborhood Playhouse, Actor's Express, Terrific New Theatre, the World Congress Center and the Crystal Pistol Theatre at Six Flags Over Georgia.
In 1995, David earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Georgia State University and completed 2 more years of additional Post Graduate studies in Counseling at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
After working in the public and private schools for a number of years, David combined his music, theatre and counseling experience into creating David M Artist Development in 2005. In fact, David is one of the only piano and voice teachers in the country who's been cross trained in the areas of music, theatre, education and psychology.
David particularly enjoys working with semiprofessional and professional musicians and actors in the Atlanta area looking to expand their knowledge, skills and experience and adults who've ignored their creative sides for most of their life while attending to family and career matters instead.
mohammed I. November 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have had an amazing experience with David. He has taken the time to truly get to know me and has set up our sessions based on what my goals are. He took his time to really understand what I needed to take my skills to a higher level. I feel that I was able to open up to him with total confidence and trust. I feel that he takes his time to really understand his students and mold his sessions to the needs of his students. I honestly feel that I have found a mentor who I will be reaching out to for all my needs.
David M. February 18, 2013
Author and Motivator, Joyce Rennolds says...Phenomenal Results!
David, I am grateful to you for encouraging me to give up old beliefs about 'not being able to sing'. Since I am a Motivational Speaker and a New Thought Minister and teach an 'I can' attitude it never occurred to me to apply that idea to my singing voice. The results have been phenomenal. Thanks to your wonderful style of teaching I am now singing with confidence and poise in my church services. For my own pleasure I am becoming better and better at singing those wonderful Broadway tunes. Thank you for your encouragement, your professionalism, your unique style and your loving patience to work so diligently with me. You are the BEST!
S B. February 13, 2013
Amazing Teacher and Gifted Musician
"I write this testimonial as a supporter of Mr. David Mashburn and his everlasting passion for implementing the love of music into young musicians like myself. I had the pleasure of being a student of Mr. Mashburn when I was in high school, and I can honestly say that experience helped enhance my skills as a pianist, singer and songwriter. His enthusiasm for the many faces of music, and his knowledge on how to properly develop oneâs talent allowed me to grow as an artist. Through my academic matriculation through Morehouse College, Mr. Mashburn inspired a passion for writing and composing that led me to form a songwriting team named, Nemesis, under the direction of Russell Carterâs Artist Management company. I would not have found this passion and skill without the help of Mr. Mashburn, as he was the first one to encourage songwriting by helping me combine my skills as a pianist, singer and lyricist. He has been a teacher, counselor, and a friend to me. I credit my future successes to the humble beginnings as a student of Mr. Mashburn, and I am forever grateful to him. I hope he continues to spread the love of music to musicians everywhere."
I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony
Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.
*** Lesson Details *** I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The current Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** Drums --- Rock, Jazz Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
Eric S. July 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have enjoyed a lot of time with him. It is very great to spend time preparing my auditions . he is very helpful for what I am struggling with.
If possible, I want to give him 100 stars.
Thank you so much!!
Joseph & Irene N. October 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Stephen has been a great teacher , He has been teaching my boys piano for about nine months and he knows how to teach each one of them at their level. The boys started at the same time and they are learning at a great pace. I would recommend Mr. Stephen to anyone looking for a great teacher. He is truly a blessing and my boy always look forward to going for lessons
Pat N. September 4, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Steve D. is an excellent teacher! My daughter is in the band at her middle school, and she started taking lessons a few weeks before school started. She was worried about having to play a part on the bells that she did not know. Steve showed her exactly how to play it, and she was able to play the whole piece before leaving her lesson. She came worried, and she left confident! Steve is very patient, and is able to answer any question you ask him regarding percussion. He is very kind as well, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs lessons.
I have been teaching music to young people since 1987. I began as an elementary music specialist and taught in public schools for thirteen years. After starting my family, I began to teach part time as a Preschool music and movement teacher and private piano instructor. I now have fifteen years experience in this field. In the fall of 2013, I added a group keyboard class to my schedule for young beginners. My experience in the music classroom and the piano studio continues to inform my teaching and approach to working with music students of all ages. Students respond positively to the exci
tement and beauty of making music.
During every piano lesson I aim to help the student play musically and beautifully. We listen to different styles of music and use expressive technique to recreate that style.
My piano studies began in the first-grade. I studied the piano through high school and entered college as a music major with piano as my principal instrument. I chose the flute when middle school band was offered and continued to play through high school and college. My degree course was classroom/choral music which lead me to be a University Singer at Ole Miss during my four years there. It's fair to say that music has contributed greatly to make me the person I am .
I lived in Yokkaichi Japan after graduation from college where I taught conversational English and served as a Christian missionary. When I returned to the Atlanta area, I began my music education career. My music library has grown to include books, cds and music in American Folk music, multi-cultural folk music, classical and jazz music. I've also had the privilege of gaining many hours of professional training in Orff Schulwerk , Kodaly, Choral education and working with young children .
My mission is to bring music to life in my lessons and my students' lives!
*** Lesson Details *** I think my best teaching characteristic is encouragement. When you're learning something new, you need time to get it right. I use Alfred's Premier Performance series because it includes duets for the teacher and student to play together. This is a fun way to play rhythmically and have ensemble sound while getting started. Alfred also introduces multiple styles of music, simple folk songs to more complicated boogie and dance rhythms as well as classical selections. My students prepare music for the winter holidays and a spring recital. I introduce scales for students who are ready by the second and third year and supplement course books with popular and classical pieces.
*** Studio Equipment *** Petrof studio upright piano, drums, CD's, library of supplemental piano music.
*** Specialties *** Traditional method series instruction for young students through adult. I recently added the Musikgarten "Making Music at the Keyboard" curriculum to my method choices. The Musikgarten approach focuses on aural training, leading students to internalize the music they learn before playing it at the keyboard. It emphasizes hearing, singing and playing the rhythmic and melodic patterns before reading them. Like learning to read words, this approach starts with "speaking" the language of music followed by reading and writing it.
Andrew S. November 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Ginger is an awesome piano teacher. My children have adapted well and she is very creative and flexible with their learning style. I look forward to what the future will hold :-)
Ryan T. September 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
She is a great teacher, very recommendable.
Sammy P. August 4, 2015
Ginger Tankersley has been a great teacher for my son Sammy for the last year. she is laid back and positive and I feel that Sam has learned quickly under her tutelage. We are continuing lessons this year. Sam had a successful recital in May and sounded to me that he had been playing more than a year. Couldn't ask for a better teachdr for my boy.
I am an Emory Graduate who majored in Music and minored in Religion. I write my own music, was a vocal performance major, taught my self guitar and taught guitar for 6 years, and taught vocals for 2. I played football in high school in South Florida. I was heavily involved in weight training, nutrition, rehab, and strength & conditioning. I also coached for basketball as a shooting and conditioning coach at a summer program. I still teach guitar and vocals. I also train friends for basketball or just over all fitness. If you have further inquiries please feel free to email me and ask!
Esther November 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Great instructor! Really takes the time to teach you and to explain how to fix your mistakes and really intentional in trying to help you learn and improve! Lessons were very enjoyable too!
Neil November 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Great instructor. Incredibly flexible and willing to help you learn in anyway that suits you and your time
David November 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Paul is such an encouraging teacher. I obviously came into these lessons feeling pretty insecure and awkward, but he really knows how to make you comfortable and encourage you in the process. He's really become a great friend of mine.
I sought out lessons so that I could have a cool skill, and I'm really excited and happy to say that I now do!
You can't go wrong with this guy, he's really a treasure!
The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss.
For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p …
Is it Unethical to Have a Piano With Ivory Keys?
The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss.
For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p
Long-Live the Keytar: 4 Reasons Why This Portable Piano Should Come Back in Style
The piano is an instrument that will never go out of style. The various forms of electronic keyboards, however, have seen waves of popularity, as technology advances and exciting new features are added to new models. While some keyboardists are content to stay horizontal, a handful of musical trailblazers have been known to work their magic on that most interesting hybrid of instruments the keytar. Whether youre new to learning keyboard, or a seasoned expert, the keytar can be a fun instrumen
5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Violin Lessons
Have you always wanted to learn to play a violin? In-home violin lessons are a convenient option for students of all ages. Here, Irvine, CA teacher Tasha S. shares her advice for preparing your playing space for your lessons...
From a teacher's point of view, these are the elements I look for in a student's home to make it suitable for in-home lessons.
1. Private, undisturbed space with decent acoustics.
2. Music stand that is sturdy and height adjustable.
3. Chair without arms
11 Ways to Practice Guitar While You Watch Shark Week
You know the best way to practice guitar is with deep concentration, carefully chosen music, and commitment to reaching your guitar goals. But this Shark Week, I have a confession to make.
Sometimes I love to make a deep dent in the couch, play guitar, and watch TV for hours.
This practice doesn't suit every guitarist, and it drives my family crazy, but I find playing guitar with the TV on incredibly relaxing and I think it's actually helped me become a better player in three distinct ways
What's the Total Cost of Learning to Play the Violin?
Do you want to learn violin, but you're not sure if you can afford it? Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. shares the total cost of learning to play the violin...
Is "learn violin" on your to-do list for this year? Learning to play any instrument is an investment. Some students or parents may not realize, however, exactly how much investment must be made in order to reach their goals.
The cost of learning the violin can be broken down into a few major categories, which include both monetar