Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Scott (14) Alexia(11) Christina(11) & Katya(9)
"Stephanie stepped in at the last minute to help with a wedding music performance. She was amazing and incredibly patient. The pieces came together and t
he wedding was a great success. Stephanie was brilliant working with young, very nervous, children!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Joey
"Taught me techniques to preserve my voice
I'm a rock singer and prone to scream sometimes. As I've gotten older, I've noticed my voice wears out a lot qu
icker than it used to. After taking lessons with Laurelanne, she found I never learned proper technique when singing in this style. She showed me how to make adjustments and I've seen a lot of improvement with how long I can sing in my style."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Jimi
"A Superb and Supportive Teacher!
Peter is by far the best voice teacher I ever had. I have a very multi-faceted personality and very multi-faceted voice.
I was struggling to find my true voice after being told I was everything from a mezzo to a coloratura soprano. Unlike some teachers who heard a certain part of my voice and were determined to place me in a box based only that one part, Peter would always tell me to let my voice do what it wants to do. I have never felt like he ever took offense if I decided something I was working on was not right for me. He has only ever been completely open and supportive if I wanted to try something. He is the first teacher who let me go to my extremes, just to touch upon all the colors of my voice, and then he helps me find balance and settle into my true voice.
My voice is still a work in progress, but he has helped me so much, with his expert knowledge of vocal production and how the body can affect the sound being produced, with his open, "let's try it" energy but also with the right amount of guidance so that I'm not just floating all over the place. He has guided me to quite a few of the best pieces I have ever sung because of his incredible intuition about what would suit my voice. He is well-versed in repertoire and he is a very strong pianist.
He's also been supportive in other ways, suggesting books on auditioning and breathing, and sharing articles about the voice and about physical health as well (the winter can be hard on a voice!). He's by far just the best teacher I have ever had, and worth every single penny! There aren't enough words to show how much I consider Peter to be an all-around amazing teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by Alan
"James is an excellent instructor! As a beginner student, he worked with me to pin down my goals and tailored the lessons to fit me personally. He's great
at many different instruments beyond piano, and this expertise allows him to explain music beyond just the notes on the page. He really helped me enjoy the lessons and feel like I've made great progress despite being a novice."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Marianne
"Francisca is a wonderful teacher. She knows how to motivate you and make you feel good about your performance to help you grow. She is helping me get over
my mental block in order to reach my full potential. Her methods are easy and efficient. I only had a few lessons with her, but I feel that I improved so much. Definitely recommend her class."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Jim is not only creative in his own work, but also incredibly inspiring. As a young composer who worked with him for almost two years, I can personally sa
y Jim is as great a teacher as he is a composer. He can work with any type of music and is always energetic in his approach to teaching. He also integrates theory into his lessons and works to help you grow both as a composer and musician. My compositions developed and grew in my time with Jim as I'm sure anyone else's will as well. I would absolutely recommend Jim as a teacher and mentor."
Hey there! I'm excited you dropped by my profile. I'm even more excited that you are thinking about taking music lessons or are planning on giving the gift of music lessons to a loved one. A little bit about me so you can understand how my teaching benefits my students: I went to DePaul University in Chicago,IL and studied Music (voice) and Religious Studies. I have been teaching guitar, voice, banjo, drum and piano lessons professionally for three years, however, I've been teaching on and off again for over ten. Through that time I've taught diverse groups of people, all with different skil
l levels. No matter where you are on your musical journey or who you are, I can help get you where you want to go!I also have extensive experience as a professionally touring musician. I currently front and manage my band The Northern Skies. If you are looking to start playing with a band, professionally or otherwise, I can help you on that path. Remember: it doesn't matter what skill level you are now! I can help you get there!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that every lesson should be fun and comfortable! Depending on the students age and skill level, I pick out books that work for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece that they want to work on. Maybe we can learn that new radio hit or the oldie but a goodie that you've been wanting to learn for years! However, learning from books or internet videos alone do not offer the kind of one on one attention students need while learning an instrument. I have the experience needed and a unique curriculum that is based off of understanding the student's musical goals. For beginners, I teach basic techniques and chords through easy songs to get the student playing as soon as possible.Learning music has to be fun! I am a very laid back and believe that learning music involves good communication, having an open mind, and the desire to have fun and LEARN! So I can be very laid back while interacting with students and their families. However, learning to play an instrument takes a lifetime of practice. Even the pros practice every day! Therefore, practice is a vital part of taking lessons and something I take very seriously. I hope you will choose me as your music teacher!
*** Studio Equipment *** The teacher's home studio lessons are taught in a downstairs home office/music room. The home includes electric guitars, bass, amps, acoustic guitars, classical acoustic guitar, drum set, electric piano and books. Seating is available. Wireless internet is available.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide the programming. I expect students to provide their own instrument and to buy the required materials (e.g. book if applicable)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching students guitar, voice, and banjo. However, I am able to teach a wide range of instruments because of my education and experience as a professional musician.
LaDonna H. May 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Eric was an incredibly patient instructor, and really took the time to put detail and thought into his lessons. He has always been very friendly, too. I highly recommend him!
Don H. April 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Eric has been an awesome instructor. Very patient with me, an old guy who doesn't get to practice as much as he should be. Eric goes out of his way to find new and interesting things to try. A very good instructor and I recommend him to everyone.
Chris R. February 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Eric is a great teacher. He is clearly passionate about music. He has been so patient with me and spends as much time as we need when I struggle with some aspect.
I am an up-and-coming classically trained singer living in Grand Rapids, MI with a passion for teaching. My goal is to help my students become good musicians while sharing the joy and love of music with them. I have a Bachelor of Music from Grand Valley State University in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in Voice Performance. From humble beginnings, I have maintained a busy studio since 2011. Since then, I have helped dozens of students excel and grow as singers several of whom have gone on to study music in college.
I hold membership in
the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Sigma Alpha Iota and have applied for membership to Michigan School Vocal Music Association. Through these organizations, my students have the opportunity to perform and be adjudicated by other music professionals, they also have the opportunity to compete for scholarships.
**** Due to time constraints and construction traffic in Grand Rapids, I am no longer able to offer lessons from your home ****
~What can you expect in our lessons?~
I strive to help my students become independent musicians as well as more confident singers. We work diligently to create healthy, well supported sounds. Whether we are working on classical music or pop music, it is all rooted in the same techniques. I emphasize proper breathing, support, posture, resonance, clarity, pure tone, power without pushing, and building vocal range.
Before every lesson I like to touch base with my students to make sure the concepts we discussed previously are understood. I also like to keep tabs on each students individual goals and how their progress aligns with their goals. By taking a few brief moments before every lesson to discuss these things, I am able to tailor each lesson to the students needs.
We will always start by warming up. I use exercises designed to target the specific areas I've outlined above. From there, we will work on building technical skills based on the students need and skills.
***We will not work on songs until the student is comfortable reading basic solfege melodies.***
We will work extensively on the use of solfege until the student is comfortable reading music. This can take a month or more depending the students abilities and practice habits.
After the student is comfortable with solfege and reading music, we will find repertoire that will provide appropriate challenges and opportunities for both growth and success. I always welcome input from students for styles they would like to sing.
I especially love working with beginning students helping them build their technique, learn about music, and find their voice. Some of my most successful students have had no experience singing before taking voice lessons.
~What styles will we work on?~
My training has been centered in classical music but I also am an avid lover of Jazz, Musical Theater, and Singer/Song Writer, Folk, and Pop music.
~Lessons in my studio~
I have an electric keyboard, computer with printer, and a sitting area for parents to observe while their children are working and learning. My studio is also pet-free.
Amanda July 13, 2015
With help from Elizabeth, my voice improved dramatically in a few weeks. She was encouraging and helpful during lessons, explaining clearly things I could do differently. Additionally, I felt very comfortable in front of her instead of nervous and shy.
She really is an excellent teacher.
Sue W. April 19, 2015
I have learned a lot and have had a lot of fun studying with Elizabeth. She is kind, knowledgable and helpful. I really wanted to work on reading music because it had been a long time since I've sung. She was very patient with me! She always makes our lessons fun but challenges me to always do my best. After working with her for a few months I felt more confident and tried out for a solo with my choir, which I got! I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone who wants to work on reading music and learning how to sing better. She's the best.
Beckie H. December 14, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Elizabeth for the last 6 months and I couldn't be happier. Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about singing and teaching. Elizabeth designs classes around my strengths and weakness in order to help me to become the best singer I can be. Although she critiques the things I do incorrectly, she also praises me for what I do correctly. When she critiques my singing, she pairs it with singing exercises and warm ups to correct what I'm doing wrong. My singing has improved so much and I have become so confident in my singing that members of my church choir have complimented me. Also, I am buying several lessons with Elizabeth for my mom as a Christmas present. I have learned so much from Elizabeth and I look forward to continuing my classes. Thank you, Elizabeth for being an amazing teacher!
I love singing! I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and I've been creating songs and playing guitar since shortly after that. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for two and a half years.
After graduating, I worked for two years at Baker College in Owosso, MI as a tutor for English and Math in the school library and eventually started teaching a basic English class. During these years I developed a passion for teaching. I love helping students discover skills they never thought they had,
and helping them develop those skills so they can become even better. Whether I'm teaching Singing, Performance, Songwriting, I strive to find ways to help each student achieve their goals.
Let's set big goals and achieve big dreams together!
*** Lesson Details *** Singing- *sing warm ups at the beginning of every lesson *choose songs that are at your level of singing, this means that if you choose a song I don't think you're ready to sing, we'll choose a different song until you're ready. *set goals for performance.
Songwriting- *break through writer's block *explore your creativity *journal every week
Guitar- *Learn your favorite songs! *Learn scales, chords, and basic music theory
*** Studio Equipment *** Office Space Piano Guitar Internet
*** Specialties *** Singing Writing Guitar
Sandra W. June 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I am 62. About 2 years ago I started singing karaoke when we go out with our friends on Saturday nights. My voice needs a lot of help, so I am very limited to what I can sing, and what I do sing is just okay.
Kelsey is patient, and as part of my lesson, i was to list songs as part of my goal. She picked out a couple of them for me to work on to improve my overall singing. Each week she would pick out areas of the song and tell me what I need to do to umprove on it. I have quite a ways to go, lots of bad habits to correct, but I have been able to apply what I have learned so far to songs that I have already been doing and to other songs that I wouldnt have considered before I started 3 1/2 months ago.
Kelsey is a great teacher, and I really look forward to my lessons.
Alexandra M. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kelsey was terrific with my 9 year old granddaughter! I'm very excited to see how she helps her!
Shelby H. February 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Coming in as never having any singing background, Kelsey has taught me that I can actually sing and that I can sing a lot higher than I ever thought I could. YAY!!! I'm a visual learner, and Kelsey uses a lot of visual techniques with teaching me how to sing. That, in return, has helped me to catch on a lot quicker.
I have over 30 years of experience with the guitar and would be happy to share my knowledge with you.
Lessons are given in my home studio in a relaxed and casual setting. I instruct basic music theory, guitar playing techniques, and how to properly practice.
I also go into guitar setup and maintenance, how to properly care for and get the most out of your instrument. A guitarist should know his guitar....intimately! I will teach you how to properly tune, intonate and service your instrument.
Additionally, I like to touch on the intangibles of being a musician and to help any student e
ventually have the confidence to perform well at a live venue. Playing for an audience is a big part of why many of us picked up the guitar in the first place....we want to perform! I can help you with that too.
*** Lesson Details *** I design a lesson plan for each individual student based on their current skill level and what their immediate musical goals are. Usually meeting once a week, the lesson starts with a warm-up and a brief review of the previous lesson before continuing on with further instruction. Sometimes the lesson will go slightly beyond 30 minutes and I do not charge extra for that. I like to take the time to be sure that my teaching is fully understood and that you're not leaving confused and unable to practice the lesson on your own.
*** Studio Equipment *** Fairly well equipped instructional studio.
Mark B. April 18, 2014
My guitar teacher
I've only been playing the guitar for a year or so, but I didn't really make much progress until I started lessons with Mark. Having a good teacher like Mark has helped me stay motivated and inspired to get better on the guitar. With his help, I've progressed faster than I thought possible. Regardless of who you choose, find yourself a good teacher and you'll be glad you did...I am!
Val has been teaching Piano and Kindermusik for over 10 years. She began teaching private piano lessons while living in Hazelwood, MO and after moving to North Liberty, IA in 2008, she opened MusicEveryday and quickly grew from 2 to 23 students per week. In 2011, she joined Marek Szmyrgala as a piano teacher at Music4Life in North Liberty and added another 13 students to her weekly teaching schedule. All of her students had a variety of interests in music from classical, to jazz, to pop and even wrote their own music. Val prepared her students for 2 recitals every year and several students
participated in the Music Development Program, all earning First Class Honors. The foundation of my teaching philosophy is the awareness of how different every person is in the way that they learn. My first goal when I meet a new student is getting to know them before choosing materials. It is the student’s learning style that should determine the method and materials that I assign.
Heidi H. June 12, 2015
My kids agree that Miss Val was our favorite piano teacher. Four of them took piano lessons from her for a few years recently.
Miss Val uses fun and creative strategies to engage the littlest students. She manages to stay calm and kind but firm when needed.
Miss Val caters to each student's style and interests. She often brings in extra music and fun, supplemental learning material.
Miss Val helps students establish good habits and provides motivation to practice regularly. I am positive she will be your favorite teacher, too!
Titus B. May 10, 2015
My son Noel started learning Piano from Val. Because of Val's teaching he is able to learn Piano very quickly, even though we don't have any music background. Val is a wonderful teacher, we would highly recommend Val.
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