Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Mike
"My 13 year old granddaughter just finished her 1st year of viola at school in June 2014 and she wanted to take summer lessons to stay sharp. There were a
lot of teachers available within a 10-15 minute drive, but after trying other teachers, we chose Mark (a 30 minute drive ) because, as others have commented, he is extremely patient and teaches by correcting, not criticizing. He simply has a gift for teaching. I have never regretted the extra drive. Once you've had a lesson with him, you won't want to go to anyone else."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Tamara
"Great Singing Coach
Julie has been wonderful to me. She is honest and is full of energy which is contagious. I have always wanted to learn how to sing an
d I am still nervous before each lesson but Julie sets my mind at ease and makes my lessons fun. She has given me the encouragement that I needed to be brave enough to tackle this. I would recommend Julie to anyone who was ready to take the leap and go for it."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Lilly
"Really good lessons! Great teaching technique!"
Howard, OH teacher:
Review by Linda
Justin is a very reliable teacher. My children has been taking singing and piano lessons from him for about 6 months. Both kids improve
d a lot in skills, and they like him very very much!"
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by Linda
"A very skilled teacher
Paul is a very skilled teacher. He has a lot of experience with guitar, and can play amazingly. He is very serious about my guitar
playing, but doesn't put pressure on me. He is great about making sure I practice enough. If I have a problem with the song/tune we are currently working on, he is willing to change. One of my favorite things about Paul is that even though he's serious, he is really funny, and all of our lessons are fun. Another one of my favorite things about our lessons, is that most of the songs I learn, are chosen by me. He lets me have a say in the song choice. I definitely think he is a great teacher, and your son, daughter, etc. would learn a lot."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by SHARON
"It was a little tough for me as I am an amateur. Dwight was very calm, patient and accommodating, which thing I truly appreciate. This is my first time d
oing something like this, so I'm hoping for success in learning the basics!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Aydan
"He is a very good teacher and he takes pride in his teaching"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Kristy
"Megan was great! Easy to work with; and am confident that she will be able to help me improve to the best that I can be!"
Colorado Springs, CO teacher:
Review by Stephanie
"We really enjoy having Michael as a private flute instructor. He is patient, good with teens, extremely talented and knowledgeable. My daughter always lo
oks forward to lessons and has fun learning from Michael. He choses level-appropriate music and is always very encouraging. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for private or group flute lessons."
I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!
l life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write music for TV, Film, Video Games, and other media outlets and I'm having a blast!
I started teaching 7 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue.
All lessons take place in my fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience through technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows us to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique practice experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual.
Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory) the style teaching will be very different. It's all about YOUR goals and needs. I will get you to where you want to go!
Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!
Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.
*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson. *You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to Write Your Own Songs. *You will be given everything you'll need to succeed.
I have several reference books, videos, and charts; plus I can show you smart phone apps and websites that will help you learn and practice! We will learn songs, write songs, and record songs. I provide jam tracks for all my students to play along too and offer to record their own music for the same purpose. We also keep a running journal that we use each week. This allows the student to look back, see improvement and be encouraged to continue!
Within 6 months you can expect to understand how songs are built (including chords and scales), be able to play several, and feel comfortable with trying your own skills as a songwriter or guitar player.
Let's start playing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Comfortable and fully operational Digital Recording home studio & music room w/ recording capabilities, computer, keyboard, amps, books, videos, various guitars and bass, tons of music to listen to and study, FREE Wifi and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!
*** Specialties *** *Instruments: Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Acoustic styles. *Production: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming. *General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.
I personalize all my lessons for the students needs and interests. I use several different reference materials including: The Ultimate First Guitar Book, The Guitar Handbook, Shredding Guitar, Guitar Solo Strategies, and more. All my students learn theory and how to use it in song play and songwriting. I have them write short songs, record them, and finally use those songs to jam out their scales and use theory.
Ray D. October 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle is a music writer and he can help players of all skill levels become better musicians. He'll take what you know and adapt a personalized lesson for you. Just getting to know Kyle, I can tell he is pationate about teaching music. If you are as passionate about learning and becoming more skilled, Kyle can help you achieve your goals.
Izzy September 28, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Very friendly, Got to know my son and what his interests were for playing Bass as well as what he already had learned. Asked the direction of his music and what he liked. Gave him some basic things to start the juices of music flowing. 2nd lesson was amazing because Kyle started applying what he taught my son as well as jamming with drum beats and guitar to give my son a real feel to playing and learning to apply what he was taught.
Josh W. August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the next week.
Learning to play a musical instrument is a skill that has been proven to improve brain activity. It is one of the only activities to engage both sides of the brain. Students who learn a musical instrument show improvement in their ability to pay attention and understand what is being taught in their academic classes. Most students retain this advantage even if they do not continue to play into adulthood.
Music is fun! It also can express your feelings in ways words cannot. I don't just teach you how to play your instrument, I will teach you to have a love for your music, and from that,
you will find that it is a lot of fun! After all, you do "play" your instrument!
In addition to the violin, viola and theory lessons described below, I am also available to coach ensembles. Any combination of string instruments you are working with, I will work with your group to improve your cohesiveness and your musical style.
Belinda Adornetto February 9, 2016
She was very patient with me (a brand new student). She showed me a lot of tips and gave me insight to the violin that I did not know. Definitely worth the lesson
Kylee Z. September 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Kylee really enjoyed her first lesson and is pumped to play this instrument. Barb was super nice and Kylee worked well with her.
John D. January 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Try something new with me whether it's learning the flute or piccolo, training for your first half marathon, learning the do's and don'ts of triathlons, losing some weight, or simply getting in great shape and feeling good about yourself.
Debbie J. January 25, 2016
Online Verified Student
This class was just what I needed to get me back into the swing of regular movement and body balance! It was challenging yet enjoyable.
Mona January 18, 2016
Life Coaching ·
Sarah is easy to talk to. I always feel better when I participate in a life coaching session with her. She is a very genuine and sincere person. I highly recommend her.
Lori January 16, 2016
Online Verified Student
Sarah really listens to you and works with you to help you reach your goals. She's very knowledgable and easy to work with.
Hello! I am a pianist and cellist with many years of teaching experience and a BM in music performance. I am patient and flexible, but also methodical. I am fascinated by the learning process, and I enjoy finding the most effective and enjoyable ways for each student to learn and practice.
I have worked with 4 year olds, up through adults of various ages. As well as being a classical musician, I improvise and teach many styles such as jazz, pop, and rock.
Michael A. December 1, 2015
Online Verified Student
Very pleased. Looking forward to next lesson.
Stacey October 1, 2015
Aaron is a talented instructor. He has worked with our son for more than 2 years teaching him cello and music theory. Aaron has the gift of being an outstanding musician, but also the gift of being able to impart that knowledge to others in a meaningful way, such that even young children and teens learn easily from his instruction. We have recommended Aaron to others and he is equally as good with adults. His manner is professional, he takes pride in the accomplishments of his students and is dedicated to the success of his students.
Loren September 28, 2015
Aaron is a talented, patient, supportive teacher. He brings a passion to his teaching that is most certainly channeled through his love of music. Highly recommend him!
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