Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Malini
"Priscilla is a GREAT teacher for kids! I loved how Priscilla was very organized and had lesson plans set up for my daughter. Priscilla was nothing but fri
endly whenever she was around and it has been great having my child learn from her!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Robert
"Craig's Patience and Knowledge
Craig is very knowledgeable and patient. I am an older student (64) who started lessons at age 4 and then my playing becam
e sporadic, sometimes not playing for weeks at a time. Craig has been focusing on open chords and using the Jazz repertoire to put concepts into practice. I tend to be a little hard on myself and Craig has helped me with that, too. His suggestion of working on songs two measures at at time has been very helpful"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Keith
"Soraya was very patient with my daughters though they didn't practice enough, still she encouraged them and tried adapting her approach to enliven their i
nterest. She's not a clock watcher either and usually went over time to be sure they had a handle on that days lesson."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Barbara
"I love that the 5-star rating description is "Best instructor ever" because I often tell people that my son's guitar teacher is the best music instructor
we have ever had. I have 5 kids, and they have played piano in the past. This year my oldest is taking guitar for the first time. The thing that I love most about KJ is that he doesn't just teach my son how to play the notes -- he teaches him how to play music. There is a big difference between those two, and KJ is helping my son to see the music beyond the notes. KJ does a great job teaching notes, theory, and technique, but he teaches so much more that that as well. I can't say enough good things about KJ."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Hannah
"Michael instructs my 13 year old daughter. Lessons are very well structured, organized, and productive. He provides homework for her to work on between
lessons. He does a great job pushing her further, but being encouraging as well. Very pleased with Michael and his instruction!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Lauren
"Best Guitar Teacher Around!!!
This guy makes learning guitar not such a daunting task. I have always wanted to learn guitar- and thought I was too old to
start now- But after working with Ryan- I am confident that my skills will only grow and that some day I will be as good as he is :) His lessons are geared towards your specific needs- he creates a curriculum that is attainable. I really appreciate the personal approach he takes with his students and I look forward to continuing working with him. Great Teacher!!!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jena
"Drew was an awesome guitar instructor! He always stayed on task. Lessons were focused on what I wanted to learn. We always started on time. And any tim
e I needed to reschedule he was flexible. I would recommend lessons with Drew to anyone beginner or advanced!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Yoko
"Carmen is a dedicated, hardworking professional. She is super passionate about making and teaching music. She is a great role model for my daughter, who h
as been taking lesson from Carmen for about 4 years now. Carmen's style of teaching is very student-centered. She listens to my daughter patiently and they select together what songs to work on. My daughter is a drummer for a high school rock band, and it's a pleasure to see her perform, showcasing what she has been learning from Carmen. We also enjoy Carmen's upbeat, laid back personality. We highly recommend Carmen!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Samantha
"Megan is a stellar singer with meticulous attention to technique and artistry. I had the pleasure to work with her this summer, and can attest to her repu
tation of being a patient coach and fantastic colleague. She personally helped me improve technical issues in just our first coaching. Anyone taking lessons with her or working closely with Megan are in the company of a first class singer, technician, and humble person."
A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.
Having toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and self produced 10 CDs, I have 3 EMMY AWARDS for soundtrack music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.
Playing acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guita
r, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums, I majored in Flute and Voice at University of Florida School of Music and have spent my life immersed in and obsessed by the world of music.
I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music, and have toured as a solo act, duo - CecilyJane (5 years), and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ (8 years.)
I teach lessons and classes full time, and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and community service. My students often accompany me!
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons start with learning the names of notes, how to read music, a bit of music theory (time signature, sharps and flats) and how this translates to the instrument the child chooses. All instruments are taught by fingering first and then musical notes second. It is easier for the child this way, and he/she can be playing a song with both hands by the end of first lesson.
As the child learns the beginning steps of reading and implementing music, I encourage them to tell me what songs they like, and then try to find an easy one to start with.
So that while we are learning "real music" we are also having fun with a piece that your child enjoys and has "CHOSEN".
This way they have some discipline AND some fun!
As pieces are mastered, the same pieces can be redone on different, more difficult levels, so that pieces are always growing and improving.
Eventually the student can read music competently on the instrument, as well as hear and play by ear.
At higher levels I teach the ability to improvise and read music and chord charts in order to play professionally with other musicians. I also encourage students to get with other students and friends to have music "sessions." They can bring their musical friends to lesson to help learn songs for TALENT SHOWS or CHURCH or what ever their immediate needs or desires are. I can also record "Karaoke" tracks for songs they write or want to sing for talent shows/ auditions.
All lessons are custom designed for the student's abilities, tastes and goals. ALL LESSONS ARE DESIGNED TO BE FUN, and ENJOYED BY THE STUDENT as well as the instructor. I want both of us to have a great time in lesson and learn while we do.
Once a student becomes proficient at reading and playing the instrument, they are invited to be a part of the HUMMINGBIRD BAND which does regular performances at local retirement homes and other local events and festivals. Bi Annual student recitals are also held at a local retirement home with a grand piano and Recital room.
*** Studio Equipment *** STORY AND CLARK PIANO Guild, Yamaha, Alvarez brands Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars. Crate Acoustic Amp and Roland Cube Electric Guitar Amp. Line 6 guitar amp. 2 Ibanez Electric Bass Guitars, Gallien Kruger 100w bass amp, Line 6 bass amp Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier. Roland D-50 Synthesizer Keyboard Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard Peavey KB 60 Keyboard amp Peavey KB 2 Keyboard amp Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard Djembe hand drum, tambourine, shakers, Alesis Drum Machine. Yamaha Stage Custom 5 piece drum set. Yamaha DP series 5 piece drum set. Full Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems, 2 iBooks, Macbook and MacBook Pro, and Motu Recording Studio w/Mark of the Unicorn: Audio Desk software. Presonus Recording Studio interface, software and hardware. Garage Band and Audio box USB interface Zoom H2 Portable Digital Recording device. Behringer Headphone amp with five sets of headphones. Shure, Audio Technica and Audix Performance Microphones, ADK vocal and studio condenser microphones. Flute, Clarinet, All sizes of Recorders Violin Autoharp Harmonica Nose Flute Onkyo 100w Professional Stereo Amplifier with Magnovox and Technics Surround Sound speaker. iPod 4, iPod 5, iPhone 5 (teaching app devices)
*** Travel Equipment *** The Student is expected to bring a three ring binder to lessons, to hold all lesson materials, as well as any other required Instruction Books. Sheets will be provided with sheet protectors for your binder. String instrument and woodwind students are required to bring own instruments. All Amps provided Drum and Piano students are not required to bring any instruments or sticks to lesson, only binders.
JOHN THOMPSON MODERN COURSE FOR PIANO: First grade book $7 JR HANON for the Piano: Complete book 1 and excerpts from Book 2&3 $9 Hal Leonard Guitar Method COMPLETE EDITION (Books 1, 2 and 3) in one volume $15 Hal Leonard Bass Method $10
Please have new strings on guitars before the first lesson. Or bring $5 for replacement steel strings. Classical and electric to be done by music store in advance.
Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories, and a hungry student cannot focus.
FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Hepa Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio and home.
This is a SHOES OFF studio, please and thanks!
*** Specialties *** FUN SONGS! Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country! Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!
Sydney P. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
With one kid on drums and the other on the piano and Mom and Dad joining in, our family looks forward to playing music together. Jane was great for the first time lesson jitters and had her on drums to find the beat too!
Ayden P. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jane was awesome! She had the entire family playing music together and now my son AND husband are playing drums together. Looking forward to playing as a family and finding joy and bonding in music.
Wanda R. September 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jane is a caring person who wants to share her love of music with others. She goes above and beyond any expectations anyone could have of a music teacher. When my son and I needed help knowing what kind of guitar and piano to buy, Jane met us at Music World to help fit the guitar and find a piano that would best fit our needs. She did this free of charge out of the kindness of her heart.
Jane doesn’t teach music for the money. She teaches it because she loves sharing the love of music with her students. One thing I love about Jane is she follows my son’s interest. We originally signed up for guitar lessons; but my son couldn’t help but fall in love with her drums in her studio. We now have a drum set, an electric piano, electric guitar, ukulele, and a guitar all set up in his room. He goes through phases of what he wants to play. He enjoys all the instruments and I love that Jane knows how to teach all the instruments.
When his friends come over they have a blast. I thought the drums would be the death of me, but I love listening to him play. When I hear those loud drums I know he is having the time of his life. He isn’t sitting in his room staring at a screen playing video games. He’s making music and he’s using his brain.
Jane is so good at making changes and engaging my son. She is patient and observant. She reads kids like she reads music. She knows when she needs to change things up to keep my son interested. She’s an amazing teacher and I feel so blessed to have her in our lives.
She gives my son confidence and builds him up and shows him how talented he truly is. It brings tears to my eyes to hear him play, tears of joy and happiness. We couldn’t have found a better teacher.
Don brings over 36 years of teaching experience in Piano, Voice, and Guitar. His relaxed and humorous approach to music encourages students to embrace a love for the musical art.
With 2 American Idol finalists to his credit, along with numerous students who have gone on to professional careers in theater, television, and film. He also has 16 years experience as Musical Director for over 45 theatrical productions in Southern California, Oregon, and Washington.
He has received an award in Southern California for Outstanding Musical Direction in a theatrical production of "The King and I.
" He is currently the vocal coach for Magenta Theater and Musical Director for Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, both in Vancouver, WA.
He has traveled the US with The Continental Singers, an international singing group, been a choral director in churches and various performing groups. He has worked as a recording studio engineer, live sound engineer, and theater sound designer.
Don strives to bring out the best in each student. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, Don will expand your musical horizon and styles to new levels.
*** Lesson Details *** All that I request from a student is a desire to learn. I will work with you at your pace to achieve the musical goals you have. Each student begins at a different level.
The first lesson will focus on your musical background. If you are a beginner, that's no problem. I specialize in working with beginning students to teach them all the joy and satisfaction there is in mastering an instrument.
I love to laugh and the lessons are very laid back and fun, but I desire that a student move forward and learn new techniques.
You will be playing simple songs after your first lesson. I'm asked many times by students "how long will it take until I'm good." My answer is: that is in direct proportion to the amount of time you dedicate to practicing. After a month or two, you will know how to read music and have a basic understanding of music theory.
I use various curriculum depending on the student's need. For piano, I generally use Alfred Methods. For guitar, Hal Leonard or Mel Bay. For voice, the curriculum is individually tailored to the students level and goals.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in theatrical performance for actors/vocalists.
Gerald V. October 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
At 60,, I was unsure what to expect,, Don has been so patient, and going at speed I can handle, I am only an advanced beginner,, so it sinks in slowly.... and Don is directing me the way I need to go,, it's only been 3 lessons,, but can tell I will stick with him for awhile,, only complaint,, is the tiny room we are in,, banging guitars together sometimes,, lol,, Great Teacher...
Jeff T. May 3, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Expanded my range and strengthened my voice.
Don has a lot of experience, worked well around my schedule, and is very professional.
From day one he gave me exercises and study material to take home. Due to his experience he could pinpoint my weak points and give me something to work on for next week. If I couldn't make it on my lesson day Don was very open and helpful with rescheduling.
Don is friendly, punctual, and can I say experienced one more time :) I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to expand there music knowledge.
I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's record
ing pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Violin All required music
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.
Lisa O. November 14, 2013
Viola Verified Student
JACK IS TERRIFIC!
I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success! Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring.
Sharri L. October 31, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Deserves 6 stars
If I looked for a million years I could not have found a better instructor than Jack. He is a peach. I am an older student with Osteoarthritis and I'm hoping that violin will both help avoid Altzheimer's and exercise and stretch the fingers. Jack is sympathetic to my needs and is helping in any way possible. I always look forward to Jack and his sunny personality and expertise. I'm sure that I have reached the epitome of "difficult students", but Jack is always patient and pleasant. He is a true professional in every sense.
TD L. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Jack is a great teacher! He teaches well and professionally. He picked out the right text books for the lesson which I think very importance. My girls piano skills improve significantly. He also makes it fun to learn so the girls love it. Highly recommend him to everyone.
Laima M. studied at the J. Gruodis Conservatory. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Instruction at the Lithuanian National Academy of music in Kaunas and her Master Degree in pedagogy from the Academy of Lithuania. After 10 years of teaching music in Europe, she moved to US and has been teaching in Berkeley CA since 2005. She is a member of the Music Teachers Associations of Oregon and California
*** Studio Equipment *** Nice living room. Piano. Bench. Little music center. CDs. Bookcases. Couch for parents to sit on. A lot of street parking. Residential area.
*** Travel Equipm
ent *** I'll provide sheet music. Student must have a piano or keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Russian school method.
Marianna September 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
I really like my teacher. She is great. I wish I lived closer!!!
Anna Brackney- Cruz September 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
Laima is a wonderful piano instructor, I love her knowledge and patience with my Daughter and to see how easy to understand her instructions and follow up plans.
Be sure to be serious and work hard. Music is a discipline!
If you want to learn be ready.
Zan G. July 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Laima is an awesome piano teacher! First and most importantly, she's FUN! She is a great teacher because she's friendly and nice and she gives choices as to which songs the girls want to do. She is very patient even when the piece has to be repeated many, many times. She offers many different learning techniques that help the girls understand and she does it with a smile on her face! I will continue to bring my 2 girls (ages 10 and 13) for as long as possible! You rock Laima!!!!
Committed to teaching all levels, Alane's teaching philosophy encourages students to always ask questions and never be afraid to make mistakes. Her teaching technique fosters formulating one's own opinion, creativity, and individualism. Alane highly values building a strong foundation with ear training, tuning, music theory, rhythm, and the ability to read music. Most of all, Alane believes that music should be fun!
Alane loves to see her students succeed, and has helped students to audition for school ensembles, solo contests, and university admissions.
Alane is currently available to
teach lessons at your home or school, or in her home studio.
Alane is a classically trained musician living in Portland, OR. She has studied clarinet since the age of ten, and has taught privately for over ten years. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance.
Dan S. November 17, 2014
Alane worked with me when no one else would. I am missing part of my finger, so that creates an extra challenge when playing the clarinet. Alane helped me develop a technique that would work for me and my abilities. I was able to meet my goals and play all the parts in songs that I wasn't able to before.
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