Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Cat
"First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Debbie
"Thank you so much!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Susie
"My Daughter started taking lessons with Sheri in the Spring and is LOVING the drums! Sheri is SO enthusiastic and has a real connections with kids. She ha
s sparked a passion in my daughter and I think she is Fantastic!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by yujuin
"Tara is a wonderful instructor. Her method of showing me how to sing has been more like helping me stand out. She also is good in making sure that you don
't take things too fast as far as breathing exercises come, and how you sing. Music and singing are there to regurjitate your voice as well as your how your mind, your heart and who you are. Take it as an exercise, or better yet, something that will help you become something better in life."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by christy
Will has been amazing with my 12yr old , sooo patient! Cant be easy to teach a 12yr old girl but she is doing great and looks forward to each l
esson. He commands a get to work attitude and structure to keep her on track and focused through out the lesson. I would highly highly recommend Will."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Cheryl
"My daughter has been too self-conscious to sing in front of anyone but me, despite the fact that she has a very pretty voice. After just a few lessons wit
h Corrine, she is so much more confident. I like that Corrine took time to get to know her and find out what my daughter liked doing, what music she liked, etc. I think Corrine is a fabulous music teacher!!"
Charleston, SC teacher:
Review by Remy
"Very good teacher and listener
Sebastian is a wonderful teacher. Patient and dedicated to his students, he always comes up with appropriate exercises dep
ending on his student's levels or expectations. I highly recommend Sebastian as a teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Nancy
"Marilyn is so patient. My daughter looks forward to going every week and wants to practice so she can learn more. Marilyn has a lovely home and makes it
a relaxing experience for mom! Awesome."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Chaz
"Mark is a fantastic teacher. His lesson's run from deeply technical to deeply spiritual. Thanks to him my eyes have been opened to the grace of Pro Tools
and I feel confident with my new found skills to step out into the post production world.
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.
*** 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 and Roland Guitar Amplifiers. Ibanez Electric Bass Guitar and Gallien Kruger amp. Ensoniq Digital Synthesizers (SQ-2), and Peavey Keyboard Amplifier. Roland D-50 Synthesizer Keyboard Yamaha PSS 480 keyboard Casio SK-1 sampling Keyboard Full 6 piece Yamaha Pro Studio Drum kit w/ Paiste/Zildjian Cymbals Djembe hand drum, tambourine, shakers, Alesis Drum Machine. 4 pc Tama Swingstar Drumset w/ Zildjian Cymbals Yamaha and Crate Sound Reinforcement PA Systems, 2 MacBooks and 1 MacBook Pro, iBook 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, and 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.
*** 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.
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.
Please make sure your child has eaten before lessons, as we burn lots of calories!
FYI for allergic people: Cats in household. Studio Cleaned (vacuumed, dusted, aired out) daily. Air purifiers/Ionizer in studio.
*** Specialties *** FUN SONGS! Jazz standards, Folk, Rock, Reggae, Bluegrass and Country! Ska, Blues, New Age/Ambient, and Best of All ~ Compose Your Own!
Patti K. August 26, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I enjoy Jane's excitement and energy, and I think we'll have a lot of fun.
Shellie August 3, 2015
Jane was my room mate for about 2 years and I observed her dedication to teaching music to her students. Seeing them succeed and be able to perform was always a treat as I went to her and her students rehearsals and performances. Seeing her students succeed in all aspects of their lives is a top priority for Jane.
Barry July 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Ms Jane has been a fantastic teacher of music to our two children, 12 & 13yrs. She has taught mainly guitar and piano and at times drums and bass to them both. She is a strong determined teacher who wants to see her students gain a clear understanding of musical instruments and learn how to play skillfully the instrument of choice. Thanks Ms Jane your work with our kids has been greatly appreciated.
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.
Born in Downey, California in 1965, James began playing the guitar at age eleven. At the age of fifteen he auditioned and ultimately studied with Celin Romero. Shortly thereafter, he performed in several master classes for Pepe Romero, George Sakelariou, Bartolomeo Diaz, Benjamin Verdery and John Duarte. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Mansfield University under Pablo Cohen, where he also studied voice and viola as well as receiving the SAI/Schmits award for best performance in 1996. Later, he earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University, Oregon, und
er composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson.
James is an active guitar instructor and has taught at the Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego, California, the Beacock’s Music Education Center, Vancouver, Washington, the Urban Music Center, Portland, Oregon, and presently teaches at both Clark College Vancouver, Washington and at Concordia in Portland, Oregon. James has created two instructional DVD’s, one on Classical Guitarist Jeffrey Ashton’s new guitar method and the other on his own beginning method, “Basic Guitar Method 1 Tid Bits.”
As a soloist and ensemble performer, James has performed in concert series, music festivals, and concertos with local orchestras throughout the United States, (Green Valley Recreation Center, Arizona; Portland State University ThinkMusic ThinkLincoln Series, Oregon; Broderick Gallery, Oregon; Arts Equity Theatre, Washington; Portland Classic Guitar, Oregon; The Northwest Conference, Washington; Narberth String Summer Camp, Pennsylvania; Oregon Chamber Players, Oregon; Hilton Hotel, New York City), and with members of the Vancouver Symphony, performing works by Vivaldi, and Savas Zannas.
Teaming up with award winning teacher and performer, Soprano April Duvic, they have performed works of DeFalla, Schubert, Villa Lobos, Dowland and Seiber. “An Evening with the Portland Guitar Duo,” is a live CD and DVD recording with guitarist Foti Lycouridis. This recording features works by Monpou, Defalla, Gimenez, Chopin, Tedesco, Santorsola, Granados, and Albeniz.
James’s repertoire ranges from Baroque music, such as Bach’s Cello Suites, to contemporary composers, such as Bryan Johanson and joins Foti Lycouridis in a duet, Spanish dance No.2: by Enrique Granados. The Portland Guitar Society reviewed his debut recording entitled “A James M. Concert” as a “reflective and immediately appealing performance.”
*** Lesson Details *** ( To enhance self-worth and ones creativity) I use my own self-authored book, ' Basic Guitar Method & Tid Bits and Jeffery Ashton's., New Basic Guitar Method. As a teacher my class will cover technique, chord progression, note reading, and understanding of basic music skills. I will help you to learn to confidently play the guitar.
. To develop basic music skills . To develop technical growth . To learn the art of self- discipline . To learn the art of performing . To provide the feeling of accomplishment
*** Specialties *** I have studied classical and jazz in college and written my own method book for beginning basic guitar. I have used jazz guitar work shop series and "Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats" by Andrew York for theory. I'm a performer that is always reinventing myself to achieve better understanding on being a performer and knowing my audience. I enjoy writing songs instrumental or with lyrics and have learned the most important is form, and balance.
james M. January 25, 2014
He has illuminated my understanding for the guitar
James has been my guitar teacher for four years and has illuminated my understanding for the guitar and classical music. His love of the guitar and music is expressed in his generosity in sharing and teaching. He has a gift of patience that conveys his enjoyment of playing and listening to music, even in it's most beginning expression. One never experiences disapproval from James, the attitude is always toward learning to improve.
james M. January 20, 2014
A positive, professional teacher.
"I signed up for guitar 101 at Clark College. I found James to be a fine teacher, since he expected me, as a student, to reach beyond my abilities and; yes, compose a musical encore. As a private instructor, I find him to be tactful, as he continues to reward me with ever more complex musical sheets. He is always working with me to reach my specific goals. I could take lessons closer to my home; but continue to visit Clark College, because James has the ability to not only play great guitar, but to teach what he plays. The other Martha"
I have been teaching guitar for 8 years. And have been performing guitar, bass, and drums with rock bands for 15 years. I have studied music and guitar performance through years of private lessons with graduates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. I specialize in classic and modern rock, heavy metal, and gospel music. My goal is to provide custom private lessons for my students to help them reach their musical goals, build confidence, and develop creativity.
Charlie July 27, 2015
My playing has improved by leaps and bounds after my lessons with Mat. He is very patient, and regardless of what I want to learn he has a lesson prepared. Highly recommended.
Chad July 4, 2015
Matt is a phenomenal teacher! He is knowledgeable, patient and caters his teaching methods to the individual student. My son and I have been taking lessons from him for a little over a year know and and we could not be happier with Matt. We highly recommend him to our friends and family.
Jodi V. June 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
My son has been taking lesson from Mat for almost 6 months now and he has learned a lot in a very short time. Mat is an AWESOME teacher. Very knowledgeable about guitar and music. He relates well with kids and is very patient and kind. My son really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them each week. Great teacher with great prices for lessons....you can't beat that!!
Hello! My name is Adam and I'm so happy to be a part of this community! I've moved here from the east coast where I was a teacher and co-director for music programs at a K-8 music school for 6 years. Currently, I'm a director for a music program in North Portland. During my almost two decades of teaching around the world, I've come across many students of all ages with various levels. Many have won competitions and have participated in regional bands. I’ve graduated with honors from New England Conservatory of Music with a Masters in flute performance. I’ve studied in Switzerland with Jame
s Galway and in London with William Bennett, and in the USA with Tara O’Connor and Paula Robison. While living in Germany, I studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende in Frankfurt with Thaddeus Watson. With my verse background in performing and music education, I’ve found unique and fun ways to teach students and have them exceed in any of their endeavors.
Khadine August 13, 2015
Cake Decorating ·
Adam was an awesome teacher. He was very patient with me. I love how passionate he is about his skill. I learned a lot from him and would recommend him to anyone. Keep up the great work and much success to you and your future.
Anna August 9, 2015
Adam is a fabulous instructor. My daughter studid with Adam for years. She had learned so much from him. Our family loves Adam and we highly recommend him.
Adrian August 9, 2015
Adam is a gem--an energetic, engaging personality who brings out the same in others. He is a dedicated, skillful pedagogue, having many years of experience with a diverse range of students, in challenging environments. Highly recommended!
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