Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Maria
"So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Don
"Eric is excellent. Very patient, creative and flexible."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Harvey
"Terri was an extremely positive teacher, and really instilled in me the drive and determination to work hard. She sat with me patiently, and worked throug
h all the obstacles along the way. I highly recommend her."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Lisa
"Super knowledgeable and professional AND interesting AND nice :-) I couldn't have found a more perfect flute teacher than Diane!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Olyvia
"I started working with Jen a little over two months ago, and in those two months I have learned more about the music business than I have in my entire lif
e. Ms. Jen works hard to make sure her students get the most out of every lesson. She is a genuine person with a huge heart and dedication to the music field. In every lesson, Ms. Jen warms us up well by working on breathing techniques. We are always laughing and having a ball, there is never a dull moment with Ms. Jen! I would recommend Jen to anyone interested in taking lessons. She is an inspiration to all of her students, and the best teacher I have ever had!"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Devan Powers
"I love my lessons with Elizabeth! I've taken five so far, and I already feel I've improved a lot. I feel much more confident while singing, and what I've
been taught has really helped to improve my breathing, voice, and understanding of music theory and how voices work. She's always open to questions and will explain anything you might misunderstand or are confused about. From the beginning, I've felt very comfortable with her, and always look forward to our lessons!"
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Julie
"Megan Chartier is a professional cellist, and in combination with this has the rare ability to be a sensitive and thoughtful teacher. In a short time Mega
n took me from a complete beginner to understanding complex concepts covering all aspects of playing the cello. Her basic instruction, as well as insights to guide my understanding of how to hold the bow properly, correct finger position, swinging movements, appropriate weight, etc, took me further than I imagined. Throughout our lessons Megan stay tuned in to my instructional level, while accelerating my understanding of how to move towards excellence. Megan truly exemplifies "beginning with the end in mind." I highly recommend Megan as a Cello instructor."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Latonya
"My 13-year-old daughter always had a passion for music and recently wanted to learn to play the guitar. After purchasing the guitar, I contacted Brian and
scheduled a time to start. Brian is knowledgeable, fun, patient, and yet he challenges her in a positive and productive way. My daughter and I are blessed to have found Brian. Now she's even more passionate about music."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by John
"Taking lessons with Cesar is one of the highlights of my week. He makes learning guitar fun, informative and productive by not only teaching me how to pla
y properly but why. Having an understanding of why I should hold my hand in a certain position or strum/pick a specific way not only makes the lessons more interesting but gives me motivation to perfect the techniques in-between my lessons. Cesar is very encouraging even when I make mistakes and his positive attitude about guitar (and life in general) keeps the lessons interesting and fun.
Cesar always takes time to write down what I learned so I can practice during my free time and he allows me to record him playing to ensure I can match my technique when he's not there to correct me. This is very helpful since it helps me continue improving when I practice on my own.
I would highly encourage anyone looking for lessons to give Cesar a call. Whether you're a beginner, such as myself, or an experienced player I have no doubt that Cesar has the knowledge and skill set to help you grow as a guitar player."
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
Anna A. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Good with children
Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.
An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroqu
e flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Danielle W. August 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I started playing flute when I was 8 and bass when I was 13. In 2002, I moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass performance. I came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where I got a Master's of Music degree and a post-graduate Performance Residency Certificate. Since finishing at Carnegie Mellon in 2011, I have been freelancing in Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia.
*** Lesson Details *** I want to provide a fun, relaxed environment in which you feel appro
priately challenged and comfortable to make mistakes. I don't have a pre-set course of music and exercises that I give to every student. Rather, I prefer to have a variety of music and exercises at hand so that we can find material that addresses the student's learning needs and is enjoyable for that student. I love teaching to all ages and levels, and I understand that each student's learning style and goals are different - the needs of a small child are very different than the needs of a student looking to get into a college music program. I want to ensure that you are happy with your progress, that you learn proper technique, and that you have fun!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stands, an electronic keyboard, mirrors so that students can see and make corrections to their form, a music library, and seating for parents. There's easily available parking on my street.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring my own instrument to demonstrate on. I have an electronic keyboard that I can bring if a music theory student does not have their own piano or keyboard. Students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical music of all eras, from baroque through 21st century compositions.
Justine C. November 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was satisfied with the lesson. I wasn't noticing that Jessica had 2 E-Mails 'till the next day when I checked my PC. She said that she could be at at the bus stop when I got off the bus yesterday. That was alright anyway; I was a little bit early But she said that it was alright. Buses ether are early or late. (some times they don't show-up at all; I call the bus company several years ago & why it happened that way. They told me that they don't have time to look for another person to drive the bus & the guy calls up & he just wouldn't be there that day. Any was I liked the lesson & Jessica lives close to the 71C were I live. It was a short ride from my place were I live. It as a good lesson.
Kai S. April 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Do you love to sing? I offer private voice instruction. In a relaxed, fun environment.
I teach Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method created by Jeanie Lovetri) is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary tools such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. My Education and Licensing includes, BAA of MDS studies West Virginia University, Studies in Master of Classical Performance Wichita State, Artist Diploma
Duquesne University, and Levels I II & 3 In Somatic Voice Work from Shenandoah Conservatory. As of February 2014 I have been certified as a National Association of Teaching Singers " Nats" Vocal Coach. In this way I will in the future offer opportunity in Performance and Masters classes through this organization to to promote confidence, fun in Music, and Personal Growth.
I also recently wrote an article with takelessons about one of my interesting approaches to teaching. Feel free to check it out and comment! :) http://takelessons.com/blog/2013/10/using-colors-to-understand-breathing
*** Lesson Details *** My goals are to give you or your child one thing. The tools to accomplish the goals they stride for in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. So I tailor my teaching environment to the Students needs and desires, personality, and of course way of learning. At the end of the day, it really is all about you. :-)
*** Studio Equipment *** Large studio in house, Upright Piano, Finale 2014. Technical Music Software for theory teaching, Hand bells, Video games pertaining to Music Theory, Interactive teaching toys, and many books. Waiting area in studio for parents with couches, and can also sit in on lessons. Free parking on street.
*** Specialties *** My main goal is to make everyone feel like they are at home. So I have a studio that offers that. We have a 2 story House with a Waiting room and two kitty Cats! Very Unique, Fun but also productive. If you are seeking the big baby grand piano and stern Voice teacher this may not be the place for you or your Child. I believe Music can be a very organic and wonderfully fun process and teach it that way. While instilling excellent work ethics and creating all types of Music and Strong Technique in Healthy Singing.
When I teach children I teach them Music theory using colors. The formula I use is called the "ROYBIV" Approach. While it is a new idea to society as I very recently had it copy righted, I have been using it for three years and it really works. "ROYGBIV" has has helped make music theory more applicable and fun.
Kayla September 29, 2015
Jen is very easy to get along with. Alongside making her teachings fun and easy to understand, she has taught me a lot in the years I've been going to her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking the expand their voice.
Roger B. June 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
Having no acting experience by the end of the first session Jennifer had a framework to move forward. Very pleasant experience in comfortable surroundings.
Recommended - yes ! :)
Lea Anne M. March 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jennifer is a very easy teacher to deal with. Jennifer was a very responsive to my daughters needs for both scheduling and material and made things very easy on us.
Jennifer helps you feel very comfortable while learning and she's not even afraid to try new things or look at something from a different angle. I highly recommend Jennifer!
Susanna has been teaching private lessons for 20 years and is currently available to teach lessons at my studio, your home or online. Susanna Sonnenberg has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin and viola, successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions and ASTA or PMEA events, provides traditional classical training on violin and viola, and share her passion for music.
Susanna Sonnenberg received her training at State University of New York in 1991 where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and from University of Denver in 2000 where she received a Ma
sters in Music. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an expert in her field, Susana Sonnenberg looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna Sonnenberg's teaching style is postive and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable.
Chuck November 19, 2015
Susanna is a highly qualified teacher who goes out of her way to provide excellent instruction for her students. As my high school strings teacher, she upped the quality of the music we played, and took time to help us develop skills individually. I recall that during two semesters when the regular class hours did not fit into my schedule, she sacrificed a portion of her free time to supervise me in an independent study. She also coached several of us to successfully audition for competitive student orchestras. A decade later, I still remember and appreciate her expertise and patience.
virginia November 6, 2015
Susanna loves music and teaching music. She has a special ability to connect with students and inspire them to learn.
Marie R. October 31, 2015
In home Verified Student
Susanna was great with our 10 year old today for her first lesson. Very sweet and personable, but also direct with her teaching and her goals for the student. We are looking forward to our weekly lesson!
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