Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Avery
"Ginni took the time to work with a new student who was very nervous about starting class."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Lauren
"Barbara is fantastic. She is makes learning music fun with grounded basics and fundamental teaching. The environment is welcoming and well suited for mus
ic learning. Barbara has helped Lauren move her music knowledge forward in one session that was very meaningful. Lauren was able to practice her guitar later that evening stress free with joy and confidence. Lauren has been dreaming of taking guitar lessons for a while and this first experience has been s dream come true. Thank you takelessons for helping me to connect Lauren and Barbara."
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Barbara
"I'm returning to piano and lessons after 13 years of none. Jeremy was very patient with me and encouraging. I'm looking forward the taking up my lessons
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Patricia
"An intuitive teacher who tailors lessons to your individual capacity.
Marie-France's gift of communication translates into a learning experience that tra
nscends the typical learning by rote or standard fare lesson plan. She combines her vast technical skill and knowedge with an uncanny ablity to "read" her students learning mode which results in a lot of "ah-ha" moments. I am not a child, I am a 56 year old woman who thought she could never learn music..well in a matter of two lessons I learned chords, octaves, and a couple of songs. I am not trying to land a gig at Carnegie Hall..just trying to enhance my singing experience....but after three lessons I decided to invest in a more sophisticated digital piano and go for it. Music lessons with Marie-France go beyond simply learning how to play piano or sing as wonderful as that can be; because Marie's approach nurtures the whole person her lessons will enhance life in many other spheres. I guess it is obvious that I heartily recommend her as a teacher, especially if you have had teachers who intimidated you in the past, there will be none of that with Marie because she loves to bring out the best in her students."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Harrison
"Josh is great! He kept my child engaged and made him excited about piano and singing. Now he practices piano everyday and asks when is his next lesson. Th
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Jim
"Jon is an AWESOME teacher! I can't believe how fast I am improving since starting lessons about 6 months ago. I got to a page in my book that I got stuck
on with my old teacher. It took Jon 5 minutes to see what I was doing wrong, told me and then I could do it instantly! Jon is a really cool Australian who is always really nice and funny but he also holds me to high standards. I started saxophone two years ago for my middle school big band coz they needed anyone to fill the chair but now I practice everyday or most of them anyway because I like it and want to be good for Jon. Jon is the man!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lilly
"Daniela is a great piano teacher!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Emma
"Caleb is a great teacher. I had already taken mandolin from another teacher and he was very careful to make sure that the basics were in the right place b
efore moving on but it's very clear that he knows what he's doing."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Terry
"Vandi is a very gifted vocalist. She has mastered several styles of vocal music including classical, jazz, theater and pop. Vandi is also a wonderful an
d patient person who gives all she can to help others. She is a great teacher (and was an excellent student as well)."
Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I have been performing and teaching professionally. I have had the pleasure of studying and working with some of the finest musicians. Each day brings new and exciting challenges to be met. I have really enjoyed the journey to this point and am looking forward to more g
reat things in the future.
My lessons are available to anyone who wants to grow musically. They can be as simple or as challenging as you like. I move at your pace and strive for every lesson to be a fun and rewarding learning experience. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs or write a masterpiece of your own, I will help give you the tools to make your musical dreams come true.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music teaching room, amps, stands, effects pedals
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, Country, theory, improvisation, reading, learning songs, ear training, grooving and HAVING FUN.
Kevin July 21, 2015
Andrew has given my daughter the knowledge and the confidence that as a beginning guitar player is giving her much success. He offers a very comfortable atmosphere and is very friendly and has a great personality that makes it even easier for my daughter as a new player. Also he is very accommodating as far as scheduling of the lessons.
Bob B. March 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Andrew is a great teacher! He is really patient and easy going. He makes my daughter feel really comfortable during the lessons which I think is very important for a beginner. I would definitely recommend Andrew to everyone!
Sarah C. August 21, 2014
Andrew naturally has an ear and talent for music, always has. His passion for music started self taught and advanced throughout his professional career. His music range is wide spread stylistically, thus as a teacher he can focus on many different areas with each of his students. His improvisation skills are effortless both on stage and in our jam sessions. Andrew has a way of teaching that makes learning music very approachable. He is patient and well thought out about the process. Always fun to watch on stage and a joy to work with.
My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, and I began my musical journey at age twelve while still back west. I received private instruction on guitar from a professional guitarist who focused on technique and classical playing. About a year later, I began playing guitar and bass in groups that ranged from church ensembles to rock bands, and even spent two years playing in an orchestra. I've instructed nearly 30 students (of varying ages) on both bass and guitar while serving as a music director at two churches and serving as a student music director at Point Lo
ma Nazarene University. I also received a certification through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville. Here, I acquired further skills in live performance, studio work, and songwriting. After moving to Philadelphia to finish my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University, I began playing shows in the area. I also toured with Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I then spent a summer in Nashville, interning under hit songwriter, Kate York. After graduation, I was hired by the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) to be their new lead singer and guitarist. I've been a full time professional musician in the Philadelphia area ever since. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, The Field House, The Tin Angel, and JC Dobbs in Philadelphia; Revel, Showboat, Ballys, and Tropicana in Atlantic city; and Seacrets in Ocean City, Maryland. I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person. I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)
*** Lesson Details *** I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons! Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students. Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!
Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:
-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc). -Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers. -Tuning of the instrument -Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc). -How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic -Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like. -Basic concepts of “keys” -Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”) -Chords (mostly basic open chords) -Strumming -Learning songs to put concepts together For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following: -Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors. -Scales beyond basic majors and minors -Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc). -Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp. -How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).
[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]
SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS: -Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc) -lyric and vocal phrasing -finding your voice as a writer -exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).
LIVE PERFORMANCE: -Breathing/relaxation exercises -Movement/watching footage of self -Watching footage of others -Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body -learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin). -Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking. -Developing your stage persona
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)
*** Specialties *** I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
Darina G. April 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Victoria is well prepared, organized and inspires the student to do well. Encouragement and positive energy is just what a beginner like me needs. Glad I picked this teacher. Thank you!
Karen S. February 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Victoria is an excellent teacher! She is precise in her observations of my playing and the subsequent constructive critique, which has already helped me to tremendously improve the way I play each note as well as difficult chords, such as B minor (difficult for me as a beginner). She is very patient, as well as very smart and extremely personable. She helps me to define my goals at each lesson. I am thrilled to have Victoria as a teacher and I will be signing up for additional lessons with Victoria.
Edward R. December 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have a lot of fun taking lessons with Victoria. She tailors each lesson to meet my interests and skill level. She was able to immediately identify the areas I need the most improvement and I have already progressed in these areas after only a few lessons.
Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Phil
adelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.
C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.
C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.
*** Lesson Details *** Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.
*** Studio Equipment *** Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.
Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.
*** Travel Equipment *** Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.
*** Specialties *** Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.
Mark P. May 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Michael is a great Guitar teacher,And he's a Deadhead!!!
Jamie M. March 9, 2016
In home Verified Student
Michael was an amazing teacher. he worked very well with my 7 year old. He really knows how to connect with kids as well as adults and keeps them interested. He is very talented and knowledgeable about many instruments, always on time and super professional. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Michael he is amazing!
Gianluca M. January 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
Able to teach age appropriately and skill level. Super engaging for our little one!! Professional. Our son is excited for his next lesson!!
William is a professional vocal coach, singer and accompanist living in Philadelphia and offers online vocal instruction. He is a certified K-12 music instructor with experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels of instruction. He is committed to providing quality music instruction to every student.
In addition, he has served on staff for several universities and musical theatre companies as a performer, vocal coach/accompanist, music director, and professor. William's areas of expertise include vocal coaching all styles of singing, accompanying, vocal pedagogy, and singing (v
ocal) health. Special interests are voice/speech rehabilitation, music psychology and music intervention and therapy for both physical and learning disorders.
He offers the following online sessions:
VOICE LESSONS/COACHING- for all levels and styles of singing. Specializes in contemporary (all styles) and musical theatre. He works with professional level clients as well as beginners. He also is very knowledgable on issues pertaining to vocal health and instructs operatic styles of singing to those who wish to focus on classical repertoire.
AUDITION PREPARATION- designed to prepare singers of all levels for an audition and/or performance . Recommend a 45 minute or hour session for those planning a limited amount of lessons.
Nathallie March 6, 2016
Vocal Training ·
I am a beginner vocal student who 3 months ago started in-home studio lessons with Will, and continued with online lessons after I moved to another state. He is excellent at explaining and illustrating vocal concepts and techniques. And even if you are nervous and shy about singing (like I am), he is great at making you feel comfortable. He's also good at thinking on his feet and adaptable, as at times I have had erratic work schedules or had bad vocal strain after starting a new job. Thanks for all your support and optimism, Will! Hope your business continues to flourish.
Johnna March 1, 2016
Vocal Training ·
We are so fortunate our son is studying voice with William. He is professional while being kind and supportive offering astute instruction. He listens to the music genres our son prefers and chooses songs he enjoys learning. Also, he selects pieces that introduces our son to a broader and challenging perspective of the music industry. He is knowledgeable of the technology needed to make online learning easy and affordable. William is an exceptional teacher and a person of highest integrity.
I believe in taking a holistic approach to teaching piano, incorporating music theory, ear training, healthy physical technique, improvisation and sight reading. I have over ten years experience teaching students of all ages, and I enjoy working with each student individually to build on their strengths and help them develop in the areas they find more challenging.
An EMMY-nominated film composer, I also teach songwriting for students interested in composition. Lessons are tailored to each student, incorporating a diverse mix of classical and contemporary repertoire and a practice plan that
addresses each student's needs and musical goals.
Drawing upon my extensive background as a performer in music and theater, I encourage students to take creative risks, to be expressive, and above all, to play with joy! All students have the opportunity to share their progress with family and friends during fun, low-stress, semi-annual recitals. (Participation is optional but highly encouraged!)
Teaching Materials: I use the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures books as a foundation, but also incorporate other music, including classical, pop and theatre music, depending upon student interest and what I feel will best help my students to stretch and grow! Students are also welcome to request pieces they would like to learn; I will do my best to find or create an arrangement that's appropriate to your current skill level.
Collingswood Home Studio -- Equipment: Grand Piano Guitar, ukulele Microphone and amp Recording device
Specialties: Piano, Guitar, Songwriting, Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Rock, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance, Business of Music.
Bio: Allison has had considerable success as both a touring singer songwriter and composer for film, TV, and theater. She has shared the stage with Petra Haden, Rachael Sage, Fred Armisen, Lelia Broussard and many others. Songs from her most recent record, Sweet and Vicious, have been heard on Lifetime's Dance Moms, NBC's Late Night with Carson Daly, as well as shows on PBS, Bravo, Oxygen and TLC. As a composer, she was nominated for an EMMY and received a Telly Award for the music she composed for the documentary 5000 Miles from Home. Most recently, she composed music for the indie romantic comedy Get Happy, which premiered at the 2015 Manhattan FilmFestival. After many years in New York City, she now resides in Collingswood, New Jersey with her family.
Amalia May 11, 2016
Allison taught my daughter for 4 years. We found her to be patient and nurturing, and she was able to keep my daughter motivated, which is not always easy, since my daughter quickly becomes frustrated when things don't come to her right away. Allison is great with kids and has a knack for keeping lessons fun, even while she's challenging students to be their best. The recitals were a real highlight for us. They gave our daughter a real goal to work for, and as we got to know the other families over the years, it was fun to watch their kids improving too.
Clare February 2, 2016
Allison taught my son from the ages of 6-12 and my daughter from the ages of 5-8. She was great with the kids--always patient and friendly--and they both were very attached to her. As well, she taught them both how to play piano and music theory, which I thought was great. While she followed a set of piano books, she also was always willing to find them sheet music versions of songs they liked at a level they could play, which really helped to keep their interest high. Allison is a terrific teacher and both my children loved learning with her.
Zach December 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
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