Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Margaret
"Piano lessons are fun!
My son was already taking piano lessons, but not liking it anymore. Other parents always advised me not to 'force' him to take any
musical instrument because he'll end up hating it. But Jesse was recommended to me, so we gave him a try.
My son liked the more relaxed atmosphere and attitude, and how Jesse completely tailors the lessons to my son's interests. Jesse also can teach ANY song that you want to play.
Now my son likes taking piano lessons and looks forward to each of his weekly sessions with Jesse. Especially when they do a jam session!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Kia
"Lauren is the real deal. Point blank period. I initially signed up for singing lessons, but she has helped me with piano, music theory, and other skills a
s well. She has a much more wholesome approach for developing as an artist than simply a linear "sing these notes" type of lesson.
Lauren is a good balance of stern and silly. She has a great sense of humor, so I feel comfortable singing & playing for her (even if my skills are limited and sound like a dying horse). However, that doesn't mean you just goof around. She takes it very seriously and pushes you as a student. I couldn't recommend Lauren more.
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jana
"Clarissa is fantastic! She's extremely personable and very supportive as you learn. She's a phenomenal piano player and her teaching style and ability to
articulate the lessons are equal to her skill. I highly recommend her. :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Matthew
"I started taking lessons with justin in 2012. At the time I had never taken any vocal training (I was 21), and Justin helped me tremendously in learning h
ow to use my voice. He instilled a great respect for the fundamentals in me, and has always been a generous and helpful presence. I stringly recommend him to anyone looking for a strong and knowledgable instructor."
Tallahassee, FL teacher:
Review by Winnie
"This teacher is great
Naara is a great teacher. She is very patient and is good at teaching kids. My daughter loves her a lot because she doesn't waste a
ny time in class but just teaches. Most music teacher teaches opera or classic songs but she teaches pop songs which is very suitable for my daughter because she is a pre teen. She doesn't yell if you sing it wrong but just to correct you and let you practice until you get it right. That's why I would recommend her to other people who is looking for a vocal teacher for their kids."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Wyman
"I learned I am in the right place.
I have studied on Broadway in New York acting and singing for many years. After just a few lessons I can say that Juli
e Anne is a very very good teacher. Pay attention to her and you will learn. It will take time. Remember the best way to BROADWAY is practice practice practice."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Daniel
"I have been taking lessons with Drew for a couple of months now and I couldn't say enough good things about him. I tried other teachers before him and the
re really is no comparison. Not only is he the greatest guy as a person, super supportive and fun - he's also got an incredible way of teaching that is really connecting that dots in a smart way and just makes sense. There isn't a question he can't answer and put into a bigger context for you in simple language, and he seems to have a bottomless treasure chest of super-effective teaching techniques. Because of how knowledgeable he is he seems to take pride in making sure you get more than your money's worth from each lesson, and in completely custom-tailoring it around your needs. I love the man. Five stars from the bottom of my heart - truly the "best instructor ever". For once you can believe the hype."
John is an Organist, Harpsichordist, and Pianist just completed a Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in the organ studio of William Porter. He graduated from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Historical Keyboards in 2011 as a student of David Higgs. At Eastman, he has also studied the pedal clavichord and piano technique with Ulrika Davidsson.
As an instructor, John firmly believes that private, one on one music instruction should be tailored to each individual student. His pedagogical approach is different for each student. Everyone learns differently. There is
just not one way to learn to play an instrument. At the first lesson there will be a discussion on the students goals and interests and different methods of teaching will be discussed with the student (and parents) to decide what the best step forward will be.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are different for each student. The way a lesson is conducted depends on many circumstances. Depending on the goals and age of the student, one can expect lessons to guide a student to achieve the goals which will be discussed in the first few lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano for Piano Lessons Organ for Organ Lessons Music Theory Lessons or Tutoring: Staff Paper and Pencils
*** Specialties *** Piano: Depending on the Age, Ability, Personality, and Ear, I have used "Adventures in Piano," the Alfred Method, and the Thompson Method. I supplement all of these books with pieces and exercises that the students express interest in.
Alice J. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
I feel really lucky that you got me in touch with this teacher. He is professional, knowledgeable, polite and he has a lot of patience. I am totally pleased.
Irvin H. February 1, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Lessons with John are terrific.
John is an experienced and professional teacher who always has an array of tools to teach his students to help them learn. Lessons with him have exceeded expectations.
Elizabeth L. April 30, 2013
I have known John for the last 7 years. He is an excellent musician, a brilliant organist, and a very thoughtful teacher. We have often played for each other and his comments and suggestions are always insightful. In addition to his musical gifts, Johnâs wonderful personality and sense of humor make him a great colleague and friend.
I started taking piano lessons in the first grade from a teacher who graduated from Eastman School of Music. I later won a scholarship to Eastman School of Music as a classical pianist. I have been teaching for 40 years and have performed in Europe and won First Place Piano Competition in New York with 200 of the best pianists in the nation performing. I wanted to quit in the 5th grade but my mother told me I was to young to make that decision for myself and she would not hear of it! Music is now like the air that I breathe. I cannot live without it! Thanks mom for being smarter than me. Play
ing the piano should be fun at any cost. I let students play many styles of music until they find the style that calls them. For young children I recommend the parent sit in with the lesson so the parent can help with the practicing at home. They need the extra support when starting piano lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are and should be a fun experience. I teach bits and pieces of college theory to students so they can play the whole keyboard and not just in the middle. Its nice to get students young before they develops bad habits. Piano keys should be played with the fingers and not moving the wrists. Bad habits are hard to break. My children students play like a pro, even if it is only one piece. Through me, kids learn to love music. I start lessons at age 4 years old to 99. Please call today to book lessons!
"Learn a little but learn it well" ~Ben Franklin
*** Specialties *** Traditional Classical and theory. I also get students ready for competitions and scholarships. I will teach any style that will ignite the flame in your child or an adult to love music! I specialize in children.
Rhonda F. April 27, 2014
Fabulous Piano Teacher
I took lessons for 5 years and I play better than I ever dreamed. I enjoyed the lessons and understood the teaching with ease. Expect to have great lessons with your head spinning with tons of information after each lesson from this gifted teacher. Very enjoyable and rewarding experience to say the least. I never again found such a great teacher since taking with Rhonda. I was heartbroken when she moved.
The Grand Prize winner of the LaDue Professional Recital Competition, Soprano Yunjin Audrey has made appearances on the opera, concert and recital stage. On the opera stage, Ms. K has appeared as Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto at Eastman and has performed lead roles in many main productions and scenes including Cosi Fan Tutte as Fiordiligi, Dido and Aeneas as Dido and, also as First Witch, Don Giovanni as Donna Anna, The Rake's Progress as Anne Truelove and Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie, to name a few. Ms. Kim has performed in master class with Maestro Gildo DiNunzio from the Metropolitan Ope
ra and in October of 2013, made her debut at Carnegie Hall performing songs of Nikolai Medtner.
Concert solo appearances include a performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle as soprano soloist with First Inversion, Bach's St. John's Passion as soprano soloist at The Bach's Festival, a performance of Messiaen’s Poémes pour Mi with the Eastman Philharmonia, a performance with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus as soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Kodak Hall and a soloist for Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Ad Hoc Chamber Orchestra. Ms. K has been winner of the Mu Phi International Fraternity Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), James Madison University’s concerto competition and Eastman Concerto Competition. Ms. Kim was also featured on the album A Thousand Burnt Offerings released in South Korea in April 2013.
Ms. K has collaborated with composer Arlene Elizabeth Sierra, culminating in a performance of her composition Hearing Things in a guest lecture recital. Additional master class performances include Martina Arroyo, Kevin Kennedy, Peter Mark, Wieland Mueller, Sharon Chirstman, Rick Chirstman, and Fabiana Bravo. She also has served as Music Director and Collaborative Pianist in organizations including Opera Scenes and Music Theater Class at James Madison University, Rochester Association of Performing Arts, Pittsford Central School District and Victor High School. Currently, Ms. K is serving as Music Department Chair and Teaching Artist at Rochester Association of Performing Arts in Kodak Theatre and the Music Director at Spiritus Christi. Ms. K holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Ms. K currently resides in Rochester, NY where she regularly performs and teaches throughout central New York.
*** Lesson Details *** I always start with warm ups for both piano and voice students. I believe musicians are like delicate athletes, who use their fingers/vocal cords to make beautiful sound out of an instrument or a body. It is important to understand to warm up before practice/lesson for their own benefits to keep techniques fresh and healthy.
(For Piano students, scales, little warm up style finger exercises/for voice students, easy scales and vowel exercises, stretching registers)
Then, we tackle the fun stuff (more traditional practices) and after that, I encourage students to bring me or play/sing for me what they love. I love working something different with student who also has passion for different genres of music like light jazz, gospel, pop..etc. I value my students' opinion and encourage them to explore other things to develop themselves as unique, creative musicians.
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano or Keyboard
*** Specialties *** I start with traditional classic music training. Basic theories, ear training, aural skills with all of my students.
I believe Basic understanding of music is important to everyone. I specialize mainly in classical, however I am open to anything students want to learn.
Tammie C. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Love her! Although I am trying to learn jazzy/ blues vocals, Yunjin is teaching me the classical basics as a foundation to build upon. I will really enjoy to continue working with her.
Ione M. April 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very kind, experienced & efficient.
Alex F. March 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I believe in inspiring long term results in students through constructive feedback and a healthy and strong technique to serve as a solid foundation for any musical style. I enjoy sharing my love of music and watching students progress in both their musical development as well as their appreciation for music.
I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. I have experience teaching voice as well as advanced sight singing to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences pr
ivately and in group settings. In addition, I have played the piano for over ten years.
I am an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, and I go out of my way to ensure that my students receive the tools they need to take their abilities to the next level and achieve their goals. For me, the focus is entirely on the student and what I need to do to help their development.
Toby S. December 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
My kids thoroughly enjoyed their first lesson with Beverly and are very much looking forward to their next.
Rachel August 30, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Beverly has helped me more than any other instructor I've ever had. I felt she really cared about me as an individual and did everything she could to help my vocal skills improve. With her help, I was able to expand my vocal range, improve breathing technique, and overcome confidence issues.
Beverly is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone.
Sydney August 24, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I was sooo nervous at first because I just didn't know what to expect from private voice lessons. Beverly made me feel comfortable! I was never afraid to make a mistake because the way she corrected me was in a loving way. Corrections were not a bad thing in her class. Corrections were a great thing and it helped me to become a better singer. I have improved in my confidence and technique because of the training style of Beverly. I will always recommend her! She is GREAT!
Hi! I am a recent graduate of Marywood University where I graduated with a degree in Music Therapy. I am currently an music therapy intern at BOCES and have significant current/past experience with children, adults and elderly who have disabilities.
I started taking snare drum lessons when I was 9 years old. Soon, I was taking drumset lessons and participating in my high school music program. Graduating from the music program at Marywood University gave me significant knowledge in the field of percussion/drum-set. Classically trained, I was taught over the course of four years on Mari
mba, Timpani, Snare drum and Drumset.
I have also served as a worship leader at Parker Hill Community Church in Scranton, PA where I played drumset to Christian Rock songs. This experience gave me the opportunity to lead and play with a rock band.
My previous experience was mostly with kids/young adults ranging from ages 8-22 but am open to other ages as well! If you are interested in either learning to learn some Rock-and-Roll beats on the drumset or learn how to play Solo Marimba please feel free to contact me!
Sheralyn October 12, 2015
Chris is a super amazing instructor. He is knowledgable about the instrument and very personable. He will get to know you and you will have a great time while learning to drum. He will meet you where you are and help you grow in a very personalized way. It is everything you need to be a successful learner and expand your ability on the drums.
Cheryl September 19, 2015
Man, I've never felt so inspired to release all of my passion and intensity into the drum. He truly awakened the potential that I didn't even see in myself. Highly recommend him, not only because of his impeccable technique, but his drive to watch his students succeed.
Veronica September 8, 2015
Chris is a very patient instructor who is attentive to the individual needs and learning levels of each person. He is very friendly and easy to feel comfortable with. Chris has a natural way of making the learning environment fun, yet also able to integrate his professional skills and talents into a session.
Surf the web with your uke with this must-bookmark list from music teacher Willy M....
When you start learning how to play the ukulele, you first learn a few simple chords, but it isnt very long before you want to start learning more complex chords to play more advanced songs. So, to make this transition easier, I am going to present the top 10 websites I have found that will help you learn new ukulele chords. These websites are ones that I have found to be particularly helpful to my stu …
Top 10 Websites for Learning Ukulele Chords
Surf the web with your uke with this must-bookmark list from music teacher Willy M....
When you start learning how to play the ukulele, you first learn a few simple chords, but it isnt very long before you want to start learning more complex chords to play more advanced songs. So, to make this transition easier, I am going to present the top 10 websites I have found that will help you learn new ukulele chords. These websites are ones that I have found to be particularly helpful to my stu
Top 10 Violin Tuner Apps Reviewed
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If you answered yes, then youre probably familiar with the feeling of having your stomach drop and your cheeks turn red.
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There are tons of ways in which you can tune a violin. However, many of them require a certain skill set or an
The Best Piano Competitions for Young Pianists in 2015
Are you considering entering your budding pianist into a piano competition? There are an array of competitions to choose from across the U.S., many offering the opportunity to compete against top performers from around the globe.
All-Ages Piano Competitions Across the U.S.:
Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition - Seattle, WA
Competing in May (preliminary) and October 2015 (finals) at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, pianists from all over the world are encouraged
Singing Tips for Seniors: Taking Voice Lessons Later in Life
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"I'm 70. Is it too late for me to learn how to sing?"
As a voice teacher, I get inquiries from singers of all walks of life. It's actually pretty surprising to me that more people think it's normal for a 3-year-old (!) to take private voice lessons, yet it's com
Pianist Spotlight: Billy Joel, The Modern-Day Piano Man
Sing us a song, youre the piano man.
Sing us a song tonight
Well, were all in the mood for a melody
And youve got us feelin alright
If youve ever visited a piano bar, you may understand what Billy Joel is singing about in his legendary song, Piano Man. For a piano man, sheet music is not always part of the equation. Lounge patrons often call out the names of songs they would like to hear, and the pianist is expected to quickly comply and keep the patrons happy and in a celebratory