Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Lynne
"Albert is an excellent teacher of many styles - I learned classical, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar while working with him. As an older player trying to
pick up an instrument again, he made me feel comfortable and much less intimidated at the task. It is true that he is very patient and dedicated to helping you realize your musical goals. I give him my highest recommendation."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Amb O'Connor
"Caleb is an amazing trumpet specialist and a wonderful wonderful trumpet teacher. My son who is now 12 started taking private lessons with Caleb in Dec 2
014 as a complete beginner. He has progressed so much in a little over a year that he is the best trumpetor in his middle school. And he may be performing in a jazz band with high schoolers this fall. This is greatly because of Caleb. He is incredible with children and teens. He is patient, fun, and firm. We are so glad we found him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Pascale
"Making great progress with Tamara!
I signed up my daughter to have singing lessons with Tamara and am so happy I did! My daughter's voice has improved pr
etty quickly after just a few lessons and continues to become 'fine tuned' like I hoped. Tamara has been communicative with me consistently, posting session notes and returning correspondence quickly. She rates "excellent" across the board!! So happy!! :)"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by April
"The location is great (right by my house), his scheduling is flexible, online payment takes no time at all and perhaps best of all Jason is a great guy, v
ery professional yet very personable and down to earth.
There is no doubt that Jason is a phenomenal guitarist. Very inspiring and encouraging. His guitar abilities are one of the best I have seen in person. Lessons are fun, interesting, and helpful. I have only been taking lessons for a little more than a couple months now, but I already see improvement.
It is great to take lessons with somebody who is both patient and encouraging at the same time. He is especially good at recognizing if the pace is getting too fast/slow and adjusting for that. I consider myself fortunate to have found such a good teacher."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Sam
"She is a very good teacher.
Mrs. Melodie B. is a very good teacher. She is really funny. She will help you on anything that you are stuck on. She is very
patients and friendly. I recommend her to you."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Beth
"She makes piano fun!
My children love that they have lots of choices as to which songs they play. They are gently challenged and always encouraged. The r
ecitals are thoughtfully put together and are enjoyed by all!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Michele
"My son's teacher is phenonmenal! In addition to helping him develop as a vocalist, she appropriately challenges him to become a "prominent professional".
She is the consummate teacher with lots of patience, compassion, humor and good will. It is because of her, that I have committed to TakeLessons! Her wholistic approach has boosted my son's vocal skills and confidence. She will be the first person he thanks when he gets his Grammy!"
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Jason
"Shane helps create a relaxed environment, is knowledgeable and I feel like my goals and concerns are taken seriously. I would certainly recommend him."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Paige
"Mrs. Ross has a passion for perfected technic. She takes time on making sure things are done properly and is very encouraging along the way. She is a wond
erful teacher with a bright and helpful attitude. You never need fear asking a dumb question to her. She is always very thorough in her answers. She makes learning fun and the students want to learn."
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!
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.
Cecilia July 28, 2015
Music Performance ·
She works well with other musicians and this translates to her teaching. I enjoyed my time performing with her as well as informal jamming! Jane Yii is very talented and incredibly diverse. Such lucky kids!!!!
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.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that students can only learn properly in the right atmosphere, with an enthusiastic, motivated instructor. If the experience is not fun the student will not excel in what they do. I believe the students should periodically have a chance to show what they are learning by performing in recitals with others.
*** 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.
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"
Experienced teacher of 26 years on a variety of unique and valuable subjects available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of skills necessary for specific subjects I will teach. I specialize in Vocal and Ear Training, but also have a strong background in any type of brass related instruments focused on jazz and improvisation, typically use the most accepted books on the market for a particular subject, but require students to purchase and let me know which books so that
I may also use as a guide for the students success and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: Trombone, Music Stands, computers, keyboard synthesizer, and other necessary required equipment based on the subject being taught.
Betty July 2, 2015
Greg was very helpful for almost 4 years of companionship with my husband when I needed to be away from home. He was always upbeat and understanding of my husband's dementia and became a real friend to him.
In a teaching situation I would recommend him to be earnest and considerate as
he spent hours doing puzzles and other activities.
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