Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Marilu
My son who is 7 yrs old now loves his teacher, Ms. Kristina. I see my son enjoying every lesson with her. He is learning correct breathing
exercises while doing vocalization. After, he sings a song that likes. Sometimes, it is difficult to teach children because of their moods but Ms. Kristina can make every lesson for my son fun and enriching. He's been doing great for a 7 yr old."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Paul
"After only a couple of lessons I can tell that Loretta is a well rounded teacher. As a flute instructor she is better than what I could have imaged."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Previously had one vocal instructor in the past, but that teacher didn't really do much to enhance my singing ability. On the other hand, Tom is a really
great instructor; had two lessons with Tom so far and he's an overall good vocalist/teacher. Plus he has a lot of musical instruments, recording equipment, mic setup, other vocalist teaching equipment, etc. in his office where he teaches his lessons. Highly recommend him."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Mary
"Monica is an outstanding voice teacher. She customized each lesson, from warm ups to repertoire choices, to fit the age, skill level, vocal strengths, and
interests of each singer. Watching her work with high school age students is a joy--she loves what she does and the students respond very well to her. They are enthusiastic about going to their lessons and beaming when the lessons are over. Monica brings her strong vocal pedagogy knowledge, along with her own talent and passion for teaching to the voice lesson. She is a wonderful instructor. Highly recommend!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Gabby
"Melody was awesome and extremely helpful. My daughter loved her 1st lesson and is looking forward to many more with Melody!."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Charlotte
Michael is a fantastic teacher. I have taken lessons with him for several months and have progressed a lot quicker than I expected. He makes the
lessons enjoyable by teaching songs of your choice, while also building improvising skills. He also teaches good practice habits and explains everything well."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by christine
"We have been taking lessons with Barbara for several years now and her expertise is top notch. She has worked with both my 11 year old and 13 year old dau
ghter. My oldest was principal for the entire 7th grade year and the lessons are what made a difference in her skill level. I am excited for my girls to continue to grow in their love of music and the viola and credit Barb for our private lessons. We are looking forward to this years solo and ensembles performance and already picked out our music. I highly recommend taking lessons with Barbara she is very flexible in her schedule and it's very convenient to set up and reschedule appointments and her prices are very reasonable."
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Michael
"One of my best lessons ever! From learning how to understand the instrument to being able to play and to enjoy the process. Highly recommend to any levels
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Logan
"Danny Potter is a delight! Very patient and positive when it comes to learning a new skill."
**COMING TO EDEN PRAIRIE, MN STARTING JULY 1, 2015**
SESSIONS CAN BE SCHEDULED SAME DAY [Contact Arlys directly]
**Available internationally via Skype, Google Hangouts, Go2Meeting, etc.
All classes include techniques to help cultivate a calmly energized physical demeanor to help you enjoy singing, speaking publicly, auditioning, dancing, acting & performing. I use multifaceted exercises to help you find and feel the difference in sound immediately, and we follow-up by with learning daily exercise protocols that help develop the muscular structure to create an easily sustainable vocal
My name is Arlys, and my vocal exploration began at age three singing solos at church. As a teenager, I performed with the concert choir and madrigal singers under the tutelage of Hal W., a teacher who affected me so deeply with his love of classical choral music that it changed my life, although I wouldn't realize it until much later. As a young artist, I wrote, sang and performed with numerous original rock, pop, funk & blues bands; simultaneously acting, singing, dancing or choreographing stage musicals.
Early on in my career I was lucky enough to get a private session with Jeannette LoVetri who first introduced me to Alexander Technique exercises that I use to this day, provided important information about the biology of the vocal system - beginning to change the way I thought about using my voice. Then, through overwork & improper vocal techniques I destroyed my voice. With the help of professional classical vocal instructor Bonnie F., I began the long process of rebuilding my voice from the ground up. My blessed teacher encouraged me endlessly, showing interest in how my dance background influenced my training, my posture and understanding of the exercises presented.
Bonnie noted my passion and desire to comprehend and translate classical singing practices and more importantly how they applied to all styles of music. She encouraged me, in turn, to begin coaching others. To that end I wound up studying with her for 6 years.
In 2000, I moved to Los Angeles and continued diversifying my voice and my training as a voice coach working briefly with Kathryn Grimm and Darlene Koldenhoven, and eventually studying Italian bel canto techniques with Linda Mitchell, rediscovering my classical voice by singing opera arias for the first time, and with a new found coloratura soprano range. The voice is such an amazing instrument, and because of its personal nature it can also be the most challenging.
My teaching style is infused with the knowledge that students of voice must be treated with great care, love and encouragement. Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been teaching privately for over 15 years, mostly via referrals from other students, and substituting for my voice teacher at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools. After 12 years in Los Angeles, I have relocated back to my hometown of Minneapolis to guide other vocal explorers to unleash their authentic voice.
*** Lesson Details *** * Have you always wanted to sing? * Would you like to speak with more ease without losing your voice? * Would you like to consistently breathe more deeply and feel the expanse of your breath?
Our voice is the most personal expression we can share, and our breath is our life force. I feel very passionate about helping others create their own 'toolkit' of exercises that encourage proper posture and ease of deeper breath support; with vocal exercises that guide the vocal explorer to finding their most perfect resonance and pitch control. The end result is the ability to sing and speak easily, freely, and with confidence!
I am passionate about helping you find your unique voice. I believe the voice is such an amazing instrument and can be the most challenging to work with, psychologically, since it is so very personal and therefore must be treated with great care, love and encouragement.
I incorporate my experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise with bel canto vocal training to help me create a personalized set of tools for each student.
Since we only get the one instrument, my goal is to help you understand how your instrument works, and how best to care for it so that you can sing for years to come!
It's Your Journey! Take It!
*** Studio Equipment *** IN-STUDIO: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Waiting Room: Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable community room; read a book, lounge in the sun, watch TV.
ONLINE VOCAL EXPLORERS PLEASE NOTE: Technical issues can sometimes make online classes frustrating for all parties. These tips can help minimize frustration:
* General computer proficiency: use sites like YouTube for free instructions on how to use Skype, GoogleHangouts or Go2Meeting
* If you are not comfortable using a computer, please plan to be patient and spend some lesson time being guided through setup
* To obtain the clearest connection, use a newer smartphone, iPad or late-model laptop
* Use a secure site like www.speakeasy.net/speedtest to identify your internet upload and download speeds
* Download the application (Skype or Google Hangouts) and test the connection with a friend prior to your first lesson
Accountability: We are equally responsible for knowing if our internet connections will work.
*** Travel Equipment *** Skype, Google Hangouts, Oovoo, Go2Meeting or other web video-conferencing tools.
*** Specialties *** My specialty is helping you find the healthiest way to access your voice, speaking or singing. Whether it's pop; rock, Broadway belting or classical Italian bel canto singing, my focus is to help you find your authentic voice.
Arlys also spent many years in the Information Technology industry, specializing as a software application trainer, computer technician and project manager. [Resume available upon request]
Scott T. June 16, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
In home Verified Student
Arlys has given me valuable insights into developing my speaking voice and helping me to find a comfortable pitch and rate. After only 3 lessons I have improved dramatically. I recommend her highly. Very sincere and professional.
Raji T. May 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
A great teacher for my teenage daughter.
Arlys, I am so glad I found you through takelessons website.
Malayna G. April 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Arlys goes ubove and beyond expectation. I am so very thankful that she is my grandaughters instructor.
Dear Students and Parents, I have been playing guitar for over 40 years. I played in various rock bands for fun growing up and then developed a passion for acoustic finger-style guitar playing by songwriters like James Taylor. While still in high school, I opened a concert for Livingston Taylor (James Taylor's brother). After high school I decided to pursue my passion for guitar in college and received my Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance studying with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. I also love to write music so after graduating from SMU I went out to Los Ang
eles and worked in the film music industry at Warner Bros. Studios for 10 years. Making music makes me happy and I want to share that experience with you or your child on the guitar. The guitar is a great instrument for sharing the joy of making music.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my page and I hope to see you soon!
*** Lesson Details *** I've had some great guitar teachers in my life and I've learned a lot from them about music and playing the guitar. I will use what my teachers taught me to help you or your child learn how to play the guitar. I teach beginning to advanced players (except for classical guitar which I teach beginning to intermediate levels), kids and adults, and will work with you in a fun and challenging environment to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. I am a very calm and friendly teacher who will make our lessons fun while also encouraging you to make progress. I will strive to keep you motivated to improve and will document your progress with the use of technology like audio recordings and video so you can see and hear your progress. I like to work from guitar method books so we can establish specific and measurable goals, but I do respect and accommodate different learning styles. And, of course, we will work progressively on any songs that you have your heart set on learning so that you can soon be playing the music that you love! I believe that there is always room for improvement. I continue to look for new ways to improve my own playing. I am sure that I will be learning some things from you, too, so let's get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** I currently teach in the living room of my home while my basement music room is being remodeled. I provide a music stand, a metronome, a tuner and recording capability so students can see and hear themselves play. I expect the student to bring his or her own instrument and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a small amp for electric guitar if the student doesn't have one. I expect the student to provide his or her own instrument, a music stand, and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.
*** Specialties *** I can teach you to play guitar in any style of music that you want to play, from folk to rock , country to classical and bluegrass to contemporary Christian. I specialize in finger-style acoustic guitar that I have adapted from my many years of classical guitar training, but I also love to play the electric guitar, too.
Lonna Moline June 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mark was very patient and helpful. Super first lesson
Jipson V. January 15, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Mark is an excellent Guitar teacher!
My 10 year old son is learning guitar from Mark since last 6 months.
I can see the progress in my son playing guitar.
Mark is an excellent guitar teacher.
He is very patient and can help you whatever the guitar level you are at.
He is also committed to his lessons because he truly loves teaching.
I would surely recommend him to anyone.
Bob K. December 2, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Mark is a fantastic instructor!!!
Mark is a fantastic guitar instructor!!! He is very knowledgable and patient, two very key qualities for an instructor. Mark spent time getting know me and my goals when we started. With this information, he has worked very hard to customize my lessons to meet my needs and goals.
I have really enjoyed each and every lesson I have had with Mark!!!
Music comes from our souls and is an incredibly passionate form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put their confidence and abilities and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.
Jason has been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for 8 years. Jason's passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music, and he loves to share that passion with his students in an encouraging and patient environment.
Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. He has given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understands that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be developed. Music would be pretty dull if everyone was the same, wouldn't it?
Jason has been a singer/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 8 years and has played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. His debut album was released in 2007 and he has been a part of numerous projects since that time. Jason has also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.
*** Lesson Details *** Jason is a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. He has experience with and enjoys teaching all ages and abilities. He likes to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During his lessons, Jason will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance.
*** Specialties *** I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I will, of course, teach them some basic note reading and the fretboard. I feel that learning chords and strumming is a great way to ensure that students feel success as they progress...as they can begin to play simple songs. I play all sorts of music myself, from rock to folk to blues.
Li Y. June 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
Jason is a very nice and patient teacher for the kid, my son loves the class with him very much. Jason also prepares the class based on the kid's progress, it is really helpful even for kid without any previous guitar experience. Jason also communicates with parents well for any schedule change. I would recommend him if anyone is looking for a guitar teacher.
Jay M. April 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jason is an accomplished guitarist, and an excellent teacher. He's a down to earth, regular guy who has a gift to share....which he does very well! He takes
time to communicate with me at a level which meets my needs, and is very patient with me. I believe that Jason wants me to improve in my guitar playing skills and knowledge of music theory just as much as I do, and is uniquely gifted to help me. I'm looking forward to on-going lessons with Jason. He's a really good guy, who deserves my highest recommendation.
Rick E. January 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Playing for the first time in many many years it has been pleasure to work with Jason to bring back all the lost learning.
Mark H. has been a professional teacher, musician, and singer for over 20 years. He has taught Voice, Guitar, Acting, Bass Guitar, & Music Theory to students of all ages in various settings ranging from private lessons to college classrooms. He is a fun, experienced, passionate teacher willing to work with students of all levels from beginners to professionals. Mark absolutely loves helping all his students achieve their individual goals.
Mark has performed in musical groups that have played locally and toured nationally. He has opened for national recording artists such as Eddie Money, B
lackfoot, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Molly Hatchet, and Shooting Star (to name just a few). He has extensive songwriting experience and has composed original songs for various local bands. He has also produced musical scores for theatrical productions at the University of Minnesota, Harmon Place Players, and the Rhombus Theater Company.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect lessons to be structured while being tailored to their desires and goals. Mark likes to focus on what students want to learn while pushing them to challenge themselves. His goal is to “bring out the artist” in his students but he also understands lessons should be fun.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will suggest necessary teaching materials/books. Students need their own instruments.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, etc
Mark R. March 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mark is an excellent voice coach! He has been very helpful in teaching me breathing techniques, voice health, understanding my vocal range and how to improve my range. He has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I am looking forward to future lessons.
Kevin R. December 28, 2012
Singing Verified Student
I couldn't of picked a better voice instructor!
I've always been a confident songwriter but when it came to singing I struggled; especially with pitch. Thats when I started my lessons with Mark and right away knew he was the right instructor. Instead of making me follow some completely pre-scripted lesson plan, Mark helped me correct my pitch and overall singing while practicing songs I had written myself.
I've been working with him for almost two years now and I've noticed significant improvements across the board and have gained so much more confidence in my singing abilities. Enough that I actually just finished recording a 13-track album of songs all written and sung by me. I can't thank Mark enough for helping me follow my dreams and for continuing to help me grow as a singer.
BrendaK1 January 24, 2012
You are doing a great job with Robbie. He is still having a difficult time remembering the chords and he refuses to practice at home because of this. If you could give him one song to remember to practice at home that may help. He would like to practice at home but he gets so frustrated because of his memory with this. Robbie also enjoys you.
I'm Currently a Drum instructor at The Eden Prairie School of Rock and I also teach for Prince Music Company. I've Been Playing drums for 8 years and through out that time I've performed at venues/events such as Roy Wilkins, MOA, First Avenue, Warped Tour, Summerfest, and The triple Rock, just to name a few. I love playing Jazz/Rock/Latin/Blues/Metal and anything else really.
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