Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Tomoko
"My daughter really enjoyed Kayla's lessons. She feels that her natural ability for singing was enhanced through her lessons. We definitely recommend her s
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Thank you Stephen!
Stephen was our son's first drum teacher and the experience was wonderful! He was very patient with Max, helped us pick and set up Max
's first drum set, and provided extra material. We will miss Stephen as he has decided to move to Dallas. Best wishes to you Stephen and thank you for all your time!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Kimberly
My son took lessons for over four years and thoroughly enjoyed his time with him. My son acquired tremendous skills which led to him be
ing invited to play with the youth praise team. I am grateful for the years he was a student under Rich. I highly recommended him for any student interested in taking music lessons."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Riley
"My daughter very much enjoyed her lesson with Heather, and importantly, learned new things regarding singing. She cannot wait until her next lesson!"
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Review by Nicholle
Kyle is always friendly, patient and his enthusiasm for music is contagious. He does a fantastic job of keeping lessons fresh and fun
. He has an extensive knowledge of musical theory and does a wonderful job of explaining it in terms that I am able to understand. I highly recommend Kyle as an instructor to anyone interested in learning and having fun."
Cleveland, OH teacher:
Review by Pauline
"Brian is the best teacher
I cannot say enough good things about Brian. My son has taken lessons for a few months now and he loves it. Brian is patient wh
ich is great for new students. He understands a child's temperament, limitations, excitement and greatness. He allows the lesson to flow around your unskilled hand. So, if you makes a 'mistake' he turns it into a song and lesson. Its no longer a mistake but a new chord you have just learned. He is very good at teaching adults and children just the same so if you want to learn w someone extremely knowledgable, caring and patient. He is your man."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Vera
"She is a great teacher and fantastic musician
My son had several teachers and she is the best. She is able to keep the lesson interesting and challenging
while always remaining on a positive note. I now can really see the progress my son is making. It is a sheer pleasure and inspiration, hearing her play her own violin."
Sam is not only an amazing drummer and drum teacher, but he is one of those peopl
e who brings a positive vibe with him everywhere he goes. My son began drum lessons with Sam three years ago at 5 years old, and Sam was flexible with both studio and home lessons. As a school teacher myself, I could see that Sam's teaching style offers a structure customized to each student's learning style, yet also allows for fun through musical exploration. His effortless positive energy and encouragement, easily spills over to his students during lessons, which allows them to reach their maximum potential while fostering a passion and love for drumming! Trust me when I say, this is not an easy feat when teaching a five, six or seven year old, yet Sam made it look easy, and my son couldn't wait until the next lesson! Sam is professional, invested in his students' musical growth and happiness, and is very reliable, you truly cannot ask for more!"
Santa Cruz, CA teacher:
Review by Lynn
We love everything whatever he teaches to my son!!"
I would first like to say that I was born into a musical family. My Dad (choir director) and five older brothers were not only the majority of the choir in our large Catholic church, but Dad had a "tame" Frank Sinatra singing style. My mother played harmonica and piano by ear so acquiring musical intellects spread quickly to all of us. Most of my siblings sang and played instruments as we had a piano, guitar, organ, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet and a recorder to use as we pleased, with or without a music teacher.
I started singing and playing the piano at age four. With consistent encour
agement from my oldest sister (a professional organist for 40+ years), I learned piano and music theory while I was learning to read; started guitar at eight. A natural born singer, I learned the basics of voice while in choir from middle school through high school while accompanying myself on piano or guitar when singing privately or for others. I wrote my first song at 17 and worked my way through college playing original music in coffee shops while earning my bachelors degree. After college, I started touring across the US (this was long before American Idol and the Internet when if you wanted to make it, you had to "pay your dues" on the road first). Working in the studio was always the most fun and challenging, my first original song got air play in 1990 (this was before CDs).
I received international distribution of my original music starting 2004 - that summer I worked and sold CDs in Munich Germany; however, upon returning to the US realized that performing was not my preferred way of providing service to others - teaching then become my passion. So while working for a local public school district as substitute teacher for general music classes (orchestra, band, choir as well), I was asked to write and teach a beginning songwriting class. From the very first day I had kids' attention in the palm of my hands (some of those students eventually recorded their own songs in studios).
After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (US and Germany) with originally produced music available on iTunes and two CDs on the market, I have found a unique way of teaching music to others. I especially enjoy teaching families (children, parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.) that want to learn to play a variety of instruments and music together. Married couples are wonderful to teach as well, I can usually get any combination of two or more people playing music together.
I usually host annual recitals. I do not force anyone to play in the recital, however most everyone enjoys the experience.
*** Specialties *** Piano: Beginning/intermediate classical piano; then onto pop, blues, jazz, hymns, praise music (piano/voice).
Guitar: Beginning Classical Guitar (nylon strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking); Beginning Acoustic Guitar (steel strings; notes, chords, fingerpicking, strumming, using a plectrum or flat pick).
Ukulele: Beginning note and strumming patterns while accompanying voice.
Voice: I can take you to professional levels! As proof, one of my adult male students, singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist/trumpeter, came to me to enhance his "character" voice. After 30 lessons, and assistance arranging vocals (including mic technique) in home studio four-song demo, my student signed a four-song demo recording deal with an eight (8) time Grammy award winning music producer Joe Chiccarelli - in LA with studio right on Sunset Blvd.
Lastly, I would love to enroll students who want to learn Joni Mitchell's style of piano and guitar playing. Mitchell never had formal music training, she played by ear; particularly on guitar she used more than 50 open tunings.
*** Lesson Details *** First of all, I'll need to know you or your children's goals, dreams and natural talent(s). What types of music do you love best? Are you more the serious type or fun-loving (I can work with both types of personalities but do require a respectful demeanor).
Lessons are once per week. It is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, physical coordination all together with momentum and repetitive physical movements; particularly, the first six months of learning.
I do schedule students on "Schedule-As-You-Go" however usually only after consistent weekly lessons.
If you already know an instrument and want to take Combination Lessons - Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar - I am an excellent teacher for that purpose.
Please do not expect overnight success, hand/motor skills need to be developed and that doesn't occur with one or two lessons, unless you've had prior experience on your instrument and just need to refresh your brain's neural pathways.
If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music, then by all means let me know as I teach not only composition, but arranging, music production, and the legal aspects of copyrights and international distribution.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano lessons will be given on my parlor grand piano. For guitar lessons, I use either my Yamaha acoustic-electric classical nylon string guitar OR my vintage Epiphone steel string guitar. Please see the photo noting the studio's microphones/vocal monitors, plus I have a variety of hand percussion.
Joseph J. December 1, 2016
In home Verified Student
She is very patient with my son. My son enjoyed his first lesson.
Jordan R. November 28, 2016
In home Verified Student
Mrs. Susan was a perfect match for my son. She's very patient, knowledgeable and very kind! My son walked out from his first lesson with her with such excitement in jumping back into lessons after a five month break. Looking forward to many more!!
Matt October 10, 2016
Susan is an excellent teacher because she tailors her approach to the student's needs and goals, regardless of the student's age or experience or what their ultimate goals might be. Singing is not one-size-fits-all and different people learn in different ways. Susan is very sensitive to that. In my case, she mixed exercises from a number of sources with her own techniques and guidance to help me develop some good habits and techniques and ultimately find my natural voice. I can be very hard on myself, but I always believed I could reach my goals with Susan.
Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at
their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials. I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them. When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.
*** Specialties *** I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.
Nan May 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
He was fantastic. Hew knew where to start so I could better at piano. I'm really looking forward to all the other lessons.
James April 1, 2016
In home Verified Student
Elem Music Teacher with a BA from Texas Tech. I have taught piano lessons since 1991. I have had personal piano studios in every town I have been in. I taught for 12 years in Whitney Texas as I taught at Whitney Elem. I taught 5 more years out in Round Rock Texas, through Musika. and other places. My major instruments are piano, trumpet, and guitar. Once I learned how to play chords on the piano from learning music theory I was enabled to understand how writing songs works. What an adventure I have had in writing songs. I have written over 700 songs. You can find me on YouTube, c
heck it out!
When you take lessons from me we use the Bastien series and I like to add other songs, whether it be christian praise,hymns, or classical pieces of music, composers such as Bach, Chris Tomlin or Scott Joplin. its your choice. I want you to enjoy the songs and styles you like to play. No matter what level you are on you will enjoy learning as a beginner, or refreshing your past knowledge of playing.
Why not take lessons today, it's never too late to start. Music is a gift. Don't say, I wish I knew how? Step out and lets learn and grow together. Let's Go!
Ruby T. February 2, 2016
In home Verified Student
Laura is a great teacher. She challenges you and is very patient no matter how many times you play the wrong note. As I have began taking piano lessons again she has made it extremely easy to find it enjoyable. I highly recommend her as an instruction to future students.
Mary hykin January 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
nice, knows what to do to help you, looking forward to next lessons
Cadence C. August 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I teach music composition, theory and all related subjects. I have taught at several colleges and currently at Weatherford College. BIO: Award-Winning Composer Richard (Ric) G. Flauding has composed-arranged-orchestrated hundreds of pieces of music in many styles and for various ensembles. His catalog includes music recorded-performed by the London Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony and recently with orchestras in Mexico. Ric’s recordings are played worldwide in radio-television and have featured many well-known jazz and recording session musicians such as Eric Marienthal, Russell Ferrante
and Wayne Bergeron. Ric studied composition with Dr. Albert Harris, John Shaffer Smith and many others. He has taught at several colleges and universities and is currently teaching at Weatherford College in Texas as well as appearing as guest composer-clinician at other music institutions. The past several years Ric has focused primarily on music for jazz ensembles. For more information see: www.ricflauding.com Ric Flauding Wikipedia
Andrew November 24, 2015
I had my first lesson with Ric last week and it was great! I look forward to my future lessons with him. He is a great teacher as well as a very accomplished musician, composer and many more attributes.
Cosima Y. March 6, 2014
An excellent teacher who loves to see his students excel
Several years ago I was privileged to have Ric contribute his talent to my CD project. He is an amazing musician and a gentleman!
Ric is an excellent teacher and musician who genuinely desires to impart his expertise to those he teaches. He is relevant and experienced. His vast musical knowledge and sphere of influence are a tremendous asset to the music community with years of experience and a sincere attitude that is infectious.
I am highly confident that all Ric's student will be treated with great care and service and I highly recommend and appreciate Ric.
Graduate from Full Sail University majoring in Music Production. I have produced and recorded many hit songs. I also have the following skills: Songwriting, Composing, Recording, Midi, Music Theory, and Arranging.
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