Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Josefina
"Superb Violin Teacher!!
I have been taking violin classes from Anna for a few months now and it has been fantastic. I am making faster progress under her
instruction and she provides me with different learning strategies she has acquired over the years which is very helpful. Anna has many years of experience and it shows! It is such a pleasure going to class each week. I have so much fun!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Ed
"Michelle is very patient especially for a late learner of guitar like me. She's very knowledgeable about her craft. Able to explain things that I'm not f
amiliar with. My understanding of tabs, chords and basic musical notes open up and widens because of her instruction and guidance. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn to play guitar."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Tiffany
Bijan is an excellent instructor. With whatever you are going to learn, he knows what he is doing. Even though I only took cello
lessons for a short time, he taught me so much with each lesson. He is worth the money and you will learn so much."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tom
"Sweet, professional teacher!
Ania is an awesome teacher. She makes our lessons fun and she is very personable. She does not sugar-coat things, which is a
huge help for someone who is trying to become a better piano player. A very nice, helpful, and professional teacher. Highly recommended!"
Muncie, IN teacher:
Review by Roy
"Marie is patient and fun
Marie is my wife. However, she has also helped me learn piano. I am not good, however, she is patient with me. Let's face it, if
she can teach me, she can teach anyone!
Marie is very talented (all husbandly love aside). She sings like an angel even when she would say she is doing terribly.
She enjoys teaching and goes the extra mile, often spending hours a week after lessons making sure her students have the warmups needed, music examples, and anything else you can think of to help them.
And, like I said, if my wife can teach her husband piano with a smile on her face, she can have patience working with anyone."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Bridget
"Mitchell has been a wonderful drum teacher for my two boys. He's very knowledgeable and able to break down concepts well for children. He's responsible a
nd timely with scheduling. He's been a delight to work with!"
Toledo, OH teacher:
Review by Nick
"Best thing to happen to my voice
Peter has been the best thing to ever happen to my voice. I started studying with Peter freshman year of college and I s
till see him regularly 6 years later. He took my completely untrained voice and helped me find, not only technique but also confidence in myself and my abilities. If it weren't for him I would not be pursuing musical theatre as a career. I would also not be booking jobs professionally. I owe my current and future musical theatre career to him. GO SING WITH HIM!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by Libby
"Perfect Drum Teacher for a 6 year-old!
Mike is simply the perfect drum teacher for our high energy 6 year-old son! He has taken the time to get to know A
nnan and understand how to best teach him. As a result, he is able to push our kid to challenge himself, while still making it so fun that he doesn't want the lesson to end. Mike is also very organized, which makes it easy for the parents to understand what your child is supposed to be practicing throughout the week. He also gives exercises for practice that the kids actually want to do. As a result, Annan practices on his own and is often trying to push himself to do even a little more so that he can impress Mike at this next lesson. If you have a young son who is interested in drums, I can't think of a better teacher than Mike!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jewel
"Afraid to write this review
Michael has been wonderful. He seems very young to this old woman, but his maturity is remarkable. I have never had a teacher
handle 'Thias the way Michael does. Somehow he seems to always be a step ahead of his young student and has a distinct ability to keep 'Thias focused on the lesson. Mathias has learned so much in the last four weeks, his playing sounds much more mature and organized and he is enraptured with the music he is making. I have always had to keep an eye on the lesson to make sure that Mathias was engaged. Somehow I do not feel the need to do that anymore. I guess I can say that Michael has given me the chance to relax and "enjoy the music". Thank you, Michael, You are making my dream and Mathias's dream come true."
MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.
Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber
ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.
Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.
Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.
Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.
Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.
*** Lesson Details *** I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :) I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!
*** Specialties *** Classical, jazz ----------------------------------
FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
Jenny August 18, 2016
Shannon is my personal trainer and running coach. She adapts to my body requirements as needed. I'm running better, losing weight, eating better, etc. She's amazing. Results are great! I would recommend her to anyone. Love her!
Barbara August 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Shannon has been great to work with and gears lessons to my learning style and abilities.
Leah M. April 30, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Shannon is very thorough explaining the music and clear in her expectations. We plan to stay with her for long term.
I am a Biology student at Texas Southern University with a minor in music. I am a band leader, singer, songwriter, percussionist, bassist and guitarist. I have been a contract music teacher for over 10 years. I have taught music in various schools from 1st grade to high school in the Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District and several charter schools throughout the Greater Houston Area. I have instructed and led large guitar ensembles 25+, percussion ensembles, a pop/ rock/ stage band, an elementary school choir, one on one private lessons, etc. I have de
signed curriculum and written lesson plans.
*** Lesson Details *** Fun lessons based on your personal favorite songs and music. You'll be exposed to and learn different styles of popular music. After a few months and a personal commitment to practice, students will have a thorough understanding of the musical instrument they are studying and how to sight read.
Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.
Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.
*** Lesson Details *** There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.
To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet. The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons. Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!
Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study. Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.
Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
IMPORTANT NOTES: • To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.
• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.
• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.
• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.
• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.
• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard area for parents to sit and observe lessons.
*** Specialties *** Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
Landon T. March 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Mary Ann H. February 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Very patient even with Senior Citizens. Great credentials as well.
Indiana P. February 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am experienced in playing the Trumpet and Piano. I been playing both instruments for approximately over 25 years. I have an Associated Degree in Music Education. I have minor in Singing Alto, Guitar, Handbells, Organ Percussion and French Horn for over eight years. I started learning music at the age of 10. I initially started with Piano and eventually learned to play the Trumpet. I also have experience with playing the guitar. I enjoy learning and teaching music to others.
*** Trumpet Lesson Details ***
For young one's on the trumpet, we will work on learning how
to make sounds with big breathes, how to breathe and the name of the notes. * Age 4 – 7: Holding Trumpet, basic Music Theory “Note Names,” Fingering Notes, Trumpet Book “for beginners,” Fun Song.
* Age 8 – 9: Level 1 Music Theory “Note Names, Fingering Notes,” Trumpet Book, Fun Song, --------------------------------- As for Junior High/High School or Adults level I will help them with anything they are learning in the school band like "etudes, solo's scale's or anything they bring to the lessons. For trumpet players, I well use any books they are using in school band or a book I think they may need based on their level; I will let them use my book also with the encouragement to bring any music they like or love. I will always make lessons fun and educational.
* Age 10 – 13: Music Theory “Base on their level,” Trumpet Book, Exercise Book “Long Tone, Lip slur/Tonguing,” Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor scales. I try to also do anything they need to work on for school/band. * Age 14 – Adults: I base it on the level of the student, Music Theory “Base on their level,” Trumpet Book, Exercise Book “Long Tone, Lip slur/Tonguing,” Piece, Fun Song, any etudes and Major/Minor Scales. I try to also do anything they need to work on for school/band.
*** Piano Lesson Details ***
For the younger students I enjoy teaching them the name of the letters and the placement of their hands on the piano. My teaching aides include, colors, name games, color pages, flashcards along with songs I have composed or will buy for them. I always encourage students to play any song they like.
* Age 4 – 7: Basic Music Theory color pages, Lesson Book, Fun Song and Games * Age 8 – 9: Level 1 Music Theory, Lesson Book, Technical Book, Fun Song. ---------------------------------- For those in Junior High/High School or Adults level I will teach them at their level and speed with tempo, rhythm and some basic music theory. As for piano students, I well go ahead and purchase a book they need based on their level.
* Age 10 – 13: Music Theory “Base on their level,” Lesson Book, Technical Book, Finger/Hand Exercises, Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor scales * Age 14 – Adults: I base it on the level of the student, Music Theory “Base on their level,” Lesson Book, Technical Book, Finger/Hand Exercises, Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor Scales/Chords
*** Specialties ***
I have published a beginners trumpet book.
I specialize in church music, mariachi, concert and jazz band, orchestra, classical and/or symphony music on the trumpet.
I specialize in church music, classical, orchestra, symphony and/or pop on the piano.
I started to learn music at the age of 10. I have minored/self-taught myself in sing alto, guitar, handbells, organ, voice, percussion and french horn for approximately eight years. I enjoy learning and teaching music to others.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I am able to travel to your house. I have a portable piano keyboard for anyone that does not have one but I do expect the parents to invest in some type of piano and/or keyboard. I can also provide the books they will need.
Noah June 15, 2016
In home Verified Student
Excellent and patient teacher!
Jonathan K. March 26, 2016
In home Verified Student
Jennifer is an excellent instructor. She came to our home and worked with my middle school son on trumpet. My son was struggling with his technique and was frustrated with the school band program. Jennifer's teaching style is one of positive encouragement and incredible patience. She took the extra time to find music of interest to my son to enhance and make the lessons fun, especially due to his frustration with some of the more boring pieces of music assigned through the school. I highly recommend Jennifer!
Shonda W. March 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
Great teacher I recommend her for young children she is very nice and polite. Willing to drive to your home.
Hi, Everyone! Thank you so much for taking a moment to read my blurb! My name is Elyse Kehe, and I can't wait to meet you! I've taught music in small ensembles since July, 2007 by helping out marching bands. It was so much fun! I have been classroom teaching since 2010 - General Music and Choir. I have been teaching private lessons since 2014, and I have absolutely loved helping my students read music, excel at playing or singing songs that they enjoy, and seeing their happiness and excitement when they realize how much they have achieved. In 2009, I graduated from Kent State University, locat
ed in Kent, OH, and I earned a degree in Music Education. I'm definitely a fun-loving, outgoing person, and my teaching style is tailored to my students, a think-outside-the-box style, and hands-on. I am willing to help you with other things listed, also! :) Let's get together, reach for those stars, and grab your goals!
Johanna B. August 23, 2016
Music Theory ·
In home Verified Student
Elyse was very helpful, encouraged my own brainstorming through concepts and recommended great resources.
Eva A. August 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Elyse is quick to point out useful techniques to improve my singing. She is easy going, complimentary and keeps thing challenging. I'm really liking my lessons-recommend her.
Alex May 25, 2016
In home Verified Student
Good instructor. She was flexible on settings dates and times for the lessons. She communicated well. She always texted her time of arrival for our lessons.
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