Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Febe
"Wonderful Piano and voice teacher
Ginni is an excellent music teacher, very flexible. I recommend her to all friends and family. We enjoyed piano and voi
ce lessons with her."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Kristina
"Great, creative teacher
Gio has a great way of thinking outside the box and teaching my daughter each week. He uses creative methods to engage her and he
lp her relate to the material and provides easy instructions for practicing during the week. He is patient and easy going which allows for her not to feel overwhelmed as she's just learning the guitar. I'm very happy with how he's teaching her!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Gilbert
"Fawnâs teaching is amazing
Fawnâs teaching is amazing, from the day one I have learnt so much, I knew she was the good and best teacher for me, I lov
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Scott
"Up for the challenge...
I am a professional musician, playing several different instruments and singing most of my life. I never picked up the guitar unt
il a year ago. I'm not the traditional student who wants to learn rock 'n' roll, but am instead a lover of classical music. From day one, Adam worked with me to find out my skill level and taste in music. He challenged me to learn amazing pieces, played in finger style #I highly recommend#, and even taught me a few songs from the rock genre. Adam has a cool demeanor and makes learning guitar interesting and fun. What I learned from Adam in just a short time amazes me, and I know he can teach even the most challenging student."
Santa Cruz, CA teacher:
Review by Nylah
"First lesson down and plenty more to come!!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Rebecca
"Phil has only given my daughter one lesson but we have been very impressed with his patience and calm demeanor. When we have more lessons I will add to t
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Cathy
"My son takes Ukulele lessons from Travis and it has been a wonderful experience! Travis has made lessons fun and engaging with my son so he has enjoyed p
laying and doesn't feel like it is a chore to practice. Travis also used a music book we already had so we didn't have to buy a new one, and he was also able to quickly write out music with chords for my son to play that was at his level when the book didn't provide appropriate level of music. Travis is always encouraging and never makes us feel rushed...he genuinely has a love of music and comes out through his lessons!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Tom
"Been doing lessons with Alex and has found him to be a excellent teacher. He has help me progress in my guitar playing and understanding the world of musi
c I would recommend Alex to anyone who would like to learn guitar He's great"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Irene
"He's very friendly but also professional. I actually enjoy my drums lessons, I really like it!"
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
Anna A. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Good with children
Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.
An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroqu
e flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Danielle W. August 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I started playing flute when I was 8 and bass when I was 13. In 2002, I moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass performance. I came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where I got a Master's of Music degree and a post-graduate Performance Residency Certificate. Since finishing at Carnegie Mellon in 2011, I have been freelancing in Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia.
*** Lesson Details *** I want to provide a fun, relaxed environment in which you feel appro
priately challenged and comfortable to make mistakes. I don't have a pre-set course of music and exercises that I give to every student. Rather, I prefer to have a variety of music and exercises at hand so that we can find material that addresses the student's learning needs and is enjoyable for that student. I love teaching to all ages and levels, and I understand that each student's learning style and goals are different - the needs of a small child are very different than the needs of a student looking to get into a college music program. I want to ensure that you are happy with your progress, that you learn proper technique, and that you have fun!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stands, an electronic keyboard, mirrors so that students can see and make corrections to their form, a music library, and seating for parents. There's easily available parking on my street.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring my own instrument to demonstrate on. I have an electronic keyboard that I can bring if a music theory student does not have their own piano or keyboard. Students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical music of all eras, from baroque through 21st century compositions.
Justine C. November 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I was satisfied with the lesson. I wasn't noticing that Jessica had 2 E-Mails 'till the next day when I checked my PC. She said that she could be at at the bus stop when I got off the bus yesterday. That was alright anyway; I was a little bit early But she said that it was alright. Buses ether are early or late. (some times they don't show-up at all; I call the bus company several years ago & why it happened that way. They told me that they don't have time to look for another person to drive the bus & the guy calls up & he just wouldn't be there that day. Any was I liked the lesson & Jessica lives close to the 71C were I live. It was a short ride from my place were I live. It as a good lesson.
Kai S. April 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Susanna has been teaching private lessons for 20 years and is currently available to teach lessons at my studio, your home or online. Susanna Sonnenberg has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin and viola, successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions and ASTA or PMEA events, provides traditional classical training on violin and viola, and share her passion for music.
Susanna Sonnenberg received her training at State University of New York in 1991 where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and from University of Denver in 2000 where she received a Ma
sters in Music. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an expert in her field, Susana Sonnenberg looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna Sonnenberg's teaching style is postive and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable.
Chuck November 19, 2015
Susanna is a highly qualified teacher who goes out of her way to provide excellent instruction for her students. As my high school strings teacher, she upped the quality of the music we played, and took time to help us develop skills individually. I recall that during two semesters when the regular class hours did not fit into my schedule, she sacrificed a portion of her free time to supervise me in an independent study. She also coached several of us to successfully audition for competitive student orchestras. A decade later, I still remember and appreciate her expertise and patience.
virginia November 6, 2015
Susanna loves music and teaching music. She has a special ability to connect with students and inspire them to learn.
Marie R. October 31, 2015
In home Verified Student
Susanna was great with our 10 year old today for her first lesson. Very sweet and personable, but also direct with her teaching and her goals for the student. We are looking forward to our weekly lesson!
What I lack in teaching experience, I more than make up for exposing the creativity of an eager musician, along with diagnosing issues that a student encounters in the natural learning process. I have written music for two bands in the past, taught several guitarists along the way, and am furthering my learning of audio engineering using some of my more recent rock/metal material, with hopes of having something concrete in early 2016.
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