Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Laurie
"Anna-Lisa is very creative in the way she makes suggestions to improve. She's very matter-of-fact. Very caring and passionate about what she does."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Melanie
"We are so happy we found Brandon,we had our third lesson this week and already my son is learning so much. I would recommend Brandon to anyone looking for
a teacher that down to earth and really enjoys teaching guitar to his students.We look forward to continuing lessons with Brandon and watching my son excel at guitar playing."
Roswell, NM teacher:
Review by Zhanna
"The best teacher!
Suzan the best teacher ever! My 9 years old girl say after each lesson. What i can add more?"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Cascino
"I can't recommend Paul enough as a teacher. I took one-on-one lessons with him from middle school through high school, and learned so much during that tim
e. He was extremely flexible in his methods and approach, teaching me both notes/scales, as well as a good amount of ear training and improvisation. Anyone from beginners to those with more experience would greatly benefit from taking lessons from Paul!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Aaron
"Cheryl came by our Church Music Ministry in Detroit, and demonstrated her great music skills, dexterity, singing excellence, and versatility on both Organ
and Piano. Her many years of experience make her an outstanding choice for professional music training. Her congeniality warmed the hearts of our Choir members and others she encountered."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Nathan
"We are very glad we have selected Christian, and we are very pleased with the approach he has used to teach our son. Our son is new to the trombone and
Christian is very patient and appropriately communicates constructive criticism to build confidence and endurance.
I would recommend Christian for any student that is new to music."
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Maria
"Cathy is very patient and offers a wealth of musical knowledge!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Michelle
"Rosanna is very good. She is very patient with my son. She is always on time. Recommend!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by A
"I took lessons with Drew for around six months. About the highest recommendation I can give is that I stuck with the guitar. I've burned out of too many h
obbies and passions; a good teacher is invaluable not just in teaching the technical aspects but passing along the joy of playing an instrument. Even as I type this, I'm practicing with a guitar on my lap. Enough said."
I am a piano teacher, classically trained. I started my music education at the age of 7, at the Odessa College of Music in Ukraine. At age 16 I was accepted to the highly prestigious Odessa University of Music, where later I received my BA degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Summa Cum Laude. I then decided to further my education and take a 2 year Piano Performance course at the Odessa Conservatory. For over 30 years thereafter, I am teaching students of all ages. I look to develop problem solving, multitasking and other intangible life skills for my younger students through the power o
f music. For my adult students, I look to reduce stress and keep their brains working like new. Regardless of age, I work very hard to improve all of my student's memory, brain function, coordination and most importantly teach them how to simply have fun! I believe that all students can thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their abilities.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are designed based on famous methods of teaching to meet the individual needs and desires of each student. I am always very patient and will take it as slow as each of my students needs to make sure that he or she understands everything of what is being presented. I am growing up with the students, building a proper relationship with them and helping them develop life skills through music. I hope for all my students that they will indeed develop skills and attributes through the music experience they have with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright Piano, Baby Grand Kawaii for Recitals
*** Travel Equipment *** Student must provide piano in their home for piano lessons. Must have parking available
*** Specialties *** I am using Alfred's Music for Little Mozarts, Alfred Piano, Bastien Piano, Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber, Thompson Modern course for beginners. I provide my student with a variety of music styles: classical, jazz, musicals/movie. Also, I introduce them to piano duets. These duets are very useful as supplementary material in a piano program, musically rewarding, and very motivational. I offer preparation to the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations.
Wendy M. June 5, 2015
Miss Emma is an amazing teacher. She is challenging and nurturing. I particularly love her ability to select the perfect songs for my children. She is also amazing with coaching them on their performance from start to finish- from the second they kids get on stage until the minute they get off, they are focused and confident because of her preparation! We are so thankful to have her as a teacher. My children push themselves hard to impress her because they love her like family!
Wendy M. June 5, 2015
Miss Emma is an amazing teacher!
kathy N. May 20, 2015
My son is 9 and he has been taking lessons from Miss Emma for the past year and a half. We love her. She is very dedicated to her craft and to her students. She has worked very closely with our son and he has improved tremendously while working with her. She truly cares about him and goes out of her way to make him the best that he can be. I cannot say enough good things about her.
Samara R is a contemporary classical music composer and educator based in Southern California. Textural elements, unusual instrumentation, extended performance techniques, and imagery inspiration combine themselves to form her compositional sound.
Samara is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in music composition, and was selected to participate in the prestigious honors program, which culminated in a solo h
onors recital. She was awarded The Steward Prize for an outstanding creative work.
Samara studied music composition at UCSD with Dr. Lei Liang, Dr. Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger, and Dr. Philippe Manoury. She studied music composition, music theory, piano performance and pedagogy at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA under the tutelage of Dr. Norman Weston, Pamela Worcester and the late Dr. Rebecca Rollins.
At UCSD, Samara also had the opportunity to broaden her musical knowledge with courses complementary to composition. She studied recording, mixing, and mastering techniques in a state-of-the-art studio with Tom Erbe (SoundHack), completed a yearlong series of courses in jazz theory and improvisation with Kamau Kenyatta, took private violin lessons with Batya MacAdam-Somer, and even spent a quarter studying conducting with Dr. Chinary Ung.
Samara has sung and performed in numerous choirs throughout Southern California, including The Southern California Children’s Choir, Saddleback College’s Women’s Camerata and Modern Masterworks Choral, UCSD’s Concert Choir and Gospel Choir, and The La Jolla Symphony Chorus.
Samara currently runs a private music studio where she teaches piano, violin, voice, and composition lessons. In addition, she is a certified Music Together instructor for music and movement courses so she can introduce infants and toddlers to the joys of music.
Samara has participated in various music festivals including UCSD’s Toy Piano Festival organized and hosted by Scott Paulson, UCSD’s undergraduate arts festival ADDO, and The Grand Teton Music Festival.
She enjoys sharing her love of music through composing, teaching, and performing.
Samara is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), and The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC).
*** Lesson Details *** Expect lessons to be fun and enjoyable! I want all my students to love music. I use a variety of materials to craft customized lessons based on your interest, skill level, and musical style. Let me know what you want to learn and I can help you achieve that goal!
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room, piano, supplies, music books, couch, music stand
*** Specialties *** I mostly teach in a traditional classical trajectory with emphasis on developing solid technique, musicianship, and theory skills. However, I also encourage students to learn other fun songs such as their favorite Disney and pop songs.
Samara K. May 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Samara is great with our daughter. She recommends songs that our daughter likes and she asks my daughter to choose songs that she likes. She sings along with her when necessary to help her find the right notes and plays piano beautifully. Our daughter looks forward to the lessons with Samara.
Melissa S. January 5, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
As Samara's colleague at UCSD, I had the privilege of collaborating with her on various musical projects and observing her composition process from start to finish. She's a creative, talented and ambitious musician who is familiar with various musical instruments and techniques. More than that, she is a dedicated educator: she has extensive knowledge of musical pedagogy and is always looking for opportunities for further professional development. I highly recommend her for students of all levels!
marjorie B. September 9, 2014
Our daughter took voice and piano lessons with Samara for about 6 months in San Diego. She had never had lessons before but within that short time fame our daughter learned and progressed at an unbelievable pace.
Samara is patient and extremely talented with her gifts as well as with children. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed all her lessons with Samara and we were definitely sad to see her go.
I have taught music for more than 13 years. In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where I also studied conducting, music theory & history, and piano. I have been playing the violin for 21 years and had over 17 years of private lessons along with college instruction on violin, viola, and piano. I also played the piano for 7 years with private instruction and the viola for 9 years.
I perform professionally with the Montage Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and Symphony
Irvine as Assistant Principal Violist. I also play violin and viola for operas and musicals.
I performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band. I was a concerto competition winner in 2004 and performed Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist. I am also a soloist, member of violin and cello duo, and trio for professional events.
I began violin as a Suzuki violin student. I teach the Suzuki method mixed with a flexible, traditional method that teaches note reading, rhythms, shifting, theory, scales, and memorization. I accept students of all levels.
I've had many of the same students for 2-5 years. My students have biannual recitals featuring violin, viola, and piano students levels 1-7.
You can see more about me at: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jill-zor/45/740/31a and can listen to my unedited performance recordings at https://soundcloud.com/jzorviolinist
Additional Music Education:
I studied the violin privately with violin teachers from the Julliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I also attended music camps like the Montecito Music Festival and Musishare's former Chamber Music Festival of 2004.
*** Studio Equipment *** Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.
Youssef M. May 4, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Jill is extremely knowledgeable with all kind of mistakes that students may have. I am always amazed by the interest she shows to give us more of her knowledge and motivation.
Also, Jill shows enormously great patience to make students comfortable and motivated playing music.
I strongly believe she is one of the best teachers in takelessons team..
I bring a dynamic and multifaceted perspective to the creative exploration of the percussive arts, with over 50 years of diverse musical experience which includes performing with Nigerian master drummer Francis Aweâs Talking Drum Ensemble, competing to top international honors with the Misty Isle Pipe Band, ensembles large and small covering music in a wide range of genres, as well as extended experience in solo accompaniment for modern dance and performance art. I have performed with renowned musicians such as Dave Holland, Albert Mangelsdorf, Bobby Bradford, Fred Katz, Lee Konitz, Don Thom
pson, Ralph Alessi, Vinny Golia, Karl Denson, Kei Akagi, among many others.
*** Lesson Details *** With study and training in many aspects of musical performance, and a well rounded background in concert, world music, and drum set percussion, I bring expertise and attention to detail into my students' learning experience. I seek to meet each student at the level they find themselves at and to discern what works best in order to maximize their growth and potential. A firm grounding in basic technique, dynamics, and expression on the instrument is essential. Stick control and reading are two skills necessary to develop at the start. Books that I find invaluable in any student's development are "Stick Control" - George Lawrence Stone, "Modern Reading Text in 4/4" - Louis Bellson, "Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer" - Ted Reed, among others. Working through any music instruction texts/tutorials the student already has is also a priority.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room: drum kit, percussion
*** Travel Equipment *** Snare drums, practice pads, drum set and auxiliary percussion as needed.
*** Specialties *** Drums: beg to upper inter/lower adv
Jazz and creative improvised music, blues, folk and ethnically influenced musics.
JacobP August 22, 2011
Allen is a fantastic teacher. He puts a lot of time and effort into his students and tries to expose his students to a variety of different music and exercises. I have currently been studying the swing and bossa nova grooves. I have gotten much better since I have been studying with Allen.
I am a classically trained composer, guitarist, tenor, pianist and percussionist and I love sharing what I have learned with others and watching my students develop and grow. My goal is to teach my students until they are better than me, so I hold no secrets, tricks or techniques back and I devote my time and energy to help others become the best musicians, artists and people they can be. I have a BA in music composition and a BA in music history, both from California State University, San Bernardino. I play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, orchestral percussion, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, recor
der, harmonica and didgeridoo and I am well versed in music theory, songwriting, recording, MIDI, arranging, singing (contemporary, broadway and opera), and acting/performing. I have performed in The United States, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and have 13 years of experience, development, mistakes and successes to offer my students. I love learning new things and have been teaching as a profession since 2007. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, Live Scan fingerprinted, FBI background checked, Safe Environment trained and a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.
*** Lesson Details *** I do not use a set curriculum. I prefer to discuss goals and music with my students and their parents to determine what genres, styles and techniques they are most interested in. I then use techniques I have gained through experience along with songs and classical exercises to develop strong technique, a developed ear and the ability to read music. I do expect students to be disciplined, practice regularly, and be prepared for lessons, enabling them to expect the same from me. Whether a student wants to be a classical virtuosi or learn how to play a song they heard on the radio, I will keep the lessons fun and interesting for anyone willing to practice and learn, and I will always to my best to cater to the student's individual needs and goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** I provide all copies of music, handouts, exercises, etc. Students are expected (when applicable) to have an instrument in good, working condition.
*** Specialties *** I form all of my lessons around being able to learn, memorize and play songs, read written musical notation (along with sight-reading & technical exercises), and improvisation (based on scales and exercises).
For guitar and it's relatives (bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo) I can teach any style or genre of music, including modern tapping techniques, and I also teach TAB notation.
I teach both classical and popular piano, usually combining sight reading exercises while learning classical and/or popular repertoire.
I have experience acting and singing on stage in both non-musical and musical productions, as well as five years of classical vocal experience singing in collegiate ensembles. Being in these environments has equipped me with the tools and exercises to be able to teach everything from basic singing to fundamentals in Broadway and opera.
I also have a small studio in my home where I write and record, providing me with the opportunity to also teach recording, songwriting and music theory.
Craig woods August 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Matthew is not only a very talented musician and teacher but also a very pleasent person to learn from.
Risa May 14, 2014
Matt is very helpful! Taught me some nice skills and made me be able to sing confidently!
Bunny May 14, 2014
My lesson with Matthew was great. Even though I have experience with music he was able to help me out with small habits that I needed help breaking. Great teacher really well versed in different styles of music as well as small techniques which will help me build and become a better piano player. All around great experience for my first time taking a piano lesson. Thanks Matt!!!
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