Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Robert
"If you like guitar, you'll like James.
I have had about a dozen lessons so far with James, starting out as a complete beginner, with knowledge of only a
few chords. In this short time, I have learned a great deal of theory, practice strategy, playing full songs, and even singing along with a few in time. James has been very hospitable and patient, and I recommend him to anyone who loves the guitar, regardless of skill!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Damian
"Damian really enjoys his lessons and is learning."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Tavia
"Mary goes beyond teaching you how to play! She creates an environment of comfort, safety, and no judgement. I have learned so much in such a short amoun
t of time all while laughing and having a great time. She really gets the most out of the time you are with her. I couldn't have asked for a better supporter and teacher!!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by dean
"friendly, knowledgeable teacher
From musical theory to learning a tune by ear, Marc is a good teacher. Marc is knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging, flex
ible, and in my opinion has good taste in music."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Sambit
"Sachie taught my daughter Piano. She was very easy to work with. She tailors her teaching in consultation with the parents. For example, during the school
year my daughter was not keeping pace with 5 homeworks a week. I spoke to Sachie, she adjusted it to 2 per week and my daughter was learning more. The reason that Sachie is not teaching her any more is because we moved and it's too long a commute for her. Otherwise, I'd happily have her as my daughter's piano teacher."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Ruben
"My daughter had a drama audition at Bishop O’Dowd. After three sessions felt comfortable and came home saying she nailed it!! My daughter really connected
with Molly. She not only provided lessons, but to help with her confidence and we’ll continue with Molly."
I've been in and around music all my life. I started violin at age 5, part of the first generation of Suzuki violinists in the United States. I've loved being a professional violinist and violin teacher for over 30 years! And I've also founded and directed three community music schools in Newburyport, Boston, and Manhattan.
I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Violin Performance, and I'm lucky to have had wonderful experiences during my formal training! In my undergraduate years, I was awarded a full 4-year scholarship for string quartet and chamber music playing, which was invaluabl
e as a real-world training. In graduate school, I was fortunate to learn so much as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate violin students.
I have also been an innovator in musical education, and I've felt honored to coach numerous already gifted violin teachers who have sought me out to improve their techniques for best teaching practices. From my 30+ years of private violin teaching and observing how children learn, I developed a super fun groundbreaking class in New York City for 2.5 to 5 year old beginners called Crackerjack Kidz! And a few years ago, I wrote a text to accompany young students and their families.
I continuously work to be a master teacher dedicated to the very best methods, using a variety and combination of techniques and strategies tailored to the student's musical success and enjoyment.
My specialties include music-based early childhood development, adult beginners and continuing learners, intermediate and advanced players, and chamber music coaching.
I welcome you to start your family's musical journey with me!
*** Lesson Details *** While each lesson is different, we always try to spend a little time warming up, making sure we're comfortable and free of tension, reviewing what we've worked on, and layering in new concepts each time. We also learn age appropriate music theory (the "why's" of how music works), we exercise our imaginations, and we learn how to effectively practice.
We learn to think, solve problems, hear the music in our minds, and coordinate our bodies to play beautifully! Along the way we learn skills for life, the joy of accomplishment, and love of ourselves and others!
Whether you're a toddler or a senior, violin can always teach new things and help students appreciate more about themselves and the world!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with keyboard and computer. Parents can sit it on lessons, and are enouraged to do so with young students.
*** Specialties *** I'm a classically trained violinist and a master teacher with over 30 years of experience. I've been teaching Suzuki violin to children ages 3 and up for my whole career, and I'm also extremely comfortable with traditional methods for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of any age.
My specialties include: music-based early childhood development adult beginners and continuing learners intermediate and advanced players chamber music coaching.
Lizzy M. May 4, 2016
Online Verified Student
I immediately felt comfortable with Jill. She is so patient, kind, and supportive. As a first-time student of the violin, I feel incredibly lucky to have found such an invaluable resource as her. I will most definitely be signing on for future lessons with her.
Nicole April 11, 2016
I look forward to my violin lessons with Jill. She is a great instructor and I have learned a lot. She personalizes each lesson and I come away with tools to help me in the future. I know that she is going to make me a much better player.
Vijaya H. March 24, 2016
Online Verified Student
My first lesson in many many years! You may as well say I was a beginner. As an adult learner, I need a type of instruction that will leave me motivated to continue and Jill was just PERFECT. Knowledgeable, patient, she uses tricks and techniques to facilitate learning. I learned so much in just the first lesson. I am very motivated to continue and to get to a point where I can actually play!
Hello! I am a professional working drummer with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. My current band, Eight To The Bar, has been the winner of Best Band Connecticut for the past 5 years straight. We perform internationally in many venues, including festivals, casinos, and concert halls. The repertoire is diverse and challenging, drawing on the traditions of R&B, Swing and Motown.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons with me will be fun and constructive. I gear my lesson plan to your individual needs with a strong focus on fundamental technique, proper grip and stroke as well as
helping you find your balance and relaxation behind the kit through posture and ergonomic set- up.
We will be able to explore the techniques of your favorite drummers. Through my wide range of experience I will be able to give you the skills necessary to function within your favorite genre of music. At the same time, I may introduce you to some forms of music less familiar to you. You can then use that experience to bring a fresh approach to your chosen style.
The name of the game is time-keeping and time feel. You will be expected to practice with a metronome, but also with recorded tracks. We will record your playing and listen back. This is one of the best ways to improve your playing.
Double bass and/or double pedal also taught as well as left foot clave, Latin percussion, piano, and music theory.
*** Studio Equipment *** Two drum sets, full PA, fender rhodes piano, congas, timbales and hand percussion, frame drums, bongos, DVD player, audio recording capabilities. Parents can sit in on lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring a practice pad set to the student's home. Metronome, ipod, some lesson handouts, and occasionally DVD's will also be brought.
*** Specialties *** All styles and levels: rock, jazz, Latin, percussion as applied to drumset. Reading, time feel, counting and singing
Christopher B. October 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent. Needs some coaching on keeping a 4 year old focused/ task oriented. Maybe lesson for Christopher needs to be longer. And lessons need to be weekly.
Lea F. December 26, 2012 Verified Student
Shawn teaches according to the learners needs .
Shawn reamined patient and thoughful during the instruction process.
TinaB2 November 26, 2011
Shawn is great with my son who is 4.5 y/o..patience is everything when it comes to kids and he has tons of it!! My goal is for my son to be introduced to an instrument and have fun with it at this stage!!!
Hello! My name is Mathew, and I am an actively performing professional and conservatory trained musician with a degree in violin performance. I am well versed in orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire for all ages/levels. Depending on the skill level, studies will be drawn from the Suzuki method, traditional French conservatory training, and Russian schools of technique. For those looking to have more fun and learn in the process, fiddling and folk music is also available. No matter what level you are at, music making should always be fun!
Tamara R. September 1, 2015
Audition Prep ·
In home Verified Student
Mathew was very kind and supportive. His feedback is constructive and his guidance was astute and practical.
Bill July 6, 2015
Thoroughly prepared, clear instruction, great musician and instructor. I highly recommend Mat.
Fausto Miro June 25, 2015
The opportunity to write a review for Mathew presents me with an enormous challenge. Simply, how to coherently and concisely express my admiration and respect for his diverse professional body of work? It would require a writer far more gifted than I to adequately represent Mathew's gifts as a violinist, as a teacher, and overall musician. Suffice it to say that I am thrilled and honored to be asked to recommend him — which I do happily without reservation, and with the greatest affection.
I currently maintain a private studio in my home south of Boston.
If you want to play Classical Guitar the right way, with a great sound, proper technique and stylistic interpretations, I will help you achieve your goals.
All levels are welcome!
I served on the Guitar Faculty of The Boston Conservatory for 21 years (18 years as Chair) and also held faculty appointments at UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University, Phillips Academy and Boston College.
Performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Bo
ston Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland, Chautauqua, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indian Hill, Nashua, Lexington and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestras.
I have recorded for Koch International, Arabesque, Neuma, Nepenthe, Arsis, Centaur and Albany Records.
Rick January 27, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
Bill is the best teacher around. His extensive performance experience makes all the difference - he knows every tip, trick and nuance in the book that changes every piece from just a set of notes to a performance of color, grace and subtlety. His knowledge of the guitar repertoire never fails to amaze. And he's wonderfully patient with everyone - you don't have to play like Bream or Russell
Hello! I am Pablo. Have a wide experience teaching guitar and music in general. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in Music. Have a Master degree done in Brazil, also. I speak excellent Portuguese and Spanish if you prefer so. I am very patient teacher and extremely personal in the development of each student. Hope you get in context and we can show you how is my work!
Joseph P. May 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I've reached several goals thanks to Pablo's excellent tutelage. The best part is, in only 3 lessons my knowledge, understanding and over all playing has improved tremendously. I HIGHLY recommend.
Wadson Mendes April 28, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Awesome lesson. Pablo Passini is a real professional. Explains everything so simple and makes you understand everything, great teacher.
Christian Aderbauer April 5, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
As I am a complete beginner, I could not have a better tutor for my first couple of lesson. I made really good progress the last couple or weeks and enjoying the lesson with Pablo. He is not just a great tutor, he is also explaining a lot in regards to understand the beat and the music.
If you want to learn Guitar or extend your playing, Pablo is the right person for you.
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