Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Melissa
"Super friendly and very patient! I felt like I really knew more after one lesson. Can't wait for the next!"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by christine
"Michael is an amazing teacher, he understands kids and music .He's not only funny but fun, happy, and upbeat. I'm 11 years old and I loved my first lesso
n! He's Fantabulous!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Carol
"I can't compare Justin with any other teacher as my child has had only one trumpet instructor; but I believe they do not come much, if any better, than J
ustin! He is a natural teacher. He is punctual, caring, patient, encouraging, and most professional. I especially like the way he consistently corrects the "little" bad habits that may become a monumental problem later. I consider it an honor having my child being taught by Justin."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Andrew
"John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has
made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time."
Torrington, CT teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Patience of Job
Barbara is a kid-whisperer. She is excellent at figuring out how best to motivate each individual student and is extremely patient. I hig
hly recommend her as a teacher!"
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Brett
"I've known Kassage for 8 years and he has always been a talented pianist, quick to pick up new songs and demonstrate to others the simplest way to learn t
hem. He has eclectic musical tastes which range from classical to pop, jazz to metal, and he can show you a lick or two from any genre. If you're looking to build useful keyboard skills along with a bit of music theory knowledge, Kassage is your go-to teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Ishaan
"Jose was an enthusiastic and patient teacher. He's got an interesting and diverse experience ranging from both pedantic with theory to real world advice o
n how to play live and all things in between. A fun drummer, a good teacher."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Kate
"Parry was great! A lot of teachers just give you exercises or just work on your material, but Parry had a great blend of isolating vocal issues, working t
hrough them with exercises, and then applying them to songs for context. I had limited background, but am confident that she's knowledgable enough to work across all levels. She's a lot of fun, too! Takes your music seriously but not yourself too seriously. Always a bonus."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lucy
"I learned a lot from tara, and I recommend her to anyone who's intersted in starting the flute."
If you want to act as a profession or are auditioning to get into a particular high school of performing arts or college or have professional auditions or are trying to land an agent let's talk. If you are one of the artists who act, sing and write songs, get in here! If you need help understanding the industry or if you are a parent with a child who just has to be an actor, come in. If you are a corporate executive with performance issues or an attorney with stage fright, I understand...If you have been an actor and now you gotta do anything but that...let's figure it out. My students are fe
atured on television, in commercials and have landed multiple leads in films but more than anything...they are satisfied and pretty happy in their lives because, for creatives, that's the first thing we have to tend to! That being said, they work! Several of them have signed contracts with union (SAG/Aftra) affiliated agents. Together, we strive to make dreams come true. I have been in show business my entire life. I am fortunate to work as an actor, singer, and songwriter. I will collaborate with you to bring your performance to life. I believe every person has a place in my studio. Just one thing about me. I'm really nice. I teach from a place of thinking anything is possible. I don't crush dreams. I have been in show business so long that I know anything IS possible! I am generous with what I know. I have a lot of experience in acting, singing, recording, songwriting, and film work and will help you in any way. I studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). In New York City I was under the care of opera teacher, Leona Matthews, as well as with Word Baker at the Herbert Berghof Studio. As an adult I worked extensively with Mark Monroe in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I currently work as a coach, recording artist and as a composer.
*** Lesson Details *** I will work with you to discover your authentic voice or to bring your full self to your work as an actor or singer. My background in acting and singing performance comes from Method. Yes, we will work on technique, but more, we will work on you as an artist. If you play an instrument, bring it. I have several here, too. If you are a songwriter, or want to be, you've come to the right place. If you are a musical theatre person, you just hit the jackpot. I can't wait to see you.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have instruments or bring your own. Grand Piano, Drums, Cello, Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitars
Dylan A. August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kathryn was a tremendous teacher! I not only progressed in my singing technique but Kathryn helped be grow my confidence as a performer and a composer! Kathryn also has an amazing personality on top of everything which I believe makes her a great person to learn from.
Tomi H. June 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Her method for method acting rocks.
Josh F. June 6, 2015
Film Acting ·
Online Verified Student
Kathryn is the absolute best! She truly wants what is best for her students; she tries very hard to teach you everything you need to know and moves at a pace that is convenient for the student. She makes lessons fun and is just a genuine and kind-hearted person. I am very happy to have her as an instructor.
Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, perfo
rmer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand percussion. In addition to teaching privately, RJ has directed special week-long drum and percussion focused ensemble productions at Drake High School and Marin Academy and was Music Director at Cascade Canyon (K-8) School for two years where he directed variety shows and produced scores for the drama department. In his teaching practice all ages are welcome and all levels including: beginners, intermediate students, advanced players, and professionals.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to drum lessons is simple. I want my students to be excited about every stage of the process. I want to be as productive as possible with each student and want the lessons to be fun and focused. I want beginning students to learn the essentials of good posture, correct hand positions or grips (how to hold the sticks in matched and military grip), how to best use their hands and feet to get around the drumset and to then develop a solid foundation of applicable rudiments, rhythms and patterns. In fact, I have master drumset rudiments that help facilitate fluid movement around the drums in all directions. My studio is equipped with a top level TAMA drumset with Zildjian cymbals, congas, timbales, hand percussion, piano, vibes, excellent recording and listening equipment and speakers. I provide the necessary foundations of rudiments, rhythms, patterns and grooves. Then I show how to combine these essentials to the drumset. I combine these developments with essential reading studies so the student learns to read drum music and charts from the very beginning. I find out what kind of music the student listens to and likes and then I will use some of the more familiar tracks by those artists to help the student apply each pattern stylistically into actual arrangements…like a guitar teacher would teach some scales and chords, then apply them to actual songs. That way the student will remember the different patterns and remained engaged in the process. It’s a “see, say and do” approach. I have a saying that I use: “FREEDOM follows FUNCTION and function follows FORM.” First you learn the forms (rudiments, rhythms and patterns). Then, with practice, you become functional with the forms, rhythm patterns and combinations. Then you are free to use everything you learn as it relates to the music. Your are “free” to create and improvise both alone and with others.
Within six month my students will have a firm grasp of essential rudiments, rhythms, patterns, sticking, single and double bass drumset techniques and be reading charts for the drumset. Later on, as part of the student’s development, I will introduce them to different styles of music including jazz, African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian rhythms and patterns so that the student becomes a well-rounded player.
*** Studio Equipment *** My Private Studio is on the first floor of my house: there is a six-piece professional series TAMA drumset and an assortment of K. and A. Zildjian cymbals, a piano, set of vibes, timbales, congas, bongos, djembe and a variety of hand percussion. There are additional chairs to sit on, Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Five and six piece drum sets, hard cases, three congas with cases, bongos in a hard case, timbales in a hard case, trap case for stands, cymbal case and stick bag.
*** Specialties *** Trapset all styles, African djembe and shekere, Latin congas and timbales, Indian tablas.
Barbara S. October 29, 2013
Drum Verified Student
I Got Lucky
A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
KatyV January 11, 2012
You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others.
Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop
a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there.
*** Lesson Details *** I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by helping each student clarify their goals. Then we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.
Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.
For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Room: 2 vertical pianos
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand. I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.
*** Specialties *** blues, jazz, pop and rock
Marcus C. July 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First lesson for my grandson and James was excellent, looking forward to future lessons.
Mike W. March 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
James is a great teacher. Patient and inspiring. I have just begun my late in life music learning experience and he is perfect for that.
Jane M. November 25, 2013
Jimmy is a great teacher
I have been taking lessons once every week from Jimmy for over a year and I haven't ever been disappointed by a lesson we've had. My favorite part of the lesson is always when we do the blues together at the very end. Overall, Jimmy is a great teacher.
Originally from West Virginia, Ben has quickly made a name for himself within the music community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience.
While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the Little Big Band, WVU's premiere jazz ensemble, along
with other Jazz and world music ensembles.
A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, and Chuck Brown.
In addition to his freelance playing and teaching schedule Ben is a music teacher at Marin Catholic High School, the Mt. Tam School, and a guest clinician at Davidson Middle School.
*** Studio Equipment *** In my studio I have a Roland electronic drum set, practice pads, audio and video recording equipment, and access to my full library of method books and percussion publications.
*** Travel Equipment *** When traveling for lessons I bring various method books, as well as a practice pad to our lessons. I expect students to have a drum journal to record our lesson notes, sticks, a practice pad, and a drum set if we are focusing on drum set instruction.
*** Specialties *** I Specialize in many areas of percussion including; Concert percussion repertoire, drum set - jazz, pop, rock, funk, R&B, world - marching percussion, and contemporary marimba.
Carole C. March 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Ben is an awesome teacher. He is patient and kind with my 8 year old and he covers a lot of material during the session. Would definitely recommend him.
Nathan B. June 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
Ben is fabulous. My son is 5, nearly 6, and Ben he loves his drum lessons with Ben. Without much prompting from mom and dad, our boy has decided that he loves rock n' roll and Ben has really channeled that enthusiasm. He's learning notations, theory, and rhythm. And having a great time doing it. Thank you Ben!
Maggie H. December 2, 2013
Great teacher in a great environment!
Ben has been teaching my son Jack for the last seven months. Jack leaves each lesson with more excitement for the drums than the previous week. Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious! Jack has improved tremendously since initially starting lessons with Ben. Each lesson is structured very methodically and he gives a very well rounded approach, covering rudiments, music theory, and drumset studies.
I would recommend Ben for anyone interested in taking drum lessons.
Hi, there. My name is Karen and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students learn new techniques, become better musicians or athletes and develop a love for what they do. I went to the University of Northern Colorado and earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education in 2008. I have taught middle school and high school band and orchestra and have coached cross country, track and swimming. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Ann R. October 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Really enjoyed meeting Karen and taking direction on my first violin lesson. I learned how to hold, pluck, use a bow and read music for the first time. The lesson book she suggested is easy to use and I can go at my own pace. She is knowledgeable and patient and told me what aps would be helpful to use. I would definitely recommend her after just one lesson.
Carolina Boersma August 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
She is amazing with kids! She is very knowledgeable in teaching swimming. She is an amazing teacher, very sweet. Absolutely recommend!
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