Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Mike
"Try the online lessons with this guy, you won't regret it. Brandon knows his stuff. As a pianist and guitarist, I love how Brandon is able to translate kn
owledge between both instruments for me. Even though we do guitar lessons, he explains how everything also maps onto a piano, which I find incredibly valuable since most of my previous guitar teachers couldn't do this. Makes music seem downright simple."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Chris
""Best instructor ever" sounds about right lol! I've been taking piano lessons with Brandon for about 4 years. He's a super cool guy and I always look forw
ard to our lessons. I'm pretty sure he plays just about everything.
If you're thinking of taking a music lesson, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking lessons with BRANDON!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Gina
"I started taking piano lessons with Josh a year ago and I am happy to say it is a great experience! Josh is an amazing teacher. He is only focused on what
his student want and build his lessons around that to further their growth. Josh is flexible with scheduling lessons and is accommodating when lessons need to be changed or cancelled. He is overall a fun, interactive, and patient teach. I highly recommend him!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Molly
"Lauren is inspirational!
I began studying with Lauren about five years ago. Her instruction in musical theatre, opera, and pop has been some of the best
that I have ever received. In fact, thanks to her coaching, I was able to book a role in my first Equity musical, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, at the Pantages Theatre in LA. She has a passion for music, is an excellent accompanist, and knows how to work with developing singers. Her engaging, encouraging direction continues to inspire me to be the best vocalist I can be!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Amy
"Natural teacher, great rapport
Tristan has been teaching my daughter flute for four months, and she has learned a lot more than she previously knew, even
though she had a private flute teacher for the past 6 years. Tristan has a way of giving constructive instruction in such a positive way, my sensitive daughter never feels like it is criticism but rather encouragement. Because she is already a fairly skilled flautist they can dive right into working on music and refining technique, and Tristan brings her a variety of interesting and challenging pieces to work on. Because he is a flautist too they can play together, which inspires her to improve to keep pace with him. He explains things so clearly that she easily gets the point. He is a talented musician and a natural teacher, and has a great rapport with kids & teens. My daughter really enjoys her weekly lessons."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lynn
"I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style
finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alex
"I trained with Joel in Arizona for a year. I gained confidence as a singer as I started to understand and apply the technique. You know that he is knowl
edgeable because of the degrees he carries but I would add that he is knowledgeable in the operatic technique and the voice overall because of his own application that he demonstrates in the studio to get his point across. He has a great voice and you can hear him utilizing the technique that he teaches. He makes it a point to get to know you and how you learn so that he can better explain things. He is serious about his profession, owns his own opera start-up, and is also a performer. If you are willing to work, you will not be disappointed by the results you will hear. I can confidently recommend him to anyone who is looking to learn how to sing and/or improve their voice!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Daniel
"I have been taking lessons with Drew for a couple of months now and I couldn't say enough good things about him. I tried other teachers before him and the
re really is no comparison. Not only is he the greatest guy as a person, super supportive and fun - he's also got an incredible way of teaching that is really connecting that dots in a smart way and just makes sense. There isn't a question he can't answer and put into a bigger context for you in simple language, and he seems to have a bottomless treasure chest of super-effective teaching techniques. Because of how knowledgeable he is he seems to take pride in making sure you get more than your money's worth from each lesson, and in completely custom-tailoring it around your needs. I love the man. Five stars from the bottom of my heart - truly the "best instructor ever". For once you can believe the hype."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Teresa
"Paulo is an amazing teacher, and can easily adapt to any situation. He is very talented, very comprehensive, patient and kind. He always thinks on differe
I am a professional vocalist with a broad range of experience. With a Bachelor of Music (Musical Theater) from Belmont University I am more than qualified to teach with a well supported vocal foundation.
As a true lover of music and arts, I encourage my students to sing as much as possible! My confident and exciting approach to singing brings out the best in my students, which translates beautifully to real life situations.
*** Lesson Details *** Each person is different in nature and each performer has a personal style and goal. My goal is to get to know what kind of voice and style e
ach student desires, and base the curriculum off of that knowledge.
A basic lesson looks like this: 5 minutes of breathing exercises 10-25 minutes of vocal technique exercises (e.g. scales) 15-30 minutes of repertoire (song) work (practical application of exercises)
The time and efforts put in to voice lessons depends on the student's desire to learn and accomplish goals. There will be recitals for those students who are ready and wish to participate, or can be a goal to work toward for students who don't yet feel comfortable singing in front of an audience.
A beginner, within 12 lessons, will be able to successfully and proficiently sing through at least two songs of their choice, and will have a deeper understanding of his/her voice and music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room studio, piano, room for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have a piano or keyboard, and must buy the music (through me or on their own) that they wish to keep.
There is no equipment, aside from the books I bring in and take home, that I will provide.
*** Specialties *** I am a very well rounded singer and teacher. My training started in classical voice, before I moved on to jazz, pop and musical theater styles, and I teach all styles.
The basics of singing are the same for all genres of music. Scales and exercises and proper breath support, along with a basic knowledge of music theory, are essential in becoming an accomplished singer. I can help you!
EditaM May 4, 2012
Marissa is a very good teacher and a very nice person. What a great voice she has. I am very happy with her.
I've been studying music for 10 years now. Having come to music later in life than most, I find that I am more empathetic to the perspective of the beginning student than many teachers. I spent the Summer of 2009 teaching music fundamentals to groups of severely physically and mentally disabled children of all ages. Since then I've completed my Bachelors degree in Music, taught privately and with several established music schools.
To me, music is above all about transformation. Beautiful sound transforms our experience of the environment, and learning an instrument can help stude
nts approach life as one big instrument they need to practice to master. Learning to play an instrument is also an experience of training one’s nervous system to gradually act and respond in new ways, and that kind of persistent, focused, training is applicable to any new skill. Last and definitely not least, playing music is fun.
*** Lesson Details ***
I plan my lessons around getting students to enjoy playing music as soon as possible, whether that means learning how to strum a chord rhythmically, playing their favorite song, or how to take a blues solo. There are steps that have to be climbed to do more complex things and I encourage students to practice a little every day rather than for a long time once or twice a week. Developing a love of music and steady practice habits are more beneficial over the long term than practicing until your limit.
*** Studio Equipment *** I currently have a living room space where I can teach, but it's small so it might be preferable to travel to you.
*** Travel Equipment *** If necessary I can provide amplification, cables, and a microphone.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock, Hip-hop, Funk, Reggae.
John K. December 4, 2013
Excellent, knowledgeable, patient teacher
Andrew is an excellent teacher. He is a patient listener and has a gentle style. Andrew is knowledgeable in music theory and uses creative ways to explain musical concepts. He gives a lot of encouragement and praise. I have learned so much from Andrew and I always look forward to our sessions together. I highly recommend him.
Ruth I. December 4, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Already seeing progress
I've only had 3 or 4 lessons with Andrew, but already I'm seeing progress. Andrew is always on time and sometimes stays later to finish the lesson thoroughly. He teaches in terms of what my goals are and leads me in the direction I need to go. He is supportive and above all else he is very patient, especially since I have dyslexia and learning music theory is not an easy thing for me to do. Taking lessons with Andrew is always fun, and he reminds me NOT to compare myself to where I want to be. Learning with him has been stress-free and productive. I look forward to future progress. :)
Even in the first lesson, Andrew got me to freshen up my basic guitar skills. He gave me excellent points on learning chords and helping me to play songs I needed to for solo performances. I look forward to taking my lessons and getting better and I'm sure I will with his help. Highly recommend giving Andrew a try.
I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.
My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.
Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.
In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.
I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.
*** Lesson Details *** I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.
With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.
*** Studio Equipment *** Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.
I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!
*** Travel Equipment *** I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.
Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
Erin S. July 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.
My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
SadiaM May 30, 2012
Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
I'm a professional singer and a passionate teacher of voice and beginning piano. I have been singing since I was five, and studying voice since age 14, going on to complete a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Voice Performance. The classical technique I teach gives my students the tools to sing in a variety of styles, whether opera, broadway, pop, or rock.
I also teach beginning piano for both children and adults, as well as ear training and musicianship.
Everyone can make music. Even if you think you can't carry a tune, come learn with me!
Cristiana D. March 15, 2015
Claire has been my daughter's piano teacher for two years and she's excellent!
Her knowledge and patience with kids make the lessons interesting and fun. I can see improvements week after week, not only in music-playing but also in my daughter's confidence. Claire is instilling a passion for music that I hope my daughter will keep forever.
I am a NYC based musician (Bass Player) who graduated on a BA Jazz course in Middlesex University in London UK. I have tons of world experience having worked in many different settings and Cruise Ship experience.
I am an English musician who plays the electric bass. I have 13 years of experience and want to share it!
I teach all styles on the electric bass and have a firm grasp on music theory. I offer competitive rates.
Get in touch!
Christian K. June 11, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Jack is a very experienced, patient and inspiring teacher,
who always keeps an eye on the bigger picture...
lotsa knowledge and swing
thanks for a lesson that keeps on giving :-)
Larry K. June 9, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Jack Redford is an infinite fountain of musical knowledge cultivated by university studies & playing experience. I strongly recommend Jack to teach music to students of all ages; he is a a fantastic bass teacher and he demonstrates the utmost professionalism in his craft.
Jack Redford is a professional bass player with world touring experience including recent show band contract with Carnival Cruise Lines.
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