Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Niki
"I loved lessons with Rachel because even in the first 5 lessons I feel much more confident in my ability and she's so great at making you feel comfortable
! If anyone is on the fence about taking singing lessons please do yourself a favor and book lessons with Rachel!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Donald
"Enthusiastic, talented instructor
Iâve been taking lessons with John now for close to 4 months. Prior to Take Lessons I tried to teach myself to play (
no luck) and had tried one on one lessons through Groupon, which were also not helpful or successful. Right from the start, I enjoyed my lessons with John very much. He is enthusiastic, has a very positive, encouraging vibe, and has been more than willing to work with me at my skill level (basic guitar). I especially liked that he asked me to provide him with some music that reflected the style of guitar I wanted to learn to play. Once we laid some basic groundwork, we started off learning to play a song on the list I gave him. He is very talented at transcribing music by ear was able to guide me though the song without sheet music. Finally, my schedule has been variable over the last few months, but he has been nothing but flexible and gracious in finding time for our lesson when I canât make our regular scheduled time. I very much appreciate that about him. Overall, I would recommend John for lesson without hesitation. Heâs a talented musician and a gifted instructor."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by madeline
"BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER! Seriously, I learned more than I thought I could in just a couple lessons. His skill level is very high- very beautiful to watch him
play and he is patient and creative as a teacher. I highly recommend him!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Bair
I've learned a lot about playing guitar, songwriting, recording, and singing from Omar and taking lessons with him definitely has helped me
become a better musician. The lessons are interesting, fun, and really helpful. Great teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Diana
"Very calm, and knowledgable. Helping me progress."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Catherine
"Nalani's Piano Teacher
Hi I'm Nalani. I appreciate David teaching me basic piano theory and technique. I am learning fast under his guidance and look for
ward to developing my piano skills with him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Joesph
"Yamilet is quick to understand what the student needs to work on, and is always encouraging in their efforts. I would recommend her for any age of student
s as her lessons are challenging, fun and engaging."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by NIMMI
"Sean was a great teacher. I asked him if he knew how to teach Bollywood style Violin and even though he didn't he took the time to study it and learn just
to teach me. I really appreciate that he was so open to trying so hard for his students. I think Sean is great!"
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Priya
"Our son has been taking piano lessons with Daniela for almost five years and we are grateful that we found her! Daniela puts her heart and soul into every
lesson. She is great with kids, her passion and energy keep them involved and motivated. The repertoire is tailored to fit our son's musical interests as well as his abilities, and his progress has been tremendous, both in his technique and his expressiveness. We highly recommend Daniela!"
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 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.
HEALTH COACHING & NUTRITION LECTURES - I'm a Board Certified health coach and currently teach groups and individuals about healthy living, food, cooking and exercising. I love helping people get healthier and happier!!!
I am certified and teach YOGA, ZUMBA AND TAI CHI in many places throughout New York. I work in a variety of studios and out of my home.
VOCAL COACHING - I love music, performing and and teaching individuals and groups of all ages to sing and to use music to express themselves! Learning to perform at any early age and to tap into our musical intelligence and creativit
y can build inner strength, character and confidence. Music is a means to explore, enjoy and center one's life. My performance experience includes solo cabaret shows, concerts and various venues including the United Nations, private & corporate parties and restaurants in the NYC area. I am the choral director for a women's chorus that has performed internationally.
My teaching experience includes private lessons, teaching choruses, creating and facilitating workshops at NYU and The New School on vocal care, improvisation, songwriting, vocal technique, stress management and using music as a healing tool. I have worked with toddlers, young children, teenagers and senior citizens. Musical styles include pop, Broadway, jazz, country, folk, contemporary and classical.
I have BA in Music/Music Therapy from The New School University
*** Lesson Details *** VOICE LESSONS - What I teach:
Music theory basics & ear training Breath technique & vocal warm ups Finding your musical style and vocal range Identifying the best keys for your songs Using a metronome and pitch pipe Microphone technique and stage presence Organizing your music and lessons & creating a practice schedule Improvisation and songwriting Vocal care for teachers and singers with vocal problems
The first lesson begins by discussing goals with my student, a collaborative effort. Songs will be chosen to work on either suggested my be or at the students request.
My approach to teaching is holistic engaging the breath and the body to create the energy flow needed to project the voice. I spend half of a lesson on breath work, ear training, scales and other voice production techniques. Instruments may also be used to learn music theory concepts and to explore rhythms and improvisation. I encourage students to have a performance goal and can make suggestions and support students in actualizing opportunities to perform what they've learned.
*** Studio Equipment *** The space where I teach is quiet, spacious, comfortable and includes a professional size piano, microphone, and a variety of musical instruments (drums, chimes, rhythm instruments) *** Specialties *** Vocal Health, Music Therapy, Group Singing and Improvisation.
Diana July 7, 2015
Music Therapy ·
Carol Is an excellent teacher and trainer. She trained me in a coaching program at Performance Wellness.org. Carol is passionate and very talented. She brings many gifts to all of her programs. I highly recommend Carol as a teacher and a trainer.
Liz July 7, 2015
Carol is a sensitive, encouraging teacher who truly listens to her students. She utilizes many useful techniques to assist in improving your singing. Breath work and other Performance Wellness techniques are wonderfully applied to help you enjoy the process of stretching your abilities and singing in your full range!
I have taught private voice, piano lessons and acting for over 10 years in Miami, Minneapolis and NYC. I have also taught group intermediate ballet and have worked professionally as a singer/actress for the past ten years. My professional experience consists of various opera and theater companies both domestically and internationally. As a classically trained dancer, I also have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and how the body works to best support the actor or singer. My formal biography is listed below:
Rebecca received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance after a very successful tw
o years at the New England Conservatory of Music. Rebecca was cast in leading roles in every main-stage opera offered and was also chosen among two students to represent New England Conservatory for the Marilyn Horne Foundation competition her very first year.
Rebecca has performed for several companies both domestic and abroad, including the Florida Grand Opera, Opera festival di Roma, American Austrian Mozart Academy, Oberlin in Italy, the Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera North, and the Chicago Opera Theater. Select operatic roles include the title role in Bizet’s Le Tragédie de Carmen, “Dinah” in Trouble in Tahiti, “Despina” in Cosi Fan Tutte, the "Widow" in The Boor, “Rosa Gonzales" in Summer and Smoke, "Clori" in L'Egisto, and “Marcellina” in Le Nozze di Figaro. Distinctions include merit vocal and dance scholarships from St. Olaf College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New England Conservatory for a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Rebecca is also a two-time scholarship winner from the Society of Singers.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Rebecca owes much of her captivating stage presence to her extensive training in classical ballet, and made her professional debut in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the age of nine. Rebecca has also studied ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota from which she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
As a versatile actress, Rebecca recently made her professional theatre debut at the American Repertory Theatre of Cambridge, as “Simonetta,” a classically sung and spoken role, in the world premiere of Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee’s Cardenio.
*** Lesson Details *** It’s all about you!
I structure the lesson to fit your needs, whether you are looking to sing professionally or just want to impress your friends! I love teaching private lessons because I get to know the student individually and his/her best learning style. I will design the lesson to fit YOU and make the best use of your time! I am passionate about the performing arts, so I love teaching and sharing what I have learned with others. I get excited when I see my students improve and love to have fun. I believe an encouraging environment is where most students excel. But, I also have the technical knowledge and experience to really push you if you ask!
WHAT I TEACH: Beginning Piano (children + Adults) Opera Musical Theater/show tunes (Belt and legit voice types) Art Song (expertise in French, Italian, and German diction. I also speak a little of each) Oratorio Acting for the stage Ballet Audition techniques (There’s a lot going on in those five minutes to get the job!)
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: •A thorough knowledge of repertoire, voice and acting techniques and the vocal pedagogy and reference tools to back it up! I will show you pictures and demonstrate etc. •Enthusiasm and a positive attitude for teaching •Professionalism •Fun astmosphere for kids!
I can't wait to meet you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room with piano and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a keyboard at my home, but I prefer to teach at Ripley Grier Studios 520 8th Ave.
*** Specialties *** Most of my expertise lie in ballet, opera and musical theater.
Rayna July 21, 2015
Opera Voice ·
I have greatly enjoyed having Rebecca as my teacher. She was very dedicated to helping me improve and genuinely cared about my success. Her breathing techniques were the best I have ever seen. She has also helped display my strengths and add to my love of singing. Her flexibility was also very helpful.
lucia P. May 20, 2013
Rebecca Luttio is an amazing voice teacher
Rebecca is an Incredible person to study voice with, She has and inspiringly beautiful sound, and she's really friendly, upbeat, positive, and always enthusiastic about what were doing. Every time I don't understand something, she finds a new way to explain it, and seems to have an infinite amount of patients. I feel like what has changed the most since I began taking lessons with Rebecca, Is the physical training that comes with singing opera, as well as learning how to use your air and broadening your range, which would have never crossed my mind before. I really like that she is a student as well as a teacher and comes to every lesson with new Ideas. For me the couple years we have worked together so far have really changed the way I sing with my whole body, I would recommend her to anyone who really loves to sing.
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.
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