Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Daniel
Kevin has taken my 14yo son from an absolute beginner to a good guitar player. He has been patient and professional all times and my
son truly likes him, as do I. I have referred him to several friends now and will continue to do so."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by vasu
"Fun and Inspiring
Adrian's teaching style has helped me to understand the music pieces in an intuitive way. His ability to breakdown a complex concept in
to simple ones makes the learning fun and natural. Adrain makes the lessons interesting by discussing the music piece in length and also by sharing the music history behind it. He lets the student decide the pace of learning, but at the same time nudges him to take the next step. I will recommend Adrian to anyone who is interested in learning music."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jenny
Vanessa is such an amazing teacher. She goes above and beyond to help me. She is dedicated and knowledgable and a joy to work with!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Giulia
"Aaron has a fresh and dynamic way to interact with my daughter. He is patient and, at the same time, precise and attentive to details, such an important
aspect to build on basic skills. My daughter likes working with Aaron very much!"
Akron, OH teacher:
Review by Timothy
Our son has been working with Al for nearly a year and we are very pleased with the growth we have seen in our sonâs drumming ab
ility! Al seeks my sonâs input when selecting songs to teach him and encourages my son to apply his knowledge to learn new songs on his own. They go over what he taught himself and then he gives him new beats to incorporate to what he knows. My son truly enjoys learning from a skilled professional like Al. He is an awesome instructor!!!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Cristina
I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by ruth
"Very nice, made me feel very comfortable. I can't wait for the next lesson!"
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Vincent
"Fawn is attentive, patient, timely, efficient, proficient and a fantastic teacher
Fawn is great! She is attentive, patient, timely, efficient, proficient
and most importantly a fantastic teacher. As an adult learner she has always tailored her lessons to me in a non-stressful, easy, relaxed manner with a mind to achieving my goals, she weaves her magic and somehow learning to read music and music theory are fun!! I am playing pieces I never dreamed I would master in a relatively sort amount of time.
I highly recommend her."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by anna
Lisa has been teaching our three children for several years. She strikes a great balance between being a serious instructor but also ke
eping it fun for the kids. She does a great job of identifying the different needs and talents of our 3 very different kids and tailoring her instruction style to each one. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
I've always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons through
out my school days and became involved in choir in high school.
When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing that I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated. After graduating, I taught piano at various private elementary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I am a substitute teacher and have the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and am able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music.
"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to each individual student's needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred's piano books. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.
I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it's important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room, full size keyboard for piano lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a portable keyboard.
Tom March 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I'm an adult beginner and Denise was very patient with me. I'm looking forward to future classes with her.
Yvonne C. February 26, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I really liked Denise's teaching style. She's very thorough and exceptionally nice. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her and learning more.
Mary Z. February 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Denise was an amazing teacher. She is very patient, prepared and professional. She did an amazing job with my son who is special needs. She really knows how to approach students with a disability and knows just how to cater to what they need. I would highly recommend her for any student.
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest
to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.
I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.
I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.
*** Lesson Details *** What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.
*** Specialties *** I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
OscarG May 22, 2011
So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
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