Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Greg
"I had a great lesson with Francesca. Very knowledgeable and worked and helped me quite a bit on learning and understanding several aspects of the guitar.
If it were not for scheduling conflicts I would have kept having lessons with her and would not hesitate to plan future lessons with Francesca. Great personality and teaching skills!!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Weitong
"Heather is such a nice, professional and sweet teacher! Thank you so much for your accommodation of my time issue! Q and Panny are sooooo adorable and Q
even sings along when we sing. You should come check her out haha!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Ryan
"Colin has been an awesome drum teacher for my son! He is very supportive and flexible with my sons abilities. Colin makes the lessons fun and really boo
sts his confidence. It is easy to tell that Colin has a lot of teaching experience and that he loves to share his musical talents."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by germaine
"Mark is a great teacher.
I've been taking drum lessons from Mark for 2 years. He is a great teacher. I always have fun and I learn something new each tim
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"I came into Jan's class having a different perspective on what the course was going to be. I had the mentality that we were only going to perform and get
tips. But she went beyond that and made me see songwriting and performing in a different way. I want to thank her for making me step way out of my comfort zone. I was uncomfortable, but then it made me change as a person. I'm so thankful for the opportunity that I was even introduced to someone like her. I love how she inspired and cared about the young teens and young adults that she teaches. She is an impact to many and especially me, I will never forget all the advice she gave me!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Eric
"Adam is a great guy, a comfortable, helpful, casual and cheerful young man who really knows his stuff and presents it in a clear, slow and methodical way.
The first lesson was a pure pleasure. I'm looking forward to more."
Santa Cruz, CA teacher:
Review by Yelena
"Both my grandson and I love Maria! She is very kind and patient, and we are lucky to have her as a vocal/music coach. Incredible progress in just a few se
ssions. Thank you, Masha!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kristin
"My son has been taking lessons from Charley for about 6 months now. Charley is very patient with my pre-teen. My son started as a true beginner, not eve
n knowing exactly how to hold a guitar, and now he loves playing. I have been very surprised and pleased with his progression. Charley comes very highly recommended!"
Columbus, OH teacher:
Review by Jonathan
"Jon G. is excellent! He has the intuitive abilities of teaching, while also the intricate details of an articulate musician. His combination of answering
questions with his quirky smiles and laughter makes the experience of being taught so much more enjoyable. Out of all of the guitar teachers I have had, he was by far the best and most unique in his approach."
You might not always notice it, but music is all around—from the stereo in your car to the music piped in at department stores. And you also may not be aware that music has a wide array of impacts on your health: Studies show that music has a strong effect on your mood levels and emotions, and also on how you think and your general intelligence. The music you listen to can have a profound effect on your test scores and your ability to quickly process information. And if you’ve ever played an instrument, studies show that you’re already ahead of the curve. Playing an instrument is a great way t
o test out your creative thinking and push your brain to process information in a new way. Whether you’re listening or playing, a little music can go a long way. I am here to help you realize not only your playing potential, but guide you into not just becoming a guitar player, piano player, but a musician. I am able to teach Piano, Guitar, Music recording from software/hardware to MIDI, including Sonar, Reason, and related software.
I have studied music at California State University San Bernardino, where I minored in music and learned the immense possibilities of the music field. Music is part of my everyday life, and its an honor to know I can play music but also create it. My goal is to show you as the student how to realize that dream.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very friendly, fun and patient instructor. I believe that when you take any type of music lesson, it should be to have fun. With fun, passion, and dedication, sky is the limit. The curriculum I like to use are the most simplified forms to teach an instrument. It's about playing smarter, not harder. I do offer recording sessions to my students to track their progress, and give you a copy to keep as memorabilia.
*** Studio Equipment *** Bergman Upright Piano. Fender Acoustic/ Gibson Electric. Marshall Amps. Digital and analog Recording Station.
*** Specialties *** I have basic knowledge of classical works, but my emphasis is in modern rock/ Alternative. I like teaching the songs you like to hear from The Beatles to Green Day! I love all music genres and if I have not heard of the song you want to play I will learn it so that I can teach you!
KarinaB April 18, 2011
He is a great instructor and my son has learned a lot from the few lessons that he received.
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.
I'll have you playing something on the ukulele in the first lesson. But seriously, I studied music theory in college and have been playing something for over 45 years. I take the fundamentals seriously, but try to teach you to play anything on the ukulele. Hopefully without having to refer to and carry music with you when you play. AloHa!
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