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I'm an intermediate jazz pianist in my late 20s. Busy career, but I'm trying to make time to learn. Clifford is excellent. He has me on a rigorous program of music theory, technique, classic pieces for sight reading, and applied lessons composing accompaniments and voicing jazz standards. Clifford meets his students wherever they are skill-wise, and is truly passionate about helping them improve. He introduces one or two concepts a lesson, and we're building up a solid repertoire by working them until I've achieved mastery and then slowly combining them. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with Clifford- I highly recommend him.
My 11 year old daughter has been taking violin lessons with Mindy for about 3 months. She is enjoying her lessons and she is making excellent progress. Recently she played violin onstage with Mindy at a recital. I was very proud of her.
Andi is a really awesome guitar instructor. I started guitar lessons with him with absolutely no experience playing an instrument or knowing how to read sheet music. But because he is really patient, knowledgeable, and at ease with teaching, I have been able to pick up how to play the guitar and reading the tab handouts he gives me after each lesson. He goes at the students pace and is willing to change his lessons to teach what new songs I want to learn. After each lesson I am always inspired and reminded why I wanted to take up guitar lessons in the first place. Andi was the very first instructor I met and Im glad I did. I could not recommend him highly enough as an instructor.
Stella is a great piano teacher. She is very friendly but also very professional in her teaching. She makes her lessons interesting especially to young students. My daughter is always looking forward to her piano lessons with Stella.
Kelly made the first lesson super fun and engaging for my boys. We will be continuing lessons with Kelly!
I have been taking guitar lessons from David Williams for a few months now. I always look forward to my classes with him. He is a professional who is patient and understanding. Besides instructing me on guitar, he is also teaching me how to sing! He teaches me what I need to learn on the guitar in order to advance my knowledge. He is also open to me bringing in songs I want to play. He is a supportive teacher who is sincerely interested in his student's learning. He breaks down complicated musical concepts in a step by step process that enhances student confidence and mastery. I highly recommend David Williams.
Donna is a true professional and I have really felt an improvement. Shame I got too busy and couldn't continue my lessons.
My family has started lessons with Juan Carlos, and we're happy we found him. He's a patient teacher who structures lessons based on each student's progression and skill set. He also teaches the "right" way, i.e. fundamentals, thereby setting up students for success. It also helps that he's a nice guy and is extremely responsive with scheduling etc.
We weren't sure what to expect from a self-defense class, but Max offered me a good breakdown over email prior to the coming in to teach, and once here, he was good about demonstrating techniques and allowing the class to do as much or as little as they were comfortable with. I found Max's lessons to be practical for the common person, and his teaching style is to the point, but relaxed. He'll answer questions as you go along and help you to chain together the different things he teaches you. We've asked him back for every other week, so he's definitely doing the right things! We have a lot of fun, but also learn a lot from Max.
Ann is a knowledgeable, patient, and talented teacher! I've completed 7 sessions so far and they have all been so enjoyable because of her teaching style -- encouraging and lighthearted. I have no previous training and didn't know what to expect from voice lessons, but it was easy to follow Ann's guidance. From learning to breathe correctly to singing scales and parts of favorite songs, we've already been through a lot in a short time frame. I look forward to continuing my studies with her.
Ken is an inspiration. The man is the definition of passion and will help you reach your goals in reasonable time. Nothing comes easy so be ready to practice. I intend to take lessons with Ken for a very long time.
Dylan is a great teacher and I am continually impressed by both the depth and breadth of his knowledge of music theory and guitar technique. He's great at explaining new techniques and concepts and he also has a lot of patience, as well as a good sense of humour. I learned a huge amount over the 6 years I spent taking lessons with him and he has also shown me and gotten me into a lot of different styles of music. Overall it was greatly enriching experience working with him and I would highly recommend him.
Liz of Vargas Music Learning Center is the best teacher ever. My now 14 year old twins (1 Boy 1 Girl) have been taking lessons from Liz for 3 years. Liz has taught them so much. My daughter plays the piano and my son the guitar. My son may have been going through a stage when he started but still picks up and plays on occasion. My daughter plays the piano all the time. My daughter continues to take lessons from Liz. Liz truly cares for her students and wants them to suceed.
Liz is the real deal. She was able to pick up on the needs of my daughter and focus on that. She didn't waste time on things already learned or trying to reteach or practice things already known. She makes the lesson count without making it onerous. She is a true professional willing to teach the serious student. She is also kind, motivating (without being condescending) and understanding. I appreciate her flexibility and adaptability in working with my teen daughter. Because of her my daughter is enjoying singing!
As a nervous, first-time-vocal-lesson-taker, I believe Patricia's teaching is exceptional. I started looking for a vocal teacher to help with my goals of improving tone and range. I expected that it was going to be a worthwhile but potentially boring/painful investment of time and effort that will pay off in slight improvement far in the future. I did not expect to enjoy vocal lessons a lot, but now I look forward to Patricia's lessons as a highlight of my week. She is a natural teacher and truly understands my needs as a student. She has an outstanding ability to recognize the best way to explain concepts to the student, and will dynamically adjust her explanations when something isn't sticking quite right. Best of all, she shows genuine excitement and pride when she notices improvement. Her positivity and encouragement has really helped my nervousness and anxiety in singing in front of other people. My singing quality has improved greatly over just a few lessons so far. I can't wait to see how it improves with Patricia's instruction over the next few months, years, etc. It can be hard to find a good teacher in any subject. Patricia's students are lucky to have found a top class teacher.
I have been working with Lynn Farradj for nine years now and it has been such a wonderful experience. Lynn is a very patient and caring teacher. She gives me all different types of music to play some of which are challenging and others of which are easier but are songs I am well acquainted with. She is very dedicated to all of her students. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Lynn! She's the best!
I loved dealing with thumbtack. They found me a cello teacher very quickly. Amy is an experienced cellist and teacher who imparts her knowledge with grace. I am enjoying my lessons tremendously.
My girlfriend and I have had two lessons with Cristian so far and we love his interactive teaching style! He does a great job of making the lesson fun and approachable. The most difficult part about learning a language is allowing yourself to make mistakes, and Cristian does a great job of making this possible. Would definitely recommend!
Rafa is a great Spanish teacher. During our lessons we typically talk the whole time about various subject matter. Rafa then sends homework and has his students work on grammar/vocabulary before class begins. This is a really great way to learn and very helpful for anyone who is trying to learn Spanish.
Jackson is a great teacher. He is incredibly knowledgeable and skilled, and also manages to keep things fun and interesting. I look forward to my lessons each week. Highly recommend him!
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He makes our son’s lessons interesting and relevant. He’s also an excellent communicator — both with parents and students. Our son looks forward to his lesson every week.