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His instruction makes the lessons clear and easy to understand. The homework is enjoyable because it builds up skill. He isn't rushed so learning is fun. I really enjoy it.
Started going for violin lessons (I'm in my 20's with no music background). Had only a couple of classes so far. I really like the pace and her style of teaching. She is professional and very easy to work with.
Andi is super patient, encouraging and flexible. He is a non-judgmental teacher and genuinely wishes to help each student learn what THEY want to learn. His lessons are structured and he provides weekly resources and notes set for each student's pace
I have been playing guitar probably longer than Garrick's been alive. I have taken lessons over the course of time and am having a wonderful time exploring a new way to view my musical journey. Garrick is very supportive and has a viewpoint that inspires me to let out what lies dormant inside. Garrick has a wide and diversified approach to his teaching and tailors it to the student he is with.
Kelly made the first lesson super fun and engaging for my boys. We will be continuing lessons with Kelly!
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.
I am an adult with zero music education, I love classical music and decided to start playing piano for pleasure. Acquiring a skill is a project in our busy lives, a piano teacher is a partner in such a project, you need to find the one who would make it work. Finding Stella has been great for me. She is very flexible and dynamic, so far we have been able to schedule regular bi-weekly lessons despite the fact I live in Portland and Berkeley and keep traveling between them. More importantly, Stella is very efficient at utilizing the little time we spend together. She spends half of the lesson time reviewing homework and the rest of the lesson discussing assignment with demos in class. She starts by asking me to exercise my hands at the new assignment in class, she gives comments on posture, hand position and movement of my wrests, fingering and sheet reading. She emphasizes the purpose of the assignment (speed, muscles strengthening ... etc). While I am exercising she is always busy writing notes on my performance and things to watch for and new assignments. *She is super efficient at using the lesson time*. I definitely recommend Stella. I think she can be your partner in your piano project.
My wife and I have both been taking lessons from David for almost 10 years. Not only has he been a great teacher and a staple in the music scene, he has also become a good friend. I had a couple of different teachers prior to David and none compare! He's mastered every aspect of the guitar and has a unique way of teaching what you want to learn. I still have his insightful guitar chart pinned on my wall. Thanks David!
Been singing for many years and surprised to still be learning so much. Juan is quite professional and disciplined. He identifies where you need work and starts with fundamentals. You can't fake it with him; he'll know! I recommend going into it with a clear goal and he'll design a program for you.
I was 17 years old when I first met Ann. I had singing classes with other teachers since age of 5, but I still couldn’t control my voice. After the first month of lessons with Ann my range expanded almost to 4 octaves and I finally was able to sing all the contemporary songs that I liked. I started to like my voice and my fear of being on stage was gone!!! Ann is a great coach! She’s talented, experienced and very passionate about sharing her experience and knowledges with others. The road to Perfection is long, but with Ann Souren you can be sure you WILL reach the destination in the shortest possible time!
I'm having a lot of fun! The hour just slips by and my monologue improves tremendously from the start of the lesson. It's also one-on-one so I get all the attention I need.
I’ve been singing now for just over 20 years, working with different instructors from my high school chorus teachers, to my voice instructor in college to vocal lessons by CD. NONE have been able to get the best out of me like Liz has. Her understanding of how different voices work is the greatest strength every vocal instructor should strive for. In just two sessions with her, I feel and hear a vast improvement in how my voice sounded before her and after her. So to anyone who’s looking for an instructor who works with YOU and not someone who teaches the same lessons to everyone they work with, Liz Patterson is the one you want to work with!
Fantastic teacher. My 10 year old daughter has been taking lessons for a few months now and loves it. I can see the improvement every week.
My lessons with Miriam are awesome! She's not just teaching me about singing or how to use my voice but also everything around it like posture and emotions. She helps and encourages me to push my limit, expanding my vocal range. I'm really enjoying my lesson with her and always looking forward to our next session!
I have known Lynn for 35 years and you cannot ask for a better piano teacher. Lynn started teaching me piano 35 years ago, and now she is teaching my daughter. Lynn is extremely caring, knowledgeable and passionate. Our daughter has flourished since beginning piano lessons with Lynn 2 years ago; she is playing advanced songs that most students her age wouldn't be able to play. Lynn makes learning piano fun, and our daughter enjoys practicing daily without us having to remind her. We are very happy to have Lynn as our teacher, and would encourage anyone interested in piano to call her first.
Forrest was a great teacher. Unfortunately, we had to end lessons do to confusion with work, however my time spent with him instilled good guitar habits in the even that I continue to pursue guitar!
I have been taking Spanish lessons from Ms. Price. She is incredibly personable, knowledgeable and helpful. My Spanish skills have soared since I've started with her. Very friendly, she is an excellent teacher. She knows where weak points are and knows how to explain advanced subjects in a way which is very understandable. I am definitely going to continue lessons and I highly recommend Ms. Price to anyone who is seeking to improve their language skills.
I have had guitar lessons with John Lewis for two months now and I have to say without a doubt, he has exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only is he a very talented musician, he also possesses a rare talent for communicating and teaching guitar and musical concepts that are sometimes hard to grasp. He is patient, kind, encouraging, inspirational, and very creative in his teaching style. He knows how to judge exactly how much information I can handle at one time and I never leave feeling overwhelmed. He always makes the lessons interesting, challenging, and FUN! I am so grateful to have found this wonderful teacher and I highly recommend him to anyone from beginner to advanced. He truly is the Best of the Best!!!
I had my first lesson with Anna and I really did see improvement after just one lesson. I believe Anna is an amazing singer in her own right, and is a great teacher. I can't wait to see what progress I'll be able to make.
I have been studying piano with Shirley Kirsten for the past four years. She is a classically trained pianist with excellent credentials and beaucoup performance credits under her belt. What is most impressive about Shirley is her dedication to the individual student and her tailoring of the class to the students level of learning and interest. As an adult student with a very busy professional and personal life, my practice time is somewhat limited. She understands and supports my slow learning in a variety of ways. The most impressive way is by recording parts of the lesson and sending me videos with her playing to demonstrate technical points and my playing, so I may see how I can improve. She is walking encyclopedia of music theory and imparts that knowledge in the context of what I am learning. The time we spend together is both intellectually stimulating and fun. I really appreciate how she breaks down the pieces into the simplest components. While almost all my lessons have been in person I have also taken a number of make-up lessons via skype/facetime and have found those to be equally excellent. She also has great videos on her website that cover many aspects of theory, technique, and some are simply of her beautiful rendition of pieces by different composers. Her boundless energy, love of music, and interest in the students development are an unbeatable combination. As mentioned previously Shirley teaches both live and internet based classes where YES, she has seen every key I've played with the wrong finger. I am fortunate to have a fine piano teacher who inspires me both with her playing and her teaching.
I began receiving lessons from Miss Kathleen when I was in the 4th grade. She has been my private tutor for the past 8 years, and we only recently stopped having lessons due to her move. She has played a very big role in becoming the musician I am today. With her help and instruction, I participate in my school's highest orchestra, in the Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestra, and in events such as District Orchestra. She has always inspired and encouraged me to pursue my music related aspirations and, because of that, I plan on studying music in college and pursue it as a career. I can't imagine what I would have done with out her. Over the years of lessons, she has become more than just a teacher. She is my close friend who I continue to go to for advice.