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Mimi did well helping my son Micca with his biology lessons. We're expecting A's now
Clifford is working on a creative new project to compose music to a new set of lyrics I have written. Working with a piano he'd never seen before, on a project he'd never seen before, he quickly got into the creative and fun spirit of it, and in a short time, in our first session, he had most of the music nailed. I am looking forward to the upcoming tweaks to make a good project even better. Clifford is very talented, he has great knowledge of music, and a creative spirit. He is comfortable working in your world, but in doing so, he brings his considerable professionalism to bear. That makes you want to be more serious as a student, because you realize that a master is there teaching you. will be taking piano lessons from Clifford when the current project is completed. Thank you, Clifford!
Mindy has been a great violin teacher for my daughter who is 10. The greatest breakthrough has been that my daughter is actually self-driven to practice ever since taking classes with Mindy. Mindy is totally committed and her style is gentle and yet firm, fair and consistent. I am happy that my daughter wants to continue with violin, not because we want that but because she is enjoying learning it and is motivated, thanks to Mindy.
Andi Is An incredibly Gifted, Patient well rounded Guitarist/Bassist. A jack of all trades Instructor. His Unique approach to surveying Progress during the weekly lessons I previously took from him have been Phenomenal and have truly done justice To my motivational practice routine. He also has a unique, awe-inspiring Studio Arrangement with A Brilliant array of Top notch pro gear: Guitars, bass, Amps, Rackmounts, Sampler, Books, Magazines, Hair/Speed Metal Pioneers Autographs etc that Create an enthralling atmosphere, and Continue to have a profound effect on me as a Independent musician. Overall, always an integral experience Learning through andi
Stella is a wonderful, knowledgeable and patient teacher! She keeps lessons and homework fun, interesting and challenging.
Kelly made the first lesson super fun and engaging for my boys. We will be continuing lessons with Kelly!
I have taken lessons from David Williams for about 6 years and i feel strongly like i learned something from every lesson. David didn't only help me with guitar playing, but he became my songwriting mentor. I have played with a few bands now and am fully capable of holding my own on stage, but i wouldn't be where i am today without the knowledge i obtained from David. Also, hes one of the most kind and genuine people I've ever met.
I've been taking lessons with Sara for about 3 or 4 months and she is so great! She has such a friendly personality and made me feel comfortable since our first lesson. She really knows how to explain things in ways that you understand best so that you can grow and improve without ever feeling criticized or judged. She's a great teacher and our lessons are super fun and have helped my voice so much!
Donna Stoering is in a class by herself as a teacher and just a plain great musician! I heard her play in Chicago and just knew I had to get lessons from her. I had studied with teachers at the Eastman School and had some coaching at Juilliard, but no one came close to the creative, insightful way she taught. She was incredibly helpful to me, showed me in simple ways how to approach all kinds of issues of technique ( I have very small hands) . I was in awe of her but was put at ease by the of pure kindness in her personality. She talked through mus'l passages in a down to earth way that brought out the miracle of music. As an artist, she's incredible and accessible, and she makes music feel the same way. Superb!
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.
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 recently hired Toby for lessons in composition and to help me gain more agility and greater finger dexterity. I played piano for 5 years as a child, but stopped in high school because I became too busy. I also wanted to start writing my own music. I have lyrics, but I don't know how to put them to music. Toby has been working with my daughter who started piano lessons 3 years ago. My daughter had some interest in playing, but had a hard time getting motivated to practice. Toby got her back on track and excited about practicing. She is unique in allowing her intermediate students to play with her band which plays originals, including her own which are a mix of classical and rock. Toby has had an amazing influence on my daughter who went from not knowing how to play to playing intermediate pieces with a wonderful tone, dynamics, and dexterity. She is currently working on a some Chopin (Toby is most skilled in the Romantic era pieces such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff) and the Mozart Turkish March sonata. My daughter has also learned how to write songs and compose music to match them. Toby studied at Berklee which is well-known as the premier school for songwriting and composition, and it shows in her teaching. I am so excited to have an opportunity to work with her. She is a fantastic teacher and her original music is gorgeous and inspirational.
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!
I've been playing guitar by myself for a couple of years through tabs/video lessons etc. My progress has exponentially increased since Sedat has started teaching. He is one of the most patient and polite teachers I've seen.He was very quick to gauge my understanding of music and the instrument and planned my lessons accordingly. I have been trying to understand music theory for a while. Sedat's lessons are an amalgam of theory, technique (finger exercises) and songs. I'm finally able to understand what I'm playing rather than just learning through tabs. He has a wide knowledge of different techniques used in many genres (Rock, Jazz, Blues, Fusion etc) and can help his student improve their craft in the style they love. Needless to say, he's a brilliant guitarist himself. I once attended one of his concerts and it was amazing. I've struggled with self-learning through various means but learning with Sedat has been a huge positive enforcement in my guitar playing. His versatility with his music and patience with the students makes him an amazing teacher and I'd recommend students of all levels and age to learn from him.
Marla is a wonderful teacher. I was looking for someone who specializes in classical vocal training and she was perfect. I've had 4 lessons so far and am learning a lot about the mechanics of proper diaphragm usage, placements in order to produce the ideal sound. One thing to remember about learning any instrument (and yes, your voice is an instrument!) is that you won't master it overnight or even over the course of a couple of months. It takes time, practice, and perseverance. So far Marla has been an excellent teacher and I look forward to continue working with her.
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!
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!
Emily was superbly welcoming and nice. She was very understanding of how nervous my daughter felt when she started, and how self conscious my daughter was about her singing. Emily encouraged her and brought up her confidence by a lot. My daughter loves going to the lessons and enjoys singing a lot nowadays. I would recommend Emily to people of all ages and ability.
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.
Edgar was great to work with! I HIGHLY recommend his services! My son took lessons off & on for a couple of months before serving his full-time mission in Argentina & hands down it was the best investment we could do for him to help prepare him!
We have been working with Ms. White since January 2016. My boys, ages 6 and 7 walked out of their very first lesson knowing “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and this quick, concrete “take away” gave them a sense of excitement and confidence! Ms. White is very thoughtful with her instruction. She has realistic and responsive goals--like helping accommodate a variety of sports seasons and understanding the difference between her student’s temperament and attention span. She has nurtured an intrinsic and age appropriate interest and exposure to the world of piano playing. My boys pick up and play piano on their own and they love teaching their father and me their new skills. I would highly recommend Ms. White for piano lessons.