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  • 24 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Kelsey M.

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If you really want to learn to sing well, take lessons from Mr. Dave. I studied with him all through high school, and my college professors were so impressed that I knew the basics of singing more than most incoming freshmen. He makes sure to explain everything that is happening with your voice in detail so that you understand exactly what is going on and what you need to do to recreate that perfect sound. Mr. Dave also encourages his students to explore their own voice for themselves and see what techniques and methods work best for each individual singer. He's knowledgeable and passionate about singing, and I highly recommend him to any aspiring singer.

Andy R.

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I always had a good time when learning with Mr. Eickstaedt. These lessons were memorable and I was better able to remember our lessons because I could link an experience to them.

Timothy C.

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Absolutely amazing in just one session learned more than I have from anyone. Awesome guy and helpful. I can't wait for my next lessons.

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Jon Novi

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  • 48 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Bruce D.

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Our daughter (Kivi) started with the recorder in 4th grade, and soon graduated to clarinet. By Middle School, she was taking lessons from a classical teacher who advanced her skills markedly. Upon reaching high school, she was in demand by the jazz band - whose leader persuaded her to take up the saxophone. Kivi loved the sax, and loved jazz, but clarinet remained her first instrument. I thought of the great jazz clarinet players: Pete Fountain at the top of a substantial list. But we could find no one who could teach jazz clarinet. Finally, we attended an event at VanderCook, and one of the presenters gave us Jon's name. Kivi studied with Jon for about two years. I was disappointed with the amount of time Kivi had to spend practicing Jon's lessons - what high schooler has time for anything? Nevertheless, Kivi learned a great deal from Jon, and was the only student to ever perform a clarinet solo in our high school's jazz band history ("Jack the Bear"). Jon was unique in my experience in that he taught what Kivi wanted to learn - rather than imposing a rigid course of instruction. If you are considering private lessons that offer something both valuable and unique, please look no further than Jon Novi.

Kate D.

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I've only recently begun taking piano lessons, but I can already tell that Jon Novi is the kind of teacher who sees limitless potential in his students. His enthusiasm buoys me even when I think I've messed up a song, and encourages me to try again. Also, his piano skills are on point, and he does a good job of explaining how to read a score and the mechanics of playing the piano. Beyond piano know-how, though, I would argue that it is Jon Novi's zest for teaching that makes me glad I am taking lessons with him. You won't regret it.

Jessica Z.

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I've been taking lessons with Jon for over a month now, and have seen my skill grow considerably. He is a wildly talented musician, and equally talented teacher. He has a deep passion for music, and seeing his students grow. Jon marries theory with practice - so if you're a nerd (like me) you'll enjoy the depths of his musical knowledge. I treasure my lessons, and look forward to many more.

TOP PRO
  • 21 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 min

Elisabeth L.

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He explained everything very good and after 1 hours lesson I learned a lot of new things. I could notice a difference after the lesson. It was amazing. He is very nice and polite and he has an amazing voice. Generally a very good teacher and I would recommend him to other persons.

Allyssa U.

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I can't say enough good things about Mr. Powers. He pushes me to do my best at every lesson and is very encouraging and kind. I look forward to voice every week and would recommend him to anyone, experienced and novice singers alike.

Brandy W.

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Very welcoming and knowledgable. Already scheduled my next lesson. Looking forward to continuing lessons.

TOP PRO
  • 27 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Debbie C.

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My daughter takes voice lessons and participates in theater at Stacey De and Co. We couldn't be more thrilled with everyone there, from the professional front desk staff Bre, outstanding director Sean, absolutely irreplaceable Melissa, and of course the heart and soul of this great place Stacey. The time my daughter spends at Stacey De and Co. every week is her favorite time of her week. In a completely non-stressful, family-like environment, she is stretched to really push her limits, is taught life lessons like the value of hard work and the ability to accept constructive criticism/evaluation and then improve on those things, and so very much more. She leaves every lesson and rehearsal a little more confident, learned, and determined to succeed...all in an environment of happiness, laughter, encouragement. I don't know what else one could look for in a fine arts school. My daughter and I both love it here.

Cheryl M.

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Drew has been taking lessons since he was 7 in voice, piano and acting. Theses gifted teachers helped him pursue his career in film, musical theater and, now in his final year at USC , an undergraduate degree in music composition. Most recently, Drew will be singing with the USC Chamber Singers! Each student studying with Stacey De & Co excels from their love for teaching the arts!!!

Percy M.

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My daughter really enjoys taking her piano and vocal lessons there. The teacher warmed up to her right away and she felt very comfortable and at ease.

  • 20 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Ben D.

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Elif Allenfort has been an amazing piano teacher. She allowed me to pick the direction I wanted to progress and supported me every step of the way. Under her tutelage my piano skills have increased tremendously and I have several beautiful sounding songs to show for my efforts. If I had to go back and pick my piano teacher again there is no doubt in my mind that I would choose Elif.

Kell K.

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I am an adult student who began lessons with Elif many years after my initial childhood lessons. It has been a wonderful experience in every way. She is teaching me not only how to play the instrument but musical theory as well which I appreciate as an adult learner. I highly recommend Elif for any adult who has been thinking of learning (or returning to) the piano!

Betsy B.

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I chose Ms. Allenfort as my instructor because of her vast experience as a professional pianist, teacher and performer. She has a wealth of knowledge to share with her students. After only three months of lessons I am very happy with my progress and the new skills I have obtained!

  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Max G.

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I searched Craigslist for instructors in Orange County who teach "Moeller", a specialized method to maximize energy efficiency while drumming. David O and I spoke briefly on the phone about my expectations. I have taken just 5 lessons in total, and so far, my goals have been met or exceeded, including a huge breakthrough on my speed and technique (I'm a technical metal drummer). I can't express how to the point and precise David is. He has learned from some of the best drummers in the business and I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with him and improve my craft. Thank you David!!

Lee C.

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David was very patient with my ever-changing schedule and was able to make songs seems easy. He was able to boil down complicated drum skills into simple steps so that every lesson I felt like I was advancing. Sad he's no longer in NYC!

Heather R.

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My 6 yrd son took lessons from David O. last year and it was a really great experience. David is great with kids. He is very patient and attentive to the needs of each student and always makes sure to keep it fun.

  • 12 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 41 min

Brian S.

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I have been taking lessons from Dan for more than two and a half years and it something I look forward to every week. Aside from being a great teacher, he is fun, understanding and very talented. He takes the time to help you understand the structure of what you are learning without over burdening you with theory. He is also really interested in making sure you are enjoying playing (that is the point) and getting out of it exactly what you want. Any time I have a request (no matter how absurd) of a song to learn, Dan takes the time to find a good arrangement at my level and teaches it to me. It is really nice having that flexibility and personal investment in my lessons. In just two and a half years, I went from playing no to guitar to be comfortable jamming with my friends while also developing my classical guitar playing skills. His musical interests are vast; from beautiful classical pieces to classic rock solos to movie soundtracks (he loves Storybook Love from the Princess Bride). This blend of genres and talents truly sets Dan a part and I would encourage anyone looking to finally learn the guitar to sign up for lessons with Dan.

Kirby H.

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Guitar Chicago is the best option for music lessons in Chicago! Their instructors are patient, knowledgeable, and supportive. They do a fantastic job of working with you to achieve your individual goals. I started as a beginner with no guitar knowlege, and they helped me achieve my goals of playing multiple open mics and music events. I've also been able to meet and work with other Guitar Chicago students! They are always willing to work with my busy schedule, which is very hard to find with other schools or group lessons.

Rian O.

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I never realized learning to play guitar would be so much fun! Dan is the best. Not only does he explain the information in a way that is easy to understand, he makes learning it fun! I still look forward to lessons after nearly nine months and I can't imagine a reason I would ever stop taking them here.

  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min
  • Wilmette, IL

Lea W.

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Josefien is an amazing instructor. She shows you exactly how to sing and I made more progress in two weeks working with her than I have ever had with any other voice instructor. Truly one of a kind!

Aileen B.

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Josefien is a wonderful instructor! She is warm, friendly, great at her craft and really engaging. She is patient and knowledgable and great with teenagers too!

Elizabeth L.

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I'm very happy with my lessons!

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours

Mitchell D.

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I have been taking Spanish lessons with Cristobal for coming up on a year and French lessons for the past 6 months or so. While I am sure that there are plenty of choices for tutoring this may be the only teacher I have had that I can honestly say has far superior methodology versus all my other professors. I don't say this lightly either, I say this coming from years of experience with other teachers in various settings. Just to give a little background, I studied Spanish for 3 years in high school, then studied in Mexico at a vocational school in a completely immersed environment (living with a host family of non-English speakers) far from the reaches of most gringos in a small city called Cuernavaca. I have worked with native Spanish speakers that speak very little English for 10+ years, studied Spanish in college for 4 semesters, and even studied with Professor William Slavin for two years in weekly private sessions, a local scholar who spoke English, Spanish, French, ,Italian, Portuguese, and Hebrew. While Slavin's approach was very thorough, Cristobal's approach is practical, more natural, and aimed at speaking. Ole! Spanish School isn't just another business in the sea, it's a place with an authentic philosophy and a natural approach to language learning. To make the experience even better, his rates are super reasonable and he has a very easy going personality that creates a relaxed environment. His positive ratings exist for a reason.

John H.

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I work in accounting for a business that has customers, venders and employees in Mexico. As our business grows, communicating in Spanish becomes more and more vital to our operations in Mexico. Prior to working with Cristobal, I wasn't able to correspond with our Spanish-Speaking customers and venders. But, after working with him twice a week for several months, I developed a proficiency in written Spanish that has dramatically increased the efficiency of those transactions. Tutoring sessions were fun and challenging. Cristobal was able to tailor lesson plans specifically to me and my business. He combined critical elements of interpersonal communication with relevant business interaction and dialogue. The structure Cristobal formulated in his lessons created a platform for continuous growth and learning. Because of the foundation he provided me, I am now able to continue learning through the day-to-day interactions I experience at work. His guidance and aptitude for communication was an invaluable asset to the progress I have seen in our customer and vender relationships. I would highly recommend Cristobal as a tutor or consultant for any Spanish-speaking integration in business.

Carlos H.

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Cristobal has been teaching me Spanish since January and I am truly impressed by how much I've learned so far. Cristobal is awesome!!

TOP PRO
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Jason T.

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I have never played the piano or keyboard in my life, however I always wanted to learn. I found Phil on thumbtack and I have learned so much! I’ve learned all the notes and feel very comfortable playing the keyboard at my current level. Thank Phil, I look forward to continuing my lessons.

Jennifer T.

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My experience with Allegro has been nothing but positive. They have been prompt in all of their responses to my questions, they offer lessons at a great price, and Phil is very patient with his students. Can’t wait to continue my lessons!

Celia H.

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Our 8-year old has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Rum for a little more than two months, and she's learned so much already. Phil and Rum are lovely people. And we really appreciate the affordable rates they offer. Highly recommended!

  • 15 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Laurie G.

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My daughters began their first flute lessons with Su Ray. They have learned so much in only a few months. Su Ray has a great teaching style. She has a very calming presence. She encourages all progress, and finds ways of correcting and improving technique with positive words, and rewards. We are very pleased with the quality of the lessons. They begin and end on time, and the work is challenging, yet attainable for the level. We can say with no hesitation that we highly recommend Su Ray!

Sonali B.

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My son, Anshul Biswas took Piano lessons from Su Ray. His skills developed very well under her guidance and she was always very patient and involved with him. She was perceptive to his individual needs and specific musical interest too. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn Piano or other instrument.

Bill C.

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Su has a very pleasant manner in her teaching approach, which makes her lessons an enjoyable experience, but also meaningful and helpful in learning to play the flute.

TOP PRO
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 29 min

Rob N.

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Nikki's sunny personality and ESL expertise helped me to learn faster, while also enjoying the process. When I first met Nikki she told me she was a certified ESL teacher and I did not think it mattered at all. I was surprised that it had such a big impact on my English learning. When I came to her I was uncomfortable writing and resistant to reading. Now I have more confidence writing for my business and I am inspired to read books, not just articles. I really cannot speak more highly of teacher Nikki. She change my life.

Katy G.

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I've only been working with Nikki for a few sessions and love it so far! She is professional, fun, and willing to answer any questions. Excited for future lessons and to continue learning from her!

Walter P.

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Nikki is a fantastic tutor who is very knowledgeable and patient. She has excellent lesson plans and I have already learned a great deal from her in just a few lessons.

  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Cortland, IL

Jessica H.

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Aaron is a gifted teacher and musician. He teaches people of all ages. I started working with him, and already see immense improvement. He tailored my lessons based on my goals and current struggles vs skills. He also worked with my nephew, and I sat through the first session. (My nephew is shy lol). Totally different lesson plan, and worked very well with him. He taught in such a way that my nephew could pick up on it and improve right in the lesson! Aaron is very encouraging, patient, and effective. A hidden gem in the Dekalb County area. I highly recommend him no matter where you're at, or what your age is. I've had a few music teachers, and this guy teaches to make you succeed. His hopes seem to be success above his skills (which might be impossible. He's brilliant and very gifted both in his musicianship and his teaching skills.)

Bill W.

Verified review

Great first lesson with a ton of info and a laid back atmosphere. I already have my second lesson booked.

Thumbtack Customer

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I have only had one lesson, but I think Aaron is going to going to work out just fine.

  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 min

Mike F.

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Irwin is the real deal! He is the only instructor I found with degrees in both Music and a Masters in Music Education, to say this guy knows his stuff is an understatement. I have had about 5 lessons with Irwin so far and plan to stick with him for years to come. He has taught me so many things already that I wish I knew years ago. He immediately corrected some minor bad habits that have had a major difference in my playing. As he put it, he wants to teach you music as a language, once you know the language you can play with anyone at anytime. This is what everyone should be looking for from a teacher, I am glad I found him:)

Cristina H.

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My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with Irwin for the past few months. She loves it! His affection for children, as well as his expertise is obvious. I would highly recommend him as a guitar instructor!

Debra D.

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As adult playing piano for the first time since childhood, I am thoroughly enjoying my experience taking lessons with Irwin Silbernik.

  • 16 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min

Peggy T.

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I contacted Jerry,inquiring about in-home guitar lessons for my daughter. He replied immediately with helpful suggestions of an instructor. When I realized my daughter wanted a female instructor Jerry went out of his way to find out more about my daughter and the kind of instructor who would be compatible with her. He then suggested one of two female instructors he felt would meet her needs. I was impressed with the time and effort he put into helping me find an instructor for her. This was extraordinary that he would take the time to help me when it did not directly benefit him and he did not even know me! I had originally contacted Jerry because of his highly regarded reputation for teaching and instruction. But now I also hold him in high regard for his kindness and dedication to helping others find their way into the world of music.

Michael R.

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My instructor is great. He is really working with me on the violin. I have no experience but I am progressing fast.

Diana C.

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Got my 15 year old daughter guitar lessons with David & he was AMAZING!!

  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 min

Dave M.

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I don't leave reviews very often, but I feel compelled to do so in this case. So here we go... In the past, I've taken guitar lessons from 8 or 9 different guitar teachers in this area throughout the years - some were ok, others were less than ok. I know the difference between a good teacher and an average one. So this time around I invested the time to do my homework because I didn't want to find another "pretty good" teacher. I wanted to find THE BEST guitar teacher. From the first moment I met Jacob at the American Academy of Guitar, it felt different... it just felt better. But first impressions don't tell the whole story, so I remained cautiously optimistic about how good these lessons with Jacob were really going to be... Well, the deeper we went, the better it got! This is exactly what I'd been looking for but never found until now! These lessons are a lot more fun and I'm learning more now than I ever have before! What makes Jacob better than all the other teachers I've ever had elsewhere? Here's the short list of observations I made: 1. It's very clear that his entire approach to teaching me is to help me reach my goals with the guitar. 2. The lessons are more fun than what I've had elsewhere. I've been thinking a lot about this and trying to put my finger on exactly what about Jacob makes the lessons more fun. It's his personality combined with his unique ability to instantly uncover bad habits I didn't even know I had in my playing... then he was able to help me fix them almost immediately and that led to... 3. I'm making big improvements in a very short period of time... not just because what he teaches me really works better than what I learned elsewhere in the past, but because he was able to help me quickly remove obstacles that had been holding my development back! That's all for now. I just want to say THANK YOU Jacob. I plan on continuing to learn from you for many years to come!!

Monica M.

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Our 13 year-old son has been taking lessons with Jacob at the American Academy of Guitar and he just loves it. He's excited to go to his lessons and seems to feel really good when he comes out of each lesson. He loves to play his favorite songs on the guitar now (he could never do that before we started lessons here). His rapid improvement has really boosted his self-confidence and self-esteem. I used to play guitar myself years ago, but put it down (life got in the way). Now that my son's doing so well with his teacher, I started taking lessons myself too. Best decision we ever made. Thank you Jacob!

Kelsey R.

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I've learned so much with American Academy of Guitar Mastery! When I first started, I barely knew how to hold a chord...now I am playing my favorite songs, and writing my own music! I am so impressed with the results I have gotten in such a short amount of time! Definitely the best music lessons I've ever received.

Ron Steta

4.8

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  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min
  • Elk Grove Village, IL

Melinda T.

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I’m really glad I hired Ron! He is an accomplished and experienced guitar player and a wonderful teacher! He is funny, down to earth and makes learning both challenging and enjoyable. I am looking forward to continuing our lessons with Ron.

Rich H.

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Great teacher, wonderful guitar player. More than I ever expected when I decided to take lessons, from anyone. I would highly recommend Ron for any level of guitar player. I feel very lucky to have him as my teacher.

Arun S.

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Ron is teaching my wife very well and she is a beginner and appreciates his methods of instruction.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 25 min
  • Schaumburg, IL

Aimee W.

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Eunice is wonderful. She's patient, kind, and someone my children seem to feel comfortable with. We've only had three lessons, but so far I am very pleased. Thanks Eunice!

  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Marisa V.

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My daughter has been taking piano lessons at Lyriq since January and our experience has been nothing but wonderful. Evan is great with her and at her young age of 5 recognizes her strengths and what she needs to focus on to make the most of her talent. She loves working with "Mr. Evan" and looks forward to class each week. The office staff, especially the owner Sarah Ma, is extremely professional and flexible, including accommodating changes to lesson schedules. The well-designed facility is brand new with top-notch instruments and individualized rooms for all private lessons, with a grand piano in the front room that is used for recitals. Added bonus for us...it's within walking distance from our house! :)

Tammy L.

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We love Joan Marie and the fact that she began working with my daughter as her vocal instructor when she only about 10 years old. We found that some schools wouldn't take students that young, but Joan Marie has made all the difference in developing my daughter's voice. She often gets complimented on her technique and that's all thanks to Joan. Everyone at Lyriq is extremely talented and professional and their love of music is evident in everything from the facility to the instruction to the sense of community.

Jacob R.

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I've been working with a voice teacher, Chris Hacker, who's been really great - very knowledgable, supportive, and understanding of my goals as a vocalist. I am a beginner so I can definitely recommend Lyriq to anyone just getting off the ground with their technique.

  • 38 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 44 min

Becky C.

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Elisabeth Howard is a truly gifted, loving and remarkable teacher and human being! She was our daughter's voice teacher for over 7 years, and helped develop her gifts and voice and love of performance so beautifully. While working with Liz, and after, our daughter has been thankful to receive numerous lead roles, college scholarships, and paid vocal jobs - and have a teacher, friend and mentor who comes alongside her at any time and continues to follow her journey. While our daughter's primary focus is classical music, when needed Liz has also taught her how to sing and perform competitively across other genres as well. Liz is brilliant and talented across many genres. It is truly an honor and joy to know and work with Liz! And, you are sure to be blessed should she become part of your journey!

Aviva P.

Verified review

I’ve been singing forever, and Elisabeth is hands down the best teacher of vocal technique I’ve ever worked with. She can teach any style and really understands how the voice works. She doesn’t settle for just good enough, always pushing you to be excellent. I’ve had a lot of success in the musical theater world and I owe so much of that success to Elisabeth.

Briana B.

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Liz was my voice teacher from when I was in middle school up until I was college. She always encouraged and challenged me to embrace my voice and to sing the music I love. She taught me how to sing with a healthy technique which I still apply today in my career. Liz is a wonderful teacher and I'm happy she is still a supportive person in my life today.

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 min

Jie L.

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My 4 years old son has been taking private lessons with shihui. She is very patient, and I can see my son's improvements after each classes with her. Strongly recommend her to all kids who needs to learn piano, I swear you will love her just like I do.

ML F.

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My kids are taking her lessons. She is patient and thoughtful. After all, she is a gifted pianist. We are very happy to work with her.

Thumbtack Customer

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Shihui is great with my kids. I am amazed at their progress in such a short time.

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