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Delicous Music Performance
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alan W.
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I have known Ivan for many years and have heard him perform many times in many different venues. He is full of talent and knowledge, his repertoire is huge, and his music is soulful and full of feeling. He is truly and profoundly passionate about music (composition, performance, teaching). He is reliable, personable, charming, and aiming to please. Highly recommended!

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David First
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Beth F.
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Lessons with David were great. I've been playing for more than 10 years but haven't progressed much beyond looking up tabs on the internet and playing along to the songs I like. In just a few lessons, David helped me see the fretboard as a whole and play scales and chord patterns up and down the neck. As a result, my playing is freer and I have greater comfort in moving around on the fretboard and staying in key. It was exactly what i was hoping to learn! I'd recommend David without hesitation. He works hard to understand where your playing level is at and tailors his instruction to push you to the next level.

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Jimi Durso
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Brandon M.
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Jimi is an amazing teacher. His versatility and depth of knowledge, not only of guitar, but of music theory make his style of instruction completely tailored to the interests of student. Jimi is a musician in his heart and his passion for music is tempered only by his intense humanity. There are no drills, there's no yelling. There's only an immersion in music and true scaffolding of skills. Additionally, you'll find yourself laughing and learning all the same in a way that breeds a true life long love of playing. My lessons with Jimi added a dimension to my life in knowing and understanding music that is truly like a 6th sense. He enablers me to shear the world in ways I never would have otherwise. Anyone would be well served to take lessons with him--or just to talk about music with him.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sarah T.
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Sean is a wonderful teacher and a great guy. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking music lessons.

Joshua Shneider Music
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Chris P.
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I've been taking saxophone lessons with Josh for about a month now and I've been very happy with the experience. I had never played before and Josh has been great about teaching me the basics at a good pace. He is very nice and professional. Definitely recommend!

Kino Lee Music
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
PS L.
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Kino is really patient with me, and her space is really clean, bright and large, highly recommend her for piano lessons.

Piano Workshop at Chester
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Carole F.
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Mark Weisman has been my son's piano teacher since he was 11 years old. Alex is now a proficient pianist at age 21. Under the tutelage of Mark, my son advanced from a music student to a true musician. Mark is an engaging teacher who introduces his students to a variety of music genres, keeping classical, standards and popular music all part of the student's repertoire. My son Alex's interest in music was spurred on by Mark's enthusiasm and style of teaching. The Music Workshop conducts annual performances for parents and friends so we can see the progress our children have made. My son is now in college and still studies with Mark on breaks and in the summer. Alex belongs to The Jazz Band at Loyola University as well as his own band. He has played professionally for cocktail hours and theater productions. Mark has inspired Alex to continue his music into his adulthood. Mark Weisman is an exemplary teacher and person.

Aakash Mittal Music
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Joel Jean M.
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We contacted Aakash Mittal about clarinet lessons for our son after he gave a presentation at our son's 5th grade instrumental music class. We’re very glad we did. Our son improved quickly during the three years he took lessons from Aakash. He received music awards at Centennial Middle School, twice auditioned into CU Boulder’s Middle School Honor Band, made first clarinet at CU’s Middle School Band Camp, and auditioned into Boulder High’s Wind Ensemble. To cap his time with Aakash, he gave his own clarinet recital, including three duets with Aakash, as well as the 3rd movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with piano accompaniment. More importantly, the process that led to these accomplishments was genuinely enjoyable. Our son started off with a half-hour lesson each week, and liked it so much that he quickly moved to an hour lesson. Aakash has an excellent teaching style. After our son played a piece, Aakash would ask what he thought went well, and what needed work. Aakash rarely had negative criticism and focused on what elements would improve a piece, and in getting students to honestly evaluate themselves. As our son gained skill and confidence, they got down to brass tacks more quickly—but still without him ever feeling guilty or chastised. Aakash’s primary instrument is the saxophone, but he thoroughly understands the clarinet. Lessons included instrument-specific tasks like fine pitch control, breathing, alternate fingerings, tonguing, and embouchure, as well as broader topics of playing exact rhythm, tempo changes, pitch, dynamics, and phrasing. Most importantly, he understands that, as time-consuming as these components are, they are ultimately “just” technical elements. After our son mastered them for a hard piece, they’d then work on exploiting them to play music that swoops and soars and comes from the heart. And though Aakash’s favorite style is pretty hyperactive jazz, he is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles. Our son played the MapleStory video game for years, and Aakash helped him learn transcriptions of several songs from the game. For one recital, our son found several Legend of Zelda transcriptions—evoking exclamations from other students like “We can play game music for a recital? I didn’t know that!” As our son’s taste gravitated toward classical music, Aakash was right there with him. Aakash was especially good at helping our son work on challenging pieces. Our son is always choosing music that seems a little (or sometimes, a lot) beyond his level. For example, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto is really a virtuoso recital piece. They took the 3rd movement one section at a time, sometimes playing very slowly to get the rhythms and notes right. Aakash had him try to play along with a full orchestra recording (where it was clear that playing at full tempo makes the piece exponentially more difficult.) Okay, that didn’t work, so they concentrated on getting it right at a slightly more relaxed tempo. Eventually, we brought in a friend of Aakash’s on piano, and the three of them worked on how to coordinate and figure out who was in charge of the rhythm. It made an exhilarating finale to our son’s solo recital. Aside from his skills as a teacher, Aakash is also quite practical. He knew that his own concert schedule affected his teaching schedule, so was good about trying to make up missed classes during the week, and was flexible when our own schedule interfered with lessons. We’re also impressed with his ambition—he knows that great musicians don’t sit around waiting to be “discovered”, but actively promote themselves and make things happen. We have seen him playing live with various people many times, and have enjoyed the variety of musical styles and partners. (Especially when he plays with electric violin. Hint, hint!) We enjoyed our three years with Aakash, and had mixed feelings about him leaving for India—happy for him, but sad that we were losing a great teacher. We can whole-heartedly recommend him for just about anything he’s trying to do.

Christopher Buchenholz
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Adrian S.
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I began working with Chris around four years ago, as a freshman in college seeking a specific higher music education--I have been a musician my entire life, and desire education on a conservatory level, but do not actually want to attend conservatory. I have found that most music teachers of any kind have their specific way of teaching, usually a combination of traditionalism and their personal methodology. This doesn't work for everyone, and in my opinion, is often the reason why most kids don't stick with piano lessons. In my case, Chris and I had coincidentally similar experiences learning music--we both have strong ears that we could use to "cheat" as it were. I wanted to dig deeper into theory and find someone who understood how I heard and thought without judgment so that they could help me advance--Chris was exactly that person. We started ear training lessons regularly at my apartment and have not stopped since! He is such a pleasure to be around, extremely knowledgable without forcing anything on you, and extremely perceptive which makes him a fantastic personalized teacher. I am truly lucky to have met him, and would recommend him to any music student from a beginner to a seasoned pro looking to brush up and stay on their toes!

Anita Brown Music Services
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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I contracted with Ms. Brown to teach my 3rd Grade music classes composition in a one day workshop. The classroom teachers and I were extremely impressed with her demeanor in the classroom, as well as the subject content and instruction she provided the students. So impressed, I had her back several times in successive years. I recommend her without hesitation as a music teacher. She's knowledgeable, experienced, methodical, inspiring, encouraging, and most of all, she gets results!

R.A.M. MUSIC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
VIBHU T.
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I have been taking Piano lessons with Robert for the past month and a half. I started as a complete beginner and I've really enjoyed my lessons. Robert is an excellent teacher who provides a structured method to learning while also keeping you motivated throughout. I'm already able to play a few songs and I'm looking forward to getting better!

Sean Francois Music
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen E.
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Sean has given lessons to my 5 year old twins separately 3 times now. The boys really enjoy working with him. We are impressed with how much progress they've made in such a short time. Sean is punctual and professional. He keeps the lessons fun, engaging and productive. He also reviews what they worked on with me so I can help them practice between lessons. We couldn't be happier!

Amy P.
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I had a great lesson with Jim. By the end of the first class I'd been able to try a few different types of saxophones and just about play notes on each of them, despite never having even held a Saxophone prior to that. He had a very relaxed style and even took the time to suggest music to listen to once the class had finished. I'd definitely recommend classes with him to friends or anyone else wanting to learn.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Berna K.
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Both my son and daughter are taking music lessons with Furuya Sisters. They are very professional, patient, attentive teachers with effective teaching methods.

Ken Robinson Woodwinds
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laurie R.
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Do not hesitate to work with Ken, he is a wonderful teacher! My 14-year old son has been taking alto sax lessons with Ken for over a year and will be entering high school in September. I can see Ken being a long-term fixture during my son's high school years. Ken is incredibly talented and loves to share his knowledge and experience with his students. He does it very well. He is VERY easy to work with and he has a great sense of humor, which my son loves. My son very much enjoys his lessons. In working with my son, Ken has upped my son's "game" in so many ways and I can't wait to see what the future holds musically for him. Ken came highly recommended to me and for good reason. He opens up new worlds and new doors for his students. He is very invested in his students' lessons and wants the best for them. If you have the opportunity to work with Ken, take it.

Sarah Goldstone
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
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Sarah is an incredible piano teacher. She has taught my children for several years and they have progressed steadily and enjoy playing. She is methodical and extremely organized, teaches music theory so that the kids have a solid music foundation, provides information on books to order or purchases them for us, and is herself an extremely talented musician. The kids enjoy being able to listen to her demonstrate pieces with ease. Sarah is also a lovely person, warm, friendly, and makes the children feel comfortable. I could not recommend her more highly.

Thomas Cayle
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Al T.
Verified review

Tom is a great teacher. He adapts quickly to the student and really focuses on the areas that can get you playing and creating music. He able to keep me focused on learning to play the guitar and I enjoy the lessons and keeps me focused. Amazing person and teacher.

Garden Party Studios
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Allison G.
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Jesse was an excellent teacher! He came to my apartment and we started on pretty basic chords and some music theory. By the next lesson, I was starting to be able to play Over The Hills and Far Away - one of my favorite Zeppelin songs ever! Incredibly nice guy and well worth it.

Murphy's Music
5.0
from 1 review
  • 36 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeanneen N.
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The customer service was outstanding each time we went there, my husband loved his teacher and he had a great time at his lesson. Would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Julian's Music Lessons

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I have 12 years of experience in playing all styles of guitar and composing music with the computer using Logic Pro, Ableton, Garageband, and Pro Tools. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music Research.

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

Founded in 2010, the New York Music School is an group of private music instructors located in Long Island and New York City. We offer quality instruction on guitar, bass, trumpet and would be glad to refer you to qualified instructors on other instruments. Lessons are available from my studio in LIC or in the students home. Each of our instructors holds a bachelors or masters music degree from an accredited university, and has experience teaching, as well as performing music in a broad range of styles.

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