Take Note Lessons
Take Note Lessons

Take Note Lessons

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Introduction: I have been teaching for over 15 years. I teach privately full-time and run my own company in NYC. We offer internet lessons for students all over the world. If you are interested in in-person lessons, we offer this service in NYC and Westchester County. I personally hire other enthusiastic and experienced music teachers to work with me. I believe learning music should be fun. While it also takes hard work and dedication, a student must first enjoy music in order to continue and progress. My teachers and I incorporate well-known songs into lessons so that students can relate to what they are learning. We also use many of our own games and worksheets to keep students engaged at all times. We offer many different types of lessons including singing, piano, acting, guitar, songwriting, and much more. We also offer two (optional) recitals each year so that students can showcase what they have learned. I love watching students of all ages progress and accomplish things they never thought they could accomplish. This helps them to grow not only as a musician, but also as a person. I have watched all of our students become more confident as their lessons progress. It's exciting because music education is so much more than just teaching students notes on a page.

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Serves Astoria, NY

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16 years in business

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Kinny C.
Apr 7, 2020

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Michelle Maves, the owner of Take Note, is an amazing teacher. My children love their lessons and love music because of her passion for teaching and her enthusiasm for her students. She is able to customize her lessons for each individual child - she even tailors the music so the student stays engaged. My two children are very different and you can see the different ways Michelle can tailor the lesson. Having played piano myself, I recall my own days of piano lessons. I can tell that their experience with Michelle is distinctly great. They have fun and are enthusiastic about the lessons. They also look forward to recitals. I unreservedly recommend Michelle. Cheers!

Details: Younger than 6 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • As soon as possible • The piano teacher travels to me

Piano Lessons
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Michelle H.
Jan 18, 2018
My daughter had a terrific guitar lesson with Diana who was very patient with great attention to the fundamentals and we look forward to working with her again.

Details: 10 - 13 years old • Yes, can read guitar tabs • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • Acoustic • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Within the next 1 - 2 weeks • Conducting initial research • The guitar teacher travels to me

Guitar Lessons
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Danielle T.
Oct 10, 2017

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Michelle has been working with my daughter weekly since early August. We couldn't be happier! Since her first lesson, Michelle has made my 10 year old feel comfortable and confident. Our daughter has been inspired by her lessons and literally doesn't stop practicing singing and keyboard. We have already recommended Michelle to other parents in our community.
Singing Lessons
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Amanda F.
Oct 10, 2017
Michelle has been teaching my 8 year old daughter piano for a few years now, and we've had a wonderful experience. Michelle is always positive, encouraging, patient, and professional. My daughter enjoys her lessons, and has learned so much. I would recommend Michelle wholeheartedly to anyone - I truly couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Carolina N.
Jan 16, 2014
Michelle is great with kids. Our 7-year old daughter loves her piano lessons and always looks forward to them. More important, we can hear that she is really learning and making great progress. Two of her school friends have started lessons with Michelle after we recommended her.
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Michelle Maves


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Please contact us for pricing details. Prices depend on location, lesson length, and several other factors.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Most parents first contact us with general questions about music lessons. We travel to our students, so it’s important that we discuss the instrument the student wants to learn, where the student lives, and the student’s schedule. We also like to find out more about the student’s learning style and any prior music lesson experiences to make a great match with one of our excellent instructors. From there, we check with our teachers about availability in the student’s area. We then send the parent more information about an instructor who we think will be a good match. We encourage students to have a lesson with the teacher. We don’t require semester commitments, so there is no obligation (beyond paying for the session). Students then handle scheduling and makeups directly with the instructor. Most students work with us long-term as they discover learning music is fun when a great teacher is there to guide them in the process.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have studied music for my entire life. I have years of training in voice, piano, and acting and have been teaching for over a decade. I majored in musical theatre in college and have performed all over the country. I also developed my teaching skills with many top companies in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago before starting my own business.

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