Shame on Microsoft for backing this nonsense.
I looked at some of the video lessons, and participated in a couple live classes for singing.
Thankfully, I never gave takeLessons a penny,.
The instructors in the videos could not demonstrate the skills they were supposed to be teaching.
The live classes, all listed in PST, (I’m in EST) were mostly terrible.
One instructor who claimed to be instructing breath control instead simply had the obviously beginner students sing to prerecorded songs like Halo (an extremely advanced piece) and gave minimal, unhelpful feedback. I sang and played Uke, was asked if ukulele was the only instrument I played, furthering the common misconception that Uke is somehow lacking.
I wasn’t able to use the chat function to respond to other students or the instructors. Very frustrating.
Another singing instructor took us through some Ludgen exercises which is the only bright spot in this dismal excuse for online education.
It’s definitely not worth a penny, since there is evidently no qualifications set for instructors. It’s a free for all for anyone claiming to be a musician to put up videos and try to gain a following.
I reiterate…Microsoft, do better!!!