Take Lessons, found online at TakeLessons.com, claims since they were established in 2006, they have been connecting students with the teachers that fit them and their learning styles the best.
According to their website, everyone learns differently, so TakeLessons provides a marketplace where students can find a diverse community of teachers from different backgrounds and with different teaching styles.
How Does It Work?
To get started with their marketplace, all you have to do is select the subject you are interested in learning, then enter your residential zip code.
You will receive a list of recommended teachers and have the ability to compare detailed information about all your options before you decide to make a selection.
You must make payment at the time you book your lesson, or lessons, and this must be done at least 7 days in advance of the lesson itself.
Lesson rates will depend on a variety of factors, including your location, the length of the lesson, and whether you choose to take lessons in your home, at your teacher's chosen location, or online.
TakeLessons does provide a mobile platform that is available for popular operating systems, so you can manage your account from wherever you are, at your convenience.
TakeLessons does not have a blanket Refund Policy, but they do have a Money Back Guarantee in place for 72 hours after your first lesson has been completed.
If you are unhappy with your teacher and notify Take Lessons during this 72 hour period, they will either arrange for you to meet with a new teacher or to receive a refund.
Customer Service Contact Info
As of right now customers can contact their Customer Service team by submitting your questions, concerns, and complaints directly to their website via their Contact link or by traditional mail at 225 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101.
In general, TakeLessons has mixed reviews, with many positive reviews from their students but some problematic reviews from people who believe that this company charges high prices for their services without a fair amount of money being given to the instructors.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many online education providers such as Quizlet.com, as well as tutoring services that you can arrange online.
If you have any experience with TakeLessons.com or their services, please leave your reviews below.
TakeLessons Customer Reviews
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Very poor quality, not worth a dime!
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!!!
Adult students beware!
If you are an adult student, the policies on this site are intolerable and unfeasible. The music teachers use this site because if you attempt to cancel even a minute past the 24 hour "cancellation period" you lose your money, unless you happen to have one of a VERY few teachers, who will offer a makeup lesson.
I had a teacher who stole hundreds of dollars because the lessons are prepaid and I had some issues come up that were beyond my control.
Recently, I contacted the teacher 20 minutes outside the cancellation window and she deliberately ignored me to ensure that she would get her money, even though I had to miss my lesson.
I contacted takelessons.com and they would not intervene on my behalf. The owners of this site care NOTHING for the students.
Horrible unprofessional tutor named Lilla for analytical Geometry. I would not ever recommend Takelessons.com service to anyone especially when they use unprofessional tutors.
Terrible Teaching Experience with Takelessons
Bad teacher but got total refund from TakeLessons
I had a horrible teacher. She literally knew absolutely nothing about the instrument (Chinese violin). She fired up youtube when I got there and we just watched videos. She had never seen the instrument before. No help.
So I called Takelessons and they refunded 100% of what I sent them including for the one and only lesson I had.
They are a little aggressive about getting money from you but their customer service (Sarah) was helpful and I am satisfied.