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Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fareed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.
In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.
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As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.
I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.
As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.
Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box
*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials
*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
I am a young musician from Denver who was classically trained by world musician Greg Garrison. I have held many positions in many ensembles including but not limited to: Principal Bassist for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bassist for the Colorado- State Jazz Band, Bassist in the Western States Honor Orchestra.
More recent accomplishments include my admittance to the Oak Park River Forest Symphony Orchestra, and acceptance to the Music Conservatory of Chicago with scholarship.
My love for music is unmatched and there is nothing I love more than seeing a student succeed in music. I love all people and thoroughly enjoy teaching children!
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I am quite a laid back instructor but I carry initiative to accomplish the goals set. Once the student has been assessed we move from where there abilities are set in a custom curriculum for each student. We move with the pace of the student and their learning ability! I teach with classical techniques but also include modern techniques such as technology.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I will have: all supplies (bass, stand, music, etc)
Student should have: their own bass
*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to:
I will have: Computer, music, recording gear.
Student should have: Bass, stand (optional)
*** Specialties ***
Any and all, however I tend to specialize in jazz and classical.
Versatile, personable, and professional musician and teacher with 13 years of playing experience. Comfortable with all ages and all styles, from classical to jazz to bluegrass and everything in between!
Update, I will be overseas, teaching in Eastern Europe from November 10 until December 10. I will resume my TakeLessons teaching on December 11. If you can wait until then to get started, read on!
I am a bass, guitar and piano player with 30 years of experience to offer my students. I graduated from Duquesne University in 1992 with a Bach. of music performance, jazz emphasis. I have toured, recorded and given lessons all over the world. Check out my videos for some examples of what I do.
My passion as a teacher is to help you quickly learn to play and enjoy music. I tailor my lessons to suit your specific needs, from beginners to more advanced students. Whether you are a beginner who wants a solid foundation, a busy adult who just wants to learn enough to play with friends, or an advanced player who wants to more fully develop your improvisational skills, I develop an approach that will bring clear results.
I teach guitar, bass guitar and upright bass, beginner through advanced. I teach scales and full pedagogy, theory and stylistic development in all Americana styles; rock, pop, blues, jazz, folk, country and bluegrass, as well as some basic world styles, reggae to polka.
I also teach a specific program for classically trained pianists who want to learn modern styles of piano and improvisation. I am not a trained pianist, so this is mainly for pianists who can play from books, but are itching to learn how to jam with friends. If this is for you, then you know what I mean!
I also enjoy coaching on such subjects as singing and playing at the same time, and ensemble performance coaching. I teach music appreciation for special needs folks using skill level appropriate methods.
For more information or to schedule a lesson, please contact TakeLessons. Your success is my goal!
I am currently a String Bass Performance Major at DePaul University. I have taught multiple students in my home town of St. Charles, IL throughout high school and college. I am well versed in the genres of classical, jazz, bluegrass, rock, and funk. I have played in many different ensembles including the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, jazz combos at DePaul, several rock bands, and a bluegrass trio that frequently performs in Chicago and the surrounding area called Ask Your Folks .
I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.
My name is Xavier M. and I have been teaching since high school and playing bass since I was thirteen. I grew up in Avondale, Chicago, graduated with my Bachelor in music ed from VanderCook College of Music, and I love all kinds of music. I ride bike, play video games and love my city and everyone in it.
Hamlet English Immersion Camp; Bilbao, Spain. With Kathy and George Owen.
The camp had sixteen students who stayed for two weeks in two houses, one for boys and one for girls. While working at the camp I stayed in the boys house and watched over their activities and English use, taught English and music to students two hours a day, and took the students on hikes, bike rides, and horse rides.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."