Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
From age 5 until today, music has been a lifelong pursuit. I've had ten years of classical piano lessons, sitar lessons in India, jazz studies at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and private bass lessons with Pete Cosey. I co-founded the bands Sojourner and Samana, with appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Woman's Jazz Festival, and the National Woman’s Music Festival. I've released several recordings and have played bass on many others. And, last summer, I had a great time teaching in the Music Camp at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
I believe that, in music, there's always more to learn and more to share. Let's work together to see what music can do for you and what you can do with music!
Piano, Clarinet, Music Theory
Growing up, I participated in every musical activity I could find: from choir to handbells, concert bands to jazz bands, and marching bands to rock bands. I love performing different types of music, but I decided to focus on classical clarinet performance in college. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a B.M. in Clarinet Performance. I also continued studying piano as a minor instrument at UIUC. Since then, I have revisited some of my former favorite pastimes: I teach handchime classes in schools, play in a rock band, and work for a jazz-oriented music/tutoring program.
Since graduating, I have performed several memorable concerts with highly skilled ensembles such as the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and Wheaton Municipal Band. CJP is a one of a kind jazz orchestra, and with them I have performed two very well-received concerts at the Auditorium Theatre and one outstanding performance at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in 2008, honoring Nelson Mandela. The orchestra blends two of my favorite styles of music: classical and jazz. The Wheaton Municipal Band is a more traditional band in the Chicago suburbs: playing marches, classical favorites, and pop medleys. Throughout the summer, the band gives free top-notch performances in Wheaton's Memorial Park. I have used my keyboard skills to perform at venues around Chicago (including Metro, Schuba's and Lincoln Hall) with Nick Miller and the Neighbors.
My diverse musical interests motivate me to teach. I enjoy sharing my love for music and artistic expression with students of all ages. I began teaching young clarinet students privately in 2000, while still in high school. After I began teaching group piano lessons in Chicago public schools in 2007, I decided to start teaching private piano lessons. Piano was the first instrument I took lessons on, and it has turned out to be my favorite instrument to teach beginners. I appreciate the freedom private lessons offer me as a teacher to tailor the lesson to the individual student. I understand there are many ways of learning and believe there are at least as many ways of teaching. My goal as a teacher is to pass on lessons of patience, creativity, appreciation, confidence and dedication to my students. I hope my students will apply these lessons to their musical studies and throughout all areas of their lives.
Music has been an incredibly powerful force in my life, and I love to bring it to others through instruction and performance. The best thing about music is it can touch anyone, even someone who has not studied it. However, I believe learning to playing an instrument will always deepen one's musical appreciation, while being a fun and rewarding experience.
Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Trumpet, Trombone
A bachelors degree in music ed and 20+ years of playing and performing experience comes with you to every one of our lessons. Whether it be on trumpet, guitar, or piano I will consistently stress fundamentals that lead students towards the musicians they strive to be. I feel incorporating music that is relevant to the student and his or her goals is paramount and doable! I will always demonstrate the techniques and ideas I espouse. Lastly, I show my students the joy music has put in my life and in turn, show them how to play music towards the same ends.
As far back as I am able to remember, I was always involved in sports and music. While in elementary school, I earned the President’s Award for Physical Fitness and practiced the piano each evening for my weekly lesson. In junior high school I was an active member of the choir and band (flute), a cheerleader for both the men’s football and basketball teams, and traveled extensively throughout Michigan competing as a gymnast for the school’s gymnastics team.
Although I earned varsity letters in tennis and gymnastics while in high school, I was encouraged by the school’s vocal music director to concentrate on excelling as a musician and to pursue a musical career. I took his advice and began to take piano lessons once again, as well as voice lessons. I enrolled in music theory, music history and choir during school hours, and involved myself in the high school’s productions of My Fair Lady and West Side Story after hours. As a vocal soloist, I received Superior ‘I’ ratings as a participant in the M.S.V.A. Solo and Ensemble Festival while as a piano soloist in 1974, I was awarded a monetary scholarship and a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Music after placing Second in the Senior High Division of the city’s Musicale Competition. During my senior year of high school I was accepted into the National Honor Society.
During my four years of schooling at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, I was involved primarily in the activities which related to my major field of study; Vocal Music Performance. In addition to being involved vocally with the stage productions of A Hand of Bridge, The Bartered Bride, Cosi Fan Tutte, and numerous choral ensembles, I also participated in various instrumental ensembles. I played harp for the college’s Orchestra as well as flute for its Wind Ensemble. As a Bachelor of Music major, I also took private classical guitar, harp, organ, voice, and piano lessons. Perhaps the most memorable experience associated with my education at Olivet College was the European Tour that I participated in with the Collegium Musicum Chorale the summer of 1977. We were privileged to sing Bach’s B Minor Mass with Neville Mariner conducting. My last year of college culminated with my senior voice recital and being awarded The Margaret Upton Conservatory of Music Award. In addition, I was awarded the Olivet College Concerto Award to which I performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 while accompanied by the Olivet College Orchestra.
Music has always been a part of my life, but being able to direct students to learn musically, watching these students mature musically, and involving myself with teaching these students the techniques, individual sensitivity and personal confidence associated with the aesthetic art of music, these are my intentions as a music professional; these are my goals as a music educator.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
Originally from Indiana, David has been teaching music in both the private and public school sectors for 12 years. Getting his start as a drumline instructor with only 4 students, David soon expanded his teaching to include both guitar and piano, which he studied under Frank Puzzulo (of Miles Davis' group) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Upon graduating Ball State, David moved to Colorado to study jazz and classical music with Dr. Douglas Walter, an accomplished percussionist who is known for his versatility and multiple percussion talents. He also studied piano and guitar in his off time, jamming with several rock and jazz groups both in and out of school.
In 2006, David left the college scene with a Masters in Music and moved to Florida where he began his teaching career. In Florida, David taught roughly 70 students, ages 5 to 18, at Wewahitchka High School and Middle School. He was beloved by the town, helping out in the community as a local organist for the Presbyterian Church and as a frequent contributor to Wednesday night worship.
As wonderful as this time was, David gave up the gators and swamps to move back home to Indiana in 2007. Here, he took a job at Kokomo High School and Maple Crest Middle school where he resumed teaching students from 5th graders to seniors in all areas of music, including wind, strings/guitar and percussion. David established the first ever "rock and roll" class at the high school in 2008, a program that started with only 5 students and has ballooned to 38 in this current year! The class consisted of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, all of which David can teach at a professional level.
Most recently, David graduated with his second Masters in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. He studied primarily with professor Ron Perillo, unquestionably the most innovative piano player in Chicago and with Bob Palmieri, a gifted guitarist. Having now graduated, David is devoting himself full time to teaching private students and looks very much forward to working with you!
2010 - DePaul University Performance Scholarship
2009 - DEKCS Most Influential Teacher of the Year
2006 - Wallace Fiske Award for Outstanding Percussionist
2001 - Guest Performance at Mukugowa Women's College in Osaka, Japan
2001 - Ball State University Undergraduate Concerto Contest Winner
2001 - Kokomo Symphony Concerto Contest Winner
2000 - Butler Matinee Musicale Winner
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Dance, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.
Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.
The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.
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