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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Chicago

Dan P.

Morton Grove, IL
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David B.

Chicago, IL
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Christopher M.

Chicago, IL
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Dan P. Morton Grove, IL

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would bring my guitar, metronome, pen, etc.
The students should have their own guitar and amp if electric.
They should also have the appropriate books - mel bay note reading and a blank music staff and tab book.

*** Specialties ***
My method focuses on learning scales, chords & arpeggios and then showing the student how to apply them through knowledge of music theory. They will learn how to create music on their own as well as understand the music they listen to. I will also show my students how to play various popular songs and how to improvise. My areas of expertise are in rock, pop, blues, rockabilly, metal, country and jazz. I also teach note reading, fingerstyle and classical guitar.

David B. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
Although David has a laid back personality and approach to life, he takes his job very seriously. He prides himself in not being the kind of teacher who is there simply to entertain and hope the student learns something in the process. Though you will most certainly have a good time, you should only take from him if you really want to become a great musician/player. Having been a highly qualified public school teacher for 5 years, David has more experience than most private teachers you can find. He knows what it takes to achieve greatness and he knows that most students, in the end, respect that more than a half hour "jam session."

David will tailor his curriculum to each student. Every student is expected to have a notebook with staff paper and a pencil at their lesson. Students will also be assigned a book to purchase (in some cases more than one) and he/she will progress through it at a pace appropriate to his or her level.

More than anything, what you will see in David's lessons is his love for music and teaching music. It is truly a special thing to be gifted in this art, and he believes that anyone who is willing to put in the time, the effort and the dedication needed will be rewarded and enriched in the end.

David is also available for online lessons via Skype! He loves taking advantage of this modern technology in his lessons and is happy to take on new students in this format.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a fully weighted digital piano, electronic keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, flute and various percussion equipment in a room completely devoted to music. Can accommodate seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar/bass, but any drum lessons or piano lessons would require the student to have the necessary instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and rock guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. Piano lessons are taught on a wonderful, fully weighted 88 key keyboard. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.

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Christopher M. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Violin

About Me

Currently developing the music program at "The Chicago Ballet Center", which includes a private music studio located in the Chicago Six Corners business district (Cicero & Irving Park). Working together with Keys4Kids organization, the "Violin Center of Chicago", "PianoForte Foundation", as well as other recognized music institutions to deliver the best possible education for musicians of all ages.

1. I am comfortable teaching private or group lessons for Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory, and Composition.
2. I have lifelong experience in the arts from private lessons, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Columbia College Chicago. (B.A. in 2014)
3. My specialties are classical music and modern rock genres.

My recent history begins from my graduation from McBain Public High School in Michigan, where I received my diploma in 2005.

• 2012-2014 Served as the Principal Educator at Rico Music and Art Center (RMAC). RMAC is a busy music center in Chicago at Six Corners (Cicero & Irving Park) where I taught private lessons and manage the day-to-day business. I inspired and motivated colleagues and students of all ages alike, to achieve our goals and seek higher levels of learning.

• 2010-2011 Ended my lighting business and became a part time student at Columbia College Chicago pursuing degrees in music composition and piano performance. Building my repertoire to include Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Debussy, and more. Studying with the masters of the field such as Columbia College Head of the Composition Dept. Dr. Marcos Balter, Dr. Ilya Levinson, Dutch pianist and composer Sebastian Huydts, Bette Coulson of Coulson's Music y making new connections, I began teaching at RMAC as the Principal Educator and taking on creative music projects to compose music for student films. (Films are available upon request)

• 2008-2010 Left the touring road to start an event lighting company (Light it Up/ EDC Productions/GOBI Project), which lead me to Chicago where I ran my business efficiently, while still practicing music.

• 2005-2008 As soon as I received my diploma and high school graduation was over, I was on tour almost non-stop with Deja Normal (Mike Mains and the Branches) Arescyn (Static Factory Records) playing the piano/bass/vocals and taking an intimate role with the song and lyric writing. Tens of thousands of miles traveled with hundreds of performances from the East coast to the West to play the smallest of venues tucked away in the woods of West Virginia to major music events such as Vans Warped Tour dates.

I am very excited about my future in music within the educational realm, by the magnificent challenge that it provides. Hopefully, by sharing my perspective with my friends, colleagues, students, we can share the great feeling of accomplishment together.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, acoustic guitar and violins
Free Parking behind building, WiFi, and a Cafe next door!

*** Specialties ***
Classical music and modern rock genres, most similar to the Suzuki method.

Blake C.

Lowell, IN
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Margo L.

Chicago, IL
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Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL
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Blake C. Lowell, IN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Business, Classical Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Elementary Math, Essay Writing, Grammar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Writing

About Me

My name is Blake C. and I teach any style of guitar music, but specialize in Classical and Rock Guitar techniques.

I have been playing guitar for more than 30 years. I have more than 20 years professional performance, session work, and instruction.

I was awarded the President's Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois in 1990 and was awarded a full tuition scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the Chicago Musical College in 1991.

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed.

I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

I have participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with Hubert Kappel, Dale Kavanagh, Eleftheria Kotzia, Bruce Holzman, Stephen Aron, Raphaella Smits, Richard Provost, Nicholas Goluses, and William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique in technique to improve the student's overall guitar skill.

Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see results rapidly. However, if you have a busy life and are just wanting to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I design the lessons to develop you at your desired pace.

I teach guitar to children as young as five years old and adults of any age.When teaching younger children, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. Having the parent(s) attend the lesson aids in guiding the younger student while practicing during the week at home. The overall musical development and progress of the younger students improves drastically with the involvement of the parent(s). All lesson materials, ranging from individual sheet music to complete method books, are provided by me; except for the guitar.

Musical talent is a wonderful gift, but correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus and your ability to learn and perform more difficult guitar music is inhibited, unless you have a solid foundation based on musical knowledge and proper guitar technique. I can help you begin building a solid foundation of musical and technical guitar skills. I will guide you through the initial development of guitar skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
GUITARS: Gibson, Charvel, Fender, Peavey, Cordoba, Guild, Takamine, Yamaha

GUITAR AMPS: Behringer, Blackstar, Egnater, Fender, Line 6, Peavey, and Roland

MICS: AKG, Audio Technica, CAD Audio, Rode, Senheiser, Shure, Studio Projects, and Yamaha

OUTBOARDGEAR: Alesis, Art, Audio Logic, Behringer, JDK Audio, Studio Projects, and Universal Audio

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Celemony Melodyne, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune, Aspire, Antares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat, WAVES Waverider, CLA Artist & Kramer Signature, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5 w/multiple packs

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar technique in conjunction with rock, jazz, and blues guitar.

Margo L. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

African Dance, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Composition, Country Singing, Ear Training, Gospel Singing, Jazz Dancing, Jazz Voice, Modeling, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Stand Up Comedy, Theatrical Dance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

I am the most effective voice and performance coach. My approach to assessing and meeting the needs of each student enables me to assist them in bringing out the very best in their capabilities. If you desire quality, effectiveness and noticeable improvement in your singing, writing, public speaking or overall performance, I am the coach for you! People often ask why my rates are higher than the average voice coach. Here's why: I teach you the skills you need to be able to eventually coach yourself and be more self-sufficient in your craft.

I currently have 4 songs in mainstream rotation (under an alias), with over 400 spins per day worldwide and am highly-acclaimed by many jazz, pop, r&b and hip-hop legends. I am also a NESTA certified wellness coach so I employ a holistic, whole-body method to train and condition the entire body as an instrument, not just the voice. I have the privilege of being a classically-trained pianist and vocalist, having studied at Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Vandercook College of Music, The Second City, University of Chicago, ETA Performing Arts Center and many other fine institutions.

My five-octave vocal range and perfect-pitch have afforded me opportunities to work with many international artists. Additionally, I sing in six languages(English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Latin) and am adept in aiding my students in overcoming speech impediments and enhancing their own vocal range.

I also specialize in post-surgical voice re-immersion and students with special needs including down syndrome, autism and speech impediments.

My methodology helps students feel comfortable and each session is tailor-made to the student's individual needs.

Children love working with me because I make learning fun and they have a high retention rate of the technique that I teach them. I am easygoing, funny and offer a relaxed environment for everyone.

My adult students have a blast because I don't accept excuses. I pull your potential to the forefront and together we create perfection.

I am excellent at preparing people for competitions, showcases and concerts and even help develop a winning show lineup and presentation.

My specializations include:
Creative Writing
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
On-Location Assistance
Vocal Range Enhancement

Group classes are also available.

If your voice isn't becoming to you, you should be coming to me!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is tailor-made to suit the student's individual needs. A custom lesson plan will be made for each student on a case-by-case basis.

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
Repertoire Selection
Concert and Competition Preparation
Public Speaking
Physical Maintenance of the Vocal Instrument
Overcoming Speech Impediments
Movement
Studio Recording Techniques
Songwriting
Image Development
On-Location Assistance
Vocal Range Enhancement

Shaun Z. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 6 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.

Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;

Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.

Fingerpicking playing style

Ability to read written sheet music

Ability to read and count rhythm

Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical

Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.

And most importantly, musicianship and having fun.

I prefer to have one, one hour lesson per week. I will drive to you, and we can have the lesson at your home.

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