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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near Deerfield

Dan P.

Morton Grove, IL
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Katy B.

Glenview, IL
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Katherine C.

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.

Katy B. Glenview, IL

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Guitar, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Ukulele

About Me

After obtaining my Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at SUNY College at Fredonia, I joined the US Navy as a vocalist. I spent six years traveling the world performing as an ambassador for the US. I then went back to school to obtain my Master of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. I have extensive experience teaching voice, guitar, and ukulele. I teach all of these in my classes at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview, IL. I am a full-time music teacher, and teach lessons on the side. I offer personalized lessons based on what each student wants to learn. I incorporate various techniques and styles to customize the experience for each student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are individualized for each student, based on their personal interests and musical background.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own instrument, along with a music stand. For voice lessons, the student needs to have a piano in home, whether it be an upright or electric piano. For guitar and ukulele, the student only needs to have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in all types of singing, with a basis in proper technique. I also specialize in classical and folk guitar, as well as all sizes of the ukulele.

Katherine C. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Mezzo-soprano Katherine C. is one of the most promising young talents on today’s opera scene. She created the role of the Young Nun in the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good during Glimmerglass Opera’s 2006 Festival Season, which was later recorded on the Naxos label, and recently returned to the company as Aglaonice in the critically acclaimed production of Philip Glass’s Orhpée. She recently made role debuts with much acclaim as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel at the Syracuse Opera (where she will be awarded the comprimari “Artist of the Year” in 2009) and as Siebel in Faust with Princeton Music Festival.

Most recent noted engagements include a role debut as Sesto in Giulio Cesare and Un Musico in Manon Lescaut at the Florida Grand Opera, mezzo soloist in a recital of Rossini songs entitled Sins of My Old Age at Opera Omaha, Inez in a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Müller with the Miami Concert Association, mezzo-soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloriawith the Park Ridge Symphony, and Stephano in Roméo et Juliette at the Syracuse Opera. The Ithaca Journal said, “Katherine C., tall, appropriately youthful and brash, sang Stephano's taunting chanson spiritedly with a striking virtuosic final trill of the coda in two Fs.”

Katherine was formerly a member of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio and the young artist programs of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Aspen Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival. She was awarded third place in the 2009 Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year competition, as well as a grant from the Anna Sosenko Trust and a prize-winner in the Palm Beach Opera Competition and the Bel Canto Competition.

She holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

Katherine has taught at both the high school level (Loyola Academy, Regina Dominican and Elmwood Park) and the college level (Northwestern University as part of her graduate assistantship). Her students ranged from beginning classically trained students to musical theater students.

*** Lesson Details ***
You will constantly be learning from me when you take lessons. I am an incredibly energetic, passionate and caring person which translates to a fun, open learning environment. Students will learn about proper singing technique with me including how to take prepare the body for singing, the proper breath and how to use the body to its utmost capabilities for the best produced sound.

*** Studio Equipment ***
You feel safe, relaxed and ready to learn in our music room. Decorated with opera houses that we have performed in, surrounded by book cases with music scores and books and opera pictures, you will be inspired to learn while I sit behind our upright piano. Parents are welcome to stay and can wait in our living room or dining room while your son/daughter is learning.

*** Specialties ***
Being classically trained and being an active opera singer still, I am best suited and strongest in the classical field. However, all singing is based on proper breath technique and support, so I can teach many different genres for the voice.

David B.

Chicago, IL
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Christopher M.

Chicago, IL
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Tasha K.

Evanston, IL
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David B. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, 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 serving as the Principal Educator at Rico Music and Art Center (RMAC) for the past two years. RMAC is a busy music center in Chicago at Six Corners (Cicero & Irving Park) where I teach private lessons and manage the day-to-day business. I inspire and motivate colleagues and students of all ages alike, to achieve our goals and seek higher levels of learning.

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.

- 2005-2008 As soon as 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.

- 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.

- 2010-2012 Ended my lighting business and became a part time student at Columbia College Chicago pursuing degrees in music composition and piano performance. By making new connections, I began teaching at RMAC and taking on creative music projects to compose music for student films. (Films are available upon request)

- 2013- Present I Now my repertoire includes Bach, 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, University of Chicago Piano Performance Dr. Amy Briggs, and many others continue to share their great insight to the fine details of music and life.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***

I follow the ABRSM examination syllabus with my students so that if they desire to receive a internationally recognized certification of achievement, they may do so at any point. This means having the skills and understanding necessary to achieve the levels of examination offered by ABRSM.

Which include :
-Scales and Arpeggios
-Memorized Music
-Sight Reading Music
-Listening Skills

What motivates my lessons

To better inform the importance of how, what, and why we learn music. Generating scientific minds that think more clearly and to act more decisively by using concepts from the psychological studies of nurturing and comfort at University of Wisconsin-Madison by Dr. Harlow and "Motivation and Reward in Learning" at Yale University by Dr. Miller and Dr. Hart. This creates a better learning process of music for the student, family, and teacher to instill a desire to achieve excellence in the student. My approach is unique but most similar to the Suzuki method, with plenty of ear training by using music the student already knows. A student must develop their ability to interpret music with their own unique potential and build confidence in themselves. When learning new music, students need to be guided step by step to clearly point out areas of needed improvement. Lot's of performance opportunities is crucial to the learning process, it is the best tool to further refine their practice and performance skills.

By increasing their self awareness, along with building memory skills, the student should be free to chase their definition of perfection. This approach is healthy and fun, founded on the principles of doing what is right for the student, family, and teacher. This will serves us best in the moment, and in the long run.

*** Studio Equipment ***
6 Spinet Pianos
40 Electric/Classical/Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars (all sizes for guitars)
20 Violins (all sizes)
Hundreds of books by many different authors and publishers
and so much more!

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

Tasha K. Evanston, IL

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Tasha is a classically trained soprano who enjoys singing and teaching all styles of music. As her student, you can expect lessons to be fun and stress-free. Tasha loves nothing more then helping people sing better and form a new love of music through singing. She will teach you fundamental singing techniques as well as how to blend drama and performance into your singing to create a rich creative experience. Tasha holds her M.M. in Voice Performance from Indiana University and her B.M. from Northwestern University.

*** Lesson Details ***
Tasha tailors her lessons to suit the needs of each individual student. Open communication is a key part of being in her studio. Ask questions. Tasha also believes that singing should always be fun. In fact, the better you get at singing, the more fun it becomes. Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time. Tasha will give you the tools you need to be able to approach music and singing with ease. Along with singing, Tasha can also teach you basic music theory and foreign language diction.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Students will have the benefit of my vast music library as well as a Roland digital piano for use during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring basic sheet music. I expect for students to have a piano/keyboard available at their location

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice, music theatre, pop music

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