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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Downers Grove

Dan P.

Morton Grove, IL
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Brett R.

Chicago, IL
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David B.

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.

Brett R. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Songwriting

About Me

Brett is a professional guitar player with more than 20 years of experience. Brett's music can be heard on more than 80 network and cable television shows. These include The Office, Oprah, My Name Is Earl, King of the Hill, Access Hollywood, MTV's The Real World, Saving Grace, and Guiding Light. Brett has also composed and performed music on commercials for Wal-Mart and Pacific Gas & Electric. In addition, he regularly performs at weddings, corporate events, and restaurants in the Chicago area.

Over the years, Brett has maintained a roster of 30 or more guitar students, ranging in age from seven to 70. The reason for his success is that Brett makes lessons fun. Regardless of your musical taste and personal goals, he teaches you what you want to learn.

*** Lesson Details ***
Brett likes to tailor lessons to the needs and goals of the student. Beginners will likely start with a standard lesson book and grow from there. More advanced players may want to spend time learning their favorite songs, "jamming," or focusing on specific aspects of their playing such as improvisation ("soloing") or rhythm guitar. All students should expect noticeable improvement over a three-to-six-month period, and be able to transcend merely playing notes and chords, but instead learning to play songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, amps, music stands and lesson books

*** Travel Equipment ***
Brett can happily provide extra guitars, lesson books, and music stands if that will make it more convenient for the student. For best results, students should have a decent guitar, lesson book, and music stand at home for practicing.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Rock, Blues, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

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.

*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students.

Veronica K.

River Grove, IL
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Blake C.

Lowell, IN
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Margo L.

Chicago, IL
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Veronica K. River Grove, IL

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I began my own piano studies at age 10 and voice studies at age 15. I have been teaching private piano and voice lessons for almost 8 years to students of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. I received my BA with a focus in music performance (piano and voice) from Columbia College Chicago.  I also received my MA in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  With that combination of skills, I know how to teach music, pass on an appreciation for music, and develop a rapport with students and families alike. I can teach many styles of piano and voice, and I teach my students the proper music theory and vocabulary in order to make their education well-rounded and transferable to multiple musical settings and instruments. My own experience includes solo performance, ensemble/band performance, theater performance, songwriting, and arranging ... in addition to just practicing piano and voice songs that I like!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am somewhere between strict and laid back. I definitely want my students to master the skills I teach them, but I don't have a time line for mastery as I believe everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. I encourage regular practicing, but I also encourage practicing in moderation in order to avoid burn-out. I use a variety of curriculum depending on the student's level, age, instrument (piano or voice), and musical goals. In general, a young student will have learned the most fundamental aspects of their instrument and be ready to start performing after about one year of lessons. If the student is older, this process may be faster. I do ask that any young voice students (under 10 years) to either begin with a year or two of piano lessons or take piano lessons in tandem with voice lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a microphone, sound system, baby grand piano, and electric piano in my home studio. I also have many, many music books.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach all styles of piano and all contemporary styles of voice, beginner to intermediate/advanced. I am trained in classical piano and jazz/blues piano, and with that background, I am able to teach many other styles, including accompaniment skills. I am trained in musical theater and jazz/blues voice, and I have been trained extensively in classical techniques, although I do not sing opera.

When I teach any beginners in piano, I always use method books. I also reference some books to help my voice students understand the mechanisms going on in their body. With more advanced students, I tend to pick challenging pieces out of the variety of books I have in my studio (too many to list), or I help them work on the pieces they bring to me.

Blake C. Lowell, IN

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

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 and am a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 232-278 and National Association for Music Education.  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: Roland, Behringer, Egnater, Line 6, Peavey, Fender

MICS: Mojave Audio MA-300, Audio Technica 4033, CAD Audio e3002, Studio Projects C1, Rode NT-1A, Yamaha MZ203, Audio Technica ATR55, Shure SM57, Sennheiser e835

OUTBOARDGEAR: Universal Audio LA-610 MkII (channel strip), JDK Audio R20 (dual channel mic pre), JDK Audio R22 (dual channel compressor), JDK Audio R24 (dual channel 4 band EQ), Studio Projects VTB1, Audio Logic MT66, ART Tube Levelar, ART Tube MP Studio, Behringer Ultra-Voice

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar X2 & X3 Producer, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Celemony Melodyne Editor, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums 4.0 Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune EFX2, AspireAntares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat evo, 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! Not only am I a coach, but I am also a performing and recording artist who understands what it's like to walk the walk.

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 seven languages(English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German 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.

Some of my specializations include:
Creative Writing
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
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

Children as well as adults enjoy my classes because I make excellent use of our time together in a very fun and enjoyable manner. 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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Online only: Piano, Voice Recorder, Stereo system

In person: please bring a voice recorder for optimal rehearsal quality

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
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

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