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Popular Drum Teachers Near Elgin

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL
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Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN
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Zachary H.

Chicago, IL
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Matthew N. Naperville, IL

About Me

Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 10 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 40 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as share their passion with family and friends as they create music.

Students are encouraged to pursue whatever moves them and are never restricted to any one type of practicing or playing. The main goal is to allow the student to find his or her own path in music and develop their own abilities in whatever way they see fit.

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University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will have full access during lesson time to recording equipment. The best way to learn how to improve is to listen to yourself play. The student will be able to take home recordings of themselves and study what they can work on, allowing them to make the decision on what they would like to improve on.

Students are encouraged to use Alfreds Method Books for Snare and Drum Set, Riley Books, and the Chester book for independence. Also, I teach the Faber Piano Adventures Series. Alfred's and Hal Leonard for guitar.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.

Nicholas K. Merrillville, IN

About Me

Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I set an individual curriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
heated garage w/ speakers amps, drum set f/w keyboard seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.

Zachary H. Chicago, IL

About Me

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zachary is a percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, Dave Garfield, Dread Scott, Pat Cronnely, Victor Garcia, Geoff Bradfield, and Daphne Willis at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Studying extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip "Brinquito" Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak, and Al DiBlassio, Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Mott Middle College, and Holly Middle School.

Currently, Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in world percussion throughout Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Parks District. Collaborating with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, Zachary brings culture and music to under-privileged young learners. In addition, Zachary maintains a busy performance schedule collaborating with groups throughout the Midwest and leading his band Conjunto Candela. Zachary is also working on completion of a Masters Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are developed individually for each students and are set up to cater to each students needs. Lessons can be taught on Drum-Set, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, General Percussion, and Drumline. Skills developed through these lessons range from learning how to groove, playing through your favorite songs, and learning to read music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to have drums for themselves if the lesson is in the students home. I will provide drums for myself if needed, and any books or instructional materials needed for the lesson. If a student does not have their own drums lessons basic drumming and percussion lessons can be taught on practice pads and buckets.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean percussion. I teach proper techniques and traditional rhythms for hand drums, and percussion instruments from Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. I also teach Drumset. I teach students proper technique for using drumsticks, how to play various styles and also how to read notated rhythms.

Blake C.

Lowell, IN
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Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL
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Christine C.

Waukegan, IL
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Blake C. Lowell, IN

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.

Voytek F. Rolling Meadows, IL

About Me

Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also very flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard. Also, a boombox/CD player may be necessary if we need to play with some backing tracks.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!

Christine C. Waukegan, IL

About Me

Hello! My name is Chris C. and I have been a private tutor since 2006. However, I have been teaching since January of 1998.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) and
the Spanish Language from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, graduating with a 3.53 GPA.

I have worked and taught in the private tutoring industry as a director, tutor, and small group instructor. I have also had over 6 years experience working as an educational program manager for Elementary and Middle School Math and Reading programs in several public schools.

I am available to tutor one-on-one for individual students, or small groups of students for Spanish and ESL classes, for children to adults.

My tutoring services include:

- Academic Coaching: I focus on your individual learning styles, work and study habits, working together with my students to address and overcome current difficulties or barriers to success.

- Basic Homework Help and Study Skills for K-5 students, including individual K-5 School Subjects: English Language Arts, Reading, Handwriting, Grammar, Composition, Writing, Comprehension, Spelling, Math, Science, Social Studies

- Spanish Language: For K-12 and college students. Elementary, Middle School, and High School Students. I also teach beginning and intermediate levels for college and adult students.

- Bilingual Elementary Education and Homework Help for Spanish Speakers.

- English as a Second Language: English Language Learners (ESL and ELL)

Drum and Percussion Skills:
I have been a semi-professional drummer for over 20 years. I am able to teach beginners, and advanced beginners with basic drum notation, rhythm, drum rudiments, and simple drum set techniques. I make my drum lessons fun, and use a variety of teaching tools, such as online, books, and music to make it a fun learning experience.

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