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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.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Trumpet, Trombone
I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!
Piano, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
I have been magnetized to the saxophone ever since I was introduced to the music of John Coltrane in the seventh grade. Since then I have been in a constant pursuit of deepening my understanding of music and all its beautiful forms, and sharing that knowledge with those who are interested!
Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. While I was there I had the incredible privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my band, The Winchester Sound.
I am very passionate about music, and consistently see that passion transferred to my students. It is incredibly rewarding to see someone progress right before my eyes, and know that I influenced the progression.
I teach classical saxophone, jazz saxophone, piano, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, 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
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Danny K. is a musician who has worked professionally for 10 years in the musical styles of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Blues, Reggae, Classical, and Experimental. Born and raised in Houston, TX, he attended the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts while gigging on the side in local area jazz big bands and small combos. He received a substantial scholarship to attend the prestigious Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 2006, where he received tutelage from jazz saxophone master Gary Bartz and classical saxophone pedagogue Paul Cohen. At this same time, he was the secondary jazz saxophone teacher at the Conservatory, teaching non major Oberlin sax students as well as children and adults in the Ohio community. Around this time, performances in local Cleveland big bands/pit orchestras was a regular thing. The end of Danny's Oberlin experience was very exciting as he took his band Organ Yank on a tour that consisted of masterclasses/performances at venues/educational institutions around the country. He now lives in Chicago and teaches saxophone and piano to students of all ages around the area, in addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule.
Piano, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory
Nora S. is an active freelancer and teacher (Marian Catholic High School, the People's Music School Uptown Academy) in the Chicago area. A proud DePaul graduate, she earned her M.M. with distinction June of 2012. Currently, she is continuing her study with Larry Combs and Julie DeRoche at DePaul while pursuing a Performer’s Certificate (2014). Prior to DePaul, she completed a B.A. in music at Luther College, Decorah, IA. Additional studies were completed with Bil Jackson and Andrew Stevens.
Passionate about chamber music, Nora is a founding member (Clarinet 1/ Eb Clarinet)of the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet (LECQ) and Trio Accesso. In spring of 2012, the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet was invited to compete at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Recent appearances include as featured performer with LECQ at the 2013 Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival and with Trio Accesso at the Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl.
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