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Popular Music Teachers Near Park Ridge

Dan C.

Barrington, IL
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Michael S.

Chicago, IL
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Loretta M.

Chicago, IL
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Dan C. Barrington, IL

About Dan

I have been playing guitar for 29 years, starting with Rock/Blues before studying both Classical and Jazz guitar in college. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1995. I am currently a guitar teacher in the NW Chicago suburbs and in Chicago currently with 40+ students, teaching all ages, all levels and all styles. I have been teaching guitar and music off and on for the past 19+ years but in 2007 I decided to devote myself to teaching full time (yes, teaching guitar is my primary job!)...one of the best decisions I have ever made!

To me, playing music is an incredibly rewarding experience. It€™s also a lot of fun! But no matter what your goals are in music, I have found, through many years of playing and teaching, that every ...

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Geerthi Balaji D. January 13, 2014
Guitar
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Best Teacher and Encouraging

I have had Dan as my Guitar Teacher, he is the best in teaching Guitar from the basics. I started with him as nothing since I do not have any Musical Background, He encouraged me well to understand the Music notes and Guitar Tabs. Every lessons with him was so much interesting and particularly he asks me to choose my favorite song and explore the Guitar notes. That makes the learning interesting and willing to explore the different types of Music.
Any questions I asked about the Music, he could explain by the way that I can easily understand. Every second in his class is valuable and has some good information about Music.
He is the Best and I always feel proud to say that I am his student.
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Aryo P. September 21, 2013
Guitar
Best teacher i've had

Dan is amazing. I've had him as a teacher for a few years and I have already learned to play Hotel California, Johnny B. Goode, and many other songs. Dan brings his own equipment so that you can get printed handouts whenever you want. He is quite instructive and explains things in simplest terms. If you are having some trouble with something, he breaks it down into smaller pieces. Dan is definitely the best teacher I have had.
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Angela B. August 4, 2013
Classical Guitar
Excellent instructor

Dan is endlessly patient and good humored as only someone who really enjoys his job is. He is easy to be around and quite attentive to individual needs.
Michael S. Chicago, IL

About Michael

Like any musician, music is my life.

I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I'm that guy you see in the supermarket who is bobbing his head to the music over the intercom while picking up a loaf of bread.

Graduating as music major with a concentration in instrumental performance for guitar, I have developed many important skills that pertain to putting on a good show as well as being musically proficient. I have a love for Blues, Funk, Jazz and R&B music, and the ease of self expression in these genres. My undergraduate study combined with onstage experience has given me the time and instruction to learn how to blend with other ...

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Amanda M. August 13, 2014
Guitar · In home
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Mich teaches guitar in our home to our 10-year-old daughter. What a find he is. He strikes the absolute right balance among humor, comfort, and moving her along with challenges. He has been responsive to every question I have had, and never made me feel like I was being a pushy stage mom. I feel incredibly lucky to have found Mich for my daughter and I hope they continue together for years to come.
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Sarah G. March 16, 2014
Guitar
Inspiring instructor!

Michael is a patient and passionate musician, which comes across in his teaching. As a beginner at guitar, I was nervous that I was going to be judged or talked to condescendingly but he understands what a beginner needs to know and really meets you where you're at with the lesson plans and expectations. Feel very comfortable asking questions and get honest and thought out questions. Definitely recommend for anyone at any level!
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Ritzel D. August 31, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
GREAT TEACHER!!!!!!!!!

Best guitar teacher ever! He made guitar easy to understand and fun to play! I'm looking forward to what I'm going to learn next! I highly recommend him as a guitar teacher!
Loretta M. Chicago, IL

About Loretta

I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. ...

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Danette P. October 23, 2014
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My 11-year-old absolutely loves Miss Loretta. She's enthusiastic, patient, encouraging and makes learning music fun. My daughter looks forward to her weekly lesson and learning something new. If my daughter brings a piece she wants to learn, Loretta finds a way to fit it in. It's clear that Loretta loves teaching and is a natural at it. We feel lucky to have found her.
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Dean R. September 29, 2014
Singing · Online
In my last lesson, Loretta helped me work through a major misconception about myself. I did not believe that my voice sounded good in falsetto - so I didn't practice it, lowered my expectations, and generally created a self-defeating barrier..

The transformation in learning to love what's coming out of my pipes is more than just voice-deep. Now I believe there are new lands I can conquer! Thank you for helping me to love my upper register Loretta!
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Paul F. August 6, 2014
Flute · Online
Verified Student
After only a couple of lessons I can tell that Loretta is a well rounded teacher. As a flute instructor she is better than what I could have imaged.

Dan P.

Morton Grove, IL
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Michael C.

Skokie, IL
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Tricia S.

Skokie, IL
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Dan P. Morton Grove, IL

About Dan

*** 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.

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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.

Michael C. Skokie, IL

About Michael

Update, I will be overseas, teaching in Eastern Europe from November 10 until December 10. I will resume my TakeLessons teaching on December 11. If you can wait until then to get started, read on!

Hi there!

I am a bass, guitar and piano player with 30 years of experience to offer my students. I graduated from Duquesne University in 1992 with a Bach. of music performance, jazz emphasis. I have toured, recorded and given lessons all over the world. Check out my videos for some examples of what I do.

My passion as a teacher is to help you quickly learn to play and enjoy music. I tailor my lessons to suit your specific needs, from beginners to more advanced students. Whether you are a beginner who wants a solid foundation, a busy adult who just wants to learn enough to play with ...

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Keith C. October 20, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've been playing for 30+ years but really just memorized tab. So I could play mechanically - get my fingers to the right place - but never understood how it fit together. After 3 lessons I am understanding chord structure and "why" the music sounds good. Mike also plays along with me...he'll play chords while he challenges me to muddle through leads (one of the things I want to learn) and vice versa...after playing on my own for so many years it's the first time I've actually ever created music with someone else - it's a great feeling. Thanks Mike - I look forward to learning more and would recommend you highly.
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Jesse M. August 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael's enthusiasm is clear and he has been a joy to work with. He always goes above and beyond to ensure that my daughter is learning songs that she loves, and even stayed late a few times to help her adjust her guitar.
He's always happy to focus on the things that are important to her, and is very patient and encouraging. I'm so glad we found someone who is as passionate about guitar as my daughter is!
Tricia S. Skokie, IL

About Tricia

Tricia S.
Founder of CATS-Creating Arts Together With Songs

Multi-instrumentalist/ Mezzo soprano/ Songwriter/ Music Integration Educator/ Performing & Recording Artist

Tricia S. a Chicago transplant originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, is the founder of CATS-Creating Arts Together With Songs, a music company for families teaching world music and music integration through performance, custom classes and residencies, and private lessons.
As an educator, Tricia S. worked with the Old Town School of Folk Music for seventeen years teaching Bilingual Wiggleworms, Coro de Las Americas, Latin Rhythms, Estudiantina, Romantic Songs in Spanish, Beginner Guitar in English and Spanish, and more.

Tricia also worked with Ravinia Festival's Outreach Discovery Program for over ...

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