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Dan C.

Barrington, IL

About Dan

I have been playing guitar for 30 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 45+ students, teaching all ages, all levels and all styles. I have been teaching guitar and music off and on for the past 20+ 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, play
ing 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 musician needs a basic understanding of their instrument and of music in general. Whether you are learning piano, saxophone, violin, flute or guitar all music students will need to know about the basics of music, how it works and where the notes are on their instrument. My goal as a guitar and music instructor is to *teach people how to teach themselves*. I would love to have you study with me for years and years, but a good instructor should be able to show people what they need to know so that they can be their own primary music educator for the rest of their lives. Not only is it more economically friendly for the student, I see it as simply the right thing to do. My lessons are designed to make the absolute most of a student's motivation and to keep them motivated to maximize their learning experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are an absolute beginner or more experienced guitar player, I see it as my mission to prepare all of my students to be *musicians*, not just people who can move their fingers on a guitar. I believe that all musicians should think of music as a language: if you don't understand the basics of any language how can you expect to communicate well in that language?

Beginners can expect to learn the foundations of guitar and music: good finger and pick technique, familiarity with basic notes, simple chords, basic musical concepts, easy and fun songs. More advanced students can expect to improve in many aspects of guitar playing in most styles and in their understanding and appreciation of music- advanced playing techniques (pick and finger style), scales, arpeggios, advanced chord forms and chord progressions, melodic improvisation in any style, music theory, ear training, etc. I teach beginning and intermediate Classical guitar as well. I request that Classical guitar students already have some prior guitar experience (knowledge of basic notes and chords).

In my years as a guitar student and as a teacher, I have learned that communication is the key to good, productive lessons and as much as possible I cater lessons to what each student is interested in, while having fun!

At this time I am offering lessons on Friday afternoons and evenings at my Inverness teaching studio. Due to my weekly teaching schedule, I am not currently available to offer in-home lessons at student's homes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My teaching studio is equipped with: amplifier, cords, music stand, guitar stand, laptop PC, printer, play-along programs for practice, hundreds of self-authored exercises for all levels. I also have a huge library of guitar books, songs and other materials available for lesson material as well. Method books to use for lessons available to purchase from me ($8-$10 generally). Just bring yourself, a guitar (acoustic or electric), a pick or two and we'll be ready to roll!
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Lisa Altenbach June 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Ok ...I am the mom paying for the lessons and I can say we get our moneys worth! Dan is a talented musician and a great teacher. He is patient with the kids and flexible with time . Always willing to make up lessons or change out times. The songs he teaches are enjoyable to listen to and the kids have done well . The recital was at the library , very casual and low stress for the kids and parents. Dan worked with each student on an individual basis to improve their performance. Thanks Dan!
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Rudy Altenbach June 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Dan really rocks!!! I have fun learning electric guitar and he even taught me a star wars song! COOL!
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Bella Altenbach June 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Dan is a great guitar teacher. I have been taking lesssons on and off for a few years and anytime I want to learn something new he has been able to help. I get to choose songs I like and he helps me figure them out. We recently had a recital at the library and it was fun!
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Dan C.

Dan C.

Barrington, IL 60010
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amy D.

Crystal Lake, IL

About Amy

For over 10 years Amy has dedicated her time to offering full-service music lessons to both beginner and advanced students of all ages. She provides a complete lesson program where students learn every aspect of music including: history, theory, composition and technique in playing skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
Ms. Amy utilizes a variety of curriculum based on each students abilities, interests and learning styles. Alfred, Faber and Schaum are the most popular and are integrated with a variety of unique books and music tailored to each student. After 6 months, beginner students will have a
working knowledge of reading staff music, scales and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland . Fender . Epiphone

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring books that the student would reimburse me for. I can bring my own metronome and some supplemental books if needed. Student must have their own piano or guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music and fundamentals.
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HannaI March 6, 2014
Best Teacher Ever!

I've had several piano teachers throughout my life, and as a lifelong learner, Amy has the experience and skill to teach piano to students at any age. I feel free to explore modern music as much as the classics. Choose Amy as your next piano teacher and be prepared to wow your friends with your new musical talent!
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MaryS March 6, 2014
Excellent Teacher

Amy is a wonderful teacher. She has a great personality and loves to help her students reach their full potential. She makes learning fun. I would recommend her to anyone.
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AlyssaI March 6, 2014
Patient Piano Teacher

I heard of Amy when I was in school, looking for a way to get better at my music. She teaches piano, voice and guitar - I was really looking for help in piano. Her teaching skills are awesome! She understands music theory incredibly well, and has clear-cut teaching methods that help you grasp concepts and make feel smarter than you are! I really do recommend her if you are looking for beginning or advanced teaching. She will take you far.
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Amy D.

Amy D.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Charis B.

Woodstock, IL

About Charis

I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have two piano's and
a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helping one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Her own private music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style and method that is needed. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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DonnaF1 July 28, 2012
Miss Charis is an excellent teacher! Extremely knowledgable in her field and my daughter really enjoys working with her!
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Charis B.

Charis B.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(1)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Nathaniel S.

Crystal Lake, IL

About Nathaniel

Hello my name is Nate. I have been playing guitar since my early teenage years, and I have always had a great passion for music. I have played guitar for two different bands and have also done solo and independent work on the guitar. I took guitar lessons for four years and I am currently at McHenry Country College working towards my associate's degree in fine arts and music. I have taught guitar for almost three years now and I am looking to expand my horizons! I am only twenty-one years old and I still remember what it feels like to be someone first starting out on guitar. I have worked with
many different age groups and musical genre's when teaching, and I know that I can help you get to the skill level you hope to achieve on guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are generally plan-based around the pre-existing skill level of each individual student. I will give the student exercises and assign practice "homework" so the student can achieve what they want to learn, as fast as they want to learn it. I am laid back and willing to teach at any pace desired by any student. After six months a beginner on guitar will have learned all the basic chords, a few cover songs of their choice, exercises to help improve speed and stamina while playing, and the knowledge of how to use the chords they have learned to create their own songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio, guitars, amps, mics, pa system, bass guitars, street parking.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the playing of acoustic guitar, punk-rock guitar, alternative rock guitar, classic rock guitar, metal guitar, and pop rock guitar. I also specialize in teaching song-writing and soloing. I teach the classical modes and key signatures on the guitar and show how to implement them with tempo and time signatures into songwriting. I know many cover songs and am willing to learn more and show others how to play them.
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Anna C. December 29, 2012
Guitar
Two thumbs up!

Nate’s knowledge and interest in guitar is evident. He explains key signatures, basic music theory, and chord progression in a way that is easy to understand. Nate is very patient and understanding and he is willing to teach just about anything you wish to learn. I’ve already learned so much in the short time I have taken lessons with him. I’d recommend taking lessons with Nate to anyone and everyone!
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Sean S. December 23, 2012
Songwriting
Nate knows music, and knows how to teach it.

I have been in a band with Nate for almost three years now. He knows the guitar like it's a part of him. When I first picked up the guitar I was amazed at how quickly he was able to teach me, and at how quickly I learned. I drum for Nate's band, but I wanted to learn guitar so I could help with the writing of new songs. Nate showed me all I needed to know and more. I no longer take lessons with him because I gained all the knowledge of guitar I needed to. Nate was very good at relating the instrument to me in a way that I understood, and showing me not only how to play certain things, but why they were played that way. I would recommend him to anyone first starting out on the guitar.
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Nathaniel S.

Nathaniel S.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Eric J.

Elgin, IL

About Eric

Hi.
I'm Eric and I own a Studio in Elgin, IL. I'm a professional, full time musician and educator and my guitar has been paying my bills my entire adult life. I have real world, professional experience playing guitar as well as bass guitar, drums, piano, mandolin and more on countless gigs here in Northern, IL. I teach between 30-50 private students per week. I have taught hundreds of students in the past 12 years how to reach their musical goals. I've played tons of theater. I played guitar, mandolin, and drums as a swing musician for the Chicago Production of Jersey Boys at the Bank of Amer
ica Theater in 2008. In 2014 I played a lot theater gigs for local productions such as Little Shop of Horrors (bass), Hands on a Hardbody (Guitar, Steel/Slide) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (guitar). I grew up as a gigging rock n roll/blues guitar player, but my heart is in jazz. I am confident and fluent in, and have gigged most styles of guitar playing.
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MITCHELL DAVIS May 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
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Very comfortable atmosphere, Eric listened and tailored lessons to my needs
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Jeremy Y. March 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Taking lessons with Eric is awesome. He shows me how to play my favorite songs but he also shows me how to understand the music theory behind the songs. This makes learning songs so much easier. Eric always finds a way to keep me learning the things I SHOULD know while teaching me the stuff I WANT to know.
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Mike H. March 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Lessons with Eric provided me with the tools I needed to become a more complete musician – not just a better guitarist. In broad strokes, I read music, developed a much better ear, learned how to construct chords, got exposure to the Real Book, possessed a nice repertoire of scales, and could tackle songs without the assistance of tabs after taking lessons from Eric for a few years. The structure of each lesson built on previous material and can be presented at any pace; Eric's attention to detail makes sure every student masters the material to the best of his or her ability before moving on to a more advanced topic, which helps ensure legitimate progress is made lesson-to-lesson. Eric's emphasis on music theory and jazz allowed me to pick up the piano rather easily, and dynamic lessons where he got behind a drum kit to teach me odd time signatures helped me develop a fantastic sense of timing and the confidence to sit behind the drums as well.
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Eric J.

Eric J.

Elgin, IL 60120
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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