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Chiang L.

Chicago, IL

About Chiang

I am a trumpet instructor with global experience and an approach to learning that is encompassing and fun for all ages. I was born in Taiwan and have studied in both Asia and the U.S., where I last earned my Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Students have described me as someone who is out going, someone who is laid back and fun and someone who likes to listen and communicate with my students. I have been teaching trumpet and piano since sophomore at college, in private one-on-one lessons or as a trumpet sectional coach at elementary schools
or middle schools.

I believe that being an educator is about the communication and the relationship that exists between a teacher and a student. The art of being a good educator exists in the difference of “speaking to” a student versus “speaking with.” If you can build a good relationship with your student, the student will be more willing to listen and practice. My teaching style is one that is based on encouragement and creating a light-hearted atmosphere, although appropriate structure and pressure is applied with students performing or competing. My belief with learning music is that if you can foster their interest through the appropriate environment and encouragement, they will naturally spend time to practice; therefore, I like using a fun but structured environment to foster the student’s own interest to improve.

In my musical career, I had plenty of opportunities for performing when I was at Soochow University, including performing at the National Concert Hall each semester. I was admitted to the Soochow University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as a principal trumpet since my junior year, which was when I had the chance to performed as solo trumpet in Pictures at an Exhibition at the well-known Musashino Academia Musicae during our concert tour in Japan. It was a great challenge for me both on developing the skills needed on the piccolo trumpet or training to be a soloist. In addition to having performed in orchestras and ensembles, I was also invited by composition teachers in school to perform their new works, which earned me a lot of experiences on interpreting contemporary works as well as playing chamber music.

Furthermore, not satisfied with the excellent performance as a soloist, I participated in any kinds of performances both on and off campus, including playing at the National Concert Hall and places around Taiwan on a regular basis within a semester. In 2004, when I was in college, I performed with the Soochow University Orchestra in a concert tour around the country; and in 2005 I was a member of the China Youth Band and performed with the group for its tour to the WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) in Singapore. In 2005 I was admitted to Taipei Symphonic Winds (TSW) and I once again performed with the National Taiwan Normal University Winds Band during its concert tour around the country. In 2006 I performed with the TSW during the concert tour to Macau and Guangzhou, China. In October, 2006 I held my own trumpet recital. In 2007 I performed Pictures at an Exhibition with Soochow University Orchestra at Musashino Academia Musicae. I also took the Soochow university concerto competition and placed into the final round. In 2008 I held my second trumpet recital; in the same year I formed a brass quintet and we were actively involved in the local community doing charity performances. We had regular performances at hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and many of other places. In 2008 I was enlisted and performed in the Ministry of National Defense Symphony Orchestra as my military service. In 2010 I started my studies at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in my Master of Music degree.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is one that is based on encouragement and creating a light-hearted atmosphere, although appropriate structure is applied and pressure exerted when needed. My belief with learning music is that if you can foster student’s interest through the appropriate environment and encouragement, they will naturally spend time to practice; therefore, I like using a fun but structured environment to foster the student’s own interest to improve.

For trumpet students, I basically focus on fundamental skills. Trumpet is a tough instrument to play: it only has three keys but has to play a wide register like other instruments. It is common for students to get bored with playing basic etudes, therefore I would award them by teaching pop songs or whatever pieces they like for meeting the week’s progress. I normally teach classical trumpet, marching trumpet and beginner’s jazz trumpet.

For piano students, I teach students to be familiar with the keys and intervals and also hands position for the beginners. In my view, it is very important to sing notes and play the piano at the same time because it benefits key memorization and fosters a students' sense of music. With the piano, I believe that building the proper fundamentals sets the proper pace for future growth and musical interest.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Trumpet lessons , music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents if needed. Electric piano at home studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Trumpets, metronome, tuner, staff paper

*** Specialties ***
I would describe my method of teaching as using constant encouragement to get results from my student. As an example, for my younger students, I would use a score-based system where I award them with a sticker for meeting each week’s progress. You can trade in your stickers for various prizes. The style I specialize in is in the classics. Even though my focus has been on classical trumpet and classical piano, I also include pop music, because it appeals to a different audience who find it relevant and fun. My belief is that no matter what genre you choose to play, the foundation is the most important element to master first, so that’s where I focus on.
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dave V. April 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chiang is awesome. He relates very well to our 8yo daughter and she is excited for her lesson each week. She wants to have lessons more often! And, the results speak for themselves - she is progressing rapidly with Chiang's instruction. We're very glad we get to work with Chiang.
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Danning C. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am taking piano class with Chiang since 3 months ago, starting from scratch. He has been very professional and knowledgeable, and in the meantime, being nice and forgiving (especially when I have no time to practice due to my work).
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Troy H. February 6, 2014
Trumpet
Verified Student
Professional and fun.

This cat knows his stuff, is patient and knowledgable, and is very accommodating.
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Chiang L.

Chicago, IL 60605
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Chaetan N.

Chicago, IL

About Chaetan

Having played music for as long as I can remember (my father is an accomplished Jazz and Soul drummer), music has always been a key ingredient in my life. From playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme on the drum set as a toddler, I have gone on to learn electric/classical/lap steel guitar, electric/upright bass, various keyboard instruments, most percussion instruments, and many old time instruments such as banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, and harmonica. I'm currently teaching myself viola.

In addition to the performing aspect of music, I am also experienced with writing/composition, recor
ding/engineering/mixing/production, and design/manufacturing/distribution/vending of my own albums as well as those of others. However, none of these things bring me the same joy as teaching the ways of music to others. Fortunately, all of these skills integrate to bring about a clear view of the big picture in regards to music so I can better serve a wider variety of pupils and quickly reveal this big picture to all of them.

While I have indeed put a lot of time in touring and playing rowdy rock shows with many critically acclaimed and well-known musicians, I have also taken countless years of public and private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, piano, music theory, and songwriting from highly decorated and regarded teachers. As a child, I played in a nearly overwhelming amount of ensembles and attended various camps and seminars including Cannon Music Camp where I played with The North Carolina Symphony for two consecutive summers. This all prepared me for the Bachelors of Music I received from Berklee College of Music where I appeared on the Dean's List each semester. Now for the price of one instructor, you can learn from a man with as much knowledge as an entire faculty.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are a veteran trying to improve your chops, a beginner just looking for learn songs off the radio, or someone who wants to take the full plunge of understanding music in and out in hopes of renown mastery, I can do it all and more. Books? No books? You will be taught however you like at whatever speed works best. I provide a friendly, low-pressure atmosphere that will allow you to feel comfortable enough to reach your full potential. We will be having such a good time, you will forget to even be nervous!

Any genre you can name, I have taken at least a hearty sample of it and can instruct you in this vein with ease and insight. I also love to introduce my students to entirely new influences as well. There is more amazing music out there than you would think and even more to be created in the future. Come get in on it!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private recording studio with guitars, basses, drum set, keyboards, amps, and an array of recording equipment. Seating for parents may be arranged as well. Guitar and bass students must bring their own guitar or bass. Sorry for any inconvenience, but DRUM LESSONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE "IN-HOME."

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own equipment, so they can practice on their own. For guitar and bass lessons, I will also bring my own guitar or bass to give them visual cues. For drum lessons, I will bring my own bag of sticks.

*** Specialties ***
All genres and techniques may be taught. My wide range of knowledge and years of experience within the realm of independent music set me apart from the rest, but my passion for developing your relationship with music is what you will remember.
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Amber F. June 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent. Keeps the student inspired!
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MeganR June 3, 2012
Great Beginner Guitar Lessons

I look forward to my weekly guitar lessons with Chaetan because he is a very knowledgeable, relaxed, and patient teacher. He tailors my lessons to meet my personal goals (learning those pinnacle acoustic songs). But as an exceptional instructor, he also guides me to meet goals he has for me as a student, such as learning to build chords on my own. The quality of his instruction has already increased my progress on the instrument. Overall, his talent and interest in music motivate me to practice so I am fortunate to have found Chaetan as my guitar teacher.
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PamS1 April 10, 2012
Excellent and Unique Teacher

Chaetan is a very friendly instructor who tailors his lessons to meet both the experience level and type of music a student is interested in. Chaetan has a lot of energy and makes the lessons fun. He appears to know every aspect of what he is teaching as well as plays other instruments. My daughter and I are both very happy with Chaetan.
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Chaetan N.

Chicago, IL 60607
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$35 / 30-min
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Kacey K.

Chicago, IL

About Kacey

With my Bachelor's from San Diego State University, I came to Chicago to pursue my Master's at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. I have over 10 years of performing experience, including soloist with the San Diego City Ballet's Orchestra, and singing in the San Diego Opera Chorus. I also have over 4 years of teaching experience in both singing and beginning piano. I have also worked in the educational world with children ages 4-17, and believe music can be learned at any age.

Lessons are fun and creative, and will include activities to help understand concepts
or games to get warmed up. You leave each lesson with a practice log for the week, and clear expectations of what you should be practicing.

So if you want to learn to be a musician and you want to enjoy the learning process, I'm the girl for you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons begin with a variety of warm ups to gently awaken the muscles of the vocal tract, and apply healthy vocal technique. This all comes together when we work on a variety of repertoire.

Piano lessons include technique, learning to understand the keyboard and how to read music and apply that to playing the piano, and of course all tied into playing repertoire.

All lessons will discuss basic music theory and reading music, as well as a working knowledge of the piano as to assist in at home practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my apartment I have an 88 key weighted digital piano that I use for both lessons. I also have a printer/copier for making copies for the students to take home for at home study. No need to purchase music books unless we decide together.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not have a traveling keyboard, but bring music sheets and lesson logs with me.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching beginning piano, and beginning and intermediate voice. My piano training is rooted in the Suzuki method, and my voice training is classical.
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Kacey K.

Kacey K.

Chicago, IL 60605
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Chicago, IL

About Jessica

Jessica is an advanced candidate for the Doctorate of Music with 10 years experience teaching students of all ages and musical backgrounds. She holds a Masters from the University of California and teaches in a range of styles; from opera and theatre, to jazz and singer-song writing. She loves to teach a variety of genres, but always from the foundation of a body-oriented vocal technique. She encourages students to become knowledgeable about the music they perform and to develop the skills to be clear and expressive vocal communicators.

When not teaching, Jessica is a professional vocal so
loist who performs with ensembles around the world. Her performances have garnered praise for their “…virtuosic whimsy” (New York Times), “expressive flexibility combined with imagination…” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “…upmost security and power...” (Chicago Tribune).

She is also an alumna of the Young Artist Program at the Victorian Opera Company. As a performer, she specializes in adventurous repertoire; singing opera, chamber music, experimental, conventional and contemporary-classical music. Her love of experimentation influences her teaching. She likes to take exploratory approach, to find the best way to help each individual student improve.

*** Lesson Details ***
A first lesson will always begin with getting to know each other. It is important to me that we figure out why a student has come to have lessons and to decide on the best path forward to help them reach their goals. Lessons will include a mix of technical work (to improve vocal tone quality, range, flexibility and ease) and working on repertoire. Students can bring in songs they want to learn and we work on them together. Alternately, I might suggest appropriate pieces to complement other things we are working on (for example, if we are working on improving some aspect of a students listening skills, I might suggest a piece that helps to cement that learning, or if we are trying to improve a student's ease in a particular part of their range, we might work on a piece that uses that part of their range).

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is a room in my home, which is exclusively used for musical purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano and room without distractions

*** Specialties ***
Classical, opera, music theatre
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toni R. June 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Jessica is an amazing and gifted instructor. My daughter looks forward to her classes and feels at ease. Her work is remarkable and quite affordable.
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Eugene H. March 7, 2013
Singing
An encouraging, flexible and knowledgeable teacher

Jessica taught me for a couple of years when I was first staring to take singing seriously. I was very pleased with her teaching methods and general manner.
My lessons were tailored to my specific needs: Jessica was understanding of my limited technical knowledge but still was able to guide me through many beneficial vocal exercises. The technique I had been singing with previously was poor and possible harmful to my voice, and I feel like Jessica did a wonderful job of building up a very functional framework of ideas I was able to use to guide my private practice.
As well as helpful technical tools, Jessica provided me with insightful and constructive feedback into the way I was performing my songs, ensuring skills I built up from the exercises were translating across to my performance of material.
Jessica is easy to get along with, honest, persistent and encouraging. I would recommend her as a teacher for anyone, regardless of their singing style or level of skill.
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Brian T. March 1, 2013
Singing
Great, all-around teacher

Jessica taught me a wide range of techniques, from energizing the body to bel canto exercises, that really increased the strength and range of my voice. She is excellent at diagnosing bad technique, and creates innovative ways to fix it; in addition, she taught me how to master the basics, such as resonating the vowels and working with air flow. She is also great at helping you connect with songs and making them your own. Although I mainly sing pop music, she can teach you a classical technique that can be applied to any style of singing. I started with Jessica a beginner, but after taking her lessons I feel much more confident about my singing. She's also a great person to get to know :).
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Jessica A.

Jessica A.

Chicago, IL 60608
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Margo L.

Chicago, IL

About Margo

Are you ready to fall in love with your voice? If so, look no further!

I am the most effective voice and performance coach. No bells, no whistles, just GUARANTEED RESULTS. If your voice isn't becoming to you, you should be coming to me!

I am available 24 hours a day for online coaching and as early as 6:00 am for in-person sessions.

My approach is designed to train and condition the entire body as an instrument, not just the oral portion of the voice.

My method of assessing and meeting the needs of each student enables me to assist them in bringing out the very best in their capab
ilities. If you desire quality, effectiveness and noticeable improvement in your singing, writing, public speaking or overall performance, then I am the coach for you!

Not only do I promise results, I guarantee them! If you follow my specific instructions, I assure you that you and others will hear the difference.

Whether you are a beginner or professional, I make sure that you are comfortable and have a great time while learning. I am compassionate and flexible with your needs so feel free to let me know what you want from your lessons and we can work towards your goal to your satisfaction.

I have been trained in Classical, Appoggio, Seth Riggs' speech-level singing and other methodologies of singing and speaking.

ATTENTION ALL PUBLIC SPEAKERS!
Are you nervous in front of a crowd?
Is your voice weak?
Do you forget your speeches?
Do you lack self-confidence?
Do you want to command the stage and captivate your audience?

If the answer is "yes" to any of the above, then you need my assistance. I will empower you with the tools you need to deliver the best performance.

I currently have multiple 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 notables. I am also a NESTA certified wellness coach. 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, impressive whistle-register and fine-tuned ear have afforded me opportunities to work with many popular artists. Additionally, I sing in six languages(English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, 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.

Children love working with me because I make learning fun and they have a high retention rate of the technique that I teach them. I am easygoing, funny and offer a relaxed environment for everyone.

My adult students have a blast because I don't accept excuses. I pull your potential to the forefront and together we create perfection.

I am excellent at preparing people for public speakingb engagements, competitions, showcases and concerts and even help develop a winning show lineup and presentation.

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.

Timing Disclaimer:
Our time together is very valuable. If you are not on time for your session, the missed portion will not be made up at the end of the session. If I am not on time, I will make up the missed portion at the end of the session or alternate agreed-upon time. Rescheduled lessons must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance and must be made up within the calendar week of the original lesson. If it is not made up within that week, it will still count as a paid session.

*** Specialties ***
Pitch Correction
Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Accent Reduction
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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Rachman B. April 24, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Fantastic!
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Novella M. March 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I must say that i am really impressed with the wonderful job that Margo has been doing with my grand-daughter from the very first lesson. Her skills are amazing and i know she will continue to do great things,and with each lesson there is always something new and exciting she has learned from her. My grand-daughter is so excited for each lesson she can hardly wait. Margo as a teacher you have everything we have been looking for. THANK YOU
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Silas D. February 3, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
Margo has been a great teacher, very warm and friendly and knowledgeable of her craft. looking forward to learning all I can from her to be the best I can be.
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Margo L.

Chicago, IL 60653
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