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Music Lessons in Chicago, IL

Chicago is home to many artists and bands, such as Common, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Alkaline Trio. While it’s clear Chicago has its fair share of big-name talent, we think that any town still has room for additional talented musicians! Could you or your child be next?

Customized Lessons in All Subjects - TakeLessons is committed to providing safe, affordable Chicago music lessons with prescreened teachers. Whether you are in Wood Dale, Skokie, Brookfield or Mount Prospect, we have a teacher for you! If you want to play the guitar, drums, piano, bass, violin or any other instrument, our music teachers will help you learn proper technique, all while having fun. We also offer music lessons that cover music theory, recording, performance and songwriting!

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About Sarah B.

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About Sarah
I graduated from Missouri State University in December with a teaching degree in Elementary Education. I minored in Spanish. I recieved my Master's degree at DePaul for Bicultural Bilingual education with an ESL endorsement. I am currently a 1st grade ESL teacher at a Chicago charter school, as well as the director of the children's ministry at my local church. I have a lot of experience teaching and working with kids, between my teaching practicums, Sunday School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, substitute teaching, and more. I can't wait to hear from you!
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Max April 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sarah is a very talented musician and is great with kids. My 7-year-old has learned a lot in just 1 session. We will continue to use her as his teacher.
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Sam S. April 2, 2017
· ESL · Online
The first day was so great. She taught me so much in one hour.
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Hayley June 18, 2016
· Singing · Online
She's very professional and non judgmental of my lack of singing abilities.
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Sarah B.

Sarah B.

Chicago, IL 60610
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$15 / 30-min

About Corbin A.

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About Corbin
Chicago based freelance saxophonist Corbin A. is a dynamic youthful voice amongst the Second City music scene.  Originally from Decatur, IL, Corbin moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend DePaul University.  There he studied improvisation privately with Mark Colby, Bob Palmieri, Ron Perrillo, and Kelly Sill, as well as composition with Tom Matta.  These led to performances with Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Jimmy Heath, John Fedchock, and Randy Brecker. After achieving his bachelor of music in 2011, Corbin was accepted to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul
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As a bandleader, Corbin just recorded his debut album “Accidently On Purpose” which released on January 1st 2013.  This group performs throughout the Chicago area in venues such as Andy’s Jazz Club, Martyr’s, the Drake Hotel, and Lilly’s.  As a sideman, he performs with a slew of different ensembles including Bumpus, Greg Duncan’s Latin Ensemble, M13, Joe Clark Big Band, Ryan Adamsons’ Medium Ensemble, Ian Torres Big Band, Nootka Sound, Rich Daniels “City Lights Orchestra”, Billy Wolfe, and The Tommy Dorsey Big Band.
In addition to jazz, Corbin is also active among the funk and rock scene in Chicago.  He travels throughout the U.S. with Chicago funk/soul legend James Johnston and Bumpus.  Through James, Corbin has performed with Syl Johnson, J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Clip-Art, Terrible Spaceship, Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution, The Right Now, J-Livi & the Party, Afro-Zep as well as many other studio projects.
Mr. A. is also a very capable doubler on clarinet and flute.  He teaches woodwinds privately from his home studio, as well as at Kagan & Gaines Music.
You can hear him on Corbin A.’s “Accidently On Purpose”, Joe Clark Big Band feat. Jeff Hamilton “LUSH”, Greg Duncan’s “Chicago, Barcelona Connections”, and Ian Torres “January.”  Otherwise, Corbin leads one of the busiest jam sessions in Chicago at Lilly’s every Wednesday night and was recently nominated for the Chicago Music Awards “Jazz Entertainer of the Year.
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Ilija Vukotic January 18, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
You know a great teacher when there is no fixed plan of lessons but you work exactly on things that you need the most.
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Suzanne L. December 4, 2015
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He was fantastic! Very supportive and motivating. Challenged my son in new areas. Definitely recommend!
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Miguel November 1, 2015
· Saxophone · Online
Our son is a beginning sax player and has really enjoyed working with Corbin. The lessons are well structured and have been extremely helpful with getting my son comfortable with his instrument. If my son relied solely on his band class at school he would be way behind where he is at right now.

I was skeptical how lessons via Skype would work out. The format actually works great! We are rurally located, so any other way to get lessons would be difficult. So now, 1x per week my son is able to connect with Corbin...technology really is pretty awesome.

My son looks forward to each lesson! So, it's 5-stars from him as well.
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Corbin A.

Corbin A.

Chicago, IL 60642
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About Matt B.

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I earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

I currently teach private guitar lessons, sing and play guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribe music professionally for a wide variety of clients. Occasionally, I write articles or do interviews that appear in magazines such as Guitar World. In the past, I worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. I also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music Sc
hool under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the duration of my 16 year teaching career, I have taught over 200 students of all ages and levels of experience.
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Sarah B. April 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very patient! I learned so much just the first lesson. He was prepared and adaptable to my strengths and abilities.
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Stacey M. April 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Matt is very patient and encouraging!!
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Ed Ciccone April 19, 2017
· Blues Guitar · Online
Matt is just the best that there is..he becomes more awesome with every lesson.He is a brilliant guitar player,and even more so a teacher.He is patient,and does not tell me when I have done something incorrectly..he shows the correct way to play.
He communicates so well..cannot imagine having a different instructor..Thank Matt!!
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Emily M.

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At the age of four, I began studying violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. I was trained using the Suzuki Method until the age of nine. Throughout my adolescent years I competed in solo violin competitions, performed in numerous orchestras, attended prestigious music festivals, & began teaching! I received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul in Chicago. After intensively studying with instructors and performers from all over the world, I develop
ed a diverse teaching philosophy that allows me to customize lessons to each student's needs. I am a very positive, supportive, & energetic person who knows how challenging it is to learn an instrument so I try to make it as fun as possible! Whether you or your child's goal is to become a professional or to become professionally awesome at "Twinkle", I look forward to helping you achieve it!
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Emily October 21, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Emily has a vibrant attitude and a straight forward approach in teaching. I'm delighted to be her pupil!
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Bijou September 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson
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Jose August 9, 2016
· Violin · In home
Emily is so awesome, she reviews with me till I get it.
she makes learning easy and fun and interactive.
I am a hard learner and she makes it easy for me to retain information….
she is very patient with me.
I feel totally comfortable in her guidance .
We are purchasing five more classes and probably five more after those…
I am so happy with Emily.
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Emily M.

Emily M.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Nick G.

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Chicago, IL

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Learn how to compose, produce and engineer successful music from a working multi-platinum selling composer and music producer! Nick will take you step by step, in his own studio, through the process of creating your own successful track. Classically trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Nick will teach you all the basic essentials that drive hit music making your music sound like a pro! Nick G., also known as world music artist Nicholas G., is a Yamaha sponsored artist who has written, self produced and engineered over 250 songs and 17 albums selling millions worldwide achieving 55
consecutive weeks on the Billboard Charts. His warm and and nurturing approach towards students as well as his ability to explain techniques in a simple and accessible manner make him an exceptional teacher. His songwriting, engineering and production skills are unparalleled amongst his peers and he is a proven / verifiable figure in the world of music on an international and highly respected level.

His music has been licensed and used by numerous companies such as Discovery Channel, Wynn Resorts, Universal, Sea World, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Bose Audio to name a few.

He currently produces for multiple Billboard charting dance and pop acts who have received multiple iTunes top 100 dance and Billboard charting singles. TakeLesson's recently published this article by Nick titled "15 Things You Must Do to Make it in the Music Industry": http://bit.ly/1LNR0J4

Nick is a long time voting member of NARAS, The Grammy’s, and is currently active within the Chicago Chapter.

In Nick's lessons you will learn:
– Techniques used in creating exceptional productions and mixes
– Introduction to DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations)
– Laying the foundation for a successful song within a DAW
– Song construction, top line melody and lyric writing
– Working with vocals and vocalists
– Recording all the elements, making the right choices
– Mixing, effect processing and learning objectivity
– Mastering and finalizing your project
– Exposure, getting your track heard. The do’s and don'ts of the music industry
– Follow up. Keep producing and creating from what you have learned. I can be a valuable team member for you and add you to my business network.
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Lai yin February 14, 2017
· Composition · In studio
He is a funny guy and provide a relaxing and enjoyable class and i can get new knowledge on music. I expect the next class.
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Monika J. January 22, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I just started my lessons and have been impressed by his holistic and fun teaching method! I definitely feel like I'm learning and expanding my knowledge of what I need to do to become a successful songwriter in the industry! ...I can't wait for my next session!:)
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Jarod January 17, 2017
· Audio Engineering · In studio
I have been working with Nick for about 6 months now to learn music production and record my own music. Nick is very dedicated to helping his students succeed, even if that goes beyond the hourly lessons. I am constantly reaching out to him with questions and receiving helpful feedback. I am amazed how I have improved these last few months because of Nick, and look forward to what he can do to help me further evolve my career as a musician. Learning from someone with such experience and success in the industry is a priceless opportunity that I would never advise anyone pass up.
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Nick G.

Nick G.

Chicago, IL 60608
(19)
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$35 / 30-min

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