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Brandon R. Hoffman Estates, IL

Beginner to Advanced Scruggs style banjo lessons. Topics covered will include three finger rolls, single-string style, melodic style (Trishka), bluegrass/folk styles, music theory, and improvisation.

About Brandon

I am a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a dual-degree in Music Theory & Composition and Philosophy from Butler University in Indianapolis. I have 10 years of teaching experience and over 13 years of performance experience. I am classically trained, but have since branched out to genres such as Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Electronic Music, and anything in between. *** Lesson Details *** I will design lessons around your interests, goals, and needs. These can include full pieces, exercises, scales and arpeggios, worksheets, compositions, or improvisations (depending on your area of study.) If students are interested, I would even like to hold studio wide recitals once or twice a year to give your family and friends a chance to see your progress. *** Specialties *** I studied ...

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Rodrigo L. February 28, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Brandon has give the perfect complement for my 9 yo daughter in-school lessons. She started in the school orchestra this year and she was among the least knowledgable students; right after she started with Brandon, her performance improved significantly. Now she's preparing for her first solo performance and Brandon has been a key in this process.
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Rodrigo L. February 28, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Brandon knew exactly hot to kickstart my 13 yo daughter in guitar. It was her first lesson ever and after a few weeks she made a huge progress. Now she plays guitar much better than me and it's been just a few months so far. This is part talent, but I have no doubt this is also part orientation. Brandon did a great job in motivation with her and figured out the best way to engage her in her learning.
Kelvin L. Bolingbrook, IL

"I've been teaching Banjo for 15 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of Banjo , study country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll start playing the easy country music ..you'll be able to play like a pro! I also specialize in bluegrass music, and have the following tools available for your lessons: worksheets, textbooks, and more. I love working with students of all experience levels and espero contar con su presencia!"

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis. I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham. I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system. Throughout my teaching career, I have been ...

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Benoit T. April 24, 2015
Photography · Online
Verified Student
Worse ever...total rip off, he booked my wife without her agreeing to it, then claimed that she wasn't there for her lesson... they already took 2 out of 5 lessons that we already paid for, with getting nothing... Good advice, get someone serious, that will take the time to talk to you, before booking you....

Again, get a real teacher, this take Lesson is a scam
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heather R. April 15, 2015
Drawing · In home
Verified Student
Son very happy!
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Anna S. March 24, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is so great at catering to each students needs and keeping the lessons light and fun. He is so full of fun stories and encouragement as well as being a magnificent teacher.
Dave K. Midlothian, IL

When you sign up for banjo lessons, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, tone production, rhythm, first position notes,basic chords and notation. Once you get the basics down, you will learn how to play your favorite songs regardless of style. All of this can happen within the first 4-6 months of playing.

About Dave

Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School. In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where ...

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Sarah O. October 16, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dave is an exceptional teacher!

I am a beginner guitar player, Dave has been patient and kind at every lesson. This has been an inspiration and a great help for me to continue learning the guitar. I wanted to find a guitar teacher and not just a guitar player; his approach to teaching is outstanding. He has a love for music and a gift of being an excellent teacher. I always leave my lesson feeling good about my progress and inspired to continue learning to play the guitar. I recommend him for any player at any level; he he teaches good practice habits and is very knowledgeable of music theory and how to teach each person individually. It is rare to find someone knowledgeable in music and apply their knowledge to teaching. I was fortunate to find him!
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kiara J. January 18, 2014
Guitar
He's awesome. :)

He makes learning the guitar so comfortable. He makes things easier to review and doesn't mind going over things you may have forgotten. If I could, I would get everyone I know to take lessons from him. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!
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Carla J. December 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
l love this guy.

Dave is such a great teacher. He is very patient and understanding. I have learned so much with him in one month, then l have learned in four months with the other instructor l had. He makes learning fun, and I'm understanding what I'm doing now.
Patsy I. Itasca, IL

I use a curriculum that incorporates traditional books of study along with books in the style of music that is of interest to the student. Instruction includes these areas of focus:
Tablature
Chords
Technique
Music Theory
Site Reading
Playing by ear

About Patsy

I am a music professional that will help you expand your musical talents, study the basics and learn to play the type of music you enjoy! I utilize a well-rounded teaching approach that includes Note Reading, Theory, Technique, and Performance. I keep my students engaged through a curriculum that is fun, creative and designed to provide a well based understanding of music while playing a variety of musical styles that include classical, standards, blues, and rock. I am a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree for Music in Depth and have over 30 years of teaching/playing experience. I also serve as a Music Director for the 1st Presbyterian Church of Itasca where I provide music for weekly church services and lead the choral and hand bell choirs.

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Anna S. March 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patsy is a very experienced musician and knows how to adjust her teaching to the level that meets the student's level. I am absolutely satisfied with Patsy as my piano instructor and she is a wonderful person as well. I highly recommend Patsy as a musical instructor.
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Jan P. August 4, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Fun, understanding instructor
Nathan W. Chicago, IL

I caan teach the basics of banjo rolls and clawhammer techniques. I can also show basic bluegrass songs, open chords and bar chords as well as alternate tunings and capo positions.

About Nathan

I am a musician originally from Cleveland, OH and moved here to Chicago about five years ago. I've been a lifelong musician playing piano since I was six years old and playing guitar since I was 14. I started teaching myself how to write songs when I was 15 and have been writing ever since. I studied music for three years at Columbia College Chicago and then transferred to the Audio Arts and Acoustics program and graduated with a degree in Audio Production. I have taught friends and children how to play instruments as well as use the application Ableton to create electronic music independently and love doing so. I hope to introduce you to the wonderful world of music in a fun and engaging environment that will have you craving to learn more.

Ryan B. Chicago, IL

I'm a very eclectic banjo player and play everything from bluegrass and folk to classic rock and jazz covers. I can teach a solid technical background while also giving students a strong musical base to build upon.

About Ryan

Ryan has been playing guitar for over 13 years and picked up several other instruments along the way. A graduate of the University of Illinois in music, he also has a strong grasp of music theory to offer. He now plays with a band called Distant Brothers and has played at venues all around the Midwest, including Metro, the Cubby Bear and Beat Kitchen.

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