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!
Group Lessons are available as well for the same rates as private lessons, so you cut the price in half as soon as you introduce a second student.
*** 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.
Amber F. June 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent. Keeps the student inspired!
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.
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.
I’ve been teaching professionally to all ages and levels for over 10 years throughout the Chicagoland area. I have been playing for about 19 years. Music is my passion. I even own and run an all ages music venue. Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn! There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating:)
*** Lesson Details *** All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams (usually using a book for students under the age of 15), understanding rhythm, basic music theory,
etc. Meanwhile, we apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’re learning songs they like, and more about guitar and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.
Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with the guitar- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, amp and cables, notebook paper, metronome, pens and pencils. All I need from students is that they have their own guitar, picks, and in time, a metronome (and as mentioned above, sometimes a book, but I'll let you know if and when that might be necessary).
*** Travel Equipment *** Depending on what's necessary, I will bring any of my studio equipment except for an amp.
*** Specialties *** Again, I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians lack and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after and onward after a beginner's first lessons.
Michelle L. March 3, 2014
Classical Guitar Verified Student
My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
carolyn L. February 27, 2014
great teacher for popular acoustic guitar
Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
Paul R. February 6, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
A great experience.
As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.
He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.
He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
I play, write, record and perform a variety of American popular music forms including rock, folk, blues, funk, bluegrass, country, fingerstyle guitar, and jazz.
I began my musical training learning drums as a 12 year old and a year later began private lessons on guitar as well. In the following years, while playing in rock bands and focusing primarily on guitar and continuing practice on drums, I became interested in learning other instruments: I took harmonica lessons and taught myself how to play bass guitar and keyboards. As a teenager I also began writing my own songs and teaching my
self how to record music. I also play Spanish flamenco guitar and studied with master flamenco players while living in Madrid, Spain.
Today, I play guitar, harmonica, sing and write songs for my own group, while also working on a variety of other recording projects that reflect my various musical personalities. I love everything about music, and there's nothing I enjoy more than sharing music with others, whether that be playing in a group, going to a concert with a friend, or talking about music with one of my students. One of my greatest joys is seeing others get involved in the world of music by learning to play an instrument, so I take great pride and responsibility in teaching my students and I hope to make that experience as positive and rewarding as it can be for everyone I work with.
*** Lesson Details *** I am happy to work with students of any age regardless of prior experience or ability. Music is the universal language. Everyone is welcome.
Check out my new song samples for a taste of what I do. All instruments, vocals and production done by me at my home studio.
My approach: I take a multi-disciplinary, multi-instrumental approach to teaching music. I feel that today's students are very interested in learning more than just one instrument, style or discipline. One of my greatest assets as a teacher is that I can play and teach guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, keyboards, songwriting, and audio production/engineering, or any combination thereof, to a student that is interested in becoming more than just a guitar player.
That being said, my musical experience centers primarily on the guitar, and that's where I prefer to start teaching my students. And if you only want to learn guitar, we'll just stick with guitar. However, if you want to learn other instruments too (guitar and drums; guitar, bass, and harmonica; guitar, keys and drums; etc.) we will work together to create a program that allows you to achieve all of your musical goals in time.
No matter what, the bottom line is this: you determine the direction of your musical education. The first time we meet, we will talk about your musical interests and goals, and from that conversation I will design a curriculum that fits your personality, needs and desires. I work with each of my students to determine and constantly refine his or her path, and as we follow your path I will work to give you all the tools needed to pursue your goals...and if I can't give them to you I'll help you find someone who can. I know my limits as a musician and teacher and I will always be honest with you about those things. For example, if you decide you want to be a jazz guitarist, I can get you started on that path, but once you advance beyond my limits (I love jazz, but it's not my forte), I will help you find a teacher who better fits your needs and goals.
Finally, I have always felt that music should be fun and there's no reason that learning to play an instrument can't be fun too. That doesn't mean it won't be hard work, because, like anything else in life, as you get deeper into music it will not only become more rewarding, but more challenging too. Still, it should always be fun. I understand that each student is unique and what "fun" means for one student may be different for another, and so we will work at your pace and according to your goals and desires to create a program that is ideal for you.
I use a variety of teaching techniques and tools in my lessons and will cater those tools toward the needs of each student. You don't need to read music to learn how to play an instrument, but I do use a number of simple, easy-to-learn written methods in my teaching. More importantly, I encourage my students to learn how to "hear" music so that as they advance they can begin to teach themselves how to play the things that they hear. Therefore, much of my teaching method focuses on seeing, hearing and feeling the music...this is the way almost all popular music has been taught and learned since the beginning of time, and with the right supplement of written methods I think it still comprises the most effective way to become a complete musician.
I can also record every lesson for my students and make the recording available as a CD or mp3 via email so that you can listen to the lesson as you practice on your own at home.
Additionally, if you are interested in songwriting or audio recording, we can incorporate lessons on those subjects into your curriculum as well. Understanding both is an essential part of being a well-rounded musician in any genre these days and both fields can open up wide worlds of expression and artistry to those willing to delve into them. I am passionate and knowledgeable about both songwriting and recording.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars, Bass Guitar, Amps
*** Specialties *** Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, songwriting, bass, Harmonica, drums, music production, audio recording Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk, Country, Bluegrass, Fingerstyle Guitar, Jazz
David K. March 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Perfect! Couldn't be happier!
Aaron R. April 1, 2013
Harmonica Verified Student
I am completely new to playing an instrument and Will taught me an incredible amount... from playing the instrument, to understanding music theory, to listening and understanding some of the great musicians. He takes a holistic approach to his teaching and the 45 minute sessions are done before you know it. He makes it fun and comfortable, which is important when you are just learning. I recommend him if you are at any level.
JasonK April 6, 2011
I've had a few lessons with Will, and it's going great. He's tailoring the lessons to my skill level and my goals unlike any class could. Thanks.
Whether you are an experienced musician or just in the beginning of your educational journey, I perhaps, can help you to advance you potentials and bring your skills to the next level.
First and foremost I am an expert in teaching voice. Not many teachers in Chicago have clients that are currently topping Billboard charts and get signed by major record labels. I do!!!
I taught in Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York and have an extensive experience in working with a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Country, Musical Theatre, Gospel and last but not least Clas
sical, which I can proudly can call my background.
Not only I have been continually developing my own art of coaching and excellence of teaching music to others, but also making much needed connections in the music industry. I am selective who I work with, but I do give a career advice and try to match talent with the best opportunities as they come.
Furthermore, I have a strong expertise in teaching piano, music theory, ear training, orchestration and arrangement. As a working studio producer myself I have been tutoring a number of domestic and international singers, artists, musicians and bands, and have been helping them to further their projects and careers.
My teaching philosophy revolves around an individual approach. I assist my students with help on discovering their artistic potential and guide them to overcome obstacles to make the most of their training. I provide my students with technique that will last them a lifetime and build up skills that are necessary for a successful career. Not only I nurture my students' natural talents and train them to reach their musical goals. but also persuade them to expand their networks in order to get where they want to be. I welcome motivated and gifted students who would dedicate their focus on polishing their craft to the highest standard in a great learning environment!
*** Lesson Details *** Convenient location, great studio, fun working atmosphere.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, CD/Tape recorders, Copier/Printer, Stereo and Recording Equipment, Music Library, Internet, Humidifier, Mics and Amplifier, Fridge, Coffee Machine, Fresh-Filtered Water, A/C
*** Specialties *** Voice and Vocal Coaching: Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, JAZZ, Soul, R'N'B, Rock. Theory of Music, Ear-Training, Piano. Sight-Reading Technique, Studio Recording, Russian Classical Repertoire, Russian Diction.
Aida Y. August 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was excellent experience! I am very happy for choosing Val as teacher!
William B. July 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
The greatest experience I've had with singing.
I was a complete beginner when I came to Val for vocal training, with no experience or any technique. In a very short amount of time he helped me find my voice, taught me all the basics, gave me useful exercises for me to practice on my own, and built a very specific training suited to my voice. All of this in the greatest atmosphere, positive and constructive. He's professional and dedicated. I've accomplished great progress with his help and recommend it to you all. You won't be disappointed.
frank M. April 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We're searching for our own voice, for the greatest version of ourselves. With lifelong experience and his own personal library of exercises hardwired into his brain, Val is the perfect instructor to lead us to the promise land. His ability to dissect what is happening inside our vocal instrument is uncanny, and he packs the ability to translate this to the student effectively. Each lesson is customized to the needs of the student, and he also involves music theory when necessary to better help us understand and visualize the task at hand.
In my time spent with Val, I have seen week to week improvements both as a singer and as a song writer. I am grateful to have connected with Val as I am excelling in my craft each day and taking the steps to reach the potential he sees in me as a vocalist and musician.
Not everyone knows that studio recording requires different techniques than performing on stage. I will show you how to cut your recording costs in half by making your sessions more efficient and productive.
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
Rachman B. April 24, 2015
Online Verified Student
Novella M. March 27, 2015
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
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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t. Had a blast working with you and hope to create more music with you soon. And your Triumph was pretty terrific a well. Cheers
Had a great recording session with Seth this week. He gave us good direction and really finessed our vocals and timing on the final recordings. Thank you Seth!
-Judy of Martini and Olive Seth worked with us (Martini & Olive) engineering our Medleys — and he was patient inciteful and so helpful — massaging our intricate comedy melodies for our music video. We are a quirky fast funny funky lounge act and he understood our concerns musically and comically. We spent hours with him and he was a joy the entire time. Thanks Seth!"
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"READ THE BREAKDOWN.
Cody is a great producer and a great guy - both are equally important in creating the best recording experience. Some of his attri
butes are best expanded upon with bullet-points.
HUMBLE. This is hugely important. There is not a pretentious bone in his body. Cody is great at what he does but is not afraid to ask for help from people who might know more about whatever aspect of the music creation process specific to the artist. There is no “I’m the producer and I know more than you” attitude. Instead, his attitude is very much of equality where both parties understand the strengths that they bring to the table.
PATIENT. Sometimes I have a lot of ideas - or none at all. Cody would bear with my A.D.D. moments in the studio when dealing with ideas that I sometimes couldn't communicate. Instead of writing my ideas off, he instead worked with me until we achieved exactly what I was trying to get at.
RESPECTFUL. Being an artist himself, Cody has immense respect for the artist and their creations.
UNDERSTANDING. Cody’s understanding of all kinds of music lends to his fearlessness of exploring new genres - but it doesn't stop at exploring - he captures their essence. I've heard tracks he’s done that are R&B, indie-rock, country, EDM, etc. and its hard to imagine they were all from the same brain. If you wanted a Bollywood track, I’m sure he could give you one.
RESOURCEFUL. Cody has ingenuity and is resourceful. He would never tell me what *works with my kind of music* or what kind of instrument I would *need for the song* - if we wanted a certain sound, we’d make it - out of wax paper and water bottles if necessary.
EFFICIENT. Mostly I sat in awe and watched Cody click and move stuff.
COMMITTED. Even when he didn't have to, Cody would work on my track in his free time meticulously making sure everything was how it should sound and also just to make sure there wasn't any territory we had overlooked.
And that's just naming a few.
All in all, Cody brings a child-like spirit of wonder to his sessions - where the song is not a job or a chore, but a new world waiting to be explored, full of possibilities waiting to be uncovered. And that excitedness and spirit of discovery is KEY to sustaining creativity in a studio environment. Not only does it make the whole process productive, it makes it FUN. Cody’s character bleeds into how he works and into what he creates and the final product reflects that."
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Review by April
I've been Marc's student since last September and I couldn't be more pleased.
He's kind, witty and extremely gifted; his expertise far ou
tpaces the usual level of ability in most schools. I would send my kids to him with utter joy, if I had them. Anyone who hires Marc is getting something very special; not only is he certified in Europe, he has forgotten more music than I'm ever likely to know. He's a brilliant composer, drummer, vibes player, pianist, engineer and producer, and yes, I've seen him or heard him do all of the above. It takes extreme talent to write the songs he's written *and* play all the parts *and* record them all, and he does that. On top of all that, he loves to teach. He takes great joy in music, and in sharing it with enthusiastic students.
Congratulations to anyone lucky enough to hire Marc Wagnon!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lynn
"Randy is a wonderful mentor in music for my son
My biggest thanks goes to you for mentoring, caring for and guiding my son during his young adult days. Y
ou are a very powerful figure in his life, and for this I am most grateful. Lynn M."
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"You gotta try this guy, he won't let you down.
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"My son learned how to effectively play in a band
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ogress my son is making. Tim makes my son feel very comfortable, and is more than willing to work with him in any area where he shows an interest. Tim is personable and patient.
Tim is quite flexible with time. He has kindly worked around our schedule whenever necessary. His fees are quite reasonable, and he always errs in our favor in regard to time.
Tim is a great guitar player himself with a true love for the instrument, which shows in his teaching. He was invaluable in helping us pick a reasonably priced, yet quality guitar for our son.
He has taught our son any song my son hears on the radio note for note a real gem.We are quite pleased with Tim's teaching, and highly recommend him."
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v erst in Music Rapping songwriting in more in the music field i recommend him highly if you are already all the above im sure it is more he can teach you."
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nd express the world of musical engineering gracefully. When it comes to the elements of musical creation and control, Brad has shown me things I never thought I would see or understand. He truly has a gift with music and he definitely has a positive way of sharing his knowledge and understanding of his craft."
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