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About Sarah W.

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Chicago, IL

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Learn the skills you need to write music. I'd be happy to help you with common chord progressions and basic music theory.

About Sarah
First of all, thank you for taking a look at my profile! I know you probably have a lot of teachers to choose from on this fabulous website. Here are a few reasons why you should study with me!

1) My experience as a teacher: I have been teaching both privately and at music schools for over 6 years. I have experience teaching private voice lessons and conducting choirs.

2) My experience as a performer: I currently sing and perform in the Chicago area. I know how to prepare you for auditions and performances because I myself am performing and auditioning.

3) My students: Several of m
y students can be seen singing in choirs or performing leading roles theaters in the Chicago area. Also, just this past year, I helped one of my students gain acceptance to ChiArts, a performing arts school that only accepts 10% of its applicants.

4) I make it fun! Here is a quote from one of my reviews:
“Exactly what anyone would need to gain knowledge about the mechanics of singing and she makes it fun, too”

It is my goal to help every one of my students:

1) develop a healthy singing technique that will bring longevity to your career or hobby.

2) learn music efficiently and independently.

3) develop good practice habits.

4) learn basic ear training/sight singing.

If that sounds like something you would like to learn, click the green button on my profile to book lessons with me. If you are not quite ready to book, feel free to ask me a question.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
I've been studying voice for 10 years and teaching consistently for over 6 years. I received my M.M. from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and my B.M. from Wheaton College. Since graduating in 2013, I have been working and performing in the Chicagoland area. Some performance highlights include but are not limited to performing with Light Opera Works, CCPA's production of the Chicago Premier of Daron Hagen's Amelia, and performing with the Grant Park Chorus.

I look forward to working with you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books. I expect my student to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in operatic singing. I received my training in opera; however, I also have training and performance experience in musical theater. I believe I am well equipped in several genres.
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Natalie October 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
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Carlo August 2, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Just had my first lesson with Sarah and I thought it was wonderful! Right away, she pointed out different things that I was never aware of and that I need to work on. I'm looking forward to see how I progress after more lessons with her. She's also very easy-going and a delight to work with.
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Matt M. July 8, 2016
Verified Student · Opera Voice · In studio
Awesome teacher! I'm an actor with very little formal singing experience, and Sarah helped me prepare an opera aria for a theatre role. I feel so much more confident, and I definitely sound better.
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$25 / 30-min

About Val K.

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Chicago, IL

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I've helped a large number of people to get their music theory issues out of their way. Basically I know pretty much all about this subject and have a great, fun and efficient method of teaching it to those who needs it.

About Val
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!

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Convenient location, great studio, fun working atmosphere.

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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.
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Siobhan March 26, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great 1st lesson. Val made me feel very comfortable and I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.
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Thomas March 8, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Honestly Val was wonderful to work with. Very kind, patient, helpful, and offers ton of insight! Looking forward to more lessons in the future!
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Kaustubh P. February 19, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great grasp of techniques and the biology of singing.
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Val K.

Val K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Daniel K.

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Every thing you need to know in formal and contemporary music theory

About Daniel
Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.


Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.

The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
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carlos January 4, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
have never touched a musical instrument in my life. Im 46 years old. Dave brought the lesson to my level beginers and I feel confident that I will do well with Dave.
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Todd December 7, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Knowledgeable about many areas of music (teaches many instruments). Very professional. Treats my child with respect and is good about focusing on the fundamentals of good playing so as not to develop bad habits which become harder to correct if not corrected early on. Gives my child suggestions and practice homework to improve techniques and proficiency.
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Julie November 30, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Daniel is a natural teacher and inspires his students to share his love for music. He has a lot of experience and is patient with learners of all abilities. I have had 3 lessons with him so far and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I am new to singing but learned piano when I was younger so I am not entirely new to music. He has helped me expand my horizons and believe in what I can do with my voice. During class, we cover music theory as well as the actual singing part. Progress will go faster if you study the theory on your own (he provides you with all the materials you need to learn) and come prepared.
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Daniel K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Owen B.

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I love music theory. My education has led me through seven different music theory courses. I have never gotten anything short of an A. Ancient, baroque, classical, romantic, atonal or jazz, I have experience with all of them and can help you conquer what many students fear most about learning music.

About Owen
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I am a university trained guitarist whose goal is to pass my love for music down to my students. Most of my students, whether child or adult, start as absolute beginners. Some have gone on to win auditions in collegiate music programs, while others simply gain the ability to play their favorite songs. I have become the guitarist I am today because my teachers kept me inspired and having fun from the very beginning. Passing this on means each lesson entails a balance of playing, listening, technique, stories, and laughs!
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Phillip February 10, 2017
Verified Student · Classical Guitar · In studio
Owen is great! He has helped me so far in refining my technique as well as developing repertoire! Would highly recommend!
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Pam November 25, 2016
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · In home
I enjoyed my first lesson with Owen. He was a good listener and he tailored the lesson to what interested in. I look forward to more.
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JoAnn T. November 12, 2016
Verified Student · Blues Guitar · Online
It was a good first session. Owen seems to be very patient,reassuring and positive. I enjoyed his instruction.
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Owen B.

Owen B.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$20 / 30-min

About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL

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I offer lessons in all areas of music theory - common practice, jazz, and even atonal music.

About Matt
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 a 200 students of all ages and levels of experience.

I developed a reputation of being a musical jack of all trades. I am proficient in teaching and performing any style of guitar. However, I am best known for my rock guitar playing, songwriting abilities, classical guitar performance skills, and my ability to teach these skill sets effectively.
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Shawn March 27, 2017
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · Online
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West Foster February 27, 2017
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Rob February 10, 2017
· Guitar · In home
In my humble opinion, Matt is the best rock guitarist and teacher in Chicago. I took lessons with three other teachers in the city before working with Matt. All paled in comparison in both the playing and teaching departments. He truly makes playing and improving fun and easy! His playing speaks for itself. His teaching seems to be perfectly tailored to your goals, whatever they may be. He's literally an encyclopedia of musical knowledge.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Chicago, IL 60622
(20)
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$25 / 30-min

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