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Paul W.

Chicago, IL

I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain everything that I am teaching.

About Paul

I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it
on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am also a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
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Alex September 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I'm writing this because honestly, I would not be where i am today without the guidance and teachings of Paul. His ability to bridge the gap between technique and style is truly priceless & continues to reward me a decade after taking lessons with him. As a touring musician, I owe a lot of my understanding of music to him. Thank you Paul!
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Alex September 8, 2016
Blues Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely happy with Paul through three lessons. My son needed some help with a few songs for an upcoming performance, and Paul has been helping him master those songs. Paul is very knowledgeable and patient, and my son loves learning and jamming with him. Highly recommended!
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Pushkar July 13, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I had my first class with Paul. The session was amazing, Paul is really good at explaining the details of progressions. He's friendly and gets the class moving in the right direction at the same time so you don't end up getting too bored with instructions or while away the time chatting away(which isn't so bad for a first class). I will be sure to update the rating and provide more feedback as I go through more lessons. I really like how Paul doesn't force you to take a package of classes as with some of the other instructors I've heard about.
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622
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Sarah W.

Chicago, IL

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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Carlo August 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
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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Charlotte June 1, 2016
Musical Theater · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is a great teacher, using techniques and explanations that were easy for my nine-year-old to understand. She is also very patient and nice. My daughter can't wait to go back!
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Sarah W.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$25 / 30-min
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Melodie F.

Chicago, IL

A beginner may know what a quarter note is, or how to find the treble F_A_C_E, but that doesn't really count much. You should understand the math of how scales and chords work, and why Middle C is NOT the middle of the piano. If you already know what a French sixth chord is, look for a more advanced theory teacher.

If you care how and why music is built, I look forward to teaching you. From absolute basics to assistance in college theory 101, I'm good at helping to make sense out of the seemingly nonsensical. You don't have to have a piano to learn theory, but it's better if you do. You can start learning beginning theory on a cheap plastic recorder. I use the piano, workbooks, textbooks, flashcards, staff paper, pencils, and erasers for theory. I don't play guitar, but I can emphasize different points for a guitarist. All theory students should eventually learn to play chords and scales on the piano as well as on their own instruments. If you're looking for a music composition, ...

About Melodie

Label me Traditional, or Classical, or even Persnickety, but we all transcend labels. I can perform opera, simplify unifying concepts, teach folk singing, direct a church choir, suggest country repertoire, coach performance charisma, and even officiate a marriage ceremony as a Dudeist Priest. I also bake a mean pie.

I welcome you to consider me, a teacher with decades of experience, for casual yet traditional private music lessons. My residential studio is near the Ashland & Chicago intersection. I teach private lessons in singing, piano, and music theory. As partners, the student and I bui
ld a plan, balancing current aspirations with traditional methods, keeping practical value in mind. I recommend a weekly recurring lesson appointment, but I also allow Schedule-As-You-Go. That means you may schedule a lesson when you want one, subject to availability, instead of holding a repeating weekly time slot.

If you don't have a place to practice singing, don't take singing lessons. If you don't have regular access to a piano, or at least a minimally acceptable keyboard, don't take piano lessons. You can take beginning theory lessons with a plastic recorder flute, if that's all you've got, but a polytonal keyboard is much better.

Singing and Voice:
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced. All Singing and Voice students must read the section Your First Singing Lesson, found on each subject page. Ages 12-99. Adult singing lessons have to be at least 45min long, and are available in my office, online, and maybe off site. Ask about specialized "choir" lessons for individual sessions in choral technique and repertoire. See more details on each subject page.

Piano:
Beginning up to intermediate. Ages 12-99. Available only in my office or maybe off site. I don't teach piano online. See more details on each subject page.

Music Theory:
Rudimentary and Beginning students only. Ages 12-99. Available in my office, online, and maybe off site. See more details on each subject page.

Prices for my office in Chicago near 800N/1600W, or online: (where available) 30min for $25, 45min for $36, 60min for $46. If you live within a mile of the Chicago Ave / Ashland Ave intersection we can discuss the possibility of me coming to your location for an additional $15 per lesson. You may ask about ages 7-11 or group rates for your location.

Some important details to consider: My home is not child proof; the apartment is a high 2nd FLR walk-up; one cat will be present near my office; if you use too much fragrance of any kind I will refuse to breathe in your vicinity.

You, and all students, must ACCEPT THE STRICT CANCELLATION POLICY. There is no makeup, rescheduling, or refunding of any lessons no-showed or cancelled later than 24hrs prior. Students can provide excuses (like acute illness) and request forgiveness for late cancellations, but expect no mercy for no-shows. Officially, if you have a lesson scheduled in less than 24hrs and you haven't already changed or cancelled it, you are paying for it unless I'm the one that changes it.

Check out my links, and make some decisions. I might be the instructor you're looking for.

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https://www.facebook.com/MissMelodie.music?ref_type=bookmark
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Mark C. March 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson, very thorough and a lot more fun than I imagined a singing lesson would be. Looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Carla E. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just finished my third lesson with Melodie and couldn't be happier. She is patient and accommodating while being knowledgeable and resourceful. I am very much a beginner and Melodie has been able to adjust my lessons accordingly. I am looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Raquel N. August 4, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We did a lot of breathing exercises that's going to help me be a better singer. We also did some exercises that'll eventually help me hit the notes I want to hit. I'm liking it so far.
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Melodie F.

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
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Owen B.

Chicago, IL

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

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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Nicholas W. June 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He does a good job of explaining his expectations and is is great with kids.
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Julia April 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We just started, but the experience is great so far! Teaching my 11 year old--very patient and keeps it fun. Very happy.
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Heidi K. December 3, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have had a wonderful introduction to guitar with my first pack of lessons from Owen. I was hesitant to purchase lessons online fearful that I would be learning with a great guitar player verses a great teacher. Owen has proven me wrong! He clearly taught many before me; exhibited by his patience, knowledge, lesson planning and valuable feedback. As an adult learner, I am surpising myself each week with my progress due all in part to his teaching! Totally, 100%, recommend.
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Owen B.

Owen B.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$20 / 30-min
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Matt B.

Chicago, IL

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

About Matt

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

He currently teaches private guitar lessons, sings and plays guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribes music professionally for a wide variety of clients. In the past, he worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. He also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the du
ration of his 16 year teaching career, Matt has taught over a 100 students of all ages and levels of experience.

Matt has a developed a reputation of being a musical jack of all trades. He is proficient in teaching and performing any style of guitar. However, he is best known for his rock guitar playing, his songwriting abilities, his classical guitar performance skills, and his ability to teach these skill sets effectively.
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Walter E. September 7, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher - has a program to teach you but is not adverse to exploring your particular likes.
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Mike C. August 11, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Had great first lesson !
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Christa Sharp February 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have had 6 lessons so far, and I highly recommend Matt as a teacher. He is very knowledgeable and he has challenged me to go beyond chord playing and learn to face new challenges and techniques. I have started learning to read music for the guitar (although I had the option of tab) which will greatly expand my ability to play. He was also flexible with me when I ran into scheduling difficulty early on when my small biz got crazy. If you are interested in taking your playing to the next level and learning a lot about music along the way, Matt is a great choice. I am purchasing another set of lessons and am very happy with the ease of Skype lessons.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Chicago, IL 60622
(15)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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