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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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BRIAN January 28, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Knows his stuff able to break down so it can be understood very accommodating with schedule cancellations etc
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Nora January 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Paul is an awesome teacher! He's friendly and encouraging and never made me feel bad if I didn't have time to practice. I learned a lot in just a few meetings, gained confidence, and had a lot of fun. The lessons didn't feel like lessons and the time flew by. Thanks, Paul!
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Charly L. January 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor! He definitely knows his stuff! Have learned a lot in a short amount time! Highly recommended!!!
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Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622
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Morgan S.

Chicago, IL

About Morgan

Hi there! My name is Morgan and I've been teaching private lessons for over 2 years now. With 10 years of music experience, I can teach you the basics of guitar, drums, and bass! I am currently working on my Associates in Fine Arts at the College of DuPage, and studying music business at Columbia College Chicago. I'm available to teach lessons at your home and mine. I teach all styles of music, music theory, and can show you how to play the songs you love!
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Morgan S.

Morgan S.

Chicago, IL 60661
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$20 / 30-min
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Sarah H.

Chicago, IL

Experienced music teacher available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my music theory lessons to focus on students' interests and goals; whether it be note-reading, supplementing instrument lessons, or advanced theory.

About Sarah

Sarah H. is a young and upcoming classical cellist based in Chicago. She enjoys teaching cello to students of all ages and levels and is dedicated to helping each student explore their unique interests in studying music.
Sarah began her musical studies in her hometown of Cincinnati, starting the piano at age 8 and just a year later picking up the cello. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from The Hartt School of Music and completed her Master’s degree from DePaul University’s School of Music. Her primary teachers include Stephen Balderston, Mihai Tetel, and Tom Guth.
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rah is an active performer, playing with orchestras throughout the city of Chicago and around the country. She performs regularly with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Quad City Symphony, and Chicago Composer's Orchestra. Outside of her orchestral career, Sarah plays with the Bradley University faculty chamber ensemble, Peoria Lunaire. She regularly presents solo recitals and concerts throughout the year, hoping to provide members of community an opportunity to make a connection with music and the performers that create it.
Outside of performing and teaching, Sarah is a devoted advocate for musicians’ health. She hopes to combine her expertise in music and physical fitness to help performers foster long, successful careers.
Check out Sarah's contribution to the TakeLessons teacher's blog on injury prevention:
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-guide-injury-prevention
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Qurrat J. January 29, 2016
Swimming · In home
Verified Student
Sarah was very effective in our first lesson. My swimming technique improved right away.
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Craig Ludington November 28, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
(Writing a second review after six months of lessons.)

I take notes while practicing so I'll remember the trouble spots and bring them up during the lesson. Sarah is pretty analytical and she gets to the root cause and tells me exactly what to practice to solve the problem. At the end of every lesson I've got more tools to work with so the next week's practice is focused and effective.

I'm really happy about having Sarah as a teacher.

By the way, I love this story:

The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. "Because I think I'm making progress," he replied.
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Sheena M James November 13, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Sarah is a great teacher! Very thorough and patient. The time flies durig each lesson because I'm having so much fun!
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Sarah H.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$30 / 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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John Carnevale January 8, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Matt quickly assessed my knowledge and experience playing guitar and got me started on exercises that are certain to improve my playing.
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Zach November 12, 2015
Guitar · Online
I have seen Matt develop as a guitar player for many years. I have seen him play in a variety of settings: classical and rock. We grew up playing together. I played bass.

But, when I decided to pick up the guitar over the last couple of years, I turned to Matt. He always gives me sound advice, techniques, and insight on how to be a better musician. He has provided tabs when I could not figure out a certain part of a song on my own. Moreover, I have watched his videos to learn songs.

He is a great teacher with sound theory! He loves music, and it shows...

..you want a top-notch teacher, Matt Brown is your man!
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Heather November 10, 2015
Guitar · Online
I'm a stay at home mom. It's pretty awesome that I can take lessons with Matt over Skype without ever leaving my home or my kids. Matt really goes out of your way to make sure you have an effective and enjoyable learning experience. He sends me videos of him playing everything that I'm working on so I can watch them for reference during the week. It's SO helpful when it comes to learning a new technique or a tricky part of a song.
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Matt B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$25 / 30-min
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Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL

I have been a music theory tutor for many years. It was my strongest subject in school. I can help you with the basics as well as very advanced topics and analysis.

About Shaun

A little about myself, I am a graduate from VanderCook College of Music where I received my Bachelors of Music Education degree and Illinois Teaching License. I focused primarily on classical guitar as my major instrument. I have a strong passion for playing guitar and teaching it. I have been teaching lessons for 7 years, and have had a wide array of students. I teach all ages and all skill levels.

Here's a quick list of the type of things you can expect to learn through my lessons;

Proper holding position, posture, and playing technique.

Finger picking playing style

Ability to re
ad written sheet music

Ability to read and count rhythm

Play a wide variety of repertoire ranging from pop to classical

Improvisation of grooves, melodies, and harmonies.

And most importantly, musicianship.

I prefer to have one, one hour lesson per week. I offer "in home" and "in studio" lessons.
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Jim October 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Wow! Shaun has far exceeded my expectations. He is an amazing teacher. He is prepared every week with lesson plans, he is a walking Encyclopedia for all things music and he is an extremely nice guy. Shaun is the real deal. He has the skills to teach everyone form the beginning guitar player to a seasoned professional looking to advance their skills. He is a patient person that takes the time to make sure you understand what he is teaching and more importantly he can explain why something has to be done a certain way. Shaun takes some the most complicated aspects of the guitar from rhythm to scales and makes it easy to understand and apply in the real world.
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Ashley September 10, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
I have been working with Shaun for about a year, and have truly enjoyed my experience with him. He is an excellent instructor, very focused on technique and learning to play guitar the RIGHT way. I have learned to read music, improv, and am now learning performance pieces. I would definitely recommend him as an instructor.
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Alex A. September 10, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I had been playing primarily heavy metal guitar for the past decade or so, but recently I had been itching to give classical guitar a shot. I chose Shaun primarily because he lived in my area and because he offered in-home lessons at a very reasonable rate.

After 6 months of lessons or so, I have to say I've had every expectation met and exceeded. He puts a lot of effort into designing his own instructional materials (exercises, theory work, etc), and he always comes to the lesson with a plan. He's also done a great job helping me develop proper technique (particularly in the right hand) and certain musicianship skills (e.g., improv, inflection/mood). The pieces he has chosen for me to work on have been both challenging for my skill level but also musically compelling.

Most importantly, he's just the nicest guy in the world, always has a lot of enthusiasm (but isn't over the top), and has an open mind when it comes to others' taste in music and what his students want to get out of the guitar.

In sum: my lessons with him have been very effective and have been a blast, I highly recommend him!
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Shaun Z.

Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL 60647
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