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Brian G.

Evergreen Park, IL

I have taught various levels of percussion and consider it to be my second best instrument. I currently teach one beginner on primarily snare drum and some drum set.

About Brian

Hello, my name is Brian and I am currently studying my Bachelor's in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. It is the only college in the world that specializes in specifically Music Education, and has been since 1909. The school teaches us a basic understanding of 17 instruments and voice, while also teaching theory, aural skills, music history, professional ed courses, and includes a large number of various ensembles. Because of this, I'm able to teach some basic concepts on all of the band/orchestra instruments. Personally, I started taking piano lessons in 2000 and started drum se
t lessons in 2002. I've always had a dual musician life after that point, and was apart of the band and jazz band programs from 5th grade until now (sophomore in college). While attending Marist High School, I taught myself guitar, bass guitar, banjo, harmonica, and tin whistle. I expanded my concepts of music and genres, and find myself very knowledgeable of classical, jazz, rock, blues, and pop on piano, and fluent in jazz, blues, rock, Latin, and pop styles on drum set. I am willing to teach any student their musical needs as they prosper through their lives as an artist. I hope to one day teach in a band setting with my degree, offer private lessons, and compose music on the side.

*** Lesson Details ***
For lessons, I'm ready to work on making some music while always having fun. As the lessons progress, I start to expect more from the student regarding retaining knowledge and muscle memory throughout learning their technique and repertoire. This will come with consistent practice. After 3 or 6 months, the beginning students will find themselves recognizing note names, rhythms, meter, melodies and harmonies, and mechanics of their instrument. My goal is to keep the student interested in the music while learning about themselves.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano

Basement w/ drum set, guitars, bass, amps, harmonicas

both have seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect my students to provide themselves with their own instrument but I would provide my own in addition to theirs while teaching, unless there is the sharing of a piano. I can also provide various sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, jazz, rock, and blues for piano. I specialize in rudimentary drumming, rock, jazz, and latin for drums/percussion. I believe in making sure the student learns as much as possible about his or her instrument, can improve each day, and ultimately can have fun while playing.
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Joe S. July 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
I thoroughly enjoy studying piano with Bryan it is a delightful experience, he is both very patient and knowledgeable, do yourself a favor and sign up with Bryan! ---Posted on behalf of student Carolyn S.
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Brian G. May 5, 2013
Piano
This teacher has many great qualities in the field of music education.

I am learning a great deal from this teacher about the piano and life qualities in general. I have taken the tools I've learned from each lesson to apply in my own practice to develop myself as a musician. I would recommend Brian Goodman to anyone interested in learning about music.
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Brian G.

Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(2)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Chaetan N.

Chicago, IL

About Chaetan

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.
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Amber F. June 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent. Keeps the student inspired!
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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.
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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.
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Chaetan N.

Chicago, IL 60607
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL

I teach percussion from traditional north African lineage, as well as my 10 years of research and experience. Emphasis is on connecting with the instrument and space, and learning to engage in rhythmic conversation or trance.

About Nathan

Music begins with the body. We can begin by making it very comfortable to hold an instrument and produce sound. From here rhythm, melody, and song come naturally.

My goal is to be there to help you absorb the music with as little obstruction and effort, making learning easy, enjoyable, and gratifying.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar
Hand Drums and Percussion
various handmade wood flutes

*** Travel Equipment ***
Hand Drums and Percussion
Saxophone
various handmade wood flutes

About my musical lifeline:

Percussion is my latest love, and feels very true to my heart and purpo
se. This journey has been heavily inspired by a year of ceremonial music study in New York, as well as a recent month-long trip to Morocco, where I studied with masters who hold centuries-old lineage. To me, percussion is about using the whole body, filling a space, and moving between raucous excitement and quiet tenderness.

Upon my first visit to North Africa, my fixation on saxophone re-fixed on ancient wood flutes. I now make Moroccan Neira and Ney flutes. Flute is now my preferred instrument of melodic expression, one of the most ancient forms of music, the drum's sibling.

Guitar has always been a very personal instrument for me -- one that I play in order to relax, rejoice with friends, or explore my thoughts and emotions. I would say that I am a folk guitar player, only because all of my experience has been with folk! That said, I know some jazz and pop songs, as well.

As a saxophone player, I have toured with two different groups nationwide, and played live shows with even more. I've also played on professional recordings. While my background is based on theory and written music, the majority of my saxophone career has been a search for expression, improvisation, spontaneity, and mutual creation with other musicians.
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Cynthia S. June 1, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan has been wonderful working with our son. He has shown patience, flexibility, and a willingness to let the lessons develop on their own while maintaining the core concept of the lesson plan. He works equally well with a structured format or improvisation. His organic approach allows for freedom and creativity, while maintaining an eye for theory and structured chord reading. He has bonded well with our young student and makes each lesson a joyful music session. Nathan is highly recommended by us and our student.
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Tasha P. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Making great progress

I'm writing about my son's ukelele lessons with Nathan. He's a young beginner, who was very hesitant about learning an instrument. Nathan is great with children; he's very adept at making them comfortable and following their readiness cues.

It's only been a couple of months at this point, but my son has gotten more excited about playing and is learning more every week.
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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL 60645
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL

I have been working with beginner through intermediate mallet and timbales players for eighteen years.

About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching
style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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Susanna V. August 31, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Terrific! We are very happy with the lesson, our young son is learning. Teacher Jeff is great with him - very methodical, consistent and has a lot of patience and understanding with our little guy. Our son looks forward to lessons and enjoys practicing the work he's given to work on during the week. He's great about explaining what we should work on with our son and how to do it, what to watch for and why we are working on what is being assigned. We have had a great first experience!
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Cheryl F. December 14, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Always has something to challenge you

Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging.
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Christopher M. October 29, 2012
Drum
Verified Student
**Excellent** drum instructor, highly recommended

Jeff is everything you'd want in a drum instructor: he is highly skilled, has thorough knowledge of drumming styles and technique, and he is an excellent communicator. On top of that he is thoughtful, polite and listens carefully. This is all a very, very rare combination.

I had to play a couple of slow gospel tunes for a church service this summer; Jeff very quickly found suitable and tasteful grooves for me that were within my capability to play. He also worked with me on some rudiments and provided invaluable feedback. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Peter M.

Chicago, IL

I teach all ages and skill levels. I have taught young children (from age 5) as well as teens and adults. I enjoy teaching all types of students and always tailor my lessons to the ability and personality of the student.

About Peter

I am a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a bachelors in jazz drum set performance. I have toured with various bands in the US, Asia, and Europe and recently completed six months of teaching, studying, and performing music in Brazil.
I teach all levels and all styles of music, from Rock to Jazz to Latin-American rhythms. In my lessons I maintain a healthy balance of drum basics (rudiments, stick technique) and helping the students learn the music that would like to play. Learning the fundamentals gives students the tools they need to be creative as possible. I can prepare stu
dents for school band and jazz band auditions as well as prepare them to play in a band of their own!

*** Lesson Details ***
I always spend a good part of each lesson working with students on fundamentals. These usually include drum rudiments and the book "Stick Control."
I also like to spend a portion of the lessons focusing on the student's own musical interests and teaching them to play the drum parts from songs they like.
If the student is in or aspires to be in a band, whether it be a garage band with friends or the school jazz band, I can help the student develop the necessary skills.

Above all, I strive to make my students excited about music and to inspire them to work hard towards accomplishing the goals that we set together.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Sticks, Books, Practice Pad or Snare Drum with stand (if necessary)

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, World Rhythms, Jazz, Blues
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Brandon O. February 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great guy and he knows a lot of great stuff. Also apparently can read Brazilian. Gave me a good deal of stuff to work on in the latin and Brazilian world. I Recommend this man!

Knows his stuff. And can play.
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William M. February 7, 2014
Drum
Learn the fundamentals and how to groove

Peter is one of the best drummers I know. I had the opportunity to take lessons from him a couple years ago and he gave me the tools I needed to feel comfortable and confident on a drumset. He stresses proper technique and rhythmic precision. He also showed me how to play grooves I wanted to learn. A great all around musician and teacher. Highly recommended.
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Peter M.

Chicago, IL 60618
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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