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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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Kevin A. January 2, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an experienced drummer and I was able to get started right away into exercises that fit my my level of skill. Very helpful.
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Debbie L. December 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Jeff has been working with my 16 year old son, who started drum lessons to prepare for jazz band, for about 4 months now. Jeff is a a very skilled teacher and has been a joy to work with in terms of coordinating schedules and other logistics. My son has learned a great deal from Jeff in a very short time and very much enjoys working with him!
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Derrick B. November 3, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff is an outstanding teacher. Passionate, and effectively tailors the lessons to your experience level.
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Zachary H.

Chicago, IL

I have been teaching and performing as a percussionist for almost a decade. I have performed with some amazing artists in all styles of music and I continue to perform and study. I am well in several areas of percussion ranging from drum set to world percussion to classical percussion, but I specialize in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean percussion. I also work with young students to develop basic rhythm and musicality using Orff instruments, drum stick, buckets, boomwhackers, and other fun objects.

About Zachary

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zachary is a percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, Dave Garfield, Dread Scott, Pat Cronnely, Victor Garcia, Geoff Bradfield, and Daphne Willis at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

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dying extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip "Brinquito" Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak, and Al DiBlassio, Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Mott Middle College, and Holly Middle School.

Currently, Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in world percussion throughout Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Parks District. Collaborating with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, Zachary brings culture and music to under-privileged young learners. In addition, Zachary maintains a busy performance schedule collaborating with groups throughout the Midwest and leading his band Conjunto Candela. Zachary is also working on completion of a Masters Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are developed individually for each students and are set up to cater to each students needs. Lessons can be taught on Drum-Set, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, General Percussion, and Drumline. Skills developed through these lessons range from learning how to groove, playing through your favorite songs, and learning to read music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to have drums for themselves if the lesson is in the students home. I will provide drums for myself if needed, and any books or instructional materials needed for the lesson. If a student does not have their own drums lessons basic drumming and percussion lessons can be taught on practice pads and buckets.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean percussion. I teach proper techniques and traditional rhythms for hand drums, and percussion instruments from Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. I also teach Drumset. I teach students proper technique for using drumsticks, how to play various styles and also how to read notated rhythms.
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Zachary H.

Zachary H.

Chicago, IL 60622
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.

Peter M.

Chicago, IL 60618
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ricky M.

Chicago, IL

Music is a series of cultured patterns. We create a pattern that make us anticipate a resolution and holds back .. makes you wait for it. There are patterns in everything and everyone. Music begins with a simple idea that then becomes this beautiful piece of art. Did you know our music taste it's shaped by our culture and our brain? We extract from our brain what we call earworms and craft them into wonderful art.

In these series of lessons we explore the musician's arsenal and the most valued skills that have developed the driving force in music and composition from cultures all over the world. We explore the creative side you never thought you had. This is not a music class .. at least, not in a conventional sense. We compose, arrange, and orchestrate a one of a kind masterpiece. We embellish our finished art with texture, balance, contrast, expression, body, and emotion. Finally, we apply the basic techniques of recording, mixing and mastering.

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About Ricky

Do you know someone that knows someone that is able to extract from your brain a fragment of an earworm, reconstruct it and turn it into the most alluring resonant pattern you have ever heard? Do you sometimes find it hard to get started with a new musical idea?

Whether you are beginner, intermediate, or even a professional instrumentalist, producer, singer, composer, engineer, songwriter or dj there are times when the brain just shuts down. Creativity does not kick in for a long time. Well there is this guy ... Ricky... yeah, we heard he specializes on the field of teaching you the solid m
ethods to inspire new ideas and write your next masterpiece in no time. By the end of our journey we guarantee you will be composing, arranging, orchestrating, recording, mixing, and mastering your own music.

Music & film is Ricky's lifework. His practical experience and passion for creative works have developed his ability to teach at a high standard point. Teaching embraces and inspires his career goals as an audio engineer, music composer, and an outstanding educator. It is his joy and commitment to provide students with professional excellence, collaborating with others to strengthen their skills, inspire their art and ambitions to move forward.

Rick has developed his own masterclasses to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help students achieve their goals as a unique artist and a musician.

Rick also hosts student showcases where his students are able to show off their new talent. He is constantly innovating his teaching skills to embellish the experience of each and every student. He attends tons of music festivals and seminars that enriches his cultural knowledge.

Artists influenced by Ricky are Air, The Flaming Lips, The Beatles, Leslie Feist, Radiohead, John Coltrane, Jamiroquai, Boards of Canada, Eric Clapton, Moby, Guns n Roses, Tame Impala, Cafe Tacuba, Muse, Phoenix, Breakbot, David Bowie, The Cure, Empire of a Sun, Gnarls Barley, Fuyiga & Miyagi, Amy Winehouse, Flying Lotus, Nirvana, Ray Barreto, Spoon, BB King, Buena Vista Social Club, Bill Evans Adolecent's Orquesta, Chopin, Bach, Björk, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Modjo, Pharell, Moderat, Kings of Convinience, The Allman Brothers ... and the list goes on and on.

Rick received his training at Columbia College Chicago in 2008 where he received a degree in music and audio engineering . After receiving his degree, he landed in Mexico City where he worked for SAE Institute Mexico as a professor and an audio engineer. He designed the most recognized masterclass "Cultured Patterns" that soon became an official courseware. He then became an Apple Logic Pro Certified trainer to increase his teaching abilities. He stopped teaching for SAE Institute, and turned his focus entirely on developing his beginners masterclass into masterclass series that would lead any musician to become an accomplished and critically acclaimed music technologist, sound designer, performer, composer, and artist.

Takelessons is thrilled to welcome Rick into our family of world-class educators. We are privileged to introduce to you an incredibly successful, entertaining, and one-of-a-kind approach to music creation through his astonishing masterclasses.
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Micah M. January 27, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, listens to the student and looking forward to our child progressing under his instruction.
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Nora M. January 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very details and patience to a beginner like me.
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Herman B. January 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
As a 50yr old "Newbie, I wasn't sure how things would go with learning to play bass guitar, but five lessons later I feel like I could do this! There's lots to be learnt and may seem complicated, but Ricky makes it easy with his simple and hands-on approach. His patience with a beginner like me is absulately admired.
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Ricky M.

Ricky M.

Chicago, IL 60608
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Yulia C.

Chicago, IL

Beginner students will learn how to read music, how to properly hold drum sticks, learn basic strokes, drumming techniques, beginning rudiments.
Intermediate and advanced students will learn how to improve their playing technique and virtuosity. They will also learn how to approach a specific piece of music; how to become expressive and creative with their skills.

About Yulia

I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Yulia C.

Yulia C.

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

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