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Piano Lessons in Chicago - My Kind of Town

By Daniel K. - Chicago Piano Teacher

Warmest greetings to you from Chicago where the weather can be very cold, but the music scene will always be hot! My name is Daniel K., and I have been a music performer and instructor in this great city for over three decades, teaching Chicago piano lessons as well as playing many live and studio sessions with voice, guitar, trumpet, sax, bass, drums, and piano. My favorite pursuit is rock music, but all styles of music are readily heard throughout the area, and I am happy to sit in on a jazz ensemble, Latin group, blues band, or accompany a classic music performer.

My residence is located near Wrigley Field which is surrounded by more venues than one can count, such as The Cubby Bear, Martyr’s, Schuba’s, The Metro, The Vic Theatre, The Piano Man Lounge, and so many more clubs that it would be hard to visit them all in a lifetime. Nearby on Clark Street there are two famous reggae clubs, the Wild Hare and Exodus, which are adjacent to Sluggers, a club featuring Dueling Pianos every Friday night. There are several of these venues that promote this approach to piano performance that have become popular. Sometimes an unknown player displays their talents across from a famous artist, and it can be very inspiring to hear. Opportunity is almost infinite. Billy Joel and Elton John split the bill and performed two really awesome outdoor concerts at Wrigley Field recently. It was a wonderful musical experience beyond words to hear the piano resounding from the friendly confines of the ball park throughout Lakeview. I could hear it from my front porch!

Dave Matthews was also at the ball park a few months ago, and many other famous musicians performed at the summer street festivals which seem to occur all over Chicago. The Spin Doctors played on Lincoln Avenue only steps from my door! I fell in love with the Psychedelic Furs all over again when they played the House of Blues, which they seem to do almost every year. They also did a great show at Lincoln Park Zoo, and even the animals seemed to appreciate that. I really enjoy the delightful ostinato keyboard melodies that make the Furs’ music so hypnotic.

One can never tell if they will run into The Rolling Stones in some blues club, as they come here to get new ideas from the incredible blues artists Chicago is known for. I once ran into Robert Plant who was enjoying a free concert in Grant Park. I had the opportunity to catch Passion Pit at the Petrillo Shell last summer, and was amazed at the high energy keyboard sounds they implement into their music. There are also many behind the scenes music opportunities for up and coming artists in the theatre field, such as Brier Street Theatre where Blue Man Group performs regularly, or as a pit performer in shows such as Wicked.

Sometimes I enjoy just being a listener, as the quality of music here is unsurpassed anywhere. Perhaps it is the tried and true music of yesteryear, or the newest cutting edge development of fresh talent, but one may seek out their musical desires, and possibly discover something they would have never realized without exposure to the vibrant, robust music scene in Chicago. Several years ago my interest in salsa and cha cha dancing brought me to fabulous places like Café LaGuardia or The Rumba where I could dance all night while listening to the delightful passages of the Latin rhythms played on heavenly grand pianos by accomplished players.

There are endless performance opportunities on any given night in the clubs that feature open mic nights. I use these venues to showcase the talents and accomplishments of my Chicago piano students. It begins as a dreamy idea for a new student, but is soon realized with dramatically inspiring results. There are even opportunities for the younger students at shows for all ages at places like the Hideout, which can host world famous artists on one day and teenage girl bands on the next day.

It is quite rewarding for me to work with the Chicago piano students I have been fortunate enough to teach. I am happy to share my extensive experience with all of them, and take great pleasure in the accomplishments I witness, such as a seven year old girl that can play music that she reads or an eight year old boy that writes his own love songs with his electric guitar and voice. These two students may have a hit song before they finish high school! Even the radio stations are the best in the world here. My favorite station, WXRT, features local performances of new, unsigned artists every Thursday night. I have seen this entire country on tours and travel and as I wrote in one of my songs, “Chicago…is every place I’ve ever been.”

About Caleb M.

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I give beginner piano students a great head start in their musical education, with a solid foundation covering piano technique and an introduction to music theory which would serve them well whether they continue to pursue piano, or pick up another instrument along the way.

About Caleb
Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and bi
g-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 5 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
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Jen T. March 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
really great re-introduction to understanding the keyboard - not just memorizing the keys
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Sara March 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been taking lessons with Caleb for a few months now, starting as an adult beginner. Caleb works to help me see the big picture in order to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding rather than just teaching me to memorize. I have found his teaching style very effective, and am looking forward to growing with his continued instruction and guidance. I should also note that he's a real nice guy.
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Kathy January 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Caleb has been teaching my son trumpet for the past 4 years. He is a very talented teacher who is musically gifted, as well as patient and kind.

Loving music and playing trumpet has enriched my son's life, both socially and emotionally. He is currently first chair in his middle school band and plans to pursue band in high school. His pleasure in playing with his peers and his pride in his accomplishments are wonderful to see. Last year, he played "New York, New York" as part of a three piece band at a school event and in March 2017, he will play the entire score of the Lion King with the pit orchestra for the 8th grade play.

But the best part as a parent is seeing that he often walks around the house humming a random tune under his breath, even when he isn't aware of it. It makes me smile to see him be so happy!

Thank you, Caleb!
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About Val K.

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I have been teaching piano for over 15 years and helped a lot of students to get their piano skills polished. My teaching method is based on Russian classical school and I am happy to share it with everybody who is interested. I custom design my piano lessons that corresponds to each student's ability and experience.

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
Convenient location, great studio, fun working atmosphere.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Rebecca April 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He's the best!!
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Siobhan March 26, 2017
· 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
· 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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Val K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Daniel K.

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Strong fundamental emphasis with patient review

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.

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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
· 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 Sarah B.

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interactive, personalized

About Sarah
I graduated from Missouri State University in December with a teaching degree in Elementary Education. I minored in Spanish. I recieved my Master's degree at DePaul for Bicultural Bilingual education with an ESL endorsement. I am currently a 1st grade ESL teacher at a Chicago charter school, as well as the director of the children's ministry at my local church. I have a lot of experience teaching and working with kids, between my teaching practicums, Sunday School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, substitute teaching, and more. I can't wait to hear from you!
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Max April 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sarah is a very talented musician and is great with kids. My 7-year-old has learned a lot in just 1 session. We will continue to use her as his teacher.
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Sam S. April 2, 2017
· ESL · Online
The first day was so great. She taught me so much in one hour.
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Hayley June 18, 2016
· Singing · Online
She's very professional and non judgmental of my lack of singing abilities.
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Sarah B.

Sarah B.

Chicago, IL 60610
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About Lipeng C.

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I am a professional musician and educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.

About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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Alexander R. March 6, 2017
· Violin · Online
Was able to very quickly assess my skill level and provide exactly the right training to begin improving. Excellent concept communicator, and very encouraging. I learned so much so quickly that I'm really looking forward to my next lesson!
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Johselyn C. March 3, 2017
· Violin · Online
I was classically trained in the Suzuki Method but it has been some years since I've played. Mrs. Lipeng, was very patient with me and helpful. I look forward to continuing lessons with her!
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Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
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