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Sean H.

Chicago, IL

Saxophone is my life! I have played saxophone for 16 years and nothing makes me happier than sharing my knowledge with others. I have a BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University.
While my passion is jazz, I also have plenty of classical experience. I love teaching saxophone!!

About Sean

I have been magnetized to the saxophone ever since I was introduced to the music of John Coltrane in the seventh grade. Since then I have been in a constant pursuit of deepening my understanding of music and all its beautiful forms, and sharing that knowledge with those who are interested!
Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. While I was there I had the incredible privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz
musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my band, The Winchester Sound.
I am very passionate about music, and consistently see that passion transferred to my students. It is incredibly rewarding to see someone progress right before my eyes, and know that I influenced the progression.
I teach classical saxophone, jazz saxophone, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe everyone gets into music for a different reason, and therefore each student deserves their own custom curriculum. It is important for students to work at a pace and in a direction that is comfortable for them. For this reason, we will start with a consultation so I can figure out exactly what you aim to get out of taking lessons. From there we will incorporate some standard curriculum and method books that I enjoy using, as well as my own techniques that involve plenty of ear training and exercises to improve one's facility on the instrument (scales, patterns, technique).
Most importantly, we're going to have a lot of fun! If you are not having fun it's not even worth your time. I am very laid back and promote a stress-free environment!
Remember, I was once a beginner, too. I know what it's like to learn something new, so I want to be there to guide you through it!

*** Studio Equipment ***
extra music room f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. Student must provide saxophone, reeds, books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
My passion is jazz. Not just jazz saxophone, but the art form in general. I love to teach people the theory behind improvisation and watch them as they explore and internalize the endless possibilities thereafter.
I am also classically trained and am equally proficient in that area, although I would say I do prefer jazz.
In summary I guess my specialties would be: jazz saxophone, jazz theory, improvisation, jazz arranging, saxophone performance, composing.
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Jon T. January 23, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Sean has been a great teacher. He's extremely flexible in terms of scheduling, and exceptionally passionate about helping others improve. I've been playing pretty consistently for ~15 years and can still see progress after just the first few lessons with Sean.
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Matthew L. October 30, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
My son had one half hour lesson (so far). He was very happy with the amount of knowledge gained in a very short time. I anticipate (but don't know) that this will be very beneficial to his saxophone skills and we look forward to continuing lessons with Sean
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Charles S. September 27, 2013
Saxophone
Verified Student
Outstanding teacher

Sean has been a fantastic sax instructor; very knowledgeable, fun to hang around with, soulful and passionate about the instrument.
He's very patient, and willing to adjust his teaching plan and style to accommodate his students' personal likes, strengths, and weaknesses.
Strongly recommend.
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Sean H.

Sean H.

Chicago, IL 60647
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel K.

Chicago, IL

Learn to play great solo and ensemble performances.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Nelson Anaya January 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Good teacher and great person.
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Sarah Wasserman January 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Daniel was great. He met me right at my skill level and gave me things to work on, both in technique and rep. I'd highly recommend him.
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Karen S. September 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has progressed beautifully. Daniel is an excellent piano teacher who is patient. Recommend!
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Daniel K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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Jon N.

Skokie, IL

I have never had a saxophone lesson in my life, but I taught myself at train stations on the way to rehearsal. In Mexico my friends asked me, "Do you play saxophone?" and I lied and said Yes and my whole career was launched. Now as a professional, I wow the audiences in many different bands and solo.

About Jon

Jon N. was born and raised in Mexico City and is proudly an American citizen. He has been performing since the age of three, on several instruments, studying music since fourteen, and still takes lessons to this day. What's not to love?

He is proud to teach at all levels, including many professional musicians with master’s degrees, adult beginners, and of course, kids of all ages between 8 and 75.

They are encouraged to select the music they want to learn, so we have worked on classical music and original compositions, which I also coach, jazz, blues, pop, rock, the Great American Songb
ook, reggae, seven different kinds of Jewish music, and other ethnic music from all over the globe.

Frequently the younger students will request a tune I've never heard, but I magically transform the MP3 into a handwritten score at the student's level. Example, one of my adult beginners wanted to play the big symphonic poem Scheherazade, and I wrote out the main tunes for easy piano.
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Lisa K. July 5, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jon is an excellent teacher. I am at an intermediate level and am eager to improve my skills through harder pieces. Jon makes piano playing fun, while at the same time being serious about my success. It is easy to be relaxed during the lessons, he is non-judgmental and encouraging. I highly recommend Jon!
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Ellen Bero March 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have had 4 piano lessons with Jon so far and he has been great. I just signed up to continue with him and I really look forward to my weekly lesson with him.

He's always very positive and encourages me to be positive too. He's also very responsive to my needs, helping me to concentrate and giving me beautiful music that I really enjoy and can work with.

I heartily recommend Jon. He's a very capable teacher, and a kind, considerate person.
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Eric January 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
I would just like to present the rest of the music world to Mr. John Novi. This gentleman has been nothing but stellar in his methods of teaching me how to be a better piano player and composer. I have never felt more confident in myself than after the first lesson I had from him. I advise anyone and everyone who has any second thoughts about him to throw them out the window and dive head first in lessons with him. You will never be in more qualified hands than his.
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Jon N.

Skokie, IL 60077
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Michael B.

Chicago, IL

Michael is a state certified music teacher working in and around Chicago, IL. As a graduate of Eastern Illinois University he has earned multiple bachelors degrees in Music Education and Music Performance: Jazz Studies.

Michael is currently the Music Director at John Spry Community School and Music Theory Teacher at Community Links High School. He also works as a performer and studio musician for groups including Little Boy Jr., Rusty Gates, The Casual Ties, The Fox and the Hounds.

About Michael

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Michael is a talented musician, composer and educator. As a performer for over 18 years, he has played with a variety of talented groups including the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, The Wheaton Municipal Band, The Chicago Concert Winds, The Kelly Bell Band of Baltimore Maryland, The Staff Blues Band, Little Boy Junior, Rusty Gates, and The Casual Ties. He has also performed on stage with several big names including Bob Mintzer, Scott Wendholt, and Wayne Bergeron. At Eastern Illinois University he was taught and mentored by their accomplishe
d jazz faculty: Paul Johnston (Piano) and Sam Fagaly (Saxophone.) Michael has also won several academic awards including The "Eastern Illinois Talented Student Scholarship," and the "EIU Jazz Alumni Scholarship."

Michael is currently Music Teacher and Orchestra Director at John Spry Elementary School as well as Music Theory teacher at Community Links High School.

Now offering instrument rental: Competitive pricing, free repairs and quality instruments!!
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Yulia B. March 21, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Michael is a very talented teacher with unique creative approach. Lessons are organized, but a lotos fun! I've learned a lot from him.
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Chris P. January 25, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Michael is extremely knowledgeable and passionate abut teaching music, I am excited to continue taking lessons.
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Michael B.

Chicago, IL 60622
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Isaiah S.

Chicago, IL

Music is a source of fun, friendship, and cultural enlightenment in my life, and I try to impart that joy on each student!

My experience in teaching ranges from 6 year olds to working adults. I am comfortable teaching a broad spectrum of music including jazz, classical, rock, and pop, and more.

I grew up in a teaching family. My mother, sister, and uncle are teachers, and every day for years I heard stories of how they met the needs and challenges of thousands of students. My strengths are treating students as individuals, nurturing creativity, patience, inspiring passion & motivation, and focusing on the fundamentals of music making.

About Isaiah

Isaiah grew up in a family of teachers and musicians. After beginning to teach himself piano, his mother quickly enrolled him in private lessons at the age of 5. Following his two older siblings, he joined the school band on saxophone in the 4th grade.

Over the past decade, Isaiah S. has played in countless classical, jazz, and modern ensembles on multiple saxophones. In high school, he performed in musicals, led the saxophone section in marching band, and was the top saxophonist in the classical and jazz ensembles. He was also the student-director of the school's freshman band, a role in w
hich he learned a great deal about the art and science of teaching. Graduating with recognition as an Honors All-State musician, along with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and John Phillip Sousa Band Award, his path as a professional was set.

Presently enrolled at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, Mr. S studies and performs music of the highest caliber. Playing flute and saxophone in the school's Large Jazz Ensemble and Brazilian Combo, he has been the youngest and most-featured soloist under the direction of world-class pianist Marshall Vente and world-class guitarist Paulinho Garcia.

Outside of academia, Mr. S has had the privilege of performing with Zoofunkyou and leading the pop/funk horn section in Minor 9ths to sold out shows at House of Blues and other local venues.

Mr. S also explores his interest of the art of practice on his website, CollegePracticing.com, where he has interviewed numerous college students on their practice habits, as well as working professionals with degrees from such esteemed institutions as Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and Northwestern University.
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Miles Z. August 29, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Isaiah was excellent with my kids and seems to be super knowledgeable. We are excited to continue.
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Cesar M. August 9, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Excellent patience and great teaching.......learned a lot on my first lesson
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Alana July 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
very patient....we made the right choice....and very knowledge
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Isaiah S.

Isaiah S.

Chicago, IL 60614
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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