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Paul W.

Chicago, IL

I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.

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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Pushkar July 13, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I had my first class with Paul. The session was amazing, Paul is really good at explaining the details of progressions. He's friendly and gets the class moving in the right direction at the same time so you don't end up getting too bored with instructions or while away the time chatting away(which isn't so bad for a first class). I will be sure to update the rating and provide more feedback as I go through more lessons. I really like how Paul doesn't force you to take a package of classes as with some of the other instructors I've heard about.
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Tamara May 27, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Super cool guy, very knowledgable with music, very patient. I recommend.
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Jeanette May 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Paul has been the most amazing instructor. I have never played the electric guitar before and his level of patience has made it extremely easy for me to learn. He writes lesson plans and assigns "homework" appropriate for your level of experience which helps in learning or further developing your skill. I plan on continuing to take lessons with Paul for quite some time.
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$20 / 30-min
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Sean H.

Chicago, IL

Besides playing/teaching saxophone, my other passion is writing music. If I'm not playing, I'm writing. I have studied composition and song writing, and my band plays many originals that I have written!

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, piano, 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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Will P.

Chicago, IL

About Will

I play, write, record and perform a variety of American popular music forms
including rock, folk, blues, funk, bluegrass, country, fingerstyle
guitar, and jazz.

I began my musical training learning drums as a 12 year old and a year later began private lessons on guitar as well. In the following years, while playing in rock bands and focusing primarily on guitar and continuing practice on drums, I became interested in learning other instruments: I took harmonica lessons and taught myself how to play bass guitar and keyboards. As a teenager I also began writing my own songs and teaching my
self how to record music. I also play Spanish flamenco guitar and studied with master flamenco players while living in Madrid, Spain.

Today, I play guitar, harmonica, sing and write songs for my own group, while also working on a variety of other recording projects that reflect my various musical personalities. I love everything about music, and there's nothing I enjoy more than sharing music with others, whether that be playing in a group, going to a concert with a friend, or talking about music with one of my students. One of my greatest joys is seeing others get involved in the world of music by learning to play an instrument, so I take great pride and responsibility in teaching my students and I hope to make that experience as positive and rewarding as it can be for everyone I work with.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am happy to work with students of any age regardless of prior experience or ability. Music is the universal language. Everyone is welcome.

Check out my new song samples for a taste of what I do. All instruments, vocals and production done by me at my home studio.

My approach:
I take a multi-disciplinary, multi-instrumental approach to teaching music. I feel that today's students are very interested in learning more than just one instrument, style or discipline. One of my greatest assets as a teacher is that I can play and teach guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, keyboards, songwriting, and audio production/engineering, or any combination thereof, to a student that is interested in becoming more than just a guitar player.

That being said, my musical experience centers primarily on the guitar, and that's where I prefer to start teaching my students. And if you only want to learn guitar, we'll just stick with guitar. However, if you want to learn other instruments too (guitar and drums; guitar, bass, and harmonica; guitar, keys and drums; etc.) we will work together to create a program that allows you to achieve all of your musical goals in time.

No matter what, the bottom line is this: you determine the direction of your musical education. The first time we meet, we will talk about your musical interests and goals, and from that conversation I will design a curriculum that fits your personality, needs and desires. I work with each of my students to determine and constantly refine his or her path, and as we follow your path I will work to give you all the tools needed to pursue your goals...and if I can't give them to you I'll help you find someone who can. I know my limits as a musician and teacher and I will always be honest with you about those things. For example, if you decide you want to be a jazz guitarist, I can get you started on that path, but once you advance beyond my limits (I love jazz, but it's not my forte), I will help you find a teacher who better fits your needs and goals.

Finally, I have always felt that music should be fun and there's no reason that learning to play an instrument can't be fun too. That doesn't mean it won't be hard work, because, like anything else in life, as you get deeper into music it will not only become more rewarding, but more challenging too. Still, it should always be fun. I understand that each student is unique and what "fun" means for one student may be different for another, and so we will work at your pace and according to your goals and desires to create a program that is ideal for you.

My Method:

I use a variety of teaching techniques and tools in my lessons and will cater those tools toward the needs of each student. You don't need to read music to learn how to play an instrument, but I do use a number of simple, easy-to-learn written methods in my teaching. More importantly, I encourage my students to learn how to "hear" music so that as they advance they can begin to teach themselves how to play the things that they hear. Therefore, much of my teaching method focuses on seeing, hearing and feeling the music...this is the way almost all popular music has been taught and learned since the beginning of time, and with the right supplement of written methods I think it still comprises the most effective way to become a complete musician.

I can also record every lesson for my students and make the recording available as a CD or mp3 via email so that you can listen to the lesson as you practice on your own at home.

Additionally, if you are interested in songwriting or audio recording, we can incorporate lessons on those subjects into your curriculum as well. Understanding both is an essential part of being a well-rounded musician in any genre these days and both fields can open up wide worlds of expression and artistry to those willing to delve into them. I am passionate and knowledgeable about both songwriting and recording.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Bass Guitar, Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Amps

*** Specialties ***
Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, songwriting, bass, Harmonica, drums, music production, audio recording
Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk, Country, Bluegrass, Fingerstyle Guitar, Jazz
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Jim W. March 9, 2016
Harmonica · In home
Verified Student
Will is knowledgeable and helpful. He established a good platform to go forward. Now its up to me.
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Kathleen S. January 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son has been taking lessons from Will for many years now. Will is a great teacher and my son has developed a very good skill set. He started with bass lessons, but when my son's skill set improved, Will recommended a different teacher and continued to work on guitar. We've been very pleased.
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David K. March 30, 2015
Harmonica · In home
Verified Student
Perfect! Couldn't be happier!
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Will P.

Will P.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$50 / 30-min
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Matt B.

Chicago, IL

I teach composition in a wide variety of styles. Regardless of whether you want to write songs, write for band/orchestra, etc., I can help you reach your goals.

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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Christa Sharp February 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have had 6 lessons so far, and I highly recommend Matt as a teacher. He is very knowledgeable and he has challenged me to go beyond chord playing and learn to face new challenges and techniques. I have started learning to read music for the guitar (although I had the option of tab) which will greatly expand my ability to play. He was also flexible with me when I ran into scheduling difficulty early on when my small biz got crazy. If you are interested in taking your playing to the next level and learning a lot about music along the way, Matt is a great choice. I am purchasing another set of lessons and am very happy with the ease of Skype lessons.
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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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Matt B.

Matt B.

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

Chicago, IL

Instrumental acoustic guitar composition.

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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Pedro V. April 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Shaun is really patient and explains you pretty well any question you got. He has a lot of experience in playing guitar.
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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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Shaun Z.

Shaun Z.

Chicago, IL 60647
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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