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Hristo M.

Brookfield, IL

About Hristo

I've been teaching guitar professionally since I've been 17 and I've taught a wide range of musicals styles from Jazz, Blues, Fusion, to Rock you name it. My first experience with the instrument was 8 years ago and since then I haven't put it down. Early on in my teaching career I found that it's important for students to have the drive to learn, but it's more important to have someone that can guide them in the right direction. I believe the role of a teacher is not only to instill that drive, but to fuel the fire of their imaginations through fun and effective exercises. I've had the pleasur
e of teaching students ranging from 5 to 60 years of age and have found that the fundamentals of playing are applied across the map.

I'm currently attending Columbia College of Chicago and I'll be receiving my bachelors in instrumental performance mid May. I've studied under some great players such as Frank Dawson, Harry Hmura, Chris Forte and currently studying under Peter Lerner.

*** Lesson Details ***
I understand what it's like to be in a tense environment where all the material is condensed and thrown at you in a set amount of time. I'm not an advocate of such curriculums. I promote an atmosphere where a student isn't afraid to ask questions and feels the need to express his or her thoughts on whatever we may be learning.

I've come to the conclusion that everyone learns differently and different avenues need to be taken in order for a student to learn. I feel as though every student needs a customized lesson plan that will help them excel. We're all attracted to music in one way or another so I feel the need to tend to what attracted you to playing and writing music in the first place. For example if you like classic rock we will explore certain techniques, ideas, songs and song structures that pertain to that genre. I like to partner you're interests with basic fundamentals of music such as note reading, music theory, and listening exercises. The goal is to keep progressing and learning new things.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs studio: guitar rig set-up, studio speakers, pro tools set up, recording gear, practice amps, music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an amplifier, cable, tuner, sheet music and even a guitar need be. I expect my students to provide themselves with a guitar so after the lesson and during the week they can practice the material I have provided them with.

*** Specialties ***
I like to start out young students with reading music along with teaching them and exploring the music they are interested in.
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Thomas R. May 19, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Hristo is patient and full of passion for music. He is very knowledgeable and capable of imparting this knowledge well on children, as he has done thus far with our 10-year old and 6 year-old (first full month of lessons). He is flexible and even came to our house for the lesson when our schedule for that day was affected by another commitment.

Its going well thus far and our sons look forward to the lessons every week.
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Xavier L. March 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
This guy loves what he does!

Histro is always on time and is very knowledgeable. He is a college grad that can teach you soo much. I've never played guitar before and after my third lesson with him, I already know 12 chords and am capable of playing at least two songs. A very relaxing way to spend my sundays. He makes it fun to learn the guitar!
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Hristo M.

Hristo M.

Brookfield, IL 60513
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Eric M.

Villa Park, IL

I studied under some great songwriters in college and post college.

About Eric

I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is v
ery productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.
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Jeff K. October 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Eric has been great. He immediately found out where I was at in skill level and where I want to be. He then adds just enough knowledge to help me make the next step. I have learned a lot each lesson!
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Clayton Mann -. September 8, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Eric is the best vocal teacher I have ever had. He helps me with my range and performance. He's great to work with too.
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Joe N. July 31, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Eric is very patient and moves at a pace
Equal to the students ability. Allow enough
time for questions an, an willing to revisit
Any part of the lesson.
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Villa Park, IL 60181
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

I have been teaching songwriting/composition since 1989
Students will have the ability to read and write musical notation fluently.
Students may work on whatever kinds of projects are of most interest to them. These could include writing pop songs; writing music for a school band, orchestra, or small ensemble; or writing music for themselves and/or their friends to play. Students are free to write in whatever genre/style they would like. I will work on how to notate musical ideas, how to structure a piece of music, and where to find inspiration, but the instruction will be more tailored to the student's specific needs. As with private instrumental lessons, students will be expected to work on their craft during the week.

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University
of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Laura P. July 1, 2015
Video Production · In studio
Verified Student
My 13 yo niece took video editing/production lessons from Kelvin. He kept her interested & engaged. He explained things well & in a way that she could clearly understand. She was eager to do the homework he gave her and to go to the next class. I recommend Kelvin highly. He's a fantastic teacher.
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Heydi H. June 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
We are very fortunate to have Kelvin as our daughter's violin teacher. He makes learning fun and interesting. She looks forward to her lessons. He's very energetic and is able to keep her focused. We appreciate that he's very patient and addresses any concerns she may be having with her music.
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Erika K. June 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Kelvin began teaching my daughter when she was 4 yrs old...a year later she is able to recite notes and integrate and apply her knowledge of music theory to her music pieces. Mr. Kelvin is very enthusiastic every practice, but most importantly he is VERY patient and adaptable to my young daughter's mood...especially for a 5yr old who has a small attention span.
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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starting at
$35 / 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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David K. March 30, 2015
Harmonica · In home
Verified Student
Perfect! Couldn't be happier!
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Aaron R. April 1, 2013
Harmonica
Verified Student
Incredible Teacher

I am completely new to playing an instrument and Will taught me an incredible amount... from playing the instrument, to understanding music theory, to listening and understanding some of the great musicians. He takes a holistic approach to his teaching and the 45 minute sessions are done before you know it. He makes it fun and comfortable, which is important when you are just learning. I recommend him if you are at any level.
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JasonK April 6, 2011
Harmonica Lessons

I've had a few lessons with Will, and it's going great. He's tailoring the lessons to my skill level and my goals unlike any class could. Thanks.
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Will P.

Will P.

Chicago, IL 60622
(15)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Justin C.

Chicago, IL

The most integral part of songwriting is the message to be conveyed. Together, we can acknowledge that message and then refine the techniques needed to develop a memorable melody/theme with compelling harmony to accompany it. Offered to all levels on any instrument. The piano will be the foundation of our composing process.

About Justin

My name is Justin, and I am a musician (big surprise). I have been playing the piano for the past 18 years and the trumpet for the past 14 years. My primary emphasis is jazz improvisation, but I have a solid foundation in classical repertoire as well as the basic fundamental techniques of the trumpet and the piano. I am originally from Fresno, California, but I currently reside in the Chicago area. I completed my B.A. in Trumpet Performance at California State University, Fresno in 2011, and I most recently completed my M.M. in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University in June of 2013. As of rec
ently, I will be beginning to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana in the Fall of 2015.

I have been performing extensively as a professional musician for the past 10+ years, and I have been teaching privately for the past 5+ years. The variety of musical genres that I perform is quite expansive, so I believe that I can accommodate the differing musical desires of all of my students. My mission is to help you discover who you are as a musician, which, in my opinion, has a strong connection with our personalities and how we interact with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
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When we begin our lessons, we will focus on our progress one day a day at a time. All that I know is that I want to help you! I want to discover the things that you would like to do better on your instrument, and push you in a direction of progression so you can more effortlessly express your personality through your music. We will not strive to "make you better" on your instrument, but rather strive to simply make it easier to play. I believe that is a vital distinction to make, and it will make approaching your instrument much less arduous. We will work hard and push our limits every day, but we will relax through the process. My primary goal is to learn as much from you as I hope you will learn from me!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and any necessary music technology. Students should only need provide something to take notes with and their instrument, as well as a positive attitude. I will make sure to bring the latter as well. :)

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation and conceptualizations, classical trumpet literature, trumpet fundamentals, piano fundamentals
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Benjamin W. September 30, 2013
Trumpet
Verified Student
Jazz Trumpet

Mr C. is a very knowledgeable and talented trumpet player. I have zero experience with the trumpet and music for that matter, but he makes learning easy and enjoyable. He gives good tips and practice methods. Very down to earth and doesn't set strict expectations and takes it day by day. Would recommend to anyone.
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Justin C.

Justin C.

Chicago, IL 60630
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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