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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Downers Grove

Hristo M.

Brookfield, IL
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Gregory M.

Hickory Hills, IL
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Jim T.

Chicago, IL
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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 pleasure 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

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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!
Gregory M. Hickory Hills, IL

About Gregory

My passion is teaching! I could search my whole life, and never find anything I enjoy doing more. You could call it my "calling," for lack of a better term. That's probably why I've been so successful in my career. I've taught students as young as 4 years old, and students who are in retirement. The success I've had, comes with years of taking private lessons, performing, studying, and always keeping an open mind to new ideas, and relating my experience with all my students. *** Lesson Details *** One of my first objectives, is to make a student enjoy each lesson. I believe that if a student feels comfortable, and has a great time learning, they're going to want to practice and learn more of the skills necessary to achieve their goals, and as a result, progress more rapidly. I like ...

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GeneB June 16, 2012
Professor banjo

Gregory is ah all around great instructor,he makes each lesson interesting and non bording.I would highly recommed him for any beginner banjo player
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MartinJ February 8, 2012
good teacher. very helpful
Jim T. Chicago, IL

About Jim

My name is Jim and I'm a musician. I've been very involved in music since I was 7 years old. I began playing my primary instrument, guitar, at the age of 9. I am an experienced professional performer and teacher; I have performed in a variety of settings and venues all over the country, mainly in Chicago. I was recently featured in the new Johnny Depp movie "Public Enemies," as the guitar player in the jazz orchestra. I really feel like I bring enthusiasm for music into the lessons, and this is necessary for a student of music to succeed. I recently graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. There I studied jazz and classical piano techniques, bass, drums, and both classical and jazz guitar ...

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DionneR April 10, 2012
Best guitar teacher I've had so far. Jim is patient, a good listener and motivational.
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LongH October 14, 2011
Parent

He's very fun and nice instructor. He Has a lot of knowledge on guitar.
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OlgaB May 14, 2011
A very nice teacher who really cares about my mistakes and doesn't move on until we fix them. Very helpful and skillful overall.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL
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Will P.

Chicago, IL
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Christopher M.

Chicago, IL
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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 ...

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Kui H. January 6, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Kelvin is a passionate musician, best that I've known. His lessons are not boring and always go by in a flash. He is good at identifying problems that needs correction and he will point them out consistently until rectified. Highly recommended if you are looking for a teacher to give you pointers to bring your music up a notch!
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Heather B. December 31, 2014
Adobe Lightroom · Online
Verified Student
Mr. Kelvin demystifies Lightroom and the layering process. He has taught me how to edit with ease. He makes sure you understand what he has done before moving on and is generous with his time when you have questions. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, Kelvin moves at YOUR pace and does not move on until you fully understand the task at hand. I will continue classes with Mr. Kelvin for the foreseeable future. He is a pleasure to work with. He is a very intelligent, kind and understanding mentor. I would recommend him to anyone. :)
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Jack E. December 26, 2014
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is an accomplished and effective teacher who makes online lessons both enjoyable and stimulating. He quickly spots bad tendencies so that they can be corrected early in the process and thus prevent future problems. Kelvin is personable, professional and knows what he's talking about. I look forward to each lesson to see what the next challenge will be and to get to spend time with Kelvin.
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 myself 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

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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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MaryL September 21, 2010
Jack's Mom

Will is a great teacher. Jack's interest in guitar and other musical instruments has increased since he started lessons with Will.
Christopher M. Chicago, IL

Using patterns in life, transcribed to sound, in an elegant fashion that appeals to the human ear. Our mission is to connect our inner thoughts and feelings to each other is the beauty of communication. This is an art that must be practiced.

About Christopher

Currently developing the music program at "The Chicago Ballet Center", which includes a private music studio located in the Chicago Six Corners business district (Cicero & Irving Park). Working together with Keys4Kids organization, the "Violin Center of Chicago", "PianoForte Foundation", as well as other recognized music institutions to deliver the best possible education for musicians of all ages. 1. I am comfortable teaching private or group lessons for Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory, and Composition. 2. I have lifelong experience in the arts from private lessons, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Columbia College Chicago. (B.A. in 2014) 3. My specialties are classical music and modern rock genres. My recent history begins from my ...

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Victoria M. November 4, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Christopher is a Great Teacher.

I am so glad I found him to be my Grandsons violin teacher. Kevin is 8 yrs. old and never played an instrument before. Christopher really knows how to relate to him on his own level. He makes learning easy and fun. Kevin looks forward to his weekly lesson and has learned so much already.
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Elizabeth W. November 2, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Chris is awesome! He makes my son's lessons fun and challenging. He "read" my son and has quickly built a strong rapport with him. Really happy we found him.
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Jennifer V. July 25, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is very nice and a great teacher!!

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