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Michael S.

Chicago, IL

About Michael

Like any musician, music is my life.

I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I'm that guy you see in the supermarket who is bobbing his head to the music over the intercom while picking up a loaf of bread.

Graduating as music major with a concentration in instrumental performance for guitar, I have developed many important skills that pertain to putting on a good show as well as being musically proficient. I have a love for Blues, Funk, Jazz an
d R&B music, and the ease of self expression in these genres. My undergraduate study combined with onstage experience has given me the time and instruction to learn how to blend with other musicians as well as share these concepts with students.

I have performed in various ensembles within Columbia College Chicago's curriculum as well as my Funk/Rock band Shaggwell where I write, sing and arrange original material. I have also had the privilege of performing with Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton, and being mentored by drummer Frank Donaldson of Rasputin's Stash and Ramsey Lewis.

*** Lesson Details ***
Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you?

I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed. A typical lesson plan will include sheet music reading skills (don't be scared it's easier than you think!), chord and scale knowledge, physical technique, and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love.

All of these concepts culminate to the discovery of your own personal voice. Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private practice space in my home. Large room with multiple amps and guitars, so no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! Steps away from Belmont Blue line stop!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a music stand (if needed) and handouts for certain subjects.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Blues, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Jazz fusion styles. My studies centered around music performance in college so I have extensive knowledge on how to operate on stage and pull a concert together.
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William M. March 17, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Michael takes your current abilities and your goals to tailor lessons best suited for you. You can tell that he is very passionate about the guitar, music, and teaching music. He makes the lesson interesting. I would recommend Michael S. to anyone who is looking for a great Guitar Instructor.
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Danny R. March 5, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mich has been a great teacher. Not only is he an awesome guitarist but the way he teaches is so genuine and helpful. He plans out my weekly lesson and what I have to practice for the next time. I look forward to my lesson every week and I've learned so much in the past few weeks. I would definitely recommend him!
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Kyunglok S. February 28, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Michael is a great teacher. He really cares about his students and takes teaching seriously. Currently, I am learning Jazz and Blues from him, and it is so much fun to learn new licks, theories, and applications. Michael really tries hard not to make me feel bored. He sends out weekly practice schedules after each lesson, which I think is very helpful. Overall, I think I was very fortunate that I have him as a teacher. I highly recommend Michael as your guitar teacher.
p.s. you can learn jazz and blues via Skype, which I think is super-cool.
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Michael S.

Michael S.

Chicago, IL 60618
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starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL

About Tracy

I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new
skill they master.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio finished and separate from house

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

*** Specialties ***
I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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Susan V. October 29, 2014
In studio
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her weekly flute lessons and is enjoying band in school much more thanks to her lessons with Ms. Tracy!
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Kerry V. July 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is fantastic! She's so enthusiastic and excited about what she is teaching. She's very encouraging and patient too. I'm having a great time learning to play the cello!
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Inez M. May 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is not only delightful but works extremely well with children. She is very knowledgeable about music in general and we are going to upgrade our singing lessons to include piano lessons.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Veronica K.

River Grove, IL

About Veronica

I began my own piano studies at age 10 and voice studies at age 15. I have been teaching private piano and voice lessons for almost 8 years to students of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. I received my BA with a focus in music performance (piano and voice) from Columbia College Chicago.  I also received my MA in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.  With that combination of skills, I know how to teach music, pass on an appreciation for music, and develop a rapport with students and families alike. I can teach many styles of piano and voice, and I teach my studen
ts the proper music theory and vocabulary in order to make their education well-rounded and transferable to multiple musical settings and instruments. My own experience includes solo performance, ensemble/band performance, theater performance, songwriting, and arranging ... in addition to just practicing piano and voice songs that I like!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am somewhere between strict and laid back. I definitely want my students to master the skills I teach them, but I don't have a time line for mastery as I believe everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. I encourage regular practicing, but I also encourage practicing in moderation in order to avoid burn-out. I use a variety of curriculum depending on the student's level, age, instrument (piano or voice), and musical goals. In general, a young student will have learned the most fundamental aspects of their instrument and be ready to start performing after about one year of lessons. If the student is older, this process may be faster. I do ask that any young voice students (under 10 years) to either begin with a year or two of piano lessons or take piano lessons in tandem with voice lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a microphone, sound system, baby grand piano, and electric piano in my home studio. I also have many, many music books.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach all styles of piano and all contemporary styles of voice, beginner to intermediate/advanced. I am trained in classical piano and jazz/blues piano, and with that background, I am able to teach many other styles, including accompaniment skills. I am trained in musical theater and jazz/blues voice, and I have been trained extensively in classical techniques, although I do not sing opera.

When I teach any beginners in piano, I always use method books. I also reference some books to help my voice students understand the mechanisms going on in their body. With more advanced students, I tend to pick challenging pieces out of the variety of books I have in my studio (too many to list), or I help them work on the pieces they bring to me.
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Zerrin B. October 4, 2013
Piano
Outstanding Piano instruction!

My son has taken piano lessons from Ms. Kott for over 3 years now, and we cannot say enough about her. She is that rare combination of encouraging, enthusiastic, yet serious teacher that you hope to find for your child. Not only has our son learned the basics, he has also learned theory along the way. She is reliable, relatable, and a great gauge of their personalities. I would, and do recommend her to everyone. In fact, this year my younger son has started lessons too! If you'd like a teacher who will help your child learn in a supportive, encouraging, yet professional environment, Ms. Kott is the perfect teacher for you.
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Veronica K.

Veronica K.

River Grove, IL 60171
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Justin C.

Chicago, IL

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.

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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.

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

Chicago, IL

About Nicholas

I was born in the West Suburbs and began playing bass during high school. I moved to the city to attend music school at Columbia College Chicago, which I concluded with honors in the Spring of 2013. Since then, I have had the opportunity to play with a variety of bands at venues such as the House of Blues, Cubby Bear, Abbey Pub, Elbo Room, and others. With a firm grasp on a variety of styles of bass playing, such as pop, R&B, rock, alternative, blues, jazz, etc., I have had the opportunity to perform with numerous artists making original music in Chicago. Over the past year, I have also spent
time touring on a national and international level with the Nick Moss Band, a blues outfit based in Chicago.

With a style firmly rooted in traditional music theory, I have a strong grasp over the concepts upon which 99% of Western Music is built, from modern pop songs to the compositions of J.S Bach. That, combined with a very strong musical ear, gives me the ability to learn and teach music by ear or on paper, a valuable skill that any musician can use to their benefit.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me can be expected to not only go into the basic techniques of bass playing, but beyond that to the application of music theory, ear training, sight reading, etc. I don't just want to make you a great bass player, but a great musician.

Lessons with me are as rigorous as you want them to be; I don't believe in putting down students who don't have time in a week to devote hours of their time to the concepts discussed the previous week. We all have busy lives, and every student is different, so you will call the pace for our lessons together. If you are in a position to dedicate yourself to the instrument, I guarantee that there will be no shortage of material to which I can introduce you.

Here's a rundown of things I hope to work on with my students:

-Basic technique, such as finger position, plucking methods, and exercises to practice these skills
-Practical music theory, such as the fundamentals of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and how to apply these to learning new music or writing original material
-Ear training exercises to aid in discerning bass parts without the "Guess the Note" game
-The ability to read standard music notation for bass (sheet music) as well as how to interpret chord charts
-The ability to transcribe efficiently. This means listening to a track of your choosing and writing out the entire bass line from beginning to end.
-Standard rehearsal etiquette to build discipline, an invaluable tool for any musician in a rehearsal scenario
-Anything you have questions about! If you ever have a song with a favorite bass part that you would like help in figuring out, I would be more than happy to help you.

Let me emphasize that I have no intention of giving my students more than they can handle. The above list is an outline of the services I can offer, but is not a requirement for all students. Again, I will work at the pace that you decide, and help facilitate your development as a musician. That, above all, is my top priority.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are asked to have an amp and bass on hand. I will bring my own bass, but no amplifier.

*** Online Lesson Details ***
Students need to have a webcam on their PC/laptop with a bass and amplifier, so that I can hear them well over the internet.

*** Specialties ***
I'm proficient in most/all genres of American popular music dating back to the fifties, be it Blues, R&B, Rock, Soul, Alternative, Folk, etc.
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Michael S. January 6, 2015
Bass Guitar
As a fellow music instructor I know a great teacher when I see one and Nick is one of the best. His high level of musicianship and extensive knowledge inspires everyone around him.

Aside from being an amazing player, Nick is a kind and reliable person. He is great at breaking concepts down and explaining them in a clear way, which is essential for helping students through their most difficult challenges.

If you are looking to become the bass player of your dreams, Nick is your man!
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Doug L. November 10, 2013
Bass Guitar
Great students make great teachers!

Nick was my bass student at Columbia College - he also studied with Chuck Webb. He was an excellent student, always motivated. punctual, enthusiastic and right on top of all the assignments.

He has turned into a terrific professional player and will make a fantastic bass teacher. He knows the instrument inside out and is an excellent communicator. I highly recommend him to teach you or your child the bass guitar.

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Kelsey M. October 31, 2013
Bass Guitar
A wonderfully knowledgable teacher and mentor

Nick has an immense amount of music theory and bass technique knowledge but I think the thing that sets him apart is his patience, reliability, passion, and his belief in others. Nick has a wonderful work ethic and will work hard to provide his student's with whatever they need.
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Nicholas F.

Nicholas F.

Chicago, IL 60630
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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