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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL

I have been working with beginner through intermediate mallet and timbales players for eighteen years.

About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies. *** Lesson Details *** With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance.

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Cheryl F. December 14, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Always has something to challenge you

Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging.
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Christopher M. October 29, 2012
Drum
Verified Student
**Excellent** drum instructor, highly recommended

Jeff is everything you'd want in a drum instructor: he is highly skilled, has thorough knowledge of drumming styles and technique, and he is an excellent communicator. On top of that he is thoughtful, polite and listens carefully. This is all a very, very rare combination.

I had to play a couple of slow gospel tunes for a church service this summer; Jeff very quickly found suitable and tasteful grooves for me that were within my capability to play. He also worked with me on some rudiments and provided invaluable feedback. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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CarmenB3 April 10, 2012
Carmen B

Jeff is a very good teacher, he's very kind and takes everything step by step. I love the way he works with me and im doing great progress because of him.
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David B.

Chicago, IL

Professional percussionist with experience on a variety of instruments; work experience includes the Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, and Colorado Music Festival

About David

Originally from Indiana, David has been teaching music in both the private and public school sectors for 12 years. Getting his start as a drumline instructor with only 4 students, David soon expanded his teaching to include both guitar and piano, which he studied under Frank Puzzulo (of Miles Davis' group) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Upon graduating Ball State, David moved to Colorado to study jazz and classical music with Dr. Douglas Walter, an accomplished percussionist who is known for his versatility and multiple percussion talents. He also studied piano and guitar in his off time, jamming with several rock and jazz groups both in and out of school. In 2006, David left the college scene with a Masters in Music and moved to Florida where he began his ...

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Kim B. March 12, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher!
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Linda G. February 24, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Super patient, encouraging and helpful. My only problem is that my lesson is TOO short - wait I can fix that now!
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Ann H. October 18, 2014
Percussion · Online
Verified Student
David is great working with my 8 year old daughter. He is very patient, friendly, and outgoing. He quickly adapted to her specific needs and skill level since she has already had some lessons, instead of trying to start her all over from square one. Highly recommended!
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Rob D.

Chicago, IL

As with my drum students, I have an extensive pedagogic and performance background with many other percussion instruments, including: keyboard percussion, auxiliary percussion, hand drums, and timpani.

About Rob

Hello! So glad you've taken a moment to check out my page. I am a graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, having received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. I have been teaching full-time for two years, and while I enjoy what I do in the school setting, nothing quite satisfies me as much as helping others one-on-one; it's just more personal and meaningful to me! I am a drummer and percussionist by trade, but I also have solid basic facility on piano and guitar. As far as my experiences go, I have performed in the following types of ensembles: -Symphonic band -Wind ensemble -Philharmonic orchestra -Percussion ensemble -Jazz, ska, rock, and brass bands -WGI (Winter Guard International) -DCI (Drum Corps International) I have also completed two ...

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Alisa A. May 7, 2014
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Rob is an excellent teacher. He has done a great job teaching our ten-year old daughter. We are not only impressed by his teaching ability, but also his flexibility, reliability, and punctuality. I highly recommend him as a music/guitar teacher.
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Gina S. February 21, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher!

Rob has been a very wonderful teacher. My kids are very comfortable with him and have enjoyed the lessons. Rob is very patient and caring. Kids have learned alot in just 3 lessons. I will make sure I refer Rob to all my friends.
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Peter M.

Chicago, IL

I teach all ages and skill levels. I have taught young children (from age 5) as well as teens and adults. I enjoy teaching all types of students and always tailor my lessons to the ability and personality of the student.

About Peter

I am a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a bachelors in jazz drum set performance. I have toured with various bands in the US, Asia, and Europe and recently completed six months of teaching, studying, and performing music in Brazil. I teach all levels and all styles of music, from Rock to Jazz to Latin-American rhythms. In my lessons I maintain a healthy balance of drum basics (rudiments, stick technique) and helping the students learn the music that would like to play. Learning the fundamentals gives students the tools they need to be creative as possible. I can prepare students for school band and jazz band auditions as well as prepare them to play in a band of their own! *** Lesson Details *** I always spend a good part of each lesson working with students on ...

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Brandon O. February 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great guy and he knows a lot of great stuff. Also apparently can read Brazilian. Gave me a good deal of stuff to work on in the latin and Brazilian world. I Recommend this man!

Knows his stuff. And can play.
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William M. February 7, 2014
Drum
Learn the fundamentals and how to groove

Peter is one of the best drummers I know. I had the opportunity to take lessons from him a couple years ago and he gave me the tools I needed to feel comfortable and confident on a drumset. He stresses proper technique and rhythmic precision. He also showed me how to play grooves I wanted to learn. A great all around musician and teacher. Highly recommended.
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Zack M.

Chicago, IL

College Level Percussion Ensemble experience. Studied under Mike Green (Principal Timpanist, Lyric Opera). Any and all percussion instruments welcome. I do teach 4 mallet marimba as well.

About Zack

Zack M. has a large amount of teaching and performance experience. With a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University's prestigious School of Music, Zack has been able to teach in many different settings. Whether its running the Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Drumline at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, working as a clinician for jazz combos and big bands at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview and Deerfield High School in Deerfield, or teaching as a private instructor at Puzon's Musical Instruments in Lansing, Zack has been able to work with many different age groups and people of many different skill levels. Zack also performs regularly in the city of Chicago with many groups, including: Bumpus, Terrible Spaceship, ...

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Daniel R. February 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Zack has been giving my daughter drum lessons for almost 4 years. They started working together and she had never played drums before. Anna, my daughter, can now play a drum kit and she sounds amazing. Zack has made the learning process fun and engaging for a six year old teaching her the basics and helping her progress over the course of weekly lessons. Zack pushes my daughter and encourages her constructively to practice and enjoy the drums. I thought her desire for drums was the latest fad, but she is 4 years into it and going strong. I thank Zack for making it fun and for teaching in a way that allows her to continuously improve, keeps her interest, and helps her learn about music and the drums so that at 10 years old, she is a really cool drummer and she loves it. I highly recommend Zack to teach music to your child.
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Michael B. February 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Zack is a fantastic teacher. I started taking lessons with Zack five years ago, and I knew absolutely nothing about drums or how to play. Together, we created a teaching plan that would be the most beneficial in my learning experience. Aside from teaching me how to play drums, Zack has also taught me to be confident in myself, and he has always been a great friend to me. I know that I will never be done taking lessons from Zack because there is always more that he can teach me.

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