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Kirk M.

Joliet, IL

About Kirk

About two decades ago, I bought my first guitar from a pawn shop in Las Vegas and have been playing and loving music ever since. During and after college, I spent most of my time in the music scene of Las Vegas. I also spent much of that time (about 12 years) studying and gathering information about playing and music composition.

Benefits from taking these lessons...
I have decades of music theory education, self teaching and playing experience. The unique lesson course I have developed can easily benefit any student. From the very first lesson, I teach the universal language o
f music theory (the structure of all music) and show how to apply the theory. A student can then apply the same knowledge to any instrument, including singing. The student can also read music, write songs, improvise, understand how to make music, and know why music works the way it does. Once a student has mastered the basics of music structure, they can play and sing with other musicians and even teach other people, how to play.

What students can expect when taking lessons?
Upon arriving at my home, the student will be greeted by my smiling face. We will then continue to the roomy, open and comfortable studio space, featuring computers and musical instruments for both the student and the teacher. We will start by talking about the student'™s goals, ambitions and about how much or little the student already knows about playing the music theory. We will also talk about what will be expected and go over a basic outline of what will be taught. At the same time, I will be taking notes so we can monitor the student's desired progress in the future. We then immediately start the lessons at the very beginning of basic music theory, no matter what the student already knows or does not know. We will go through the lessons as fast as the student's previous knowledge allows or as slow as the student'™s limitations dictate. Before leaving, the student will be reminded what to practice and receive a small preview about upcoming lessons (I do this to keep them motivated and excited). Throughout every lesson, I continually remain aware of the student's facial expressions and struggles. I will stop to explain the lessons in more detail if needed and/or assure the student that we will continue to go over it again until they fully understand everything and are comfortable continuing.

What curriculum is being used?
I teach using the timeless system of music theory as applied to the guitar, piano and voice. This form of learning music, educates the student, in a way that reading music notation, tablature or memorizing a few songs can not. By learning music this way right from the beginning, a student understands what makes music sound great.

Are the lessons strict or laid back?
I show students how music is structured in an easy laid back way, which students of all ages can understand and enjoy practicing. All my students and I have lots of fun learning this way, by actually learning and not just memorizing. Nothing makes me feel better than seeing a students face light up with those many "œah ha" moments of understanding!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitars
Classical Guitars
Piano Keyboard
Music composing software
Singing software & apps
Amplifiers
Guitar effect sound processor
Mobile apps. mixers and more...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment, but do provide paperwork or web samples. I expect my students to have a guitar, piano or keyboard at home, to practice with.

*** Specialties ***
I use a trademarked method program I created for a software program which gives students routine theory exercises in a logical order to show how all the popular musical elements work and relate together. Then I teach them to apply what they learned to song writing. I specialize in rock and pop music.
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Lisa Q. May 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Kirk did a great job with my son Nicholas. Nicholas started playing when he was 11 years old. Kirk kept him interested and excited about the guitar. Kirk is relaxed and relates well. He has an enormous amount of patients. Kirk also works very well with ever adjusting schedules.
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Mike H. August 14, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Hi I have been messing around with the guitar for 40 years no lesson I have had 3 lessons with Kirk my understanding of what I am doing has increased unbelievably. If you're looking for someone to help you understand what you are doing with the guitar I highly recommend Kirk.
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Autumn P. December 21, 2013
Music Theory
Great Teacher!

Kirk is an extremely patient teacher who caters to each student’s needs and abilities while pushing him or her forward in their music education. His extensive background and many years of experience qualify him to teach students at all levels.
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Kirk M.

Kirk M.

Joliet, IL 60431
(3)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Gwendolyn F.

Harvey, IL

About Gwendolyn

I began playing the piano at the ripe old age of 3 on a toy piano I received for Christmas. My parents began my formal lessons the following Spring with a private teacher who stayed with me until I graduated from High School. I was awarded a four year scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago by my church to continue my studies. I added Voice to my studies there. I went on to study Orchestration, Conducting and Theory at I.S.N.U., Drama at C.T.C. upon returning from I.S.N.U and began to develop my Production Company in the early 70's. Since then I have produced numerou
s productions showcasing the talents of young and old while I pursued my Corporate career in Administration. My private students range from 5 years to 87 years although currently I specialize in teaching Seniors how to fill their retirement years with music. After running a Senior Community Center for several years, I realized a lack of artistic outlets for Seniors and began encouraging those who attended my Center to take up an instrument. I have had the joy of teaching many Seniors how to surprise their mates with beautiful music after only 6 months of lessons.

As for the younger generation, it is a proven fact that many children do better in school after learning to play an instrument especially the piano. Fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination and physical strength in hands and arms is also enhanced with the study and practice of the piano more so than any other instrument. Many piano students discover other talents and go on to participate in talent shows, school performances, and church pageants. The fun of being able to sit down and make music for your own enjoyment is almost as much fun as playing for the enjoyment of others. I look forward to continuing to share my love of music and the skills to play for yourself with students from Take lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
For Adults we discuss their goals and I come up with a plan that we can both agree on to get them there within reason. For children and all beginning students I start with the basics. We learn the keyboard, and the corresponding notes on the music staff. Treble Clef, and Bass Clef become new words in your vocabulary. After you learn your way around the keyboard and the Music Staff we start on the next important part of music, rhythm. I use a variety of percussion instruments and recorded music to teach the various time signatures depending on the age of the student. This makes it more relevant and enjoyable when they can relate to the music they listen to everyday and pick out the time signatures, By now you can read music even if slowly at first, and the addition of rhythm makes it more fun to play. This usually happens within the first six months for children, and the first three months with Adults. Practice is essential , and I recommend that each student practice for 1/2 hour increments up to 2 hours a day depending on their age. I also use scales to help improve dexterity and strengthen the fingers. Students are recorded to track their progress and for me to listen to their lessons and spot problems for correction. I also work with performers in perfecting their stage presence and audition skills. With today's opportunities to become overnight stars with just a video, you want to maximize your chances in any way you can. As a producer of many shows and concerts, I can help make that happen for you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the percussion, recorder and recorded material.

Student: Purchase recommended material. Provide your own instrument, and computer or lap top if possible . Internet access not necessary but helpful.
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EllisV May 1, 2012
Gwendolyn is a wonderful instructor. She is patient and kind. My daughter enjoys her lessons.
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Gwendolyn F.

Gwendolyn F.

Tinley Park, IL 60477
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Kellyann W.

Bolingbrook, IL

About Kellyann

From a young age, I was enamored with music and blessed to have parents who encouraged this passion by providing me with a variety of lessons. It is a privilege to pass on this love of music through lessons to a new generation of learners!

I have a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education and Sacred Music with emphases in piano and voice from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA, and have taken several graduate level professional development courses that have enhanced my abilities as a musician and teacher.

Throughout my high school and college careers, I was involved in many mus
ical groups, so I know the challenges that accompany the pursuit of excellence and a full schedule. This has given me an understanding of students' needs while maintaining high expectations.

I am a substitute teacher as well, currently working for Plainfield 202 and Valley View 365U, and I have connections with Indian Prairie 204. Because of this, I have completed background checks with the Will County and DuPage County Regional Offices of Education.

Along with teaching, I love using music at church and for fun at home with my husband, Tim. We also enjoy many other activities together like bike-riding, cooking, hiking, camping, and playing with our loveable goldendoodle Max (who stays outside or in a closed bedroom during lessons).

I moved to Bolingbrook in mid-2013 and thoroughly enjoy our friendly neighborhood just north of Independence Elementary School. I look forward to welcoming you to my in-home studio!
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Deborah Loving June 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kellyann is amazing! She made me feel comfortable and was very patient. Can't wait for my next lesson.
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Tita B. June 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's very knowledgeable! very nice! Totally recommend!
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Layla B. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was excellent. Learned more in first lesson than in all lessons put together with the last teacher ! Friendly and engaging.
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Kellyann W.

Kellyann W.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Fran B.

Joliet, IL

About Fran

As a professional clarinetist, Fran Beaudry is a strong advocate of instrumental music education. She has over 30 years' experience in musical education and performance. She is active in several church and community bands and orchestras, as well as being a professional freelance clarinetist. She holds a studio in Joliet, Illinois.

For more information, visit her website at http://www.beaudrytunes.com/

Lesson details:
half-hour sessions will take the student through standard method books, scales and etudes to help develop different techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in pe
rformance as an outlet for their skills. We will also use technology to enhance these time honored techniques; such as recording and online assignments for enrichment.
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Iliana June 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Fran is so enthusiastic about music! You can tell by the way she teaches that she has a love for music. She has so much experience, which you can notice by her good ear. Fran is great with her students, is patient, creative, and excited about teaching!
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Fran B.

Joliet, IL 60433
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Miriam-Rose L.

Tinley Park, IL

About Miriam-Rose

Hello! My name is Miriam-Rose, and I have been teaching violin/fiddle to students of all levels and ages for over six years. I was trained classically in the Suzuki method from a very young age, and also have a significant background in traditional music, specifically Scottish fiddle. During my time at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, I created my own degree with a focus on Scottish music, and also became the third place winner of the 2012 National Scottish Fiddle Championship.

In addition to my background in music, I have a degree in Ballet Performance from the Jacobs Schoo
l of Music. I have been teaching ballet since 2010, and have taught and danced professionally here in the Chicago area since 2013.

Thanks, and I look forward to working with you!
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Catherine T. April 14, 2015
Ballet · In home
Verified Student
Miriam arrived right on time, prepared and ready to go. She worked with the space I had, and was very patient. As an adult beginner, learning something new can be intimidating, but she made the lesson very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to next week!
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Kelly S. April 7, 2015
Violin · In studio
Our family cannot speak highly enough of Miriam-Rose and her talent and teaching ability. She is still, by far, our 10-year-old daughter's favorite IU student violin teacher. Miriam-Rose has such a gift for being an incredibly patient and supportive teacher, yet she is firm and affective in her corrections. Our daughter learned so much in just the short time she was instructed by her. She is such a caring, friendly and fun person with lots of energy, and you can tell she loves what she does by the way she teaches. She will be a blessing to any student she instructs. We have two other daughters that also know her from the ballet world and she is known there as well for her talent, teaching and friendliness, which I think speaks volumes for the individual that she is. She is just an all-around wonderful and talented person who also happens to be a very gifted teacher. Students of any age will learn so much from her! We so appreciate what she has done for our family!!
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Anastasia F. March 27, 2015
Miriam-Rose is a talented violinist with a wonderful personality! Very professional, yet caring and friendly, she is great for students of any age. I've had the pleasure of working with her for several years now, and her dedication to excellence and passion for music combine to make her an excellent choice for anyone looking to further their studies on the violin.
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Miriam-Rose L.

Miriam-Rose L.

Tinley Park, IL 60477
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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