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About Steven B.

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Elk Grove Village, IL
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I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
ademy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
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Caryn October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steven is very patient with new beginners and explained things thoroughly. He gave me the necessary tools to practice on my own until our next lesson .
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A.M. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Steven was beyond helpful. He is always prepared and open to as many questions as you can think of. And if you don't fully understand the answer, he'll take the time to answer in different ways, so that you're on the same page. He was also very helpful in setting up the lesson times and locations.

It was my first time trying the drums and I didn't have a drum set yet. Steven took the time to sit down with me and discuss which drum sets were good for the price.

Overall, this was a great experience!
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Melanee J. October 9, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I'm a true challenge since I am very green with little music capability. Great introduction with plenty to work on.
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About Myra M.

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Athol, MA
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Born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Ms. MacLeod has been immersed in music her entire life. At the age of five, she began her musical studies at the South End Music Center. In the 1970's, she began her performance career in the richly creative Cambridge-Boston folk scene. She has performed at weddings, festivals, regional coffee houses, contra dances, and local restaurants, as a solo musician as well as a member of groups such as "Blackstone Cúil," "Riverbend," "Frosty Morn," and "Patchwork."I bring a fusion of styles and techniques to my coaching.

I incorporate the most useful classical practices from traditional European, Suzuki, Bornoff method (Foundation for the Advancement of String Teaching), and guidelines from ASTA (American String Teachers Association) to give my students a solid base of correct posture, full tone,
and confidence with the instrument.
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Prudence May 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
Myra is an amazing instructor. My children love her teaching. She willingly give all that will make a student outstanding player beyound t he cost of the lesson. She is a friend, a great teacher a mother. What I love about her is get passion for teaching makes you not want to leave after the lesson. My dauggter never wants to leave. Enjoy her whiles available!!
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Casey May 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Myra is an absolutely phenomenal violin teacher. She began teaching me both fiddle and violin at the age of seven at her house. I had wanted to play my entire life, but had zero real experience. Myra taught me everything including things like where to rent the my instruments and when to move up sizes. I had an excellent time working with her, and she not only quickly taught me to play, but made it fun! She even helped me to construct a song book! Every week I would look forward to my violin lesson. I would TOTALLY suggest Myra to anyone who would like to learn the violin or fiddle, and even to people who just want to try it out! Though I have now continued to take more advanced lessons with other teachers, Myra was a superb teacher and by far my favorite to work with.
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Katherine May 24, 2018
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Myra is amazing! Her teaching methods are innovative, and her students leave each week excited to play their violin. Myra is patient and generous with her students. She has taught two of our children, and they love her and their violins.
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About Ken F.

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Brooklyn, NY

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A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
· Guitar ·
I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
· Piano ·
Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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adam baker March 24, 2016
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Ken is an outstanding musician/composer who I have had the privilege of taking lessons from for years up until I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music production career. My favorite part about Ken is his perceptiveness in teaching. He can always tell when i am not understanding something, and he will address it before I have to say "I don't get it." Which would keep my confidence level up during the lesson. He is also EXTREMELY versatile in his musical ability. I have come to him with everything from death metal, to impressionist classical, to electronica and he never skips a beat. He is very passionate about music, which transfers to his students easily due to his easy going nature, and natural skill for teaching. It is no exaggeration in my mind to say he is the best musician I have ever known personally. On top of all of this, Ken is an incredible song writer, and composer.... He does it all!
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About Marlayna G.

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Having been a musician for 25 years, I've played in some incredible ensembles with musicians from all over the world! Our high school band was one of the best in the state, which I was consistently at the top of my section.

I earned a clarinet scholarship to one of the best music institutions in the nation where I performed in the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Performing Les Miserables with original Broadway cast members is still my most favorite experience!

In college I also applied piano playing more seriously. Students seeking to learn the fundamentals will be served well in my studio!

The most important thing at Grow Your Gift is to accomplish your music dreams and be proud of your hard work every step of the way! Lessons are completely private and at your own pace.
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Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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About Rebecca L.

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Baldwin, NY
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I have worked professionally as a singer and actor for over twelve years, having performed on Broadway in Lincoln Center's Tony-winning Revival of "South Pacific" with Paulo Szot, Laura Osnes, and Danny Burstein and toured the country with Rob McClure and Anika Larson in the First National Tour of "Avenue Q." I have an MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, graduated summa cum laude, and was the only female recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for Vocal Performance. My BA is in Arts and Education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I'm currently signed with Roth and Associates East.

Over 90% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.
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Brandon May 11, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
Very attentive, kind and understanding.
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Greg April 20, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Becca has been very instrumental to the enhancement of my voice acting career! She goes above and beyond for you and truly loves and cares about what she's doing!

She really stands out because she is incredibly knowledgeable, resourceful, and has the perfect amount of charisma where she is encouraging and builds your confidence, at the same time is very honest and to the point!

She knows how to delve into your full potential with your voice and I look forward to receiving further lessons as needed!

Every penny and then some, is worth her training!
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Nikolete February 21, 2018
· Acting · Online
Rebecca makes me feel comfortable when acting and as a shy person that is amazing! She dosent tell u if you are a bad actor or if you are going to make it as an actor she helps you improve and tells you what u are already good at and what we could work on. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to do this!
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About Diego R.

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Washington, DC

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My main focus is to help you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. I tailor every lesson to each individual to ensure you are learning in a style that best suits your needs. Whether you are interested in rock, blues, country, jazz or any other style of guitar, I will work to make sure that you achieve your potential.

What you will learn: On top of guitar technique and performance skills, students will develop a strong foundation in music theory, ear training, and note reading.

My info: 7 years of experience teaching beginners to advanced guitar students. Bachelors in Music, specializing in Jazz Guitar performance.
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Patrick April 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I left my first lesson feeling confident which is a first when it comes to past lessons I have taken with other instructors
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About William N.

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Los Angeles, CA
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After moving to LA to pursue my Masters in tuba performance (after graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory), I quickly established myself, winning a spot as a sub in the San Luis Obispo Symphony, volunteering as a teacher for the YOLA at HOLA program, and making it to the finals in the SoCal regional mock audition, held by LA Philharmonic tubist Norm Pearson.

Lessons with me are focused on giving you the tools you need to grow as a musician. I am dedicated to guiding my students toward the playing fundamentals and discipline they need to reach any goal, musical or not.

Though I am primarily focused on orchestral playing, I am highly experienced in chamber music (I lead the UCLA Gluck Fellowship Quintet), wind band, and marching band. I have the skills, know-how, and connections to guide you toward whatever your musical goals may be.
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About Brian J.

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Hi, I'm currently on faculty at the logos school of music as professor of trombone. I have performed with many Orchestras in the Chicago area such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, and am the principal trombonist of the Logos Symphony Orchestra.

My goal as a teacher is to keep the students interested. To me, the most important thing for my students is to truly feel connected with what they're doing. I hope with love and dedication towards their craft, that they will excel further than they first imagined.
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