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Caleb M.

Chicago, IL

About Caleb

Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and bi
g-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 5 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
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Samm November 23, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Caleb is the best trumpet instructor I have ever had! He is thorough, explains his methods and why he is teaching what he is teaching, helps his students develop good practices that will be extremely beneficial down the line, and is flexible with how to structure a lesson depending on what you want out of it. On top of all that, he is amiable, interesting, and professional. I feel very good taking trumpet lessons from a professional trumpet player; especially this one.
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Megan L. November 21, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
My daughter very much enjoyed her first lesson with Caleb, and is very much looking forward to more! He is knowledgeable and easy to work with.
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jon November 1, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Good start to lessons. Look forward to learning more.
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Caleb M.

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$35 / 30-min
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Melodie F.

Chicago, IL

About Melodie

Label me Traditional, or Classical, or even Persnickety, but we all transcend labels. I can perform opera, simplify unifying concepts, teach folk singing, direct a church choir, suggest country repertoire, coach performance charisma, and even officiate a marriage ceremony as a Dudeist Priest. I also bake a mean pie.

I welcome you to consider me, a teacher with decades of experience, for casual yet traditional private music lessons. My residential studio is near the Ashland & Chicago intersection. I teach private lessons in singing, piano, and music theory. As partners, the student and I bui
ld a plan, balancing current aspirations with traditional methods, keeping practical value in mind. I recommend a weekly recurring lesson appointment, but I also allow Schedule-As-You-Go. That means you may schedule a lesson when you want one, subject to availability, instead of holding a repeating weekly time slot.

If you don't have a place to practice singing, don't take singing lessons. If you don't have regular access to a piano, or at least a minimally acceptable keyboard, don't take piano lessons. You can take beginning theory lessons with a plastic recorder flute, if that's all you've got, but a polytonal keyboard is much better.

Singing and Voice:
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced. All Singing and Voice students must read the section Your First Singing Lesson, found on each subject page. Ages 12-99. Adult singing lessons have to be at least 45min long, and are available in my office, online, and maybe off site. Ask about specialized "choir" lessons for individual sessions in choral technique and repertoire. See more details on each subject page.

Piano:
Beginning up to intermediate. Ages 12-99. Available only in my office or maybe off site. I don't teach piano online. See more details on each subject page.

Music Theory:
Rudimentary and Beginning students only. Ages 12-99. Available in my office, online, and maybe off site. See more details on each subject page.

Prices for my office in Chicago near 800N/1600W, or online: (where available) 30min for $25, 45min for $36, 60min for $46. If you live within a mile of the Chicago Ave / Ashland Ave intersection we can discuss the possibility of me coming to your location for an additional $15 per lesson. You may ask about ages 7-11 or group rates for your location.

Some important details to consider: My home is not child proof; the apartment is a high 2nd FLR walk-up; one cat will be present near my office; if you use too much fragrance of any kind I will refuse to breathe in your vicinity.

You, and all students, must ACCEPT THE STRICT CANCELLATION POLICY. There is no makeup, rescheduling, or refunding of any lessons no-showed or cancelled later than 24hrs prior. Students can provide excuses (like acute illness) and request forgiveness for late cancellations, but expect no mercy for no-shows. Officially, if you have a lesson scheduled in less than 24hrs and you haven't already changed or cancelled it, you are paying for it unless I'm the one that changes it.

Check out my links, and make some decisions. I might be the instructor you're looking for.

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haju L. November 14, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Melodie is a great teacher-caring, funny, empathic, and enthusiasitic. she is a good listener, too. this is our fourth week. and she evaluates my progress weekly and revise her teaching material to make sure i understand the concepts and practice for improvement. she is fun to be around and has high expectation for her student, which motivates me to try hard.
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joseph October 3, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Melodie F is an excellent teacher who displays such a enthusiasm for voice teaching and eager to share her experience and knowledge as a voice teacher. today was the first day of our lessons and i and my wife are glad to have Ms Melodie F as our voice teach and can't wait to see her for our next lesson.
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Mark C. March 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson, very thorough and a lot more fun than I imagined a singing lesson would be. Looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Melodie F.

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$25 / 30-min
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Owen B.

Chicago, IL

About Owen

I am a university trained guitarist whose goal is to pass my love for music down to my students. Most of my students, whether child or adult, start as absolute beginners. Some have gone on to win auditions in collegiate music programs, while others simply gain the ability to play their favorite songs. I have become the guitarist I am today because my teachers kept me inspired and having fun from the very beginning. Passing this on means each lesson entails a balance of playing, listening, technique, stories, and laughs!
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Pam November 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I enjoyed my first lesson with Owen. He was a good listener and he tailored the lesson to what interested in. I look forward to more.
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JoAnn T. November 12, 2016
Blues Guitar · Online
Verified Student
It was a good first session. Owen seems to be very patient,reassuring and positive. I enjoyed his instruction.
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Nicholas W. June 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He does a good job of explaining his expectations and is is great with kids.
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Owen B.

Owen B.

Chicago, IL 60647
(19)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL

About Lipeng

I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Peyton B. October 16, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
She loved it and Lipeng is so encouraging!
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Leah October 3, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking online violin lessons for the past few weeks and is loving it! Lipeng is helpful and inspires her to love what she is learning. She is very excited to show me the songs she is working on and she seems to be progressing very well from the excellent teaching she is getting. Great Instructor!
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Bailey B. October 2, 2016
Chinese · Online
Verified Student
Our first instructor. She is lovely, knowledgeable and professional.
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Lipeng C.

Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
(20)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nick G.

Chicago, IL

About Nick

Lessons from a working multi-platinum selling composer and music producer! Classically trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Nick can teach you how to create music that will launch or bring success to your career! Nick G., also known as world music artist Nicholas G., is a Yamaha sponsored artist who has written and self produced over 15 albums selling millions worldwide achieving 55 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Charts. His warm and and nurturing approach towards students as well as his ability to explain techniques in a simple and accessible manner make him an exceptional t
eacher. His songwriting, engineering and production skills are unparalleled amongst his peers and he is a proven / verifiable figure in the world of music on an international and highly respected level.

His music has been licensed and used by numerous companies such as Discovery Channel, Wynn Resorts, Universal, Sea World, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Bose Audio to name a few.

He currently produces and composes for the Electronic Dance Music act (We Are) Nexus who have received two iTunes top 100 dance and Billboard charting singles in their first two years. TakeLesson's recently published this article by Nick titled "15 Things You Must Do to Make it in the Music Industry": http://bit.ly/1LNR0J4

Nick is a long time voting member of NARAS, The Grammy’s, and is currently active within the Chicago Chapter.

In Nick's lessons you will learn:
– Conceptualizing and choosing the right song
– Lyric writing, top line melody and song construction
– Working with vocals and vocalists
– Laying the foundation for a successful song
– Recording all the elements, making the right choices
– Working with DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations) and how to get the most out of your tools
– Mixing, effect processing and learning objectivity
– Mastering and finalizing your project
– Exposure, getting your track heard. The do’s and don'ts of the music industry
– Follow up. Keep producing and creating from what you have learned. I can be a valuable team member for you and add you to my business network.
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Ryan November 19, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons from Nick for a few weeks now, and he has great insight into building songs from the bottom up. Along with the technical aspect, he really helps you with the process of turning a rough idea into a polished track. I'm looking forward to continuing lessons with Nick!
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Nicole May 26, 2016
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next one.
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Solveig Whittle October 21, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online
Verified Student
Great critical feedback! Very professional and direct - no fluff.
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Nick G.

Nick G.

Chicago, IL 60607
(16)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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