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Paul W.

Chicago, IL

About Paul

I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it
on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am also a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
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Stephanie R. August 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Paul is a very patient instructor, given that I have no experience. His lessons do a nice job of building on each other. I like how he incorporates things I like to do, but challenges me to develop other skills as well. I would definitely recommend him.
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Joseph H. August 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is the best instructor.I lost count of how many lessons we had but we are on like on our 8th lesson and we are already learning Roundabout!He writes tabs into parts and it makes everything so much easier on me.If I could I would give him 10 stars because I take bass and guitar with him.
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Deadra C. August 13, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After playing electric guitar for about 30 years, self taught, I decided to learn to read music and play acoustic guitar. Taking lessons with Paul has been a great experience. He has helped me accelerate my learning and is very knowledgeable in music.
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$20 / 30-min
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Chaetan N.

Chicago, IL

About Chaetan

Having played music for as long as I can remember (my father is an accomplished Jazz and Soul drummer), music has always been a key ingredient in my life. From playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme on the drum set as a toddler, I have gone on to learn electric/classical/lap steel guitar, electric/upright bass, various keyboard instruments, most percussion instruments, and many old time instruments such as banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, and harmonica. I'm currently teaching myself viola.

In addition to the performing aspect of music, I am also experienced with writing/composition, recor
ding/engineering/mixing/production, and design/manufacturing/distribution/vending of my own albums as well as those of others. However, none of these things bring me the same joy as teaching the ways of music to others. Fortunately, all of these skills integrate to bring about a clear view of the big picture in regards to music so I can better serve a wider variety of pupils and quickly reveal this big picture to all of them.

While I have indeed put a lot of time in touring and playing rowdy rock shows with many critically acclaimed and well-known musicians, I have also taken countless years of public and private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, piano, music theory, and songwriting from highly decorated and regarded teachers. As a child, I played in a nearly overwhelming amount of ensembles and attended various camps and seminars including Cannon Music Camp where I played with The North Carolina Symphony for two consecutive summers. This all prepared me for the Bachelors of Music I received from Berklee College of Music where I appeared on the Dean's List each semester. Now for the price of one instructor, you can learn from a man with as much knowledge as an entire faculty.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are a veteran trying to improve your chops, a beginner just looking for learn songs off the radio, or someone who wants to take the full plunge of understanding music in and out in hopes of renown mastery, I can do it all and more. Books? No books? You will be taught however you like at whatever speed works best. I provide a friendly, low-pressure atmosphere that will allow you to feel comfortable enough to reach your full potential. We will be having such a good time, you will forget to even be nervous!

Any genre you can name, I have taken at least a hearty sample of it and can instruct you in this vein with ease and insight. I also love to introduce my students to entirely new influences as well. There is more amazing music out there than you would think and even more to be created in the future. Come get in on it!

Group Lessons are available as well for the same rates as private lessons, so you cut the price in half as soon as you introduce a second student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private recording studio with guitars, basses, drum set, keyboards, amps, and an array of recording equipment. Seating for parents may be arranged as well. Guitar and bass students must bring their own guitar or bass. Sorry for any inconvenience, but DRUM LESSONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE "IN-HOME."

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own equipment, so they can practice on their own. For guitar and bass lessons, I will also bring my own guitar or bass to give them visual cues. For drum lessons, I will bring my own bag of sticks.

*** Specialties ***
All genres and techniques may be taught. My wide range of knowledge and years of experience within the realm of independent music set me apart from the rest, but my passion for developing your relationship with music is what you will remember.
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Amber F. June 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent. Keeps the student inspired!
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MeganR June 3, 2012
Great Beginner Guitar Lessons

I look forward to my weekly guitar lessons with Chaetan because he is a very knowledgeable, relaxed, and patient teacher. He tailors my lessons to meet my personal goals (learning those pinnacle acoustic songs). But as an exceptional instructor, he also guides me to meet goals he has for me as a student, such as learning to build chords on my own. The quality of his instruction has already increased my progress on the instrument. Overall, his talent and interest in music motivate me to practice so I am fortunate to have found Chaetan as my guitar teacher.
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PamS1 April 10, 2012
Excellent and Unique Teacher

Chaetan is a very friendly instructor who tailors his lessons to meet both the experience level and type of music a student is interested in. Chaetan has a lot of energy and makes the lessons fun. He appears to know every aspect of what he is teaching as well as plays other instruments. My daughter and I are both very happy with Chaetan.
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Chaetan N.

Chicago, IL 60607
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Keanon K.

Chicago, IL

About Keanon

I love everything about teaching! I love music; it is my life. I sleep, breathe and dream music. I am a Columbia University Chicago graduate; I graduated with a degree in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice. I have performed in numerous operas and musicals, as well as, sung on Gospel Cruises all around the world. In my eyes, the student is the main focus so whatever issues, concerns or request the student may have I will treat them with priority. I am all about strengthening the natural born talent and making my students the best vocalist they can be. I'm here to serve the students
and that is what I will do until they are confident in their gift...music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take music very seriously but at the same time I like my lessons to be fun and a joyous experience. I am very patient and helpful with any struggles that may seem too hard to the student. I will start my students off with the basic vocal warm ups and then move on to material that they would like to cover and if so the student doesn't have material to cover, I will present them with material. Being a singer is not easy at all, so I will challenge my students by giving exercises that challenge them to sing for proficient. I will also bring in material that is brand new and ask the students questions about the piece. The student is in the lesson to learn everything about music, so any type of material that I feel will benefit them and help them move closer to their goal, I will definitely present to them. After 3 to 6 months students will be able to sing in the 3 minor keys and the major key. The student will also have knowledge and know how to sing at least 3 different modes. The singer will know how to read basic sheet music and perform it with solfege. The singer will also have 4 songs of my choice or their choice mastered and ready to perform in front of an audience. Lastly, the singer will have knowledge of proper breath control while performing, usage of a microphone, and intonation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano/ Keyboard
Music Stand
Water

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, gospel and R and B singing.
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Warren L. June 7, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Singing Made Fun

Keanon knows his stuff. He knows how to challenge you to expand your range and he knows how to listen. He explains pertinent facts about singing and gives examples of what he expects, but he also lets you learn at your own pace. He is an excellent teacher. Now I just have to remember to breathe.
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GinaP June 11, 2012
Keanon has been a great teacher, encouraging me and urging me to challenge myself, while creating a comfortable environment where I feel can take on those challenges.
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ArliciaJ May 7, 2012
AMAZING

Keanon is GREAT with children . My daughter is 8 yrs old and has been taking lessons with him approximately 5 weeks. She ABSOLUTELY loves it and cannot wait til the next lesson . He has patience , technique , a beautiful voice, offers words of encouragment and constructive criticism. We have along way to go & Im sure by the end of our journey together, I Will b rating him 5 stars. :D
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Keanon K.

Keanon K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Melodie F.

Chicago, IL

About Melodie

Thank you for your interest! My approach to all instruction is based on blending student aspirations with traditional, yet flexible methods. I will always try to work with the paper music and workbooks the student already owns, and to tailor the lessons toward the most practical value. On the other hand, I believe the teacher has an ethical responsibility to provide at least a minimum of classical instruction.
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Specialties
Voice teacher: Classical technique and singing for general health and joy
Piano teacher: Sight-reading for fun and education
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udio Equipment: Small office room with digital piano (Roland KR-7)
Travel Equipment: - a pencil, some staff paper, a tuning fork, and hand sanitizer
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Thank you for being the kind of prospective student that reads carefully through my entire profile. If you think reading it is too much work, you should probably choose a different teacher.

An adult voice or singing lesson has a minimum duration of 45min. All other lessons may be 30min or longer.

Singing and Voice students should read Your First Singing Lesson, found on the subject page.

I might be able to travel within Wicker Park / Noble Square / East Village / Ukrainian Village. Travel fee is an additional $10 per lesson.

I accept Schedule-As-You-Go lessons, which means each lesson is scheduled on an individual, floating basis, with no standing appointment. I also accept a weekly "recurring" schedule, but not every other week. Repeating lessons must happen every week.

If the student is younger than 18, I must meet a parent/guardian before or at the first lesson. If the child's lesson is in my studio, the parent/guardian must see my studio before or at the first lesson. In my "studio" there is room for one student and one parent/guardian/friend. There is no room for any additional people. There is no waiting area, and the office is small.
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I have decades of experience teaching private music lessons and performing professionally. I teach beginning to advanced singing, and beginning to intermediate piano. I also teach beginning to intermediate music theory, but online only, adults only. My teaching studio is a small office in my small apartment near the intersection of Chicago & Ashland.

The teacher and the student (and the parents) share the responsibility to maintain and magnify the student's enthusiasm. I am excellent at helping adult singers discover the voices they have. I am very good at listening to children, to learn how best to motivate them toward their parents' goals and their own musical interests. I am also very good at breaking down complicated concepts into easier steps.

I honor the opportunity to share the joy of music with you.
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Lesson Details
REPEAT: Singing and voice students should read Your First Singing Lesson, found on the subject page.

Please keep all fragrances to a strict minimum. If you wear too much, I'll refuse to teach you.

Be aware there will be one cat nearby in my "studio."

Bring to the first lesson an inquisitive mind and any paper music you'd like to work with. If you don't have any paper music we can work with pencil, paper, and staff paper until we decide upon an approach.

Piano students should have clipped nails, and regular access to a keyboard with a minimum of 61 TRADITIONAL SIZE keys, preferably with touch sensitivity, 10-note polyphony, a sustain pedal, and a music stand.

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Music Theory is the only online subject offered, and is only offered online. Since it's online, I accept only adult students for this subject. If you'd like Music Theory lessons in my studio or at your home (limited travel options), sign up for Piano, and tell me you want piano lessons for music theory purposes.
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Carla E. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just finished my third lesson with Melodie and couldn't be happier. She is patient and accommodating while being knowledgeable and resourceful. I am very much a beginner and Melodie has been able to adjust my lessons accordingly. I am looking forward to my next lesson already!
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Raquel N. August 4, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We did a lot of breathing exercises that's going to help me be a better singer. We also did some exercises that'll eventually help me hit the notes I want to hit. I'm liking it so far.
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Larry July 23, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Melodie is a life-long musician whose deep knowledge and experience I enjoyed the benefit of while I was studying music theory in college. She had a knack for picking the perfect example and explanation to help understand concepts. She also made music come to LIFE when she would sing! Quite honestly, her talent and skills intimidated me - but she always was willing to share her JOY OF MUSIC without judgement. She always encouraged me to not just play music, but to FEEL the music, and pass that feeling to the audience. She doesn't just do this for a living. It is her passion - and it shows in the ongoing quality of her work.
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Melodie F.

Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kyle M.

Chicago, IL

About Kyle

Growing up in a family of musicians, Kyle has been playing trumpet since before he was big enough to hold it on his own. Since he started teaching trumpet in 2011, he has taught kids of all ages and skill levels.

In 2014, Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago. There, he performed with the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble, as well as a number of other ensembles covering many genres including jazz, pop, hip-hop and R&B. He also had the honor of performing in concert with Christian McBride, Paula Cole, jazz legend Benny Gols
on and many more.

Currently, Kyle teaches trumpet (and beginning guitar) throughout Chicago and the southwest suburbs, and performs with groups of varying styles around town. He believes trumpet is a cool instrument for many reasons, and he is eager to help aspiring players of all ages learn how to play it well.
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Andrew July 25, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Kyle is a great instructor that notices my bad habits and fixes them. He is good at using excercises and warmups to build technique, and selecting pieces of music to apply those techniques. He also gives advice on how to practice and cares about whether or not I am improving.
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Nabeela July 23, 2015
Trumpet · In home
My daughter is very easily distracted during her music lessons and Kyle somehow manages to keep her focused and on target. She is also a perfectionist and gets very upset when she doesn't do everything right the first time through. Kyle is very patient with her and encourages her to persevere. I don't think my daughter would have continued playing trumpet without the encouragement and enthusiasm Kyle has provided.
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Kyle M.

Kyle M.

Chicago, IL 60608
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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