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Derrick M.

Naperville, IL

"As a drummer I am more aware of the actual tracking part of the recording process (actually playing the drums), and what it takes to get a good track. Things like getting a good drum sound, and playing an appropriate part are only half the battle, and the easy half at that. Playing along to a click track (metronome), and the concept of playing ahead of the beat for more energetic feel, or behind the beat for a relaxed bluesy feel are strange at first, but once mastered make all the difference in the world. After approximately 100 recording sessions, I've also developed a feel for the software and mixing techniques most studio engineers employ now and days."

-Derrick M.

About Derrick

Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.

Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music sty
les ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to Chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importantly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and iPod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.

Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.
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Mikhail C. June 19, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was able to play a little right away, which made it more fun for him.
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Mike A. February 23, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Great with my daughter (age 7). She looks forward to her lesson every week, and is learning rapidly. He has great patience and has gotten to know my daughter and listens to her feedback while at the same time offering encouraging instruction.
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Shirley L. December 29, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Drum Teacher

My daughter had been taking private drum lesson for years before she started with Derrick. At the first lesson, Derrick told her how important it was to feel the music, other than just working on technique. That was exactly what she needed to work on. Derrick has a broad experience with playing different type of music. He likes to show her how to play, which helps her understand right away. He is very nice and patient. He is flexible and reliable in terms of lesson schedules. He uses lots of references, songs and exercises in his teaching. Now, my daughter enjoys her lessons and practices a lot more.
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Derrick M.

Derrick M.

Naperville, IL 60565
(7)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Eric M.

Villa Park, IL

I have a degree from Music Industry Workshop in Audio Mixing and Production. I produce tracks for the entertainers in our company.

About Eric

I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is v
ery productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.
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Riley D. May 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very enjoyable to have him.
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Alex E. November 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Eric was a perfect match for my 13 year old son. My son liked the fact that Eric could show him cords to practice immediately.
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Margie H. September 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He has a nice approach that makes you feel comfortable. Very patient and professional.
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Villa Park, IL 60181
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL

Learn recording, microphone techniques, MIDI, compression, mixing and more by getting hands on experience in the studio. We can also study music production using MIDI and Kontakt. Studio equipment: 76 Key Triton LE Keyboard, Maschine Controller, Pre-Sonus FirePod Audio Interface and a powerful music production computer packed with samples and software.

About Voytek

Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I
utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also very flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard. Also, a boombox/CD player may be necessary if we need to play with some backing tracks.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
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Jeremy X. April 5, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My son is only 6 years old, so during the online class, he could not fully focus all the time. But Voytek was very patient and try to encourage him and attract his attentions.
Yesterday was the first class, we will continue to finish the 5 classes and see the progression.
But so far, Jeremy said he enjoyed the lesson, it was awesome.
Thanks,Voytek.
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Alina March 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Voytek is very friendly and uses many techniques to keep a highly active kid focused. He even went 10 minutes over to make sure my kid covered 4 songs well. And he is good at inspiring her on love for music too. She practiced piano for half an hour on her own after the lesson. I am excited to have my kid learn piano with him.
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Wendi A. February 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Voytek is patient, kind, encouraging, and enthusiastic. He focuses on what you do well, and then gently pushes you to do just a little bit better. And behind that, he is a master of music theory … he breaks it down, makes it easy to understand, and then applies that knowledge or skill to whatever you’re working on to help you gain proficiency. But he does it in such a way that doesn’t feel overwhelmingly technical. He helps keep you motivated and excited to learn. And his love of music, all kinds of music, always comes through. Lessons are fun! He’s an excellent teacher!
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Voytek F.

Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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David H.

Aurora, IL

Professional musician for 20 years.

About David

I am an Illinois licensed educator and have been teaching privately in academic and instrumental content areas since 1999.
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Jacinda A. January 30, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
David is a very good instructor. He really made my granddaughter feel very comfortable and she is very excited to learn to play the cello. I would recommend him to other students!
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David H.

Elburn, IL 60119
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Chris M.

Montgomery, IL

have a degree in Audio Engineering, Mixing, and Pro Tools from Detroit Recording Institute. Robert Dennis who worked on Motown tracks trained me on getting proper mic placement, using the right mic for the job, and everything else that goes along with working and recording a professional album.

About Chris

Bass Lessons with Recording/Mixing/Live/Bass Maintenance and more!

My name is Chris M. I'm a 24 yr touring vet. I've been on tour, played at venues across the country, and recorded great studio albums. I am also a recording engineer and live mixer. All of this goes into teaching you how to play Bass Guitar. Communication is the key and making sure you understand everything, from how to tune, to how to adjust your neck/pickups, how to go direct for a live show, how to record, what mics sound best on bass, Pro Tools sessions, and of course how to play, pick, thumb, slap pop, and finger tap..
.plus more. I specialize in teaching beginner classes as well as intermediate classes. If you not sure where you stand, that's ok too just ask me a question to see if I can help you get to where you wanna be with your playing/mixing/recording etc. Also if you are not interested in recording or any other things that's OK too although I do recommend it of course, but it is in no way extra as I just naturally want to teach you all of what I know.

My bass classes are done differently. I usually start of with home jam projects written, as we progress I start to include some online homework to spice things up, this might include drum tracks to jam to, maybe with a click to work on keeping time, or maybe just some awesome video's on turning scales into solo's or a fun groove. Sometimes I'll even have you jump around while you play, jump on a table and jump off while still keeping time and playing the correct notes, or I might just start yelling "FREE BIRD" at you when your working on a new song/piece.....:) That actually happened to me in Tennessee...

I recommend many different aspects of being a bassist. sites for getting cheaper strings, where to look for a band, and field trips to jam with a live drummer/band on rare occasions. We also have an open mic night on Wednesday evenings all ages till 10pm.

Another exciting aspect is RECORDING! When your ready we can do a jam session/instructional recording of our lesson together on an HD Pro Tools rig. It's always a great way to get into recording if you haven't already. Or maybe work on one of your original tunes. And if you want to book a recording session with your band or a guitarist/singer/pianist/etc. we can do that as well.

I also coach on gear(what amps I think are great sounding, which would sound good for your style of music and budget, what gear is good for recording(pre-amps, compressors, eq's, etc.). And of course work with in your budget. Cause lets face it, everyone would love to have a $50million dollar recording studio but for most of us that's not gonna happen. But that doesn't mean you can't get great recordings. Some of today's music you hear on the radio where recording in a hotel room, or artists home studio.

I also help you create your own songs. Not writing your riffs for you, but putting them together or giving you ideas. You can basically think of it as me Producing a song for you. I also do some of the more traditional things if need be. For example: I show you how to get into the pocket, when and how to give it that little extra something to make the bass stand out and say....BOOM! Or when to lay back a little and let the other guys do their thing.

I have played everything from Blues, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Death Metal, Thrash, Reggae, Country, and even some Hip-Hop. So I can definitely help you excel in whatever genre you play in. Can also put you on the right track to booking shows. The how to, the where is a good place to play, and what the Chicagoland music scene is doing at the time, as I regularly play shows in the area. When you become a student at my Studio, you get 110% focus, and commitment from me.
All of my knowledge goes into teaching you to be a better musician. Might be how you move up and down the neck, how you always play major notes instead and skipping minor notes, or what to pack in your gig bag just in case.

Chris M.
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Bradley August 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
I have personally had a lot of lessons from Chris in many fields and I must say unlike most other teachers I have had he always ends up teaching you so many more aspects of what it is you are trying to learn. All of his experience from performing live in the bands to recording albums in the bands to being the one recording the bands. All of that comes out in his lessons and you learn so many aspects of what you are trying to learn. I recommend the bass lessons and he is just amazing with recording as well as live performance. It is a great experience and I plan to be taking many lessons to come. I really like how I am able to go and learn a lot of different things and aspects to a lesson where as the bigger schools and most teachers just kind of focus on the one aspect. Chris is really well rounded and you can get what you want out of your lessons.
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Ausin August 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Chris shared with me so much knowledge it was great. Always fun as well. It's the best time of the week for me. Many times he sneaks in lessons on stuff where doing while he helps me with a song I'm working on. And then he's teaching me how to record it. Whoever reads this you gotta ask him to record, you'll literally learn more than enough to keep you occupied and interested in what your working on. It's great man.
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Chris M.

Chris M.

Montgomery, IL 60538
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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