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Dan P.

Des Plaines, IL

About Dan

I am a member of the Chichago Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I have been instructing students from kindergarten to high-school all over Chicago area for the past thirteen years. My highest accomplishment is having a high-school sophomore student playing first chair first violin on Chamber Orchestra and third chair first violin in Symphonic Orchestra at Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, Illinois. Other accomplishments are having students prepared for Granquist Memorial Music Competition, Geneva Illinois.

My lessons are always focused on adapting the violin practice to fit the character
of the individual student. Besides learning good violin performance practices, the student will shape up character by developing specific neural pathways that will help in child development as well as overall cognitive activity.

Learning to play violin not only opens the mind for greater understanding of artistic expressions but also adds to the quality of experiencing life more complex otherwise not possible in absence of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are based on the Suzuki school but adapted for the preferences and/or necessities of the student.

- Warm up exercises
- Quizzing student about difficulties met during practicing in the period between the lessons.
- Assessing the approach of addressing the difficulties while preforming the musical piece under study.
- Explaining how to fix problems and how to approach daily violin practice.
- Musical notions, musical theory.
- Musical notation reading/ Ear development exercises.
- Recap and assignments for next lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Violin, computer, microphones, keyboard, audio interface, speakers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car

*** Specialties ***
Violin teaching.
Audio recording and editing.
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Chris R. March 31, 2016
Violin · In studio
I never had a tutor before, so it was difficult for me to choose from the wide arrange of tutors there are. But I think Dan was the right choice. He's very professional and goes far and beyond to help his students understand how certain things are when playing the violin. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone looking for a violin tutor.
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Deborah L Lovett February 13, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Dan worked wonderfully with our 9 year old son who has trouble focusing. The structure of the lessons was well suited to his needs. Dan was understanding of our son's difficulties. I would highly recommend Dan in terms of patience, expertise, and being able to adapt to the needs of each student.
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Joy January 14, 2016
Violin · In home
Our granddaughter Sydney is taking violin lessons from Dan and is enjoying them. I have spoken with her mother and gotten really good reviews from her.

I am in touch with Dan and have been impressed with his professionalism. I would recommend him to others.
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Dan P.

Dan P.

Des Plaines, IL 60016
(10)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL

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.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(23)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jeremie W.

Grayslake, IL

About Jeremie

I just graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've had performances and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for 14 years. I have played in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock. I've been writing music for the same length of time. Song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well v
ersed in and would love to teach to other people. I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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MICHELLE A. April 26, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Jeremie was very friendly and patient with me - even when it to more them showing me the same things over five times. He explains very well what he is doing and why we are doing the lessons. Gives you the lessons that he wants you to work on -- very nice guy.---- Would recommend him very highly
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Anna April 6, 2016
Composition · Online
Jeremie is really great at teaching! He is able to build my skills as a composer while at the same time acknowledge what I would like to get out of these composition lessons with him. I especially appreciate his ability to balance what I already know with the new material that I need to learn in order to improve as a composer as well as a musician. Once my lessons package is fulfilled, I plan on signing up for another set of lessons with Jeremie!
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Dina J. April 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 12 year old daughter is taking Guitar lessons from Jeremie for the last 6 months. She had never picked up a guitar before, so we knew this could be challenging. Jeremie has been so wonderful with her. Making the lessons fun, but also giving great one on one instructions. I highly recommend him as a teacher! As a parent, Jeremie is wonderful to work with when scheduling lessons. He is extremely accommodating, and understands kids and parents seem to be a little overloaded. He is very quick to respond when you email questions, or have scheduling issues. I HIGHLY recommend Jeremie. Give him a try!!! He is WONDERFUL!!!!

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Jeremie W.

Jeremie W.

Grayslake, IL 60030
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michelle Kei I.

Arlington Heights, IL

About Michelle Kei

Michelle Kei I., a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, "uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the orchestra" in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Possessing a captivating stage presence and praised as "superb," "gifted," and a "constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack," she has entertained audiences on stages around the world.

Those are the first two sentences of my professional biography. I thought I'd use them to get the ball rolling.

Ever since I can remember, I've always been a performer. I come from a very musical family. I was al
ways singing! I sang at home, in church, in show-choir and musicals at school - basically anywhere I could find an audience!

When I decided to go to college to study music, I chose the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. I wanted to sing Broadway, but my father encouraged me to study classical singing first, so I'd have the foundations for a bulletproof technique that could endure a long and demanding career. I'm so glad that he did!

Who would have thought that I would learn to LOVE opera?!? It had everything that Broadway did, and so much more! Plus, I learned to fill a theater with the sound of my voice and soar over the orchestra WITHOUT A MICROPHONE!!!

Would you like to learn how to do that? I can show you how.

Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!

What you can expect from me:

- I will provide a supportive and effective work environment.

- I will make recommendations on repertoire based upon your goals

- I will provide you with an individualized regimen of study based upon your strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.

What I expect from you:

- Learn the musical selections we choose. Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music.

- Leave your outside life at the door. It will be waiting for you when you leave.

- Enjoy the process. Experiment. If it doesn't work, try something else. Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack.

- Commit yourself fully! Be engaged. The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.
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Tiffany May 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is very understanding and really works with you to find your voice! I noticed a difference in my voice in the first lesson alone. She provides constructive feedback and creates an environment that is supportive and lets you be yourself. Her positive attitude helped me to believe in myself. I greatly enjoyed lessons with Michelle!
P.S. Her voice is amazing!!
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Tina M. April 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've taken a few lessons with Michelle now and I am very happy with my experience! Michelle is great at customizing her lesson to her student. I actually tried a few different teachers in the area before finding Michelle and no one seemed to "get" what I was looking for. With Michelle I feel challenged at an appropriate pace and am able to focus on the important details. Michelle has lots to offer and even in just a short time has helped me to improve immensely! I am very excited to continue studying with Michelle.
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Angelica P. April 11, 2016
Opera Voice · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful experience and great teacher! Really enjoyed myself!
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Michelle Kei I.

Michelle Kei I.

Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(15)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Erik L.

Chicago, IL

About Erik

Learning music is about more than scales, chords, and theory. I've gone through many guitar teachers and often I felt like they sent me away from each lesson with a sheet of homework and no method of integrating it into my playing. It frustrated me to think that I was being metaphorically taught the dictionary when I really wanted to be a writer!

When I think about the greatest guitar players I've ever heard. I certainly wasn't the scales or chords they used that struck me, it was their effortlessness!

Using methods I have learned from Sam Mosching and Kenny Werner, I teach students how
to grow as musicians, not just become a music theory textbook. I start with what the students goals are first, and then map out how to achieve them. This is accomplished through study of usual topics such as intervals, song structure, soloing, left and right hand technique, and chord construction, but it reaches far into much neglected topics of tone, critical listening, basic repair, and communication with other musicians.

The styles I know best are Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Folk and Pop.

About Me:
Music is a serious passion of mine. For about 10 years, I have written songs, sang, played guitar, and worked as a Recording Engineer. Every day when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is the guitar.

When I first listened to Eric Clapton, I knew I had to pick up the guitar. I obsessively studied everything I could get my hands on about Rock and Roll in all its incarnations. I soon branched out into learning about Jazz, Latin, Folk, Bluegrass, and many other styles. It didn't take long before I realized there was a commonality in all music, and that styles were meant to be blended and experimented with.

While learning on my own, I fell into many bad habits that numerous musicians have at all skill levels. It took me a long time to overcome them and I vowed to start teaching to help others avoid them.

Currently, I play out 3 times a week at Underground Wonderbar, AliveOne, and Lokal. I play, sing, and write songs in Bellweather Labs and Slowbots.
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Chris April 22, 2016
Guitar · Online
My son is almost 14 and although he's always had the option to pick up instruments from his school he's never felt any interest until he started guitar this year. His teacher (while great at what he does with the competitive bands) sees the guitar as more of a laid back course and my son was getting frustrated with how much time was going into learning nothing. Well, that all changed with the first lesson with Erik. Erik is laid back but invested in helping his students get what they want out of lessons while also letting them get a little head start to really fuel that passion for music that can keep you coming back to playing for years. Tommy (my son) felt like his interest and opinions are heard and is excited that he's already learned more in his first lesson with Erik than he had in 2 courses of guitar at his school!

I was also thrilled with the speed and quality feedback I got from Erik when I asked about guitars to look into purchasing for Tommy to have at home (school doesn't allow students to bring them home) for actual practice time and just general enjoyment of learning new music. Thanks to Erik I got a great started instrument at a really good deal that should last until my son want's to buy himself a more expensive model. I can't wait to see how far Tommy takes the guitar with a teacher who is technical and yet remembers music is about enjoyment.
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Nicole Pasquale March 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Erik is patient and really takes the time to structure a plan to help you reach your goals. It is clear from the moment you meet him that he is extremely passionate about guitar on both a personal and instructional level. I would highly recommend his lessons to anyone looking to learn guitar or expand their existing skill set.
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Justin January 1, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
He was very nice and patient.
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Erik L.

Erik L.

Chicago, IL 60626
(4)
starting at
$25 / 60-min

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