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Alysia R.

Glenview, IL

About Alysia

Having taught piano and flute lessons for over 12 years in the North Shore. I have had the pleasure of working with students of all ages (3 - adult), both beginner and advanced.

I enjoy teaching students the "classical music" repertoire. I also strive to give my students a solid foundation in music theory and history in order for them to truly understand and appreciate the roots and structure of the music. In addition, I want my students to really love playing music and so I strongly encourage my students to also learn to play music outside of the classical repertoire. I believe balance i
s key, so I generally teach students to play classical music as well as music from other genres (such as film music, pop music, video game music, holiday music etc).

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student is a unique individual with different learning preferences, goals, musical tastes, and body mechanics. In contrast to the "cookie-cutter" teaching method (a uniform teaching method utilized for every student), with each student, I design an individualized lesson plan that not only accommodates the student's needs, but also nurtures their overall appreciation of music.

I do not demand perfection from my students, but I do expect students to at least put in the effort to learn. I truly want to teach students how to play the piano or flute and I want to encourage students to find joy in making music. The methods I typically utilize include: (PIANO) Faber & Faber Piano Adventures, John Thompson Piano Course, Bastien's Piano Literature, Suzuki Piano (FLUTE) Suzuki Flute, Standard of Excellence book 1, Andersen etudes for flute.

Throughout my piano and flute career, I have competed in numerous music competitions and prepared for several music auditions. If you wish to have your child enter in competitions or prepare for any music auditions, I would be more than happy to help!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Glenview Location: I have a Boston baby grand piano, a flute, a metronome, and sheet music (piano & flute repertoire).

Evanston Location: I have a Yamaha Keyboard (equipped with weighted keys, all 88 keys, pedal, and a built-in metronome) and my flute.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students MUST have a piano or at least a working keyboard (for piano lessons). For flute, students MUST have a functional flute and a music stand. For the first lesson I can decide what music is needed and the student can then go out and purchase that music. Students should also have a working metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching all styles and genres of music. I enjoy traditional western art genres, but I can also teach pop music, show tunes, as well as video game music.
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Julie S. July 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I am a complete beginner. She is articulate; covered the basics so that I could practice and make progress even in this first week. She is pleasant, and yet, she is serious about music and making this successful. I liked her very much.
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Jerilyn M. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alysia is a wonderful teacher. She also is excellent in teaching music theory. She is very patient. She makes it easier for me. She is sensitive and in tuned with my strengths and weaknesses. I would highly recommend her.
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Barbara A. February 17, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Awesome teacher. Super friendly and helps me with my vocal music as well as teaching my choice of sheet music.

Awesome teacher! Friendly and supportive. Helps me with my vocal music as well as piano and teaches me the sheet music that I want to learn.
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Alysia R.

Alysia R.

Glenview, IL 60025
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Cynthia M.

Gurnee, IL

About Cynthia

I attended Wright State University, where I graduated with Latin honors in June of 2007 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.

Among the numerous honors I received during my matriculation at Wright State University, I was on the Deans List every quarter, and won the highest distinction offered by the Department of Music by winning the coveted Wright State University Concerto Night Competition in February of 2007. I was also a 2004 and 2006 winner of the department Honors Recital, and a recipient of the WSU Chamber Players “Beethoven Award. In June of 2004, I joined the Wright Stat
e University Wind Symphony on a tour of Japan, where I performed as a featured soloist.

In the fall of 2007, I began my graduate studies for a Master of Music in music performance degree at the University of Florida. While working towards my degree, I served as a graduate teaching assistant for the flute studio at the University of Florida. I taught MUS 2450, an undergraduate course in instrumental skills, was the applied flute instructor to undergraduates pursuing a minor in flute performance, and gave masterclasses and lecture-presentations to the flute studio on performance practices, the history of the flute, and important pedagogical figures in flute.

My teaching experiences include working with several high school bands in Ohio and Florida and serving as Assistant Director for Flutopia, a summer flute camp experience. I have taught private music lessons for 12 years. As a staff member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, I studied flute with the principal flutist of the San Antonio Symphony, Tallon Perkes, and worked as a guest clinician for the Junior Division band.
Professionally, I was a contracted flutist with the Ocala Symphony for two years while I worked on my graduate degree in flute.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a dynamic and energetic teacher. Lessons with me usually involve me wildly gesticulating and moving around to illustrate a passage.

I have method books that I do tend to use with most students, but for those just starting with me, we usually start with whatever they already have (even if that's just a band method book). Usually we can start there and then branch out as needed. I encourage note taking during lessons. So, a notebook and pencil for flute lessons is a necessity. Some of my students find that they get the most out of recording their lesson and listening to the play back of their lesson to pick up things they missed in the moment. If you have something to bring to record your lesson, please feel free to bring that! I've recorded lessons on my iPhone and emailed them to my students and parents before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my apartment in a combined living room/dining room. I have a mirror and comfortable seating for parents in the living room.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and flute music of Brazil.
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Austin S. June 12, 2013
Flute
Great Teacher!

I really enjoyed the lessons I had with Cynthia; not only did she make playing the flute fun, but she really helped me get a better grasp on some techniques that I was having a little bit of trouble with!

Not only is she a great and understanding teacher, she is a fantastic musician; two of the most important things I believe you need in a private instructor.

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Elizabeth E. June 8, 2013
Flute
Super talented - Great Personality - Excellent Teacher

I could not think of a better teacher to teach my beginning, intermediate or advanced flutist. Cynthia is truly an amazingly talented musician and just as kind and nurturing of a teacher. I give her my highest recommendation!
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Kate W. June 8, 2013
Flute
Wonderful teacher

It's apparent Cynthia loves what she does. She's patient, thoughtful, encouraging, and does a wonderful job helping students achieve their musical potential. I am so thankful for all of Cynthia's hard work helping my daughter learn and nurture her passion for music.
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Cynthia M.

Cynthia M.

Gurnee, IL 60031
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Diego A.

Evanston, IL

About Diego

CURRENT LESSONS
- General Guitar Lessons for Beginners
- Finger-style Guitar for Beginners
- Classical Guitar (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
- Flamenco Guitar (intermediate and advanced)
- Rumba Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
- Latin Guitar (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Diego A. has taught over 2000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 300 universities, elementary schools, and music schools, both nationally and internationally.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM PRIVATE LESSONS?

The very first things we'l
l learn to do in our private lesson will be to RELAX, BE PATIENT, and HAVE FUN. Yes, mastering (or even just getting decent at) the guitar takes time and dedicated work, but it should always be enjoyable, relaxing, and should NEVER...BE...RUSHED. Ironically, by relaxing and taking it slow, you'll excel rather quickly and, more importantly, CORRECTLY.

Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill acquisition and expertise. The goal of the Spanish Guitar Institute is to help students quickly and correctly develop the neurological pathways necessary to form, improve, and maintain high-level, musical skills.

CAN ANYONE LEARN GUITAR?

Absolutely! I accept students over 8 years old and at any experience level. Whether you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson, have your Master's degree in guitar performance, or have been playing professionally for 20 years, we can and will help you achieve your goals (so long as you do your homework).

WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?

For flamenco or classical lessons, you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week. For general guitar lessons, either a steel-string or nylon-string guitars is fine.

CAN YOU GUARANTEE RESULTS?

YES! And NO! Results are only possible if you can commit to practicing 6 days/week for an absolute minimum of 30 minutes/day and a maximum of 3.5 hours/day AND are practicing CORRECTLY.

As a student, you will be expected to stick to a CONSISTENT (i.e., 6 days/week) practice schedule which your instructor will help you develop based on your goals and current musical level. Only you can guarantee your own results but our instructors can teach you the most effective practice skills necessary to reach your goals.
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Scott H. June 8, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Been talking lessons with Diego for about half a year now. He's been one of the best teachers I've had (being 40+, I've had an opportunity to experience quite a few). He's enthusiastic about my progress and works hard at presenting material in a way, and at a pace that's right ofr me. I've been incredibly pleased with the quality of his instruction, and super happy with the progress I've made with his guidance. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him.
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M H. June 6, 2015
Classical Guitar
Absolutely terrific. I really enjoy lessons and the way we work through technique together. He has a really clear way of explaining things. I am really pleased with the progress that I'm making with his instruction. Very enthusiastically recommended!
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Jonah K. October 30, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!
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Diego A.

Diego A.

Evanston, IL 60202
(4)
starting at
$70 / 50-min
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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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Luke H. June 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a good teacher that can break things down for you. I've been playing about 6 years and Paul has helped me learn some jazz and classical guitar. He's friendly and the lessons are fun.
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Brian C. May 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul has done an excellent job of teaching me guitar and music theory. He's customized the lessons to help me achieve my own goals with the instrument. I'd definitely recommend him to others.
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Alex M. April 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a very patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. He makes playing guitar fun and I always look forward to my lessons.
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Paul W.

Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(21)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Joseph M.

Skokie, IL

About Joseph

My Story:

As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.

This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.

These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.

You
will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.

And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding of musical structure.

Teaching philosophy

I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.

When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.

How to Start

Will work with you to find a convenient time/day to schedule lessons at your home or our studio

There is a money back guarantee on the 1st lesson so you can try and see how lessons can help you to reach your goals. Selecting the "get started now" button will put you in contact with our student counselors.

P.S. Take the first step in learning music by contacting us.

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.

Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.

Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.

Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.

I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.

For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.

For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.

For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.

I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.

I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.

Lesson Progression

In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.

For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.

After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).

For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.

Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.

*** Specialties ***
Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.

What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...

Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova)
Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.

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StephenS1 February 15, 2012
Great teacher

My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
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JosefP January 4, 2011
Great teacher !!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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