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Owen O.

Chicago, IL

About Owen

Howdy! I've been playing a stringed-instrument of one sort-or-another since the wee age of 6 and in a variety of contexts, from full orchestras to rock bands to world-class recording studios. I've composed original music for theatrical productions and mastered classical pieces for solo violin performance. I learned my instruments through a combination of private instruction, self-education, and years of real-world experience.

My first instrument was violin, which I started playing in fourth grade; I started private violin lessons in sixth, and continued with the same teacher until I was 2
0. At age 16 I started playing guitar and electric bass, and shortly thereafter picked up mandolin, ukulele. . . basically whatever stringed instrument was needed in whatever band or ensemble I happened to be playing with at the time. I've found I have an affinity for quickly learning any stringed instrument, a skill for which I owe credit to my years of private instruction on violin.

In addition to musical instruction, I offer audition monologue coaching for aspiring actors. As a former directing student I'm familiar with the Meisner, Strasberg and Atlantic schools, and am well-versed in script analysis and vocal production techniques. In addition to directing my own productions, I've performed in dozens, both at school and around NYC. I received my BFA in Theatre from NYU, and while I my focus was directing, I of course ended up composing original music and designing sound effects and musical cues for many student and professional productions.

I love teaching! I've taught students as young as 4 1/2 and beginners well into their 30s.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've got lots of experience helping absolute beginners get started on their chosen instrument. I like to cultivate an atmosphere that's relaxed, but focused. I firmly believe that positive reinforcement and regular practice are the most reliable formula for progress. Violin lessons follow the core Suzuki curriculum, a proven learning system that beginners of any age can grasp – it's how I was taught. I tailor lessons for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Mandolin to the particular student: If you're interested in learning a specific song, we use that song as a springboard; If you want to learn theory along with technique, we can incorporate that as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the front living room area which includes seating, guitar amp, digital keyboard, guitars, and bass guitar, violin, 2 ukuleles, mandolin. 1 cat in separate room. park on street, no permit required.

*** Specialties ***
I was taught a variation of Suzuki method on violin (classical) from age 8 through 18.
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Katie K. April 22, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Owen is incredibly encouraging and tailors each lesson to meet your interests and needs. He's fun to work with and has an wide-range of knowledge that you will want to tap into!
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Owen O.

Owen O.

Chicago, IL 60613
(1)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN

My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas

Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children.
Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I set an individual curriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Justin G. April 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas is very accommodating to a student like me. While I have some background in piano, I'm lacking in key areas. Nicholas is able to tailor his lessons to my lopsided needs. He's also a great guy!
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David P. December 13, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
the guy is Awesome!!!!!

I was blown away by the first lesson my son took the professionalism was great he learned more in the one day than his previous teacher taught him he's very passionate about music and how its played and heard. Also the using of proper technique he made me want to sign up and play I RECOMMEND him to all!!!!
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

I have been teaching mandolin lesson for almost 18 years.
Students will learn everything from the ground up. While they move from one skill level to the next, instruction will include not only learning how to play their mandolin, but instrument and equipment maintenance, passing a proficiency exam at the end of each session

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University
of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Austin July 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson. We are excited for next week.
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Holly Mills July 21, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is a very good teacher always trying to meet students where they are.
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Brian F. July 9, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
I had a great first lesson with Kelvin! He's fast and efficient and knows how to maximize the online time slot! This is gonna be fun!!!
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Patricio L.

Chicago, IL

About Patricio

I remain current in a wide variety of musical styles including Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical and Mexican Folklore. I have also worked playing Greek music. My teaching experience includes teaching children in primary school, as well as individuals of all ages.

After thirty years in my musical career, I have come to the conclusion that the best way to learn is when there is joy in the study. I have a musical academic foundation, while obtaining an A+ status during my musical studies. Yet for me, the act of making music is more of a spiritual and auditory process than that of physical work
manship.

Perhaps like me, you find that you have diverse inclinations with regards to musical styles. I will help you attain a clear path to follow in achieving your musical goals, while providing theoretical and auditory techniques.

My personal goal is that the study of music becomes closer to the experience of playing music.

He estado en contacto con una gran variedad de estilo musicales, incluyendo rock, jazz, blues, clasico y folclor mexicano. Incluso he trabajado tocando musica Griega. Tambien tengo experiencia enseñando en escuelas primarias academias de musica y a particulares.

Despues de treinta años en la musica he llegado a la conclusion que la mejor manera de aprender es cuando hay gozo en el estudio. Tengo una formacion academica y fui un alumno con A+ en mis materias, pero para mi el hecho de hacer musica es mas un acto auditivo y espiritual mas que una practica de destreza fisica.

Tal vez tu como yo tienes diversas inclinaciones en cuanto a estilos musicales. yo podria ayudarte dandote un claro camino a seguir para alcanzar dichas aspiraciones, proveyendo todos los fundamentos teoricos, tecnicos y auditivos.

Mi objetivo es que el estudio de la musica sea los mas cercano a la experiencia de tocar musica.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric Guitar, Fender and Marshall amps, TC Electronics multi effects rack, various pedals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric guitar and amplifier or acoustic guitar.
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Patricio L.

Patricio L.

Chicago, IL 60618
starting at
$35 / 60-min
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Ryan B.

Chicago, IL

Been playing mandolin for three years and teaching it for one. Specialize in chording and strumming.

About Ryan

Ryan is a musician from Logan Square/Avondale who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. He's also an experienced singer and has been singing in some form of ensemble since the age of 4.

As a teacher Ryan's goals are simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong base on the basics, so that as advanced techniques are built upwards, the structure (of skill) can support itself. And t
hird, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique.

After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the University of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience with a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali.

Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.
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Kelly E. July 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
My 13 year old daughter just finished her first lesson with Ryan. She was so excited to show me what she learned and said he is a great teacher and is looking forward to future lessons. She is usually a bit shy, but assured me she was comfortable with him, and my husband confirmed. So glad we found him!
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Chicago, IL 60618
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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