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Caleb M.

Chicago, IL 60618

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About Caleb

Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now as well as his original funk band Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and big-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb al

so regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 8 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and the encouragement to practice at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help but improve, while hopefully having a good time playing whatever music interests you. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
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July 25, 2019
Thomas B.
Very good lesson. I am an older Lerner and want to go as far as I can in leaning trumpet. First lesson was great. Thanks Caleb
April 9, 2019
Grady
Great first lesson and looking forward to more!
January 21, 2019
Paul
Caleb is a very insightful teacher.

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Caleb M.

Lake Zurich, IL

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Kay S.

Avalon, WI 53505

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About Katherine (Kay)

Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas

is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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June 22, 2016
VICTORIA
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
June 7, 2015
Angelique B.
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!

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Kay S.

Clinton, WI

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Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL 60041

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About Teresa

I am a graduate of Northern IL University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I have 22 years of teaching experience where I have traveled to the homes. Students enjoy my passion that I have with the instrument.

I started teaching in 1991 and have been teaching several students since then. Attending teacher workshops keep me at a current updated level and I want to help the students learn to the best of their potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very thorough in my teaching, which includes lesson, theory, technique, and performance
methods. I use a very easy, flexible approach when it comes to the kids and their personalities. I expect a lot out of my students, yet still want them to learn and have fun.
After three months with me, they will have learned how my teaching style is and will be able to play several

children's songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any equipment when I travel except their books for the first lesson. I would expect the student to have a well tuned piano or a basic keyboard. The student also needs a notebook so I can write their homework down for them as well as myself to keep track of where the student is in their progress.[

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Alfred, Bastien, and Faber and Faber. I teach General Music, Classical, Jazz, and Popular. I teach mainly through the method books, and then use other supplementary materials as well..
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June 10, 2019
Valentina M.
My daughters had their first piano lesson today with Terri. I can honestly say that I’ve never met anyone so patient and sweet natured and professional like Terri. The first time I spoke to her on the phone reflected her nature in person. Shes very knowledgeable with the piano music. She knows how to level herself with my 7 year old and specially with my know it all 5 year old. After the lessons she updated me with their progress and commented on my kids strengths and weaknesses. She just didn’t talk to me as her client but she talked to me like a friend. Her smile radiated through the music she teaches. We all loved her.
January 18, 2018
Owen
My son is a spitfire - Teresa has been patient with him while tapping his potential and challenging him!
October 14, 2017
John G.
Great job and has the patients required to teach.

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Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL

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Grace C.

Carpentersville, IL 60110

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About Grace

I started piano lessons at the age of 3 and continued through middle school. I played the flute in the high school band and continued to pursue my love of music in college where I joined the Piano Ensemble and received a degree in Music from DePaul University. I graduated in 2015 with high honors. I have been teaching music and piano for several years. I love, enjoy, and welcome students of all ages. I enjoy teaching all styles of piano music and I believe in catering teaching styles, methods, and pieces to the individual student. I strongly believe that music lessons can be happy, fun experiences. Learning an instrument provides academic, mental, physical, and emotional benefits and strength, but it can also be a truly enjoyable experience to anticipate each week! I look forward to meeting you!

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May 26, 2019
Valentina M.
The teacher seems like she’s always in a hurry. She leaves a few minutes before it ends. She’s friendly but doesn’t make real conversation with the parent to update about my child’s progress. Knowledgeable though coz my daughter learned fast. She. Would’ve been perfect if she had a great personality
May 1, 2019
Jocelyn E.
Grace was very sweet and great with my 7 year old daughter.
September 2, 2018
Mikayla S.
My daughter loved her first lesson. Grace is a great instructor. Thank you!

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Grace C.

Cary, IL

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Corey A.

Grayslake, IL 60030

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About Corey

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.

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July 3, 2018
Keri
Corey was a great instructor for my 4th grader. We wanted him to keep up with his clarinet lessons over Summer break. My son gets very easily frustrated when he struggles and Corey handled it all very well, always giving a new suggestion on what he could do to improve. In just 5 short lessons, Corey helped my son with his embouchure, finger placement, tounging and my son was finally able to play his B and C notes. That had really been holding him back from playing lots of music. Highly recommended!
April 3, 2017
Sean
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
April 3, 2017
Jacob
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.

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Corey A.

Grayslake, IL

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Christopher M.

Algonquin, IL 60102

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About Christopher

Christopher’s approach to teaching is empathetic and courteous, emphasizing body awareness and building a strong technical foundation. In the first few lessons, he aims to form an assessment of the student’s playing experience and to outline a set of goals for a sense of structure. Christopher also inquires with the student their musical interests, assigning repertoire that fits their technical needs but is both enjoyable and challenging. In addition, he strives to provide a well-rounded experience that allows the student to relate their musical pursuits with cultural, social, and historical events. He typically assigns scale exercises, etudes, and duets in addition to solo cello suites, sonatas, concerti, and other pieces in the standard cello and orchestral repertoire. Christopher is comfortable teaching beginning, intermediate and adva

nced levels and encourages students of all ages to reach out for starting lessons. At the moment, he is providing lessons at the student’s home, though is willing to make reasonable accommodations if needed.

Christopher began playing the cello at the age of nine. Born in Chicago, he studied with Timothy Archbold, former assistant principal of the Peoria Symphony. In the fall of 2012, Christopher went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Andrew Mark. During his undergrad, he was a founding member of the Dracard Quartet, who became the honors ensemble for the Boston Conservatory for the 2015-2016 academic year. They were awarded the first prize in the Senior Chamber Music division of the Massachusetts American String Teacher Association String Competition as well as performing in the Museum of Fine Arts’ Sound Bite Series in Boston. Christopher has also performed in masterclasses with Colin Carr, Levon Chilingarian, Joseph Silverstein, Rhonda Rider, and Tony Arnold. While in Boston he had the opportunity to sit principal cello with the MIT Chamber Choir and Orchestra in the fall of 2015. In addition, Christopher has performed in principal and assistant principal roles with the Boston Conservatory’s Baroque Ensemble, Opera Orchestra, Sinfonietta and Symphonic Orchestra. After graduating from the Boston Conservatory, he moved back to the Chicagoland area to be closer to family, and to pursue freelance opportunities. Christopher’s goal is to build a studio in the coming years, teaching all ages and levels. In his spare time, Christopher enjoys reading, cooking, walking his dogs, playing videogames, and visiting with friends and family.
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Christopher M.

Algonquin, IL

Doug E.

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

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About Doug

Hi, there! My name is Doug and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students learn their chosen instrument! Many of my former students have gone on to become composers, performers, and active instructors. I went to UW-Milwaukee and earned a degree in Music (Trumpet and Piano Emphasis) in 2009. I'm a fun and enthusiastic instructor and my teaching style reflect this. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Years of performance experience adds a depth to my teaching and translates into added value for my students. I have performed throughout the Midwest, Tennessee, Florida, and Arizona with the Doug Trio and as a solo artist. Other groups I have performed with include the Oshkosh, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, and Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestras, countless pit orchestra

s for a variety of musicals, and more!

Whether instructing piano or trumpet, lessons are always interactive, educational, memorable, and most of all fun!
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March 14, 2019
Kristel
The kids love Mr. Ehlert.

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Doug E.

Lake Geneva, WI

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Candace W.

Carpentersville, IL 60110

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About Candace

Hello!
I started private violin lessons myself when I was nine, after begging my parents for two years to let me try. They finally caved, and I was in love!
I learned through the Suzuki Method until completion when I was 14, then I moved on to more difficult repertoire. I took lessons all through high school and eventually graduated from college with a Bachelor's of Music degree in violin performance.
My teaching philosophy has always been that anyone, child or adult, can learn to play an instrument. It isn't so much talent as it is hard work! Throughout the years, I've grown to realize that not everyone learns the same way, and so I have continuously tailored my teaching approach to each individual student and I challenge them based on what their goals are.
My favorite part about teaching is watching a student's face light up when they'v

e been struggling through something and it suddenly clicks. It's the most beautiful thing, and so satisfying! When a student of mine realizes that they can make music, and that their hard work has paid off to make good music, that's when the magic happens, and they unlock so much potential.
This inspires me to keep doing what I love, and I hope to share it with as many people as possible!
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Candace W.

Carpentersville, IL

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. The boys started at the same time and they are learning at a great pace. I would recommend Mr. Stephen to anyone looking for a great teacher. He is truly a blessing and my boy always look forward to going for lessons"
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Carli
"I have completed 3 piano lessons as a first time player. I have completed one song and already learning another. Also learning how to read the music, too!
I never in a 100 years thought I would be playing the piano and learning so fast. David is very knowledgeable, easy to learn from and patient!"
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Jacqui
"Elias is great! My daughter is 7 and this was her first exposure to violin lessons. She loves Elias, says how patient and nice he is, and can’t wait for
her next lesson each week. I highly recommend him!"
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