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About Derrick M.

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Naperville, IL
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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 styles 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 importa
ntly, 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
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 ·
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 ·
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
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About Veronica K.

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River Grove, IL
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About Veronica
I have been teaching private piano and voice lessons since 2006 to students of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. I received my BA in piano and voice performance from Columbia College Chicago. I also received my MA in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. I know how to teach music, develop a rapport with students and families, and modify my teaching approach based on students' most natural learning abilities.

I also love performing. I am in two bands, and I am a solo jazz artist in voice and piano (I play the piano and sing at the same time). My newly released recordings have been featured on WDCB 90.9 fm. I, myself, still take voice and piano lessons from jazz professionals to further enhance my skill set.

I offer 30-minute or 60-minute lessons on a weekly basis. Most of my students have wanted to lear
n either voice or piano. However, I can teach self-accompaniment skills (playing piano while singing) to more intermediate/advanced students who are interested.

I have a baby grand piano, microphone, sound system, and electric piano in my home studio. I also have many, many music books. Having access to all this equipment helps make lessons effecient and effective. For that reason, I only offer lessons through my home studio.

I do require that any voice students under 10 years old simultaneously take piano lessons with me, as piano will give young voice students a more thorough music education.

Lastly, music is for everyone. Anyone can learn music, no matter your age or current ability. Anything you practice is bound to get better! My students will develop a greater love of music and an appreciation for their own creativity when they take lessons with me. I enjoy joking around during lessons, finding playfulness in the moment, and getting to know my students as unique *people* more than anything. Feel free to send me a message or give me a call to know what I mean!

And thank you for reading!
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scott meyer January 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Wonderful teaching pro.
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Zerrin B. October 4, 2013
· Piano ·
Outstanding Piano instruction!

My son has taken piano lessons from Ms. Kott for over 3 years now, and we cannot say enough about her. She is that rare combination of encouraging, enthusiastic, yet serious teacher that you hope to find for your child. Not only has our son learned the basics, he has also learned theory along the way. She is reliable, relatable, and a great gauge of their personalities. I would, and do recommend her to everyone. In fact, this year my younger son has started lessons too! If you'd like a teacher who will help your child learn in a supportive, encouraging, yet professional environment, Ms. Kott is the perfect teacher for you.
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Veronica K.

Veronica K.

River Grove, IL 60171
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$35 / 30-min

About Susan M.

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Highland Park, IL
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About Susan
Study Classical Piano with an Artist-Teacher
Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included!

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning Americanj Pianist and Steinway Artist.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Four pianos: Steinway, Baldwin, Weinbach, and Altenburg.
Large Music Library.

*** Specialties ***
Chamber Music
Concertos
Duo Piano Repertoire
Audition preparation
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Christopher April 5, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Susan is an outstanding pianist and teacher. She genuinely cares about the musical development of each of her students. I would highly recommend her to any serious student looking to work with a top rate teacher. It makes a difference!
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Rusty December 23, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I am a 50-something-year-old business executive who began taking beginner piano lessons with Susan Merdinger almost 5 years ago.

Now, I am performing Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes and cherished works by Mozart and Beethoven to name just a few.

My Mom let me quit piano lessons in 1967 when I was growing up on the Southside of Chicago. I spent the next 45 years regretting it.

Now, as my piano teacher, Susan is inspiring me to make up for lost time.

At the end of each year, I am amazed at being able to play pieces I couldn’t have imagined performing 12 months earlier. This satisfying achievement comes only because of Susan’s character and competence as a teacher and her passion and enthusiasm to motivate me to practice 1 to 2 hours every day.

Susan is patient while maintaining very high standards with a commitment to excellence. She celebrates the progress of all her students to whom she is dedicated. While waiting for my lesson to begin, I have watched in amazement as she interacts with a full studio of very diverse students, young and old, boys and girls, beginners and advanced, even handicapped blind and autistic students. I’ve watched as she’s brought smiles to all her students after their recitals and audiences after her own concerts.

And Susan is one of the smartest persons I know who is expanding my horizons of the classical repertoire I play and appreciation of the classical music I listen to. There is a special pride to see your piano teacher perform solo or with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at historic venues in Chicago or New York City.

I am a busy executive, but my piano lesson is the highlight of the week, even if that entails a 90-minute battle in Chicagoland rush hour traffic to get to my lesson.

That’s because my life is richer with the music Susan imparts.

I can’t recommend her strongly enough.
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Annika H. December 2, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
The first lesson with Susan was fantastic. My daughter is looking forward to working with her.
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Susan M.

Susan M.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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$60 / 30-min

About Tom S.

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Downers Grove, IL

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About Tom
Tom has been teaching private lessons since 1987 and is currently available to teach lessons at his studio in Downers Grove, IL. He has helped many students exceed their expectations not only as guitarists, but as very well rounded musicians.

Tom received his training at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1987 where he received a degree in Music specializing in Music Production and Engineering. As an expert in his field, he looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Tom's versatility as a live performer has brought him into opening slots for the following major headlining acts:

Pop/Rock:

STING
*The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
*Central Park, NYC
*and more

L.L. Cool J & Jewel
*Presidential Inaugural Ball - Bill Clinton

Isaac Hayes
Boz Scaggs
Collective Soul
Huey Lewi
s and the News
Maceo Parker
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett
Ratdog (Bob Weir)
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
Ben Harper

Jazz & Acid Jazz:

George Benson
Charlie Hunter
Michael Brecker
Roy Haynes Trio
Count Basie Orchestra
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Wayne Shorter
Yellowjackets

Blues:

B.B. King
Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy
Koko Taylor
Lonnie Mack
Etta James
…and many more

In the studio, Tom has recorded on countless TV & Radio commercials including:

McDonald's
Coca-Cola
Disney
Budweiser
Sears
Buick
Gatorade
State Farm
Ford Motor Co.
Miller Brewing Co.
…and many many more.

Tom has also played on many CDs receiving local and international acclaim. In 2001 Tom garnered a GRAMMY NOMINATION for his work with the Chicago based band Liquid Soul.

He has written and performed on music for TV and has even recorded on a few tracks that have hit the Billboard charts.
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Kathy January 13, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Loved it. Loved it. Such fun.
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Grace July 24, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Tom is an outstanding instructor, professionally gifted, most helpful and very personable.
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Michael July 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tom's a really nice and patient teacher. Great for beginners and very knowledgeable.
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Tom S.

Tom S.

Downers Grove, IL 60515
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$28 / 30-min

About Matt S.

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DeKalb, IL
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About Matt
I am passionate instructor who is fueled by seeing success in others. No other feeling is more fulfilling then seeing the growth of another human.

I have been teaching private lessons in my own studio for about 8 years now. I've taught 7 marching bands and currently writing music for some with an emphasis in percussion.

Currently pursuing a degree in Music Business at Northern Illinois University. I've participated in Drum Corp. tours such as Colts Drum & Bugle Corps ('13) and Phantom Regiment ('14-'16), and also marched 5 seasons of WGI with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion.
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Matt S.

Matt S.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$40 / 30-min
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About Jeff J.

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Glenview, IL

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About Jeff
*Accepting Summer Student Inquiries* *Please inquire via Ask-A-Question regarding availability for summer schedules! *I will have open time slots as early as June 2019- first come, first taught!

My Lessons are customized in a number of ways to create the ideal experience for each student and family.

• Curriculum adheres to student and parent generated long-term goals
• Musical arrangements and accompaniments are created to accommodate individual interests
• Students can learn a variety of skills such as improvisation, effective practice habits, music composition, and many others
• Students have the option to explore multiple instruments.
• Instruction accommodates different learning styles and strengths.

Much of today’s music is created or altered through digital means. For this reason students of all ages should consider
exploring different ways to interact with digital music in their lessons such as:

• layering multiple audio tracks,
• creating digital accompaniments to play along to
• looping, editing, and adding effects to recorded audio

These aspects of a lesson not only better prepare students for the likely future of music but it also makes lessons more exciting, creative, and fun!
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Agnes July 6, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Definitely recommend lessons with Mr. Jeff. He has lots of patience and a kind smile at all times. He helps us with getting progress very much.
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Grant March 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Jeff was very enthusiastic and really wanted to make sure my son was learning to love music.
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Inna January 22, 2018
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The best teacher ever. He is always prepared. He has very good teaching techniques. The Lessons are not boring, my 11 year old daughter loves the lessons. He is very professional instructor. He has a great personality as well. Even me, the students mother is enjoying the lessons. I would recommend him to everyone.
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Jeff J.

Jeff J.

Glenview, IL 60025
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$23 / 20-min

About Jessica B.

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Schiller Park, IL

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I am a professional cellist who graduated from Oberlin Music Conservatory in 2016 with Bachelor of Music Performance. Since then I have been playing and teaching cello both privately and in high/middle schools. I teach people of all ages from 7 year olds to 85. I get so much joy from my students' accomplishments and personal growth.
I was raised in Poland and that is where I started playing cello, and later violin and piano as well. In 2008 I moved to USA to pursue my music education. I am also interested in music therapy and healing through music and making it accessible to everyone. My hobbies include riding a bike, swimming , zumba and musical theater!
You can take lessons with me at the comfort of your own home and get better at cello in no time!
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Sarah August 26, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Jessica is a wonderful teacher! She knows how to meet the learning needs of every student. She is patient and fun, yet demands that her students improve. I highly recommend her for any level of student. I have seen her work with beginners and advanced students. They all love her and learn so much from working with her.
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PIUANUD August 7, 2018
· Cello · In studio
MY DAUGHTER SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU TO TEACH HER CELLO YOU ARE GREAT TEACHER AND KEEP STAUDENT KEEP UP THEY WORK.
THANK YOU JESSICA
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Michelle July 29, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Jessica gives really good lessons! Over the past year, I've improved a LOT with intonation, shifting, and posture, which I most certainly wouldn't have done without her help. She's really patient and makes lessons enjoyable with her chill, fun personality, yet makes sure you don't slack off. Although I haven't had any other cello teachers to compare her to, she definitely has raised my standards for any I might have in the future.
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Jessica B.

Jessica B.

Schiller Park, IL 60176
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$59 / 30-min

About Joshua G.

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Berwyn, IL
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About Joshua
I am a guitarist, songwriter, composer, and arranger. I have been trained at the college level in music theory, composition, guitar performance, and improvisation.

I have recently begun a solo recording project, and will soon be re-launching my viedo channel with new instructional videos every week. I also run a guitar and music theory blog. I enjoy mixing different styles of playing into my compositions: fingerstyle, jazz, classical, flamenco, folk, rock.
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Joshua G.

Joshua G.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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$34 / 30-min

About Bartosz W.

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Chicago, IL

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About Bartosz
I have extensive experience playing as part of orchestras and ensembles and also pursued music pedagogy, and during my many years of teaching instrumental  music, I was able to further develop my own skill as a performance musician. Furthermore, I had the privilege to lead two different orchestras as a conductor, I composed music for a  theatrical production, and also recorded several albums including klezmer music, smooth  jazz, musical poetry, and music for healing and meditation.
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Bartosz W.

Bartosz W.

Chicago, IL 60634
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$30 / 30-min

About Aaron D.

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Chicago, IL

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From absolute beginners to guitarists with years of experience, I'm absolutely thrilled to work with students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels. As an educator, my biggest joy comes from watching a new concept, skill or song just "click" with a student and my job is to help that process happen easily and organically and to make the whole process fun.

A little about me: I spent the last three years touring internationally with the Chicago-based bluegrass band "Henhouse Prowlers". I had the unique opportunity to perform all over Europe, and in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya, Uganda, Russia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan. I've played in countless venues across the US in a wide variety of styles. I have a degree in jazz guitar performance from Northern Illinois University where I studied with acclaimed classical and jazz virtuoso Faree
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Personally, the most rewarding experiences of my career in music have always come, not from my performance opportunities, but rather making connections with students; I love to encourage and facilitate discovery and growth and share the joy of music with others.
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Aaron D.

Aaron D.

Chicago, IL 60641
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$50 / 30-min

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