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About Steven B.

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Elk Grove Village, IL
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About Steven
I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
ademy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
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Robin August 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 10 year old son has been taking lessons with Steve for almost 2 years. Prior to Steve, Nathan was enrolled in group lessons at the park district. After a unpleasant experience with the group lessons , we decided to try private lessons. Steve has done an amazing job working with Nathan. Like most kids, some days it is hard to keep his attention, but Steve does an amazing job. He has kept Nathan focused while still allowing him to have fun playing the guitar. Based on our experience, I would highly recommend Steve as a musical instructor.
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Caryn October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steven is very patient with new beginners and explained things thoroughly. He gave me the necessary tools to practice on my own until our next lesson .
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A.M. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Steven was beyond helpful. He is always prepared and open to as many questions as you can think of. And if you don't fully understand the answer, he'll take the time to answer in different ways, so that you're on the same page. He was also very helpful in setting up the lesson times and locations.

It was my first time trying the drums and I didn't have a drum set yet. Steven took the time to sit down with me and discuss which drum sets were good for the price.

Overall, this was a great experience!
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Steven B.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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About Kimberly C.

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Dundee, IL

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About Kimberly
Hello! My name is Kimberly and I teach:
-Guitar
-Piano
-Vocals
-Acting
-Ukulele

As a participant in All State choir in high school, the only female in the U-46 district to make District 9 state Jazz choir, and the recipient of over 20 awards for singing, I'm at a place where I can use my experiences to help you start your journey!
I've been singing and playing my instruments for all of my life. My talents have taken me across the United States and back, even singing the National Anthem on Fox for the World's Strongest Man competition.
Having a passion for music, I picked up piano and guitar at a young age and studied both for years, finding new ways of combining the two with voice and also being able to play them separately or simply use them for songwriting.
Whether you're interested in playing piano, guitar, singing, or d
oing a combination, we will find your music genre where your passion lies and take it to new levels. I can coach you on your stage performance or even help prepare you for choral/band concerts in school.
For my adult students I can help take your gift to new levels, making it easier for you to perform with confidence and do what you've always wanted to do musically.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are customized to the student's age, instrument, and level of interest. I combine early education practices with activities that go beyond just trial and error on instruments and give student's a chance to turn lessons into a fun game. With my methods students also develop a level of confidence that enables them to begin performing for friends and family. I have seen many young vocalists into elite choral groups through their schools and cities. One of my specialties is preparing students for auditions and 9/10 times they make it into the group they were auditioning for or won the solo in their group!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar
Amp
Electric Keyboard
Microphone
Mixer

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar
Amp

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in working with kids. My combination of fun activities combined with an early education approach to teaching result in students who really enjoy the lessons and truly learn something at an age when it's so crucial to introduce the arts.
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Brianna May 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Kimberly patiently went through my 3yrs old nursery rhyme selection! Very happy!
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Danny S. January 5, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She is amazing, made me feel more comfortable in singing.
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jaqulyn A. December 12, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Kimberly is amazing! She is so supportive, positive, and encouragaing. She is very helpful and just fantastic. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
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Kimberly C.

Kimberly C.

Dundee, IL 60118
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About Katarina L.

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Westmont, IL
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About Katarina
I attended six years at State Conservatory and graduated with Magister degree from Comenius University in former Czechoslovakia. I performed during my college years with a chamber vocal-instrumental ensemble. I started teaching piano and music theory in 1987 at a music school and later I was giving piano lessons at private homes in Slovakia. In USA I traveled to homes to teach piano for several years. Currently I am a substitute piano and voice teacher at a local music/arts school.
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Katarina L.

Katarina L.

Westmont, IL 60559
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$35 / 30-min

About Britta Y.

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Round Lake, IL
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About Britta
My name is Britta, and I love piano and teaching! Music has brought great joy to my life, and it all started with the piano. I am eager to share that joy and power with you.

I started playing piano before I can remember and began lessons at age 5. I studied under my phenomenal teacher in Minnesota until I moved away when I was 18. I continued playing duets and quartets at her studio anytime I was back in Minnesota. I spent a few years living abroad and at college in Chicago. I taught first graders for a year at LEARN Excel Charter School in Chicago. Now I’ve relocated to Round Lake Beach, where I have a beautiful 80-year-old baby grand piano and a peaceful in-home studio.

When it comes to music, I think it's important to stay relaxed, push yourself, and have fun. Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be a very rich and
transformative experience for anyone. Whatever it is you're looking for in learning piano, I'm eager to help and share the gifts my teacher gave me.
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Leon J. December 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Britta was so encouraging for my 8 year old nephew who is just starting out on the piano. She's flexible (had to reschedule a couple of times) and kind which creates a comfortable learning environment.
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Emma September 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had a good time at her first lesson !
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Tru September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter was very happy with her lesson. She is excited to learn and grow with her skills.
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Britta Y.

Britta Y.

Round Lake, IL 60073
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About Nina P.

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Chicago, IL
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Teacher with multiple studio locations who specializes in songwriting, indie, classical, folk, metal-hardcore, and open tuning lessons "I have a strong stance on crafting lessons for individuals. A teacher should present a balance of what the student wants to learn, as well as what they should."

teaches from two studio locations (Ohare and Logan Square)

"I will almost always encourage a student to do a songwriting exercise to establish a students understanding of a riff he/she has just played. It helps with learning long run!"

She has been performing shows around Chicago for 2 years as the musical act "Indisposed" and has toured the past year. She has worked with the Lane Tech Guitar Ensemble Program, lecturing in songwriting and composition. She is great with young kids, teaching students as young as 3.

"If you're a studen
t who wants to learn anything from the Pop/Beatles to Spanish/world music, Classical, Punk, Metal, a 'niche' genre, or focus on songwriting/theory. I will provide custom made lessons each week for your learning needs. My method is a mixture of classical training and ear focused. You will always be sure to go home with video recaps of our lessons or a visual aid."
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Rob Livingston May 4, 2017
· Guitar ·
Nina is awesome, patient, and understanding of what i would like to learn and accomplish out of my lessons. I highly recommend her for anyone, who would like a highly intelligent teacher who wants her students to succeed in her lessons.
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curtis willmore April 27, 2017
· Guitar ·
Learning guitar is hard work! Learning music is hard work! Nina is patient, knowledgeable, and disciplined, yet flexible enough if you want to explore a tangent. Be prepared to put in the work on your own in order to make the most of your lesson time.
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Brett Blessen March 24, 2017
· Guitar ·
Nina is very talented, I have zero music experience and in just a few weeks I am learning timing, reading rhythm and tab and starting to play some songs I want to learn. She has a real gift for music and teaching and is able to assess how a student learns and can modify the lesson seamlessly to fit that learning style. She is very patient and positive and its clear that Nina really cares about your progress. She's good people.
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Nina P.

Nina P.

Chicago, IL 60634
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$50 / 30-min
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About Felicia B.

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Dundee, IL
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About Felicia
I graduated with a bachelors in music education at Western Illinois University in 2012. At the university I received talent grants to play in the symphony orchestra as a violinist, I also sang in the school of music top choir. After graduating I immediately was offered a position at a music studio in Geneva and have been successfully working for them for the last 5 years. For the last 3 years I have worked at a middle school in Elmhurst as a choir director and also was the vocal director for 3 musicals and head director for 2 plays. I have background with special education students from ages 5-13.

Although I am primarily a violinist and vocalist I also teach up to intermediate in piano, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar at the music studio. I believe that it is important for the student to be able to learn music theory at their skill l
evel, problem solving, and also enjoying what they play. Beginning lessons will give students a strong foundation of their instrument but adding on solo music.
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Alyson June 18, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Felicia is a great teacher! We work well together, she asks how I want to learn and she helps me to understand what I’m learning! As an adult learner, it helps that she can modify my lesson to suit my specific needs. I think this will be a great partnership!!
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Autumn March 18, 2018
· Viola · In studio
Felicia has truly helped me improve on the viola. From spotting my wrong bow hold to making sure that I am absolutely positive on where the fingerings are for the key, she has most definetly improved my playing over all and is helping me advance past most of my peers in my school orchestra.
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Shelly February 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son has really been enjoying his lessons. He just started in the fall and was able to pick up a new song and play it a home. I’m very impressed with what he’s learning from Felicia. She creates a warm encouraging environment for him to learn in. I highly recommend her for lessons
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Felicia B.

Felicia B.

Dundee, IL 60118
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$35 / 30-min

About Molly M.

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Wheaton, IL

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About Molly
15 years ago, I started learning to play piano and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am a doctoral student at Wheaton Graduate School, and enjoy playing and teaching piano in my free time.

I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I played piano professionally for weddings, shows, and musicals. I have led worship for many churches in Michigan and Connecticut. During my time at Yale, I was president of an organization called Yale Musical Cure, in which I played piano at hospitals, hospices, and benefit concerts. At Yale, I also gained teaching experience, and have loved teaching students ever since.

My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has her or his own aspirati
ons. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests, whether that is classical, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.

Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning songs!

I am a flexible teacher and am excited to teach students to truly understand music and enjoy playing the piano. Please reach out if you have any questions or interest in taking lessons.
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Lindsey S. November 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Molly has been teaching my two children age 7 and 8 for almost 2 months. She is professional, kind, and patient.
I highly recommend her service.

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Molly M.

Molly M.

Wheaton, IL 60187
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$25 / 30-min

About Michael L.

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Lake in the Hills, IL
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I'm a dad, music lover, collector of Funko Pops! I grew up playing piano and drums, then specialized in drums thru HS where I studied with some top names in CA, several of which are still big names in the industry today. I picked up Trumpet and, after marching 3 yrs with a DCI Champion Drum Corps (yes I won DCI) I focused on Trumpet performance in college and then 12 years in the U.S. Navy Band.

YEARS of performing and thousands of gigs later, I left the service and now I'm looking to add more students to my schedule. I have taught many students privately over the years while performing.

I have studied Trumpet with professors and performers in major orchestras. While looking for a teacher, I value a highly-experienced instrumentalist who knows the ins-and outs of getting success with that horn (as opposed to an education major tha
t can show how to hold a trumpet and push buttons)

Hope to meet you soon!
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Michael L.

Michael L.

Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
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$35 / 45-min

About Dan L.

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Berwyn, IL

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A Chicago area native, I received a BM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in 1990.I have been teaching and playing professionally full time since 1994. I have performed, toured or recorded with Liz Phair, Poi Dog Pondering, and Liquid Soul.Currently I play with Tributosaurus and Under The Streetlamp. I tailor lessons to students’ individual wants and needs, balancing a regular syllabus with custom lesson plans and real world performance experience. Let’s play Drums!
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Jasmine August 8, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Dan taught me to play dozens of genres over a decade of study, ranging from jazz and Latin standards to 9-min long progressive metal epics, and that one World Tour orchestral score with the tempo modulation. I've played at drop-in jazz jams and rock gigs thanks to Dan's training. Highly recommend.
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Chris August 8, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Dan knows the drums thoroughly and knows how get students to play quickly. Highest recommendation
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Stephanie August 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
We had a wonderful experience with Dan as my son's drum instructor. My son started at a fairly young age (6) and was interested in playing more what he heard on the radio, anywhere from Taylor Swift to Metallica. Dan was extremely patient in developing his lessons with my son by incorporating these types of songs in his lesson and keeping my son's interest up throughout the 30 minute lesson/"jam session." I'd highly recommend Dan to anyone interested in learning drum skills like those of Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, and other rock and roll legends.
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Dan L.

Dan L.

Berwyn, IL 60402
(6)
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About Aviva C.

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Vernon Hills, IL

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About Aviva
I am a professional violinist and teacher with 20 years of playing, and almost 10 years of teaching experience. This July, I received my Master's degree in violin performance from the Royal College of Music, the #1 music conservatory in Europe and the UK.

I teach violin because it is my passion, because I love music, and because of the joy, confidence, and positive motivation my students experience over the course of their lessons. Every student is unique, and my approach tailors to the needs, questions, and interests of my students. Together, we develop strong technique, healthy posture and hand positions, a great understanding of music theory, quick note-reading and sight-reading skills, and a variety of tools to play beautifully and expressively.

In addition to my education, my teaching draws on extensive experience in orchestr
as, chamber groups, and as a soloist, across many U.S. states and abroad. I was assistant concertmaster of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London, won state and national competitions in chamber music, and performed for live broadcast on Chicago's classical radio 98.7 WFMT as well as National Public Radio's program, "From the Top."
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Sandra August 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
My talented daughter has had a number of teachers, but Aviva was her favorite! We were sorry she had to move away. She has great warmth and patience, particularly important with younger students.
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Anne August 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
Aviva's lessons were fun and motivating for my son who started learning violin with her. She gave him the taste for music and violin. She interacts with children beautifully, motivates them and makes it really enjoyable for them!
We are sad she left London. Would highly recommand her!
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Aviva C.

Aviva C.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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