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About Jeff F.

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Chicago, IL
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About Jeff
I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

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With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused
practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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Dan Carmona September 27, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Jeff is very good and thorough. Works hard with you to do the excercises right. Definitely would recommend him
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Matt April 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jeff provided a great overview for my daughter. Wonderful first lesson.
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RIo July 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
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$35 / 30-min

About Sarah P.

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Plainfield, IL

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About Sarah
Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music a
nd why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.

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Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
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Maxwell M. August 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Max is 3 years old boy who doesn't talk yet. He was shy at the beginning but teacher was very positive, supportive during the class. After the class at the car Max wanted to go back. :)
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Delila D. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Granddaughter liked her first lesson
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Brian P. October 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good teacher.
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Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL 60586
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$27 / 30-min

About Andrew A.

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Batavia, IL

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About Andrew
Hi!! My name is Andrew Andrew and I'm excited to teach you to play music! When I was 10 I was intrigued by the drums. The more I learned, the more it became my dream to be a pro drummer and bring joy to people's lives through music. After years of taking private lessons, and graduating from Musicians Institute, I'm proud to say I've become a full time professional musician. Along with my passion for playing, I find joy in sharing what I know with my students so they too can become successful!

I can teach, kids, teenagers, and adults! My students feel like rock stars and have fun with every lesson. With me, you will learn to play drums to your favorite songs, understand what you're playing, and create your own music!

I custom design a clear lesson plan to help each of my students reach their goals and receive the full benefits o
f playing music. My availability is limited, so I can guide truly excited students towards success. Let's make music!
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Tara H. November 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I have twin boys, who just turned 11 years old. They both have been taking guitar lessons for just under 2 years. They love taking guitar lessons, but, typically, only do the minimum requirement for practice. However, we recently began working with Andrew and, for the first time ever, they went back in, after their lesson, and practiced for another 30 minutes. This is a great testament to Andrew and how much they love working with him. Obviously, I highly recommend Andrew!!
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Andrew A.

Andrew A.

Batavia, IL 60510
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$30 / 30-min

About Matt M.

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Mokena, IL

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About Matt
Hi! My name is Matt M. and I am the owner and founder of Black & White Music Services, Inc., a professional music education and production company.
I began teaching at a fairly early age and moved to teaching privately over 9 years ago. I have a deep passion for music and the guitar and do my best to instill that same passion in new and experienced players alike. Throughout my playing career I have participated in numerous ensembles including jazz bands, classical groups and quartets, as well as solo performance groups. I am extremely thorough when it comes to my teaching style. I make sure the student has a clear understanding of not only the how but also the why while keeping my curriculum fun and interesting. Every student is different and I do my best to gain an understanding of the individual and build a lesson plan best suited for
that individual.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Mia G. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Matt was very knowledgeable and patient with Mia, she is a beginner and Matt went through all the parts of the guitar and helped her tune her new guitar and showed her how to read notes. She is very excited to go to her next lesson. Thanks Matt.
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Jesus S. February 2, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Very nice and outgoing instructor. My son is very excited with what he learned on his first guitar lesson.
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Brandon C. January 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My 18 year son had his first lesson and he was so excited to realize he will soon be able to play. He actually went home and started practicing!
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Matt M.

Matt M.

Mokena, IL 60448
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$25 / 30-min

About Sara N.

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Chicago, IL

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Sara Neilson grew up in Alexandria VA, and began her musical career as a violinist. Though she always wanted to play music for a living, it wasn’t until college that she fell in love with the bass and decided to pursue it professionally. After earning degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance, she received a master's degree in Bass Performance from DePaul University, where she was runner up in the Concerto Competition. Since graduating, she has taught double bass in a variety of settings around Chicago. Her students have performed at the Obama Foundation, the Aspen Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. She had performed at the Chautauqua Institute, Eastern Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival and has appeared locally with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her te
achers include Rob Kassinger, Ira Gold, and Owen Lee. In her free time, Ms. Neilson enjoys knitting sweaters, doing vinyasa yoga, and daydreaming about her future dog, Button.
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Joshua July 5, 2016
· Music Performance · In home
Sara has a great eye for detail, and has various ways of articulating what she either sees or hears in a person's playing. She does well in meeting the student where they are in order to encourage them along the way, while maintaining the teacher student relationship, something not easily done. Her experience, willingness to help and patience all make her a very excellent instructor in my opinion!
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Elizabeth S. March 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Sara is patient, professional, thorough and encouraging. She is really helping me along with my bowing technique. Highly recommended :)
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Sini H. November 23, 2015
· Upright Bass · In home
Our high school son bounced around from teacher to teacher till he met Sara. She is an excellent straight forward teacher. Who just brings the best out in his playing. She is detailed and focused. Highly recommended.
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Sara N.

Sara N.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Elliot E.

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Chicago, IL

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My goal is to make music fun and to create a collaborative learning experience, to aid in the development of a mature oboe sound. I earned my Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa in 2016. I have 6 years of college teaching experience as an Oboe Instructor from both Cornell College and Mount Mercy University in Iowa. I have also coached several chamber music groups, student woodwind quintets and oboe seminar classes. My duties also included senior recital preparation, serving on recital committees, and performing in many faculty and student side-by-side concerts. I have taught students who aspire for a music career, as well as those who simply enjoy participating in band and orchestra ensembles as they pursue other interests. I also have extensive experience teaching a private studio of middle school and high school stud
ents, preparing them for state contests and college auditions.

Aside from my teaching duties, I am also a member of a professional symphony orchestra. In October of 2017, I won the Second Oboe audition with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. I also continue to perform as a substitute oboist with many orchestras and ensembles across the Midwest.

Many young oboists feel at the mercy of their reeds, and this can be a source of great frustration and anxiety. Oboe reeds are notorious for their recalcitrance and the frustrating challenges they present to young oboists. Having stable, working reeds is vital for oboe students to feel successful. I am experienced in oboe reed adjustments to help students overcome difficulties with their reeds. I’ve witnessed how young oboists immediately feel more musically confident when their reeds are no longer a hindrance.

For students to succeed in music, they need to feel it is enjoyable. During my weekly lesson time I can often be heard performing oboe duets with my students. This has the effect of making music fun, creating a collaborative learning experience, and aids in the development of a mature oboe sound.
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Alec August 19, 2018
· Oboe · In studio
Elliot was my lesson teacher for about three years in total. He began as my teacher my Junior year of High School, then continued to be my teacher through my freshman year. Elliot is most definitely one of the most influential people in my life. He helped me grow as a musician, and he helped me through so many personal struggles in both the music world and my social world. Elliot was absolutely life-changing for me as a teacher, and I recommend him for any level of oboe student.
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Elliot E.

Elliot E.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$50 / 30-min

About John K.

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Romeoville, IL

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I studied both electric and classical guitars at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I first began giving guitar lessons at the age of 20. I went to a local music store to take lessons. Within a month, he was offered a job giving lessons. I took it. I worked there for three years and then went on his own to establish my own business.

From 1994 to the present I have been recorded on 12 CD projects. My music has been heard in more than 16 countries. I have written and co-written numerous songs.

I have performed with, composed for, accompanied, backed up, taught, and produced many people. My Love of Music and the Guitar is impeccable. My playing and positive attitude on life itself, has inspired people form all over the world.
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John K.

John K.

Romeoville, IL 60446
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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 Khara G.

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Country Club Hills, IL
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I am a professional Music Educator, Music Director, and Arts Administrator with over 25 yrs experience as a Saxophonist. I have a very long, successful, and diverse music background with many areas of expertise and training. Some of these areas include: Saxophone Performance and Instruction, Drumline Directing, Choral Directing, Arts Management/Administration, Music Technology & Sound Recording, Drum Major/Band Leadership & Training, Choreography, and much more. If it's Music or Education related - I can probably help you!

My background includes being a former HBCU Drum Major, former Interim Artistic Director of a major professional Jazz Ensemble, and earning a Bachelor's of Science in Music and 2 Master Degrees (Arts Management and Teaching). I am currently a licensed public school Music Teacher and Music Director of a youth Drumlin
e and Chorus. My music students have excelled and grown each year tremendously and I am very proud of all of their hard work, our performances, and achievements. Most recently, a group of my middle school students and I were flown out to Anaheim, California by The NAMM Foundation to perform at The NAMM Show 2018! My students had the experience of a lifetime performing before large audiences, sharing the stage with professional recording artists, meeting various celebrities, and experiencing the full "red carpet" treatment complete with free Disneyland Tickets! Not only that, thanks to The NAMM Foundation, my youth Drumline received an extremely generous financial donation and support to build the program to even greater levels!

Now taking my Music instruction to greater levels, I am expanding music lessons to all ages via TakeLessons and can help you towards achieving your musical goals. Whether it's Saxophone Instruction, Beginner Percussion Instruction, training for Drum Major auditions, or simply learning to read music - contact me and let's see how I can help!
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Khara G.

Khara G.

Country Club Hills, IL 60478
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$34 / 30-min

About Jus E.

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Hazel Crest, IL
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I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. and CEO of my own record label Music Evolution Group.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

As a professional recording artist I perform frequently while co-writing, recording, and meeting with record labels. . I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Tonya November 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
I love Ebony! SHe is awesome! Patient and good at what she does! She also taught me how to write a hit song! I would recommend her to anyone!
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Jus E.

Jus E.

Hazel Crest, IL 60429
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