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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 ·
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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 Megan W.

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Des Plaines, IL
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About Megan
I have a background in classical symphony and wind ensemble music. I have played the flute and piccolo for 17 years, graduated from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy out of Elgin IL in 2007 and received the Arion award for musicianship. My experience in teaching private lessons has been primarily with beginner to intermediate level players, who either would like to learn for the first time, or that currently play in an ensemble and would benefit from one on one focused study.

I currently play with the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, am a performing and board member of the Lakeside Flutes, and also perform private events, such as weddings.
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Alexandra July 3, 2018
· Flute · In home
She was really awesome and took her time finding out what our daughters goals were, where she was and what she needed to work on. Great experience!
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Ava D. April 4, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Daughter was really happy with first lesson, learned 3 new notes.
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Christine B. October 27, 2014
· Flute · In home
Megan is very talented and has a lovely, gentle way about her. She is a really good fit for my daughter.
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Megan W.

Megan W.

Des Plaines, IL 60018
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$20 / 30-min

About Steven B.

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Bartlett, 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.

Steven B.

Bartlett, IL 60103
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About Tom S.

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Downers Grove, IL

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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
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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 Grace C.

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Carpentersville, IL
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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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Mikayla S. September 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter loved her first lesson. Grace is a great instructor. Thank you!
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kathy December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Grace has been truly wonderful with both my 5 year old daughter as well as with my own adult lessons. With no music background and hectic schedules, I am satisfied with the progress in both of our cases. Love her professional yet personable demeanor as well. Delightful chemistry with my young daughter which certainly promotes continuous interest in her early age group. Has already been recommended.
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Noah B. June 22, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great with my nearly 5 year old.
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Grace C.

Grace C.

Carpentersville, IL 60110
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About Matthew B.

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Woodridge, IL

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Hello, my name is Matthew B. and I love music! I have played brass instruments most of my life and have over 14 years of teaching experience.

I play the trombone at the advanced level and am proficient on the barritone (euphonium) and trumpet. I am also a trained vocalist.

I have enjoyed performing solos, and have played in ensembles, concert bands, and orchestras over the years, but some of my greatest satisfaction has come from teaching.

My goal is not merely to teach an instrument but to produce musicians. I take an interest in each student and know how to bring out their best. I inspire each student to succeed and truly enjoy making music.
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Thomas December 8, 2016
· Trombone ·
I took trombone lessons from Matthew when I was a relatively young trombone player. Matthew was always focused on helping me develop proper technique, which lead to better sound quality. He also spent time on other important topics besides just playing the instrument, such as instrument care and maintenance. Matthew puts in the effort to help his students succeed, and I definitely recommend him!
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Jessica K. November 17, 2016
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I have observed Matthew's vocal and trombone talent for more than 10 years. His insight is practical and he is great with both young people and adults. I definitely recommend his coaching to help you accomplish your musical goals.
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Nathan November 11, 2016
· Trombone · In studio
Matt's a first-rate musician and an excellent teacher. His passion for music is contagious and inspiring. I highly recommend him!
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Matthew B.

Matthew B.

Woodridge, IL 60517
(3)
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$25 / 30-min

About Bill L.

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Chicago, IL
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About Bill
I have always been a self-studier in my entire life. Being able to learn with just books and your brain is a crucial skill to have! However, I know not everyone (and sometimes even myself) have the discipline and motivation to keep going during hard times. This is where a tutor would come in handy.

I enjoy tutoring (doing it ever since I was in high school for my classmates) and helping other overcome problems that I have encountered myself because it enhances my own understanding and makes me happy that my self-studying is helping others. Sometimes, my students even bring up alternative ways of thinking that I have never thought of before!
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LT October 29, 2018
· Java · Online
Bill is very patient and breaks the material down in a simple way to understand. He's helpful and motivating. With his help, I was better able to understand my assignments and class material. Before his help, I was very confused about java concepts. I would definitely recommend him as a programming tutor!
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Lynette October 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Wanted to just learn to play my favorite song on the piano, but Bill ended up teaching me to play piano.
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JANET September 22, 2018
· Computer Programming · Online
Best instructor ever! Was very patience and thorough with me.
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Bill L.

Bill L.

Chicago, IL 60661
(20)
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$29.99 / 30-min

About Ben M.

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Berwyn, IL
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Although I've been a professional much of my adult life, it's been only in the last few years that I have become involved with teaching the instrument, and to my happy surprise, I have enjoyed getting to know all my students and helping each of them find the path towards successful improvement and music-making. I had a great teacher in college, and several since, and I'm happy to finally be "paying it forward."

My focus with all students is to insure that the student is grounded in the fundamentals of playing the trombone: Breathing, Relaxation, and Articulation, then to becoming a complete musician, performing in an interpretive and expressive manner.
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Ben M.

Ben M.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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$40 / 30-min

About Sam W.

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Elmhurst, IL
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8 years of guitar experience of multiple types, have had multiple jobs in which I have worked with kids aged 5-13, have teaching experience with children aged 5-10, I can cater to anyone tastes in music and create an evironment in which any child feels safe exploring their musical tastes and preferences.
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Sam W.

Sam W.

Elmhurst, IL 60126
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$15 / 30-min

About Erin W.

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Originally from Taylorsville, Georgia, Erin Wallace is a flutist and flute teacher currently residing in Chicago, IL. She is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from DePaul University, where she is a recipient of a performance award in the studio of Mark Sparks. She has private lessons and attends studio classes that are led by many well known flutists from the Chicago area (Chicago Symphony Orchestra members as well as Chicago Lyric Opera and freelancers) and DePaul community.

During her schooling, Erin performed as principal flutist as well as piccolist of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Contemporary Ensemble 20+, Baroque ensemble, as well as many varying chamber groups. Erin experienced similar opportunities during her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where she was a Hodgson Scholar.
During her time there she studied with Angela Jones-Reus, and she was featured on many recordings - from the UGA Wind Ensemble recordings to a flute studio holiday CD!

Erin frequently performs in solo and chamber ensemble settings, and has performed with the 5th Wave Collective, a Chicago-based performing group dedicated to performing works by female composers, and ensembles across the Southeast including the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Erin has also collaborated with many artists, notably Grammy-nominated John Burke, with whom she performed on a CD titled “Superstratum” (available on iTunes, Spotify and online).

Erin has presented workshops, sectionals and masterclasses to a multitude of audiences: from beginner flutists to upper level performers, and even to full woodwind sections with oboists, clarinetists, bassoonists, and saxophone players. Erin has successfully aided flutists in her private studios to attain their personal goals as well as further develop their musicianship. In Erin’s studio she prioritizes healthy performance techniques, positive mindsets, and encouraging well-balanced musicianship. She currently maintains a private studio in Chicago in Lincoln Park, and teaches students from around the world via Skype.

Erin has performed at the National Flute Association Convention and Georgia Music Educator Association Conventions, and she has been privileged to perform in master classes throughout the nation with such renowned artists as Sir James Galway, Stefan Hoskuldssohn, Jeanne Baxstresser, and more.
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Erin W.

Erin W.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$35 / 30-min

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