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These Music teachers are highly rated by students in the Buffalo Grove area, including La Grange, Elgin, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights and Orland Park.

Paulette L.

Streamwood, IL 60107

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About Paulette

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My name is Paulette L., and I am a recent graduate of Elmhurst College, which is located in the nearby suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois. In May, I earned my Bachelor's in Music Business along with minors in Communications and Spanish.

Music has played a significant role in my life since I began studying piano at the age of 5, and it continued to play this significant role after I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. After about 7 years of piano studies and 2 years of guitar studies, I decided to take a small break from my overall music studies and instead place my focus on my academics and additional extracurricular activities. Shortly after beginning high school, however, I started up my guitar studies again through my involvement in my Parish'€™s Young Adult Choir/Band. Shortly afterwards, during my sophomo

re year of high school to be precise, I was walking by the piano in the living room of my house and felt a small tug to sit down and try to plunk out a few measures of a slightly familiar song; ever since then, I have not been quite able to stop wanting to keep learning!

Throughout the four years I studied and enhanced my skills at Elmhurst College, I took private lessons for Piano, Classical Guitar, and Voice, and I have completed four levels of Music Theory. I am organized, hard~working, detail~oriented, accustomed to working with people of a variety of age groups and learning preferences, sociable, adaptable, easy to get along with, fair, creative, pro~active, and proficient in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact TakeLessons and I wish you the best in your future music studies!

Paulette L.
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January 27, 2019
Robert
Paulette is very friendly, knowledgeable and patient with beginners. Her musical experience in many areas serves her students tremendously well.
January 6, 2019
John G.
Great teacher! Very knowledgeable and enjoyable to learn from.
January 6, 2019
Linda ..
Paulette was knowledgeable and prepared for my lesson. She tailored it to my needs and objectives.

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Paulette L.

Streamwood, IL

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Hunter D.

Chicago, IL 60618

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About Hunter

My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the ideas of creativity and cooperative problem solving. I believe that all musicians should be actively training their ears as well as their abilities on their instrument. I focus on all elements of basic musicianship while incorporating improvisation and composition in an inspiring way.

I grew up playing jazz, soul, R&B, folk, reggae, ska, funk, and classical music. I feel very comfortable working within all of these genres in both performance and educational atmospheres.

Regardless of age, learning a new instrument or art form can be daunting, so I like to include some sort of entertaining activities to keep tension low and inspiration high.

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April 8, 2018
Cash
very engaging
November 15, 2017
Sloan
Exceeded our expectations! He was engaging, smart and fun with my daughter. She loved the time with him and can't wait for her next lesson.
July 13, 2017
Keely
Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.

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Hunter D.

Chicago, IL

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Oliver H.

Chicago, IL 60647

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About Oliver

I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years where I play up

right for a classical chamber pop group called the Nine Worlds Ensemble and for a jazz group with Frank Catalano, a popular Chicago sax-man. I co-managed, played upright bass, and sang for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.

I am currently dreaming up my own jazz-inspired project called the ohm trio. Working on my debut record under my solo name ohm. Be on the look out!
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January 28, 2019
Parke
Going to be fun
October 24, 2018
Megan
Oliver is a wonderful teacher. This is my daughter's second guitar teacher and what a difference from the first. He is enthusiastic, talented, patient and a lovely person. All qualities that truly make him the best instructor. She is learning quickly and really looks forward to her guitar lessons each week. So happy that we found him!
October 8, 2018
YC W.
Would recommend! Oliver tailors classes to your level and goals. He is patient and gets excited about songs that you want to play.

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Oliver H.

Chicago, IL

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Bill L.

Chicago, IL 60661

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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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August 12, 2019
Britney N.
Good communication and best explanation
January 26, 2019
Nathan F.
Good explanations and efficient with time!
November 21, 2018
Jasmine
Had played piano when I was young, and missed playing it. Bill is an excellent motivator and helped me enjoy practicing again and playing new pieces!

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Bill L.

Chicago, IL

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Genevieve T.

Forest Park, IL 60130

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About Genevieve

I am a professional cellist, skilled in all solo, chamber, and orchestra settings. My playing has invited me into the top ranking music festivals in the world including Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and many others. These opportunities have led me to perform with the New York Philharmonic.

Growing up, I studied with a Philadelphia orchestra cellist who prepared me for conservatory auditions. After being accepted into all 7 universities and conservatories I applied to including the Juilliard School, I decided to go to the Cleveland Institute of Music where I got my Bachelors of Music in cello performance. I studied with the former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and also with one of the best Suzuki pedagogues in the country. I, then, got a Masters in Music in cello performance

from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. There, I studied with one of the most internationally renowned cello professors in the world who has shaped me into the musician I am today. In addition, I got my Suzuki Certification in all 10 levels of cello books after completing a 2 year year rigorous Suzuki pedagogy program.

In my second year at Northwestern, I won a fellowship, covering my full tuition and acceptance into The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. This is the apprentice orchestra under the Chicago Symphony. We worked with all the conductors that came in to play with the symphony. Yo Yo Ma, the most famous cellist of all time, is the creative consultant for the Civic Orchestra and we got to work with him 4 or 5 times a year.

I have traveled and performed with my string quartet ATLYS representing Lincoln Center in New York City. We have traveled around the world playing crossover music, where we play arrangements of pop, jazz, folk, traditional, rock, indie, alternative, rap, but always return to the forever-beautiful classical quartets, as well.

Because of this, I have learned to play extended techniques on the cello and learned different styles of playing, like Celtic gigs and reels and cool jazzy bass lines. I think this is a fun unique quality that I can add to a student's cello development when studying with me.

I arrange music for string quartet, too. I think it's important for my students to also learn some basic music theory as it can develop a student's understanding of music at a much deeper level. This can make a student appreciate how a piece is created and where a phrase needs tension or where it needs to be released. It's very important for their musicality.
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September 8, 2019
Addison
She has been doing a wonderful job with my daughter. My daughter absolutely loves working with her.
August 8, 2019
Nathaniel
March 16, 2019
Emily S.
Teacher is wonderful and very responsible! We're lucky to have her!

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Genevieve T.

Forest Park, 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

Hera S.

Chicago, IL 60657

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About Hera

Hey there! My name is Hera and I am a patient and enthusiastic music teacher! I love employing fun games and tactics to the learning experience, and I am constantly looking for ways to make the learning process more exciting. When taking guitar, voice, or piano lessons with me, you will not only learn the fundamentals of each instrument but also how to head music, and tips and tricks on how to be the best performer you can be! Can't wait to get started working with you! :)

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April 14, 2019
Angelina C.
She is everything my daughter is looking for. Great great job. Very glad we got Hera to help our daughter.

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Chicago, IL

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Rachael L.

Chicago, IL 60640

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About Rachael

I am a professional opera singer and teacher currently working in the Chicago area. I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts (Voice) from Carnegie Mellon University and my Master of Music (Voice) from Roosevelt University (CCPA).

Our first lesson together will be exploratory. We will work together to establish goals and the steps needed to get there. I believe it is important to not only identify what needs work, but what your strengths are as well.

From there, we can work on sight reading, rhythm work, breath control, and other building blocks to create a solid vocal foundation. I am more than happy to help you learn songs that are brought in, but I will recommend some as well. While I do specialize in opera and classical, we can work on Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, Country, etc. Good technique is good technique no matter what the genre!


Need clarification? Do you have questions already? No problem! Send me a message or let's set up a phone call. I can't wait to meet you!
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July 20, 2019
Lily T.
Rachel is so incredibly patient, yet persistent, with teaching our daughter proper technique. Our daughter has shown tremendous improvement after only a handful of lessons. Very happy with the progress!
April 10, 2019
Elizabeth
Rachael is a wonderful person and singer! She has a way of connecting with people to make them feel at ease right away. I highly recommend her knowledge and experience as a singer and performer. If you are thinking about studying voice and reading this review, definitely contact Rachael!
April 10, 2019
Brianne
I really enjoy working with Rachael! She has a great understanding of technique, communicates clearly, and makes singing fun!

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Rachael L.

Chicago, IL

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