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About Rick T.

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Elburn, IL
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About Rick
A bachelors degree in music ed, a masters degree in jazz studies and 25+ years of playing, teaching and performing experience comes with you to every one of our lessons. Whether it be on trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano or voice I will consistently stress fundamentals that lead students towards the musicians they strive to be. I feel incorporating music that is relevant to the student and his or her goals is paramount and doable! I will always demonstrate the techniques and ideas I espouse. Lastly, I show my students the joy music has put in my life and in turn, show them how to play music towards the same ends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are typically broken up into 5 main parts
1) physical technique and warm up
- this refers to the mastery of the physical movements involved in playing the instrument
2) vocabulary practi
ce (either by reading and/or by ear)
- scales
- chords
3) reading
- sight reading
- prepared reading
4) learning to play by ear
- song transcription and analysis
5) warm down and re-emphasis of key concepts

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio lessons are taught in the front room of the house. There is an acoustic piano, an electric piano, a music stand, stereo, guitar, amp, laptop, trumpets, books, and seating are all available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have everything I need and can furnish music. I expect student to have a stand and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I can improvise proficiently and understand music theory very well

***Special Notes***
-if you are located slightly outside my travel radius especially fox valley usually I can accommodate
-if you cant find a time that works usually i am able to fit you in somewhere else. i am flexible!
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Elijah November 24, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Rick is a great instructor, very knowledgable, patient, and encouraging.
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Don W. November 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !
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Don W. November 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !
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Rick T.

Rick T.

Elburn, IL 60119
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$29 / 30-min

About Tina P.

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Hampshire, IL

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Professional keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Piano-Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki
Voice- Bel Canto, broadway, pop, jazz
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Tina P.

Tina P.

Hampshire, IL 60140
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$20 / 30-min

About Nathaniel S.

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Crystal Lake, IL
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About Nathaniel
Hello my name is Nate. I have been playing guitar since my early teenage years, and I have always had a great passion for music. I have played guitar for two different bands and have also done solo and independent work on the guitar. I took guitar lessons for four years and I am currently at McHenry Country College working towards my associate's degree in fine arts and music. I have taught guitar for almost three years now and I am looking to expand my horizons! I am only twenty-one years old and I still remember what it feels like to be someone first starting out on guitar. I have worked with many different age groups and musical genre's when teaching, and I know that I can help you get to the skill level you hope to achieve on guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are generally plan-based around the pre-existing skill level of e
ach individual student. I will give the student exercises and assign practice "homework" so the student can achieve what they want to learn, as fast as they want to learn it. I am laid back and willing to teach at any pace desired by any student. After six months a beginner on guitar will have learned all the basic chords, a few cover songs of their choice, exercises to help improve speed and stamina while playing, and the knowledge of how to use the chords they have learned to create their own songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio, guitars, amps, mics, pa system, bass guitars, street parking.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the playing of acoustic guitar, punk-rock guitar, alternative rock guitar, classic rock guitar, metal guitar, and pop rock guitar. I also specialize in teaching song-writing and soloing. I teach the classical modes and key signatures on the guitar and show how to implement them with tempo and time signatures into songwriting. I know many cover songs and am willing to learn more and show others how to play them.
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Anna C. December 29, 2012
· Guitar ·
Two thumbs up!

Nate’s knowledge and interest in guitar is evident. He explains key signatures, basic music theory, and chord progression in a way that is easy to understand. Nate is very patient and understanding and he is willing to teach just about anything you wish to learn. I’ve already learned so much in the short time I have taken lessons with him. I’d recommend taking lessons with Nate to anyone and everyone!
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Sean S. December 23, 2012
· Songwriting ·
Nate knows music, and knows how to teach it.

I have been in a band with Nate for almost three years now. He knows the guitar like it's a part of him. When I first picked up the guitar I was amazed at how quickly he was able to teach me, and at how quickly I learned. I drum for Nate's band, but I wanted to learn guitar so I could help with the writing of new songs. Nate showed me all I needed to know and more. I no longer take lessons with him because I gained all the knowledge of guitar I needed to. Nate was very good at relating the instrument to me in a way that I understood, and showing me not only how to play certain things, but why they were played that way. I would recommend him to anyone first starting out on the guitar.
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Nathaniel S.

Nathaniel S.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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$29 / 30-min

About Kay S.

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Avalon, WI
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About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Clinton, WI 53525
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$20 / 30-min

About Eric W.

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Rockford, IL

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For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique,
while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
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John T. January 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
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Leah July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
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Emily February 13, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Rockford, IL 61107
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About Christopher J.

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DeKalb, IL

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Hello All! My name is Christopher and I am excited to begin working with you all. I began teaching voice in 2012 as a student in Bowling Green, OH. I enjoying watching students progress and to help the find their own voice! I am fun, energetic, caring and dedicated. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2013 from Bowling Green State University. I have a Graduate Performers Certificate in performance from Northern Illinois University where I am currently completing my Masters of Music in performance.
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Greg December 11, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
easy going, helpful and put me at ease. Looking forward to taking more lessons!
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Jamie F. October 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Christopher was wonderful! I had a great first lesson.
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Alex September 2, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
Amazing job all around! He used many visuals and examples to help me figure out how to properly use my voice and get it resonating to its fullest potential. Great personality and fantastic teaching skills!
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Christopher J.

Christopher J.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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About Julie B.

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Loves Park, IL

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About Julie
Does your piano sit silently collecting dust? Did you take piano lessons when you were a kid, but don't remember how to play? Would you like to play your favorite songs, but aren't sure how? Would you like to see your child beam with pride while playing a song with no help?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, book with me today! I can't wait to help you or your child reach your musical goals!
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Alexis W. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alexis really likes her piano lessons even though she gets fustrated. She looking forward to her next 5 lessons with you Julie B. She really likes you.
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Payton April 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
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Terri August 13, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
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Julie B.

Julie B.

Loves Park, IL 61111
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$20 / 30-min

About Lana G.

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Huntley, IL
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About Lana
Lana G is an active piano teacher and music educator in the western suburbs of Chicago. For 25 years, she has been a successful, passionate and devoted piano instructor.

She discovered her love and talent for music early in life. In her youth she attended specialized music schools for 8 years, before attending college and then university. She earned several degrees in music and piano performance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Music Instruction. After attending the Music Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, she earned her master’s degree in Piano Performance, Conducting and Choir Instruction.

She teaches many students that are a variety of ages and ability. She teaches many different musical styles, including Popular, Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and Blues. Her teaching emphasis in on keeping music enjo
yable and exciting.

Her piano study combines theory, technique, and performance that gives the student a basic understanding of music from the beginning through advanced levels. Presented so skillfully that the student can't wait for the next lesson. She believes that students must feel nurtured and accepted. She strives to create in her piano instruction joyful experiences and positive memories.

Lana maintains a piano studio in her home, where she has both a grand piano and an digital keyboard.
She although teaches on Skype.
She doesn't travel to students homes!!!!!
In addition to her love of music, she enjoys golf, skiing and travel with her husband.
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Korey August 27, 2017
· Piano · Online
Lana has proven to be a wonderful teacher over the past couple of months since I have been using her. I have a demanding sales job in Florida that requires me to travel by car all of the time. Basically living out of hotel rooms a couple months out of the year, I have not been able to continue my hobbies so easily especially playing the piano. After having a dinner conversation with a co-worker, he mentioned to me that I take online piano classes. He knew of Lana through a relative that recently had a recital that he attended and was impressed with their progress. Sounded like a great idea. I reached out to Lana, put the keyboard in the trunk of the car, and the rest was history! I was a little hesitant of taking online instruction at first but it really has allowed me to continue my hobbies on the road and greater flexibility when I am home as well. The quality of the video streaming works well and I really enjoy the instruction that Lana has provided for me. She seemed to understand my pace of learning and had me fine tuning some technical issues that I was having. I am extremely satisfied with her services and look forward to our instructional sessions. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in taking piano lessons online or in person.
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Marie May 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I began taking lessons from Lana in October 2016, after 50 years of being away from the piano. Who would have thought that learning to play again in my retirement years would bring such joy! I am learning to play classical, popular, holiday classics and looking forward to learning blues and jazz! My THANKS to Lana, who is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher, as well as an accomplished and gifted musician. She knows how to make learning fun.
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Gigi May 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I'm a first time piano student at a ripe golden age that thought I wouldn't have to learn to read notes...haha! I was apprehensive about taking piano lessons at this stage of life. Lana is the best...she is patient, challenging, supportive, and makes learning fun. She starts you off with songs you enjoy playing and builds to a variety. I've only been playing for a short time and I already have a great mix of popular songs and now moving into classical. She even made learning notes fun with an app she found. You learn and play at your own pace. I've seen her interact with young and old and am impressed with her aptitude of working with each person at their unique skill level. I love learning piano from Lana and I would recommend her to people and children of all ages.
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Lana G.

Lana G.

Huntley, IL 60142
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About Amelia H.

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DeKalb, IL

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About Amelia
I am dedicated to giving my students a quality education and passionate about the arts.

I teach:

-Voice
Improve your vocal skills in a variety of genres, including classical, opera, jazz, pop and broadway.

-Audition prep
Whether its for the school musical, the solo in choir, national anthem or community play, I can help you nail that next audition with my tips and tricks for audition prep.

-Piano Fundamentals
Things like scales, arpeggios and basic chord progressions are important tools for singers to know if they want to run their own warm-ups.

Song Writing
-Learn basic chord progressions on piano and become a whiz at song-writing! I can help you with that hook you have been working on.

I studied Vocal Performance at Northern Illinois University, My genres range from classical, blues, jazz, pop and Broadway.
My choral experience includes the NIU Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Opera Theater. Classically trained, I emphasize the importance of breath support and vowel placement. I also hold a strong love for the stage, especially musical theater. I am active in the DeKalb community as a primary cantor for the NIU Newman Catholic Student Center.
Aside from school, I enjoy music as a freelance performing artist writing songs on the piano, playing various venues across the Chicagoland area.
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James E. January 19, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
Throughout each lesson, I learned something new about myself. She was very patient, informative, and always had good things to say about you and your acting/voice skills. She helped awaken my creative theatre mind again and I’m thankful for that. I highly recommend taking her if you want a good experience in learning or enhancing your acting/voice skills!
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Jennifer R. November 21, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
My daughter, Jadelynn took lessons with Amelia to help her get ready for an audition with AMDA. Amelia was professional and extremely helpful. Jadelynn was very confidant after the prep classes and felt that her audition went very well. So it did, we just got the call that she was accepted and awarded two scholarships.
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Amelia H.

Amelia H.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$25 / 30-min

About Kayla S.

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DeKalb, IL
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About Kayla
Hi there! My name is Kayla, and I am a cellist and cello teacher with a passion for teaching. My goal is to foster a love and skill for music in as many people as possible! I have been teaching since 2011 and I have experience teaching all ages. My technique is personalized to the individual; I will try a few different things and really figure out what works for you. I have a BMA in music performance from Northern Illinois University. Some awards I have attained are: NIU Chamber Competition Winner 2014, Protege Philharmonic Concerto Competition Runner-Up. I can't wait to meet you and start on your musical journey!
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Kayla S.

Kayla S.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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