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Kelvin L.

154 Reviews
Bolingbrook, IL
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Chinese Mandarin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Music MA from University of Nottingham
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Kelvin L.

154 Reviews
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"Experienced fiddle performer and teacher of 25 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of fiddle perform skills. I specialize in blue grass, Celtic music typically use Celtic selection album and all level blue grass music books.

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis. I am very comfortable with all aspects

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Kelvin is a wonderful instructor! He is very patient, personable, and seems very passionate about what he does. I highly recommend Kelvin!

Cindy H.

12 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks French
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Choral Music from Melodious Accord Fellowship (Alice Parker)
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Cindy H.

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I work with students exclusively by ear, concentrating on development of rhythm and the syncopation of melody against rhythm.

About Cindy

Cindy has been making music for as long as she can remember. She was the assistant director of a synagogue children's choir by age 14 and has directed and sung with many community choirs and pickup groups since then. But it wasn't until 1996 that she discovered the autoharp and began teaching and

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Eugenie
Cindy is an amazing fiddle teacher. I came to her for help in learning old-time fiddle technique. I wanted something more than just learning the tune. Cindy is helping me improve my bowing style, be a better listener, and achieve a sound I always dreamed of but didn't know how to do.

When it comes to teachers, Cindy is the best of the best. She'll lay out exercises to build your skill step by step. If you love old-time music and want to excel at playing the fiddle, Cindy's your gal.
Marybeth M.
Cindy is teaching me how to play Old Time fiddle tunes and technique in the cross tune of GDGD. I find her to be an instructor that is both process-oriented (providing information about the music background"what,when,who,why") and product-oriented (how to play/technique). She always begins lessons with a review from the past lesson and the homework provided that she records and sends to me. Her demonstrations are very clear and are at a rate and pace comfortable to me. She provides clear verbal cues throughout the lessons. Cindy is very strong in task analysis, breaking down each tune part, beginning with bowing. Her feedback throughout lessons is both positive-specific and corrective-specific. Every lesson is highly enjoyable and filled with encouragement. I am a retired college professor in teacher education, and I know about the constructs of what makes a high quality teacher - Cindy, demonstrates this to me. I feel fortunate to have Cindy as my fiddle instructor.
Emily
I feel really lucky to have connected with Cindy on takelessons.com during the pandemic. I actually cannot think of another time a teacher has taught me so much so skillfully - and it's all happening over the internet! Cindy has a fabulous sense of humor, she is honest and good at her profession. She's more than a fiddle teacher, she shares a music tradition with wisdom and care.
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Julie C.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Bachelors in Education from Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 1986
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Julie C.

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As a teacher, I am extremely upbeat and encouraging! I meet students where they are and seek to make lessons enjoyable as well as challenging. I am absolutely passionate about bluegrass and old-time music! I began playing viola in 1972 at age 9, switched to fiddle (violin) in 2003, and have been performing in bands as a bluegrass fiddler ever since! Teaching is in my blood, as I was a full-time high school English teacher for 32 years prior to my recent retirement. I've been teaching fiddle students for the past five years, and have helped many beginning and intermediate students learn how to play songs and continue building their skills. I work primarily with training by ear, but can also help students learn to read music. If you're ready to "pull out the fiddle and rosin up the bow," then give me a call!

About Julie

I've been performing as a fiddler in bluegrass bands since 2003, and have absolutely loved my own journey as a musician! A lifelong musician, I started on viola at age 9 and played in school orchestra through high school and on into college, even as I earned my degree in secondary English Education

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Duncan
Julie is absolutely wonderful! She’s extremely patient and very talented. I was only able to take fiddling lessons for a relatively short amount of time (less than a year) but I feel that I walked away with an excellent start. Can not recommend enough!
Jennifer
Julie is an amazing fiddle teacher! It is intimidating to take lessons as an adult and she made me feel very comfortable from day one. She is fun and has a laid-back, warm personality. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn fiddle!
Ally
Julie is an amazing teacher! She tells you what you need to improve in a gentle way and is always enthusiastic about any progress you make, no matter how small.

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Daniel P.

16 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Bachelor of Music from Belmont University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Daniel P.

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I've toured with Celtic, Country, and Bluegrass bands, as well as with the violin troupe, Barrage. I have a knowledge of many different styles and have studied with players like Craig Duncan (Author and performer), Tammy Rogers-King (Fiddle player for Reba, and The Steeldrivers), and Tracy Silverman (electric violinist and Composer).

About Daniel

Daniel toured with the violin troupe, Barrage for two years playing Violin/Fiddle, Bagpipes, and Irish whistles. While touring with Barrage, Daniel performed for audiences in 11 different countries, and was involved with 103 high school and middle school workshops for over 6,861 students in 3 coun

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Sam K.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • B.S. in Energy Technology Graduated 1985 from Penn State University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Sam K.

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Sam K.

About Sam

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my mus

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Catherine
Sam was awesome - is a wealth of knowledge and skill and had so much to share. I will definitely be going back for many more lessons!
Katharina K.
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
Marc S.
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Gordon M.

6 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University
  • Teaching since 1999
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Gordon M.

6 Reviews
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I specialize in helping students learn practice and listening techniques that will allow you to make faster more efficient progress as well as increase your understanding of music and how you best learn to play. I teach many fiddle styles including Irish, Gypsy Jazz Old Time and Bluegrass. I specialize in Irish fiddle, which I have been playing and teaching for 25 years. I have studied in Ireland with numerous masters of the Irish fiddle such as Kevin Burke, Tommy Peoples , Martin Hayes, Matt Cranitch, Oisin Mac Diarmada and many others. I am founding member of the band Beyond The Pale and have taught at numerous camps and festivals including The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.
I also specialize in “Gypsy Jazz” or “ Hot Club of Paris” style jazz fiddle in the style of Stephane Grapelli and played for many years in the very popular Dallas based band The Texas Gypsies.

About Gordon

I love music and have been playing music since I was a small child. And I love helping to spread the joy of music by teaching. I have been teaching fiddle for over 20 years. I specialize in teaching fiddle and especially Irish fiddle, but I also teach many other fiddle styles including Gypsy Jazz ,

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Laura
"Mom, I don't want to study violin anymore" my young son said.-Oh no!- I was SO sad but I couldn't force him to play an instrument. And then, Hallelujah! we found Gordon. My boy began to take fiddle lessons with this amazing musician. And thus his very own love for the fiddle was born! He still plays. He is now 28. I can't thank you enough Gordon, for your life long musical influence on my son.
Betsy
I have played in a band with Gordon for 19 years and he is an amazing musician, composer, arranger, engineer, and producer. Additionally, I benefitted from his teachings and I have observed his fiddle teaching sessions with other students. Gordon is great with children and adults and any student will become a better musician because of Gordon’s teachings. I know I have.
Loretta
I have known and worked in the studio with Gordon for over 10 years. He has produced many of my recordings and played multiple instruments wonderfully on those recordings. Though I haven't taken lessons from Gordon he has taught me many things during our recording sessions. Gordon is one of the best fiddle/violinist players I know. He also plays, guitar, bass, mandolin and other instruments very well.
Gordon is a positive fun individual who loves his work and it shows. In my opinion he is a fantastic teacher who I highly recommend.

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Average Cost of Fiddle Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute fiddle lessons in Chicago is $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $100 per hour.
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$42 average
45 min
$56 average
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$66 average

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"Bryan's lessons are very engaging, in depth and encouraging. Practicing/homework is enjoyable. Highly recommend Bryan as a teacher."
Mya
Took Fiddle lessons from Bryan M.
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"Laura is a top-notch instructor! She is incredibly talented and committed to helping students learn and have fun. Highly recommended!"
Jeremiah
Took Fiddle lessons from Laura S.
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"Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through"
Marc
Took Fiddle lessons from Sam K.
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"Mel is incredible and a very thoughtful instructor. He takes the time to make sure you understand the concepts and works with you to make sure you progress in an efficient logical way. He really spends the time with you and you feel like he is as committed to your learning experience as you are. I would recommend him for anyone looking for lessons and I am excited to keep studying the fiddle and violin with him.

-Patrick from Canada"
Patrick
Took Fiddle lessons from Mel P.
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"Kelly is a great instructor!!! I first saw her perform with Lost Walks and then Juice of the Barley. Her istruction has been great covering these styles plus a lot of classical technique as well. She has really improved my playing."
Richard
Took Fiddle lessons from Kelly O.
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"This was my first experience with an instrument at all, as an adult. Margaret was very kind, patient, and helpful. We got further on lesson #1 than I ever imagined!"
Zach
Took Fiddle lessons from Margaret G.
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"I feel really lucky to have connected with Cindy on takelessons.com during the pandemic. I actually cannot think of another time a teacher has taught me so much so skillfully - and it's all happening over the internet! Cindy has a fabulous sense of humor, she is honest and good at her profession. She's more than a fiddle teacher, she shares a music tradition with wisdom and care."
Emily
Took Fiddle lessons from Cindy H.
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"Alani is a charming and patient teacher. I especially appreciate (for me) her focus on fiddle vs. violin techniques. (The "fiddle" teachers near me are violin players and don't really understand the difference in playing technique.) I highly recommend her if you're looking for some fun fiddle lessons."
Mike
Took Fiddle lessons from Alani S.
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"Julianna is the best!!! My daughter has been taking lessons from her for 5 years and has learned so much!!"
Peggy
Took Fiddle lessons from Julianna Z.
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"Oceana is a great fiddle teacher! We have a lot of fun together and I’m learning a lot and quickly! Fiddle isn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be! I definitely recommend Oceana she’s the best music teacher in LA!"
Carly Davidson
Took Fiddle lessons from Oceana C.
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