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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.

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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 Val K.

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Chicago, IL

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About Val
My name is Val Kuznetsov and I am an expert in teaching voice. I have been enjoying helping singers and musicians for over 15 years and so very proud to have clients who have already climbed to #1 on Billboard charts and are successfully developing their careers with major labels such as Columbia Records and Warner Brothers.

Besides teaching voice, I have an extensive expertise in instructing piano, music theory and ear training. I also teach sound production at Harold Washington College, and have experience in orchestration and arrangement using a variety of software like Pro Tools, Cubase, etc... I work with a variety of domestic and international talents, composers, musicians and bands, and help them to further their projects to the new heights.

My teaching philosophy is based upon an individual approach. I assist my students w
ith discovering their artistic potential and guide them to overcome obstacles to make the most of their training. I provide my students with the technique that would last them a lifetime and build up skills that are necessary for a successful career.

I have established connections in the music industry and keep expanding my networks, so that I can best help my students to find the best platforms for further development of their careers.

I welcome motivated students who would dedicate their focus on polishing their craft to the highest standard in a great learning environment! So, whether you are an experienced musician or just in the beginning of your educational journey, I perhaps, can help you to advance you potentials and/or bring your skills to the next level!

I am currently based in Chicago, but I have coached and performed in the past in Moscow, Paris, Barcelona, Dubai and New York. I base my technical approach in classical school, while effectively applying it to a wide variety of musical genres including Pop, R&B, JAZZ, Rock, Musical Theatre, and Gospel.

*** Lesson Details ***
Convenient location, great studio, fun working atmosphere.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, CD/Tape recorders, Copier/Printer, Stereo and Recording Equipment, Music Library, Internet, Humidifier, Mics and Amplifier, Fridge, Coffee Machine, Fresh-Filtered Water, A/C

*** Specialties ***
Voice and Vocal Coaching: Pop, Musical Theatre, Classical, JAZZ, Soul, R'N'B, Rock. Theory of Music, Ear-Training, Piano.
Sight-Reading Technique, Studio Recording, Russian Classical Repertoire, Russian Diction.
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Mary July 18, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Val is amazing! He helped me achieve breath control and resonance with voice drills. He is a wizard on the piano - can transcribe any song into different keys. Lastly he is an encouraging coach and tutor and can help you get to the next level if you want it. I highly recommend.
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Monika J. December 31, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Loved my first lesson! Val gets right to the good stuff in getting my vocals warmed up and by the end I felt I made some real progress! I’m pumped for the next one!
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Mary K. November 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Val is the best music teacher ever! He is patient, professional, fun, and a great friend. Val's advice and life expereince extends across all areas of life, not just the music industry- of which he is very knowledgeable. I highly recommend working with Val if you're looking to become a better musician and a better person overall.
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Val K.

Val K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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$35 / 30-min

About Voytek F.

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Rolling Meadows, IL

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About Voytek
Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also ver
y flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with an 88-key digital piano, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, we will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
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Mihaela August 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Voytek is great. We play video game music so the lessons are a lot more fun than the typical “dry” music lesson. Voytek can arrange songs of the student’s choice to the student’s ability to play (a beginner student would play a simpler version of the song and a more advanced student can play a more difficult version). Parents can also participate on an accompanying instrument rather than just wait which makes for great parent-child time.
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Emma B. August 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Voytek was great! He asked my daughter to play something she was comfortable playing currently, something old and something new to get an idea of where she is. Looking forward to a ‘just right’ teacher :)
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Teresa Price August 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Voytek is a Wonderful teacher. I am an adult learner and he is a patient and flexible teacher. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn how to play the piano.
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Voytek F.

Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About Jon N.

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Skokie, IL

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About Jon
Jon N. was born and raised in Mexico City and is proudly an American citizen. He has been performing since the age of three, on several instruments, studying music since fourteen, and still takes lessons to this day. What's not to love?

He is proud to teach at all levels, including many professional musicians with master’s degrees, adult beginners, and of course, kids of all ages between 8 and 75.

They are encouraged to select the music they want to learn, so we have worked on classical music and original compositions, which I also coach, jazz, blues, pop, rock, the Great American Songbook, reggae, seven different kinds of Jewish music, and other ethnic music from all over the globe.

Frequently the younger students will request a tune I've never heard, but I magically transform the MP3 into a handwritten score at the student's l
evel. Example, one of my adult beginners wanted to play the big symphonic poem Scheherazade, and I wrote out the main tunes for easy piano.
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Danny May 25, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Great instructor and very knowledgeable. Really wants to understand you to cater to your needs.
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Alex November 1, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
It is very rare to find a teacher as enthusiastic as Jon. He is always genuinely excited for our lessons and wants us to study what I want to study, which to me is a big plus. Overall, I am having a fantastic time learning the trumpet and I absolutely plan on continuing to study with him.
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Jocelin John October 17, 2016
· Flute · In home
He has a very friendly and was willing to answer all of my questions. He worked at my own pace and helped me to move quickly in learning.
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Jon N.

Skokie, IL 60077
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$30 / 30-min

About Vicki P.

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Highland, IN
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About Vicki
Vicki Pastore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a piano/vocal emphasis and a specialty in the field of piano pedagogy.

Vicki has over thirty five years of performing and teaching experience in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her experience includes accompanying and directing musical theater productions, choirs, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists in school, church, and community settings.

Vicki especially likes helping students prepare for exams, auditions, and performances. It gives her great joy to watch students perform well, succeed, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.

Mrs. Pastore is comfortable working with students of all ages and levels. She is personable, friendly, upbeat, exciting, positive, and patient. You can tell that she loves teachi
ng and performing.
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Isamar Luna January 15, 2019
· Singing · In studio
She is a great teacher.
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Ramona November 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Vicky is so patience truly I enjoyed my first lesson
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Ethan R. August 27, 2018
· Singing · In home
Very good session. Interactive. Motivating teacher.
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Vicki P.

Hammond, IN 46324
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About Claire C.

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Chicago, IL

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About Claire
My name is Claire and I have been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last eight years. I studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago. I have played in a variety of styles, both solo and as part of a band. I currently tour with my band, The Lucky Dutch on keys and vocals. My students start their journey learning music of their choice, sparking interest and enthusiasm from the very first lesson. My motto is "Relentless Positivity" and it shows in my lessons. There is never a consequence for a wrong answer or misplaced note and the worst thing that can happen is we play it again. We will work together to navigate this inspiring and often humbling path.

A word on cancellations: consistency is the most important aspect of music education. With that in mind, I need to maintain a strict scheduling p
olicy for canceled or missed lessons. While I will try to accommodate illnesses and emergencies, I do ask for 24 hour advanced notice when canceling.
I will have to charge full lesson price for late cancellations and no shows.
Thank you!
~Claire
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Jonathan August 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
A casual, informative time with relentless positivity. Lessons go by your pace and Claire's been more than equipped to address any side questions that come up at will.
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Krista July 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
Claire was great with my kids - very positive! Awesome person and teacher!
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LM May 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire is awesome! Not only is she very talented and patient, she makes an effort to make me feel comfortable and confident during the lesson. Super fabulous :)
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Claire C.

Claire C.

Chicago, IL 60639
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$30 / 30-min

About Christine H.

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Chicago, IL

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About Christine
A native of Seattle, Christine began her musical studies as a classically-trained trumpet player, receiving her Bachelor's in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University. Moving to Chicago and collaborating with jazz colleagues led her to pursuing a master’s degree in vocal jazz. She was accepted into one of the nation’s leading jazz institutions, the University of North Texas. There she focused on her new passion for singing, honing her skills in piano, songwriting, arranging, and improvisation.

When she isn't performing, Christine has enjoyed teaching piano, voice, trumpet, and theory to students of all ages at such academies as Dallas School of Music, Frisco School of Music, and most recently, Piano Power, based in Chicago. Her greatest passion is helping students find their personal connection to music, and helping them develop the
technique and skills for self-expression. Whether through teaching self-accompanying, facilitating original composition, arranging music, or using existing songs, Christine leads her students to their goals in practical, attainable ways, by instilling creative and effective practice habits.

Christine specializes in contemporary vocal styles - jazz, pop, R&B and singer-songwriter, country and contemporary worship music and uses her extensive experience to teach technique, artistry and lyric interpretation in these styles.
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Christine H.

Christine H.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$34 / 30-min

About Dan L.

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Berwyn, IL

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About Dan
A Chicago area native, I received a BM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in 1990.I have been teaching and playing professionally full time since 1994. I have performed, toured or recorded with Liz Phair, Poi Dog Pondering, and Liquid Soul.Currently I play with Tributosaurus and Under The Streetlamp. I tailor lessons to students’ individual wants and needs, balancing a regular syllabus with custom lesson plans and real world performance experience. Let’s play Drums!
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Jasmine August 8, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Dan taught me to play dozens of genres over a decade of study, ranging from jazz and Latin standards to 9-min long progressive metal epics, and that one World Tour orchestral score with the tempo modulation. I've played at drop-in jazz jams and rock gigs thanks to Dan's training. Highly recommend.
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Chris August 8, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Dan knows the drums thoroughly and knows how get students to play quickly. Highest recommendation
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Stephanie August 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
We had a wonderful experience with Dan as my son's drum instructor. My son started at a fairly young age (6) and was interested in playing more what he heard on the radio, anywhere from Taylor Swift to Metallica. Dan was extremely patient in developing his lessons with my son by incorporating these types of songs in his lesson and keeping my son's interest up throughout the 30 minute lesson/"jam session." I'd highly recommend Dan to anyone interested in learning drum skills like those of Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, and other rock and roll legends.
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Dan L.

Dan L.

Berwyn, IL 60402
(6)
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$42 / 30-min

About Scott G.

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Highland Park, IL

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Hi! I'm a recent Music Technology graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I also received a degree in Clarinet Performance.

I've been writing and producing electronic music as "Megaphonix" (my producer/DJ project alias) for more than seven years, and have licensed my music for highly successful commercials, TV programs, and more. My music has been signed to major record labels, played by some of the world's biggest DJs, and garnered millions of plays on Spotify and SoundCloud.

It all started in my home studio on Sheridan Road - recently renovated with acoustic treatment and a lineup of professional-grade mics, and loaded with industry standard software plug-ins that can bring any recording to life. Whether you want to learn the basics of music production or learn advanced mixing and sound design techniques, I
can help you fulfill your artistic drive with more than a decade of experience in music creation and songwriting under my belt.

For the past several years, my music education has been fundamental to my success as a music producer and audio engineer. My goal is to provide you with the same high-quality instruction that I received at a fraction of the cost! I look forward to teaching you.
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Susan M. September 3, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
Scott is a brilliant and creative musician who has made a name for himself as a music producer/ composer and engineer. He is an outstanding musician and composer and he is a also gifted teacher and speaker. People of all ages and musical background can learn so much from Scott Greene, aka Megaphonix.
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Scott G.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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$50 / 30-min

About Erin W.

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Chicago, IL
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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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