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About Mathew B.

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Homewood, IL

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Two degrees in music, 6 years of courses in Music Theory, History, and Ear Training.

About Mathew
Currently residing in Homewood, IL to play downtown with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, I am looking to continue my passion of teaching in this exciting new city. My wife and I have relocated from Bloomington Indiana, where I was an Associate Instructor for the Jacobs School of Music. I have always enjoyed learning new instruments to get new musical perspectives; I have studied String Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums/Percussion,
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Sally W. June 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Matt is an excellent guitar teacher. I highly recommend him.

Matt has been teaching guitar to my 12 year old son for several months now. My sons' guitar playing has improved greatly since his lessons with Matt. He's playing with a lot more confidence, thanks to Matt's influence.

Matt is always on time and has a wonderful way with people. My son feels very comfortable with him. They collaborate on songs together and it is important to Matt that Jude be engaged in his guitar practice.

We're thrilled with Matt and I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Any aspiring guitar player would be lucky to have Matt as a teacher!
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Mathew B.

Mathew B.

Homewood, IL 60430
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About Kate P.

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Chicago, IL
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Reading and writing music is important for all instrumental studies. If you learned to play by ear, theory lessons will help you expand your abilities! If you play a variety of instruments, music theory lessons will help you understand the language they all have in common.

Theory lessons don't require an instrument. We will work on reading and writing (not necessarily composing, unless that is something you are interested in). It is similar to learning any other language.

About Kate
I participated in every musical activity I could find while growing up: choir, concert band, jazz band, marching band, and rock bands. I decided to focus on classical clarinet performance in college, but I also continued studying piano and bass. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a degree in Clarinet Performance.

While still in high school, I taught private clarinet lessons to younger students. Teaching helped me become a better player and leader. Since 2007, I have been teaching general music in Chicago Public Schools.

Private lessons allow me to tailor each lesson to the individual student. There are many ways of learning, and at least as many ways of teaching. My goal as a teacher is to pass on lessons of patience, creativity, appreciation, confidence and dedication to my students. I hope
my students will apply these lessons to their musical studies and throughout all areas of their lives.

Music has been an incredibly powerful force in my life, and it is my passion to share the benefits of music through instruction and performance.

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I want my students to leave their lessons with skills and confidence that will help them in all areas of life. It is important to me that I give my students the ability to keep learning outside of our lessons. I believe that music is an art form that can be enjoyed by all!

Working with beginners is my specialty. I understand that each student learns differently, and finding the right method for my students is very important to me. The fundamentals learned in the first year of piano benefit any new musician, and can be applied to other instrumental studies.

Piano and clarinet lessons begin with an assessment of ability and setting of goals. I prefer to use the Faber and Faber piano series with most of my piano students. All lessons are a combination of theory, instrumental/performance technique, and ear training.
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Marilyn M. February 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Kate is such a great instructor. She has always been super sweet and patient with my daughter. She is very reliable and accommodating to our schedule. My daughter has learned so much from Kate.
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angela J. November 27, 2013
· Piano ·
Amazing experience

I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and rad music. Kate is a lovely teacher. She is patient, knowledgeable and a great teacher. Each lesson is challenging but very rewarding. I am so pleased with how much I have learned in such a short time. She is such a joy!
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Marilyn M. October 30, 2013
· Piano ·
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Katie has been great. She has been teaching my daughter for several months.
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Kate P.

Chicago, IL 60628
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About Sarah W.

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Learn the skills you need to write music. I'd be happy to help you with common chord progressions and basic music theory.

About Sarah
First of all, thank you for taking a look at my profile! I know you probably have a lot of teachers to choose from on this fabulous website. Here are a few reasons why you should study with me!

1) My experience as a teacher: I have been teaching both privately and at music schools for over 6 years. I have experience teaching private voice lessons and conducting choirs.

2) My experience as a performer: I currently sing and perform in the Chicago area. I know how to prepare you for auditions and performances because I myself am performing and auditioning.

3) My students: Several of my students can be seen singing in choirs or performing leading roles theaters in the Chicago area and are represented by talent agencies such as Gray Talent Group. Also, just this past year, I helped one of my students gain acceptance to ChiArts, a p
erforming arts school that only accepts 10% of its applicants.

4) I make it fun! Here is a quote from one of my reviews:
“Exactly what anyone would need to gain knowledge about the mechanics of singing and she makes it fun, too”

It is my goal to help every one of my students:

1) develop a healthy singing technique that will bring longevity to your career or hobby.

2) learn music efficiently and independently.

3) develop good practice habits.

4) learn basic ear training/sight singing.

If that sounds like something you would like to learn, click the green button on my profile to book lessons with me. If you are not quite ready to book, feel free to ask me a question.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
I've been studying voice for 10 years and teaching consistently for over 6 years. I received my M.M. from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and my B.M. from Wheaton College. Since graduating in 2013, I have been working and performing in the Chicagoland area. Some performance highlights include but are not limited to performing with Light Opera Works, CCPA's production of the Chicago Premier of Daron Hagen's Amelia, and performing with the Grant Park Chorus.

I look forward to working with you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books. I expect my student to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in operatic singing. I received my training in opera; however, I also have training and performance experience in musical theater. I believe I am well equipped in several genres.
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Alexandra M. January 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Sarah has been by far the best singing teacher I have every had. She is very knowledgeable and is quick to determine what you are doing wrong and very helpful in helping you improve. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Jingyao October 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
It was great! Good start!
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Vaidotas July 31, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Highly professional. Great experience!
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Chicago, IL 60660
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Hobart, IN
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About Marco
Marco Villarreal started teaching in 1990. Many of his students are working professionals in the music industry. Marco has studied with Jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and iconic master teacher Mick Goodrick. With over two decades of teaching experience and performances with some of the world’s best musicians, his lessons are guaranteed to help one excel in their studies of the guitar.
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Marco V.

Marco V.

Hobart, IN 46342
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About Keanon K.

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Chicago, IL

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About Keanon
I love everything about teaching! I love music; it is my life. I sleep, breathe and dream music. I am a Columbia University Chicago graduate; I graduated with a degree in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice. I have performed in numerous operas and musicals, as well as, sung on Gospel Cruises all around the world. In my eyes, the student is the main focus so whatever issues, concerns or request the student may have I will treat them with priority. I am all about strengthening the natural born talent and making my students the best vocalist they can be. I'm here to serve the students and that is what I will do until they are confident in their gift...music.

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I take music very seriously but at the same time I like my lessons to be fun and a joyous experience. I am very patient and helpful with any strugg
les that may seem too hard to the student. I will start my students off with the basic vocal warm ups and then move on to material that they would like to cover and if so the student doesn't have material to cover, I will present them with material. Being a singer is not easy at all, so I will challenge my students by giving exercises that challenge them to sing for proficient. I will also bring in material that is brand new and ask the students questions about the piece. The student is in the lesson to learn everything about music, so any type of material that I feel will benefit them and help them move closer to their goal, I will definitely present to them. After 3 to 6 months students will be able to sing in the 3 minor keys and the major key. The student will also have knowledge and know how to sing at least 3 different modes. The singer will know how to read basic sheet music and perform it with solfege. The singer will also have 4 songs of my choice or their choice mastered and ready to perform in front of an audience. Lastly, the singer will have knowledge of proper breath control while performing, usage of a microphone, and intonation.

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Piano/ Keyboard
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*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, gospel and R and B singing.
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Neil February 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Keanon is a GREAT teacher/artist/musician/mentor

I've been working with Keanon for almost a year now. Aside from being an amazing vocalist himself, he does everything he can to help students reach their full potential and find their voice. He makes lessons fun while constantly keeping you challenged. There's always encouragement from him to strive to be better, which can really bring the best out of singers. Whether you're simply singing for hobby, performing for shows/auditions, or ready to record, Keanon has something to offer to any aspiring musician. He has a passion and love for music and understands it's a gift that must be shared with the world.
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DeMarcus 'DeMuziq' February 3, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Keanon did a great job with catering to each singer's style in the group workshop. He is highly knowledgeable about singing and gives great pointers to make your song sound better. I highly recommend a vocal session with him if you plan singing for an audition, a performance, or if you just want to sing for fun!
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Kaiisha February 2, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Keanon is a great instructor and performer and is extremely versed in his field. He also has a great personality and is a pleasure to work with.
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Chicago, IL 60605
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Skokie, IL

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As a university trained musician, I have over 20 years of experience with understanding the construction of music. I can teach you how to recognize basic theory principles, starting with the major scale, major and minor tonalities, all chords and inner scales and branching out into chromatic tonalities like blues, jazz, gospel and atonal music. I enjoy providing a link between theory and improvisation, going from music as math to music as communication!

About Michael
Hi there!

I am a guitar, bass and piano player with over 20 years of experience to offer my students. I graduated from Duquesne University, (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1992 with a Bach. of music performance, jazz emphasis. I have toured, recorded and given lessons all over the world. Check out my photos and videos for some examples of what I do. (all students are posted with permission and parental permission)

My passion as a teacher is simply to help you learn to play and enjoy music. I tailor my lessons to suit your specific needs. Whether you are a parent who wants their child to learn a solid musical foundation or a busy adult who just wants to sit and learn some songs, I have a method that keeps your interest while developing your skills.

I like to spend at least half of the lesson playing together. I find the interactive approach
to be the most fun and the most effective. I will use whatever style you like. If it is a good song, we can learn something by playing it!

I teach guitar, bass guitar and upright bass, beginner through intermediate, as well as beginning piano. Several of my students have gone on to professional careers. I even had a former student compete on the Voice last year, which was a lot of fun to watch!

My studio is located in Skokie, just north of the Chicago border. I am also available for in home lessons in the near north suburbs. Sorry, I do not travel south into the city unless it is very close to the northern edge. For more information or to schedule a lesson, please contact Take Lessons. Your success is my goal!
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Matthew T. September 26, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Really makes it fun... plays the guitar along side me and makes me feel like i can play..... ALL IN THE FIRST LESSON!

Really laid back and the voice of an angel.
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Lindsey June 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
As a full-time working adult, I really appreciate Mike's easygoing personality and flexibility. Having lessons every other week in my apartment is about the only way I can manage it, and he doesn't give me a hard time if I don't get a lot of time to practice. He strikes the right balance of telling me what he thinks I need to know while also letting me choose the course for our lessons at times. If you have performance anxiety like I do, Mike will put you at ease. He got me to sing on our very first lesson, and I thought I would die. But he has really encouraged me, and now I feel much more comfortable playing and singing in lessons. I've been a longtime beginner at guitar, and after almost a year of playing with Mike, I can definitely see that I've progressed. I definitely recommend classes with him!
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Natalia June 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mike is an amazing teacher! He's patient, intelligent, sweet and has a good sense of humor. The lessons with Mike are never boring. He can explain things clearly and makes learning music fun! Highly recommended!!!
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Skokie, IL 60076
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About Jay K.

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We will focus on gaps you have in Theory, starting with the basics (key signatures, time signatures, etc). Then we will focus on composition and studying composers that you enjoy and how their work can be applied to your own creations. I believe the purpose of learning Theory is to develop your voice as an artist and that’s exactly what we’ll focus on.

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I have been playing guitar for 10 years and have a degree in Music Production with a minor in Acoustics & Electronics
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Jay K.

Elmhurst, IL 60126
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About Zac E.

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Chicago, IL
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Hello! I've got a experience from two years of music school. Great for the beginner musician or songwriter

About Zac
Hello! My name is Zac Emry and I am a music business major at Columbia College Chicago. I love music in all capacities. I also have an associates degree in electric bass from Sauk Valley Community College. Hopefully I can use Take Lessons to spread my love of music and to help myself stay practiced and engaged in playing music.
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Zac E.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Hunter D.

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Chicago, IL

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I am comfortable working with students on basic music theory, classical, and jazz. We will use theory to help your knowledge/comfortability on a specific instrument, and/or to accompany your understanding of music you enjoy listening to.

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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Cash April 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
very engaging
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Sloan November 15, 2017
· Flute · In home
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.
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Keely July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.
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Chicago, IL 60608
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About Hannah F.

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I can help you learn how to read and notate music, even if you have never tried before! If reading chord symbols is more your style, I can help you understand chord-scale theory to make you a quick and accurate reader of lead sheets and chord-lyric sheets. I received rigorous training in jazz and classical music theory at the Jacobs School of Music and can offer a wide variety of resources to students wishing to delve into more advanced topics such as figured bass or jazz harmony, especially following the methods laid out by David Baker and George Russell.

About Hannah
I hold a degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where I focused especially on Afro-Cuban music, thanks to the tutelage of Latin Jazz giants Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace! My jazz background also gave me rigorous training in music theory and history.

My performance career is highly diverse! You like folk? I’ve played with Chicago’s beloved Al Scorch and Della Mae’s guitar star, Courtney Hartman. You like hip-hop? I play and record with artists at Classick Studios, where Chance The Rapper, SZA, and No Name make albums. Indie rock? Part of what got me into bass was underground/DIY scenes—I love playing a good basement show! How about jazz? I’ve done everything from standards gigs at hotels to composing for experimental groups like The Liberation Music Collective.

I’ve also had the pleasure to play with musicians from ov
er 20 countries. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was being a Fellow for OneBeat, a program run through the U.S. State Department that brings together international musicians to compose, record, and tour together. I have learned so much about the power of music through my relationships with artists from all corners of the globe.

I believe in “Occam’s Razor” bass playing – finding a simple, elegant solution to the “problem” at hand, whether that “problem” is finding a good fingering for a fast-moving melody, finding a tasteful yet interesting bassline for a funk groove, or improving your right-hand speed so you can finally play that one Tool song you’ve always loved. The “Occam’s Razor” approach builds your instincts and helps you become a solid, expressive bassist that everyone wants to play with!

No matter where you are in your musical development, I can be your ally. I have experience teaching all ages and experience levels and can help you go deeper in whatever music lights you up. I can offer advice about musicianship too – how to start a band, how to rock an audition for your school’s jazz ensemble, or how to make the most of a recording session.

Bass is a physically demanding instrument, and over my career I have recovered from multiple injuries. I am committed to helping you develop healthy technique that prevents and manages injuries and adapts to your physical conditions. I try to offer compassion AND solutions to students who struggle physically with their instrument or face health challenges. I’ve been there too, and I’m here to help.
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Jo Ann March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Hannah is refreshing, extremely caring, pleasant, and prompt piano instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guidance and look forward to their next lesson with her. I am thankful and recommend her as an instructor.
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Jo Ann March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Hannah is pleasant, refreshing, prompt and extremely caring instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guideness and look forward to the next lesson with her. I am so thankful to her and recommend her as an instructor.
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Chicago, IL 60651
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Chicago is $55. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $97 per hour.

30-min $17
 
$33 average
$79
45-min $21
 
$44 average
$87
60-min $25
 
$55 average
$97

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 20% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 40% less at $33.

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