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About Mathew B.

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I have been playing guitar for ten years and teach acoustic or electric. For beginners and intermediates, I like to teach classical guitar out of the Suzuki method books before moving on to popular music or continued classical study.

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,
and even the Viol de Gamba (Google it!).
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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 Tracy B.

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About Tracy
I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

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My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so
I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio finished and separate from house

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

*** Specialties ***
I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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Frank I. January 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great so far!!!
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Naomi T. January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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Dave M. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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This is an enriching curriculum that will utilize the student’s love of music and provide the valuable skills necessary to play guitar
Students will learn the basics of rhythm and counting while exploring a variety of strum techniques and much more..

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 of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Mike May 21, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Kelvin is a great teacher. He understands and teaches in a way that makes sense to me. If you’ve played the Banjo you know the teacher needs a lot of patience and he does. He provides the right direction and more importantly listens to my questions. There is no doubt in my mind if you have to learn or improve your banjo skills Kelvin can help.
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Karl May 7, 2018
· Photography · Online
Very pleasant , very intuitive , and very encouraging. He cares and tries hard to accommodate and customize his teaching.
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Karl May 1, 2018
· Photography · Online
Kelvin is knowledgeable, patient, and has a good grasp of the subject. He communicates well and generates enthusiasm. His style motivates a great deal of interest. We developed a very good rap-ore
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Robert M.

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Riverside, IL
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I teach different styles of music such as blues, jazz, classical, acoustic, finger style and pick style. Lessons are geared to each student's learning style and ability.
Using several major methods, I teach the student the 8 skills they need to know to play the music they love.

About Robert
"No matter what style of music you want to play, the language of music is the same. Learn the 7 aspects of guitar and you will be able to play the music you love."

Some people find their passion early in life, and for Bob M., that's absolutely true. At age 13, he played the guitar at his first musical gig, and many years later, he continues to play guitar professionally and teach others through his highly popular music lessons.

Well educated at the American Conservatory of Music, Bob spent years studying harmony and theory. And through 8 years of rigorous lessons and education under famed classical guitar teacher Jack Cecchini, Bob learned the true dedication and passion required for becoming a professional musician. In addition to his work with Jack, Bob played in the Masterclasses of Oscar Ghiglia (Segovia's podigy) and Manuel Lin
ce (disciple of Abel Carlevaro) and did advanced guitar study with Jack Grassel, a well known master guitarist. Bobalso diversified his education by studying at the Bloom School of Jazz and spending three years learning improvisation techniques from famed jazz guru Charlie Banacos.

Because of his education, Bob is perhaps best known for his incredible improvisation abilities and his unique arrangements of pop tunes. Inspired by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Andres Segovia, and other iconic guitarists, Bob has blended what he loves best about traditional Bebop and Blues with his creative, harmonic approaches. His jazz trio especially capitalizes on their unique ability to improvise, providing a steady stream of tunes, all while playing great jazz music and standards from the Great American Song Book. A passionate and energetic performer, Bob has been playing for crowds since his high school rock band days. Today, he enjoys playing solo and with his jazz trio at both private and corporate events.

Bob enjoys passing along his knowledge and experience to others as the founder of G4 Guitar Riverside where he teaches all styles, all ages, and all levels. Known by his students as an encouraging and supportive teacher, Bob believes that any student can become a good guitarist with enough dedication and passion. He teaches the G4 Guitar method, which is based on 29 years of research and development and is a structured, proven method for learning the guitar.

In addition to teaching guitar lessons, Bob has also written one book on soloing concepts for guitar, a theory course for beginners, and has developed special technical exercises to help guitarists with technical development.

Today, Bob continues to teach guitar lessons and is working on a CD of solo guitar music consisting of jazz and pop tunes.

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FUN, EASY GUITAR LESSONS, PLAY CHORDS YOUR FIRST LESSON

DID YOU EVER WANT TO TAKE GUITAR LESSONS BUT THOUGHT YOU COULDN'T DO IT?

Well, you've come to the right place. I'll teach you how to play guitar the fun and easy way!
>>> Play chords during the first lesson!
>>> Learn the skills you need to know so you can play the music you love!

STUDENTS COME FIRST!
My lessons are specifically designed for Teens to Adults!

STUDENT BENEFITS:

1. All my students feel like stars! Because I make sure each lesson is both fun and enriching.

2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances.

3. I use a song based teaching system so my students are learning songs they love while they get the academic benefits of music.

4. I don’t overbook myself so my current clients get the full benefit of my energy.
Music lessons have other great benefits like: Higher self esteem, more confidence, good social skills...and more!

5. I’ve seen the benefits of music proven over and over, and I know that I’m teaching so much more than music.

6. I’m exclusive. I have an incredibly high success rate because I only work with those that are truly excited about music.

I have several learning program packages available from 6 weeks to 24 weeks. And from 30 to 60 minutes lessons.

All materials are included FREE as part of the lesson package fee.

LESSONS ARE FUN AND ORGANIZED. YOU'LL LEARN TO PLAY THE MUSIC YOU LOVE!.

I utilize the research based learning material in our lessons. It is an integrated system that teaches you the 7 aspects of the guitar. There are also a series of checklists we use to help you clearly achieve defined goals in a very easy-to-follow way.

If you are looking to learn the guitar as a beginner, or breakthrough to higher levels of playing as an intermediate or advanced guitarist, then you've come to the right place. Imagine being able to play the songs and music you love.

PLAY CHORDS AT YOUR FIRST LESSON, OR BREAK THROUGH TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

1. Develop Skills - Picking, chords, arpeggios, scales, rhythm, reading, aural skills and theory.
2. Practice - Lessons are about building effective practice routines.
3. Motivation - Motivation is critical to long term success. We work at keeping you motivated!
4. Progress - I track student progress. And works with the student to maintain a constant level of progress to achieve their goals.
5. Upgrades / Improvements - Lessons are constantly about making improvement based on new findings to ensure our students are always improving.
6. Results - Following the lesson program will guarantee you results. With practice, patience, persistence and following the method, YOU WILL improve.

BENEFITS FOR YOU:

1. Guitar lessons for kids, teens and adults and all levels. From beginning guitarists with no experience to advanced level players.
2. YOU will be getting guitar lessons from a teacher who cares and actually tracks your progress, and knows your strengths and weaknesses.
3. YOU will learn the right things at the right time and in the right way as taught by a professional, working guitarist and certified teacher.
4. YOU will learn to play the guitar faster than trying to learn on your own.
5. YOU will learn how to practice effectively and efficiently to gain great results in a short space of time. Practice skills are rarely taught by guitar teachers.
6. YOU will get instant feed back on your playing in lessons so that YOU know that YOU will continue to make progress on the guitar.
7. YOU will learn musical skills that will enable YOU to meet YOUR goals as a guitar player.
8. YOU will be highly motivated and inspired to master the guitar.
9. YOU will finally understand how music works.
10. YOUR musicality and ear for music will improve drastically.
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Jean B. October 16, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Bob for 18 months. He's a patient instructor with a vast knowledge of many playing styles. Bob has been a tremendous help in teaching and guiding me towards improving my guitar ability.
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lucio M. October 7, 2014
· Guitar · Online
I am beginner - medium level, trying to get my feet wet in the jazz realm. Bob is truly a master in the field, and every lesson I learn something new. I think even for a professional player, Bob would still be a master and have something to teach. He is the real deal; a true professional! At the same time, he is a skilled professor, knowing right away what your level, needs and expectations are and tailoring the class to your level. He is clearly passionate about what he does, and every class is a lot of fun and something I really look forward to. He also masters blues, classical, pop, rock and any other style I could think of. You cannot go wrong with Bob!
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Carolyn R. July 18, 2013
· Classical Guitar ·
Robert Minchin was great!!!

I really learned a lot from Mr. Minchin! I was very nervous and he got me calmed down. He really knows his stuff. He identified several areas where I was playing incorrectly and got me straightened out. I truly appreciate what a privilege it was to have him. I hope to take lessons from him again. Thank you!
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Robert M.

Riverside, IL 60546
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About Michael H.

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Experienced guitar teacher of 30 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 classical guitar skills. I also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sheet music, and more. Let's turn the amp to 11 and rock and roll!"

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Michael H.

Park Ridge, IL 60068
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About Phil C.

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I teach every student the technical skills and applied theory necessary to work in any contemporary style on guitar. I use the "Be better than you have to be" approach. Want to be the best on a bad day? Be better than your chosen style requires. I studied classical and jazz in order to excel at rock, folk and blues.
You will learn to read music and charts for guitar, as well as movable scale patterns, movable chord forms, and how to apply it all to master the fretboard.
Have you hit a road block? I can help. Are you brand new and want to be sure you understand the instrument completely? I can help.
For those who wish to combine subjects, I also have a 90 minute lesson option. The more time you spend, the less you pay per minute. I have adult students who spend as much as two hours at a time with me.

About Phil
I've taught both privately and in the classroom (in schools from Pre-K to college, and through workshops), and have been a working musician and teacher for more than 25 years. I have a degree in music from Columbia College Chicago (Summa Cum Laude). My students have included everyone from absolute beginners to working professionals like myself. Many of my students have gone on to careers in music as performers, songwriters and/or teachers.

My approach in private instruction involves tailoring the lessons to the specific needs of each student, while making sure that he/she has the knowledge and technique to succeed in their creative endeavors. Whether it's a hobby or a potential career, I leave nothing out. You will learn the entire instrument. In cases where a student works in more than one subject, one session can typically be applied
to all/both of them. I strive to help every student find their own creative voice, while building the skill sets required to work in any style of music.

I also offer group lessons for 3 or more students. For friends at similar skill levels, this can offer a fun and more affordable way to learn a subject. It also serves as an additional motivator as the students in the group feed off of each other for ideas and inspiration.

Please feel free to contact me with the "Ask Phil a Question" button on my profile here. This can include questions about my method, or regarding days and times for lessons. What you see in my availability here is based on my schedule away from TakeLessons. I have students elsewhere and perform shows regularly. I may have additional times available and tend to have some flexibility. I teach worldwide online. Just ask.

As soon as you're ready to book lessons, you can use the Green Button after selecting your area of study, day and time. I will receive a notification that you've signed up. I will then confirm with you and send a questionnaire regarding your lesson needs within 48 hours.

Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to working with you!
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Noah June 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
Phil is walking me through the theory and we are making progress so it’s goinf well.
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Michael June 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Had a great lesson, Phil is a real pro, makes Me comfortable with our pace. At My age, He’s a great choice.
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Jeremiah Z. May 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Phil is EXACTLY the kind of guitar teacher I was looking for. I couldn't ask for a better instructor. He knows his stuff and breaks things down so that you can understand and apply what you learn. He's also a deep soul and has a love for music that is contagious!
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Phil C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Claire C.

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Music is an essential element of a child's education, whether your training to perform at a campfire or Carnegie Hall. My approach is student-driven and collaborative. I help guide my students through songs of their choice, incorporating skill-level appropriate theory and ear training techniques. This allows kids to develop an understanding of the music they're most passionate for, helping their interest and enthusiasm to grow.

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.
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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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Jill April 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I've got little natural ability but I love to sing, a combination that means I pretty much sing alone in my car. In the dark. (haha) I knew I could improve, but the thought of taking lessons was so frightening that I put it off for decades. I wish I hadn't! Claire has a smart intuitive and always-positive style of teaching, honing in on just what I need to focus on to improve. Something else that helps me is to visualize what's happening when sound is made, and Claire is aware of the physicality behind a voice and describes it well. She's a really great communicator in addition to being a superbly knowledgeable and talented musician. If you've been putting off singing lessons out of fear or whatever, Claire's the teacher for you.
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Jeanine April 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire is wonderful. She always creates a fun, positive learning environment. She's great at giving feedback to improve your technique in a practical, constructive way. I would highly recommend her!
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Chicago, IL 60622
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About Bob B.

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Chicago, IL

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Learn the techniques,styles,harmony,and ear training that increase your knowledge, confidence,and ability to know what to play...

"A good instructor makes all the difference in your playing ability"

Bobby B.

About bob
I can teach students to read music and pursue excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student while stressing the importance of training the ear, which is where the confidence lies .Using methods that enables musicians to play what they actually hear and conceive and want to play rather than bore their listeners with just licks and "notes that work. "I'm not gigging currently, but being versatile , experienced and having formal training helps to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun,and, that is especially what beginning and aspiring students need.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.
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Bob B.

Chicago, IL 60609
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About Emily B.

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All ages welcome!

I teach music theory, lead and rhythm guitar. Learn to read guitar tab play by ear the music you love - Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Soul, R&B, Folk, Classical.

Since I'm a performing musician, I can teach you how to perform in a solo and/or band setting.

I'm reliable and patient with excellent communication skills.

Results are guaranteed.

About Emily
As a performing musician, I enjoy sharing my love and knowledge of music with others.

It's important for me to teach students everything they need to know in order to be able to sight read and play by ear. I can teach you to play all types of music - Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical. With my experience as a performing musician, I can also teach you how to perform in both solo and band settings.

I'm reliable and easy going with great communication skills. I make learning fun. Results are guaranteed.
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Mark July 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Miss Brown is an awesome piano and guitar teacher. When I retired a few years ago I took piano with her. Now she's teaching me how to play guitar. Since I know how to play piano, it's so much easier to learn guitar. She's teaching me how to play in a band too. We jam together me playing guitar and she plays piano. Miss Brown makes everything easy to learn. I'm having so much fun learning to play music!
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Tony July 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Piano and guitar lessons. Emily is a great teacher. She teach my son piano and now she teach him guitar. He learn a lot and can play any song with sheet music and by ear. Now she teach me and my wife to play guitar. Makes everything easy to understand and play. She's awesome!
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Emily B.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Sheldon K.

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I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who has been teaching all-things-music-related at the college level since 2004. I bring a wide musical perspective to guitar lessons -- if you want to go deeper into theory or musical culture we can go there. I have a background in classical guitar as well as jazz and rock.

About Sheldon
I'm a multi-instrumentalist specializing in teaching guitar. I've been teaching all-things-music at the college level since 2004. I've been teaching guitar and piano since the late 1990s. I think I bring a unique perspective to lessons because of my extremely wide musical background. I've played lots of different instruments in bands and groups -- from trombone in a jazz group, to drums in a nu-metal band, to guitar in a folk group, keyboards in a pop band, and currently I'm playing electronics in an improv industrial band. With all that -- I always come back to guitar. I studied jazz and classical guitar in college along with the usual rock and blues stuff. In lessons, my priority is to help grow a student's musical passion. I believe you can only get as far as your passion takes you. I want you to play music that inspires you
to play more!
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Sheldon K.

Chicago, IL 60622
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