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About Paul W.

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Chicago, IL

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I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.

About Paul
I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am a
lso a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
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Ram Kamarushi October 22, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Paul is a great instructor.
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Rob August 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Paul is very encouraging and knowledgeable. He is able to convey musical theory concepts is a way that I can finally understand.
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John July 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is the perfect instructor for me.
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$25 / 30-min

About Matthew N.

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Naperville, IL

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Matthew has studied guitar for over 15 years. He has played professionally in the Chicago area for over ten years.

About Matthew
Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 15 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 30 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as shar
e their passion with family and friends as they create music.

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University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software and others

*** Lesson Details ***
I encourage my students to pursue all types of music. I like to use “method books” to help with reading and music theory no matter which instrument they choose. I always use supplemental materials that follow the student’s interests and level. I often use technology in lessons to motivate and help students grow. For example, I use many apps for theory, note reading, and rhythm training.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Gabriel S. November 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Matt is an amazing instructor. I highly recommend him.
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Ryder S. October 14, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor! My kids really enjoyed the session and now have direction for practice this week.
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Nathalie, Anya, Vincent J. October 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
We had a great first lesson and we can't wait to keep learning. I am so grateful that he could come to my home so the kids can do homework while someone else is taking their lesson.
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Matthew N.

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL 60564
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$32 / 30-min

About Michael S.

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Chicago, IL
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From topics such as reading sheet music to playing the guitar solo of your dreams, we can do it all! The desire and drive to learn is all you need!

About Michael
Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

Like any musician, music is my life.
I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of
The Ramsey Lewis Quartet.

*** Lesson Details ***

Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you?

I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed.

A typical lesson plan includes:

 physical technique

 chord and scale knowledge,

 soloing concepts

 and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love!

All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)
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Patrick C. October 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Phillip S. July 31, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I just had my first lesson and I think the teacher is very thorough and helpful. Explains concepts in ways that are easily understandable. Looking forward to more.
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Justin July 20, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Lesson one with Michael was excellent. I am excited for more!
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Michael S.

Michael S.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$20 / 30-min

About Dave K.

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Palos Heights, IL
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I have been teaching guitar for over 18 years and have taught hundreds of satisfied students. When you sign up for guitar lessons, you will begin by learning the basics of the instrument including proper holding and playing position, tone production, rhythm, first position notes,basic chords and notation. Once you get the basics down, you will learn how to play your favorite songs regardless of style. All of this can happen within the first 4-6 months of playing.

About Dave
Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fare
ed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.

In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.

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As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.

I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.

​As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.

Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
Songwriting/Composition
Improvisation
Music business
Recording techniques​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
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Tom L. January 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I realize it was the first lesson but I was a little disappointed that we spend nearly the entire time on housekeeping items, like canceling and re-scheduling appointments. I think that could have been covered with an e-mail or handout. I also thought we spent too much time going over the differences between acoustic and electric guitars - considering my age and background. Would have liked to see him demonstrate what I was asked to practice before the next lesson instead of just being told to refer to the workbook.
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Terry November 17, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Dave had a relaxed informative approach, a knowledgeable teacher who took his time with me, a real novice.
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Chuck M. October 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Dave is a very experienced teacher. His vast knowledge of music and outstanding teaching methods are helping me become a better bass guitar player.
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Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL 60463
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$24 / 30-min

About Henry A.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a professional guitarist who plays for musicals, recordings, and live jazz, blues and contemporary music and I have been a professional music teacher for the last 7 years. For me, teaching is about helping my students be the best musicians they can be.

I want to help you learn that song you've always wanted to learn, get you on stage at the open mic, get you into your high school/college jazz band or classical guitar ensemble, or maybe help you take your guitar playing to a professional level.

I like to take a different approach with each student because everyone learns differently, but I like to keep things structured so students can get the most out of each lesson. I try and break down my lessons into three sections: The Warmup, Ear Training and Performance. We'll warm up our hands with a technique building exercise, train our ears to hear music like it's a language, and then go onto learning a song your interested in or a piece of music from my repertoire so you can perform

About Henry
Hi, my name is Henry and I am a guitarist. I love teaching, studying and performing music and I have been playing music my entire life. I started on piano, moved to violin and eventually settled on guitar as my primary instrument. I play around town in musical pit bands, jazz ensembles and various contemporary music settings. I love playing jazz, rock, classical guitar music and RnB, but I try to learn something from as many different styles of music as I can so I am able to teach my students whatever they want to learn and so I can be available for whatever job I am called for. Guitar is my passion and it would love to help you be a better player and have even more fun with it!
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Henry A.

Henry A.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Sebastian A.

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I will teach you any genre or style you want to learn, whether that be classical, rock, folk, blues, alternative, and anything else in between. We will go over scales, arpeggios, chords, and soloing that will help your technique and knowledge of the guitar. I will also bring books, diagrams, and sheet music to help with your progress.

About Sebastian
Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to.

Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so much to learn and without any help, could feel overwhelming and hopeless. Do not fret because I am here to assist you!
I have studied many music genres all across the board and have a professional knowledge and comprehension of the theory encompassed behind them. Every lesson is crafted for each student in specific areas they have interest in while being done at the students own pace.

My background history:

I immersed myself in music at a very young age, studying classical piano and theory. In my teenage years I took the initiative to le
arn guitar and began by purchasing my own guitar and books and taught myself to play electrical and classical guitar. I followed my passion and continued my studies at Columbia College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Instrumental Performance.

Post-graduation, I have experienced playing in multiple bands, performing in concerts, teaching piano and guitar ranging in all levels at a music center and private home and enjoying some traveling.

Everything I have learned will be reflected in my lesson methodology and will help you learn to play proficiently in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting new prospective students while having fun teaching them music.
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Amanda K. November 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful, reliable teacher! Very patient and has a clear and consistent pedagogy. Very highly recommended!
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Domink S. February 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice, patient teacher! I m so happy we started lessons with Sebastian.
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Hugo January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. Sebastian is sweet and patient with our 5-year-old. Great teacher for little ones!
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Sebastian A.

Sebastian A.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About John P.

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Homewood, IL
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What music do you want to learn? Over the last fifteen years I have been teaching students that you are in control of your lesson. I am able to create lesson plans that develop both right and left hand attributes of stamina, dexterity, finesse, and groove all the while learning any song you really enjoy. Lessons are conducted in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere that focuses on providing all the tips and tricks for great performance.

About John
Hello students!

My name is John and I have been playing and teaching professionally for the last 15 years. I have been playing styles ranging from rock, blues, motown, bluegrass, and country. I’ve got a lot of gigging experience with big places like House of Blues and Metro all the way down to restaurants and tiny pubs. Lessons with me are laid back but we will focus on playing songs and making music right away. You get to choose the music that you learn in the lessons, I will craft the lesson to maximize you learning all the key fundamentals to becoming a solid guitar player. I look forward to jamming with you!
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John P.

John P.

Homewood, IL 60430
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$30 / 30-min

About John K.

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Romeoville, IL

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I have been teaching for many years and have mastered the art of combining the traditional way of learning while keeping it fun using modern music as well. Classical, Jazz, Rock, Country...and more are available.

About John
I studied both electric and classical guitars at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I first began giving guitar lessons at the age of 20. I went to a local music store to take lessons. Within a month, he was offered a job giving lessons. I took it. I worked there for three years and then went on his own to establish my own business.

From 1994 to the present I have been recorded on 12 CD projects. My music has been heard in more than 16 countries. I have written and co-written numerous songs.

I have performed with, composed for, accompanied, backed up, taught, and produced many people. My Love of Music and the Guitar is impeccable. My playing and positive attitude on life itself, has inspired people form all over the world.
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John K.

John K.

Romeoville, IL 60446
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$34 / 30-min

About Gwen J.

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Chicago, IL 60604
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About Joshua G.

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I use lesson materials and pieces that I compose, as well as those from top publishers.

I like to address everything in one lesson in order to build knowledge and good habits: technique/form, chords/scales/arpeggios, music theory, sight-reading, ear-training, improvisation.

About Joshua
I am a guitarist, songwriter, composer, and arranger. I have been trained at the college level in music theory, composition, guitar performance, and improvisation.

I have recently begun a solo recording project, and will soon be re-launching my viedo channel with new instructional videos every week. I also run a guitar and music theory blog. I enjoy mixing different styles of playing into my compositions: fingerstyle, jazz, classical, flamenco, folk, rock.
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Joshua G.

Joshua G.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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