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About Luke P.

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Winston Salem, NC
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I am an avowed uke aficionado, and believe this little instrument has way more potential than most people give it credit for. It works wonderfully for providing basic chords to accompany songs. For the more ambitious and/or adventures uke players out there, it can also yield amazing results as a melody instrument. Jazz, classical, world music and pop are all great on the uke. I love to help you do whatever you are looking to do with your uke.

About Luke
I majored in music at Berea College, then went on to The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where I completed a Masters degree in guitar performance and served as the graduate assistant to the guitar department.

For the past ten years I have earned a living performing and teaching guitar. I am a certified Suzuki instructor, and I've held teaching positions at Winston Salem State University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, along with at least half a dozen other schools and institutions. I've been featured on other artists' records, and received a grant to release an album of my own songs. I regularly perform in a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

I love to teach, and over the years I have taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of lessons. Having learned something from each and every one
of my students, I am now at a point where I excel at honing in on the individual interests and learning styles of whoever comes to me for help. There are many ways to learn guitar. The best one is the one that engages and inspires you the most. That said, there are also music fundamentals that we all need to know. My joy as a teacher lies in finding a way for you to master the fundamentals while at the same time following your personal bliss and intuition. We plot the course together, combining your curiosity and enthusiasm with my years of experience.

I also love working with kids. While they are having fun jamming, I discretely provide them with the technique and musicianship they'll need to excel in any musical environment, whether it's conservatory study or playing in a great band.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your enthusiasm is the key to your success, so my lessons are tailored to the interests and abilities of each student. That said, my classical background and dedication to effective teaching inform everything I do.

All of my students learn Music Fundamentals:
-Technique (habits of movement)
-Theory (how music works)
-Aural skills (hearing pitches, chords and rhythms clearly)

Many of my students use books. There are hundreds of great books these days, and I will work with students from any book they choose. Listed here are the books I regularly use. They all deliver great results:

-Aaron Shearer "Leaning The Classic Guitar"
-Will Schmidt and Greg Koch "The Hal Leonard Method"
-Joe Pecoraro "Read This First"
-David Oaks "Music Reading For Guitar"
-William Leavitt "A Modern Method For Guitar"
-Mateo Carcassi "Melodic and Progressive Studies, Opus 60"
-Leo Brouwer "Simple Studies"

Many of my students prefer to work without a book, and that is a great option too. These students learn scales, chords and theory and develop a repertoire of songs. I will show you how to play any song you'd like to learn. You can also work on writing your own songs or compositions, or improvising in any context, be it jazz, blues, Indian raga or flamenco.

Singing is also encouraged!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: music stands, extensive library of all kinds of music, great sound system and ability to stream any song, several guitars, recording equipment, footstools, keyboard and percussion instruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I'll bring my guitar and books, accessories as needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in versatility. I regularly play gigs doing classical, jazz, blues, rock, pop, and world music. All of these genres have a place in my heart, and I've devoted years to learning to play and teach them well.

I am equally polyamorous when it comes to the various things musicians do. I love to sing pop songs, dissect jazz lines, delve into expressive groupings with classical pieces, drill scales and arpeggios, you name it. Reading, improvising, composing and notating, transcribing and playing by ear, memorization, classical technique, blues technique, bluegrass technique, theoretical analysis... hit me up for any of that, or whatever else interests you.
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Nick M. October 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He said Luke was very good at explaining things and was very patient with him1
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Yanka C. August 30, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
I've had my very first lesson and I've learned so much of the bad habits that I built over the time that I was self-taught, I am looking forward to learning more and to keep pursuing what I love!
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Angela December 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first experience and looking forward to more! Apart from his expertise in many different playing styles, the most important attribute that he has is his patience.
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About Nicholas K.

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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

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I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

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Merrillville, IN 46410
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About Voytek F.

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For kids and adults, currently seeking students available during the morning and daytime. If that fits your schedule then let's start rocking the jams! We will learn chords, rhythms to strum and sing your favorite songs. Have something else you would like to learn? Let me know what it is and let's do it!

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.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About Jeremie W.

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McHenry, IL

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Ukulele is an interesting instrument with a lot of similar characteristics to guitar. I have been playing ukulele for the past year now and it's substantially easier to play and faster to learn then guitar, but you can develop skills that will transfer over to the guitar.

About Jeremie
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m
ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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Danny September 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Jeremie is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He caters the lesson to your goals and I have no doubt I will achieve what I want if I stick with it! Would definitely recommend!
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jeane June 21, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Shelley May 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first session. Looking forward to next time.
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Jeremie W.

Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051
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About Jonathan R.

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Forest Park, IL
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As is the goal for every student I teach, I want the student to have a good time while playing an instrument. You will learn, you will play, you will have FUN!

About Jonathan
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"Jonathan's experience as a musician and teacher helped me advance tremendously in my ability to play guitar and understand music on a more advanced level. He's great at relating to his students and takes a genuine interest in their progress. " -Victoria L.
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Jonathan R.

Jonathan R.

Forest Park, IL 60130
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About Tom S.

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Have fun and learn from a pro! A graduate of Berklee College of Music, GRAMMY NOMINATED, many recording and live performance credits.

About Tom
Tom has been teaching private lessons since 1987 and is currently available to teach lessons at his studio in Downers Grove, IL. He has helped many students exceed their expectations not only as guitarists, but as very well rounded musicians.

Tom received his training at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1987 where he received a degree in Music specializing in Music Production and Engineering. As an expert in his field, he looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Tom's versatility as a live performer has brought him into opening slots for the following major headlining acts:

Pop/Rock:

STING
*The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
*Central Park, NYC
*and more

L.L. Cool J & Jewel
*Presidential Inaugural Ball - Bill Clinton

Isaac Hayes
Boz Scaggs
Collective Soul
Huey Lewi
s and the News
Maceo Parker
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett
Ratdog (Bob Weir)
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
Ben Harper

Jazz & Acid Jazz:

George Benson
Charlie Hunter
Michael Brecker
Roy Haynes Trio
Count Basie Orchestra
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Wayne Shorter
Yellowjackets

Blues:

B.B. King
Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy
Koko Taylor
Lonnie Mack
Etta James
…and many more

In the studio, Tom has recorded on countless TV & Radio commercials including:

McDonald's
Coca-Cola
Disney
Budweiser
Sears
Buick
Gatorade
State Farm
Ford Motor Co.
Miller Brewing Co.
…and many many more.

Tom has also played on many CDs receiving local and international acclaim. In 2001 Tom garnered a GRAMMY NOMINATION for his work with the Chicago based band Liquid Soul.

He has written and performed on music for TV and has even recorded on a few tracks that have hit the Billboard charts.
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Kathy January 13, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Loved it. Loved it. Such fun.
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Grace July 24, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Tom is an outstanding instructor, professionally gifted, most helpful and very personable.
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Michael July 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tom's a really nice and patient teacher. Great for beginners and very knowledgeable.
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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About Ryan B.

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I've been teaching ukulele for 4 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. Ukulele is a great instrument for an introduction into stringed instruments and as a casual pastime, but when pursued seriously can be as rigorous as any other. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming patterns and chord changes and even a few simple songs under your belt. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

About Ryan
Ryan is a musician from Jefferson Park who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too.

As a teacher Ryan's goals are fairly simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong foundation on the basics, so as we learn more advanced techniques we have a solid base of technique to build upon. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique.

After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the Univer
sity of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience of a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali.

Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being House of Blues, Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.
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Max R. September 19, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Love that my 11 year old can take the lessons from home. He is in a car a lot of the week, so being able to not loose time over sitting in traffic yet again, is really fantastic.
I don’t stay in the room for his classes, but what I notice with Ryan, is that my son is making steady progress and is taking up the banjo every day to practice, without me having to tell him too. That, to me, is an accomplishment on its own :)
Love these lessons, love Ryan who is friendly, relaxed and practical. Two thumbs up.
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Stuart August 27, 2018
· Banjo · Online
4 weeks into banjo lessons has been great. He does a great job explaining and answering your questions. Im just a beginner but its going well. Thanks Ryan.
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Jane J. August 23, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Ryan is very flexible and accommodating. I took a banjo lesson and a mandolin lesson from him. He helped me transition easily between instruments. He also was most willing to indulge my love of Irish music. I found him to be relaxed and yet encouraging.
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Chicago, IL 60646
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About Phil C.

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Learn the basics of one of the most popular beginning instruments and you'll be playing any number of songs from whichever musical genre you enjoy. This is a great instrument for groups of 3 to 5 beginning students. For most people, this instrument is a quick learn.
The 15 minutes for $20.00 rate is for classes that actually span 90 minutes. This is the per person rate for sign up of a minimum of three people. Contact Phil for more details or call Take Lessons. Use the "Ask Phil" button or use the green button to sign up.

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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Chicago, IL 60626
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About Mike G.

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I try to teach in a way that best fits the student's needs. I really enjoy the "learning process" and love helping students find out how they learn best. Also, I make a point to have students progress in a natural way that allows them to be making music at every stage along the way.

About Mike
Hi there. I am an elementary music teacher by day looking to work with students in a one-on-one setting to help them reach their music/performing goals. I provide piano, drum, guitar, and ukulele lessons and have been playing for almost 20 years. I recently played acoustic guitar in a local bluegrass band (Groundspeed), as well as bass, percussion, and piano in my church's worship band. I studied Music Education at Elmhurst College, performed in Indiana University's Marching Band (3 years), and have traveled to Jamaica on a short-term teaching assignment. I also speak Spanish at a proficient level.
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Mike G.

Wheaton, IL 60187
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About Claire C.

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Learning the basics is the best way to develop a solid foundation for your musical journey. We'll learn to tune, build chords and finger pick simple melodies. We'll learn to listen to songs and pick out the melody by ear, allowing you to learn any song you want!

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.

Chicago, IL 60622
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