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Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 10 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.

Students are encouraged to pursue whatever moves them and are never restricted to any one type of practicing or playing. The main goal is to allow the student to find his or her own path in music and develop their own abilities in whatever way they see fit.

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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

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Students will have full access during lesson time to recording equipment. The best way to learn how to improve is to listen to yourself play. The student will be able to take home recordings of themselves and study what they can work on, helping them to make the decision on what they would like to improve on.

Students are encouraged to use Alfreds Method Books for Snare and Drum Set, Riley Books, and the Chester book for independence. Also, I teach the Faber Piano Adventures Series. Alfred's and Hal Leonard for guitar.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Sophia November 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Matt was just awasome.I was excited! He was extremely careful and brief in his instructing and clarifications. I am exceptionally eager to proceed and figure out how to be a decent piano player. Extremely cheerful we discovered Matt and am energized by more lessons.
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Mitch W. June 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson Thanks!
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Patrick C. March 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Matt was very knowledgeable and gave me a good starting point. I have never played before so this was a whole new experience. He arrived on time and was very efficient.
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Matthew N.

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL 60565
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About James P.

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Wheaton, IL

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Early Guitar Studies & Pit Orchestra Performances (1995-2002)

I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 11 with blues/jazz guitarist Tom Castonzo, a frequent performer, bandleader and teacher in and around the Chicago area. My studies with Tom lasted for many years and covered various musical and technical aspects of many different styles ranging from jazz to classical and everything in between. In 2002, I began performing in pit orchestras for various musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserable, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Seussical the Musical.

Original Music Projects (2003-Present)

From 2003-2008, I wrote and performed music for 2 different progressive rock bands: Dream Haven and The Unit Theory. Dream Haven released the EP entitled “Nostalgia is Five Frame” and The Unit Theory released a ful
l-length album entitled “Seed.” Both bands performed all over the greater Chicago-land area and helped me hone my skills as an electric guitarist. Throughout this time, we shared the stage with national touring & recording acts Fear Factory, Mastodon, Enuff Z’nuff, and Algernon, to name a few. I now play lead guitar in the Chicago-based alternative rock band Davenport Ed and am having started an all-instrumental acoustic/rock trio with two percussionists.

Undergraduate Studies (College of Dupage and Northern Illinois University: 2002-2008)

After high school, I attended the College of Dupage (COD) and began studying jazz guitar with Dr. Zvonimir Tot. Towards the end of my studies at COD, I developed an interest in classical guitar and took lessons from Steve Ramsdell. After I received my Associate’s Degree in Music from COD I started teaching private guitar lessons at various suburban Chicagoland locations. I graduated from COD in 2004 with an Associate in Music degree. In the fall of 2005, I started my Bachelor’s studies in Classical Guitar Performance at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with Fareed Haque (Winner of “Best World Guitarist” in Guitar Magazine). While at NIU, I continued to teach & perform up until I graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance.

Graduate Studies (New England Conservatory of Music: 2008-2010)

I started my graduate studies in August 2008 at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk. As an active performer in the greater Boston area, I made it a goal to bring the classical guitar to unorthodox venues such as senior centers, local TV, hospitals, dialysis treatment centers, and even juvenile halls! While at NEC, I started to take an interest in transcription, which is the art of adapting a composition for a voice or instrument other than the original. Eliot Fisk is a master at this, and his guidance was profound. In June 2010, I graduated from NEC with a Master’s in Music (with Academic Honors) for Classical Guitar Performance. My master's recital was a tour-de-force of virtuosic classical, acoustic, and electric guitar pieces with music ranging from J.S. Bach to Joaquin Rodrigo to Steve Vai.

Flamenco Guitar & Ritmo Flamenco (2009-Present)

During my time at NEC, I was fortunate enough to meet Grisha Goryachev, a master flamenco guitarist. Grisha introduced me to the basic principals of flamenco guitar and proved to be a wonderful resource. I continue my flamenco guitar studies by learning historical flamenco recordings entirely by ear. Short of living in Spain for extended periods of time, I have found this to be the purest way of learning. I am now the flamenco guitarist for Ritmo Flamenco, an ensemble that features dancer Diane Campbell.

Professional Musician & Awards (2010 – Present)

I moved back to Chicago in July 2010 and have since had hundreds of performances that include weddings, corporate events, restaurants, recitals, and more. My reputation as a premiere performing guitarist has grown rapidly in the past 2 years, and I earned 2 awards at the end of 2012: “Top Solo Guitarist” on the world’s largest entertainment site which is Gig Master and “Best of Wedding” (the world’s largest wedding-planning site). I am a regular featured performing artist at premiere restaurants in the Chicago suburbs including The Cellar Bistro in Wheaton, Eddie Merlot’s in Warrenville, and Wildwood Steakhouse in Geneva.

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***Teaching students ages 10+***

My first goal as an instructor is to get an idea of what the student's goals are as a guitarist, and then we start working towards that goal. This means that while the basic concepts are covered (chords, some sight-reading in most cases, scales, etc), no student curriculum is exactly the same. After a few months of studying with me, no matter what style of music, we will have learned notes, chords, and songs that are of interest to the student. Then, we will discuss how all of those elements tie together and map out a practice routine. A goal I have for every student is to create a realistic, efficient, and enjoyable practice routine that produces results.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitars (acoustic, electric, classical), cable/amp, appropriate paper materials & books for learning music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, rock, pop, & music theory.
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David June 29, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
James is a great teacher able to break down complex music and communicate how to play it.
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Mike McCullough April 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Jim is a great instructor, and a great guy. I feel like I am making good progress after only 5 weeks.
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Lisa G. March 12, 2014
· Guitar ·
Talented Teacher and Guitarist

Jim teaches my daughter guitar. He is her fourth guitar teacher and by far the best one of all. She has had lessons from him for the past two years. Besides talent, he has the schooling to back him up. She has learned a lot from Jim, and he truly listens to her input. It's amazing how good he is and how good my daughter has become. Jim is also very patient, positive and motivating.
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James P.

James P.

Wheaton, IL 60187
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$30 / 30-min

About Kimberly C.

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Dundee, IL

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About Kimberly
Hello! My name is Kimberly and I teach:
-Guitar
-Piano
-Vocals
-Acting
-Ukulele

As a participant in All State choir in high school, the only female in the U-46 district to make District 9 state Jazz choir, and the recipient of over 20 awards for singing, I'm at a place where I can use my experiences to help you start your journey!
I've been singing and playing my instruments for all of my life. My talents have taken me across the United States and back, even singing the National Anthem on Fox for the World's Strongest Man competition.
Having a passion for music, I picked up piano and guitar at a young age and studied both for years, finding new ways of combining the two with voice and also being able to play them separately or simply use them for songwriting.
Whether you're interested in playing piano, guitar, singing, or d
oing a combination, we will find your music genre where your passion lies and take it to new levels. I can coach you on your stage performance or even help prepare you for choral/band concerts in school.
For my adult students I can help take your gift to new levels, making it easier for you to perform with confidence and do what you've always wanted to do musically.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are customized to the student's age, instrument, and level of interest. I combine early education practices with activities that go beyond just trial and error on instruments and give student's a chance to turn lessons into a fun game. With my methods students also develop a level of confidence that enables them to begin performing for friends and family. I have seen many young vocalists into elite choral groups through their schools and cities. One of my specialties is preparing students for auditions and 9/10 times they make it into the group they were auditioning for or won the solo in their group!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar
Amp
Electric Keyboard
Microphone
Mixer

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar
Amp

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I specialize in working with kids. My combination of fun activities combined with an early education approach to teaching result in students who really enjoy the lessons and truly learn something at an age when it's so crucial to introduce the arts.
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Danny October 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I love it, She doesn't judge and it's ok that I had a wall up with her because I was nervous. Slowly I began to ger more comfortable and gained confidence. I learned new things from her. Kimberly is nice and amazing that she knows what she is doing.
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Grace July 26, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Excellent vocal and singing teacher. Also very good with acting coaching. Kimberly is very skillful with her students. To her students, she is caring, kind and absolutely nurturing. She is an absolute professional in the field. She is very responsive and responsible to her client's needs. We are very blessed to have her as our teacher. Highly recommended to all !!!
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Jim B. June 3, 2017
· Acting · In home
I highly recommend Kimberly for acting coaching. Very good teacher!
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Kimberly C.

Kimberly C.

Dundee, IL 60118
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$25 / 30-min

About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL

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About Matt
I am a professional singer who has proficiencies in piano, organ, choral directing, musical analysis, and ear training/playing by ear. I currently teach both high school and college students.
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Humberto M. October 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Excellent voice teacher
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Lucy V. July 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I reached out to Matt to prepare for a college audition I was preparing for.
What I enjoyed most about Matt was that he had the capability to be super flexible and encouraging. In my first lesson, I was very nervous and unsure of my song choices. He was confident and knowledgable with the capability to provide several great song choices with just a short warm-up with me and listening to my voice. He knew exactly what I needed to work on and by my third lesson, my friends and family were able to hear a difference.
I became more confident and came to lessons more sure of what I wanted and envisioned for my audition. Matt was flexible and not only gave me the freedom to add my own ideas to the music, but encouraged me to be original. He also gave me insight and tips on introduction, stance, and how to be more theatrical on stage.
Matt is very professional, knowledgable, and I will definately come back for more lessons with him. I highly recommend him.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Batavia, IL 60510
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$30 / 30-min

About Miguel R.

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Elgin, IL
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About Miguel
Hello! My name is Miguel (Alex) and I am excited to begin working with aspiring vocalist. I began teaching voice in 2014 to close friends who had wish to grow vocally and gain the confidence they needed for choir. I enjoy helping young vocalists grow with their voice and to help them explore the capabilities of their voices! I am a very fun, caring, hard-working, and dedicated individual and teacher. I wish nothing more than to see students grow and realize the full potentials of their voices. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2019 from Northern Illinois University . I am very involved in Dekalb with numerous ensembles
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Miguel R.

Miguel R.

Elgin, IL 60124
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$20 / 30-min
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About Jessica T.

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Naperville, IL

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Jessica teaches piano students 6 years and older; guitar and viola students 9 years and up; and voice students ages 11 years and older. She has been teaching privately since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at Jessica Lee Studio and online. She has helped students successfully prepare for auditions and performances, including landing the lead role in Willy Wonka Jr. at the Wheaton Park District and showcasing skills as the winner of Lincolnwood Idol.

Jessica received her training at Elmhurst College, where she completed a degree in music in 2016, after previously earning a Master’s in another field. As an expert in music education, Jessica looks forward to helping students achieve their goals. Jessica teaches at a pace suited to the student, offering music instruction that’s high quality but relaxed. She also gears her
instruction toward a student’s learning style, personality and goals to keep music-learning in perspective as both a stress reliever and potential area of achievement.
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Eric October 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
Super duper friendly and patient. Works well with people who are just starting out too, like I was. Always in touch with her students. Overall was helpful in every single way and always with a smile since day one. Pleasure to work with & will hopefully take again.
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Katherine January 21, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Jessica is a delight to work with and has such a pretty voice! I love her studio and how welcoming it is. Give her a try!
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Jessica T.

Jessica T.

Naperville, IL 60563
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$30 / 30-min

About Felicia B.

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Dundee, IL

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About Felicia
I graduated with a bachelors in music education at Western Illinois University in 2012. At the university I received talent grants to play in the symphony orchestra as a violinist, I also sang in the school of music top choir. After graduating I immediately was offered a position at a music studio in Geneva and have been successfully working for them for the last 5 years. For the last 3 years I have worked at a middle school in Elmhurst as a choir director and also was the vocal director for 3 musicals and head director for 2 plays. I have background with special education students from ages 5-13.

Although I am primarily a violinist and vocalist I also teach up to intermediate in piano, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar at the music studio. I believe that it is important for the student to be able to learn music theory at their skill l
evel, problem solving, and also enjoying what they play. Beginning lessons will give students a strong foundation of their instrument but adding on solo music.
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Denise August 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Felicia works with me at my own pace. She pushes me to do better and work harder in a way that is encouraging and motivating. She is always on time and never cancels a lesson without notice. She is extremely knowledgeable in every instrument she teaches and in vocals. Her background is teaching so this gives her the ability to provide the best learning environment for each of her students.
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Felicia B.

Felicia B.

Dundee, IL 60118
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$35 / 30-min

About Sharon S.

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Winnebago, IL
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It is a joy and privilege to instill the love of music in students of all ages. I use a variety of curriculums to meet the needs of each individual students. Each lesson is tailored so the student will make significant progress. I love teaching all ages! Give me a call and let's get started accomplishing your musical goals.
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Sharon S.

Sharon S.

Winnebago, IL 61088
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$25 / 30-min

About Emily V.

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Rockford, IL
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My passion is working with people one-on-one and in small groups to help them grow and become the best version of themselves. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Minor in Education Studies, and I'm working on a Master's in Organizational Leadership so I can one day move into a position as a worship pastor, music minister, or a leader in a wholesome organization. I dream of being able to impact the world one person at a time. I believe that all the skills and dedication music requires develop people mind, body, and spirit, and teaching music gives me a way to reach my dreams of helping others.

In lessons with me, I will always try to get to know you first so I can teach you in the way that works best for you. I try to teach life skills such as goal-setting that you can take with you even if you decide to end music lessons. I'm alw
ays open to changes in how I teach because I want to keep myself learning and growing along with my students.
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Emily V.

Emily V.

Rockford, IL 61107
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$20 / 30-min

About Dominic D.

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Round Lake, IL

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I am a professional classical guitarist and a graduate from Trinity International University. In 2016 I released a best-selling classical guitar EP titled "Midnight". Lessons are located in Volo, IL.

Students will reach their musical goals, and end up finding new musical goals on the way. I teach all genres of music, all ages, from beginner to advanced.

I incorporate basic classical principles into any genre, so that my students understand music in a broader sense. My goal is to train my students to become musicians so that they can understand music, compose their own music, and improvise in any situation.

My personal passion is composing classical music and performing, and I hope to train my students to begin performing and composing themselves someday.
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Dominic D.

Dominic D.

Round Lake, IL 60073
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$34 / 30-min

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