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About Rick T.

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Elburn, IL
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About Rick
A bachelors degree in music ed and 20+ years of playing, teaching and performing experience comes with you to every one of our lessons. Whether it be on trumpet, guitar, piano or voice I will consistently stress fundamentals that lead students towards the musicians they strive to be. I feel incorporating music that is relevant to the student and his or her goals is paramount and doable! I will always demonstrate the techniques and ideas I espouse. Lastly, I show my students the joy music has put in my life and in turn, show them how to play music towards the same ends. I am currently workin
g towards a masters in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University (2015) and perform regularly in the area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are typically broken up into 5 main parts
1) physical technique and warm up
- this refers to the mastery of the physical movements involved in playing the instrument
2) vocabulary practice (either by reading and/or by ear)
- scales
- chords
3) reading
- sight reading
- prepared reading
4) learning to play by ear
- song transcription and analysis
5) warm down and re-emphasis of key concepts

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio lessons are taught in the front room of the house. There is an acoustic piano, an electric piano, a music stand, stereo, guitar, amp, laptop, trumpets, books, and seating are all available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have everything I need and can furnish music. I expect student to have a stand and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I can improvise proficiently and understand music theory very well

***Special Notes***
-if you are located slightly outside my travel radius especially fox valley usually I can accommodate
-if you cant find a time that works usually i am able to fit you in somewhere else. i am flexible!
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Don W. November 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !
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Don W. November 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !
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Mary Ellen July 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
I loved working with Rick. He works in a very different way, an approach that is really beneficial for me as an adult beginner. He teaches music structure and we worked with a singer songwriter that I love. He is pleasant and patient and very knowledgable. I highly recommend giving Rick a try for looking at playing music from a new angle.
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Rick T.

Rick T.

Elburn, IL 60119
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$29 / 30-min

About Aaron L.

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Cortland, IL
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About Aaron
I have enjoyed playing and writing music so much, and I want to share this joy with all who have a dream to play by a campfire or become famous. Let me teach you until you become better than your teacher...which is my goal for you. This is my delight and dream.
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Alana Fournet September 11, 2015
· Mandolin · Online
Aaron is soooo patient and encouraging. He has been really helpful in a few important ways. First, he has helped find great tunes for me to learn by sight reading. Second, he has been very willing to create little leads for me to take when I'm playing a wide variety of songs with my family's band. Third, and most importantly, he has challenged me to begin the process of really hearing music so I can improvise (the thing I most want to do but am most challenged with).
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Rick B. August 8, 2014
· Mandolin · Online
Aaron is a wonderful and patient instructor. He has made me fill at ease during our lessons and I've learned more in the last few weeks than I thought would be possible.
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Aaron L.

Aaron L.

Cortland, IL 60112
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$18 / 30-min

About Dan M.

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Glen Ellyn, IL

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Dan M. is a freelance musician and private lesson instructor in the Chicago area. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Mr. M. graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music in euphonium performance, and traveled to Colorado where he earned a Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an active musician, he has performed on trombone and euphonium in many musical groups ranging form wind ensembles and orchestras to brass quintets and other chamber groups. Mr. M. was also a member of the Flatirons Brass Quintet at the University of Colorado,
which toured to Beijing, China, and placed in the semi-finals of the internationally known Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

As a teacher, Mr. M. has been teaching students of a wide range of ages and abilities for over eight years. Some of his students have been selected to Honor Bands and All-State Bands across the country. Through quickly identifying strengths and weaknesses, and catering to ambitions and desires, his students experience a fun and inspirational learning environment that has been found with much success.
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Dane C. December 8, 2016
· French Horn · In home
Very pleasant teacher with good relationship with student. Flexible and easy to talk. Always on time and teaching with passion.
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Ethan P. June 3, 2016
· Euphonium · Online
Dan is teaching my teen online and has made the lesson engaging and beneficial for him.
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Ethan P. June 3, 2016
· Euphonium · Online
Dan is teaching my teen online and has made the lesson engaging and beneficial for him.
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Dan M.

Dan M.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$30 / 30-min

About Christopher J.

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DeKalb, IL
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About Christopher
Hello All! My name is Christopher and I am excited to begin working with you all. I began teaching voice in 2012 as a student in Bowling Green, OH. I enjoying watching students progress and to help the find their own voice! I am fun, energetic, caring and dedicated. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2013 from Bowling Green State University. I have a Graduate Performers Certificate in performance from Northern Illinois University where O am currently completing my Masters of Music in performance.
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Jamie F. October 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Christopher was wonderful! I had a great first lesson.
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Alex September 2, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
Amazing job all around! He used many visuals and examples to help me figure out how to properly use my voice and get it resonating to its fullest potential. Great personality and fantastic teaching skills!
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Anaya May 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
He has done a great job with my daughter, she's always excited to attend lessons and I can't get her to stop singing afterwards! Very pleased with Christopher!
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Christopher J.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$25 / 30-min

About Amelia H.

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DeKalb, IL
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About Amelia
I am in the process of completing my bachelor's in Vocal Performance (1 year to go!) and I am passionate about helping people become enthusiastic in singing, playing piano and appreciating classical works! I believe in a holistic, positive reinforcement-type environment when it comes to successful learning. I want to help you find the power and beauty in YOUR own voice.
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Amelia H.

Amelia H.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$25 / 30-min

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