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About Loretta M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Loretta
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certificat
ion in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
First - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT FOR PRACTICE AT HOME BEFORE BEGINNING LESSONS!!! Consistency is very important for learning, and weekly lessons ARE NOT enough for growth. My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

*** Specialties ***
jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition
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Patricia June 30, 2019
· Singing · Online
So fun. Loretta is awesome.
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Denver B. June 26, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Loretta is awesome!!!
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Patricia June 23, 2019
· Singing · Online
This is the most fun hard work! Loretta knows how to teach!
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Loretta M.

Chicago, IL 60641
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About Ryan H.

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Geneva, IL

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About Ryan
Hello! My name is Ryan Hobbs and I am a professional trumpet player and teacher. I believe in approaching every student with kindness, building on their natural abilities to help them grow as a musician and person. I teach all levels of trumpet lessons from beginning to collegiate and adult students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have instrument with mouthpiece, and any music we are working on.
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Kristin June 29, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Helped our son change embouchures successfully. Supportive and flexible. Easy to work with. Easily can pick out what is best what student needs or should work on. Also balances work with some fun playing as well.
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Ryan H.

Geneva, IL 60134
(1)
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$42 / 30-min

About Keanon K.

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Chicago, IL

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About Keanon
I love everything about teaching! I love music; it is my life. I sleep, breathe and dream music. I am a Columbia University Chicago graduate; I graduated with a degree in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice. I have performed in numerous operas and musicals, as well as, sung on Gospel Cruises all around the world. In my eyes, the student is the main focus so whatever issues, concerns or request the student may have I will treat them with priority. I am all about strengthening the natural born talent and making my students the best vocalist they can be. I'm here to serve the students and that is what I will do until they are confident in their gift...music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take music very seriously but at the same time I like my lessons to be fun and a joyous experience. I am very patient and helpful with any strugg
les that may seem too hard to the student. I will start my students off with the basic vocal warm ups and then move on to material that they would like to cover and if so the student doesn't have material to cover, I will present them with material. Being a singer is not easy at all, so I will challenge my students by giving exercises that challenge them to sing for proficient. I will also bring in material that is brand new and ask the students questions about the piece. The student is in the lesson to learn everything about music, so any type of material that I feel will benefit them and help them move closer to their goal, I will definitely present to them. After 3 to 6 months students will be able to sing in the 3 minor keys and the major key. The student will also have knowledge and know how to sing at least 3 different modes. The singer will know how to read basic sheet music and perform it with solfege. The singer will also have 4 songs of my choice or their choice mastered and ready to perform in front of an audience. Lastly, the singer will have knowledge of proper breath control while performing, usage of a microphone, and intonation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano/ Keyboard
Music Stand
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*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical, gospel and R and B singing.
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Neil February 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Keanon is a GREAT teacher/artist/musician/mentor

I've been working with Keanon for almost a year now. Aside from being an amazing vocalist himself, he does everything he can to help students reach their full potential and find their voice. He makes lessons fun while constantly keeping you challenged. There's always encouragement from him to strive to be better, which can really bring the best out of singers. Whether you're simply singing for hobby, performing for shows/auditions, or ready to record, Keanon has something to offer to any aspiring musician. He has a passion and love for music and understands it's a gift that must be shared with the world.
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DeMarcus 'DeMuziq' February 3, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Keanon did a great job with catering to each singer's style in the group workshop. He is highly knowledgeable about singing and gives great pointers to make your song sound better. I highly recommend a vocal session with him if you plan singing for an audition, a performance, or if you just want to sing for fun!
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Kaiisha February 2, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Keanon is a great instructor and performer and is extremely versed in his field. He also has a great personality and is a pleasure to work with.
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Keanon K.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Kimberly L.

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Lombard, IL

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About Kimberly
I have taught voice lessons for about 10 years to children and adults of all ages, abilities, and musical tastes. I received my Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University, and a degree in English from Knox College. Most recently, I sang as a soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall, as part of a performance of Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass."

Students have come to me to improve their singing in many different styles, from pop music to musical theater to classical. I have taught experienced musicians as well as people who have never taken a lesson before.

Whether you're looking to improve your karaoke chops, prepare a solo piece for church, or just try something fun and different, I would encourage you to give voice lessons a shot. I truly enjoy teaching and would love to help you achieve your individual vocal goal
s!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very patient teacher. I use various teaching methods and tailor each lesson to the individual needs of the student. We discuss breath management, the release of unwanted tension, good performance practices, as well as diction and general musical concepts. Studying with me will remind you that singing should be fun, and will boost your confidence and skill level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My living room studio has a piano and seating for parents who wish to sit in on the lesson. There's also a table in the adjacent kitchen where younger siblings can do homework. Please bring a notebook or paper to take notes, as well as recording equipment if you wish to record the lesson.

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(not applicable)

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is my specialty, but I have worked with students on everything from Metallica to Mozart.
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Karen H. August 25, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Both of my daughters, one of which has Asperger's, really enjoyed taking singing lessons with Kimberly over the past one and one-half years, and I would highly recommend her. They each received individualized lessons plus were provided immediate feedback and encouragement. I never heard a "do I have to go" when it came time for their lessons which says allot, especially in the summer when I often hear this about other things.
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Franceska L. January 21, 2014
· Singing ·
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“What a fantastic experience! Kimberly is an excellent teacher, creative artist and mentor. I had almost given up on my dream to sing. Today, I am energized and making good progress toward my goals. Thanks again, Kimberly!”
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Patrick T. May 17, 2013
· Singing ·
Excited for more lessons

I still have more questions but in my 3 lessons so far with Kim she has had all the answers. She has provided a lot of good technique and exercises for my daily regimen and I have had people tell me that my singing sounds a lot better at shows I have done since. I know that it is because of what I've gone over with Kim.
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Kimberly L.

Lombard, IL 60148
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About Melodie F.

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Chicago, IL

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Student GOALS
(1) Student learns how other artists use music to communicate, advocate, heal, and grow.
(2) Student learns how to use music for self-discovery of artistic aims.
(3) Singing student learns how own body functions as a musical instrument, on a flexible schedule.

I am Miss Melodie F, a highly experienced private lesson teacher of voice, piano, and theory. Please read my profile carefully before you sign up with me. Complete beginners are welcome. Advanced lessons are available for singing and voice only.

Are you an adult who misses the love of music you enjoyed before life responsibilities took over? If so, you are like most of my recent students.

I teach adult students private music lessons. My specialties and approaches are
(1) blending what the student wants with what the student needs,
(2) classical v
ocal technique from a body awareness perspective,
(3) how to sight-read keyboard scores, and
(4) music theory translated into something that makes sense.

If you don't practice that's not a deal breaker, but admit it so I can modify the plans to give you your money's worth.

You may schedule a lesson when you want or can afford one rather than being forced to take a lesson at the same time every week; that is the Schedule-As-You-Go option where lessons have no recurring schedule slot. I have weekday office hours available on a Schedule-As-You-Go basis which you won't find on the general availability information here on this profile.

Singing and Voice
Singing and voice lessons have minimum 45min duration. Do you want to do the physical work it takes to become a better singer? Do you have a place to practice? Have you read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page and still want to take singing lessons with me? If you can’t say “Yes” to all of these things I can still work with you. Sign up for Music Theory lessons instead, tell me what you want to learn, and we can go from there.

Piano
Do you have regular access to a “real” piano, with weighted keys and a damper pedal? If all you have is an unacceptable keyboard sign up for Music Theory and I can still teach you how to read keyboard music, and play scales, chords, and songs by ear.

Music Theory
Music theory lessons are the most flexible option for general curiosity. You don't need much more than pencil and paper to start music theory lessons. Tell me what you’re interested in and I’ll teach it from a Music Theory perspective.

The current fee for a 45min lesson appointment in my studio is $41. Online singing and theory lessons are the same price. Lessons must be prepaid, with a strict 24hr cancellation deadline.

My teaching studio is a residential office in a high second floor walk-up near the intersection of Chicago and Ashland. I might be able to travel within East Village / Ukrainian Village / Wicker Park / Noble Square for an additional $15 travel fee. If I travel to your location we can negotiate younger ages and group fees.

Upfront deal breakers:
• I have a problem with fragrances. If I can smell something on you I may not be able to work with you. We could discuss online lessons as an alternative.
• One quietly observing adult human guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.
• If you are a singing student you need a place where you can practice and you must read the Your First Singing Lesson section prior to your first cancellation deadline.
• If you don’t have regular access to something that can legally be called a piano, including weighted keys and a damper pedal, don’t take Piano lessons.

Ask me a question using the Ask-A-Question feature. Watch my videos and think about it. I'm a good teacher. I sincerely appreciate the time it took you to read my profile. Thank you.
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Laura M. March 4, 2019
· Singing · In studio
My very first singing lesson ever was informative, eye opening, well articulated with good imagery I could relate to, challenging, and fun. Melodie’s good coaching made me aware of both things I was doing somewhat well and tips for improving on them, and simple errors that we worked on in a very encouraging and corrective manner. I’m looking forward to practicing and my next lesson.
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Bob November 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Geriatric patient Bob is going along with the program beautifully. Just keep doing what you're doing Melodie. Thanks
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Marisol March 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
So far I've only had one lesson with Melodie and she really cares to help you achieve what you're trying to accomplish. We went through a few things such as posture, how to breathe, humming, vowels, position of tongue and other things. About myself: I don't know how to sing and this is my first singing lesson.
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Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
(17)
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$30 / 30-min
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About Bruce C.

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Chicago, IL

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About Bruce
I have degrees in both music and education. I also have 35 years experience in both teaching and performance. My concentrations are guitar, piano, harmonica, and voice. Teaching children and adults is very rewarding to me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be geared toward your interest with a healthy dash of Music Theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic, Nylon-String, and Electric Guitars; Amps; Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars and small amps.
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Alona R. April 27, 2015
· Piano · In home
Bruce is really good with the kids, he is very patient and motivated. My daughter really learned a lot.
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Bruce C.

Chicago, IL 60656
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$25 / 30-min

About Matthew C.

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Chicago, IL
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About Matthew
Matthew has been playing the upright bass for about 13 years, and although he has a strong classical foundation, he has been studying jazz for the past 6 years.
Matt is currently in his last semester at Roosevelt University for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance on the Upright Bass. At CCPA he has had the opportunity to travel to St Louis, and New Orleans with the CCPA Large and Latin ensembles. Most recently, he performed at the JEN conference in New Orleans, where he performed with Howard Levy, one of the worlds greatest Harmonic players.
He has also performed many times at the Jazz Showcase and the world renowned Auditorium Theatre with many of the combos at CCPA.
He has had the opportunity to study with some of Chicago's best musicians, such as Ruben Alvarez, Henry Johnson, Paul Wertico, Paulinho Garcia, Cheryl Wilson, and T
om Garling. He is currently taking private lessons with both Scott Mason and Marlene Rosenberg.
Matt is also confident in teaching basic piano skills as well as jazz piano chord theory and improvisation.
Besides jazz and classical, Matt plays a lot of blues, rock n roll and funk on the bass guitar with a band, where he has played shows at Chicago's House of Blues, Double Door, Metro and many more.
Matt believes music should be a fun form of expression and communication, that improves the players life, as well as those around them.
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Stephen November 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher!
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Matthew C.

Chicago, IL 60647
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Hunter D.

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Chicago, IL

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About Hunter
My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the ideas of creativity and cooperative problem solving. I believe that all musicians should be actively training their ears as well as their abilities on their instrument. I focus on all elements of basic musicianship while incorporating improvisation and composition in an inspiring way.

I grew up playing jazz, soul, R&B, folk, reggae, ska, funk, and classical music. I feel very comfortable working within all of these genres in both performance and educational atmospheres.

Regardless of age, learning a new instrument or art form can be daunting, so I like to include some sort of entertaining activities to keep tension low and inspiration high.
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Cash April 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
very engaging
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Sloan November 15, 2017
· Flute · In home
Exceeded our expectations! He was engaging, smart and fun with my daughter. She loved the time with him and can't wait for her next lesson.
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Keely July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.
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Hunter D.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$40 / 30-min

About Bill D.

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Glenview, IL

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About Bill
Bill is in his sixth season as Principal Trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and his third season as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Orchestra. He was a member of the trumpet faculty at DePaul University for five years and has presented performances and masterclasses at Northwestern, Roosevelt, and Northern Illinois Universities. Bill frequently performs as Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Philharmonic

Orchestra and has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has also performed works in numerous chamber ensembles in the Chicago area including Walton’s Fa- cade with the Dempster Street Pro-Musica Chamber Ensemble, Bach’s 2nd Brandenberg Concerto and Poulenc’s le Bal Masque for WFMT radio’s Summer Rush Hour concerts. In 2014 Bill was featured as guest soloist with the
Sibiu Philharmonic in Sibiu Romania. More recently he performed as guest soloist at the National Brass Band Competition Gala Concert.
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Chandler April 22, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
When Bill was my band director over a decade ago, he was the best music teacher I'd had at that point. After reconnecting with him and having him work with me on my techniques more recently as an adult player, that opinion still stands very strongly. He has a wonderful way of phrasing things that help you just "get it," and has expert advice from everything from fundamentals and helping you achieve your best sound, to more advanced techniques such as double and triple tonguing.
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Rolando April 13, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
Bill is a great pedagogue and a fabulous trumpet player! Thank you for the great information!
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Bryan P March 4, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
Mr. Denton was a fantastic teacher! We worked on articulations and phrasing in the first movement of the Halsey Stevens Sonata and he was able to bring a lot more out of me musically than I thought I was capable of. He made excellent use of the 30 minute online lesson and I came away feeling more confidant as I approach my recital.
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Bill D.

Glenview, IL 60025
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About Amy R.

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Chicago, IL
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About Amy
I am a well respected professional in the non-profit arts education field, but my passion is music and playing oboe! I want you to develop that passion too! If you love the sound of the oboe, then learning to play it should be a joyful positive experience. I want to teach you the mechanics of playing and the repertoire, but what I hope you learn is how to have confidence in playing, how to project your unique artistic voice, and that playing music is a life-long endeavor to learn.

In addition to learning how to play oboe, I also require that students learn how to make reeds. You'll be required to purchase reed making equipment and part of our lessons will be on making reeds. At the beginning, I'll make reeds for you at an additional charge. Or, you can buy them from any reputable sources that I can recommend.

I currently serv
e as the Principal Oboist of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra in Chicago, take lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music and perform with a woodwind quintet. My husband is a drummer and we have 3 dogs (that will be in a separate room when you are at my house taking lessons).

Parents of young children are invited to stay at my house during lessons until you are completely comfortable with me. I acknowledge that I didn't provide a background check, but I assure there there's nothing there. Google me, you'll find out more that way.
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Amy R.

Chicago, IL 60659
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$50 / 30-min

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