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About Teresa L.

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Ingleside, IL

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Piano is the general instruction of the instrument. I have taught lessons for over 23 years where I have been traveling to the homes.
The students learn not only the general concepts but they also learn Theory which is the understanding of what lies underneath the music itself.
I have an easy going personality with the students learning how to play the piano, but I also want the students to work to their full potential.
The students learn not only the basics of the piano itself, but they also play fun songs, such as popular songs that they know.

About Teresa
I am a graduate of Northern IL University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I have 22 years of teaching experience where I have traveled to the homes. Students enjoy my passion that I have with the instrument.

I started teaching in 1991 and have been teaching several students since then. Attending teacher workshops keep me at a current updated level and I want to help the students learn to the best of their potential.

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I am very thorough in my teaching, which includes lesson, theory, technique, and performance
methods. I use a very easy, flexible approach when it comes to the kids and their personalities. I expect a lot out of my students, yet still want them to learn and have fun.
After three months with me, they will have learned how my teaching style is and will be able to play several
children's songs.

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I don't provide any equipment when I travel except their books for the first lesson. I would expect the student to have a well tuned piano or a basic keyboard. The student also needs a notebook so I can write their homework down for them as well as myself to keep track of where the student is in their progress.[

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I specialize in teaching Alfred, Bastien, and Faber and Faber. I teach General Music, Classical, Jazz, and Popular. I teach mainly through the method books, and then use other supplementary materials as well..
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Valentina M. June 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
My daughters had their first piano lesson today with Terri. I can honestly say that I’ve never met anyone so patient and sweet natured and professional like Terri. The first time I spoke to her on the phone reflected her nature in person. Shes very knowledgeable with the piano music. She knows how to level herself with my 7 year old and specially with my know it all 5 year old. After the lessons she updated me with their progress and commented on my kids strengths and weaknesses. She just didn’t talk to me as her client but she talked to me like a friend. Her smile radiated through the music she teaches. We all loved her.
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Owen January 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is a spitfire - Teresa has been patient with him while tapping his potential and challenging him!
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John G. October 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great job and has the patients required to teach.
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Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL 60041
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About Jon N.

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Skokie, IL
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I've been teaching music since I was 25, and my students have gone on to become professional musicians, lifelong friends, and most importantly, happy from the experience.

I do not use method books but rather take the students' requests and pieces they love and turn them into sheet music by hand.

I do not tell the students what they do wrong, only what they do right. Everyone makes mistakes, so when that happens, I tell the student "Good!" and move on to the next musical success.

About Jon
Jon N. was born and raised in Mexico City and is proudly an American citizen. He has been performing since the age of three, on several instruments, studying music since fourteen, and still takes lessons to this day. What's not to love?

He is proud to teach at all levels, including many professional musicians with master’s degrees, adult beginners, and of course, kids of all ages between 8 and 75.

They are encouraged to select the music they want to learn, so we have worked on classical music and original compositions, which I also coach, jazz, blues, pop, rock, the Great American Songbook, reggae, seven different kinds of Jewish music, and other ethnic music from all over the globe.

Frequently the younger students will request a tune I've never heard, but I magically transform the MP3 into a handwritten score at the student's l
evel. Example, one of my adult beginners wanted to play the big symphonic poem Scheherazade, and I wrote out the main tunes for easy piano.
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Jerilyn M. March 5, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I cannot study with Jon Novi because I cannot go to his house because I have a disability. He is a wonderful teacher. best, Jerilyn Miripol.
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Jerilyn February 12, 2019
· Singing · In home
He did not stress me. Has a relaxed attitude. Looking forward to receiving a composition book, or song book.
Glad I met him.
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Danny May 25, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Great instructor and very knowledgeable. Really wants to understand you to cater to your needs.
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Jon N.

Skokie, IL 60077
(10)
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$40 / 30-min

About Lipeng C.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a professional musician and educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.

About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Charlyn B. August 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
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Audrey July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
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About Sebastian A.

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Chicago, IL
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My lessons start with warming up with scales, chords, and drills. This will improve accuracy and knowledge of the piano. We then go forward to reading music from either sheet music or a book of choice. Since the lesson is geared specifically for you, we could work on classical pieces, pop songs, originals and everything else in between.

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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Skylar A. March 6, 2019
· Piano · In home
1st lesson. Sebastian made my 2 kids very comfortable!
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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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Sebastian A.

Chicago, IL 60622
(17)
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$55 / 30-min

About Josh L.

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Chicago, IL
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A custom tailored Lesson plan based on the students needs and wants. A definite focus on theory.

About Josh
Hi, there! My name is Josh, and I can't wait to meet you! I am fairly new to private teaching and am looking forward to helping my students get a good solid start with either piano, or improvised theatre. I studied theatre in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, and I trained at the IO theatre in Chicago for improvised theatre. I studied jazz piano with Dr. Joe Utterback in Stratford, CT. I've been performing in Chicago as an improvisor and mucisian for about 4 years. I'm a relaxed and friendly person and my teaching style is very much based on what you want to accomplish, though I'd be happy to make suggestions. I really look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Best!

Josh L.
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Charlie M. November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10-year old son Charlie had a great first lesson with Josh. He accomplished a lot in his session and Charlie is excited for the next lessons. Josh is very patient and kind.
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Alexa July 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Alexa was excited to take lessons with Josh and really enjoyed them!
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David March 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Josh was very helpful for a beginner like myself. He got me started on my path.
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Josh L.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$20 / 30-min
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About Bill L.

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Chicago, IL
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First time playing piano? Resuming after years (decades?) of not playing the piano? No matter your age or experience, you can always learn and improve!

Pop songs, jazz ballads, classical pieces, or movie/game themes, there must be something you are interested in playing and get better!

About Bill
I have always been a self-studier in my entire life. Being able to learn with just books and your brain is a crucial skill to have! However, I know not everyone (and sometimes even myself) have the discipline and motivation to keep going during hard times. This is where a tutor would come in handy.

I enjoy tutoring (doing it ever since I was in high school for my classmates) and helping other overcome problems that I have encountered myself because it enhances my own understanding and makes me happy that my self-studying is helping others. Sometimes, my students even bring up alternative ways of thinking that I have never thought of before!
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Britney N. August 12, 2019
· Python · Online
Good communication and best explanation
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Nathan F. January 26, 2019
· Python · Online
Good explanations and efficient with time!
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Jasmine November 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Had played piano when I was young, and missed playing it. Bill is an excellent motivator and helped me enjoy practicing again and playing new pieces!
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Bill L.

Chicago, IL 60661
(23)
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$29.99 / 30-min

About Lydia S.

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Chicago, IL
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A passionate advocate for empowered music making, my purpose is to empower creators of various ages and stages to make their best art. I have been teaching private piano lessons for 14 years. A flexible teacher who values experimentation, continuous learning, and artistic freedom, I cater my approach to each student's unique needs.

About Lydia
I teach students of all ages and stages. Having studied piano for 16 years and voice for 4 years, my students can expect to learn theory and technique along with repertoire. I encourage my students to practice for at least ten minutes every day! All members of my studio have the opportunity to perform for and collaborate with one another in three recitals each year.

In addition to teaching a studio of 20 musicians (ages 4–65), I am a professional choral director. I graduated from Michigan State University (2018) with a Masters in Choral Conducting and from Oberlin College (2012) with a Bachelors in Music, Concentration in Choral Conducting.

I look forward to working with you!
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Julia December 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful first lesson! Thank you.
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Rachel Pasquini October 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
We recently started piano lessons with Ms Lydia and we can’t say enough good things. Our daughter Emerson asks each day if Ms Lydia is coming to play piano. And we believe that is because of Ms Lydia's positive attitude, happy personality and ability to make learning music so much fun! Ms Lydia has already taught my daughter so much in regards to music and reading notes. Emerson enjoys each lesson so much that she practices the piano on her own. We are so grateful for Ms Lydia. She’s engaging, caring and her passion for music is contagious!
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Winslow October 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Lydia is a great teacher! She selects great music for my level and offers me suggestions to improve my ability. I enjoy practicing everyday and she never gets frustrated when I make mistakes but shows me correct fingering.

I began playing at 13 years old, and have taken lessons from many other teachers and now I'm 69 and have MS, she does a great job with me!
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Lydia S.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$45 / 30-min

About John A.

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Chicago, IL
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Experienced teacher/performer/songwriter specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All lessons will start with a strong foundation with note reading, music theory, ear training, and technique. Learn to play your favorite songs, and then advance towards improvisation, sight reading, soloing, and composition. All ages welcome! Lessons can be customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

About John
I've been a guitarist, singer and songwriter for 11 years, and a pianist for 23 years. Currently, I am a Dueling Pianos player with Felix and Fingers, children's music performer with Mr. Dave Music, as well composer/songwriter/frontman for the soul/funk band Jake and the Soul Professors. With a profound knowledge of music theory and experience with a wide variety of genres (from gospel to country to jazz to blues to classical) my specialty is in developing an ear for improvisation as well as composition and song writing.
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John A.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$34 / 30-min

About Mehtab Kirtan S.

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Chicago, IL

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While drums are my primary instrument, I compose on the piano and have a thorough understanding of music theory & jazz harmony.

About Mehtab Kirtan
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I work with you on your goals to mastering your craft. I am a master of technique, improvisation, groove, and composition. I am 100% invested in your growth as a musician and a person. I guide you to becoming your greatest version, starting from behind the kit.
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Mehtab Kirtan S.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$50 / 30-min

About Lexie L.

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Berwyn, IL

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Greetings! I have 16 years of teaching experience as a faculty member of the fabled Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. I offer lessons in piano, voice, theory, songwriting, and transcription with a specialty in helping artists learn to accompany themselves on an instrument while singing. I am willing to work with anyone on just about anything! Lessons are tailored to fit. Note reading (or an interest in reading) is a plus but not required; traditional notation as well as standard "lead sheet" notation with chord symbols, as desired. I provide a collaborative experience in a safe, friendly, encouraging atmosphere for ages 6 and beyond. Whether you are advanced or a total beginner, every song has a lesson inside.

About Lexie
I stumbled into teaching by accident sixteen years ago and never left! That's the truth. In 1993, I moved to Chicago to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at DePaul, became a student of the late great vocal guru Ed Farran, and began my journey as a working musician. Several jobbing gigs and a handful of TV jingles later, I decided to form a band of my own to showcase the fruits of my passion for songwriting. I was asked to be a temporary substitute teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in 2003, never imagining how transformative my experience there would be, and ended up staying on as a voice & piano faculty member for sixteen years and counting.

It turns out teaching is fulfilling, fun, and infectious.  My style in the classroom is informed largely by the exceptional teachers I've been fortunate enough to work with over the years, but
I believe I have learned the most about music from time spent with my students. Maintaining a collaborative and nurturing enviroment in our lessons is important to me for that reason.

Piano students of all ages can expect a well-rounded approach to learning their instrument in a way that is tailored to the student's personality and learning style. Sometimes we will follow a book, but often we won’t. There will be theory and technique elements to each lesson designed to enhance the student’s understanding of what they’re playing, but the focus will be on the joy of execution. A student’s willingness to learn to read music is immensely helpful but not an absolute requirement.

Voice students will practice a wide range of topics from the physical (healthy singing techniques) to the psychological (vocal inhibition issues) to the artistic (style; finding your own voice). Singers who are interested in taking their skill set a step further can learn how to get around a keyboard, understand key signatures, and write their own transcriptions.

My musical compass is always pointing lessons toward this idea: What can I do to help my students feel empowered and equipped to make music confidently when they go off to college/when they’re 45-years old/ when they’re retired? For more advanced or ambitious students the query goes further: How can I challenge and inspire my students to get the most out of their instrument and their relationship to music in general? My main goal in every lesson is to point the student toward a life-long love of self-propelled music appreciation.
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Lexie L.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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$34 / 30-min

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