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About Hristo M.

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About Hristo
I've been teaching guitar professionally since I've been 17 and I've taught a wide range of musicals styles from Jazz, Blues, Fusion, to Rock you name it. My first experience with the instrument was 8 years ago and since then I haven't put it down. Early on in my teaching career I found that it's important for students to have the drive to learn, but it's more important to have someone that can guide them in the right direction. I believe the role of a teacher is not only to instill that drive, but to fuel the fire of their imaginations through fun and effective exercises. I've had the pleasure of teaching students ranging from 5 to 60 years of age and have found that the fundamentals of playing are applied across the map.

I'm currently attending Columbia College of Chicago and I'll be receiving my bachelors in instrumental performance
mid May. I've studied under some great players such as Frank Dawson, Harry Hmura, Chris Forte and currently studying under Peter Lerner.

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I understand what it's like to be in a tense environment where all the material is condensed and thrown at you in a set amount of time. I'm not an advocate of such curriculums. I promote an atmosphere where a student isn't afraid to ask questions and feels the need to express his or her thoughts on whatever we may be learning.

I've come to the conclusion that everyone learns differently and different avenues need to be taken in order for a student to learn. I feel as though every student needs a customized lesson plan that will help them excel. We're all attracted to music in one way or another so I feel the need to tend to what attracted you to playing and writing music in the first place. For example if you like classic rock we will explore certain techniques, ideas, songs and song structures that pertain to that genre. I like to partner you're interests with basic fundamentals of music such as note reading, music theory, and listening exercises. The goal is to keep progressing and learning new things.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upstairs studio: guitar rig set-up, studio speakers, pro tools set up, recording gear, practice amps, music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an amplifier, cable, tuner, sheet music and even a guitar need be. I expect my students to provide themselves with a guitar so after the lesson and during the week they can practice the material I have provided them with.

*** Specialties ***
I like to start out young students with reading music along with teaching them and exploring the music they are interested in.
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Thomas R. May 19, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Hristo is patient and full of passion for music. He is very knowledgeable and capable of imparting this knowledge well on children, as he has done thus far with our 10-year old and 6 year-old (first full month of lessons). He is flexible and even came to our house for the lesson when our schedule for that day was affected by another commitment.

Its going well thus far and our sons look forward to the lessons every week.
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Xavier L. March 12, 2014
· Guitar ·
This guy loves what he does!

Histro is always on time and is very knowledgeable. He is a college grad that can teach you soo much. I've never played guitar before and after my third lesson with him, I already know 12 chords and am capable of playing at least two songs. A very relaxing way to spend my sundays. He makes it fun to learn the guitar!
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Hristo M.

Hristo M.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About Tracy B.

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About Tracy
I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

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My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so
I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

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Basement studio finished and separate from house

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Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

*** Specialties ***
I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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Frank I. January 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great so far!!!
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Naomi T. January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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Dave M. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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About Christopher C.

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I do not provide any equipment, The student must have adequate equipment.

Violin: Classical

Guitar: Rock, Blues, Metal, and a little Jazz.

Music Theory: from medieval to modern
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Lisle, IL 60532
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$48 / 45-min

About Miles K.

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Chicago, IL
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reading, writing, counterpoint, analysis, much more

About Miles
Hi, my name is Miles. I specialize in audition preparation and techniques to make learning your favorite music super easy. I teach guitar, piano, and bass (electric & upright) as well as audio recording, music compostion & production.

I teach beginner through advanced students and tailor my approach towards what you want to learn.

I have a BA in classical bass from University of Iowa and work as a professional bassist (classical, jazz, contemporary pop EDM and trap, rock, R&B, gospel and more) and music producer and teacher. I look forward to meeting you!
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Miles K.

Miles K.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$50 / 60-min

About Voytek F.

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Rolling Meadows, IL

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Learn notes on the staff, note durations and rhythms, scales, chords, harmonic analysis, the circle of fifths and more!

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!

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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 a 76-key keyboard, 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, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard.

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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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Samir June 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very cordial. Allows you to improvise. Great first lesson.
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Alex W. June 12, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Alex likes Voytek very much!
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Teresa Price April 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult student. He is a great teacher and very willing to be flexible in his teaching method.
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About Michael C.

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Skokie, IL

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As a university trained musician, I have over 20 years of experience with understanding the construction of music. I can teach you how to recognize basic theory principles, starting with the major scale, major and minor tonalities, all chords and inner scales and branching out into chromatic tonalities like blues, jazz, gospel and atonal music. I enjoy providing a link between theory and improvisation, going from music as math to music as communication!

About Michael
Hi there!

I am a guitar, bass and piano player with over 20 years of experience to offer my students. I graduated from Duquesne University, (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1992 with a Bach. of music performance, jazz emphasis. I have toured, recorded and given lessons all over the world. Check out my photos and videos for some examples of what I do. (all students are posted with permission and parental permission)

My passion as a teacher is simply to help you learn to play and enjoy music. I tailor my lessons to suit your specific needs. Whether you are a parent who wants their child to learn a solid musical foundation or a busy adult who just wants to sit and learn some songs, I have a method that keeps your interest while developing your skills.

I like to spend at least half of the lesson playing together. I find the interactive approach
to be the most fun and the most effective. I will use whatever style you like. If it is a good song, we can learn something by playing it!

I teach guitar, bass guitar and upright bass, beginner through intermediate, as well as beginning piano. Several of my students have gone on to professional careers. I even had a former student compete on the Voice last year, which was a lot of fun to watch!

My studio is located in Skokie, just north of the Chicago border. I am also available for in home lessons in the near north suburbs. Sorry, I do not travel south into the city unless it is very close to the northern edge. For more information or to schedule a lesson, please contact Take Lessons. Your success is my goal!
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Lindsey June 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
As a full-time working adult, I really appreciate Mike's easygoing personality and flexibility. Having lessons every other week in my apartment is about the only way I can manage it, and he doesn't give me a hard time if I don't get a lot of time to practice. He strikes the right balance of telling me what he thinks I need to know while also letting me choose the course for our lessons at times. If you have performance anxiety like I do, Mike will put you at ease. He got me to sing on our very first lesson, and I thought I would die. But he has really encouraged me, and now I feel much more comfortable playing and singing in lessons. I've been a longtime beginner at guitar, and after almost a year of playing with Mike, I can definitely see that I've progressed. I definitely recommend classes with him!
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Natalia June 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mike is an amazing teacher! He's patient, intelligent, sweet and has a good sense of humor. The lessons with Mike are never boring. He can explain things clearly and makes learning music fun! Highly recommended!!!
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Scott R. June 12, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Mike Choby is an excellent guitar teacher. Besides being a very learned instrumentalist with a depth of knowledge of music, he is a good guy who makes learning fun.
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Michael C.

Skokie, IL 60076
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About Matthew C.

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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 known as Zoofunkyou, where he has played shows at Chicago's House of Blues, Double Door, Metro and many more. (zoofunkyou.com)
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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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About Ryan B.

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I'm a college educated musician who has been employing music theory in a band setting for several years now. A strong base of music theory is a great place to start for new musicians. Knowing the basics of our shared language will especially help when you begin collaborating with other musicians and make communication much easier.

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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Ana May 12, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Brian March 19, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Extremely knowledgable, nice and overall great teacher. I'm extremely happy with my first mandolin lesson and can't wait to practice what Ryan taught me and return for my next lesson.
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Blanche D. March 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Great lesson! Ryan is patient, thoughtful, and teaches things step by step so it isn't overwhelming. Can't wait to come home from work and practice!
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Ryan B.

Chicago, IL 60646
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About Phil C.

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I will help you to understand music theory as it applies to your specific instrument. Additionally, we will look at information regarding instruments you may accompany. We're not looking at orchestrating a symphony and will not learn erroneous information. This is focused on developing the knowledge necessary for mastery of your instrument or instruments and bringing more to you creatively. It also serves to give you the real world ability to communicate with other musicians who work with a different instrument.
This is a great subject for combining with other subjects, which I'm always happy to do. For some students, this can justify a 90 minute lesson. I have some adult students who spend as much as two hours with me.

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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Ingrid June 9, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Preparing for a performance at my friend's wedding. His experience has been vital in prepping me to anticipate variables and how to play through mistakes etc.
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CJ A. March 10, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
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Sunny H. January 31, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Phil is an absolute delight! We had a great time working with Phil learning the basics of Ukulele. He prepared a great lesson for us while creating a fun atmosphere for people of different musical backgrounds. Highly recommend Phil!
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Chicago, IL 60626
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About Hunter D.

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I am comfortable working with students on basic music theory, classical, and jazz. We will use theory to help your knowledge/comfortability on a specific instrument, and/or to accompany your understanding of music you enjoy listening to.

About Hunter
My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the idea 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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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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Charlie M. April 27, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
My lesson with Hunter was absolutely fantastic. Such a great guy, and supremely knowledgable, and patient with beginners like me.
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