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About Lon W.

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About Lon
I am a certified teacher who has taught, along with high school English and college English and ESL, instrumental ensemble and music appreciation classes in schools and years of individual lessons in piano, flute and saxophone. I also taught piano in Beni-Mellal, Morocco while with the Peace Corps. As a second job I played Clavinola regularly for my church for eight years, as well as accompanying the choir and performing at weddings. I also accompanied concerts and played for graduation ceremonies at the high school where I taught, and have played with professional musicians onstage. Music has been one of the great joys in my life and my purpose in teaching is to convey to the student what a joy it is. I am particularly happy to teach a number of young students here in Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
Levels:  Piano and flute,
beginner to intermediate. Saxophone, beginner.
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Ages:  6 and up
Subjects Taught: Piano, flute, saxophone, music theory
Lesson Details: Lessons in all instruments are focused not on exercises such as scales and arpeggios, but on what musicians want to be able to do: the correct and pleasurable playing of pieces of music. In this, I am not a "page turner," i.e. simply letting the student play a piece several times and then moving on. Each student has his or her own pace and I will always go with that pace; but I encourage students to achieve all they can and rejoice with them at their achievements. No piece is passed until it is mastered, but if younger students become frustrated, we leave it for a while and come back when at a higher level. There are "nuts and bolts" techniques to be learned in order to progress, but while these are being mastered the student will grow to feel more natural and accomplished as his or her ability builds.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have my own digital piano at home if the student wishes to travel.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own flute, but not a keyboard. I would expect the student (or parent) to buy the book, but would also have my own copy.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy all types and periods of music, especially piano from elementary theory to rock/jazz improvisation techniques.
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Steven March 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are extremely pleased with Dr. West.
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Katherine W. March 21, 2017
· Flute · In home
So far so good
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Tanushree V. September 27, 2015
· Flute · In studio
Lon is extremely talented, patient and thorough. He can teach absolute beginners (such as I) very well, and makes you practice till you're confident with the notes. In the meantime, he encourages you even when you think you're getting nowhere with a new, baffling instrument. He is flexible and accommodates schedule changes as needed.
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Lon W.

Lon W.

Chicago, IL 60645
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About Isabelle R.

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Chicago, IL

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About Isabelle
I am a violinist from Rogers Park, Chicago's North Side. I started violin when I was 3, and have been playing ever since! I studied with Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University's String Academy, then went on to study violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

I started teaching violin 8 years ago and have greatly enjoyed working with my students! Since then I have completed many Suzuki method teacher trainings and taken a string pedagogy course at Oberlin.

I also have studied and play baroque violin in various groups in Chicago including Baroque Band and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. I also sing and play viola da gamba.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach private lessons to students of all ages and levels. Music and learning should be fun! I help students express themselves and reach their goals. For beginning
and intermediate violinists I usually teach the Suzuki violin method literature with a mix of traditional materials, but I am happy to teach whatever music the student wants to play! Students may also like to explore fiddle music, jazz, rock, modern, folk, romantic, or renaissance music!

Depending on the student, in lessons I tend to have my students warm up with some scales and technique work, and then focus on a piece for the later part of the lesson. In my teaching I prioritize playing in a healthy and relaxed manner. My studies of body awareness have included Alexander technique, yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, and T'ai chi. A happy and healthy body makes for a happy violinist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my home studio, I have a room with my teaching supplies, instrument, stands, piano, and seating for parents and siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I play traditional violin, and I also specialize in baroque violin. I play viola da gamba as well. I'm trained to teach the O'Connor American Fiddle method for violin playing.
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Sharon R. August 7, 2018
· Fiddle · In studio
Wonderful- I feel my skills will improve with this teacher. Very pleased.
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rahul singh August 2, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Isabelle is an excellent teacher. She makes you comfortable going from one piece to new piece, from one skill to another. In each session she applies hollistic approach consisting of focusing on technique, playing instrument and learning theory, which render learner to grow in every aspect at the same time.
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Kate C. January 26, 2015
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I am a violin teacher who has worked with Isabelle. My students love working with her as a sub. She has a keen sense for discovering what would benefit a student most, and is resourceful in finding ways to address problem areas. I recommend her most highly!
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Isabelle R.

Isabelle R.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Sarah P.

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Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music a
nd why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.

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Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
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Delila D. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Granddaughter liked her first lesson
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Brian P. October 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good teacher.
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Emese September 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I find my lessons to go by very quickly, she is a great instructor and makes learning very enjoyable. I find her enthusiasm for piano to make me want to learn more and more each lesson!
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Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL 60586
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$27 / 30-min

About Lipeng C.

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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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Freddie L. July 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I reccomend Violin lesson to whomever. Ms Lipeng is an excellent teacher and has such passion to believe in you and make you a better violin player.

Thank You
Ms Lipeng
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Freddie Lopez July 26, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Excellent teacher and instruct very well....
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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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Lipeng C.

Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
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About Sebastian A.

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Chicago, IL

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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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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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Hugo January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. Sebastian is sweet and patient with our 5-year-old. Great teacher for little ones!
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Sebastian A.

Chicago, IL 60622
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my name is apple. I graduated from chinese famous muscial university. I having 26 years experience at teaching piano and singing.
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Chicago, IL 60616
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$30 / 30-min

About Phil C.

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Chicago, IL

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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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Noah June 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
Phil is walking me through the theory and we are making progress so it’s goinf well.
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Michael June 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Had a great lesson, Phil is a real pro, makes Me comfortable with our pace. At My age, He’s a great choice.
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Jeremiah Z. May 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Phil is EXACTLY the kind of guitar teacher I was looking for. I couldn't ask for a better instructor. He knows his stuff and breaks things down so that you can understand and apply what you learn. He's also a deep soul and has a love for music that is contagious!
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Phil C.

Phil C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Nina P.

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Chicago, IL
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Teacher with multiple studio locations who specializes in songwriting, indie, classical, folk, metal-hardcore, and open tuning lessons "I have a strong stance on crafting lessons for individuals. A teacher should present a balance of what the student wants to learn, as well as what they should."

teaches from two studio locations (Ohare and Logan Square)

"I will almost always encourage a student to do a songwriting exercise to establish a students understanding of a riff he/she has just played. It helps with learning long run!"

She has been performing shows around Chicago for 2 years as the musical act "Indisposed" and has toured the past year. She has worked with the Lane Tech Guitar Ensemble Program, lecturing in songwriting and composition. She is great with young kids, teaching students as young as 3.

"If you're a studen
t who wants to learn anything from the Pop/Beatles to Spanish/world music, Classical, Punk, Metal, a 'niche' genre, or focus on songwriting/theory. I will provide custom made lessons each week for your learning needs. My method is a mixture of classical training and ear focused. You will always be sure to go home with video recaps of our lessons or a visual aid."
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Rob Livingston May 4, 2017
· Guitar ·
Nina is awesome, patient, and understanding of what i would like to learn and accomplish out of my lessons. I highly recommend her for anyone, who would like a highly intelligent teacher who wants her students to succeed in her lessons.
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curtis willmore April 27, 2017
· Guitar ·
Learning guitar is hard work! Learning music is hard work! Nina is patient, knowledgeable, and disciplined, yet flexible enough if you want to explore a tangent. Be prepared to put in the work on your own in order to make the most of your lesson time.
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Brett Blessen March 24, 2017
· Guitar ·
Nina is very talented, I have zero music experience and in just a few weeks I am learning timing, reading rhythm and tab and starting to play some songs I want to learn. She has a real gift for music and teaching and is able to assess how a student learns and can modify the lesson seamlessly to fit that learning style. She is very patient and positive and its clear that Nina really cares about your progress. She's good people.
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Nina P.

Nina P.

Chicago, IL 60634
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About Joshua D.

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Hello Potential Students!

I pride myself in being able to break down difficult skills into basic steps that anyone can master. The hard part is knowing how to break down those skills, but you can leave that part to me!

I've taught music and piano for a number of years, and also tutor students in difficult high school subjects such as match and physics. I have a degree in astrophysics from the University of Maryland, and now work as a patent attorney where I work to break down and detail difficult cutting-edge technologies for the public.

Outside of work, I really enjoy making and teaching music as well to people of all ages. I've specialized in jazz piano, but also really enjoy playing modern pop/rock. Students I teach piano to learn how to not just play their favorite songs, but also how to break them down and understand h
ow they were put together. This enables students to learn how to learn, and if they dare, to start making music of their own.

See you in the classroom!
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Michael N. May 13, 2018
· Piano · Online
Josh has been great with our 12 yr son. First time doing online lessons so I was skeptical but He has always been prepared for every lesson and every lesson has been very productive
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Nadiv January 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
I took lessons from Joshua for three months while my normal piano teacher was on vacation for the summer. In those months, my skills improved tremendously, leaving my teacher in awe of how much I improved during his hiatus. Josh worked with me on developing my technical skills and knowledge of music theory and was incredibly successful in helping me build on my previous skills. Joshua was understanding and patient as a teacher, helping me as I struggled through challenging pieces and encouraging me to continue practicing and not give up. Overall, Josh was a great teacher and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a piano teacher!
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Ben January 23, 2018
· Piano · Online
Josh is a really great teacher - he has a structured plan he follows, he answers questions well, he cares about your goals, he is patient, and he's pretty funny too! I've been progressing faster than I imagined through weekly sessions with Josh and always can't wait for the next one!
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Joshua D.

Chicago, IL 60657
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About Noah G.

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I am a professional guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Illinois.

I tailor lessons toward what each student wants to accomplish, whether it's to learn their favorite song or a whole new style of playing. This helps keep lessons fun and engaging as students can stay focused on their personal goals and learn more broad musical concepts at the same time.
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Matt July 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Noah taught my son for 2 years before moving out of the area. He was always extremely patient with his students. He taught my son the RIGHT tools that beginners need to know. He didn’t just teach him rock song after rock song. Rather, he explored different scales, different genres, and beginning steps into improvisation. As a college music professor myself, I can absolutely say that Noah excels in any academia arena. Not only does he teach well, he’s a monster player.
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Mariel July 30, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Noah is so talented and such a patient teacher. He is great at meeting you where you're at, and really takes the time to make sure you understand something before moving on. He offers resources to help you practice and is an overall great teacher!
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Neal July 29, 2018
· Guitar · In home
When Noah started teaching me on guitar, I had already been playing for a few years and considered myself an amateur. I soon realized there was much more to learn... But within a few weeks, I started to see myself progress as I learned scales, bar chords, strumming methods and more. In classes, he would express a deep understanding of the guitar and would show it through his playing and his enthusiasm in the subject. Overall, Noah was a fantastic teacher and I would definitely recommend lessons to anyone interested in playing, or already knows how but wants to learn more!
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Noah G.

Chicago, IL 60647
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