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Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077

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About Joseph

My Story:

As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.

This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.

These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.

You will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.

And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding o

f musical structure.

Teaching philosophy

I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.

When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.

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*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.

Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.

Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.

Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.

I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.

For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.

For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.

For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.

I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.

I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.

Lesson Progression

In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.

For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.

After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).

For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.

Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.

*** Specialties ***
Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.

What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...

Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova)
Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.

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December 4, 2016
Ryan L.
Learning flamenco and classical guitar with Joe. He's got tons of knowledge and skill, and really pays attention to the musicality of things, which is something other teachers often miss.
February 15, 2012
StephenS1
Great teacher

My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
January 4, 2011
JosefP
Great teacher !!!

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Joseph M.

Skokie, IL

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James H.

Chicago, IL 60626

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About James

BA, University of Pittsburgh, Music
MA DePaul University, Jazz Performance

I have over 10 years of teaching experience. I loved every one of them. I do consider myself a passionate educator and a patient instructor. I had been blessed to have received masterful instruction from brilliant, warm teachers in my own training and so I do understand firsthand the value in kind and passionate education.

My theory of practice is to build a lesson plan with each student individually. A major goal for me is to present information in a way that can empower the student to identify their own interests. Ultimately we'll get to a place where the student can persue their growth independently.

Music is a very personal journey. To recognize it as such is the first victory.

My bio:
Jim is a pianist/instructor who is based in the greater Chicag

oland area. Jim began his professional performing career since he was sixteen when he started playing the city's finest clubs. Jim has performed with seasoned greats such as: Ira Sullivan, Mark Whitfeild, Cladio Roditi, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Jimmy Owens, Abe Laboriel, Rodger Humphries, Cecil Bridgewater, Yotam Silberstein, Ron Affif, Alexander King, and John Moulder. His debut album "Explosion" is out on Delmark Records features columbia recording artist Frank Catalano and jazz legend Richie Cole . Jim's second album, "Blue Skies," is also on Delmark records and features two legends of jazz Ira Sullivan and Roger Humphries. He  has studied under two Art Blakey Jazz Messenger Alumni: Dr Nathan Davis--who's performed with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Benny Golson; and Dr. Leon Lee Dorsey who was an active member of Lional Hampton's big band for several years, recorded with the likes of Freddie Hubbard and is an active member of Hilton Cruiz's trio. Jim is the recipient of the Pitt-Mellon BNY jazz scholarship for outstanding performance and composition.
As a composer Jim has had quite a volume of original material spanning a wide array of styles performed by musicians such as PSO members (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and Pittsburgh-based Alia Musica. Jim's expertise spans classical--both old and modern, Jazz--both old and modern, modern popular styles such as rock, hip-hop, funk; and the intersections of these three camps, classical, jazz, and popular styles, which seem to be the direction of the 21st century.

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Beginning to professional jazz piano, and basic musicianship piano
---beginning Reading and notating music,
---basic Tone recognition and sight singing and ear training
---basic to advanced Technical Facility--this includes right and left hand independence and rhythmic dexterity, fluid technique

*** Specialties ***
basic piano musicianship including: reading and notating music, piano technique and coordination; jazz piano, jazz improvisation for piano or players of any instrument with sufficient technical facility, ear training, piano technique, a wide range of advanced theory, composition, jazz history
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September 23, 2011
JuliaN
Mom of 11 yr old student

James has been friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. My daughter wanted to quit before meeting James. She has some experience but has a ways to go and I think James is just the guy to help her get there!...WITH a smile on her face!

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James H.

Chicago, IL

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Dora H.

Chicago, IL 60618

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About Dora

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Piano and voice, musical theater and classical music.

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August 27, 2019
Olivia C.
She was amazing with my daughter!
August 5, 2019
Michelle
I would highly recommend Dora as an instructor! She is extremely nice, patient, and pays attention to detail. She always sends me home with books and sheet music so I can practice at home. I had a wonderful experience with Dora!
July 29, 2019
Adriana A
I found Dora online one day and I read her reviews. It made me want to schedule lessons with her and I have been singing for a little under her study. She is a brilliant teacher, she is so nice and knows how to make sure you are learning things right. She is an amazing instructor and knows how to do her job.

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Dora H.

Chicago, IL

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Paulette L.

Streamwood, IL 60107

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About Paulette

Hello!

My name is Paulette L., and I am a recent graduate of Elmhurst College, which is located in the nearby suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois. In May, I earned my Bachelor's in Music Business along with minors in Communications and Spanish.

Music has played a significant role in my life since I began studying piano at the age of 5, and it continued to play this significant role after I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. After about 7 years of piano studies and 2 years of guitar studies, I decided to take a small break from my overall music studies and instead place my focus on my academics and additional extracurricular activities. Shortly after beginning high school, however, I started up my guitar studies again through my involvement in my Parish'€™s Young Adult Choir/Band. Shortly afterwards, during my sophomo

re year of high school to be precise, I was walking by the piano in the living room of my house and felt a small tug to sit down and try to plunk out a few measures of a slightly familiar song; ever since then, I have not been quite able to stop wanting to keep learning!

Throughout the four years I studied and enhanced my skills at Elmhurst College, I took private lessons for Piano, Classical Guitar, and Voice, and I have completed four levels of Music Theory. I am organized, hard~working, detail~oriented, accustomed to working with people of a variety of age groups and learning preferences, sociable, adaptable, easy to get along with, fair, creative, pro~active, and proficient in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact TakeLessons and I wish you the best in your future music studies!

Paulette L.
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January 27, 2019
Robert
Paulette is very friendly, knowledgeable and patient with beginners. Her musical experience in many areas serves her students tremendously well.
January 6, 2019
John G.
Great teacher! Very knowledgeable and enjoyable to learn from.
January 6, 2019
Linda ..
Paulette was knowledgeable and prepared for my lesson. She tailored it to my needs and objectives.

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Paulette L.

Streamwood, IL

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Henry A.

Chicago, IL 60618

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About Henry

I perform and teach guitar professionally. Music is my passion and I love to learn new music and help others learn it as well. I currently specialize in teaching classical guitar with a focus on building strong technique, ear training, and practical applications for using formal and contemporary music analysis skills.

I also love playing jazz and various styles of pop music. I try to bring a similar approach to teaching these as I do in my classical teaching. I want to work on answering questions the music asks of the performer; like how would you play a Country Swing song versus a Jazz Swing song, how would you approach a contemporary Spanish Guitar Suite versus a Baroque Guitar Suite, or how would you play a Taylor Swift song versus a John Mayer song.

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March 12, 2019
Otto
I send Henry students for guitar lessons. They come out looking like little george bensons .

Highly recommend.
December 1, 2018
Sarah
Henry taught my son how to play all his favorite songs on guitar and was always prompt, polite and interested in our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

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Henry A.

Chicago, IL

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Amanda N.

Chicago, IL 60618

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About Amanda

I am a classically trained opera singer with a 18-year background studying voice and performing on stage. I have experience with a variety of styles: classical, musical theater, pop, jazz, rock and more. I perform all over the Chicagoland area in various bands and I am currently a member of improv-opera group Forte Chicago, which works to debunk the stereotypes of opera as an art form.

I began teaching beginner voice lessons a few years ago and I have found that sharing music with my students brings me so much joy. My past and current voice students ranged in age from 8-65.

I play piano as much as I can for my lessons. We will use recorded accompaniment (karaoke tracks, piano accompaniment tracks, etc) as needed.

I have extensive knowledge of music education techniques, music history, and theory. I am also proficient in Itali

an, French, German, Spanish, and Latin. My many years of professional chorus work and time as a section leader also contribute to my ability as a teacher and singer.

I teach lessons out of my Irving Park home.
I have a very friendly Siberian Husky, Lando, who will be present at lessons at my home. He usually sits on the couch or floor and sleeps during lessons. If you're lucky, he might sing along!
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June 5, 2018
Yolanda A.
I enjoyed the classes with Vocal Coach Amanda because I learned the fundamentals of singing in an entertaining fashion. In addition, you are not going to believe it, but as a test, she asked me to perform Halleluja in a duet in front of 100 people at a reception at the John Hancock Center. I passed the test because she also worked on helping me to build confidence. My grade to Coach Amanda is A+. Unfortunately, I am spending my summer in South America and I cannot continue until Fall. Looking forward to take more singing classes with Coach Amanda.
May 21, 2016
Greg
Great instructor. Got me too understand pacing, breathing and projection very quickly.
May 21, 2016
Greg
Great instructor. Got me too understand pacing, breathing and projection very quickly.

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Amanda N.

Chicago, IL

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Joe D.

Chicago, IL 60640

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About Joe

I am a professional violinist... and fiddle player! I graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.

My students can expect to improve week to week in their violin technique and overall musicianship. Every student is interested in different types of music; I teach students to apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound in whatever style they choose.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. I have studied classical violin for 14 years, and jazz fiddle for 7 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, but also how to perform alternative styles such as jazz or bluegrass either by ear or by using chord sheets and transcriptions.

As a professional violinist, I currently spend most of my time playing with the Civi

c Orchestra of Chicago. In the past, I have also been fortunate enough to work with amazing ensembles such as the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Millennial Chamber Players. I have performed in jazz combos at iconic Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase and the Green Mill. I also regularly play around the city with the bluegrass band Android Mandela and the Spanish rock band Calaveras LD.

Music is everything to me, and I bring the same energy and passion to my teaching that I bring to my creative music making!
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Joe D.

Chicago, IL

Ash R.

Glenview, IL 60025


About Ash

I began my teaching studio in Glenview, IL as a current music student having only a small handful of students. Over the years, I've had to relocate twice (to Chicago, IL and Iowa City, IA), due to my musical studies. In May 2013, I reestablished my permanent studio in Glenview, IL and currently have a steadily growing music studio.

I began my musical studies, playing the violin, when she was 7 years old. When I turned 9, I also took on the flute and piano, both of which became my primary instruments. I hold a Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University) and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. I enjoy playing a wide variety of music, ranging from Classical to Video Game Music.

Over the years, I have participated in various musical ensembles such as high school marchi

ng band (flute section leader), symphonic band (principal flautist + piccolo player), symphony orchestra (principal piccolo player), chamber music groups, and university chorus. I have also had opportunities to be a part of intensive summer music programs abroad (for piano and flute) during my middle school years in Osaka, Japan and, later during my university studies, in Vienna, Austria.
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Glenview, IL

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"Absolutely amazing!!! Highly recommended!!!

We live out of state and was temporarily relocated to Miami and found Karen online. Based on her previous rev
iews, we gave it a gamble that paid off!!!! Our little one can sometimes be distracted like any 10 yr old but Karen was patient and GREAT with her!!! The best part, she learned the piano much faster with Karen than she has with any other teacher. Karen recharged our 10 yr old's passion for the piano and made the learning experience fun again. Thank goodness because now I know our baby grand piano won't go to waste at home! I highly recommend Karen for any parent - she's reliable and trustworthy. I wish we could take her back with us to continue teaching the little one but I don't think Karen will go for it. For all parents, definitely choose Karen! She's worth every penny and more."
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Katie
"Natasha is an amazing pianist and a wonderful teacher. She’s learned from the best and teaches just like the best. She is encouraging and supportive."
Luanne
"Learned a lot in the first thirty minute session"
Tori
"He's very thorough and patient with his students. Very good teacher."
Melissa
"We are really happy we found Chris. He is great! Always in a good mood and ready on time. My son is autistic and really needed the right fit for a teacher
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Isaac
"I began cello lessons with JoAnn almost a year ago. This was an instrument I had always wanted to learn, so I bought a good student cello and nervously sc
heduled my first half hour lesson. Her availability didn't initially work well with my plan to take lessons prior to coming in to my work, but a quick phone call and we worked out a very agreeable schedule.

Eleven months later, our weekly 60 minute lessons are very enjoyable and I am progressing well. JoAnn has been very accommodating with her schedule, last-minute cancellations, and patience. Sometimes I dread my next lesson because I've been too busy to practice or too fatigued from work, but an hour later I leave with a smile on my face and more confidence with my instrument. Hey, this is fun!

I would not hesitate to recommend JoAnn to anyone, especially a busy, working adult. She is a very skilled cellist and teacher, incorporating many lessons from other disciplines into this. While her teaching course has been different than I expected (lots of focus on slow playing and no vibrato yet), I believe my playing is much, much better because of it. In the beginning I had planned on a couple months of weekly lessons. Now a year later, I have no intention of stopping - way too much fun! Thank you JoAnn!"
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Brooke
"Audrey is a great instructor. Very caring for the artist' interest, making sure you get the most out of her lessons."
Tess
"Not only is Ferenc an amazing artist and performer, he’s a terrific instructor as well. He is really good about describing proper technique. I was twelv
e when I began with the violin, and he’s very patient and encouraging, plus he makes playing a lot of fun. You will be hard pressed to find a teacher with more talent and experience!"
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Katie
"Tammy is the best! She is very professional and very personable. She is a wonderful teacher and person. I just wish there were more stars to rate her with
because she deserves every single one."
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