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About Jesus G.

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Chicago, IL

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Jesus has more than 15 years experience teaching piano and 5 years teaching the Suzuki piano method, with dozens of his students playing successfully in recitals, competitions, and auditions around the Chicago area.

He completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance with a scholarship from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il. Renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and Dr. Ludmila Lazard were his advisers and professors. In addition, during his program at Roosevelt University, Jesus took a course aimed at developing figure base and harpsichord performance with Dr. David Schrader.

In 2012 he was certified piano Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Jesus performs solo recitals and lieder by Rachmaninoff, Shubert, and Schumann with his wife the soprano Darina Assenova in festivals such as “Shuberti
ade”, which is organized by Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago and Make Music Chicago.

He often performs in Cultural Festivals in Mexico and United States and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as accompanist.

All his piano students are active as performers. Jesus always encourages them to perform in public, looking for piano festivals, competitions, recitals, auditions and any opportunities where they can showcase their talent. His students have been accepted in pre-college music schools in Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the basic piano technique skills when I start with a new student, it includes good posture of the body, good hand shape, firm fingertips, loose arm weight, good position of each finger, and flexible wrist. I always look for a rich tone production when playing each key of the keyboard in order to create a beautiful musical discourse throughout the piano piece.

When the student is from 3 to 6 years old I use the Suzuki method. When the student is older than 6 I combine the traditional and Suzuki method having great results with the student's performances.

My Philosophy: All my students learn to play piano in an artistry, confident, and joyful way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with upright piano, couches, bookshelves, etc. Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide copies of some piano works. But I also expect my students to buy their own books and have their own instrument.

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For beginners, I use either the Faber or Thomson method. I can teach the Suzuki method too. I specialize in Classical music, but I can also teach pop music for piano.
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Sage C. October 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
Excellent teacher. Very caring for special needs student.
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Martha October 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
My girls started taking lessons from Mr. Garcia at age 4. He is an excellent instructor and keeps lessons and weekly practice assignments fun and challenging. He uses a combination of methods to best suit the interests of each of my daughters. They really look forward to their weekly lessons. I have seen significant progress in their piano skills. Mr, Garcia is very good at acknowledging their accomplishments which is extremely important for young, beginning piano players. I highly recommend him.
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Carlos June 9, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Mr. G was very patient and thoughtful in teaching my son on how to play the piano. I was very impressed with him, and I would highly recommend anyone interested in playing the piano to consider Mr. G.
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Jesus G.

Jesus G.

Chicago, IL 60641
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About Ricky M.

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Chicago, IL
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Do you know someone that knows someone that is able to extract from your brain a fragment of an earworm, reconstruct it and turn it into the most alluring resonant pattern you have ever heard? Do you sometimes find it hard to get started with a new musical idea?

Whether you are beginner, intermediate, or even a professional instrumentalist, producer, singer, composer, engineer, songwriter or dj there are times when the brain just shuts down. Creativity does not kick in for a long time. Well there is this guy ... Ricky... yeah, we heard he specializes on the field of teaching you the solid methods to inspire new ideas and write your next masterpiece in no time. By the end of our journey we guarantee you will be composing, arranging, orchestrating, recording, mixing, and mastering your own music.

Music & film is Ricky's lifework. His
practical experience and passion for creative works have developed his ability to teach at a high standard point. Teaching embraces and inspires his career goals as an audio engineer, music composer, and an outstanding educator. It is his joy and commitment to provide students with professional excellence, collaborating with others to strengthen their skills, inspire their art and ambitions to move forward.

Rick has developed his own masterclasses to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help students achieve their goals as a unique artist and a musician.

Rick also hosts student showcases where his students are able to show off their new talent. He is constantly innovating his teaching skills to embellish the experience of each and every student. He attends tons of music festivals and seminars that enriches his cultural knowledge.

Artists influenced by Ricky are Air, The Flaming Lips, The Beatles, Leslie Feist, Radiohead, John Coltrane, Jamiroquai, Boards of Canada, Eric Clapton, Moby, Guns n Roses, Tame Impala, Cafe Tacuba, Muse, Phoenix, Breakbot, David Bowie, The Cure, Empire of a Sun, Gnarls Barley, Fuyiga & Miyagi, Amy Winehouse, Flying Lotus, Nirvana, Ray Barreto, Spoon, BB King, Buena Vista Social Club, Bill Evans Adolecent's Orquesta, Chopin, Bach, Björk, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Modjo, Pharell, Moderat, Kings of Convinience, The Allman Brothers ... and the list goes on and on.

Rick received his training at Columbia College Chicago in 2008 where he received a degree in music and audio engineering . After receiving his degree, he landed in Mexico City where he worked for SAE Institute Mexico as a professor and an audio engineer. He designed the most recognized masterclass "Cultured Patterns" that soon became an official courseware. He then became an Apple Logic Pro Certified trainer to increase his teaching abilities. He stopped teaching for SAE Institute, and turned his focus entirely on developing his beginners masterclass into masterclass series that would lead any musician to become an accomplished and critically acclaimed music technologist, sound designer, performer, composer, and artist.

Takelessons is thrilled to welcome Rick into our family of world-class educators. We are privileged to introduce to you an incredibly successful, entertaining, and one-of-a-kind approach to music creation through his astonishing masterclasses.
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Javis February 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ricky is a very nice choice for any beginner looking to learn or improve their piano skills. He's very accommodating and a patient instructor with vast knowledge of many different fields of music and I highly recommend him.
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Javier F. February 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
It was a good lesson. Can't wait to keep it going.
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Micah M. January 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very patient, listens to the student and looking forward to our child progressing under his instruction.
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Ricky M.

Ricky M.

Chicago, IL 60608
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About Jeremie W.

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McHenry, IL

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About Jeremie
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m
ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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Larry February 18, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Mariann January 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm an "older" adult who wants to learn to play the ukulele. I have very little experience in reading or playing music. Jeremie was super in starting from my point of comfort. I'm very pleased with my 1st lesson and looking forward to more lessons.
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Pam January 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
For a first lesson, I was impressed and very excited to begin playing the guitar. The lesson started with Jeremie understanding what I already knew and then going forward from there instead of going over things that I already knew. So the time was well spent on actually learning something new. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Jeremie W.

Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051
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About Michael H.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a highly trained classical flutist that maintains an active teaching and performing career. I have received Masters and Bachelors degrees in flute performance from DePaul University, and additional training from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While my degrees are in performance, they include extensive coursework in pedagogy and studio teaching, and I love teaching. I have years of experience working as an educator with flutists of all ages and levels with various goals for their instrumental studies. I believe in igniting a passion for music and nurturing this passion into personal excellence based upon each individual's interests and goals. I am more than happy to provide a full resume and references upon request.
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Jeanne October 19, 2015
· Flute · In home
Michael was an excellent flute teacher for my 5th-grade daughter!

He's very patient and calm, which is critical for new learners, and gave my daughter a lot of confidence in her ability to play the flute.

I highly recommend Michael!
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Stephanie October 13, 2015
· Flute · In home
We really enjoy having Michael as a private flute instructor. He is patient, good with teens, extremely talented and knowledgeable. My daughter always looks forward to lessons and has fun learning from Michael. He choses level-appropriate music and is always very encouraging. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for private or group flute lessons.
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Chicago, IL 60616
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About Michelle D.

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Chicago, IL
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About Michelle
I am a cello performance major at DePaul University. I have played cello for 12 years, and I want to share my wealth of knowledge with the next generation of musicians now. I love teaching beginning and intermediate students on cello because I love my instrument very much and I love the energy new students bring to lessons. I teach the basics and essentials of music and musicianship, working with a variety of approaches that will build my students' foundations for years to come. I am patient and understanding. There is expression, emotion, and intellect put into playing the cello, which I will share with my students as they progress.
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Tom M. August 30, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very good instructor. I only took a few lessons with Michelle but I really enjoyed how she structured the lesson and the way we went through the short piece of music. She showed me how to technically learn a difficult passage and then place it within the total piece. She was patient, listened to my thoughts on my ability, and then gave me instruction on technique to help me improve.
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Melissa R. October 24, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Get class, Michelle is very patient and loves teaching others
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fred May 28, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Michelle taught our daughter for about a year. She was always well prepared and very professional. She was able to work with our daughter on the specific areas needed, and gave her appropriate homework.

We would recommend her to anyone looking for private lessons.
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Michelle D.

Michelle D.

Chicago, IL 60614
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$25 / 30-min
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About Ada I.

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La Grange, IL
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Mrs. Ada Ignatov received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Teaching from the Music College at Moscow State Conservatory.

She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Music Performance and Teaching from the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music.

Mrs. Ignatov has experience performing, teaching and conducting at various music schools and orchestras in Moscow and in the Chicago area. This includes positions at the Suzuki Academy in Chicago, Village Music Guild of Chicago, Walther Lutheran High School, Little Lambs Scholastic Academy in Chicago and Creative World Montessori School in LaGrange. Mrs. Ignatov is a member of the Illinois Music Association. She currently owns a music studio where she teaches private lessons in piano and stringed instruments.
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Erin June 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ada is wonderful! I took lessons with her for a while and I thought her teaching style was great. I felt like I learned a lot from her in a short time. I had to quit piano for a while as I'm too busy but when my kids get older I want to start up with her again. Currently my 5 year old daughter takes piano from her and loves her. Ada is a great combination of very kind, but also disciplined. My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Ada every week! I would recommend her highly!
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Natercia June 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son has been taking lessons from Mrs Ada for two years. We really appreciate how she helps him excel and inspires him to do a piece well. He has also enjoyed the many opportunities to perform publicly. I would recommend Mrs Ada.
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Michelle June 1, 2016
· Viola · In studio
My daughter is 14yr old and is passionate about music. Finding Mrs. Ignatov has been a blessing. In the past year and a half, my daughter's technique (bowing, phrasing, intonation) has improved vastly under her instruction.
She cares about her students and wants them to achieve their goals/dreams. My daughter made the CYSO's Philharmonic Orchestra in her first year of auditioning, all thanks to the guidance of Mrs. Ignatov and her attentiveness to details!
If you or your child love music and wish to achieve your full potential, Mrs. Ignatov will help you get there.
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Ada I.

Ada I.

La Grange, IL 60525
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$40 / 30-min

About Jeff J.

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Glenview, IL

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My Lessons are customized in a number of ways to create the ideal experience for each student and family.

• Curriculum adheres to student and parent generated long-term goals
• Musical arrangements and accompaniments are created to accommodate individual interests
• Students can learn a variety of skills such as improvisation, effective practice habits, music composition, and many others
• Students have the option to explore multiple instruments.
• Instruction accommodates different learning styles and strengths.

Much of today’s music is created or altered through digital means. For this reason students of all ages should consider exploring different ways to interact with digital music in their lessons such as:

• layering multiple audio tracks,
• creating digital accompaniments to play along to
• looping, editing, and
adding effects to recorded audio

These aspects of a lesson not only better prepare students for the likely future of music but it also makes lessons more exciting, creative, and fun!
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Michael July 3, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I worked with Jeff at a Chicago high school where his dedication and passion for music was witnessed by many people!

He is down-to-earth, easy to talk to and very friendly!
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Ana June 1, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Jeff Johnson is a phenomenal instructor. He is patient, enjoyable, and informative. Jeff has a brilliant sense of teaching technique and theory. I look forward to each lesson, and continuing to build and improve every time. He is very supportive and motivates me to do my absolute best!
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Julie May 31, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Jeff Johnson is a wonderful private lesson teacher! He is an outstanding musician and is very knowledgeable about the saxophone, literature, and what it takes to help students improve. I highly recommend him as a private instructor.
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Jeff J.

Jeff J.

Glenview, IL 60025
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About Rena S.

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Chicago, IL
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Rena is a student majoring in Economics and Music at the University of Chicago. She has been playing the piano for over fifteen years, ten of which she spent at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Rena continues to study piano at the collegiate level. She has experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults from absolute beginner to late intermediate levels.

Rena has nearly five years of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects. In her first year at UChicago, she taught an ACT Reading and Writing Prep course as part of a university outreach program.

Rena has guided numerous students through the sometimes nerve-wracking college admissions process. She regularly edits admissions-related essays, as well as written work for academic disciplines.

She is a native speaker of Russian and English and ha
s experience tutoring both. She is also an advanced speaker of Italian.
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Rena S.

Rena S.

Chicago, IL 60637
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$15 / 30-min

About Rachel G.

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Chicago, IL
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I am a professional cellist and pianist. I graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelors of Music/concentration cello and a Bachelors of Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I am currently in the Chicago area to attend graduate school at Northwestern University.

Cello/Piano students can expect to conquer difficult techniques in these instruments while developing a love for music that can only be garnered by playing these beautiful instruments.

I teach piano and cello students of all different ages and beginner to intermediate levels. I have studied classical piano and cello for what seems like my entire life. I have been privileged to serve as music director for multiple places of worship and this influences my experience with music greatly. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical finesse or to learn how to play trad
itional church music.

I look forward to meeting you!
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Rachel G.

Rachel G.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$34 / 30-min

About Rodrigo O.

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Chicago, IL

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Hi, folks! This is Rodrigo, a clarinet player born in Spain and raised musically in Portugal and the US! My main background is Classical and Contemporary music but I also do some collaborations in Popular and Traditional kinds of music. Music brought me in adventures in countries like Portugal, France, Poland, Greece, or Indonesia collaborating with different orchestras, ensembles, and playing solo recitals. I really like exchanging musical thoughts and teaching based in all what I learned until now. I got my performance undergrad in Porto (Portugal), and my Master's Degree in Northwestern University in Chicago.

Music for me is a big part of my life and I would say my main focus to build up my own path. For that reason, I did have great moments that I don't hesitate to show and share with everyone. It is a beautiful lifestyle and that
is what I base my teaching on. Avoiding psychological pressures but in an honest and healthy teaching, I will help my students to reach a high level of performance and musical technique based on this instrument.

I am currently teaching in the Chicago area and gigging around in some orchestral, chamber, and new music projects!
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Rodrigo O.

Rodrigo O.

Chicago, IL 60626
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