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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651

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About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

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With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused

practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

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Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

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Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

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I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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September 27, 2018
Dan Carmona
Jeff is very good and thorough. Works hard with you to do the excercises right. Definitely would recommend him
April 25, 2018
Matt
Jeff provided a great overview for my daughter. Wonderful first lesson.
July 14, 2016
RIo
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!

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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL

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Michael C.

Chicago, IL 60639


About Michael

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I break teaching down to an easy-to-understand language by demonstrating techniques, rudiments, drum set styles, and playing along with music within the drum lesson. I've been drumming for over 17 years, and I have been teaching for 9 years. I combine knowledge of contemporary drumming techniques along with applications handed down through other drummers for different learning experiences for students. Whether chosen as a hobby or a possible career route, having an experienced drum teacher is key.

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snare drum/drum set

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All styles including rock, funk, jazz, latin and metal.

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Michael C.

Chicago, IL

Brittany N.

Chicago, IL 60660

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About Brittany

I strive to create an environment in which students feel comfortable to learn, experiment, and express themselves and in which they look forward to coming every week.

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I can provide music and other items needed for the instrument (shoulder rests, strings, rosin, etc) but will need to be reimbursed.

I can also provide a music stand at the lessons

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I specialize in classical music and technique

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February 6, 2019
Jayson
Brittany is very well prepared for our lessons. She's very encouraging and although I've only had two lessons, I've learned a lot and she gives me plenty of exercises to do on my own to improve as well.
January 21, 2019
Caroline Cao
Best violin teacher! She is very passionate and really into how to help different individuals learn better! I learned a lot from her!
January 7, 2019
Robin L.
Brittany is one of the most enthusiastic and encouraging violin teachers I've ever met. I look forward to my next lesson!

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Brittany N.

Chicago, IL

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Michelle Kei I.

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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About Michelle Kei

Michelle Kei I., a soprano of Japanese and American heritage, "uses her strong dramatic soprano to slice through the orchestra" in a varied repertoire that encompasses Verismo to Broadway. Possessing a captivating stage presence and praised as "superb," "gifted," and a "constant breakaway from the rest of the vocal pack," she has entertained audiences on stages around the world.

Those are the first two sentences of my professional biography. I thought I'd use them to get the ball rolling.

Ever since I can remember, I've always been a performer. I come from a very musical family. I was always singing! I sang at home, in church, in show-choir and musicals at school - basically anywhere I could find an audience!

When I decided to go to college to study music, I chose the prestigious School of Music at Indiana University. I wanted to

sing Broadway, but my father encouraged me to study classical singing first, so I'd have the foundations for a bulletproof technique that could endure a long and demanding career. I'm so glad that he did!

Who would have thought that I would learn to LOVE opera?!? It had everything that Broadway did, and so much more! Plus, I learned to fill a theater with the sound of my voice and soar over the orchestra WITHOUT A MICROPHONE!!!

Would you like to learn how to do that? I can show you how.

Let me help you find your REAL VOICE!!!

What you can expect from me:

- I will provide a supportive and effective work environment.

- I will make recommendations on repertoire based upon your goals

- I will provide you with an individualized regimen of study based upon your strengths and development, not a standardized format of study.

What I expect from you:

- Learn the musical selections we choose. Your lesson time should be used for improving your technique, not learning your music.

- Leave your outside life at the door. It will be waiting for you when you leave.

- Enjoy the process. Experiment. If it doesn't work, try something else. Take constructive criticism as an opportunity for improvement, not as a personal attack.

- Commit yourself fully! Be engaged. The benefit you receive is equal to the work you put into the process.
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October 9, 2019
Jeannie
I found Michelle and Robert on the internet, looking for a local voice instructor for my kids (ages 15 and 10). My kids were willing to give them a try and started in May 2019. Per the kids: Michelle and Robert are so kind, supportive, and have high energy; they are never bored. Mind you, going in, these kids were scared of voice lessons - they were very concerned about "opera" (or what they thought opera was). Both kids now look forward to lessons: it's fun, they get to express themselves, and they really appreciate the learning environment created by Michelle and Robert. They even learned a couple of Italian art songs. I can see their CONFIDENCE in performing/singing get stronger and more secure. I think the key is the great rapport they have with Michelle and Robert. I am delighted with the children's progress and am grateful for these great teachers.
May 31, 2019
Sidney R.
Realmente estamos encantados de haber encontrado a Michelle y a Robert. Mi hija a tenido un gran avance en su canto, ademas de ser excelentes instructores son muy amables, profesionales. Yo creo que no pudimos encontrar mejores instructores como ellos. Si hay alguien que me pueda leer en español les recomiendo los servicios de Robert y Michelle.
Michelle, Robert gracias por su gran trabajo y dedicacion.

Sinceramente
Sidney y Nayelly padres de familia.
May 30, 2019
Patrick
Last week in downtown Chicago, my daughter made it to an advanced round in a National-Level singing competition! This was an INCREDIBLE and PRICELESS EXPERIENCE for my daughter. I cannot imagine other studios providing such opportunities in the way that Michelle and "Sing IT Forte" do. From a parent's perspective, I can tell you: Nobody does it better!

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Michelle Kei I.

Arlington Heights, IL

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Isaiah S.

Chicago, IL 60614

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About Isaiah

Isaiah earned his Bacehlor's of Arts in Jazz & Contemporary Music Performance in 2019 from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. As an active performer, bandleader, composer, and teacher, Isaiah provides a uniquely engaging and holistic musical education for students of all ages and skill levels. His professional resume includes working with Macy's, Music Box Theater, Randy Deadman (Hamilton), Reuben Garza (Noname), Adam Thornburg (Wynton Marsalis), Jacob Victor (Downbeat), and Gustavo Cortinas (Downbeat). Over the years, Isaiah has earned numerous awards at jazz festivals across the country as an outstanding soloist. His primary teacher and mentor has been Jim Gailloreto (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera).

Isaiah grew up in a family of teachers and musicians. His educational philosophy was shaped around th

e dinner table, and is equally as inclusive. Making music fun, encouraging self reliance and discipline, promoting musical literacy, and nurturing students' creativity are at the heart of his lessons. Isaiah unapolegetically loves everything from Bach to Bjork. One of his greatest strengths and passions is connecting people with music that makes them smile. He has an extensive teaching resume that includes Tom Garling's Tritone Music School in Arlington Heights, Top Note Music Academy in Skokie, Band for Today in Chicago, Flatts and Sharpe Music Academy, and the blue ribbon St. Joan of Arc Elementary in Evanston, IL, among others.

His skillset is as broad as it is deep. As a pianist, saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, and composer, he has quickly become one of the most highly sought after musicians in the Midwest. In addition to scoring the feature film, Promise of the Butterfly, currently making its rounds at film festivals, his performance experience includes jazz, classical, Latin, rock, pop, R&B, hip hop, funk, musical theater, South Indian fusion, and more. His bands have appeared at a number of high-profile venues around Chicago including House of Blues, The Promontory, Cubby Bear and numerous residencies.
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August 12, 2019
Rishi and Ravi C.
I can already sense that my boys are going to have a great learning experience with Isaiah. He caught on to each child’s strengths and areas of growth in the content as well as behavioral differences. He adjusted to each one fluidly and took the time to debrief after the lesson. I’m looking forward to continuing this relationship.
March 23, 2019
Annie S.
Really brilliant teacher, has taught me saxophone from scratch. Focuses on a full range of skills in every lesson, from sound, technical exercises, jazz theory, improvisation and jazz repertoire. Have loved every lesson, and feel like I've improved significantly. Definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn saxophone, or how to be a jazz musician.
January 8, 2019
Jenny
Awesome teacher! Super patient and knowledgeable!

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Isaiah S.

Chicago, IL

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Matthew R.

Elmwood Park, IL 60707

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I'm a multi-instrumentalist and composer with two degrees earned concurrently from Indiana University--one a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences, the other a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music.

Upon arriving in Chicago, I have taken on a role as the Director of Music at Marquette Park, where I serve as something between an artist-in-residence and a band director. On occasion, I travel out to New York City to take part in the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop.

My instrumental ability has allowed me to take professional tours both nationally and internationally as a sideman (Durand Jones and the Indications, Indiana Jazz Exchange), and my writing for large ensemble has been featured by multiple groups (Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, Liberation Music Coll

ective, BMI Jazz Composer's Orchestra). My acumen as an instructor and music director has allowed me to become the Director of Music at Marquette Park on Chicago's South Side, providing city-subsidized instruction to a largely under-served population.

I'm very passionate about helping people realize their own internal goals, no matter how far off those goals may seem. I already feel we can work together to help you achieve them, and we haven't even met yet! My mix of academic training, professional experience, and natural affability make the learning experience easy, stress-free and fun.

I can teach you how to:
1) play trumpet
2) play trombone
3) play drums
4) understand and internalize music theory
5) improvise, from absolute beginner-level to professional-tier tips and tricks
6) write music for all sizes of ensembles (solo singer-songwriter to 18-piece big band)

Styles I've got professional experience playing: rock, funk, soul, R&B, jazz (combo), jazz (big band), and classical.

Let's learn together!
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October 9, 2019
Robert
Great ! I am so happy. Mathew is so patience. Great teacher!!! Robert
September 17, 2018
Tommy S.
Matt is so thorough and teaches our son with a lesson catered just to the way he learns. He is also very polite and prompt with correspondence, too! We love Matt!
October 22, 2017
Brenden A.
Matt is prompt, organized, and professional. He has designed a teaching and practice regiment that will take our young student to the next level as a musician. I highly recommend Matt.

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Matthew R.

Elmwood Park, IL

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Dan L.

Berwyn, IL 60402

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About Dan

A Chicago area native, I received a BM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in 1990.I have been teaching and playing professionally full time since 1994. I have performed, toured or recorded with Liz Phair, Poi Dog Pondering, and Liquid Soul.Currently I play with Tributosaurus and Under The Streetlamp. I tailor lessons to students’ individual wants and needs, balancing a regular syllabus with custom lesson plans and real world performance experience. Let’s play Drums!

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August 8, 2018
Jasmine
Dan taught me to play dozens of genres over a decade of study, ranging from jazz and Latin standards to 9-min long progressive metal epics, and that one World Tour orchestral score with the tempo modulation. I've played at drop-in jazz jams and rock gigs thanks to Dan's training. Highly recommend.
August 8, 2018
Chris
Dan knows the drums thoroughly and knows how get students to play quickly. Highest recommendation
August 6, 2018
Stephanie
We had a wonderful experience with Dan as my son's drum instructor. My son started at a fairly young age (6) and was interested in playing more what he heard on the radio, anywhere from Taylor Swift to Metallica. Dan was extremely patient in developing his lessons with my son by incorporating these types of songs in his lesson and keeping my son's interest up throughout the 30 minute lesson/"jam session." I'd highly recommend Dan to anyone interested in learning drum skills like those of Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, and other rock and roll legends.

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Dan L.

Berwyn, IL

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Stephanie Y.

Maywood, IL 60153

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I started Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 3 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee. In following years, I did post graduate work at Alverno College and went on to complete Suzuki teacher training in Suzuki Books 1-3. Besides teaching private violin, viola, and piano lessons, I perform regularly with Fretless Strings, Bowtime, Nine Worlds Ensemble, Animal Farm, Electric 5, and occasionally with various orchestras. I've had the extreme pleasure of performing with such notables as the rock band Kansas, Peter Cetera from the rock group Chicago, Rod Stewart, Final Fantasy "Distant Worlds: Milwaukee" show, Doc Severinsen, Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and most recently at Riot Fest with That Dog. I've also had the privilege of recording music for Milwaukee Public Television as well as for Chica

go-area composers and singer-songwriters.
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April 21, 2019
Mona
So patient and cheerful and encouraging! Thank you 🙏
November 25, 2018
Sydney
Stephanie is patient, quick to respond and very flexible. I'm a adult beginner and she has been my teacher for a year now. She makes me feel comfortable when learning. I have a very busy schedule and she is always willing to work with me including coming to my home late at night. She is easy going and it's been a great year and I have learned alot! I definitely recommend and am continuing lessons with her!
November 21, 2018
Rebecca
Stephanie is wonderful. First of all, she is a truly virtuosic player. She plays beautifully. That is hugely important. Never hire a violin teacher who does not make a gorgous sound. She makes a gorgeous sound. Second, she is an amazing TEACHER. She knows how to tailor her approach to the student’s unique learning style and musical tastes. She can take you through a purely classical curriculum, or she can also help you learn to play your favorite pop songs. I have been taking lessons with her for two years and my adult (step)daughter who has Down Syndrome has been studying with her for a little over a year. I have progressed consistently and my stepdaughter has also progressed consistently. Stephanie definitly knows how to collaborate with me to adapt her lessons to my (step)daughter’s special needs. My (step)daughter loves her lessons and Stephanie mixes things up to keep her excited and motivated to practice. Stephanie prepares more in advance for lessons than any instrument teacher I have ever observed. She creates her own teaching aids for each student, personalized to their needs. She has formal Suzuki training both as a learner and teacher, so she knows the Suzuki curriculum, and can use a strictly Suzuki approach for people who want that, but she also knows the scope and sequences of skills so thoroughly that she can guide students without relying on Suzuki if that approach is preferred. She takes a positive approach, helping students to learn to listen to and evaluate their own playing rather than over critiquing. She teaches students to practice effectively, and uses questions to gently guide students to draw appropriate conclusions about what they need to do to improve their playing. She paces lessons well. She does not require perfection before moving on, but also discourages racing through repertoire without developing the target skill represented by the repertoire. She does not waste lesson time. She uses lesson time very efficiently. Her demeanor is warm, calm, mindful, gentle and kind, but firm about holding students to appropriately high expectations. I started wth her as an adult beginner and have loved every minute. I am now an intermediate player... sooner than I expected. She is also very reliable. She does not forget appointments or run late or cancel frequently. The room she teaches in is clean and organized. I really think she is very appropriate for gifted kids, average kids, kids with special needs, and adult beginners both typical and with special needs.

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Stephanie Y.

Maywood, IL

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Mathew
"We see the progression each week and couldn't be happier with Aaron's demeanor and overall way he handles my husband's lesson structure."
Patricia
"I'm very satisfied. I got more out of my first lesson with Glen than I got out of year of training with other voice trainers."
Josh
"Mike has a deep love and appreciation for music with an eagerness to share, educate and help direct the next generation of aspiring drummers. He is an equ
ally nice guy with the patience to teach the most beginner of novices and knowledgable enough to refine a seasoned drummer."
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Jackson
"I had been taking piano lessons for close to 6 years when I started with Mike. I learned more about playing jazz from him in a year than I had in all that
time from a number of other teachers. Very easy to get a long with and makes class a lot of fun. Very highly recommend!"
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Gail
"He was excellent!"
Deb
"Has taught me so much in little time, can't wait to learn more"
Laura
"Diane was so patient and kind with my 13 year old daughter.
she had her playing music in no time at all. I highly recommend her as a piano /music teac
her. She was a blessing to us!"
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Colleen
"Paul has a good understanding of theory and technique, very helpful for a beginner like me! He’s also patient and flexible with scheduling."
Erica
"Ellen is awesome. I am a total beginner and perfectionist so I don't tend to do well with learning something new in front of another person. I grow easily
frustrated when I don't pick things up quickly and easily and get embarrassed when I make mistakes. Ellen makes the lessons super comfortable for me and I leave having learned something new every time. I have a LONG way to go but I can see where this can lead and plan to stick with it. She knows how to make music and an instrument make sense to someone with no background in music which is very helpful for me. I plan to stick with her for a long time!"
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