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About Joseph M.

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Skokie, IL

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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.

How to Start

Will work with you to find a convenient time/day to schedule lessons at your home or our studio

There is a money back guarantee on the 1st lesson so you can try and see how lessons can help you to reach your goals. Selecting the "get started now" button will put you in contact with our student counselors.

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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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Ryan L. December 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
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.
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StephenS1 February 15, 2012
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Great teacher

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

Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077
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About Marian I.

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Wood Dale, IL
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About Marian
I am a guitar teacher with 10+ years of experience teaching all different styles of music. Blues, Folk, Acoustic, funk, ska, Rock, Metal, Melodic, Country, Classical, Punk, Alternative, and various other melodies. I have played concerts all over the state of Illinois and I have taught many students throughout the years. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced players. I am very passionate at what I do and I will guide you through the proper steps in becoming a great guitar player. Playing music takes a lot of time and patience as well as a lot of practice playing by yourself and in front of people. I am very relaxed and motivated to help my students learn and I will guide you through everything.

I would prefer that students bring their own guitars so that you would be more comfortable playing your own instrument, if you can
't or do not have one, I have guitars here that you may use but during our sessions only.

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With a lot of practice and a lot of studying, I can show you how to play like a Pro an have fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
In my curriculum, students will start off by learning the basics of the guitar, knowing the parts,accessories and so forth. Then We will move on to Tuning and Perfect pitch. As we move on students will learn how to build and maintain a Rhythm.

Learning how to play chords is essential, and we will be going through chord progress
ions and how to recognize and memorize the various chords.
Furthermore, i will be showing students how to Read Tabs and write music. I will be showing students the different types of scales that there as well as the keys that they are in for those who want to become soloists. I will also be teaching different techniques that are incorporated with Tapping on the fretboard as well as various other techniques.

All of these lessons will be taught in our private sessions, and each student will receive homework assignments, so that they can go home and practice what they have learned. I will be having tests later on, in which i would ask you to play one of your favorite songs.

With enough time spent practicing, you can become a master of your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement Studio: amps, guitars, wah pedals, music stands, guitar picks, and music sheets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have an amp, wires, picks, guitars,gig bag,case, music sheets, picks, and music stands.

*** Specialties ***
My styles include Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Funk, Pop, Classical,Country, Classic Rock, Metal, Thrash, Alternative, Punk Rock, Folk, and various other Melodies.
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Ray February 3, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My grandson Kristoph is happy and challanged enough to want to continue. Marian is very patient with children. We need to think about future classes and a little more structured approach. Thanks.
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MikeP1 January 19, 2011
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Great instructor and very patient in helping meet my objectives
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Marian I.

Marian I.

Wood Dale, IL 60191
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$29 / 30-min

About Daniel K.

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Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.

Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive appro
ach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.

The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
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Adi S. November 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Daniel is the best teacher I have found.He is truly invested in your child's learning n progress.My son loved him.Im now enrolling my second child with him.He has great integrity and I learned so much from him about work ethic.Ok
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Manny S. November 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Dan was great. Very patient with me.
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carlos January 4, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
have never touched a musical instrument in my life. Im 46 years old. Dave brought the lesson to my level beginers and I feel confident that I will do well with Dave.
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Daniel K.

Daniel K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Benjamin K.

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Chicago, IL

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I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Nathan November 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very nice and professional attitude. He made a great contact with my 7 year old son which is very important when teaching the little ones...I am looking forward to next lessons.
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Jay October 30, 2017
· · In studio
Great experience so far. I've learned a lot and it's nice to have a teacher who tries this find different ways to help you get better in what you do!!!
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Robin L. October 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Ben Is a great instructor. Worked with my Boy over the summer. I would highly recommend him.
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Tina P.

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Hampshire, IL
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I have a Bachelors Degree in Music and have been teaching for 13 years. I teach piano and voice for all ages and all ranges.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice lessons: Bring water and recording device. Bring a binder and music that you are interested in. At the first lesson, we will discuss goals and music. I will assess vocal development and selection of music. I teach all styles of music and teach all ages. Online and in the studio!

Piano Lessons: If you have already begun piano studies, we can use your current method books you are accustomed to using.

Students just beginning their piano journey? I will assess the student at what level they are and have a piano book waiting for them at their first lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, Electric piano, music stand, music library, stereo

*** Specialties ***
Opera,
Musical Theatre, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Pop
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Christina L. October 27, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Great instructor. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. Fun personality and good with kids!
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Ceili R. April 3, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Tina is very knowledgeable and is very talented. I'm sure my daughter will gain a lot from being Tina's student.
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Tina P.

Tina P.

Hampshire, IL 60140
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About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL

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I earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

I currently teach private guitar lessons, sing and play guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribe music professionally for a wide variety of clients. Occasionally, I write articles or do interviews that appear in magazines such as Guitar World. In the past, I worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. I also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the duration of my 18 year teaching career, I have taught over 1000 students of all ages and levels of experience.
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Joan October 28, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Matt's a great teacher! I learned so much and had a great time too. He's really friendly and make's the learning environment a really comfortable space.
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Bill October 25, 2017
· Country Guitar · Online
I took some basic to intermediate country style guitar lessons from Matt. He's an awesome teacher! I was really impressed by how he is knowledgeable in every style of music and playing.
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Greg October 22, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I feel like I now actually know what I'm supposed to be doing when playing a solo now. Lessons with Matt have helped a ton!
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Kiyoe M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Kiyoe
Music surrounds us in our daily lives. Learning an instrument will enhance your ability to appreciate and understand it, leading to a greater enjoyment of life!
My priority in teaching violin is to acheive a balance of positive reinforcement and challenging, yet enjoyable new material. I emphasize proper technique and posture in order to avoid injury and promote an efficient and beautiful tone production.
I have been teaching violin since 2008 and love seeing my students grow as people and musicians. My students have successfully auditioned into local youth orchestras and held leadership positions in their school orchestras. With a systematic, flexible curriculum which introduces new skills at the appropriate time, my teaching method sets my students up for success, whether they are 4 year old children, school aged students, or adult
amateurs.
I received my Master's degree in violin performance from DePaul University and am registered teacher of Suzuki books 1, 2, and 3. I am a believer in the Suzuki philosophy that every student can acheive if provided with the right environment. I specialize in setting a solid foundation for beginning students. Having developed my own career as a professional performing musician, I also know the kind of training it takes for students to reach an advanced level and I am comfortable working with advanced students who are continuing their violin education.
For younger students, involving the parent is an important part of my teaching. I highly recommend that students 8 and younger have a parent observe each lesson so that they can properly assist daily practice sessions.
I certainly welcome the opportunity to work with adult students. It is a great joy to be able to help someone learn the instrument they always wanted to play.
Most students attend lessons in my apartment located in Uptown, Chicago. However, I am willing to travel to your location if it is within a 4 mile radius of me. Do not hesitate to send me a message if you have any questions!
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Krystal April 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My first lesson was great! Can't wait til the next one
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Naomi March 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Kiyoe has been teaching my 6-yr-old son violin for 4 months. She is calm, patient, encouraging, organized in her teaching method, adapts easily to his needs throughout the lesson, and has helped him make great progress. She is always on time, polite, and was able to accommodate the occasional schedule change. I highly recommend her, especially for young students.
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Natalie January 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Kiyoe is such an amazing teacher. She is extremely talented, personable, professional, and patient. The way she communicates is so helpful. Kiyoe never only told me what I did wrong and how to fix it, but she also pointed out all of the positives. She encourages you to want to become a better musician and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking to take lessons.
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Kiyoe M.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Miguel R.

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Elgin, IL
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Hello! My name is Miguel (Alex) and I am excited to begin working with aspiring vocalist. I began teaching voice in 2014 to close friends who had wish to grow vocally and gain the confidence they needed for choir. I enjoy helping young vocalists grow with their voice and to help them explore the capabilities of their voices! I am a very fun, caring, hard-working, and dedicated individual and teacher. I wish nothing more than to see students grow and realize the full potentials of their voices. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2019 from Northern Illinois University . I am very involved in Dekalb with numerous ensembles
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Miguel R.

Miguel R.

Elgin, IL 60124
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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.

Glenview, IL 60025
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About Eric H.

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I enjoy sharing my love of music by helping others embark on their musical journeys. I am a strong supporter of using a combination of aural training and sightreading to boost musicality and finesse.

In the past 6 years, I have taught students of all ages, ranging from children to seniors. You are never ever too old to learn the piano or the violin. You may not be the next Chopin, but with practice and dedication, you will eventually be able to play the mass majority of piano/violin repertoire.

Strong fundamentals (scales/chords/arpeggios) are important, but I also remember to make music fun and not boring by providing diverse selections of supplemental (pop/ragtime/blues) pieces.
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Andre November 7, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very knowledgeable about cello playing. His instructions and demonstrations are clear and refined my bowing techniques and posture. Really looking forward to upcoming lessons.
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Linda October 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Before learning violin I already had a little experience with playing ukulele. However, the transition wasn't as smooth as I had hoped. Eric helped in getting my intonation better so it doesn't so horrible. He has high standards, but they are all achievable.
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Mia October 16, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Eric has a good attention for detail. He quickly assessed my abilities and gave me pieces to work on. He takes the time to listen and give sincere feedback and insights on your playing.
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Eric H.

Chicago, IL 60661
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$29.75 / 35-min

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