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About Lon W.

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Chicago, IL
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I have been teaching piano for many years. As a child I never had any formal piano lessons until a teacher at camp taught me how to harmonize chords; in high school and college I learned all the theory required. While musicality is certainly a gift, I wish I'd had the encouragement of a teacher earlier, and now I really enjoy watching students progress as they master the instrument and at the same time develop a firm grasp of theory and reading music.

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

*** Lesson Details ***
Levels:  Piano and flute,
beginner to intermediate. Saxophone, beginner.
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Ages:  7 and up
Subjects Taught: Piano, flute, saxophone, music theory
Lesson Details: Lessons in all instruments are focused not on exercises such as scales and arpeggios, but on what musicians want to be able to do: the correct and pleasurable playing of pieces of music. In this, I am not a "page turner," i.e. simply letting the student play a piece several times and then moving on. Each student has his or her own pace and I will always go with that pace; but I encourage students to achieve all they can and rejoice with them at their achievements. No piece is passed until it is mastered, but if younger students become frustrated, we leave it for a while and come back when at a higher level. There are "nuts and bolts" techniques to be learned in order to progress, but while these are being mastered the student will grow to feel more natural and accomplished as his or her ability builds.

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

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

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy all types and periods of music, especially piano from elementary theory to rock/jazz improvisation techniques.
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Katherine W. March 21, 2017
· Flute · In home
So far so good
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Tanushree V. September 27, 2015
· Flute · In studio
Lon is extremely talented, patient and thorough. He can teach absolute beginners (such as I) very well, and makes you practice till you're confident with the notes. In the meantime, he encourages you even when you think you're getting nowhere with a new, baffling instrument. He is flexible and accommodates schedule changes as needed.
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Diane A. June 18, 2015
· Piano · In home
Dr. Lon West is excellent with special needs students. Our student was undergoing therapy for her hands. Because of illness her hands were claw like with little use and little movement when she started piano. After a few months with Dr. West her therapist is thrilled as her hands are completely normal.Piano lessons helped very much.
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Lon W.

Lon W.

Chicago, IL 60659
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$20 / 30-min

About Nicholas K.

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Merrillville, IN
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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

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I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
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About Peter S.

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About Peter
I've been playing jazz professionally in the Chicago area since 1979. I have loved the sound of the piano since hearing it on jazz records as a teenager. I grew up in Michigan and after spending a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, I started playing in jazz clubs around Lansing. Since coming to Chicago, I've played in all its major clubs including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, Leslee's, Green Dolphin Street, Pete Miller's, Rick's Cafe Americain, and others. I recently released my first CD, which includes two of my own jazz compositions.

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My approach to teaching is based on my experience as a performer. Performance, to me, is basically communicating. The performer has something he or she wants to get across to a listener. To communicate musically you don't have to be a geni
us or virtuoso, though you do need some basic skills. I can help you figure out what you have to say at the keyboard and how to say it. If we're studying jazz, I can help with improvising or deciding which chords to play. If it's classical music, we can discover pieces that fit your talents as well as pieces that challenge you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio- Lessons in large room with grand piano, electronic keyboard, sheet music collection, record player

*** Travel Equipment ***
If it is their home, a piano should be on the premises. I am often happy to provide lead sheets if, for example, we are working within the standard jazz repertory.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, and teach mostly adults. I teach all styles of jazz piano including boogie-woogie and other older styles, though my main focus is on modern jazz.
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Jerilyn M. November 27, 2013
· Piano ·
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Peter is the best teacher I have ever had--far better than my past piano teacher and my flute teacher. He is insightful, brilliant in his teaching style as well as his knowledge. He, also, teaches me music theory. He guides me in my lessons. He is generous with his knowledge and he is personable as well. He is kind and he knows my own limitations, and is a very sensitive person.
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Peter S.

Peter S.

Evanston, IL 60201
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$30 / 30-min

About Jennifer K.

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Chicago, IL

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Piano lessons will begin with basics on how to read music and will move toward establishing healthy practice techniques and building a strong repertoire of pieces from various genres and time periods.

About Jennifer
Hi! My name is Jennifer and I LOVE music!! I've been teaching piano lessons for about 10 years and voice lessons for about 5 years. I really love getting to share my passion for music with others and helping students to develop their own musical skills.

I graduated from Trinity Christian College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Music. In 2015, I completed my Master's degree in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Since then, I have worked for a theatre company in San Francisco and as an accompanist for both high school and middle school choirs in Ceres, CA. I recently moved back to Chicago and would love to start teaching lessons again!!

*** Lesson Details ***
For piano lessons, I will typically use the Piano Adventure series by Faber and Faber. I am also open to working on other pieces a student brin
gs me. I do expect students to reimburse me for the cost of the books they keep.

Voice lessons begin with the fundamentals of breathing and proper tone. I will typically select one or two pieces at a time for students to work on that tie in to what they are learning. I also encourage students to bring in suggestions of songs they would like to learn.

** Students MUST have either a piano or keyboard both for lessons and that they can practice on.
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Hailee H. September 12, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her lession and can't wait to have her next
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Rosa H. July 25, 2013
· Piano ·
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Jennifer is awesome! She teaches two of my children, ages 11 and 14, and they love her. She is very patient and friendly with them. She has great teaching kills. My kids are learning so much from her. The most important thing is that they are having fun as they learn. What else can I say....she is amazing. :)
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Jennifer K.

Jennifer K.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Voytek F.

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Rolling Meadows, IL

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Learn to play the piano one step at a time using the Piano Adventures book series for kids, and Adult Piano Adventures for adults.

About Voytek
Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also ver
y flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
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Samir June 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very cordial. Allows you to improvise. Great first lesson.
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Alex W. June 12, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Alex likes Voytek very much!
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Teresa Price April 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult student. He is a great teacher and very willing to be flexible in his teaching method.
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Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About Amanda-Leilanie S.

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Merrillville, IN
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Available to all ages 4+ : Students will learn the basics in piano theory and performance. I will teach students to read and follow sheet music. Students will learn basic to intermediate musical theory. Students will be trained not only to play and follow sheet music; their musical ear will be trained as well and they are expected to learn to play without the help of the sheet music.

About Amanda-Leilanie
I am offering tutoring for elementary school children and tutoring in essay writing and English for all ages. I graduated from Washington International School, an elite private high school in Washington,DC. I also attended Drexel University and I'm currently working on a degree in Education.
I have been playing the piano for 15 years and the trumpet for 10. I've been apart of the DCYO and played and performed at different venues in Washington, DC.

I have years of experience and success in both tutoring and musical education.
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Merrillville, IN 46410
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$30 / 45-min

About John R.

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Chicago, IL

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Piano is my main instrument and I have 13 years of self taught playing. I can show you how to invert chords, find the key of a song, play a song by ear just by hearing it a couple times, and much more!!

About John
Hey how is going new students?! My name is John and I'm looking forward to teaching you music. I started teaching myself how to play piano by ear when I was 15 because I just loved the sound of piano. I moved on to learn drums at 17 and bass in college. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Science and played in many shows on campus. Every instrument I've ever played comes from personal choice based on the sound. Being able to read music is a great trait to have, but I want to teach you how to hear music with your inner ear. My class will help you with improvising, recognizing major/minor chords, analyzing a song to play it back within minutes, finding the key of a song, chord inversions, and much more! My lessons are for students who already know their instrument. I also have a studio in Logan Square for
recording purposes for all students. Lets start our lessons!
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John R.

John R.

Chicago, IL 60639
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$60 / 60-min

About Rena S.

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Chicago, IL
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Rena provides engaging lessons to beginner and intermediate students of any age. Lessons will be tailored to the student and planned out with their goals in mind.

About Rena
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

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Pooja is a dedicated piano teacher who believes in guiding students according to their needs and genre interests in order to develop an eternal love for playing music.

About Pooja
Pooja’s love for music began at the age of 4 when she began to seek training in Indian classical music- vocals and harmonium. She has successfully completed Madhyama from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Hyderabad. While pursuing a Computer Science Engineering degree, she performed on keyboards at sought-after venues as a part of classic rock bands. During this time, she recognized her growing passion for music. She has successfully completed Grade 6 in music theory (ABRSM) and Electronic keyboard (Trinity College of London). She moved to Sydney, Australia to study music at a Bachelor’s level from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA).

After graduating, she had the opportunity to train students of all ages and levels at two different music organizations in Sydney. She believes in designing a lesson plan according to the student's needs an
d interests in order to maintain a fun learning process while developing good piano technique. Pooja's students will learn sight reading, listening skills, musicianship and improvisation while learning their favorite songs. She also guides students for Illinois state, ABRSM and other exam preparations. With the fundamentals and meaningful experience in hands, she feels excited to make a difference in a person's life by providing them with the gift of playing music.
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David Baek February 4, 2017
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Ms. Pooja is a wonderful piano teacher. Our daughter is 5 years old and she is very patient with her. Ms. Pooja teaches and explains in ways our daughter can understand. We are very happy we found her for our daughter!
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Pooja D.

Naperville, IL 60565
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About Eric H.

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You are never too old to start learning! I make piano fun without sacrificing fundamentals! We will focus on improving both aural and sightreading skills.

A typical lesson usually consist of:
1/3 scales/arpeggios/etudes
1/3 repertoire (1-3 pieces)
1/3 freestyle (aural training, sightreading, learning any piece that the student wants).

Depending on the skill level and interest of the student, this may vary.

I can also help you in preparing for ABRSM/RCM piano exams.

About Eric
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. You may not be the next Chopin, but with practice and dedication, you will eventually be able to play the mass majority of piano 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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Brooke September 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson, Eric noticed a few issues that could eventually lead to bad habits.
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Diane September 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
As someone who has been selftaught for the last 2 years, Eric really improved my poor techniques to the point where old pieces that I learned sound so different!

If you can afford it, consider getting a teacher.
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Rob August 23, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
His lessons are engaging. I have not played piano for almost a decade, but I am learning fast, and he reignited my love of music again.
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Eric H.

Chicago, IL 60661
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