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About Wendy P.

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I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw
o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

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As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing.
My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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Daniel G. April 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
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St James November 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
She's great!
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· Speaking Voice · Online
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Charis B.

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Woodstock, IL

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About Charis
I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have a studio piano and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helpi
ng one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

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For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own my music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style and method that is needed,but prefer Bastien, feeling it doesn't drag the information out. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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Darla Mills August 23, 2017
· Flute · In studio
excellent lesson
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Olivia H. August 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.
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Nikolas October 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
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Charis B.

Charis B.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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About Isabelle R.

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Chicago, IL

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About Isabelle
I am a violinist from Rogers Park, Chicago's North Side. I started violin when I was 3, and have been playing ever since! I studied with Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University's String Academy, then went on to study violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

I started teaching violin 8 years ago and have greatly enjoyed working with my students! Since then I have completed many Suzuki method teacher trainings and taken a string pedagogy course at Oberlin.

I also have studied and play baroque violin in various groups in Chicago including Baroque Band and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. I also sing and play viola da gamba.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach private lessons to students of all ages and levels. Music and learning should be fun! I help students express themselves and reach their goals. For beginning
and intermediate violinists I usually teach the Suzuki violin method literature with a mix of traditional materials, but I am happy to teach whatever music the student wants to play! Students may also like to explore fiddle music, jazz, rock, modern, folk, romantic, or renaissance music!

Depending on the student, in lessons I tend to have my students warm up with some scales and technique work, and then focus on a piece for the later part of the lesson. In my teaching I prioritize playing in a healthy and relaxed manner. My studies of body awareness have included Alexander technique, yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, and T'ai chi. A happy and healthy body makes for a happy violinist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my home studio, I have a room with my teaching supplies, instrument, stands, piano, and seating for parents and siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I play traditional violin, and I also specialize in baroque violin. I play viola da gamba as well. I'm trained to teach the O'Connor American Fiddle method for violin playing.
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Sharon R. August 7, 2018
· Fiddle · In studio
Wonderful- I feel my skills will improve with this teacher. Very pleased.
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rahul singh August 2, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Isabelle is an excellent teacher. She makes you comfortable going from one piece to new piece, from one skill to another. In each session she applies hollistic approach consisting of focusing on technique, playing instrument and learning theory, which render learner to grow in every aspect at the same time.
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Kate C. January 26, 2015
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I am a violin teacher who has worked with Isabelle. My students love working with her as a sub. She has a keen sense for discovering what would benefit a student most, and is resourceful in finding ways to address problem areas. I recommend her most highly!
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Isabelle R.

Isabelle R.

Chicago, IL 60626
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About Robert M.

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"No matter what style of music you want to play, the language of music is the same. Learn the 7 aspects of guitar and you will be able to play the music you love."

Some people find their passion early in life, and for Bob M., that's absolutely true. At age 13, he played the guitar at his first musical gig, and many years later, he continues to play guitar professionally and teach others through his highly popular music lessons.

Well educated at the American Conservatory of Music, Bob spent years studying harmony and theory. And through 8 years of rigorous lessons and education under famed classical guitar teacher Jack Cecchini, Bob learned the true dedication and passion required for becoming a professional musician. In addition to his work with Jack, Bob played in the Masterclasses of Oscar Ghiglia (Segovia's podigy) and Manuel Lin
ce (disciple of Abel Carlevaro) and did advanced guitar study with Jack Grassel, a well known master guitarist. Bobalso diversified his education by studying at the Bloom School of Jazz and spending three years learning improvisation techniques from famed jazz guru Charlie Banacos.

Because of his education, Bob is perhaps best known for his incredible improvisation abilities and his unique arrangements of pop tunes. Inspired by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Andres Segovia, and other iconic guitarists, Bob has blended what he loves best about traditional Bebop and Blues with his creative, harmonic approaches. His jazz trio especially capitalizes on their unique ability to improvise, providing a steady stream of tunes, all while playing great jazz music and standards from the Great American Song Book. A passionate and energetic performer, Bob has been playing for crowds since his high school rock band days. Today, he enjoys playing solo and with his jazz trio at both private and corporate events.

Bob enjoys passing along his knowledge and experience to others as the founder of G4 Guitar Riverside where he teaches all styles, all ages, and all levels. Known by his students as an encouraging and supportive teacher, Bob believes that any student can become a good guitarist with enough dedication and passion. He teaches the G4 Guitar method, which is based on 29 years of research and development and is a structured, proven method for learning the guitar.

In addition to teaching guitar lessons, Bob has also written one book on soloing concepts for guitar, a theory course for beginners, and has developed special technical exercises to help guitarists with technical development.

Today, Bob continues to teach guitar lessons and is working on a CD of solo guitar music consisting of jazz and pop tunes.

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FUN, EASY GUITAR LESSONS, PLAY CHORDS YOUR FIRST LESSON

DID YOU EVER WANT TO TAKE GUITAR LESSONS BUT THOUGHT YOU COULDN'T DO IT?

Well, you've come to the right place. I'll teach you how to play guitar the fun and easy way!
>>> Play chords during the first lesson!
>>> Learn the skills you need to know so you can play the music you love!

STUDENTS COME FIRST!
My lessons are specifically designed for Teens to Adults!

STUDENT BENEFITS:

1. All my students feel like stars! Because I make sure each lesson is both fun and enriching.

2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances.

3. I use a song based teaching system so my students are learning songs they love while they get the academic benefits of music.

4. I don’t overbook myself so my current clients get the full benefit of my energy.
Music lessons have other great benefits like: Higher self esteem, more confidence, good social skills...and more!

5. I’ve seen the benefits of music proven over and over, and I know that I’m teaching so much more than music.

6. I’m exclusive. I have an incredibly high success rate because I only work with those that are truly excited about music.

I have several learning program packages available from 6 weeks to 24 weeks. And from 30 to 60 minutes lessons.

All materials are included FREE as part of the lesson package fee.

LESSONS ARE FUN AND ORGANIZED. YOU'LL LEARN TO PLAY THE MUSIC YOU LOVE!.

I utilize the research based learning material in our lessons. It is an integrated system that teaches you the 7 aspects of the guitar. There are also a series of checklists we use to help you clearly achieve defined goals in a very easy-to-follow way.

If you are looking to learn the guitar as a beginner, or breakthrough to higher levels of playing as an intermediate or advanced guitarist, then you've come to the right place. Imagine being able to play the songs and music you love.

PLAY CHORDS AT YOUR FIRST LESSON, OR BREAK THROUGH TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

1. Develop Skills - Picking, chords, arpeggios, scales, rhythm, reading, aural skills and theory.
2. Practice - Lessons are about building effective practice routines.
3. Motivation - Motivation is critical to long term success. We work at keeping you motivated!
4. Progress - I track student progress. And works with the student to maintain a constant level of progress to achieve their goals.
5. Upgrades / Improvements - Lessons are constantly about making improvement based on new findings to ensure our students are always improving.
6. Results - Following the lesson program will guarantee you results. With practice, patience, persistence and following the method, YOU WILL improve.

BENEFITS FOR YOU:

1. Guitar lessons for kids, teens and adults and all levels. From beginning guitarists with no experience to advanced level players.
2. YOU will be getting guitar lessons from a teacher who cares and actually tracks your progress, and knows your strengths and weaknesses.
3. YOU will learn the right things at the right time and in the right way as taught by a professional, working guitarist and certified teacher.
4. YOU will learn to play the guitar faster than trying to learn on your own.
5. YOU will learn how to practice effectively and efficiently to gain great results in a short space of time. Practice skills are rarely taught by guitar teachers.
6. YOU will get instant feed back on your playing in lessons so that YOU know that YOU will continue to make progress on the guitar.
7. YOU will learn musical skills that will enable YOU to meet YOUR goals as a guitar player.
8. YOU will be highly motivated and inspired to master the guitar.
9. YOU will finally understand how music works.
10. YOUR musicality and ear for music will improve drastically.
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Jean B. October 16, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Bob for 18 months. He's a patient instructor with a vast knowledge of many playing styles. Bob has been a tremendous help in teaching and guiding me towards improving my guitar ability.
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lucio M. October 7, 2014
· Guitar · Online
I am beginner - medium level, trying to get my feet wet in the jazz realm. Bob is truly a master in the field, and every lesson I learn something new. I think even for a professional player, Bob would still be a master and have something to teach. He is the real deal; a true professional! At the same time, he is a skilled professor, knowing right away what your level, needs and expectations are and tailoring the class to your level. He is clearly passionate about what he does, and every class is a lot of fun and something I really look forward to. He also masters blues, classical, pop, rock and any other style I could think of. You cannot go wrong with Bob!
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Carolyn R. July 18, 2013
· Classical Guitar ·
Robert Minchin was great!!!

I really learned a lot from Mr. Minchin! I was very nervous and he got me calmed down. He really knows his stuff. He identified several areas where I was playing incorrectly and got me straightened out. I truly appreciate what a privilege it was to have him. I hope to take lessons from him again. Thank you!
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Robert M.

Robert M.

Riverside, IL 60546
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About Marija B.

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A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Marija began studying violin at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, in addition to violin, Marija started playing the viola. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1993. During these studies, she played in a chamber ensemble Artisti Dell Arco, Belgrade, where she performed on numerous European stages as well as live Radio and TV broadcasts. The ensemble performed the pieces of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Corelli, Torelli, and Respighi. She also performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of Novi Sad where she played a standard orchestra repertoire of classical and contemporary composers.

After receiving a scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL,I earned her Masters in Music from RU Chicago College of Performing Arts in 1997. Her principal tea
chers include Richard Ferrin, Viola (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Uroš Pešić and Mihajlo Mihajlović.

Marija is a Chicago-based freelance violinist and violist with various chamber ensembles and orchestras performing classical, jazz and pop music. She also performs in Europe and takes participation at Summer Festivals in Serbia and Italy.

She is on a Faculty at Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago as a violin and viola teacher. She is also the artistic director of the string teaching program MB Muzik and Violin Conservatory, where she offers online violin tutorials.
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Marija B.

Marija B.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$50 / 30-min
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About Brittany N.

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Chicago, IL

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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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and technique
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Obed V. March 27, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is a great teacher to start your journey towards learning how to play the Violin. She makes you feel relaxed and is patient enough to let you go your pace.
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Jade July 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is absolutely one of the most delightful instructors I've been lucky enough to encounter. I came to her as an adult knowing nothing about either music or violin. In the months I've been taking lessons with her, I feel very proud of what I've learned so far.

Her home studio is beautiful and warm. She always greets me with a smile and knows exactly what our lesson plan and goal for the day will be. Brittany is extremely patient whenever I struggle to grasp a concept, and enthusiastically answers any question I can think to ask. That said, she isn't afraid to push you to try, either, which I very much appreciate!

Brittany is a lot of fun to work with, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her as an instructor.
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Mari Ramos September 26, 2016
· Violin ·
Brittany has gotten Mari more engaged in her violin playing, which is exactly what we were looking for in an instructor. She's patient and is getting Mari to think and anticipate her chord progressions. We have been so pleasantly surprised with Brittany. It's an awesome match!
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Brittany N.

Brittany N.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About john M.

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Broadview, IL

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I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
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Brian Lenart February 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.
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Michael D. July 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
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john M.

john M.

Broadview, IL 60155
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About Mason J.

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Chicago, IL

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I started playing guitar when I was 9 and taught myself how to play by listening to recordings and sounding them out. I have taught private lessons for 10 years and group/private lessons prior to that. I've played at Green Mill Jazz Club for 13 years, Millenium Park, Schuba's, Double Door, The MCA, Andy's, pretty much all venues in Chicago... and have toured the country. I play many music styles, so I can teach you mostly anything.
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Mark August 8, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jason has been teaching me since 2011. He is without doubt the most understanding and knowledgeable guitar teacher I have ever had. His patience and ability to break a song down so I am able to play it is priceless. That, and his easy demeanor, has meant a happy 7 year collaboration. I would recommend Jason to anyone regardless of their current guitar ability. You should also check out his live shows!!
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John Mundt January 17, 2017
· Guitar ·
First lesson went great. Jason listened to what I was hoping to work on and has put together a plan to do that. Looking forward to see where this takes me.
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Mason J.

Chicago, IL 60641
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About Max B.

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Max Bessesen is a performer, teacher and composer based in Chicago, IL. His skills as a saxophonist and woodwind doubler have taken him across North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and earned him awards from organizations including Downbeat Jazz Magazine, the US Embassy and the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. The first jazz musician ever to receive a grant from the Beebe Fund, Max spent 2016 in Chennai, India researching the rigorous and systematic South Indian Classical system and applying this knowledge to the music of the African Diaspora.

Max has had the pleasure of preforming with such jazz icons as Ingrid Jensen, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Billy Drewes, Abraham Laboriel, and Allison Miller among others. In addition to his jazz work Max has recorded and performed with musicians from the pop and
world music realms including The Fray, Simone Shaheen, and Gonzalo Grau. Max currently holds degrees in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Law & Society from Oberlin where he studied with Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart. He performs regularly with his working band Echoes.
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Pete December 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Highly recommended. Max has plenty of musical knowledge and knows how to pass it along in a way students can understand. He's an effective, enthusiastic, encouraging teacher, and an all-around good guy. He's serious about his craft, yet still calm, cool, and relaxed. Take your sax playing to the Max.
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Sofia November 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Max was a very positive and supportive teacher. I really appreciated that he took what I wanted to improve on and found things that would help me with that.
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Marius H. August 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Very patient instructor.
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Max B.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Joseph J.

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It is a common phenomenon that beginner players take lessons with a local teacher who may not be an expert or vastly knowledgeable. Thus, my observation is that vast majority (more than 90%) of beginning music students fall into the trap of learning to play violin without proper foundation.

Here are some things you should consider while looking for a teacher:

· Good education and high level of artistry of the teacher are important especially for beginners.

· Your teacher should be inspiring! Both musically and in daily life. My teachers who’ve influenced me the most are my role models in music and life.

· Music teachers often teach numerous instruments, but it is impossible to teach good foundations when the teacher is a Jack of all trades, master of none.

· Great teachers give you undivided attention and are persistent.

· Lessons should be non-judgmental learning space.

As a violinist whose earliest years were filled with musical inspiration, but without appropriate guidance, I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing what it takes to play violin well. It is my sincere hope to teach my students from the get-go with both inspiration and structured technique.

Experience

Education:
2014 – Present: Depaul University School of Music with Janet Sung (Soloist)

2012 – 2014: Studied with David Coucheron (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster)

2013: Masterclass with Midori (one of the most sought after performer and teacher in the world)

Teaching experience:
2017 Music House Teacher

2015-2017 Music for Kids Teacher
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Sean March 12, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Joseph has been teaching my daughter, Sophie, since 2015. He is excellent! Not only is his teaching instruction easy for her to follow (she was 12 when she started studying with Joe), he is a very keen musician and a teacher. For sure he has my robust recommendation as well as our trust.

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Joseph J.

Chicago, IL 60614
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