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About Ryan B.

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Hey There! Let's play some music!!

My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 25 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over five years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

Let's talk guitar! Guitar is the ultimate instrument to learn! It is versatile and portable and you can learn quickly, regardless of your favorite style. I teach acoustic and electric guitar. I cover basics, such as chords, scales and solo work. I cover a wide ran
ge of artists such as: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Regardless of your favorite band or style, I can help you accomplish your goals!

Piano is one of the most important instruments to learn, especially for children. The benefits are endless. For piano, I teach beginner through intermediate students. Piano is a popular choice because it has a very friendly layout with the keyboard. I use a proven 6 level method to take you from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to Ode to Joy! I cover how to read sheet music and cover a wide variety of musical styles!

Do you like the deep, powerful sound of the bass guitar? Well, I cover that too! The bass is a FUN instrument that is very friendly to learn. If you ever want to join a band, the bass is essential instrument, because it goes well with the drums. I cover a wide range of styles from blues, funk, rock and jazz! Go for it!

As a kid did you set up pots and pans or pillows and hit them with spoons like I did? Well, then the drums may be for you! You can learn drums with a pair of sticks! Drums are a total BLAST to play, and if you are not one who wishes to read sheet music,then the drums are perfect for you! I cover a TON of different styles, and if you have a favorite drummer, you can learn to play like him or her relatively quickly!

Need academic help? Well I can help with that too! I tutor in most subjects, including: Math, Science, Reading, Writing Skills and ACT and SAT prep

Here is a breakdown of specific areas of subjects I teach and tutor with:

Math: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry
Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Reading: Comprehension, Analysis, Annotation and general reading improvement methods
Writing Skills: Essay Writing, Editing, Analysis
Test Prep: I can help with the GED, ACT and SAT

I offer private in-home lessons, lessons at my studio and on-line lessons!

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Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

For academic tutoring, I design my lessons around the specific need of the individual student. I thoroughly research each student needs and customize my tutoring around your child's strengths and weaknesses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
Keyboard
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
Electric guitar
Bass Guitar
2 amplifiers
Full Drum Set

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I love and can play almost every style of music imaginable! Whatever style of music you like, I can help you improve and learn!
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Eli July 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ryan's style is relaxed and friendly. He walked carefully and deliberately through the material in the first lesson, but not so slow that it was boring.
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Robert S. February 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Ryan is a great teacher! Very patient and encouraging!
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Camelia August 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ryan reconnected our son with the love of piano. His class is fun, relaxed and totally engaged. Our son made lot of progress with him and most importantly he loves piano and enjoys it
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About Kay S.

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Avalon, WI
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About Katherine (Kay)
Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphas
is on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
· Drum · In home
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Clinton, WI 53525
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About Eric W.

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Rockford, IL

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For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique,
while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
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John T. January 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
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Leah July 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
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Emily February 13, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Rockford, IL 61107
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About Steven B.

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Elk Grove Village, IL
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About Steven
I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
ademy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
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Robin August 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 10 year old son has been taking lessons with Steve for almost 2 years. Prior to Steve, Nathan was enrolled in group lessons at the park district. After a unpleasant experience with the group lessons , we decided to try private lessons. Steve has done an amazing job working with Nathan. Like most kids, some days it is hard to keep his attention, but Steve does an amazing job. He has kept Nathan focused while still allowing him to have fun playing the guitar. Based on our experience, I would highly recommend Steve as a musical instructor.
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Caryn October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steven is very patient with new beginners and explained things thoroughly. He gave me the necessary tools to practice on my own until our next lesson .
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A.M. August 26, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Steven was beyond helpful. He is always prepared and open to as many questions as you can think of. And if you don't fully understand the answer, he'll take the time to answer in different ways, so that you're on the same page. He was also very helpful in setting up the lesson times and locations.

It was my first time trying the drums and I didn't have a drum set yet. Steven took the time to sit down with me and discuss which drum sets were good for the price.

Overall, this was a great experience!
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Steven B.

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About Dan M.

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Dan M. is a freelance musician and private lesson instructor in the Chicago area. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Mr. M. graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music in euphonium performance, and traveled to Colorado where he earned a Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an active musician, he has performed on trombone and euphonium in many musical groups ranging form wind ensembles and orchestras to brass quintets and other chamber groups. Mr. M. was also a member of the Flatirons Brass Quintet at the University of Colorado, which toured to Beijing, China, and placed in the semi-finals of the internationally known Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

As a teacher, Mr. M. has been teaching students of a wide range of ages and abilities for over eight years. Some of his
students have been selected to Honor Bands and All-State Bands across the country. Through quickly identifying strengths and weaknesses, and catering to ambitions and desires, his students experience a fun and inspirational learning environment that has been found with much success.
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Parker & Shannon S. January 23, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
"Mr. Dan" has instructed one of our children for two years now! He is patient, persistent and has made learning trumpet a game for our 9 year old. Professional and warm, we have loved that he comes to our home to teach. As of this year, another one of our children requested lessons and cornet lessons have begun! We highly recommend him.
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Dane C. December 8, 2016
· French Horn · In home
Very pleasant teacher with good relationship with student. Flexible and easy to talk. Always on time and teaching with passion.
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Ethan P. June 3, 2016
· Euphonium · Online
Dan is teaching my teen online and has made the lesson engaging and beneficial for him.
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Dan M.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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About Julie B.

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Loves Park, IL

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Does your piano sit silently collecting dust? Did you take piano lessons when you were a kid, but don't remember how to play? Would you like to play your favorite songs, but aren't sure how? Would you like to see your child beam with pride while playing a song with no help?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, book with me today! I can't wait to help you or your child reach your musical goals!
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Megan February 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Julie is invested in her student's success and individual piano goals. I came to her as an adult wanting lessons and she has been wonderful helping me make progress on the piano.
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Alexis W. August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Alexis really likes her piano lessons even though she gets fustrated. She looking forward to her next 5 lessons with you Julie B. She really likes you.
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Payton April 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
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Julie B.

Loves Park, IL 61111
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About Sarah S.

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Alexandria, VA

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Flutist Sarah Shin is a vibrant performer, educator, and collaborator. She has performed in Symphony Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Gewandhaus Theatre in Leipzig Germany, and in concert venues throughout Seoul, South Korea. She is currently finishing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under the tutelage of Bart Feller.

Sarah has performed in festivals in France, Brazil, Mexico, and nation-wide within the United States. She has participated music festivals such as Round Top Festival Institute (TX), Brevard Music Center (NC), Colorado College Music Festival (CO), and Opera in the Ozarks (AR) as principal flute.

As an educator, Sarah gives private flute lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels cu
rrently residing in the Greater New York City Area. She has taught masterclasses and workshops in Washington, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Utah, and New Jersey. She is currently on faculty at the Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division as flute instructor and chamber music coach. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was on the Flute Faculty at the Center for Musical Excellence in New Vernon, NJ. She also served as the Director of Admissions.

Along with a substantial teaching and performing schedule, Sarah is an active chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Emissary Quartet, founded in 2009. In November 2016, the Emissary Quartet premiered a work by Annika Socolofsky, which was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation. Emissary Quartet was quarterfinalists in the 2016 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and was the only flute quartet to have competed within the last seven years. They also performed at the National Flute Association's 44th Convention in San Diego, California. The Emissary Quartet won multiple grants from the Friends of Flutes Foundation, Inc. and from NewMusic USA.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Flute Performance from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and her Masters in Flute Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar. Her primary instructors include Jeanne Baxtresser, Bart Feller, Thomas Robertello, and Judy Grant.
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Felicia D. April 4, 2016
· Flute · In studio
I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ago and always wanted to play the flute but I was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years.
I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson.
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Felicia D. April 4, 2016
· Flute · In studio
I highly recommend Sarah. She has excellent skills for any teacher - she's encouraging, knowledgeable and patient. I'm an adult who played piano years ago and always wanted to play the flute but was frustrated, squeaky, out of breath, and out of tune. With a few weeks of lessons I'm further along than I was trying to teach myself over years.
I had years of serious music study with critical music teachers who made me embarrassed about mistakes and dread my lessons. With Sarah, the learning is fun and I now look forward to every lesson.
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Sarah S.

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About Adam D.

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Adam Du Vall is a jazz, commercial, and classical saxophone player in the northern Illinois area. Hailing from Green Bay, WI, Adam has been gigging since high school. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh studying Music Recording and Technology. His studies have been with Dr. Marty Robinson, Ms. Sarah Kind, and Dr. Drew Whiting. During his time in the Fox Valley, Adam has played with Big Band Reunion, Water City Jazz Orchestra, the UWO Jazz Ensemble and Combos, New Orleans band Brass Differential, the ska group Pam the Bear, blues/rock band Paul Robert and the Hall of Famers, and Mystic Funk. After graduation, Adam moved to the Twin Cites area to pursue an internship at RiverRock Studios in Northeast Minneapolis. While in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, Adam performed in numerous gigging wedding bands (Good Foot Express, Jas
on Price Infinity Band), as well as several local big bands such as the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cedar Ave Big Band, and Bill Simenson Orchestra. Adam also worked during the day as the Sax Pro Shop manager for Schmitt Music. As the Pro Shop Manager, Adam fit mouthpieces and saxophones to advancing musicians and presented clinics regarding gear, saxophone technique, and jazz improvisation to middle school and high school students. Currently, Adam resides in DeKalb, Illinois where he is pursuing a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University.
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Adam D.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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About Kayla S.

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Hi there! My name is Kayla, and I am a cellist and cello teacher with a passion for teaching. My goal is to foster a love and skill for music in as many people as possible! I have been teaching since 2011 and I have experience teaching all ages. My technique is personalized to the individual; I will try a few different things and really figure out what works for you. I have a BMA in music performance from Northern Illinois University. Some awards I have attained are: NIU Chamber Competition Winner 2014, Protege Philharmonic Concerto Competition Runner-Up. I can't wait to meet you and start on your musical journey!
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Kayla S.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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About Cherie N.

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As a musician I wear many hats. I am a music director in a church, teach preschool music classes, direct a community children's choir, teach private lessons, all while still performing original music I have written and recorded in Nashville with Dove and Grammy Award Winning Producer, Phil Naish (Steven Curtis Chapman).
I believe life is more fun when you color outside the lines. I bring that philosophy to my piano teaching by encouraging my students to compose their own songs, arrange music more to their liking, play new styles of music, and finding cool songs from the internet. I've seen many students rise to great heights by jumping ship from method books to try new and exciting repertoire. I love to fine tune learning to each student's interest. Music should be a reflection of who we are.
I love working with all ages
... from young beginners to adults and I know you will meet your goals as we work together.
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Cherie N.

Janesville, WI 53548
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