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Jason S.

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About Jason

Music comes from the soul and is an incredibly vulnerable form of expression. When individuals perform for people, including a teacher, they put themselves and imperfections out to be seen. That's why it is important for students to feel safe and confident in their instructor, something you will find in our teacher-student relationship.

I have been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for many years. My passions lie in folk, blues, rock, and indie music. I love to share that passion with my students in an encouraging and patient environment. Communication is key in a learning environment to ensure that students are working and progressing toward their goals. I have given lessons to students from age 7 through 75, and understand that each student has a unique interest and skill set to be developed.

I have been a si

nger/songwriter out of the Twin Cities for the past 14 years and have played in venues all over the world. These include coffee shops, events, and churches in Minnesota and go as far as various establishments in Guatemala. My debut album was released in 2007 and I have been a part of numerous projects since that time. I have also had the privilege of taking intensive blues lessons with Michael May and vocal lessons with Helen Lapakko.

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I am a laid back, patient, flexible, and caring teacher. I have experience with and enjoy teaching all ages and abilities. I like to guide students through material that they choose to work on, as long as it is within their ability. During my lessons, I will cover everything from the introductory basics, improving your technical abilities, ear training, theory, and improvisation. Time can also be taken to work through electric guitar basics involving amplifiers and effects and guitar maintenance. If you're looking to purchase your first quality instrument, I'm happy to meet at a shop and walk you through that big and exciting decision.

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Musical Materials, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Amp, Pedaboard, Metronome

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I prefer to teach people starting out in tablature, as I feel that they can more easily access songs in this method. I think it's important to explore strumming and fingerstyle songs and techniques early on in the learning process. Everyone enjoys different styles of playing and the sooner we can figure out what you're excited about, the quicker you'll learn the materials to meet your goals.
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August 14, 2019
Tory
Great lesson. Am even more excited than when I started!
April 9, 2019
Sue O.
Jason was on time, organized and it was easy to follow his instructions.
I am new at guitar, first lesson went well! Looking forward to the next lesson!
November 30, 2017
Sara
Jason is easy-going, reliable and consistent. My son enjoys his lessons and looks forward to them each week. His skills have slowly and steadily been progressing (more practice on his own would surely help his learning speed up). We are thankful to have found Jason.

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Tina D.

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About Tina

Hello!

I've been teaching private lessons for over 15 years. I was a high school music teacher & band director in the Philadelphia area for 7 years, and I now live in Miami, FL where I am working on a doctoral degree in conducting. I also work as a freelance musician. I'm looking forward to making music with you!

Your lesson specifics are up to you! If you know what you want to learn, I'll help get you there. If you don't know where to start, I can lead you through the fundamentals and help you set goals.

I like to keep things positive in music lessons. Music is, after all, for fun and enjoyment! I like to blend teaching technique and musicianship, while keeping things fun.

If you're a beginner, we'll get started with all the fundamentals you need to begin making music. If you've been playing for a while, I'll help you perfect

things you've been working on, expand your musical experience, and help you reach your fullest potential as a musician.

Online lessons are a wonderful option! I am flexible with scheduling and allow changes up to 24-hours before a scheduled lesson. My home studio has chairs, music stand, and areas for parents to sit in on lessons. Garage band is available for recording. Students need an instrument and books.
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October 7, 2019
BENJAMIN
it was fun
September 25, 2019
Dwayne T.
Tina has provided our daughter 11 year old daughter with outstanding lessons as a beginning trumpet player this past summer! Not only was our daughter able to skip beginning band and be placed into the more advance concert band with the 1st trumpets, she received an invite from her well known director of bands to participate in the school’s Big Band. Our daughter is quickly improving on her playing skills.
Tina will always be remembered as the primary influence behind her aspirations to play the trumpet the right way!
September 9, 2019
BENJAMIN

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Cathryn K.

Peoria, IL 61614

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About Cathryn

Hello! My name is Cathy and I have been teaching voice (singing) for over 30 years. But don't let that fool you into thinking I'm a stogy old girl who doesn't have a pulse on contemporary music. I teach pop, country, broadway, folk, whatever it is your interested in. I do teach with vocal exercises because without them no changes will be made and that's the whole point right to change your voice? However you do get to sing songs. I teach, so that you will change your voice and succeed in whatever avenue you want. My degree is in Vocal Performance from Northeastern Illinois University and one year of Masters work in Drama from DePaul University.

I also teach ESL, Reading, Writing, History which I have done for the past ten years. I use a variety of techniques since no two people are alike to help you learn English or the Ameri

can lifestyle. I presently teach Caterpillar employees, spouses and children. Let me teach you and see how far we can go.

Thank you.
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October 16, 2019
Xiuli
April 3, 2019
Xiuli
She is the best teacher!
March 17, 2019
Isabella
Our first lesson went well.. Cathy made our daughter feel welcome and she came straight home to practice..

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Cathryn K.

Peoria, IL

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About Vanessa

Hi! I'm a professional singer, actor, and voice teacher and I love teaching my craft. I am a certified VIP (Vocology In Practice) teacher, and I offer affordable voice lessons in NYC, Queens, and Long Island. I am very passionate about healthy singing and firmly believe that armed with the proper knowledge and tools anyone can learn to sing! In terms of children, it has been proven that children who study music are happier, smarter, and more confident. I will introduce your child to the joy of music not just by singing songs, but in a course that teaches music literacy, vocal technique, and ear training as well. Most importantly, we are having fun while taking this journey! I can also work with you/your child on acting monologues and/or sides for auditions. This especially comes in handy while preparing for musical theatre auditions. Chee

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August 31, 2016
Linda
My daughter enjoys her lessons with Vanessa that she practices the exercises all the time.
August 30, 2016
Danny
Great lessons and great teacher! Well planned lessons with fun exercises specifically designed for my goals. And did I mention, she is also an amazing singer!
August 30, 2016
Polly
Patient and kind, Vanessa understands how to get the best out of your voice.

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Vanessa S.

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About Susan

Susan was born in California to a musical and artistic family. Susan studied with Margaret Rowell in Berkeley, California. In 1960, Susan was the winner of The International String Congress Competition and traveled to San German, Puerto Rico to study with Theodore Salzman. After graduating from Washington State University, Susan taught music, art and K-12 in various subjects in California, Wyoming and Utah, where she was married and raised two cello playing daughters.

Susan attended workshops with Dr. Suzuki and taught at many summer workshops. She worked at Kamimoto String Instruments in San Jose, California for 10 years and taught string orchestra in Moab and South Jordan, Utah while maintaining a cello and folk guitar studio. Some of her past honors include: Teacher of the Year, Moab, Utah, 1994, Utah State Legislature –Distinguis

hed Service in Education Award, 1993 and Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Utah Rural Schools, 1990.
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March 24, 2018
Gabby S.
She is the best... she makes each lesson interesting and fun for my daughter. She have a style of teaching that makes a child understand easy. She is very patient and will help student in anyway to learn and reach their goal. I am glad that we found her through Takelesson.
March 7, 2017
Cheryl
Great teacher, very organized and really knows het stuff! She very easy to work with.
October 15, 2016
Mariko
Taking cello lessons from Susan has been a wonderful experience for my child, and it has been lovely for me to associate with her. Susan has passion, warmth, and many years of experience. Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming (especially as a parent with little musical experience) to take in all that Susan will throw at you, but soon you will see the benefits of her broad range of knowledge and the holistic education she offers. She covers the many facets of playing cello, including rhythm, reading music, theory, group practices, careful attention to bow hold, tone production, performance, ensemble playing and listening. She is consistent and reliable. My child looks forward to Susan’s lessons each week and has commented, “Susan always finds something good, then gives me ideas on how to make it better.” She puts a lot of time, resources, and creativity into enriching activities that motivate kids to stay engaged and practice regularly. We highly recommend her!

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Jem V.

Normal, IL 61761

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About Jem

I will be attending ISU to study music therapy
I currently attend FAU and study trombone performance
I have performed with the all state band 2015-2018
I have also performed with the all district band 2015-2018
I have attended solo and ensemble district and state level and only getting superiors.
My sophomore year I received an award for my musicianship at my high school's award ceremony.
My senior year I earned an award for my musicianship at my school's band banquet.
For FAU I have performed with the commencement band
I was also principal trombone in the Florida youth orchestra.
I have been principle player of with wind ensemble band in my high school. I have worked with them to make sure music sounds good. teaching them rhythms and improving intonation.
My passion is working smart and hard to teach kids and young adults how to be the

best versions of themselves. While being a good musician is important, it is also important to constantly improve discipline and maturity.
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Hello! My name is Ryan and I have taught piano and guitar for about 13 years, I have worked with all types of students and any ages, from 5 - 85! I can teach any genre and am flexible with scheduling. I teach lessons out of my San Pedro music studio and also do in-home and online music lessons, please feel free to ask me any questions!

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Melissa M.

Dunlap, IL 61525

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About Melissa

I am a professional singer, pianist, and photographer. I studies at EIU with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice and piano.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for over 20 years, and jazz piano for part of those years as well. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

Some of my past students have gone on to study music in col

lege themselves and become professional musicians.

My personal passion is classical piano music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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September 24, 2019
Kate
Great first lesson!

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Dunlap, IL

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Maureen
"Great first meeting with Adam! He clearly reviewed what the lessons would look like, progression, goals, etc. I look forward to our future lessons."
Tyler
"Axel is incredibly friendly! I'm 23 and working on my singing voice, and stage performance. Axel's lessons are informative and appropriate to whatever ski
ll level you're at (I'm a beginner). I was relaxed the moment I walked into his studio. I'm happy with the lessons."
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Mary
"Anne was lovely.
She taught me all the nuts and bolts of playing the instrument in a way that was clear This included the integral parts of the harp,
how to read music, how to posture the harp, and hand positioning Anne showed a good measure of patience, which was much appreciated."
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"We just started our lesson with Chialing. My son loves her lesson. She’s very informative and patient. We already benefited a lot from lesson in such a sh
ort time. Will continue working with her. Highly recommended!"
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Alexander
"Such a wonderful, gifted and caring teacher!"
Kurt
"Very informative for my son."
James Mitaritonna
"Bill knows his content! He is quick to give feedback, and utilizes a variety of different tactics to make sure you are on the right track. I would definit
ely recommend Bill for future students."
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Windy Waite
"James has been truly fantastic to work with! My son is planning to audition for DSA as a vocal major next year, and James has been instrumental in helping
him prepare for that challenging audition. I've seen real growth in his abilities, and confidence as a performer, while working with James - I highly recommend him as a music teacher."
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Joane
"I started my singing class today.I was so happy to meet Mr. William, when it was time for me to pick an instructor something just told me to choose him an
d I’m glad I did because the way he teaches is unbelievable."
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