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I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.

About Paul
I have played the guitar for twenty years and have studied a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, folk, blues and rock. I’m skilled in acoustic, electric and classical styles of the guitar. I have an open mind about music and can appreciate any style or type. I have a firm background on music theory, so I am able to explain what I am teaching. I excelled in all my classes in college, music and Gen Eds, with a GPA over 3.75. I also have experience in teaching guitar or bass to students ranging from the ages of six to sixty six. I enjoy taking what I have learned and passing it on to someone else to experience. I believe this is one way you can leave your mark in music. I believe the experience I have playing in bands, and learning songs with my ability of having relative pitch will make my students improve quicker. I am a
lso a very skilled sight reader and can recognize key signatures and musical notation. I’ve also been playing electric bass guitar for 13 years now and have the same skill set as my guitar playing. In fact I am hired to perform more often as a bassist than a guitarist.
I went to Columbia College between 2000-2003 and I completed a Bachelor Arts in Music, Concentration: Instrument Performance.
I also went to Harper College between 1997-2000 and I completed an Associates in Fine Arts of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor all my lessons to the individual students interests and wants.
Whatever your goals are, I'll help you get there.
If you just want to learn music theory or how to write a song, I can teach you all that and more.
I will teach you how to read music but if you don't wan't to do that, I will teach you how to read tablature.
I'll push you to learn your instrument and to practice but I won't force to practice anything that you are not interested in.
After about 3-6 months of lessons with me you will be able to play songs that you wanted to learn and you will also know all the essential fun basics of your instrument.
Learning the guitar or bass is fun! And as your teacher I will make you want to practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons will be downstairs which has music stands, guitars, cords and books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My guitar and music stand. They should have a guitar and an amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Anything from classic rock to blues, jazz, classical, modern rock, punk rock, music theory, improvising and songwriting.
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Kevin April 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Paul is very patient and has broad knowledge . I am very lucky to have Paul as my teacher. Under Paul's instructions, I am starting to learn how to play the songs that I have dreamt of playing. Thank you Paul for being my guitar teacher.
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Dan L. March 6, 2018
· Guitar · Online
I've tried to take guitar lessons a few times over the last few years and it's been difficult to find a good Instructor. In my experience the instructors I have found have either been flaky (canceling lessons, changing times last minute, hard to reach, etc...) or their teaching style is difficult to follow (unorganized or confusing). Paul is both very reliable and very organized. He's lessons are easy to follow and I feel like I am moving forward in a way that has purpose. I have not been working with him long but I already see big improvements because what he has me working on makes sense. Paul is also really personable and fun to work with. He is very patient and is the perfect combination of being focused but laid back at the same time. I am really enjoying my lessons with him.
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Davide R. March 6, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Amazing teacher.. super patient and happy person
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Michael S.

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From finger picking to tapped harmonics, I'll give you the tools to build a strong foundation and explain creative techniques to help you stand out of the crowd!

About Michael
Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

Like any musician, music is my life.
I love to soak it in any way I can! Whether it be listening to records, jamming with my friends or watching all the live concert footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan I can get my hands on.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of
The Ramsey Lewis Quartet.

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Studying at the college level taught me a lot about what not to do as a teacher. The material is already difficult enough, so why would I be difficult with you?

I strive to be more of a mentor and friend rather than taskmaster. However, I do require structure and commitment to getting better. My curriculum will revolve around you and your needs with added material that I feel will help you succeed.

A typical lesson plan includes:

 physical technique

 chord and scale knowledge,

 soloing concepts

 and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love!

All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)
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Tia M. March 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This was the first time I ever took a guitar lesson and I found Michael to be friendly and easy to understand his instructions.
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Patrick C. February 27, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Yuv P. February 11, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great lesson for my son after some technical difficulties. But Michael was very helpful through the whole process.
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Michael S.

Michael S.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Matt M.

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I have been teaching acoustic guitar for over 9 years. Curriculum is student-specific but in most cases will include chord theory, strum patterns, fingerpicking, songwriting, and soloing.

About Matt
Hi! My name is Matt M. and I am the owner and founder of Black & White Music Services, Inc., a professional music education and production company.
I began teaching at a fairly early age and moved to teaching privately over 9 years ago. I have a deep passion for music and the guitar and do my best to instill that same passion in new and experienced players alike. Throughout my playing career I have participated in numerous ensembles including jazz bands, classical groups and quartets, as well as solo performance groups. I am extremely thorough when it comes to my teaching style. I make sure the student has a clear understanding of not only the how but also the why while keeping my curriculum fun and interesting. Every student is different and I do my best to gain an understanding of the individual and build a lesson plan best suited for
that individual.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me!
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Mia G. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Matt was very knowledgeable and patient with Mia, she is a beginner and Matt went through all the parts of the guitar and helped her tune her new guitar and showed her how to read notes. She is very excited to go to her next lesson. Thanks Matt.
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Jesus S. February 2, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Very nice and outgoing instructor. My son is very excited with what he learned on his first guitar lesson.
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Brandon C. January 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My 18 year son had his first lesson and he was so excited to realize he will soon be able to play. He actually went home and started practicing!
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Matt M.

Matt M.

Mokena, IL 60448
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About Paul W.

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I combine guitar pedagogy, music theory, and musicality to teaching all styles. I tailor my teaching to the students needs, desires, and interests and I strive to make every lesson a fun and educational experience. We'll work on

About Paul
I am a classically trained guitarist whose mission is to help my students reach their goals while inspiring a love and passion for music. Never picked up a guitar before? No problem! You’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Been playing for years but need a little help overcoming that next hurdle? Great! You’ll be playing better and with more confidence than ever before. In order to truly improve you need determination and dedication, and that’s why I try to keep things fun and inspired from the very first lesson.
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Samuel February 26, 2018
· Bluegrass Guitar · Online
Awesome instructor! Patient, thorough, articulate knowledgeable... Highly recommend!
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KEVIN January 5, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I am very lucky to have Paul as my classical guitar instructor. He is very good and patient with me, teaching and explaining me sight reading skills in details. I really like his fast forward teaching methods which encourage and motivate me to study guitar more and more. Thank you Paul for being my guitar teacher.
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Chloe January 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great first lesson. Paul was informative and patient. Glad we found Take Lessons.
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Paul W.

Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Cameron R.

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Chicago, IL

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I will teach you what you need to know to achieve your personal goals. If you want to make a living as a performing musician, we will go over recording and studio work, and information related to getting gigs. If you want to learn songs, we will focus on exactly that. I will not teach you information that is not beneficial to you and your individual dreams.

About Cameron
I'm a 22 year old guitarist and composer, with an education from Berklee College of Music. I am an active session guitarist and songwriter for myself and others. I can teach you how to reach your goals as a musician or songwriter. I have extensive recording and studio experience. I will teach you what is necessary for you to reach your goals. If you are interested in just learning songs, I will not focus on theory or songwriting. If you want to learn how to compose music, I will teach you about harmony and what makes the difference between a good song and a hit song. I can also help you get accepted to any music school in the country. The truth is, most popular songs only require a small amount of chord knowledge to be played on guitar, and I would love to make that happen for you.

My guitar lessons do not have a set curriculum, becaus
e the curriculum is made individually for each student, depending on their goals, strengths, and interests. I have always strived for my guitar lessons and teaching style to bring the student to the point that they truly want to be at. Many other teachers and music schools will teach you strands of information that may have been interesting to them, but the same might not be true for the student. We are all individuals and have different tastes, and the lesson plans must take that into account. I am here to help students achieve their goals and desires on the instrument, and that is why my lessons stand out.

My new studio is located in the South Loop of Chicago, IL and has all the equipment to help making guitar has easy as it can be.

As my student, you will have access to my studio and able to record your own music and ideas anytime.

Studio Includes:
-Recording Capability
-Music Stands
-Amps, Cords, Strings etc.
-Books and Sheet Music
-Logic/Pro Tools/Finale and other music software

I have played guitar in professionally produced musicals such as "Godspell" and "Once Upon A Mattress." I have also been a pit guitarist for high school and middle school show choirs, requiring excellent reading skills and on the spot adaptation to changes.
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Roger .. March 15, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Cameron is great. He is very interested in my progress and has a wealth of experience to share. He's always looking for student feedback to ensure you are getting just what you want. I am looking forward to my next lesson.

In case you have any doubts on what teacher to select, go watch his videos. He is a monster player with lots of singing in his note choice and phrasing. He is a top musician.
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Nick January 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great knowledge of guitar, music theory and composition. Cameron will keep you on track and focused on what you want to learn.
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Tessa January 23, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron was one of the best teachers i have ever come into contact with. What struck me most was his patience, understanding and independent thinking. He was very observant of what worked best for me and he made the teaching program fit my speed and comfortability,while at the same time pushing me out of my comfort zone. Cameron is very thorough and fills his lessons with personal experiences of his own,new ways of thinking, good starting points and things to remember. Feel free to ask him questions about whatever is on your mind when it comes to guitar playing. With Cameron's knowledge, he will leave you with new ways of thinking about guitar, questions answered, and a new understanding. I would strongly suggest sharing the knowledge given to you by Cameron with everyone you know. His lessons are accurate, thorough, and factual. I would recommend him to anyone, especially people who want the best for their money and for their time.
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Cameron R.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Oliver H.

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Chicago, IL

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I am here to demystify the music world--with my teaching methods any student can accomplish their dreams! First, we will start with simple techniques to embark on your musical journey and work our way towards our lofty musical goals together.

Learning guitar requires a lot of patience and a good attitude. I focus on fundamental exercises to help any beginner guitar player reach an intermediate level. I cater my lessons to learn tunes that my students care about and love. I let them guide the work!

About Oliver
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am currently
co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play for a classical chamber pop group called the 9 Worlds Ensemble. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.
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Sonny G. February 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Oliver has been perfect for both me and my tween daughter. He is a fantastic musician and can break it down and dumb it down as need be for each of us. My daughter’s review is “he’s amazing”.
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Erica December 27, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Oliver was patient with my slow internet connection and willing to try different things to make it work. He gave me great tips to help me develop better technique, and was very encouraging. I really appreciated his perspective and skill and am so excited to be progressing with my playing!
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Lindsey July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.
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Oliver H.

Oliver H.

Chicago, IL 60647
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$34 / 30-min

About Claire C.

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Music is an essential element of a child's education, whether your training to perform at a campfire or Carnegie Hall. My approach is student-driven and collaborative. I help guide my students through songs of their choice, incorporating skill-level appropriate theory and ear training techniques. This allows kids to develop an understanding of the music they're most passionate for, helping their interest and enthusiasm to grow.

About Claire
My name is Claire and I have been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last eight years. I studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago. I have played in a variety of styles, both solo and as part of a band. I currently tour with my band, The Lucky Dutch on keys and vocals. My students start their journey learning music of their choice, sparking interest and enthusiasm from the very first lesson. My motto is "Relentless Positivity" and it shows in my lessons. There is never a consequence for a wrong answer or misplaced note and the worst thing that can happen is we play it again. We will work together to navigate this inspiring and often humbling path.
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Jeanine April 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire is wonderful. She always creates a fun, positive learning environment. She's great at giving feedback to improve your technique in a practical, constructive way. I would highly recommend her!
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Jim April 25, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Claire has been a delight as a teacher and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer). I started from basically no musical training in many years and even a little apprehensive at the beginning. Claire teaches with such positivity that I did not feel self conscious or discouraged at any point. I felt very good about the progress from day one and was able to build on that. Claire has a deep technical understanding of music, but it's really her style and empathy that makes her effective, in my opinion. I have a ways to go, but I now have a base to improve from. I am no longer apprehensive in the least and look forward to each lesson. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Merrill S. February 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Claire is just awesome. I have had several instructors over the years. None have been as fun and knowledgable as Claire. I learned more in just a few lessons than i had with other instructors. I am so disappointed my work schedule changed and I can’t continue. I highly recommend Claire for any age.
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Claire C.

Claire C.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Curtis J.

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Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate guitar/bass student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in the first few weeks, but you will be building a strong foundation of ear training, fingering technique and more. So lets get our funk on!!!
Curtis "C Funk" Johnson

About Curtis
Professional Studio Musician and Live performance. Toured with many Country, Zydeco, R&B, Funk and Gospel bands. Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate guitar/advanced bass guitar students. Many of my students have gone on the become professionals, holding there own in the music industry. Even if you're not interested in becoming a professional player, by us working together we can accomplish your own personal goals. So, let's get started!!!
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Curtis J.

Chicago, IL 60651
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$68 / 60-min

About Aaronson B.

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My aim is to guide you in your exploration of the full potential of your instrument. My lesson plan will help you learn tunes, composition techniques, and ways to improvise, through the lens of classical and jazz music theory. But I also hope to work with students looking to push the boundaries of their sound through extended technique, instrument preparation, and digital processing. If any of that sounds interesting, hit me up!

About Aaronson
I'm a 2015 graduate of Oberlin's Musical Studies program. I took several courses in electronic composition and signal processing, as well as classical music theory and ear training courses. I have been a performing jazz and rock bass guitarist for about ten years, and an earnest composer for about 8. I've been teaching freelance (but mostly just for free) for about 3 years, and I'm hoping to bring what I've learned, as a student and a teacher, to a broader audience.

I can sight-read well, and I can read tabliture. I can help you flesh out that riff you've been working on, or help with part-writing around it. I can talk your ear off about compositional techniques in the works of Brahms, Tina Turner, and Radiohead in the same sitting. But my passion is working with performers who want to learn foundational principles of theory and perfor
mance in their idiom, while pushing sonic boundaries with their instrument. I assure you, it's less sophisticated and pretentious than it sounds!

If any of that sounds interesting, definitely drop me a line!
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Aaronson B.

Chicago, IL 60608
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Peter Buys is one of Chicago's most sought-after classical guitar, folk guitar, and harmonica instructors. Graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor's in Music Education, he is well-equipped to provide the highest instruction possible to learners throughout Chicagoland. He is currently employed full-time as a music teacher with Elmhurst District 205 Schools. Peter has taught thousands of private lessons to children and adult learners alike. Outside of music education, Peter has performed nationally as a singer-songwriter alongside acts such as Dawes, Tall Heights, AA Bondy, Elvis Perkins, Lera Lynn, Nikki Lane and Carbon Leaf. His experience playing Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, Evanston Space, Schubas and the Metro is beneficial for advanced students looking to perform in Chicago.

About Peter
Peter Buys is one of Chicago's most sought-after classical guitar, folk guitar, and harmonica instructors. Graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor's in Music Education, he is well-equipped to provide the highest instruction possible to learners throughout Chicagoland. He is currently employed full-time as a music teacher with Elmhurst District 205 Schools. Peter has taught thousands of private lessons to children and adult learners alike. Outside of music education, Peter has performed nationally as a singer-songwriter alongside acts such as Dawes, Tall Heights, AA Bondy, Elvis Perkins, Lera Lynn, Nikki Lane and Carbon Leaf. His experience playing Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, Evanston Space, Schubas and the Metro is beneficial for advanced students looking to perform in Chicago.

Peter teaches with the belief that musi
c should never feel like a chore and that learning music should be curiosity-driven, active, enjoyable, and emphasize self-expression. Peter believes in building a strong foundation of musical knowledge with his students by providing the tools to create good habits from the beginning and to encourage effective, deliberate practice. It is his mission to inspire aspiring musicians as a music educator and bring a life-long love of music to his students.

*** Guitar Lesson Details ***
During a typical lesson, half of the allotted time is used to develop proper technique (i.e., learning proper playing habits, scales, learning to read music.) The second half involves playing songs and repertoire. The repertoire includes pieces chosen by Peter and pieces brought in by the student. The genre and style of music learned is dictated by the student’s interest.

***Harmonica Lesson Details***
Harmonica lessons specifically focus on blues harmonica, cross harp, and alternate harmonica positions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my travel guitar and music for lessons. Students are expected to have their own guitar or harmonica. Guitar rentals are available for beginning students.
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Rachel B. April 11, 2018
· Harmonica · In home
Cross harp was something that confused me, Peter was able to explain it better than I have ever heard. We are currently working on bends. He is always able to explain something in a different way when needed.
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Thomas R. April 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
My daughter has been taking lessons from Peter for about 1 year in Beverly. He has made made music fun for her, and has done a great job picking pieces for her skill level and walking her through.
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Tyler R. April 11, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In home
Starting with scales, arpeggios and some basic repertoire I feel I am finally starting to read music and get the hang of it, which was my goal when starting several months ago. Would recommend!
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Peter B.

Evergreen Park, IL 60805
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