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About Lon W.

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

*** Lesson Details ***
Levels:  Piano and flute,
beginner to intermediate. Saxophone, beginner.
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Ages:  6 and up
Subjects Taught: Piano, flute, saxophone, music theory
Lesson Details: Lessons in all instruments are focused not on exercises such as scales and arpeggios, but on what musicians want to be able to do: the correct and pleasurable playing of pieces of music. In this, I am not a "page turner," i.e. simply letting the student play a piece several times and then moving on. Each student has his or her own pace and I will always go with that pace; but I encourage students to achieve all they can and rejoice with them at their achievements. No piece is passed until it is mastered, but if younger students become frustrated, we leave it for a while and come back when at a higher level. There are "nuts and bolts" techniques to be learned in order to progress, but while these are being mastered the student will grow to feel more natural and accomplished as his or her ability builds.

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

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

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy all types and periods of music, especially piano from elementary theory to rock/jazz improvisation techniques.
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Steven March 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are extremely pleased with Dr. West.
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Katherine W. March 21, 2017
· Flute · In home
So far so good
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Tanushree V. September 27, 2015
· Flute · In studio
Lon is extremely talented, patient and thorough. He can teach absolute beginners (such as I) very well, and makes you practice till you're confident with the notes. In the meantime, he encourages you even when you think you're getting nowhere with a new, baffling instrument. He is flexible and accommodates schedule changes as needed.
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Lon W.

Lon W.

Chicago, IL 60645
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About Caleb M.

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Chicago, IL

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About Caleb
Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.

Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and big-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.

He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trump
et in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.

Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 6 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.

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I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!

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I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
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Parker June 7, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Excellent first lesson! My 10 year old said it was fun and from what I observed it was informative. Caleb seems to have a great positive attitude and great approach! Looking forward to more lessons!
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Everit April 27, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Caleb is doing an excellent job teaching my eight year old son. He is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and kind. As a busy homeschooling family of five, we appreciate so much Caleb’s willingness to come to our home, as well as his flexibility.
My son looks forward to each lesson and finishes very encouraged and motivated. Thank you, Caleb!
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Sam A. January 28, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Caleb is a gifted teacher. It has been remarkable to hear him give some instruction and then hear our son play the trumpet noticeably better right away! We are so happy with his lessons.
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Caleb M.

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Charis B.

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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 two piano's 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, helping
one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
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. 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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$35 / 30-min

About Elizabeth B.

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Evanston, IL

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About Elizabeth
Elizabeth has taught violin and viola for twenty years. She has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University School of Music. Her teachers have been among the best in the world. She has been a member of orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and has performed solos throughout the United States and abroad. Teaching is one of her greatest passions, and she welcomes the opportunity to work with all ages and levels of musical background.

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I teach both Suzuki and traditional violin and viola methods. I am patient and encouraging. My students' success is my success! After 3-6 months of lessons, students will have a solid foundation on the instrument and will play some beginning level songs with the proper position and tuning. They will be having a rewarding experience as they learn all the funda
mentals. They will discover the joy of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- small house with music stand, well lit, piano, seating for parents  

*** Specialties ***
Violin
Viola
Traditional
Suzuki
Classical
Fiddling
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Ava June 17, 2018
· Viola · Online
Elizabeth was very flexible and worked with us perfectly. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t change!
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Corrinne June 10, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Lauri W. April 19, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL 60201
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$29 / 30-min

About Jonathan R.

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Forest Park, IL
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"Jonathan's experience as a musician and teacher helped me advance tremendously in my ability to play guitar and understand music on a more advanced level. He's great at relating to his students and takes a genuine interest in their progress. " -Victoria L.
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Jonathan R.

Jonathan R.

Forest Park, IL 60130
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$23 / 30-min
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About Yuen Yee R.

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Chicago, IL
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About Yuen Yee
Mrs. Richardson is a full time private music teacher and an active performer in the Chicago. Originally grew up in Hong Kong, Yuen Yee studied Clarinet and Piano at Hong Kong Baptist University with John Schertle and Genevieve Wong, graduates of The Julliard School, USA. In 2010, Yuen Yee moved to Chicago to further her musical studies. She recently earned a Master's degree in Music Performance from Roosevelt University where she studied Clarinet performance with Carol Lee Smith.

After graduated from Roosevelt University, Yuen Yee performed with Chamber Opera Chicago, Chicago Clarinet Ensemble and at Open House Chicago. Besides performing, Yuen Yee is passionate in music education. She has been a music teacher since 2007 and has taught hundreds of students from age 3 to adult in both private, group and classroom settings. She was invi
ted to teach at many public schools and music studios in both Hong Kong and Chicago.

Currently, Yuen Yee is primarily teaching at students' homes in Chicago city area as well as local music schools.
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher with good attitude. Will recommend her to everyone.
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher with good attitude. Will recommend her to everyone!
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Yuen Yee R.

Yuen Yee R.

Chicago, IL 60613
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$55 / 30-min

About Emily B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Emily
As a performing musician, I enjoy sharing my love and knowledge of music with others.

It's important for me to teach students everything they need to know in order to be able to sight read and play by ear. I can teach you to play all types of music - Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical. With my experience as a performing musician, I can also teach you how to perform in both solo and band settings.

I'm reliable and easy going with great communication skills. I make learning fun. Results are guaranteed.
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Mark July 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Miss Brown is an awesome piano and guitar teacher. When I retired a few years ago I took piano with her. Now she's teaching me how to play guitar. Since I know how to play piano, it's so much easier to learn guitar. She's teaching me how to play in a band too. We jam together me playing guitar and she plays piano. Miss Brown makes everything easy to learn. I'm having so much fun learning to play music!
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Tony July 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Piano and guitar lessons. Emily is a great teacher. She teach my son piano and now she teach him guitar. He learn a lot and can play any song with sheet music and by ear. Now she teach me and my wife to play guitar. Makes everything easy to understand and play. She's awesome!
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Emily B.

Emily B.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$30 / 30-min

About Andre P.

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Chicago, IL

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Making students better musicians is my true passion in life. My philosophy is to find what is unique about you as an individual and how can we demonstrate that in your performance abilities. We will move at your pace to increase mastery and instruction will be tailored towards your specific learning needs.

I am a Chicago born and raised professional musician who is also a state of Illinois Certified Music Instructor and Educator. My instrumental instruction began in 5th grade and has enhanced my life ever since. I received All-Catholic Band Honors and the John Philip Sousa award in high school which allowed for me to take my talents to the United States Marine Corps Musician's Enlistment Program. I studied Music Theory and Aural Skills at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, before transitioning to become a member of the 1
st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, CA, specializing in saxophone and clarinet. After completing my military enlistment, I returned to Chicago and obtained a degree in Music Performance from Chicago State University while continuing to perform my military service as the principal saxophonist and squad leader for the 85th Division U.S. Army Reserve Band, Arlington Heights, IL. Throughout my military service, I specialized in jazz big band and combo, marching band and concert band performances. I have received multiple letters of appreciation and accommodation for my musical efforts. I began teaching music in 1997 and have never stopped.

As a professional musician, I have performed for former Presidents of the United States and several heads of state from around the world. Additionally, I have recorded professionally on military service concerts, a film soundtrack, and collaborated on studio recordings for local artists. I have also submitted musical works for consideration in the John Lennon Song Writer's Competition.

As an educator, I have taught General Music, band and private vocal and instrumental lessons throughout the state of Illinois for the past twenty years. I have previously served as the Music Coordinator for the Beverly Arts Center as well as a resident teacher instructing individuals from youth to adult.

Everyone has the capability to demonstrate their love of Music!
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Andre P.

Andre P.

Chicago, IL 60617
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$42 / 30-min

About Anne R.

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Chicago, IL

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Hey there! My name is Anne and I'm a violinist and teacher living in Chicago. I have a degree in music education and experience teaching preschool through 12th grade. I love cultivating a commitment to music practice and appreciation with all of my students. I strive to live the musical lifestyle and play in community orchestras, bands, and compose. Music is my passion and it has brought me so many beautiful experiences that I hope to share that with you!
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Anne R.

Anne R.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$35 / 30-min

About Sarah S.

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As a Freshman at St. Olaf College double majoring in church music and music education, I live and breathe music! I have been teaching for six years now, having started out mentoring children in the Royal School of Church Music, a program founded in music theory, sight reading, vocal technique, and responsibility.

I am also a freelance composer with multiple years of composition and music theory experience. I can mentor students of all ages and abilities in music writing software (particularly MuseScore and Sibelius) and help students channel their inner creativity in composing.

Having taken classical voice lessons for six years, I can teach students proper breath support, vibrato, releasing tension, sound, resonance, and placement. Additionally, I have vast musical theatre and jazz experience and can help students to pull standards in
all these genres for their pleasure.

As I am a younger teacher, I relate quite well with my students and have been informed of my patient nature. I am mindful of every student's individual ability and understand that the learning curve varies from person to person. Since I have worked with children for so long, I can easily convey theoretical concepts in different ways, using basic metaphors for a student's understanding.

If you take lessons with me, I guarantee that you will feel more confident in yourself and your musical abilities. And you will be able to see progression from week to week in your voice, as long as you practice and make a real effort! I am here to help.
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Sarah S.

Sarah S.

Wilmette, IL 60091
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$25 / 30-min

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