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These Music teachers are highly rated by students in the South Holland area, including Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Orland Park, Woodridge and Northbrook.

Kimberly L.

Lombard, IL 60148

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About Kimberly

I have taught voice lessons for almost 20 years to children and adults of all ages, abilities, and musical tastes. I received my Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University, and a degree in English from Knox College. In 2013, I sang as a soprano soloist at Carnegie Hall, as part of a performance of Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass."

Students have come to me to improve their singing in many different styles, from pop music to musical theater to classical. I have taught experienced musicians as well as people who have never taken a lesson before.

Whether you're looking to improve your karaoke chops, prepare a solo piece for church, or just try something fun and different, I would encourage you to give voice lessons a shot. I truly enjoy teaching and would love to help you achieve your individual vocal goals!


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I am a very patient teacher. I use various teaching methods and tailor each lesson to the individual needs of the student. We discuss breath management, the release of unwanted tension, good performance practices, as well as diction and general musical concepts. Studying with me will remind you that singing should be fun, and will boost your confidence and skill level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My living room studio has a piano and seating for parents who wish to sit in on the lesson. There's also a table in the adjacent kitchen where younger siblings can do homework. Please bring a notebook or paper to take notes, as well as recording equipment if you wish to record the lesson.

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*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is my specialty, but I have worked with students on everything from Metallica to Mozart.
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August 12, 2019
Tracy
Kim was my singing teacher for a few months before I went to college. As an excellent and knowledgeable singer herself, she always had the right input and guidance on anything I wanted to sing. Lessons felt self guided and relaxed, which helped me come out of my shell to do my own performances.
August 12, 2019
Francesca
Highly recommended! The singing and performance instruction I have received has exceeded my expectations. Kim is an amazing vocal coach and positively encouraging. I've learned so much about my voice, stage presence and importance of telling a story. Whatever your genre Kim makes music fun. Pure joy!
August 25, 2014
Karen H.
Both of my daughters, one of which has Asperger's, really enjoyed taking singing lessons with Kimberly over the past one and one-half years, and I would highly recommend her. They each received individualized lessons plus were provided immediate feedback and encouragement. I never heard a "do I have to go" when it came time for their lessons which says allot, especially in the summer when I often hear this about other things.

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Kimberly L.

Lombard, IL

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Paul W.

Chicago, IL 60622

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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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August 16, 2019
Mark
Paul was great. Easy to talk to and understand. Looks like a good fit for me. Looking forward to my next practice.
August 14, 2019
Braden W.
Paul's great. He's been amazing about listen to me and what I want to learn. I'm actually more interested in music theory, and learning about bass than I am interest in becoming proficient at playing. It's obv that not only does Paul play both Bass and Guitar, but he understands theory and he can talk intelligently about different styles.

Overall a really nice upbeat guy too. I was hesitant b/c I didn't want a guitar teacher who also played bass. I wanted a bass teacher, Paul definitely is serious about Bass, and does NOT approach it the same way he does guitar
August 12, 2019
Allison
Paul is really patient, encouraging, and accommodating to my work schedule. At the same time, he is easy to talk to, and I have a lot of fun at all of my lessons! He’s clearly very knowledgeable about guitar and a wide variety of music styles. He listens to my goals and tries to relate his lessons to my interests to keep me engaged. Since I started a couple months ago, I’ve definitely noticed improvement, and he’s given a lot of structure and meaning to my practice sessions. Also, I had been developing some bad habits during my brief time trying to learn guitar myself, so I really appreciate that he points them out and helps set me on the right track. Overall, totally worth it and would recommend him to anybody!

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Paul W.

Chicago, IL

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Jonathan R.

Forest Park, IL 60130

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About Jonathan

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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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June 18, 2019
Elijah L.
Jonathan is nice and easy for my son to feel comfortable with. He comes to our house and makes learning easy and fun.
January 25, 2019
laura
Very helpful instructor, great at explaining information
December 1, 2018
laura
Great custom lesson

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Jonathan R.

Forest Park, IL

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Joe D.

Chicago, IL 60640

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About Joe

I am a professional violinist... and fiddle player! I graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.

My students can expect to improve week to week in their violin technique and overall musicianship. Every student is interested in different types of music; I teach students to apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound in whatever style they choose.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. I have studied classical violin for 14 years, and jazz fiddle for 7 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, but also how to perform alternative styles such as jazz or bluegrass either by ear or by using chord sheets and transcriptions.

As a professional violinist, I currently spend most of my time playing with the Civi

c Orchestra of Chicago. In the past, I have also been fortunate enough to work with amazing ensembles such as the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Millennial Chamber Players. I have performed in jazz combos at iconic Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase and the Green Mill. I also regularly play around the city with the bluegrass band Android Mandela and the Spanish rock band Calaveras LD.

Music is everything to me, and I bring the same energy and passion to my teaching that I bring to my creative music making!
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Joe D.

Chicago, IL

Oliver H.

Chicago, IL 60647

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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 where I play up

right for a classical chamber pop group called the Nine Worlds Ensemble and for a jazz group with Frank Catalano, a popular Chicago sax-man. I co-managed, played upright bass, and sang for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.

I am currently dreaming up my own jazz-inspired project called the ohm trio. Working on my debut record under my solo name ohm. Be on the look out!
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January 28, 2019
Parke
Going to be fun
October 24, 2018
Megan
Oliver is a wonderful teacher. This is my daughter's second guitar teacher and what a difference from the first. He is enthusiastic, talented, patient and a lovely person. All qualities that truly make him the best instructor. She is learning quickly and really looks forward to her guitar lessons each week. So happy that we found him!
October 8, 2018
YC W.
Would recommend! Oliver tailors classes to your level and goals. He is patient and gets excited about songs that you want to play.

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Oliver H.

Chicago, IL

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Noah G.

Chicago, IL 60647

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About Noah

I am a professional guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Illinois.

I tailor lessons toward what each student wants to accomplish, whether it's to learn their favorite song or a whole new style of playing. This helps keep lessons fun and engaging as students can stay focused on their personal goals and learn more broad musical concepts at the same time.

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May 22, 2019
Tom
Noah is very patient, encouraging, and enthusiastic. I felt comfortable and encouraged when taking lessons with Noah. I've taken private lessons for other instruments, but I'm a beginner with formal guitar lessons. Noah made it easy for me to get started at the first lesson. I would highly recommend Noah for beginners or experienced musicians.
April 17, 2019
Bryan
Noah is an excellent teacher who does a fantastic job of tailoring his lessons to his students interests, and clearly communicating the concepts he is teaching. I've been taking lessons with him for several months and he has been able to keep the lessons fun and engaging.
September 17, 2018
Charlie
Noah was a great teacher because he knew his stuff and he was patient. From jazz to rock, Noah had the tricks for licks! 10/10 would recommend. Why aren't you taking lessons from him already?

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Noah G.

Chicago, IL

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Hera S.

Chicago, IL 60657

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About Hera

Hey there! My name is Hera and I am a patient and enthusiastic music teacher! I love employing fun games and tactics to the learning experience, and I am constantly looking for ways to make the learning process more exciting. When taking guitar, voice, or piano lessons with me, you will not only learn the fundamentals of each instrument but also how to head music, and tips and tricks on how to be the best performer you can be! Can't wait to get started working with you! :)

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April 14, 2019
Angelina C.
She is everything my daughter is looking for. Great great job. Very glad we got Hera to help our daughter.

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Hera S.

Chicago, IL

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Meghan F.

Chicago, IL 60614


About Meghan

I started playing piano when I was five years old, and began violin at age seven. I played both for several years, but grew to love the violin (probably because we don't have to read two staffs!) Originally from Houston, TX, I went to a performing arts high school and was involved with three youth orchestras and various chamber ensembles. I also took privately with Frank Huang, the current concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. I went on to pursue my Bachelor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where I studied with Sandy Yamamoto. Here, I really honed my craft and worked with some renowed teachers and ensembles, including Ani Kavafian, the Miro Quartet, and the Cavani quartet. I was also involved in the University of Texas String Project, which is an organization that teaches college students how to teach younger students.

I moved to Chicago in 2017 to pursue my Masters at DePaul, studying with Janet Sung, an international soloist. I began teaching more, and really fell in love with working with children and helping them excel. I began to pursue my Suzuki training and gained even more teaching tools. I just finished my masters this year, and I am looking to pursue teaching full time. I am ready to let you take the drivers seat; tell me what you want out of these lessons and I will do everything in my power to make it happen. I have taught in Chicago Public Schools and can provide a background check on request. Please do not hesitate to contact with me with any questions, I'm here to make your violin dreams come true!
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Meghan F.

Chicago, IL

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Gary
"Jordan is an excellent teacher, he can play just about anything on the guitar and he teaches you how to teach yourself. Ive been with Jordan for 3 years a
nd I've gone from complete beginner to being in a band myself. I used to feel so overwhelmed and didn't know which direction to go,now i know how to learn a song on my own and how to build up my technique,i can improve on my own. Jordan is a great teacher and he pushed me and i'm super lucky to have found him. p.s.... Jordan is super beast of a guitar player too, i have my own band now but i still haven't seen anyone that's better than him"
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Angela
"Katie is very knowledgeable and made my daughter feel comfortable and capable."
Jayden
"She is very engaging , my 6 year old son enjoyed his first lesson!"
Daniel
"Gabe makes learning how to play the piano easy. He's easy going, teaches at your pace and he's a genuinely good guy. Highly recommended."
Mary
"Kendra is an amazing teacher to my 7 and 9 year old children. She has really helped them progress into little musicians that can read and play music. Th
ey look forward to their lessons with her and truly enjoy playing an instrument thanks to Kendra! We are thrilled."
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Kimberley
"I love my lessons. In only a few lessons, Thomas has given me some tips that I have been trying to figure out for years. He is very kind and knowledgabl
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Michelle
"I am so excited to start this new music adventure and Victor is so patient and very kind eventhough I know NOTHING yet and he really has to start from zer
o. I know he will help me make it happen, no matter how slowly I learn."
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Eleanor Hutcheson
"Our daughter has been taking lessons with Arlys for many months. We are very impressed with the progress she's been able to make with Arlys and will conti
nue lessons with her. We highly recommend her."
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Ralph
"Fabulous piano and voice teacher. Fawn is talented, patient and great with children. My 12-year-old son really enjoys working with her. I highly recommend
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