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About Derrick M.

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Naperville, IL
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About Derrick
Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.

Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music styles ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to Chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importa
ntly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and iPod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.

Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.
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Mikhail C. June 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was able to play a little right away, which made it more fun for him.
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Mike A. February 23, 2014
· Drum ·
Great teacher!

Great with my daughter (age 7). She looks forward to her lesson every week, and is learning rapidly. He has great patience and has gotten to know my daughter and listens to her feedback while at the same time offering encouraging instruction.
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Shirley L. December 29, 2013
· Drum ·
Great Drum Teacher

My daughter had been taking private drum lesson for years before she started with Derrick. At the first lesson, Derrick told her how important it was to feel the music, other than just working on technique. That was exactly what she needed to work on. Derrick has a broad experience with playing different type of music. He likes to show her how to play, which helps her understand right away. He is very nice and patient. He is flexible and reliable in terms of lesson schedules. He uses lots of references, songs and exercises in his teaching. Now, my daughter enjoys her lessons and practices a lot more.
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Derrick M.

Derrick M.

Naperville, IL 60565
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About Paulette L.

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Streamwood, IL

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About Paulette
Hello!

My name is Paulette L., and I am a recent graduate of Elmhurst College, which is located in the nearby suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois. In May, I earned my Bachelor's in Music Business along with minors in Communications and Spanish.

Music has played a significant role in my life since I began studying piano at the age of 5, and it continued to play this significant role after I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. After about 7 years of piano studies and 2 years of guitar studies, I decided to take a small break from my overall music studies and instead place my focus on my academics and additional extracurricular activities. Shortly after beginning high school, however, I started up my guitar studies again through my involvement in my Parish'€™s Young Adult Choir/Band. Shortly afterwards, during my sophomo
re year of high school to be precise, I was walking by the piano in the living room of my house and felt a small tug to sit down and try to plunk out a few measures of a slightly familiar song; ever since then, I have not been quite able to stop wanting to keep learning!

Throughout the four years I studied and enhanced my skills at Elmhurst College, I took private lessons for Piano, Classical Guitar, and Voice, and I have completed four levels of Music Theory. I am organized, hard~working, detail~oriented, accustomed to working with people of a variety of age groups and learning preferences, sociable, adaptable, easy to get along with, fair, creative, pro~active, and proficient in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact TakeLessons and I wish you the best in your future music studies!

Paulette L.
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Emma February 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very energetic and sweet! I know that my daughter will benefit and learn a lot from Paulette.
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Evana G. October 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ms Paulette is a wonderful teacher. My 6 year old was very comfortable with her and is now very excited for her next music lesson. Thanks!
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Dylan L. June 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Paulette is a phenomenal teacher. She's been very patient and tried different approaches with my 5 year old son and that has worked very well for Dylan (including him telling her the names of dinosaurs and cars characters he has and quizzing her on it :)) I hoped that at the end of the first 5 lessons Dylan would have an appreciation for and want to learn piano and thanks to Paulette, he not only wants to learn but also is excited about it and teaches his dad what he learns. I am so happy with this that I just bought and additional 12 lessons! I would recommend Paulette to anyone looking to learn to play the piano!!
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Paulette L.

Paulette L.

Streamwood, IL 60107
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$25 / 30-min

About Eric J.

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Elgin, IL

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About Eric
Hi.
I'm Eric and I own a Music Lesson Studio in Elgin, IL.

I specialize in working with beginners of any age as well as advanced students who are interested in taking their playing to the next level. Here are some of the things I like to focus on.

Child beginners: Learning to read music. Building confidence and self esteem through learning to play guitar. General music education. Teaching children songs they enjoy to listen to.

Adult Beginners: Learning to play popular rock songs. Chord strumming. Having a nice, relaxing, no pressure lesson.

Advanced students: Learning to read music at a professional level. Lead guitar. Jazz improvisation.

I'm a professional, full time musician and educator and my guitar has been paying my bills my entire adult life. I have real world, professional experience playing and teaching guitar
as well as bass guitar, drums, piano, mandolin and more on countless gigs here in Northern, IL. I teach between 30-50 private students per week. I have taught hundreds of students in the past 12 years how to reach their musical goals. I've played tons of theater. I played guitar, mandolin, and drums as a swing musician for the Chicago Production of Jersey Boys at the Bank of America Theater in 2008. In 2014 I played a lot theater gigs for local productions such as Little Shop of Horrors (bass), Hands on a Hardbody (Guitar, Steel/Slide) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (guitar). I grew up as a gigging rock n roll/blues guitar player, but my heart is in jazz. I am confident and fluent in, and have gigged most styles of guitar playing.
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Rob April 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
He did a good job making guitar interesting.
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Josh August 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son is thrilled. Eric was friendly, funny and patient. Josh is so excited for his next lesson.
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J.R. M. June 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I met with Eric at his studio in Elgin, and he was extremely friendly and welcoming. He gave me a very good and informational lesson on some specific musical questions I had about progressing in my saxophone career. He gave me specific instructions on places to visit, useful websites, and names of people. This information may seem trivial, but I was at a personal stopping point on some issues, and Eric provided the tools for me to continue. I highly recommend Eric to anyone looking to learn what it means to be a professional.
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Eric J.

Elgin, IL 60120
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$23 / 30-min

About Julie B.

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Loves Park, IL

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About Julie
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.

Julie B.

Loves Park, IL 61111
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$20 / 30-min

About Grace C.

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Carpentersville, IL
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About Grace
I started piano lessons at the age of 3 and continued through middle school. I played the flute in the high school band and continued to pursue my love of music in college where I joined the Piano Ensemble and received a degree in Music from DePaul University. I graduated in 2015 with high honors. I have been teaching music and piano for several years. I love, enjoy, and welcome students of all ages. I enjoy teaching all styles of piano music and I believe in catering teaching styles, methods, and pieces to the individual student. I strongly believe that music lessons can be happy, fun experiences. Learning an instrument provides academic, mental, physical, and emotional benefits and strength, but it can also be a truly enjoyable experience to anticipate each week! I look forward to meeting you!
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kathy December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Grace has been truly wonderful with both my 5 year old daughter as well as with my own adult lessons. With no music background and hectic schedules, I am satisfied with the progress in both of our cases. Love her professional yet personable demeanor as well. Delightful chemistry with my young daughter which certainly promotes continuous interest in her early age group. Has already been recommended.
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Noah B. June 22, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great with my nearly 5 year old.
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Jen May 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
Our first lesson went great.
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Grace C.

Grace C.

Carpentersville, IL 60110
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About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Matt
I am a professional singer who has proficiencies in piano, organ, choral directing, musical analysis, and ear training/playing by ear. I currently teach both high school and college students.
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Humberto M. April 18, 2018
· Singing · In studio
He’s an excelent VOICE TEACHER
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Humberto M. October 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Excellent voice teacher
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Lucy V. July 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I reached out to Matt to prepare for a college audition I was preparing for.
What I enjoyed most about Matt was that he had the capability to be super flexible and encouraging. In my first lesson, I was very nervous and unsure of my song choices. He was confident and knowledgable with the capability to provide several great song choices with just a short warm-up with me and listening to my voice. He knew exactly what I needed to work on and by my third lesson, my friends and family were able to hear a difference.
I became more confident and came to lessons more sure of what I wanted and envisioned for my audition. Matt was flexible and not only gave me the freedom to add my own ideas to the music, but encouraged me to be original. He also gave me insight and tips on introduction, stance, and how to be more theatrical on stage.
Matt is very professional, knowledgable, and I will definately come back for more lessons with him. I highly recommend him.
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Matt B.

Matt B.

Batavia, IL 60510
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$30 / 30-min

About Matt H.

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Warrenville, IL

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Hello everyone,
My name is Matt Hines. I have been teaching guitar for 14 yrs. In high school I was the first chair guitarist in Jazz Studio Orchestra Big Band. In 2003, I attended Southern Illinois University where I studied Classical Guitar and Music Business. I graduated in 2007 and began touring around the Midwest with a Reggae/Rock band. Meanwhile, I had been teaching private students from 2002-2010. In 2010, I moved back to the Chicago land area. Since then I have played in over 30 acts and have taught hundreds of students. In 2013, I won 1st place in the national Blues Masters competition. My speciality is rock,blues,reggae,pop, and jazz improvisation. My philosophy is to help the student develop their own musical voice, while giving them a technical foundation.
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Steve B. November 15, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great guy
Knows his stuff and makes it fun to learn
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Matt H.

Matt H.

Warrenville, IL 60555
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$40 / 30-min

About Adam D.

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DeKalb, IL
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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.

Adam D.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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$23 / 30-min

About Brandon M.

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Saint Charles, IL
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Hi, my name is Brandon and I am a 20-year-old college student who has been playing guitar since I started high school. I have always had a passion for both music and teaching. My goal is to teach you the fundamental concepts and techniques of playing guitar that will not only help you be a better player but enjoy playing as well. Through my experience, I have found that many people give up on learning to play the guitar too quickly. One of the primary reasons for this is that new players are not learning in a way that is enjoyable for them. Learning how to read notes and doing repetitive, frustrating exercises will just make you want to put that guitar away and never look back. From the first lesson, I will show you how to play basic chords and scales, and give you the tools and guidance that will let you create your own melodies and give
you the courage and desire to keep learning. I provide lessons for students of all ages. And as always, if you feel as if you have not learned anything or have not enjoyed the lesson then I am more than happy to give a full refund for my services.

I look forward to jamming with you!

Thanks,

Brandon
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Brandon M.

Brandon M.

Saint Charles, IL 60174
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$17 / 30-min

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Aurora, IL
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I am a current Music Education Major at the University of Illinois. Before that, I attended West Aurora High School as the first chair trumpet player in the concert and jazz setting for 2 years, and was a trumpet section leader and drum major of the marching band there.
I earned the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and the Semper Fidelis Marine Corps Musical Excellence Award for leadership, musical talent, and dedication in music. I was privately taught under Dr. Rod Schueller, a band director who formerly taught at Michigan State, Texas State, and Western Illinois University, and I currently study under Professors Ronald Romm and Charles Duval. I graduated in the top 1% of my class. As well, I attended and was an intern at the prestigious Smith Walbridge Drum Major Clinics, where I earned my 1st class rank nationally as a leader in teachin
g music.

I have been tutoring trumpet for 3 years, and have been playing for 10. I have taught between the ages of 10 and 17, and have experience on the beginning level up to classical and jazz music at the advanced level. Teaching is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had, and doing what I love for the rest of my life is a blessing in itself!

With my students, I work on creating a positive and comfortable playing environment so that the student feels safe making mistakes and asking questions. The only way to grow as a player is find the confidence to fail. As brass players, we need diligence, patience, and strong work ethic to improve, and a safe place to gain these skills is essential to every student. I want to get to know exactly how the student plays and what their goals are so I can work with them on achieving them and a little bit beyond them as well. Learning how to play an instrument or get better at it goes far beyond simple instruction- it comes from a connection to the music and a joyful willingness to mess up sometimes! That's how we grow.
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Mercedes M.

Mercedes M.

Aurora, IL 60506
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