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About Wendy P.

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Chicago, IL

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About Wendy
I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic/electric roots band that performed an eclectic mix of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. Within the past year I have re-energized my theater and cabaret career, appearing at Davenport's Cabaret, in a new solo show, as well as productions at Big Noise Theater and Stage 773. I've also completed tw
o short films and started working on my own web series, about my life as a singer/voice teacher. I also have an art song project consisting of original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. I have recently completed training in Somatic Voicework, The LoVetri Method, which has enriched my understanding of the mechanics and health of the voice, as well as applications of technique to CCM or contemporary musical styles of singing.
My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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St James November 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
She's great!
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St James November 20, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
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Eileen November 13, 2017
· Acting · Online
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Blake C.

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Lowell, IN

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About Blake
Hi, my name is Blake. I teach guitar, piano, and singing online and at my Lowell, Indiana studio.

I have been a professional musician - session musician and teacher for 26 years. I was formally trained at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College, both located in Chicago. I won the Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance at the American Conservatory of Music and another full-ride scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance to attend the Chicago Musical College.

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed. I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

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ave participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with:
• Hubert Kappel
• Dale Kavanagh
• Eleftheria Kotzia
• Bruce Holzman
• Stephen Aron
• Raphaella Smits
• Richard Provost
• Nicholas Goluses
• William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***

I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique to improve the student's overall skill. Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see rapid and sustained results.

However, if you have a busy life and merely want to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I will design your lessons to develop your skill at a pace that works for you, which can fluctuate according to your schedule.

***Young & Special Needs Students***

I currently teach children as young as 13 years old and adults of any age. When teaching younger children and individuals with special needs, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. When parents attend lessons, the parent can assist the younger student while practicing during the week at home.

In my experience, the overall musical development and progress of younger students improve at an increased rate and thoroughness when parents are involved.

***Thoughts on Musical Talent***

Musical talent is a gift. However, correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus, and your ability to learn and perform more complicated music is inhibited unless you have a solid foundation in music theory as it applies to your instrument(s) as well as proper technique.

I can help you build this solid foundation and will guide you through the development of musical skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.

TakeLessons Articles I've Written:

Tips for Parents: Help Your Child Succeed in their Music Lessons
http://takelessons.com/blog/parents-help-children-succeed

Improving Guitar Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-exercises-for-technique

Why Piano Theory is Important for ALL Musicians
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-theory-for-all-musicians

Guitar Basics: Technique
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-technique

How to Play the Song "Breathe" by Ana Nalick on Guitar
http://takelessons.com/blog/cool-songs-to-learn-on-guitar-breathe
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Tiffany S. October 17, 2017
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Stefano &. June 2, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Blake not only knows his stuff but he also knows how to teach. Phenomenal teacher.
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Antoinette May 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
Excellent instructions
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Blake C.

Blake C.

Lowell, IN 46356
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About Dave K.

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Palos Heights, IL

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About Dave
Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fare
ed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.

In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.

I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.

​As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.

Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
Songwriting/Composition
Improvisation
Music business
Recording techniques​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
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Tom L. January 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I realize it was the first lesson but I was a little disappointed that we spend nearly the entire time on housekeeping items, like canceling and re-scheduling appointments. I think that could have been covered with an e-mail or handout. I also thought we spent too much time going over the differences between acoustic and electric guitars - considering my age and background. Would have liked to see him demonstrate what I was asked to practice before the next lesson instead of just being told to refer to the workbook.
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Terry November 17, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Dave had a relaxed informative approach, a knowledgeable teacher who took his time with me, a real novice.
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Chuck M. October 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Dave is a very experienced teacher. His vast knowledge of music and outstanding teaching methods are helping me become a better bass guitar player.
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Dave K.

Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL 60463
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$24 / 30-min

About Daniel E.

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Chicago, IL
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About Daniel
Graduated with an AA in Sound Arts from Expression College for New Media in Emeryville, CA

Worked in numerous recording studios and music venues over the last 10+ years with amazing artists like Against Me!, George Clinton, Pigface, Baby Bash, Deicide, Code Orange Kids, Converge, and countless other local and national tour acts

Toured across the country with various musical acts

Played and studied music for over 20 years

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Rehearsal Space with PA, mics, etc.
Pro Tools 10
USB MIDI Controllers
Various analog and soft synths
Yamaha T-100 Guitar Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Ibanez Acoustic Guitar
Fender Telecaster
Macbook Pro with Ableton and Pro Tools 10
Yamaha USB MIDI Controller

*** Specialties ***
Recording and Programming with Pro Tools

Live Sound

Rock Guitar
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Daniel E.

Daniel E.

Chicago, IL 60612
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$25 / 30-min

About Dan K.

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Chicago, IL

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Dan K. is a professional freelance upright and electric bassist and teacher. He hails from West Des Moines, Iowa, where in high school he performed with the Iowa All-State Orchestra and All-State Jazz Band. He arrived in Chicago in 2009 to attend DePaul University, where he studied with renowned Chicago bassists Rob Kassinger, Kelly Sill, and Jason Heath, as well as jazz faculty Bob Lark, Tom Matta, Ron Perillo, and Bradley Williams. Dan obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies in 2013.

Dan plays with a wide variety of bands from Fleeting Suns (folk rock) to Calamity Flamtet (jazz/funk/fusion) to the Dog Patch Ramblers (bluegrass/swing/Americana). He also appears occasionally with many other Chicago groups, including The Right Now and Jared Rabin. He has played many of Chicago’s finest venues including Millennium Park, Gr
ant Park, The Jazz Showcase, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, Cubby Bear, Schubas Tavern, Beat Kitchen, Reggies, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, and many others, as well as performances all over the United States, Ireland, and England. He has also contributed to some half-dozen albums by various artists. For much of the year he keeps busy playing both on stage and in the orchestra pits of musical theater productions for companies such as Porchlight Music Theater, NightBlue Performing Arts Company, and The Royal George Theater.

He loves helping students to become the best musicians they can be, and tailors his teaching style and material to suit each individual.
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Sam S. January 24, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Very attentive to my personal goals and experience. Patient but willing to push a little bit. Fun, chill.
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Jingyao November 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
very fun
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Rachel A. October 3, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Dan is very patient, kind and knowledgeable-an excellent teacher!
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Dan K.

Dan K.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Monica S.

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Harwood Heights, IL

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I have at least a little experience in everything performance related. You name it - chances are I've done it! The two areas I have the most experience teaching though are acting / audition coaching (I've been teaching this on and off for over 10 years), and vocal coaching / singing lessons.

While I am a highly trained singer that can sing anything: Pop, Rock, Church Songs, Broadway, Opera, etc. - I am NOT the best accompanist. As long as you are fine working on songs with a pre-recorded accompaniment track, or a capella - I'm the teacher for you!

I'm also lucky enough to be a successful working actor and have been a paid musical theatre performer in the Chicago-land area for the past 13 years. That being said, I will occasionally have auditions or rehearsals. Because of this, I try to keep my prices affordable in exchang
e for a flexible teaching schedule. For more information on the roles I have played and theatres I have worked with - please visit my website for my resume: www.MonicaSzaflik.com

I'm also a former cast member of Walt Disney World and am a skilled puppeteer. I'm a funny / nerdy / silly teacher, so all levels of students will feel welcome. I look forward to teaching you! :)
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Rod M. February 13, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Monica is an excellent instructor. She makes you immediately feel at ease with her patient and friendly approach to singing. She encourages input, and she tailors her lessons to the individual. I’ve only had one lesson, but I learned quite a lot in one hour. Monica is awesome!
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Dan D. November 11, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Great lessons! Monica has really helped me realize my strengths, as well as to know what I need to work on. She is fun, friendly, and a great singer with tons of knowledge and experience to back up her talent. Highly recommended!
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Cayla B. April 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Great instructor!
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Monica S.

Monica S.

Harwood Heights, IL 60706
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About Katarina L.

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Westmont, IL
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I attended six years at State Conservatory and graduated with Magister degree from Comenius University in former Czechoslovakia. I performed during my college years with a chamber vocal-instrumental ensemble. I started teaching piano and music theory in 1987 at a music school and later I was giving piano lessons at private homes in Slovakia. In USA I traveled to homes to teach piano for several years. Currently I am a substitute piano and voice teacher at a local music/arts school.
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Katarina L.

Katarina L.

Westmont, IL 60559
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$35 / 30-min

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Lewis R.

Lewis R.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$30 / 30-min

About Joshua D.

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Chicago, IL

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Hello Potential Students!

If you're interested in learning how to sit down at the piano and play any pop or rock song, but aren't as interested in becoming a professional classical pianist in a symphony, I'm the teacher for you. I specialize in teaching students who are just starting out and want to feel comfortable at the piano and able to play--and maybe even sing along--to the songs they love. Along the way we'll learn the basics of music theory and how to recognize common patterns in popular songs, and, if you dare, how to start making songs of your own. : )

I've taught beginner piano for a number of years, and have specialized in jazz, electronic music, and pop/rock. I've played in a number of bands and enjoy writing songs of my own. I pride myself in my teaching abilities and think that if you're just starting out or have
little experience, I can help you ramp up fairly quickly.
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Nadiv January 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
I took lessons from Joshua for three months while my normal piano teacher was on vacation for the summer. In those months, my skills improved tremendously, leaving my teacher in awe of how much I improved during his hiatus. Josh worked with me on developing my technical skills and knowledge of music theory and was incredibly successful in helping me build on my previous skills. Joshua was understanding and patient as a teacher, helping me as I struggled through challenging pieces and encouraging me to continue practicing and not give up. Overall, Josh was a great teacher and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a piano teacher!
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Ben January 23, 2018
· Piano · Online
Josh is a really great teacher - he has a structured plan he follows, he answers questions well, he cares about your goals, he is patient, and he's pretty funny too! I've been progressing faster than I imagined through weekly sessions with Josh and always can't wait for the next one!
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Lisa January 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Josh gave our son piano lessons, and he was fun, creative, and always prompt. Would highly recommend.
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Joshua D.

Joshua D.

Chicago, IL 60657
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$15 / 30-min

About Aaron S.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a professional opera singer with experience singing for top opera companies across the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, Florentine Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. I hold voice performance degrees from Wichita State University and Manhattan School of Music in New York City. I have recently relocated to Chicago, and I am looking to teach all levels.

I have studied language diction extensively throughout my education, and am proficient with the proper pronunciation of English, Italian, German, and French in singing. I also have some experience with Russian and Spanish as well.

I have experience working with students of all ages, as anyone can learn how to sing and sing well! Everyone has a unique sound, and all it takes to bring that great sound out is good technique and proper breathing!

Don
't let performance anxiety or nerves get you down! I will do my best to help you improve your confidence in your voice and your stage presence. Feel free to reach out if you're interested, and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Aaron S.

Aaron S.

Chicago, IL 60605
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$50 / 30-min

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