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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 ·
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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 Randal K.

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Mundelein, IL
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About Randal
Love of music inspired to learn bass and guitar over 15 years ago. When I began teaching my young daughter guitar I realized how much I also love to teach. For the past 3 years I have been blessed to be able to combine these two passions into one.
Originally self taught, I have recently studied
bass, guitar, and theory at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Coming from a self taught background, I fully understand the importance of a solid foundation. In the beginning of my playing, after being uninspired by formal lessons, I chose to branch out on my own. This decision definitely slowed my musical growth. Having to fend for yourself is always more difficult than having a guiding hand helping you along. I enjoy passing on the knowledge it took me years to accumulate.
My musical influences range from Rock to Reggae, Blues to Folk.
Some of my favorite players include Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, David Gilmour, Bob Marley, Family Man, Glen Phillips, and Bradley Nowell. Although the bass guitar was my first instrument, and learning reggae bass is the reason I began, the acoustic guitar is my instrument of choice. I am constantly amazed at the musical range it can provide. From beautiful finger picked melodies, to it's raw percussive qualities.
However, I find equal enjoyment sharing my love of both instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My mission is to provide the foundation, through a relaxed and patient approach, for each individual student to reach their own maximum potential. We will cover basic techniques and theory, but we will learn how these are relative to actually playing music that the student is interested in. Let's face it, students want to play music. They are not taking lessons to learn what a pentatonic scale is, even though they will probably use it to play their favorite solo. Many beginners stop playing because they get caught up in the journey, and lose focus on the destination. If these techniques and exercises are shown to be relative to actually playing music, most students can't stop practicing, instead of viewing practice as work, or boring.
Each students' lesson is designed specifically for the individual. Handouts will be provided to offer support and reference, but the students desire and willingness to practice on their own will dictate how fast we move along.
The ultimate goal for me is to provide a relaxed atmosphere where students are having fun doing what they love. There will be plenty of time to learn complex chord shapes and theories. I simply want to create players who once they have started, will never stop playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I am available for lessons given in your home or mine. I provide small recording equipment, and drum machine. Each student will be able to record a cd of their playing to help in the learning process.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recording equipment, drum machine, amps, and lesson plans. Student provides own instrument. Although I have provided instruments in certain situations.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Reggae,Blues, and Fingerstyle.
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ChristineM2 May 4, 2012
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Randal is a great instructor. He's passionate about music and helping students to learn. He is very good about breaking things down to the basics to facilitate learning for students of all ages.
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DuncanB January 21, 2012
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Anya is progressing quite well and really enjoying her lessons!
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KaliL March 21, 2011
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Very likeable & knowledgeable!

Randy has been a great teacher for my 6-yr-old daughter. She is really shy & he was great with her. Friendly. Tailored the lessons to her level!
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Randal K.

Randal K.

Mundelein, IL 60060
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About Benjamin K.

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Chicago, IL

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About Benjamin
I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Henry R. May 23, 2018
· Singing · Online
Terribly exciting today. Learned about (and played harmony notes on the piano.) Something I knew nothing about 2-3 wks. ago. Now starting to merge piano notes with musical harmony. First time in a couple weeks things are coming together.
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EVANS F. May 13, 2018
· Singing · Online
First, I had some previous singing lesson but did not really get to sing properly and my throat was always straining. Benjamin took me from the basic with breathing and how to correctly lean on the air. It took a little time, and now i feel so comfortable when I sing. My vocal resonance and control has really improved. I do not sing with my throat no more, I feel effortless and I control my intercoastal muscles very well. Benjamin is really Great, Patient and Understanding instructor. He has made to start loving and accepting my voice.
I strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn the freedom of singing and how good it feels to sing your favorite songs at ease.
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Andrea May 10, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
Benjamin is a wonderful vocal teacher! I have been singing my entire life, and within the months I have been taking lessons from him I have seen a great amount of improvement in my vocal abilities. I highly recommend him whether you are new to singing or you have been singing for many years.
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Benjamin K.

Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Yulia B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Coleman M. May 24, 2018
· Russian · Online
Yulia is great! I was a little disorganized and Yulia proposed accommodations with ease.
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sara M. May 22, 2018
· Russian · Online
Wonderful , knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient teacher
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Amelia A. October 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Yulia B.

Yulia B.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Miguel R.

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Elgin, IL
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About Miguel
Hello! My name is Miguel (Alex) and I am excited to begin working with aspiring vocalist. I began teaching voice in 2014 to close friends who had wish to grow vocally and gain the confidence they needed for choir. I enjoy helping young vocalists grow with their voice and to help them explore the capabilities of their voices! I am a very fun, caring, hard-working, and dedicated individual and teacher. I wish nothing more than to see students grow and realize the full potentials of their voices. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2019 from Northern Illinois University . I am very involved in Dekalb with numerous ensembles
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Miguel R.

Miguel R.

Elgin, IL 60124
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About Matt H.

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Warrenville, IL

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About Matt
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.

Warrenville, IL 60555
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About Claire C.

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Chicago, IL

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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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LM May 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Claire is awesome! Not only is she very talented and patient, she makes an effort to make me feel comfortable and confident during the lesson. Super fabulous :)
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Jill April 27, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I've got little natural ability but I love to sing, a combination that means I pretty much sing alone in my car. In the dark. (haha) I knew I could improve, but the thought of taking lessons was so frightening that I put it off for decades. I wish I hadn't! Claire has a smart intuitive and always-positive style of teaching, honing in on just what I need to focus on to improve. Something else that helps me is to visualize what's happening when sound is made, and Claire is aware of the physicality behind a voice and describes it well. She's a really great communicator in addition to being a superbly knowledgeable and talented musician. If you've been putting off singing lessons out of fear or whatever, Claire's the teacher for you.
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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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Claire C.

Claire C.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Corie E.

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Chicago, IL

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Corie began the violin at age 4 in Sacramento, California. Some of her accomplishments include winning Colorado’s Loveland Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Wyoming Festival for Strings Concerto Competition and being two time winner of the Utah State University Concerto Competition. In 2010, Corie took first place at the MTNA Regional Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. She went on to compete at Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she represented the Southwest Region of the U.S. Corie received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Utah State University, where she studied under Rebecca McFaul of the Fry Street Quartet. She sat Concertmaster of the USU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors Sergio Bernal and Craig Jessop. She graduated with her Master of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at
Northwestern University, having studied under Blair Milton, violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Corie enjoys playing solo, chamber, and orchestral music and has performed with a number of orchestras across the country including Washington Sinfonietta and American Festival Orchestra.

Over the years and with varying chamber groups, she has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hermitage Museum Amsterdam, Kasteel Amerongan, Caine Performance Hall, and Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. As former first violinist of one of Utah’s premiere young chamber ensembles, Corie’s international debut was made with the Tribeca Quartet at Zeistermusikdagen in The Netherlands in 2016. With Tribeca, Corie has received instruction from renowned chamber ensembles including the Emerson, Alban Berg, Jerusalem, Brentano, and Pacifica Quartets. During her studies at Utah State University and Northwestern University, Corie received instruction from the Fry Street and Dover Quartets, respectively.

Corie grew up in Colorado and Utah and has a deep love and appreciation for the mountains. She enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking and canyoneering. Besides being in the outdoors, some of her hobbies include playing tennis, reading, and cooking with her husband.
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Lexi March 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Corie is not only a world class musician, but also a world class teacher. Her approach is very thoughtful and she will tailor your lessons to best fit your child's needs and growth (and she teaches adults too). Her warmth, personal investment in the student, and great sense of humor makes lessons both engaging and fun. She loves kids of all ages and is someone you can count on. If you are ready to work hard and want a teacher that will be able to open all sorts of amazing musical opportunities to you, this is the teacher for you. Studying with Corie is a great opportunity and I wholeheartedly recommend lessons with her!
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Nicole February 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Corie was my daughter's first private violin teacher, and she was the perfect foundation for not just the love of the instrument but also the precise technique and skills needed to develop a true musician. Even years later, my daughter's current teachers are impressed with the solid foundation she received under Corie's tutelage. Corie made learning a challenging instrument fun at an age-appropriate level without giving up on any high standards. Whether it was learning to read music, developing ear and intonation, or perfecting a bow hold, Corie had multiple ways to teach, to address habits and difficulties, and to share experiences with the larger studio in group lessons. We still use her teaching reminders and phrases during practices sessions. With Corie's violin lessons, you get more than just basic instruction; you get a well-rounded introduction to true musicianship.
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Jesse February 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Fantastic experience working with Corie. She is intelligent, patient and a beautiful musician. Couldn’t recommend more highly!
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Corie E.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$35 / 30-min

About Jinty M.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a professional violinist and arranger. I've studied violin for a little over twenty years. For about half of that time, I was playing with poor technique and had to go into physical therapy at age 16 because of all of the pain I was experiencing. At that point, I began studying under a world class pedagogue at Indiana University who taught me how to play properly and without pain. Not only did my pain get better, but also my sound! I worked my way up from student to teaching assistant and he taught me how to teach others his world class technique. I received my bachelors of Music in violin performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2014, and one of my passions is to teach that same technique to my students from the get-go, so they never have to endure the pain that I had to.

Since then, I've played with the Civi
c Orchestra of Chicago, performed over 700 concerts representing the Lincoln Center in New York in their partnership with Holland America Line, and have just recently started touring around the United States with my crossover string quartet. We write most of the arrangements that we play, and another strength of mine is arranging because of that. I love playing all kinds of music, and I firmly believe that if you learn how to play classical violin with the proper technique, you can play any kind of music!
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Laurel April 12, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jinty was my first violin instructor and did a fantastic job at introducing me to not only the technical aspects of playing, but also the musicality that's necessary in performance and enjoyment. She was very patient with me as a beginner and was very prepared to teach. We always did a variety of different exercises in our lessons, and my following instructor was impressed at how prepared I was for the time in which I had been playing. Jinty helped me to find the love for violin that keeps me playing today!
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Jinty M.

Chicago, IL 60657
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About Noah G.

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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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Noah G.

Chicago, IL 60647
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