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Caleb M.

Chicago, IL 60618

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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 as well as his original funk band 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 trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb al

so 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 8 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 the encouragement to practice at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help but improve, while hopefully having a good time playing whatever music interests you. 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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July 25, 2019
Thomas B.
Very good lesson. I am an older Lerner and want to go as far as I can in leaning trumpet. First lesson was great. Thanks Caleb
April 9, 2019
Grady
Great first lesson and looking forward to more!
January 21, 2019
Paul
Caleb is a very insightful teacher.

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Caleb M.

Lake Zurich, IL

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Charis B.

Woodstock, IL 60098

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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 a studio piano 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, helpi

ng 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

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I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

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I teach any style and method that is needed,but prefer Bastien, feeling it doesn't drag the information out. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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March 30, 2019
Alexa B.
Great teacher! She was able to teach my daughter in 3 lessons what her band teacher couldn’t do in 6 months. My daughter walked away after her first lesson excited and couldn’t wait for her next lesson. You can tell Charis loves what she does.
August 23, 2017
Darla Mills
excellent lesson
August 18, 2016
Olivia H.
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.

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Charis B.

Crystal Lake, IL

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Susan M.

Highland Park, IL 60035

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About Susan

Study Classical Piano with an International Steinway Artist!
Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included!

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Three gorgeous pianos: Steinway M, plus Steinway B and Baldwin SF-10 Concert Grands.
Large Music Library.

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Chamber Music
Concertos
Duo Piano Repertoire
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April 5, 2016
Christopher
Susan is an outstanding pianist and teacher. She genuinely cares about the musical development of each of her students. I would highly recommend her to any serious student looking to work with a top rate teacher. It makes a difference!
December 23, 2015
Rusty
I am a 50-something-year-old business executive who began taking beginner piano lessons with Susan Merdinger almost 5 years ago.

Now, I am performing Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes and cherished works by Mozart and Beethoven to name just a few.

My Mom let me quit piano lessons in 1967 when I was growing up on the Southside of Chicago. I spent the next 45 years regretting it.

Now, as my piano teacher, Susan is inspiring me to make up for lost time.

At the end of each year, I am amazed at being able to play pieces I couldn’t have imagined performing 12 months earlier. This satisfying achievement comes only because of Susan’s character and competence as a teacher and her passion and enthusiasm to motivate me to practice 1 to 2 hours every day.

Susan is patient while maintaining very high standards with a commitment to excellence. She celebrates the progress of all her students to whom she is dedicated. While waiting for my lesson to begin, I have watched in amazement as she interacts with a full studio of very diverse students, young and old, boys and girls, beginners and advanced, even handicapped blind and autistic students. I’ve watched as she’s brought smiles to all her students after their recitals and audiences after her own concerts.

And Susan is one of the smartest persons I know who is expanding my horizons of the classical repertoire I play and appreciation of the classical music I listen to. There is a special pride to see your piano teacher perform solo or with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at historic venues in Chicago or New York City.

I am a busy executive, but my piano lesson is the highlight of the week, even if that entails a 90-minute battle in Chicagoland rush hour traffic to get to my lesson.

That’s because my life is richer with the music Susan imparts.

I can’t recommend her strongly enough.
December 2, 2015
Annika H.
The first lesson with Susan was fantastic. My daughter is looking forward to working with her.

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Susan M.

Highland Park, IL

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Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051

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About Jeremie

I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m

ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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November 9, 2018
Danny
Jeremie is a great instructor. He moves and a good pace, really knows the details of what he is teaching, and caters the lesson material to you to keep it interesting. Would highly recommend!
October 27, 2018
Anoop A.
September 22, 2018
Danny
Jeremie is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He caters the lesson to your goals and I have no doubt I will achieve what I want if I stick with it! Would definitely recommend!

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Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL

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Josh G.

Evanston, IL 60202

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About Josh

I am an avid clarinetist, energetic performer and enthusiastic teacher. My dream career is to be a soloist like Martin Frost, to play in an orchestra, or compose and perform my music.
My passion for teaching is similar to my passion for performing, and I have experience teaching privately since 2013 and in front of large groups, as a staff member for a high school marching band.
My teaching style is all about fundamentals as I try and break down the things you need to know about playing into easy to understand fundamentals that can be applied to all future playing.

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October 18, 2019
Sebastian
Josh is passionate about music and a great teacher. My son is making a huge progress.
October 10, 2019
Danny P.
September 23, 2019
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Josh G.

Evanston, IL

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Felicia B.

Dundee, IL 60118

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About Felicia

I graduated with a bachelors in music education at Western Illinois University in 2012. At the university I received talent grants to play in the symphony orchestra as a violinist, I also sang in the school of music top choir. After graduating I immediately was offered a position at a music studio in Geneva and have been successfully working for them for the last 5 years. For the last 3 years I have worked at a middle school in Elmhurst as a choir director and also was the vocal director for 3 musicals and head director for 2 plays. I have background with special education students from ages 5-13.

Although I am primarily a violinist and vocalist I also teach up to intermediate in piano, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar at the music studio. I believe that it is important for the student to be able to learn music theory at their skill l

evel, problem solving, and also enjoying what they play. Beginning lessons will give students a strong foundation of their instrument but adding on solo music.
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June 26, 2019
Les
She asked me what I wanted to learn and assisted me in a very patient way, and showed me the correct way of strumming and whatever else that was needed. A very good start.
June 18, 2018
Alyson
Felicia is a great teacher! We work well together, she asks how I want to learn and she helps me to understand what I’m learning! As an adult learner, it helps that she can modify my lesson to suit my specific needs. I think this will be a great partnership!!
March 18, 2018
Autumn
Felicia has truly helped me improve on the viola. From spotting my wrong bow hold to making sure that I am absolutely positive on where the fingerings are for the key, she has most definetly improved my playing over all and is helping me advance past most of my peers in my school orchestra.

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Felicia B.

Dundee, IL

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Chloe G.

Palatine, IL 60067


About Chloe

I volunteered with Barrington Children Choir as a Vocal Role Model for 4th-7th grader while I sang with their Chamber Choir (8th-12th grade). I am a former After School Program Staff member for Boys and Girls Club (1st-5th grade) where I was taught how to create lesson plans and began tutoring in regular academic subjects. Currently, I teach at voice lessons at two music studios in Hoffman Estates and East Dundee.

I recently graduated with my Associate in Fine Arts in Music from Harper College. I am currently attending Northeastern Illinois University to receive my degree in Music Education.

Please feel free to contact me about lessons! I would love to hear from you! I will try to get back to you as soon as possible!

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Chloe G.

Palatine, IL

Ash R.

Glenview, IL 60025


About Ash

I began my teaching studio in Glenview, IL as a current music student having only a small handful of students. Over the years, I've had to relocate twice (to Chicago, IL and Iowa City, IA), due to my musical studies. In May 2013, I reestablished my permanent studio in Glenview, IL and currently have a steadily growing music studio.

I began my musical studies, playing the violin, when she was 7 years old. When I turned 9, I also took on the flute and piano, both of which became my primary instruments. I hold a Bachelor of Musical Arts Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University) and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. I enjoy playing a wide variety of music, ranging from Classical to Video Game Music.

Over the years, I have participated in various musical ensembles such as high school marchi

ng band (flute section leader), symphonic band (principal flautist + piccolo player), symphony orchestra (principal piccolo player), chamber music groups, and university chorus. I have also had opportunities to be a part of intensive summer music programs abroad (for piano and flute) during my middle school years in Osaka, Japan and, later during my university studies, in Vienna, Austria.
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Ash R.

Glenview, IL

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