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About Jeff F.

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About Jeff
I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused
practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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RIo July 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!
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Kevin A. January 2, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I'm an experienced drummer and I was able to get started right away into exercises that fit my my level of skill. Very helpful.
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Debbie L. December 30, 2015
· Drum · In home
Jeff has been working with my 16 year old son, who started drum lessons to prepare for jazz band, for about 4 months now. Jeff is a a very skilled teacher and has been a joy to work with in terms of coordinating schedules and other logistics. My son has learned a great deal from Jeff in a very short time and very much enjoys working with him!
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
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About Joseph M.

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About Joseph
My Story:

As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.

This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.

These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.

You will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.

And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding o
f musical structure.

Teaching philosophy

I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.

When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.

How to Start

Will work with you to find a convenient time/day to schedule lessons at your home or our studio

There is a money back guarantee on the 1st lesson so you can try and see how lessons can help you to reach your goals. Selecting the "get started now" button will put you in contact with our student counselors.

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Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.

Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.

Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.

Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.

I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.

For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.

For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.

For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.

I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.

I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.

Lesson Progression

In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.

For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.

After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).

For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.

Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.

*** Specialties ***
Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.

What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...

Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova)
Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.

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Ryan L. December 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Learning flamenco and classical guitar with Joe. He's got tons of knowledge and skill, and really pays attention to the musicality of things, which is something other teachers often miss.
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StephenS1 February 15, 2012
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Great teacher

My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
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JosefP January 4, 2011
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Great teacher !!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077
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About Brittany N.

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Chicago, IL

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About Brittany
I strive to create an environment in which students feel comfortable to learn, experiment and express themselves and in which they look forward to coming every week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and other items needed for the instrument (shoulder rests, strings, rosin, etc) but will need to be reimbursed.

I can also provide a music stand at the lessons

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and technique
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Jade July 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is absolutely one of the most delightful instructors I've been lucky enough to encounter. I came to her as an adult knowing nothing about either music or violin. In the months I've been taking lessons with her, I feel very proud of what I've learned so far.

Her home studio is beautiful and warm. She always greets me with a smile and knows exactly what our lesson plan and goal for the day will be. Brittany is extremely patient whenever I struggle to grasp a concept, and enthusiastically answers any question I can think to ask. That said, she isn't afraid to push you to try, either, which I very much appreciate!

Brittany is a lot of fun to work with, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her as an instructor.
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Mari Ramos September 26, 2016
· Violin ·
Brittany has gotten Mari more engaged in her violin playing, which is exactly what we were looking for in an instructor. She's patient and is getting Mari to think and anticipate her chord progressions. We have been so pleasantly surprised with Brittany. It's an awesome match!
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Jason Merrill August 19, 2016
· Violin ·
I'm one lesson in and am very excited to continue learning the violin with Brittany. She is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and encouraging. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Brittany N.

Brittany N.

Chicago, IL 60660
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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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Jeremy August 3, 2017
· Singing · Online
I experienced significant results after the first session. My vocal performance continues to improve and I'm doing things vocally I didn't think possible being 36 years old. Highly recommended vocal coach!
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Meggan (Ryan's Mother) S. July 25, 2017
· Opera Voice · Online
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Ryan S. July 20, 2017
· Opera Voice · Online
First lesson went very well. Thank you!
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Benjamin K.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Alison T.

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About Alison
I believe that music-making should first and foremost be a joyous activity that stimulates, challenges, and rewards. I believe that while some individuals may have more "natural talent," with the right instruction and work ethic any student can progress to an advanced level, regardless of ability level or age.

My job as the teacher is to make you, the student, the best violinist and musician that you can be. Lessons combine elements of Suzuki training such as emphasis on ear training, parental involvement (for young children), and memorization with traditional methods of teaching technique and note-reading. A how-to of practicing, improvisation, music theory, and history are also integrated into the lessons. Repertoire is determined by student interest and needs.

I have taught privately since 2006. In 2011 I won the University of
Missouri's Community Music Program Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, I have experience as a violin sectional coach, camp counselor and assistant teacher at Columbia Montessori School in Missouri.
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eddie July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
if you look at alison's list of accomplishments and academic
achievements you have no choice but to be impressed. however,
all that is meaningless unless it can be successfully imparted to
the student and that is where alison excels. i have fortunately
been her student for over a year and from the very beginning
when i admittedly knew nothing she introduced the foundations
of playing the violin in a simple, methodical, straight forward
manner with each lesson building on the last and backed up with
understandable explanations that showcased the depth of her
knowledge in all aspects of the violin which made every lesson
instructional and interesting. i've stayed with alison because of
her patience and positive attitude, her open acceptance of
endless questions, her sharing with me the necessity of having
realistic expectations, and most importantly, in spite of teaching
violin being a job, she genuinely cares about me improving. and
as if all this isn't enough she adds humor and charm to her
lessons. thanks, alison!
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Kareem I. June 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio
My son really likes her. She gave him very specific tips on how to improve his practice
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Alison T.

Chicago, IL 60614
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About Nick G.

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Chicago, IL

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Learn how to compose, produce and engineer successful music from a working multi-platinum selling composer and music producer! Nick will take you step by step, in his own studio, through the process of creating your own successful track. Classically trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Nick will teach you all the basic essentials that drive hit music making your music sound like a pro! Nick G., also known as world music artist Nicholas G., is a music producer and artist who has written, self-produced and engineered over 250 songs and 17 albums selling millions worldwide achieving 55 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Charts. His warm and nurturing approach towards students as well as his ability to explain techniques in a simple and accessible manner make him an exceptional teacher. His songwriting, engineering, and productio
n skills are unparalleled amongst his peers and he is a proven / verifiable figure in the world of music on an international and highly respected level.

His music has been licensed and used by numerous companies such as Discovery Channel, Wynn Resorts, Universal, Sea World, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Bose Audio to name a few.

He currently produces for multiple Billboard charting dance and pop acts who have received multiple iTunes top 100 dance and Billboard charting singles. TakeLesson's recently published this article by Nick titled "15 Things You Must Do to Make it in the Music Industry": http://bit.ly/1LNR0J4

Nick is a long time voting member of NARAS, The Grammy’s, and is currently active within the Chicago Chapter.

In Nick's lessons you will learn:
– Techniques used in creating exceptional productions and mixes
– Introduction to DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations)
– Laying the foundation for a successful song within a DAW
– Song construction, top line melody, and lyric writing
– Working with vocals and vocalists
– Recording all the elements, making the right choices
– Mixing, effect processing, and learning objectivity
– Mastering and finalizing your project
– Exposure, getting your track heard. The do’s and don'ts of the music industry
– Follow up. Keep producing and creating from what you have learned. I can be a valuable team member for you and add you to my business network.
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Lai Y. August 5, 2017
· Composition · In studio
Nick is a very experienced teacher, and has provided me with a lot of valuable advice in my future career. Within shot period of time,, I am able too learn the process of writing my own songs and be able to produce them. I am very grateful to him for his patience and expertise. I flew in from Hong Kong in order to take lessons from him over the last month. I'm very much looking forward to taking more lessons from him in December of this year.
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Lai yin February 14, 2017
· Composition · In studio
He is a funny guy and provide a relaxing and enjoyable class and i can get new knowledge on music. I expect the next class.
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Monika J. January 22, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I just started my lessons and have been impressed by his holistic and fun teaching method! I definitely feel like I'm learning and expanding my knowledge of what I need to do to become a successful songwriter in the industry! ...I can't wait for my next session!:)
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Nick G.

Nick G.

Chicago, IL 60608
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About Sean K.

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Chicago, IL
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Multi-instrumental enthusiast specializing in Guitar (Classical, Blues, Folk, Rock)
Songwriter and Music Composition graduate
Studying Recording Engineering at DePaul University

I intend to continue my musical studies through graduate school to be able to teach all levels of education a diverse array of subjects to anyone interested in music.
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Giovanni Acosta August 13, 2016
· Blues Guitar · In home
My band, The Wasabi Peas, was attempting to reinvent our sound. Sean was very understanding and patient with all members. He was also a great lad to talk to and went above and beyond our sessions.. Not only did he teach us blues guitar he also helped us mix and incorporate it to our mixture of electectic, gothic folk, scremor vision.

You will not regret taking any of his classes. I guarantee it!!
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Sean K.

Sean K.

Chicago, IL 60640
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$30 / 30-min

About Eric M.

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I received my bachelor of music performance and education degree from the University of Iowa in 2009 and currently live in Oak Park, IL. I have more than 5 years of teaching experience in the public school setting, directing middle and high school bands in Idaho and Wisconsin. In addition to conducting full ensembles, I regularly taught students in these respective band programs, gaining experience teaching small group or individual lessons to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students in grades 6-12. I enjoy sharing my passion for music with students and helping them to appreciate music and the arts on a whole new level.

In addition to my teaching, I have had the opportunity to perform with various groups, from symphony orchestras to rock bands.
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Eric M.

Oak Park, IL 60304
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$22 / 30-min

About Courtney S.

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Chicago, IL

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About Courtney
I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in violin performance at DePaul, and I'm excited to be living in Chicago for the first time! I've earned my bachelors of music from Rice University in Houston, TX, but I grew up in Peoria, Il so Chicago is a bit closer to home. I'm open to teaching all levels, different styles-- I've taught classical and some fiddling so far. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Tari F. May 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
I have had some musical understanding from piano and Courtney teaches to my level of understanding. She has made my learning experience very fun and enjoyable.
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Courtney S.

Chicago, IL 60613
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About Mary R.

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Chicago, IL

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With 13 years experience in piano studies, 8 years experience in composing, and 5 years experience in teaching these skills, I am a warm, friendly, professional, and experienced pianist and teacher with excellent reviews and references!

My lesson plans are highly customized to each student's specific needs, learning style, strengths, and desires. Specific instruction is available in theory, chords, technique, composition, and more.

I make sure that my students are having FUN! Making music should be enjoyable! I believe this is one of the most important tools for helping children and adults learn.

100% satisfaction guaranteed!
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Ellen June 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mary is passionate about playing piano and teaching others her craft. She takes an individualized approach, tailoring each lesson to meet the needs of her student, carefully adapting her teaching style to what type of learner you are, which she will determine at the onset. What I love about working with Mary, is that she lets you choose what songs you want to learn and supplements those with materials at your level. She follows along at your pace, asking how many songs you want to work on at any given time. She is thorough, offering helpful critique and praise when due. She writes detailed instructions in a notebook, which she gives you to take home to refer to when practicing on your own. Mary composes her own music, and when you hear it you will be astonished by its beauty, her talent and skill. To be able to take lessons from such a gifted musician is an exciting thing! She is friendly and makes lessons fun. She takes personal interest in you from the start. Her rates are very reasonable,
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Jamie June 22, 2017
· Piano ·
I miss having Mary around! She taught me so much piano technique during just the few months when we lived in the same town. Wouldn't be able to read music at my church without her! I have ADHD and she was always so patient with me. I also have anxiety and she always knew how to keep me calm and relaxed with music. She is incredible, really sweet, empathetic, an awesome person and an awesome teacher.
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Raul June 22, 2017
· Piano ·
Mary is honest, reliable and very talented. Her technique is great and she is very fun to work with.
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Mary R.

Chicago, IL 60626
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