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About Renee G.

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I teach beginner through advanced.
I really specialize in beginner as I believe the foundation is very important for students to get: such as hand position and knowledge of notes and how they work in theory.
I love all ages and teach with fun and preciseness.
Each person has a gift that can be used in a variety of ways and I am willing to help each student find that way for themselves.

About Renee
I have been teaching piano to students of all ages for the past 26 years. I studied piano at St. Bonaventure University under Laura Peterson. I have accompanied many in talent shows, and competitions. I presently play the piano at our church.
I have taught students that have gone on to higher learning in piano. Some of my students have competed in nationwide festivals and placed well. They have entered local and statewide contests. They placed well in their categories.
I believe that each student should have goals for their talent. I want to work with the student's goal to achieve their very best. I believe each student is a unique individual who will become a performer according to the practice that they put into it
I am looking for students who want to have fun while learning to play the piano.

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ch beginning student will receive a curriculum that fits them best. I use a variety of curriculum. If the student already has begun in a curriculum we can continue to use that one if it fits their goals appropriately.
Each student will learn how to play the piano and the theory behind the music. We will do games to reinforce the lesson. We also learn scales and arpeggios and chords and how they fit together.
I expect at least 5 days of practice to progress consistently at their ability level. They will keep track of practice in an online journal.
Usually if the student follows the recipe of consistent practice they should finish each year's curriculum as scheduled. I include motivational activities we do as a group once a unit is finished. Some students finish before one year is up and are able to start the next level which is very exciting for them.
I encourage them to play for variety shows, fairs, church and other public places to help them with performance .
Its great to see their faces shine and the confidence they show once the student connects with the piano and learns their first song.
The other exciting thing I love to see is when a student comes to a difficult challenge and we break it down so they can actually learn the difficulty and experience success!!!
Wow what a motivation!!!
The student then learns that they can get over hurdles not only in piano but in life too.

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Piano in a designated music room with a library full of music.
Space for integrated games from the lesson

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are really motivating students to have fun learning to play the piano.
We learn to read the notes, relate sound and express ourselves through the beauty playing the piano.
I am willing to use a variety of styles to help students learn to play the piano such as classical, rock , pop, hymn, jazz and more through the variety of method books such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber and Faber, and more.

I have taught Autistic children ages 8-15 who have a high recommendation. I also have taught a Down Syndrome girl.
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Linda J. September 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
I am really enjoying my lessons with Renee.
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Shawn Tamara V. February 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Renee is a very enthusiastic, kind teacher, and has a way of breaking things down to where they can be understood. She is very sensitive to the student, so a lesson is not generic- she pays attention to the student, not just the books. A great teacher!
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Stacy R. August 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She makes it exciting and fun for the kids to learn. Incentives to learn. Great rapport! Personable and pleasant. My daughter is excited for the lessons. All positive! I'm very happy we found her. Absolutely recommend!
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Renee G.

Renee G.

Portage, IN 46368
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About Loretta M.

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Piano lessons definitely involve theory, but are structured around the genre of music set by the student's goals. Music theory is taught around a repertoire that the student builds throughout the piano program so that they build a portfolio from which they can pay. Then performance ad versatility become the second focus.

About Loretta
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certificat
ion in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

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You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

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First - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT FOR PRACTICE AT HOME BEFORE BEGINNING LESSONS!!! Consistency is very important for learning, and weekly lessons ARE NOT enough for growth. My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

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jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition
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Brandon G. March 20, 2018
· Piano · Online
I have participated in Loretta's TakeLessons online Live group classes recently and I have not been disappointed. Loretta takes her time to introduce new material and ensures that her students understand the material. She is very easy going and demonstrates the skill set of what a pianist should be able to do. I would highly recommend Loretta as a private teacher or recommend her TakeLessons Live group classes.
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Amber February 26, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Loretta is an amazing teacher! She makes it a joy to study music theory and piano.
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Victoria September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Loretta has been a very patient and open-minded voice teacher. She uses a holistic approach, listening to student needs and fears while continually, gently encouraging growth. I've never felt uncomfortable with her style of feedback and her approach has really helped me to find and unlock my voice.
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Loretta M.

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Chicago, IL 60641
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About Mariia M.

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Learn how to play piano is something you will be able to do for the rest of your life. People keep going to play the piano great into their 80's. The interesting thing is, the longer you play, the better you do that, and i don't mention how much more enjoyment you will get out of it. Surprise your friends, family and all people around you! Give yourself that precious gift now. Start learning to play piano today!

About Mariia
Hello! I adore teaching! I have a master's degree in Art and Bachelor in teaching foreign languages from Russia. I'm russian native, but speak English fluently. I was attending music school since 5 years old and graduated when I was 14.

Now, I'm getting my BS in Computer Science in UIC. Also, I'm interested in Web Development.
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Claire Seneca November 7, 2017
· Russian · Online
I have learned a lot in only one lesson. Maria is very genuine and patiente
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Jo August 13, 2017
· Russian · Online
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Donna S. August 16, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mariia is professional, punctual, and a good piano teacher. My daughter is learning so much, so fast! I've talked to other moms of similarly aged children, and their kids took much longer to be able to play with two hands. I attribute this to Mariia's teaching skills. Thanks Mariia!
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Mariia M.

Mariia M.

Chicago, IL 60607
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About Rebecca H.

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My enthusiastic teaching style makes learning music with me fun & exciting. My philosophy is to teach the individual by customizing the Music curriculum to the specific needs of the student. As partners in learning, the student will achieve the highest success through positive reinforcement & a positive learning environment. Students can expect to have their love of music nurtured as they gain technical competency through our lessons.

About Rebecca
IMPORTANT NOTE: Rebecca is a traveling teacher. Once you purchase a lesson package, Rebecca can schedule you in a mutually available time.

Rebecca's musical training began at the age of 5 on the piano. As her love of music grew, she began playing the violin at age 8 with the viola to follow a year later. Performing in multiple musicals in her early life, Rebecca's love of singing began. A graduate of Saint Xavier University with a music education degree, Rebecca taught in the public school system for seven years teaching both orchestra and choir. An active performer around Chicago, Rebecca is a soprano and featured soloist with Chicago’s Allegrezza Choir, performs with several orchestras, and frequently performs on piano in different venues. She has been featured on several albums of the recording artist Ross Crean. You can hear Re
becca sing and play viola on the soundtrack of Summerland, available on ITunes, for the LUMA exhibit in 2014 in Chicago. She has performed at multiple sporting events around Chicago singing the National Anthem. Winning several awards for music composition and arranging, Rebecca enjoys creating the music for music collaborations. Her enthusiastic teaching style inspires her students to not only perfect technique but to love making music. A teacher of all levels of abilities, Rebecca engages her students through her own passion for teaching music.
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James C. July 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
The teacher had a nice rapport with my 5 year old grandson and we are looking forward to working with her.
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Olivia B. June 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
Olivia loved her first lessons and Rachel made it so fun for her. She can't wait for next week!
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Lynne R. May 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am enjoying my lessons thus far and I think Rebecca is a good teacher!
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Rebecca H.

Tinley Park, IL 60477
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About Vicki P.

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Highland, IN
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We will work together to develop a plan of study that focuses on your goals and includes a list of songs or pieces that you would like to play. The first half of the lesson will consist of basic music instruction, such as note-reading, rhythm-counting, scales, arpeggios, music theory and technique. The second half will consist of working on music of your choosing.

About Vicki
Vicki Pastore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a piano/vocal emphasis and a specialty in the field of piano pedagogy.

Vicki has over thirty five years of performing and teaching experience in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her experience includes accompanying and directing musical theater productions, choirs, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists in school, church, and community settings.

Vicki especially likes helping students prepare for exams, auditions, and performances. It gives her great joy to watch students perform well, succeed, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.

Mrs. Pastore is comfortable working with students of all ages and levels. She is personable, friendly, upbeat, exciting, positive, and patient. You can tell that she loves teachi
ng and performing.
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Bailee C. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Vicki is great. Very helpful. Extremely please to in instructing a novice singer!
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Abel October 23, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Enjoyed my first lesson.
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Kyrie September 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher!
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Vicki P.

Vicki P.

Highland, IN 46322
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Chicago, IL
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Beginner piano and reading sheet music.

About Zac
Hello! My name is Zac Emry and I am a music business major at Columbia College Chicago. I love music in all capacities. I also have an associates degree in electric bass from Sauk Valley Community College. Hopefully I can use Take Lessons to spread my love of music and to help myself stay practiced and engaged in playing music.
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Zac E.

Chicago, IL 60618
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About Oliver H.

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Chicago, IL

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I teach rock keyboard with a focus on fun. I've spent many, many hours playing songs from the Beatles, Spoon, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and many more. I received my piano proficiency from Knox College where I majored in music.

My beginning students always start with a song that they love. As soon as those songs are internalized the application of scales will become a necessity, but will never take precedent over rhythm and feel.

Are you ready to start your adventure into the world of piano?

About Oliver
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years. I am currently
co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I play for a classical chamber pop group called the 9 Worlds Ensemble. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.
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Austin April 28, 2018
· Upright Bass · Online
My son Austin loved his first lesson with Oliver. In fact, he had been considering qutting the upright bass, but after his first lesson, he had renewed enthusiasm and wants to continue to learn. That makes mom happy since I just recently bought him a bass!
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Sonny G. February 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Oliver has been perfect for both me and my tween daughter. He is a fantastic musician and can break it down and dumb it down as need be for each of us. My daughter’s review is “he’s amazing”.
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Erica December 27, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Oliver was patient with my slow internet connection and willing to try different things to make it work. He gave me great tips to help me develop better technique, and was very encouraging. I really appreciated his perspective and skill and am so excited to be progressing with my playing!
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Chicago, IL 60647
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About Charles S.

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Basically, I focus on big visual aids for beginners, traditional songs for intermediates, and master-class-style teaching for advanced students.
I also make my own visual music teaching aids from longhand and from using Finale software, due to my strong music composition background. For those with no piano experience, I would introduce a music appreciation type of teaching with eurythmics and rudiments of music to introduce these students to what will be piano music they can see visually and perform on the piano itself.

My teaching style is a bit mixed, using several traditional styles such as the "I play, you play" method, reinforcement tactics, and several review methods. But overall, I provide gentleness and patience in all teaching deliveries, regardless of level or experience. I can also provide duet accompaniment as needed.

About Charles
I was born as a gifted pianist and composer and destined to love music for a long time.

When I first started piano, I had gone through at least 6 piano teachers, including the toughest one, Emilio del Rosario. After starting to study piano at college-level, I earned a BM in Piano at Roosevelt University, and got MM and DMA degrees in Piano at the University of Illinois. I grew up with a very strong classical music background, and gradually, I was able to acclimate to non-classical styles later, including jazz, folk, pop, and rock.

Inspired by J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann, I also at least composed piano pedagogy pieces of my own for the intermediate levels, including "Sad Waltz in D Minor", and "Hungarian Rhapsody in E Minor", in addition to composing a lot more traditional piano compositions.

I also can teach music appreciation, p
iano literature, music theory/composition, and even some music history as well as applied piano. My focus would be on advanced students but I am still open to all levels of piano ability.

I also have a dance background, so this will help me greatly in my music teaching style as well.
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Ruth September 5, 2017
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Charles Joseph Smith brings liveliness and expertise to his endeavors. His students have a wonderful, unique learning opportunity ahead of them.
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Joe September 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Charles has great knowledge of music and understands how to share it with students.
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Fionnuala September 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Charles is a maestro on the piano, a truly phenomenal talent. Just hearing him play is motivating inspiration to a student-- to listen to him perform, one realizes what the potential exists in the human talent. He is a sensitive and caring person who has a sincere passion for music and passing the skill on to others. He is well-versed in theory and technique, but is also delighted to share his love for more experimental and avant-garde modes --pushing boundaries and exploring new territories, should the student's interest venture that way. He lets the student direct what genre and composers s/he wants to learn about. Charles is a joy and an uplifting spirit to be around! His knowledge of piano and music is a tremendous resource. He is a cherished star of the Chicago underground music scene, as well as a skilled accompanist, and a seasoned professional church hymn player-- but he is modest enough to not let his reputation distract him during his lessons, where he is a serious teacher, eager to share his knowledge with others.
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Charles S.

Chicago, IL 60605
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About Hannah F.

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Hey there – I am so glad that you want to study piano! A little bit about me: I am a graduate of the world-renowned jazz program at the Jacobs School of Music and have been teaching for 8 years. I have experience with many styles and genres and have been fortunate to play with artists from over 20 countries. My work has been featured in NPR’s Jazz Critic’s Poll, Jazziz Magazine, and All About Jazz, and I was recently chosen to be a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department’s global music fellowship (OneBeat). A little bit about my piano methods: For beginner piano students, I start with exploring the "anatomy" of the keyboard so we can delve right away into learning simple arrangements of your favorite songs. Pick any song you like, and I'll work with you to learn it by ear! Over time, I will teach you more technical exercises, scales, and ways to start reading music. I can also be an ally for intermediate students who wish to delve into learning harder pieces by ear or by ...

About Hannah
I hold a degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where I focused especially on Afro-Cuban music, thanks to the tutelage of Latin Jazz giants Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace! My jazz background also gave me rigorous training in music theory and history.

My performance career is highly diverse! You like folk? I’ve played with Chicago’s beloved Al Scorch and Della Mae’s guitar star, Courtney Hartman. You like hip-hop? I play and record with artists at Classick Studios, where Chance The Rapper, SZA, and No Name make albums. Indie rock? Part of what got me into bass was underground/DIY scenes—I love playing a good basement show! How about jazz? I’ve done everything from standards gigs at hotels to composing for experimental groups like The Liberation Music Collective.

I’ve also had the pleasure to play with musicians from ov
er 20 countries. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was being a Fellow for OneBeat, a program run through the U.S. State Department that brings together international musicians to compose, record, and tour together. I have learned so much about the power of music through my relationships with artists from all corners of the globe.

I believe in “Occam’s Razor” bass playing – finding a simple, elegant solution to the “problem” at hand, whether that “problem” is finding a good fingering for a fast-moving melody, finding a tasteful yet interesting bassline for a funk groove, or improving your right-hand speed so you can finally play that one Tool song you’ve always loved. The “Occam’s Razor” approach builds your instincts and helps you become a solid, expressive bassist that everyone wants to play with!

No matter where you are in your musical development, I can be your ally. I have experience teaching all ages and experience levels and can help you go deeper in whatever music lights you up. I can offer advice about musicianship too – how to start a band, how to rock an audition for your school’s jazz ensemble, or how to make the most of a recording session.

Bass is a physically demanding instrument, and over my career I have recovered from multiple injuries. I am committed to helping you develop healthy technique that prevents and manages injuries and adapts to your physical conditions. I try to offer compassion AND solutions to students who struggle physically with their instrument or face health challenges. I’ve been there too, and I’m here to help.
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Jo Ann March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Hannah is refreshing, extremely caring, pleasant, and prompt piano instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guidance and look forward to their next lesson with her. I am thankful and recommend her as an instructor.
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Jo Ann March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Hannah is pleasant, refreshing, prompt and extremely caring instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guideness and look forward to the next lesson with her. I am so thankful to her and recommend her as an instructor.
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Chicago, IL 60651
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About Andre P.

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I am a twenty year Music Educator who will bring out the best in all of my students. You will gain confidence in performance ability through engaging and and personalized instruction that will be catered to your learning style, age and ability level. The goal is to have you playing music in a manner that matters to you. Lessons will include basic to advanced warm-up techniques, note reading, sight reading, music theory, ear training, proper performing skills and continual development through constructive dialogue and critiques. Let's make some Great Music!

About Andre
Making students better musicians is my true passion in life. My philosophy is to find what is unique about you as an individual and how can we demonstrate that in your performance abilities. We will move at your pace to increase mastery and instruction will be tailored towards your specific learning needs.

I am a Chicago born and raised professional musician who is also a state of Illinois Certified Music Instructor and Educator. My instrumental instruction began in 5th grade and has enhanced my life ever since. I received All-Catholic Band Honors and the John Philip Sousa award in high school which allowed for me to take my talents to the United States Marine Corps Musician's Enlistment Program. I studied Music Theory and Aural Skills at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA, before transitioning to become a member of the 1
st Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, CA, specializing in saxophone and clarinet. After completing my military enlistment, I returned to Chicago and obtained a degree in Music Performance from Chicago State University while continuing to perform my military service as the principal saxophonist and squad leader for the 85th Division U.S. Army Reserve Band, Arlington Heights, IL. Throughout my military service, I specialized in jazz big band and combo, marching band and concert band performances. I have received multiple letters of appreciation and accommodation for my musical efforts. I began teaching music in 1997 and have never stopped.

As a professional musician, I have performed for former Presidents of the United States and several heads of state from around the world. Additionally, I have recorded professionally on military service concerts, a film soundtrack, and collaborated on studio recordings for local artists. I have also submitted musical works for consideration in the John Lennon Song Writer's Competition.

As an educator, I have taught General Music, band and private vocal and instrumental lessons throughout the state of Illinois for the past twenty years. I have previously served as the Music Coordinator for the Beverly Arts Center as well as a resident teacher instructing individuals from youth to adult.

Everyone has the capability to demonstrate their love of Music!
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Andre P.

Chicago, IL 60617
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Whether you’re just beginning piano lessons or you have been playing for a while now, it’s important to have a list of a few good songs to learn. That way, you can set goals for yourself and build up an impressive repertoire. Here are seven good songs to learn on piano, from classical to jazz to ragtime. They are listed in order from least to most difficult. “Für Elise” by Ludwig Van Beethoven While this solo piano piece is actually titled “Bagatelle No. 25” in A minor, it’s more commonly k
Essential Scales for Jazz and Blues Piano Players
Curious about playing jazz or blues on the piano? Learn about some of the essential scales to learn in this guest post by Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L...   Jazz music has been called the only truly American art form, born and raised on this very soil. A combination of the historical music forms of both African and Caribbean slaves and European immigrants, it may be the only way in which the "melting pot" objective was ever successful. To listen to jazz is to listen to A
How to Read Sheet Music for Piano | The Mental Flip Strategy
As a beginner, learning how to read sheet music for piano is one of the first things you'll work on with your teacher. Read on as Tucson, AZ tutor Blake C. shares his strategy for understanding the relationships between the notes on the page: One of the most difficult things about learning how to read sheet music for the piano, as opposed to most other instruments, is that there is not just a single melody to be played. Piano music requires you to play more the one part at a time. Usually the

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