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About Nicholas K.

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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

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I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics, and how they apply to the trombone. Explore the range of your instrument through various scales. Build solid skills through understanding the mechanics of how your body and instrument work together.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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About David L.

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I have ten years' experience teaching all brass instruments. Emphasis on tone production while covering other aspects from learning the positions to creating beautiful musical phrases.

About David
I am an experienced music teacher with over 20 years’ playing and performance experience. My specialties are in trumpet and electric bass, with additional experience teaching all brass instruments and beginning guitar. Many of my students are not only successful in their bands but in regional honor bands and Solo and Ensemble competitions as well.

I believe in tailoring each lesson to each student's individual abilities and learning methods. For students in school bands, I try to provide lessons that augment and complement what they learn in band class, focusing on areas of performance that may not receive attention in a group setting. For all my students, regardless of level or instrument, I help them learn music that they want to learn, while making sure they get the fundamental training that they need. I encourage and assist my stud
ents in finding opportunities to perform in solo performances and with other groups. I also pride myself in creating an environment where the students are comfortable asking questions to help improve their playing.

Contact me for lessons today to enhance your playing.

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All my lessons are very personalized based on the student's interests, strengths, and weakness. For all my students, I try to find music for them to play that they are interested in learning while still covering the everything they need to get a solid foundation on their instrument. For my brass players, I place a huge emphasis on tone quality and production.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eclipse and King trumpets
Benge trombone
Music Man, Fender, and Delta basses
GK, Ampeg, and SWR bass amps
Full recording capabilities!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Eclipse trumpet
Benge trombone
Music Man bass
Takamine acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
Brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium/baritone, tuba), electric bass
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LeOnna August 16, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
David was perfect for my son. Patient, flexible and very talented. We will be using him again in the future!
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· Trombone · Online
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About Alexis S.

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I am all about teaching the whole musician, meaning that you will not be learning just trombone but all the skills necessary to be the best musician you can be! This includes ear training, music theory, sight-singing and more.

About Alexis
I believe in teaching all aspects of musicianship when learning an instrument such as music theory, ear training, and singing, just to name a few. I have been private teaching for more than 6 years and I specialize in trombone, music theory/ear training, and piano lessons and have taught a variety of levels. I provide a very inviting environment for students to learn and grow.

* In case of allergies, I will mention that I have 2 cats in my home. Let me know if this is a problem so we can work out a different location.
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Sasha May 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Alexis has a very positive attitude. and is great with kids. My daughter is already making notable progress and enjoying herself, too.
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About PAUL L.

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The goal of my lessons is to create a well-rounded musician. In my opinion, one of the best ways for this to happen is to make sure the student has a solid foundation. This includes learning all scales, an understanding of trombone-specific techniques and knowing how to apply these skills in a musical setting.

About PAUL
Hi! My name is Paul. I graduated in 2016 from Arizona State University with my Master of Music in Performance. I am currently in the second year of my Doctor of Music Arts program in performance, also at Arizona State University.

As an educator, I have several years of teaching in a private setting. I also have experience working in public schools for short, one-on-one lessons and larger master classes on trombone. I have worked with beginners that are completely new to the instrument to freshman and sophomore college students. I also have experience as a teaching assistant for music theory (University of Idaho).

I have a wide array of performance experience. I was a tenured member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony on bass trombone for five years. I left to pursue my Masters degree from ASU. Other orchestral experience includes sev
eral Summer Pops concerts with the Great Falls Symphony, some featured artists such as Kansas and Charlie Daniels. I have spent several years playing in jazz bands, Jazz I from the University of Idaho and Concert Jazz Band from ASU. In the spring of 2016, I performed with ASU's Concert Jazz Band at Highland Jazz Festival where we featured Wayne Bergeron and Andy Martin. Recent performances include Salt River Brass' " Made in America" program featuring trumpet soloist Rex Richardson, Phoenix Theatre's run of "Bullets Over Broadway.", and performing with and conducting one piece with the Arizona State University Trombone Ensemble at the 2017 International Trombone Festival.

For more information, please visit http://www.paullynchtrombone.com/
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Bruce June 28, 2016
· Trombone · In home
I could tell Paul definitely knew all the tiny details about mastering the trombone since the first lesson. He recognized what I needed to improve upon in order to reach my goals in a timely manner, armed me with the tools to do so, and I have no doubt that I will achieve those goals as the lessons progress.
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I have been professionally trained by top notch musicians all across the U.S. including members of the Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. I bring a diverse and unique approach to improving the quality of playing in my students by drawing from what I have learned from all of my mentors, but personalizing it in a way that has proven to work for me, and in turn, hopefully you! I believe that a firm foundation in trombone playing is crucial to the development of a player, so emphasis on sound production, tone quality, breathing, and fundamentals are at the core of my teachings. If you want to see maximum improvement in minimal time, I'm your guy!

About James
I recently graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Music Performance where I studied under Chicago Symphony Bass Trombonist, Charlie Vernon, and Lyric Opera Trombonist, Mark Fisher. Prior to moving to Chicago for college, I lived and grew up in Houston, Texas where I studied under long time Houston Symphony Trombonist, John McCroskey, and current Orlando Philharmonic Trombonist, Joel Brown.

During my time in Chicago, I have performed with dozens of ensembles and organizations such as the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Lakeview Orchestra, and Windy City Winds, among others. I also just recently auditioned for, and won a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the premiere training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony, and my appointment will begin in September of 2017.

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my training and performance experiences here in Chicago to be instrumental in my philosophy when it comes to teaching the trombone. A strong fundamental basis to playing is something that I have focused on more and more over the years, and as time goes by, I notice an enormous difference in my consistency in playing. Developing a mastery of breathing techniques, tone quality, sound production, and lip slurs allows you to perform anything you have on your music stand at an exceptionally high level. My style of teaching gives you a strong foundation for your playing by honing in on the development of these fundamentals.

This isn't to say that we will not have time to work on repertoire as well! Every student should have SOMETHING to work towards at all times! Whether it be an upcoming audition, a recital, a concert, or just a performance for your parents, having deadlines and showing dedication in meeting them shows great discipline and allows you to track your progress in a very tactile manner. We will be able to take our strong foundation that we build together and apply it to your repertoire in a way that will revolutionize how you approach music!
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James P.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Grant R.

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I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, have performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this wonderful gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, golden, and versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the most beautiful sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop their OWN ideal sound concept. I of course couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making (scales, ...

About Grant
I have studied with some of the finest trombonists in the world, have performed in the nation's top orchestras, and am firmly committed to excellence in the trombone field. Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and I want students to, above all, simply enjoy playing and experiencing this wonderful gift. The trombone is, of course, merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, golden, and versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My approach to playing the trombone is simple: producing the most beautiful sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the best sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in your head from day one, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with the student so that they may develop t
heir OWN ideal sound concept. I of course couple this with instruction on all the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making (scales, rhythms, playing in tune, breathing, etc). But never forget that the ultimate goal is to perform the music the way it goes. By this I do not not mean playing all the correct notes, but instead performing the music in the correct style and context as the composer intended. Always remember that music is to be shared with others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is all about!
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Alexa July 27, 2017
· Trombone · In home
My son needed some extra help with trombone. He was struggling in his school program and wanted to be better. After studying with Grant for a few months, his band teacher sent me an email about how quickly he is improving and he moved up from last chair to third chair. He is very approchable and my son loves him.
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Maggie July 24, 2017
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Grant is an amazing musician. From the 2 years I’ve worked with him, he’s been very professional, great to work with and always plays with a beautiful tone. He is very passionate and knowledgable in both playing the trombone and the music he plays.
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Rachel July 24, 2017
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Grant's ability to hear what each student's needs are makes him a great teacher for all levels of players. He likes to work hard while also having a good time, which really resonates with students. We worked together for 2 years and his drive to constantly make the highest quality music really makes him stand out.
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Grant R.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Matthew R.

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Professional experience performing on trombone alongside other trombone luminaries (eg. Wayne Wallace from Patois Records) dating back to 2013, and in instructing students as young as 11.

Within the first few lessons, you'll know to play with a full and beautiful sound, and as time goes on you'll be able to get around the instrument with confidence. I specialize in jazz (both big band and playing with a combo), and typically use the Arbans book or adaptations from Flexus to advance your progress.

I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Matthew
I'm a multi-instrumentalist and composer with two degrees earned concurrently from Indiana University--one a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences, the other a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music.

My instrumental ability has allowed me to take professional tours both nationally and internationally as a sideman (Durand Jones and the Indications, Indiana Jazz Exchange), and my writing for large ensemble has been featured by multiple groups (Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, Liberation Music Collective).

I'm very passionate about helping people realize their own internal goals, no matter how far off they may seem to them. I already feel we can work together to help you do it, and we haven't even met yet! My mix of academic training, professional experience, an
d natural affability make the learning experience easy, stress-free and fun.

I can teach you how to:
1) play trumpet
2) play trombone
3) play drums
4) understand and internalize music theory
5) improvise, from absolute beginner to professional-tier tips and tricks
6) write music for all sizes of ensembles (solo singer-songwriter to 18-piece big band)

Styles I've got professional experience playing: rock, funk, soul, R&B, jazz (combo), jazz (big band), and classical.

Let's learn together!
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Matt is an innovative player and writer who is always planning on "what's next". To help find what's next for you, visit Matt.
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Sean August 7, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I've worked with Matt in a variety of settings over the past couple of years, from live performances, to recording sessions, to new projects, including having him write music for my new 16-piece ensemble. He is always incredibly professional, prepared, and highly enthusiastic about whatever he is doing. I'm sad to see him move, but I know that he will flourish in any environment he chooses. Matt's creativity is at a very high level. He is also an incredibly hard worker, and keeps things fun at the same time.
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Wayne August 5, 2017
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Matthew is a fine music teacher who can help you achieve or find your goals.
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About Derek F.

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Trombone is actually my first instrument! While tuba is my primary instrument, I began as a trombone player! I still play trombone today, and own a Rath bass trombone for teaching purposes.

About Derek
Derek Fenstermacher is leading a new era of tuba soloists into the 21st century with his dynamic musicianship and keen eye for detail. As the recently appointed Principal Tubist with the New Jersey Symphony, Derek has now entered into the New Jersey music scene with a thirst for creativity and a passion for education. In 2015, he joined the Albany Symphony Orchestra as Principal Tuba.

Prior to coming to the NJSO, Derek was the Principal Tubist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra (TN) from 2006-2014. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Mobile Symph
ony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, and Meridian Symphony orchestras, as well as being an Associate Member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2008-2009.

An enthusiastic teacher, Derek teaches orchestral tuba at Bard College’s Conservatory of Music and also coaches the school’s brass quintet and trombone quartet. He is also Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Montclair State University where he teaches applied lessons in Music Education and Music Performance. Derek has taught masterclasses at numerous universities, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Miami.

In 2008 Derek won the Leonard Falcone Artist Solo Tuba Competition, one of the premier tuba solo competitions in the world. That same year he won three competitions and was a finalist in a fourth at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati, OH. Derek has won and placed in concerto competitions in Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. He has been a featured artist at the 2013, 2015, and 2017 Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the 2014 and 2016 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference.

An avid chamber musician, Derek co-founded the Boreas Quartet, an exciting new ensemble featuring some of the brightest up and coming musicians. Their first CD, The Serpent’s Kiss, is available through Potenza Music, and additional recording projects are expected in the near future. Derek is also a member of the New York Tuba Quartet, which unites some of the finest brass musicians that New York City has to offer.
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About Seth A.

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I am an experienced teacher of beginner and intermediate students! I like to make lessons enjoyable by implementing proper fundamentals through fun songs in a stress free environment ! I also like to create a solid foundation for learning technique, music theory, and sightreading! I look forward to working with you!

About Seth
I am a versatile trombonist who has experience in many musical ensembles. These include orchestral, concert band, brass quintet, jazz band, jazz combo, brass band, and Marine Corps Band settings.
I am originally from Memphis, TN, but grew up is the small college town of Auburn, AL. I now reside in Northern Virginia and I am a Trombone Instrumentalist in the Quantico Marine Corps Band. In the band, I perform regularly in military ceremonies, as well as concert bands, brass bands, and brass quintets.
Before joining the Marine Corps, I studied with Dr. Matthew Wood of Auburn University. After my completion of Marine Corps Recruit Training and Marine Combat Training, I attended the Marine Detachment Naval School of Music. Here he studied with Mr. Ken Ebo. I graduated from the Naval School of Music in April 2017.
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Seth A.

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