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About Caleb M.

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Chicago, IL

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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, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit 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 trump
et in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also 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 6 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 encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. 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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Parker June 7, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Excellent first lesson! My 10 year old said it was fun and from what I observed it was informative. Caleb seems to have a great positive attitude and great approach! Looking forward to more lessons!
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Everit April 27, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Caleb is doing an excellent job teaching my eight year old son. He is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and kind. As a busy homeschooling family of five, we appreciate so much Caleb’s willingness to come to our home, as well as his flexibility.
My son looks forward to each lesson and finishes very encouraged and motivated. Thank you, Caleb!
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Sam A. January 28, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Caleb is a gifted teacher. It has been remarkable to hear him give some instruction and then hear our son play the trumpet noticeably better right away! We are so happy with his lessons.
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Caleb M.

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL 60625
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About Megan W.

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Des Plaines, IL
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I have a background in classical symphony and wind ensemble music. I have played the flute and piccolo for 17 years, graduated from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy out of Elgin IL in 2007 and received the Arion award for musicianship. My experience in teaching private lessons has been primarily with beginner to intermediate level players, who either would like to learn for the first time, or that currently play in an ensemble and would benefit from one on one focused study.

I currently play with the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, am a performing and board member of the Lakeside Flutes, and also perform private events, such as weddings.
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Alexandra July 3, 2018
· Flute · In home
She was really awesome and took her time finding out what our daughters goals were, where she was and what she needed to work on. Great experience!
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Ava D. April 4, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Daughter was really happy with first lesson, learned 3 new notes.
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Christine B. October 27, 2014
· Flute · In home
Megan is very talented and has a lovely, gentle way about her. She is a really good fit for my daughter.
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Megan W.

Megan W.

Des Plaines, IL 60018
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About Dave K.

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Palos Heights, IL
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About Dave
Dave K. began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fare
ed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.

In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.

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As a private music instructor for the past 15 years, I personally have been granted the opportunity to teach a wide variety of music students. I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 65. I have taught students from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have taught students with various physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. Regardless of the situation, I have always approached each lesson with the idea that every student deserves my best efforts as a teacher. This is because I believe that everyone, regardless of age, cultural heritage, ability, or financial circumstance deserve the opportunity to participate in the best music experiences possible.

I believe that everyone has the ability to learn to play a musical instrument and achieve success on it if they possess the desire to do so. This is because music is a vital part of the human experience. Music has the ability to turn ordinary life experiences into extraordinary ones. Think of everyday events such as: waking up in the morning, commuting to and from work or school, going through the work or school day, going to dinner with a friend or loved one, going to a sporting event,watching a movie or television show, or working out at the gym. Now, picture what these everyday events would be like without the presence of music. Without music, these experiences would be extremely dull and we as human beings would not be able to full appreciate the wonderful moments in our lives.

​As a music educator, my promise is to guide my students through the journey of learning to play music so they can experience the joy that it brings into their lives and the lives of others. I promise to help my students realize their full musical potential. I will always treat each student equally with fairness and respect, provide the best possible atmosphere for their growth, and recognize that each student is unique in how they learn and grow.

Lesson Topics Include
Music reading (Tablature, rhythmic notation, and standard notation)
Technical mastery of the instrument (Proper left and right hand technique, chords, scales, arpeggios, etc...)
Rhythm and counting
Repertoire (chosen by the individual student with the aid of the teacher)
Songwriting/Composition
Improvisation
Music business
Recording techniques​

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender 2012 Jeff Beck Stratocaster
Fender 1992 Standard Stratocaster
1980 Gibson Flying V
1994 Washburn N4
2005 Washburn X50PROF
1996 Washburn HB 35
Fender 1965 Twin Reverb Amp
MacBook Pro loaded with Pro Tools, Finale, Garageband, Live, Guitar Pro 6, Band in a Box

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and materials. Student should also have guitar and materials

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles of music but specialize in all forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Classical
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Tom L. January 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I realize it was the first lesson but I was a little disappointed that we spend nearly the entire time on housekeeping items, like canceling and re-scheduling appointments. I think that could have been covered with an e-mail or handout. I also thought we spent too much time going over the differences between acoustic and electric guitars - considering my age and background. Would have liked to see him demonstrate what I was asked to practice before the next lesson instead of just being told to refer to the workbook.
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Terry November 17, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Dave had a relaxed informative approach, a knowledgeable teacher who took his time with me, a real novice.
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Chuck M. October 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Dave is a very experienced teacher. His vast knowledge of music and outstanding teaching methods are helping me become a better bass guitar player.
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Dave K.

Dave K.

Palos Heights, IL 60463
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About Zarui V.

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Des Plaines, IL
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About Zarui
Zarui Vardanean is an Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova, the National and International Contests prize winner.
She took her Master of Fine Arts in Music degree from the Academy of Music Republic of Moldova and her BBA from the Institute of the Continuing Education Republic of Moldova.
She started her career at the National Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Moldova as an opera soloist and a voice instructor at the Academy of the Music Republic of Moldova.
She is well-known to audiences in the UK, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Germany etc. and her native country Rep. of Moldova. She made an auspicious debut at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre Republic of Moldova in 1998 when she appeared as Ulrica. After that, she sang about twenty-three leading roles including Carmen, Amneris, Azucena, Adalgi
sa, Lyubasha, Olga, Pauline, etc.
Zarui Vardanean is a welcome guest artist in the leading opera houses in Europe.
She participated at the National and International Festivals. She has about hundreds of recordings at the National Radio and TV broadcast.
In 2013 she immigrated to the USA and opened her Voice Studio for young singers, where she can share her experience and knowledge with pleasure, also she continues her opera career in Europe.
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Zarui V.

Zarui V.

Des Plaines, IL 60016
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About Michael C.

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Skokie, IL

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Hi there!

I am a guitar, bass and piano player with over 20 years of experience to offer my students. I graduated from Duquesne University, (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1992 with a Bach. of music performance, jazz emphasis. I have toured, recorded and given lessons all over the world. Check out my photos and videos for some examples of what I do. (all students are posted with permission and parental permission)

My passion as a teacher is simply to help you learn to play and enjoy music. I tailor my lessons to suit your specific needs. Whether you are a parent who wants their child to learn a solid musical foundation or a busy adult who just wants to sit and learn some songs, I have a method that keeps your interest while developing your skills.

I like to spend at least half of the lesson playing together. I find the interactive approach
to be the most fun and the most effective. I will use whatever style you like. If it is a good song, we can learn something by playing it!

I teach guitar, bass guitar and upright bass, beginner through intermediate, as well as beginning piano. Several of my students have gone on to professional careers. I even had a former student compete on the Voice last year, which was a lot of fun to watch!

My studio is located in Skokie, just north of the Chicago border. I am also available for in home lessons in the near north suburbs. Sorry, I do not travel south into the city unless it is very close to the northern edge. For more information or to schedule a lesson, please contact Take Lessons. Your success is my goal!
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Kip September 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Never had a better teacher! And I've had lots.
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Delia July 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Coming from a person that never took an instrument in her hands and had zero knowledge about music, I could have not asked for a better first lesson than the one I had today with Mike! He was very patient and fun. I am looking forward to the following lessons!
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Kip July 2, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
I've never had a better lesson, on any instrument, and I've taken lessons at the Music Institute. Mike got me playing in minutes, but also delved into technique, theory, and fundamentals. Can't recommend him highly enough.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Skokie, IL 60076
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About Matthew C.

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Chicago, IL
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Matthew has been playing the upright bass for about 13 years, and although he has a strong classical foundation, he has been studying jazz for the past 6 years.
Matt is currently in his last semester at Roosevelt University for Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance on the Upright Bass. At CCPA he has had the opportunity to travel to St Louis, and New Orleans with the CCPA Large and Latin ensembles. Most recently, he performed at the JEN conference in New Orleans, where he performed with Howard Levy, one of the worlds greatest Harmonic players.
He has also performed many times at the Jazz Showcase and the world renowned Auditorium Theatre with many of the combos at CCPA.
He has had the opportunity to study with some of Chicago's best musicians, such as Ruben Alvarez, Henry Johnson, Paul Wertico, Paulinho Garcia, Cheryl Wilson, and T
om Garling. He is currently taking private lessons with both Scott Mason and Marlene Rosenberg.
Matt is also confident in teaching basic piano skills as well as jazz piano chord theory and improvisation.
Besides jazz and classical, Matt plays a lot of blues, rock n roll and funk on the bass guitar with a band, where he has played shows at Chicago's House of Blues, Double Door, Metro and many more.
Matt believes music should be a fun form of expression and communication, that improves the players life, as well as those around them.
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Stephen November 24, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher!
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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About john M.

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Broadview, IL

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I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
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Brian Lenart February 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.
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Michael D. July 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
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john M.

Broadview, IL 60155
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About Julian D.

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Chicago, IL

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I am professional drummer/ guitarist/ vocalist and songwriter. I play drums in a working band in Chicago and do freelance gigs as well. I play guitar and sing in another Chicago band as well. in the last five years iv earned my BA in Music From Columbia College Chicago, played gigs almost every weekend, with many different bands, toured through the midwest, played in Toronto, played on stage with some of my idols, and played big stages with hundreds of people, including big outdoor festival stages.
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Julian D.

Julian D.

Chicago, IL 60630
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About Lydia S.

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Chicago, IL

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About Lydia
I teach students of all ages and stages. Having studied piano for 16 years and voice for 4 years, my students can expect to learn theory and technique along with repertoire. I encourage my students to practice for at least ten minutes every day! All members of my studio have the opportunity to perform for and collaborate with one another in three recitals each year.

In addition to teaching a studio of twelve musicians (ages 4–85), I am a professional choral director. I graduated from Michigan State University (2018) with a Masters in Choral Conducting and from Oberlin College (2012) with a Bachelors in Music, Concentration in Choral Conducting.

I look forward to working with you!
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Rachel Pasquini October 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
We recently started piano lessons with Ms Lydia and we can’t say enough good things. Our daughter Emerson asks each day if Ms Lydia is coming to play piano. And we believe that is because of Ms Lydia's positive attitude, happy personality and ability to make learning music so much fun! Ms Lydia has already taught my daughter so much in regards to music and reading notes. Emerson enjoys each lesson so much that she practices the piano on her own. We are so grateful for Ms Lydia. She’s engaging, caring and her passion for music is contagious!
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Winslow October 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Lydia is a great teacher! She selects great music for my level and offers me suggestions to improve my ability. I enjoy practicing everyday and she never gets frustrated when I make mistakes but shows me correct fingering.

I began playing at 13 years old, and have taken lessons from many other teachers and now I'm 69 and have MS, she does a great job with me!
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Wallis October 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Lydia has been a wonderful teacher for my 2 daughters aged 6 and 8. She is prompt, enthusiastic and a great teacher. Highly recommend.
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Lydia S.

Chicago, IL 60647
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About Kyla G.

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Chicago, IL
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Hello! I'm Kyla. Currently, I attend Columbia Chicago College as a Music and Musical Theatre major. I will be graduating in 2019 with both degrees. I have been playing the violin and piano since I was 4 years old. Then, I began to sing and perform in musicals. In high school, I joined Musicality (AGT Season 11 semi-finalists). Then, in 2017, I was offered the position of Staff Member in the group where I assist in running sectionals, teaching music, and arranging music. At Columbia, I was in XCEND Show Choir where I was the Vocal Director. I arranged and taught all vocals and I helped run rehearsals. Music is my passion and I want to share my experiences with others so they can develop their kraft.
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Kyla G.

Kyla G.

Chicago, IL 60632
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