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Popular Music Teachers Near Island Lake

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Dan C. Barrington, IL

About Dan

I have been playing guitar for 30 years, starting with Rock/Blues before studying both Classical and Jazz guitar in college. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1995. I am currently a guitar teacher in the NW Chicago suburbs and in Chicago currently with 45+ students, teaching all ages, all levels and all styles. I have been teaching guitar and music off and on for the past 20+ years but in 2007 I decided to devote myself to teaching full time (yes, teaching guitar is my primary job!)...one of the best decisions I have ever made! To me, playing music is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s also a lot of fun! But no matter what your goals are in music, I have found, through many years of playing and teaching, that every musician ...

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Geerthi Balaji D. January 13, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Best Teacher and Encouraging

I have had Dan as my Guitar Teacher, he is the best in teaching Guitar from the basics. I started with him as nothing since I do not have any Musical Background, He encouraged me well to understand the Music notes and Guitar Tabs. Every lessons with him was so much interesting and particularly he asks me to choose my favorite song and explore the Guitar notes. That makes the learning interesting and willing to explore the different types of Music.
Any questions I asked about the Music, he could explain by the way that I can easily understand. Every second in his class is valuable and has some good information about Music.
He is the Best and I always feel proud to say that I am his student.
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Aryo P. September 21, 2013
Guitar
Best teacher i've had

Dan is amazing. I've had him as a teacher for a few years and I have already learned to play Hotel California, Johnny B. Goode, and many other songs. Dan brings his own equipment so that you can get printed handouts whenever you want. He is quite instructive and explains things in simplest terms. If you are having some trouble with something, he breaks it down into smaller pieces. Dan is definitely the best teacher I have had.
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Angela B. August 4, 2013
Classical Guitar
Excellent instructor

Dan is endlessly patient and good humored as only someone who really enjoys his job is. He is easy to be around and quite attentive to individual needs.
Amy D. Crystal Lake, IL

About Amy

For over 10 years Amy has dedicated her time to offering full-service music lessons to both beginner and advanced students of all ages. She provides a complete lesson program where students learn every aspect of music including: history, theory, composition and technique in playing skills. *** Lesson Details *** Ms. Amy utilizes a variety of curriculum based on each students abilities, interests and learning styles. Alfred, Faber and Schaum are the most popular and are integrated with a variety of unique books and music tailored to each student. After 6 months, beginner students will have a working knowledge of reading staff music, scales and more. *** Studio Equipment *** Roland . Fender . Epiphone *** Travel Equipment *** I will bring books that the student would reimburse me for. ...

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HannaI March 6, 2014
Best Teacher Ever!

I've had several piano teachers throughout my life, and as a lifelong learner, Amy has the experience and skill to teach piano to students at any age. I feel free to explore modern music as much as the classics. Choose Amy as your next piano teacher and be prepared to wow your friends with your new musical talent!
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MaryS March 6, 2014
Excellent Teacher

Amy is a wonderful teacher. She has a great personality and loves to help her students reach their full potential. She makes learning fun. I would recommend her to anyone.
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AlyssaI March 6, 2014
Patient Piano Teacher

I heard of Amy when I was in school, looking for a way to get better at my music. She teaches piano, voice and guitar - I was really looking for help in piano. Her teaching skills are awesome! She understands music theory incredibly well, and has clear-cut teaching methods that help you grasp concepts and make feel smarter than you are! I really do recommend her if you are looking for beginning or advanced teaching. She will take you far.
Ian M. Lake Villa, IL

About Ian

I’ve been teaching professionally to all ages and levels for over 10 years throughout the Chicagoland area. I have been playing for about 19 years. Music is my passion. I even own and run an all ages music venue. Teaching is my biggest love and I love seeing students learn! There isn’t a style I will not teach. All music to me is fascinating:) *** Lesson Details *** All lessons start with the basics (assuming the student doesn’t already know them). This includes: reading music and chord diagrams (usually using a book for students under the age of 15), understanding rhythm, basic music theory, etc. Meanwhile, we apply this knowledge to songs of the student’s choice- this way they’re learning songs they like, and more about guitar and music at the same time. As time goes on we’ll get into ...

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Michelle L. March 3, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher

My son loves learning guitar from Ian! He is so patient with children. His love for music is infectious. He makes my son look forward to learning each week. If you want to learn guitar... Pick Ian!
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carolyn L. February 27, 2014
Guitar
great teacher for popular acoustic guitar

Ian is a no nonsense well organized guy. He taught me using exercises he wrote out on paper mostly in tabulature form. He used a metronome from the first lesson and always introduced a music theory concept such as rhythm, pentatonic scales, and chord transposition. He will not move past any exercise until you can demonstrate proficiency so there is no choice but to draw your own conclusion that you need to practice more if you want to progress. He teaches out of his local all ages music venue, or will travel to your home.
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Paul R. February 6, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
A great experience.

As an adult, beginner student I have nothing but good things to say about Ian. He has a very good demeanor during class and takes the time to find out what styles you are interested in.

He has the patience and communication skills that are found in superior instructors (I have been to a couple others and have stuck with Ian). His passion for music is infectious.

He challenges me to become better with each week and is good at instilling a sense of competition. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
Martone M. Fox River Grove, IL

About Martone

I have performed professionally on stage and in the studio for over 20 years. I studied music with a double major in guitar and bass guitar. I also play flute and keyboards. I began my musical training at 10 years old learning how to play guitar. I have a deep love for music and began to teach what I know to others and found that teaching music is very rewarding. I like to help others discover the joy that comes from learning and playing a musical instrument. I am great with young students just starting out and make sure that learning their instrument is a fun experience. With teenagers and adults, I not only teach guitar methods, but also the basic principles required to "jam" with other musicians. I also work with bands and ensembles teaching basic performance techniques ...

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SurajA June 27, 2012
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Marty is an absolutely great teacher. He is very patient and encouraging. You learn plenty but it does not feel like a chore. He makes you want to play and practice the guitar.
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ChaseH June 12, 2012
Martone is an awesome teacher. I have learned much from him, and had fun the whole time. He has done a great job at making me feel wanted. He also has done a great job at going at my pace. On top of that, he has been really flexible in scheduling, there have been a few days I have been late or needed to switch my lesson's date and he worked with me to get it all figured out, pain free. If you are looking to learn guitar, Marty here has you covered! He is skilled, kindhearted, and easy going.
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MelissaK April 9, 2012
What a find!

Martone is wonderful. He is informative, patient, and encouraging. My daughter loves going to her lessons.
Charis B. Woodstock, IL

About Charis

I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas. In my studio I have two piano's and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer. Currently, I have ...

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DonnaF1 July 28, 2012
Miss Charis is an excellent teacher! Extremely knowledgable in her field and my daughter really enjoys working with her!
Teresa L. Ingleside, IL

About Teresa

I am a graduate of Northern IL University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I have 22 years of teaching experience where I have traveled to the homes. Students enjoy my passion that I have with the instrument. I started teaching in 1991 and have been teaching several students since then. Attending teacher workshops keep me at a current updated level and I want to help the students learn to the best of their potential. *** Lesson Details *** I am very thorough in my teaching, which includes lesson, theory, technique, and performance methods. I use a very easy, flexible approach when it comes to the kids and their personalities. I expect a lot out of my students, yet still want them to learn and have fun. After three months with me, they will have learned how my

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Sharon L. February 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons for about 4 weeks now and am thoroughly enjoying the experience with Terri. She listens to where I am, and while she is patient, challenging and encouraging, she also takes into account my schedule and my current life circumstances. As things get more challenging, we take our time, because that's what my life needs. As an adult student, I have a fairly busy life with work and other interests outside my music lessons. I appreciate Terri's flexibility with my pace, and her understanding with regard to each client as an individual with individual needs.
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Laurinia H. January 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Teresa teaches my 6 yrs. old piano. She is very patient and flexible. She is able to tailor to his needs adjusting if he needs more review and advancing when he is ready. He has made great progress with Teresa and he is learning the love of music! What more can a mother ask for??

Thank You Teresa!!!
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Laura E. September 18, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Anyone young and old will enjoy learning to play the piano with Terri!

Terri is the perfect match when it comes to being my piano teacher. Not only is Terri knowledgeable and professional, she is also very patient and encouraging. She has made me appreciate the challenge of learning the piano by combining technique and theory along with fun and laughter in my lessons. With Terri, the lesson is not over until she makes sure I understand what she has just taught me. She is the best! I am so lucky I found her! I highly recommend her!

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