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Jesus G.

Chicago, IL

About Jesus

Jesus Garcia. has more than 15 years experience teaching piano and 5 years teaching the Suzuki piano method, with dozens of his students playing successfully in recitals, competitions, and auditions around the Chicago area.

Jesus completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance with a scholarship from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il. Renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and Dr. Ludmila Lazard were his advisers and professors. In addition, during his program at Roosevelt University, Jesus took a course aimed at developing figure base and harpsichord performance with Dr. Da
vid Schrader.

He is a certified piano Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is piano instructor.

In addition, Mr. Garcia. performs solo recitals and lieder by Rachmaninoff, Shubert, and Schumann with his wife the soprano Darina Assenova in festivals such as “Shubertiade”, which is organized by Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago and Make Music Chicago.

Mr. Garcia. often performs in Cultural Festivals in Mexico and United Sates, and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as an accompanist.

All his piano students are active as performers. Jesus always encourages them to perform in public, looking for piano festivals, competitions, recitals, auditions and any opportunities where they can showcase their talent. His students have been accepted in pre-college music schools in Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the basic piano technique skills when I start with a new student, it includes good posture of the body, good hand shape, firm fingertips, loose arm weight, good position of each finger, and flexible wrist. I always look for a rich tone production when playing each key of the keyboard in order to create a beautiful musical discourse throughout the piano piece.

When the student is from 3 to 6 years old I use the Suzuki method. When the student is older than 6 I combine the traditional and Suzuki method having great results with the student's performances.

My Philosophy: All my students learn to play piano in an artistry, confident, and joyful way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with upright piano, couches, bookshelves, etc. Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide copies of some piano works. But I also expect my students to buy their own books and have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
For beginners I use either the Faber or Thomson method. I can teach the Suzuki method too. I specialize in Classical music, but I can also teach pop music for piano.
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Kristin S. June 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We absolutely adore Jesus! My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Jesus since January, and it is amazing how much she has progressed. Previously she had been getting lessons ,catch and go, at her school, and there was very little progress. Jesus has a wonderful and gentle teaching style, and yet inspires her to work hard during lessons and our practices.

I cannot say enough about Jesus. One of the best decisions we have made!
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Andrea M. August 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent experience.
I came in as a low intermediate player and after only a few lessons I feel much more confident! My sight-reading and technique approved a great deal in a short amount of time.
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Monica M. July 14, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My two daughters are having a wonderful experience with Jesus. We've had about 7 lessons so far and I can't believe how great they are doing. He's a fantastic teacher, he's patient (especially with my restless 7 year old), encouraging and motivating (they love to practice!). We love his teaching style and how he incorporates history and information on various composers and his students, his passion for really shows. We are absolutely thrilled with Jesus.
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Jesus G.

Jesus G.

Chicago, IL 60641
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$30 / 30-min
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Wendy P.

Chicago, IL

About Wendy

I am a professional singer, songwriter and actor working in the Chicago area for many years. I have a B.F.A. in Theater/Voice from The University of Kansas and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago. I've been teaching private vocal instruction since 2003: I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, a unique and supportive venue for singer's to become more comfortable performing before an audience. I also instruct workshops for vocal technique and performance. For the past 10 years I was the lead singer for The Red Apples, an acoustic roots band that performs an eclectic mix
of rock, swing, blues, country and jazz. I also have a cabaret/art song project consisting or original material with composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski. As a singer and actress I have performed with many major theaters in the Chicago area, including Court Theater, Victory Gardens, National Jewish Theater, Bailiwick Theater, and Prop Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained singer I will instruct you in all aspects of singing technique, from breath control and support to improving your tone, range, flexibility and resonance. My familiarity with a variety of musical styles from pop/rock, R&B, and country, to musical theater, lounge and jazz makes me an ideal teacher for those interested in contemporary styles.

I have spent many years developing my own style of singing and instruction. I draw on my experiences and training not only in music, but theater and movement, (Linklater, Alexander Technique, Grotowski) to create a well rounded approach to singing and performing. As an instructor, I am most interested in helping students find their true voice and artistic style. I teach students to find expression through and with a foundation of technique, rather then in spite of it. I also am very interested in helping students deal with the mental/emotional aspects of performance, an all important area so frequently ignored by music teachers. My style is nurturing, yet disciplined, and sprinkled liberally with good-natured humor."

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio space is fully equipped with a piano, P.A. system with microphones, CD, MP3 player for tracks, and ability to record lessons if the student desires.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Please have a piano (in tune!) or keyboard for use in your in home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained, but I am very adept at teaching music in a wide variety of styles, including most contemporary styles of music including pop/rock, roots, swing, jazz and blues, country, r&b, and of course musical theater and cabaret. My band performs an eclectic mix of originals and covers in the roots rock genre, and I write music as well. I have many years of experience in the theater as an actress, and I coach acting technique and performance. I coach singer/songwriters, and all types of singers, of all ages. I have a workshop that specializes in helping people learn to perform better in front of an audience, and I host the Singer's Salon in Chicago, which is a supportive opportunity to perform regularly! I also coach bands, to improve their vocals, harmonies, etc.
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Jessica September 1, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.
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Jessica August 31, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Wendy was the best instructor ever. Always very humble, sweet & honest. She truly teaches from the heart and genuinely wants one to do better than the lesson before. She knows what she is talking about and explains thouroughly what needs to be worked on. She not only corrects you but praises you when you have achieved something great. You will always have her support & knowledge that will take you a long way.
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Vocal Training
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Wendy P.

Wendy P.

Chicago, IL 60618
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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL

About Nathan

Music begins with the body. We can begin by making it very comfortable to hold an instrument and produce sound. From here rhythm, melody, and song come naturally.

My goal is to be there to help you absorb the music with as little obstruction and effort, making learning easy, enjoyable, and gratifying.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar
Hand Drums and Percussion
various handmade wood flutes

*** Travel Equipment ***
Hand Drums and Percussion
Saxophone
various handmade wood flutes

About my musical lifeline:

Percussion is my latest love, and feels very true to my heart and purpo
se. This journey has been heavily inspired by a year of ceremonial music study in New York, as well as a recent month-long trip to Morocco, where I studied with masters who hold centuries-old lineage. To me, percussion is about using the whole body, filling a space, and moving between raucous excitement and quiet tenderness.

Upon my first visit to North Africa, my fixation on saxophone re-fixed on ancient wood flutes. I now make Moroccan Neira and Ney flutes. Flute is now my preferred instrument of melodic expression, one of the most ancient forms of music, the drum's sibling.

Guitar has always been a very personal instrument for me -- one that I play in order to relax, rejoice with friends, or explore my thoughts and emotions. I would say that I am a folk guitar player, only because all of my experience has been with folk! That said, I know some jazz and pop songs, as well.

As a saxophone player, I have toured with two different groups nationwide, and played live shows with even more. I've also played on professional recordings. While my background is based on theory and written music, the majority of my saxophone career has been a search for expression, improvisation, spontaneity, and mutual creation with other musicians.
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Cynthia S. June 1, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan has been wonderful working with our son. He has shown patience, flexibility, and a willingness to let the lessons develop on their own while maintaining the core concept of the lesson plan. He works equally well with a structured format or improvisation. His organic approach allows for freedom and creativity, while maintaining an eye for theory and structured chord reading. He has bonded well with our young student and makes each lesson a joyful music session. Nathan is highly recommended by us and our student.
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Tasha P. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Making great progress

I'm writing about my son's ukelele lessons with Nathan. He's a young beginner, who was very hesitant about learning an instrument. Nathan is great with children; he's very adept at making them comfortable and following their readiness cues.

It's only been a couple of months at this point, but my son has gotten more excited about playing and is learning more every week.
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Nathan T.

Nathan T.

Chicago, IL 60645
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Florin M.

Chicago, IL

About Florin

I am an experienced guitar teacher / player with a BA in Instrumental performance and an MFA degree in Composition.
I have experience teaching all levels, in various styles (Basic theory, Improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock/Fusion, Classical Guitar) and I have taught students ranging in age from 6 to 55.
From August 2008 'till May 2010 I was a full-time teacher at Fun with Music in Chicago
I have studied in Chicago with Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble), Norman Ruiz (classical guitarist), David Bloom (Bloom School of Jazz), Peter Lerner and Bill Boris (guitar theory & improvisation).
I ha
ve shared stage with major names from the Chicago Jazz and Blues scene like George Freeman, Ari Brown Quartet, Clyde “Lightning” George.
I am also experienced in teaching music theory, orchestration & composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
For a beginner student at any age I try to shape my lessons in such a way that the student gets more familiar with the instrument in a pleasant way as much as possible. I am laid back when necessary and especially for a beginner I try to use more than one method so that when difficulty appears I may try to switch gears so that the student still finds it exciting to practice or to finish their assignments. A lot of times this becomes possible when, let's say, practicing a scale can be put aside and playing a few chords from the student's most favorite song is done instead. Then the interest and the joy of playing is still high for them.
For a more advanced student I can also be strict when, for example, improvising requires an extra amount of effort by studying alternative guitar techniques.
I use different curriculum materials, from the Carcassi method book in classical guitar to Berklee College material for an advanced student or from various 'Guitar for beginners' materials or books to simply deconstructing various songs or tunes and playing them at the student's request.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has full recording studio set up in his apartment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar(s), books, CDs,

*** Specialties ***
Basic theory, Improvisation, Jazz, Blues, Rock/Fusion,
Classical Guitar
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Agnieszka B. January 13, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He is a great teacher. He is always on time, very organized and my son really enjoys guitar lessons with him.
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Florin M.

Florin M.

Chicago, IL 60631
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sean D.

Chicago, IL

About Sean

My name is Sean Diller and I am from Chicago, IL. I have lived here for 5 years and am excited to build a studio of passionate students. I have been playing violin since I was 10 and viola since high school.

I attended Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and graduated in 2007 with my Bachelor of Music in Symphonic Instruments (Viola Performance). I graduated VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL) with my Master in Music Education in 2012. My education has brought me many opportunities to be a teacher and a leader.

I am the Viola Teaching Artist and String Conductor at the Chicago Metam
orphosis Orchestra Project at Mary Lyon Elementary School. I have a passion for teaching viola and violin, as well as teaching strings.

I also play viola for multiple orchestras including the Southwest Michigan Symphony (3rd chair viola) and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (1st chair Viola). I have also played violin and viola with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, which plays only music by living composers.

All of these experiences have helped shape me into the teacher that I am today!

*Lesson Details*
1. Materials needed are: Instrument, pencil, music, music stand.
2. I tailor all lessons so that it is developed for each students needs.
3. I focus on repertoire that is an appropriate level for each student.
4. I teach practice techniques that will help each student practice.
5. I work with each student to build confidence and responsibility.

My job as a music educator is to provide the best for all of my students so that they can have fun and learn to create music to the best of their ability! My job as a musician is to pass the art of music to the next generation through mindful and thoughtful study all while creating new and exciting experiences.
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Annarita T. July 27, 2015
Viola
Mr. Diller has a fantastic teaching technique with his students. As a colleague of his, I enjoy watching Mr. Diller teach and see his students benefit and expand their musical ability while laughing and having fun.
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Debbie June 26, 2015
Viola · In studio
I am a fellow string teacher/performer and would highly recommend Sean to any student! He is great working with students of all ages and has a patient, kind and professional approach.
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Eric June 26, 2015
Viola · In studio
Mr Diller showcases exceptional musicianship, a positive and engaging rapport with youth, and he supports and inspires students of all ages to be the best they can be.

He exhibits contagious enthusiasm for his students and their instruments and for expression and meaningful music making.

Mr. Diller knows that while skills and technique are crucial, there is no substitution for creativity, connection and emotionally invested expression.

You can expect a top-notch professional experience with Mr. Diller. Most highly recommended!
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Sean D.

Sean D.

Chicago, IL 60626
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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