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Paul D.

Zion, IL

I studied to be a band director and saxophone was my major instrument through college. I can teach Beginners and Intermediate Lessons!

About Paul

Paul has been teaching music in the public school system since 1997. He has a bachelor and master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music. While at VanderCook Paul studied all woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments, as well as music theory, conducting, and rehearsal techniques.

Along with being a music teacher, Paul also composes and records out of his home studio. He has played bass and guitar in various Chicago bands including, Reckless Maggie, The One, Chicago Sound Machine, and Windy City.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students are strongly encouraged
to practice at least 30 minutes daily. Typically, my guitar and drum students will start with the first book in the Alfred Series. We keep track of progress in a journal taking baby steps where help is needed, and bigger, faster steps when things are coming easy.

I will do much of the first 3-6 months of lessons book. If and when things are going, I then add things outside the lessons book that the student is interested in, such as specific rock or pop songs that are on the students level.

I do believe in following the technique and theory books and completing at least the first in the series. This is the foundation of what your going to build your technique and music theory skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room converted recording studio: electronic drum kit, couch, coffee table, desk with computer and recording equipment, guitars hooked up through computer, thru monitor speakers, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Student should have their own instrument. If there is an opening for some sort of "recording lessons" I have recording software on my lap top for travel and even more equipment in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I am a band director I specializing in typical band style music. Classical, Baroque...etc. I use rubank often as well as the students current music for up coming performances.

However, I am also a pop musician. I use Alfred guitar method for guitar and teach this is a pop/rock fashion. Also drum set in pop/rock/jazz fashion.
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Michael W. January 3, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a professional and cares about his students
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Nicole G. August 20, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Paul was great wirh nicole. He has patient and show nicole every detail important for a beginner saxophone student. She enjoyed the class and is showing improvement.
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Matt H. August 10, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a great teacher in general. He's a good bass guitar player and has some innovative ways to teach on that instrument, but his approach would work for anything.
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Paul D.

Paul D.

Zion, IL 60099
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starting at
$20.50 / 30-min
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Kay S.

Avalon, WI

I have taught all levels of saxophone.

About Katherine (Kay)

Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improveme
nt in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphasis on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Avalon, WI 53505
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jon N.

Skokie, IL

I have never had a saxophone lesson in my life, but I taught myself at train stations on the way to rehearsal. In Mexico my friends asked me, "Do you play saxophone?" and I lied and said Yes and my whole career was launched. Now as a professional, I wow the audiences in many different bands and solo.

About Jon

Jon N. was born and raised in Mexico City and is proudly an American citizen. He has been performing since the age of three, on several instruments, studying music since fourteen, and still takes lessons to this day. What's not to love?

He is proud to teach at all levels, including many professional musicians with master’s degrees, adult beginners, and of course, kids of all ages between 8 and 75.

They are encouraged to select the music they want to learn, so we have worked on classical music and original compositions, which I also coach, jazz, blues, pop, rock, the Great American Songb
ook, reggae, seven different kinds of Jewish music, and other ethnic music from all over the globe.

Frequently the younger students will request a tune I've never heard, but I magically transform the MP3 into a handwritten score at the student's level. Example, one of my adult beginners wanted to play the big symphonic poem Scheherazade, and I wrote out the main tunes for easy piano.
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Ellen Bero March 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I have had 4 piano lessons with Jon so far and he has been great. I just signed up to continue with him and I really look forward to my weekly lesson with him.

He's always very positive and encourages me to be positive too. He's also very responsive to my needs, helping me to concentrate and giving me beautiful music that I really enjoy and can work with.

I heartily recommend Jon. He's a very capable teacher, and a kind, considerate person.
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Eric January 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
I would just like to present the rest of the music world to Mr. John Novi. This gentleman has been nothing but stellar in his methods of teaching me how to be a better piano player and composer. I have never felt more confident in myself than after the first lesson I had from him. I advise anyone and everyone who has any second thoughts about him to throw them out the window and dive head first in lessons with him. You will never be in more qualified hands than his.
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Kate September 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
I’ve only recently begun taking piano lessons, but I can already tell that Jon Novi is the kind of teacher who sees limitless potential in his students. His enthusiasm buoys me even when I think I’ve messed up a song, and encourages me to try again.

Also his piano skills are on point, and he does a good job of explaining how to read a score and the mechanics of playing the piano.

Beyond piano know-how, though, I would argue that it is Jon Novi’s zest for teaching that makes me glad I’m taking lessons with him. You won’t regret it.
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Jon N.

Jon N.

Skokie, IL 60077
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael F.

Skokie, IL

I teach beginning and Intermediate Saxophone and Clarinet also Beginning Flute. I CAN teach sax at an advanced level,however.

About Michael

I am a Chicago native. I have over forty years performance experience. I have performed with Von Freeman ,Mark Murohy,Richie Cole,Johnny Coles,Richie Beirach ,Clifford Jordan,Franz Benteler and Redd Holt. I was recognized for "Chicago's Best Jazz" in 1997 by Chicago Magazine.
I have recorded with Anne Pringle,Neal Kristie,Catherine Gauthier,Little Milton and "Chainsaw" DuPont.
I have thirty years private teaching experience . I have taught for Music House Inc. Music on the Move and the Merit School of Music.
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Michael F.

Michael F.

Skokie, IL 60076
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$30 / 30-min
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Lexi N.

DeKalb, IL

I have been studying saxophone since 10 years old, and this is my primary instrument. I studied under Ryan Muncy and I am currently studying with Jessica Maxfield, both earned Doctorates in saxophone performance at Northwestern for classical saxophone. I have been playing jazz since I picked up the saxophone and have studied under numerous musicians at Northern Illinois University including Geof Bradfield, Fareed Haque, Reggie Thomas, and many others. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience!

About Lexi

Hello! My name is Lexi and I started playing music when I was 6 years old on piano, and started playing saxophone at 10. I am finishing my music performance degree (Jazz Studies) at Northern Illinois University soon and I am looking for some students. I have taught piano and saxophone in the past, and I study both jazz and classical saxophone at NIU. Do not hesitate to contact me for questions or specifics, and I look forward to working with you or your child!
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Lexi N.

Lexi N.

DeKalb, IL 60115
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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