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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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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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Alex K.

Chicago, IL

I have been playing saxophone for 12 years, and I look forward to being able to share some of my knowledge and experience with you! I have a BA in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago, and learned from many incredible performing artists and faculty while I studied there.

While I teach mostly classical and jazz saxophone, I also have experience with pop, rock, funk, etc., so nothing is off limits here!

About Alex

I have been playing music since the age of seven, starting on piano before switching to saxophone. Throughout elementary and high-school I received private instruction in both classical and jazz, and performed with a variety of ensembles including concert bands, saxophone quartets, jazz big bands and combos, funk bands, a Motown cover band, and a ska band.

I then attended Columbia College Chicago, performing in their top jazz combo and leading the saxophone section of their big band for three years. I was fortunate to be able to study privately with both Geof Bradfield and Scott Burns durin
g my time there as well. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies.

I also had the opportunity to perform with and receive master class instruction from many great artists such as Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Chris Potter, Jon Irabagon, Donny McCaslin, Christian McBride, Anat Cohen, Gerald Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Barry Harris, Mike Stern, Dave Douglas, and many others.

Having the opportunity to perform and teach music is a passion of mine, and I would be very happy to be able to share that same passion with my students. It is very fulfilling to watch students learn and grow as both people and musicians, and I hope to be able to foster that growth in you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different, and each will want to get something different out of taking lessons. In our first lesson I hope to get an idea of why you want to study privately and this will inform me of how to structure our lessons together.

In addition to working on anything that you want to bring into our lessons, we will also study material to help improve your basic faculty on the instrument, such as scales, etudes, long tones, patterns, etc. I try to strike a good balance between hard work and fun in my lessons, and everything will always go at your own pace. I am there to help you with any difficulties or problems you are having, and to answer any questions you may have. The most important thing is to enjoy what you are working on and have fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
music stand, keyboard, audio recorder

Students must have their own instrument, reeds, neck strap, etc., and are encouraged to purchase a staff paper notebook to take notes during lessons, as well as a few books for technical study (Rubank Methods, Ferling 48 Studies)
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Alex K.

Alex K.

Chicago, IL 60647
starting at
$30 / 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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Jon N.

Jon N.

Skokie, IL 60076
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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