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Chiang L.

Chicago, IL

I basically focus on fundamental skills. Trumpet is a tough instrument to play: it only has three keys but has to play a wide register like other instruments. It is common for students to get bored with playing basic etudes, therefore I would award them by teaching pop songs or whatever pieces they like for meeting the week’s progress. I normally teach classical trumpet, marching trumpet and beginner’s jazz trumpet.

About Chiang

I am a trumpet instructor with global experience and an approach to learning that is encompassing and fun for all ages. I was born in Taiwan and have studied in both Asia and the U.S., where I last earned my Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Students have described me as someone who is out going, someone who is laid back and fun and someone who likes to listen and communicate with my students. I have been teaching trumpet and piano since sophomore at college, in private one-on-one lessons or as a trumpet sectional coach at elementary schools
or middle schools.

I believe that being an educator is about the communication and the relationship that exists between a teacher and a student. The art of being a good educator exists in the difference of “speaking to” a student versus “speaking with.” If you can build a good relationship with your student, the student will be more willing to listen and practice. My teaching style is one that is based on encouragement and creating a light-hearted atmosphere, although appropriate structure and pressure is applied with students performing or competing. My belief with learning music is that if you can foster their interest through the appropriate environment and encouragement, they will naturally spend time to practice; therefore, I like using a fun but structured environment to foster the student’s own interest to improve.

In my musical career, I had plenty of opportunities for performing when I was at Soochow University, including performing at the National Concert Hall each semester. I was admitted to the Soochow University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as a principal trumpet since my junior year, which was when I had the chance to performed as solo trumpet in Pictures at an Exhibition at the well-known Musashino Academia Musicae during our concert tour in Japan. It was a great challenge for me both on developing the skills needed on the piccolo trumpet or training to be a soloist. In addition to having performed in orchestras and ensembles, I was also invited by composition teachers in school to perform their new works, which earned me a lot of experiences on interpreting contemporary works as well as playing chamber music.

Furthermore, not satisfied with the excellent performance as a soloist, I participated in any kinds of performances both on and off campus, including playing at the National Concert Hall and places around Taiwan on a regular basis within a semester. In 2004, when I was in college, I performed with the Soochow University Orchestra in a concert tour around the country; and in 2005 I was a member of the China Youth Band and performed with the group for its tour to the WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) in Singapore. In 2005 I was admitted to Taipei Symphonic Winds (TSW) and I once again performed with the National Taiwan Normal University Winds Band during its concert tour around the country. In 2006 I performed with the TSW during the concert tour to Macau and Guangzhou, China. In October, 2006 I held my own trumpet recital. In 2007 I performed Pictures at an Exhibition with Soochow University Orchestra at Musashino Academia Musicae. I also took the Soochow university concerto competition and placed into the final round. In 2008 I held my second trumpet recital; in the same year I formed a brass quintet and we were actively involved in the local community doing charity performances. We had regular performances at hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and many of other places. In 2008 I was enlisted and performed in the Ministry of National Defense Symphony Orchestra as my military service. In 2010 I started my studies at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in my Master of Music degree.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is one that is based on encouragement and creating a light-hearted atmosphere, although appropriate structure is applied and pressure exerted when needed. My belief with learning music is that if you can foster student’s interest through the appropriate environment and encouragement, they will naturally spend time to practice; therefore, I like using a fun but structured environment to foster the student’s own interest to improve.

For trumpet students, I basically focus on fundamental skills. Trumpet is a tough instrument to play: it only has three keys but has to play a wide register like other instruments. It is common for students to get bored with playing basic etudes, therefore I would award them by teaching pop songs or whatever pieces they like for meeting the week’s progress. I normally teach classical trumpet, marching trumpet and beginner’s jazz trumpet.

For piano students, I teach students to be familiar with the keys and intervals and also hands position for the beginners. In my view, it is very important to sing notes and play the piano at the same time because it benefits key memorization and fosters a students' sense of music. With the piano, I believe that building the proper fundamentals sets the proper pace for future growth and musical interest.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Trumpet lessons , music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents if needed. Electric piano at home studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Trumpets, metronome, tuner, staff paper

*** Specialties ***
I would describe my method of teaching as using constant encouragement to get results from my student. As an example, for my younger students, I would use a score-based system where I award them with a sticker for meeting each week’s progress. You can trade in your stickers for various prizes. The style I specialize in is in the classics. Even though my focus has been on classical trumpet and classical piano, I also include pop music, because it appeals to a different audience who find it relevant and fun. My belief is that no matter what genre you choose to play, the foundation is the most important element to master first, so that’s where I focus on.
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dave V. April 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chiang is awesome. He relates very well to our 8yo daughter and she is excited for her lesson each week. She wants to have lessons more often! And, the results speak for themselves - she is progressing rapidly with Chiang's instruction. We're very glad we get to work with Chiang.
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Danning C. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am taking piano class with Chiang since 3 months ago, starting from scratch. He has been very professional and knowledgeable, and in the meantime, being nice and forgiving (especially when I have no time to practice due to my work).
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Troy H. February 6, 2014
Trumpet
Verified Student
Professional and fun.

This cat knows his stuff, is patient and knowledgable, and is very accommodating.
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Chiang L.

Chiang L.

Chicago, IL 60605
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Eric M.

Villa Park, IL

I love to play the trumpet. I play it in shows almost every day and love the way that Jazz sounds coming through a horn!

About Eric

I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is v
ery productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.
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Jeff K. October 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Eric has been great. He immediately found out where I was at in skill level and where I want to be. He then adds just enough knowledge to help me make the next step. I have learned a lot each lesson!
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Clayton Mann -. September 8, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Eric is the best vocal teacher I have ever had. He helps me with my range and performance. He's great to work with too.
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Joe N. July 31, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Eric is very patient and moves at a pace
Equal to the students ability. Allow enough
time for questions an, an willing to revisit
Any part of the lesson.
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Villa Park, IL 60181
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN

My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas

Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children.
Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I set an individual curriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Justin G. April 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas is very accommodating to a student like me. While I have some background in piano, I'm lacking in key areas. Nicholas is able to tailor his lessons to my lopsided needs. He's also a great guy!
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David P. December 13, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
the guy is Awesome!!!!!

I was blown away by the first lesson my son took the professionalism was great he learned more in the one day than his previous teacher taught him he's very passionate about music and how its played and heard. Also the using of proper technique he made me want to sign up and play I RECOMMEND him to all!!!!
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Barrett H.

Flossmoor, IL

About Barrett

At an early age, I was exposed to a variety of music including Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop, Latin, and the Blues. The early influences of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Howlin’ Wolf, kept me singing. I held my first concert at age 4, singing songs of the Tempations.

I began playing the trumpet when I was seven years old. So I've been playing for 17 years now. I've been classically trained from the beginning. While in junior high school, I began venturing into the world of jazz, sharpening my lead tr
umpet and improvisation skills with focused attention and everlasting curiosity.

I attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School and toured Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic as section leader in my school's Symphonic Band and lead trumpet and soloist of our award-winning jazz band.

I then attended the University of Pittsburgh, where Nathan Davis (formerly of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) is the head of the Jazz Department. This was a priceless environment for me, as it allowed me to form my own musical identity through rigorous scholastic study as well as my own personal study. I had the pleasure of playing with Jazz legends and giants such as Roger Humphries and Sean Jones, and learning from Leon Lee Dorsey (formerly of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers).

Since graduating with a Music, Jazz Concentration Degree, I have been performing as a bandleader and sidesman throughout the Chicagoland area. My trio enjoys regular gigs at Flavor Restaurant, putting on invigorating shows in an intimate setting. I have played with my quartet at Andy’s Jazz Club, as well as with Jim Holman’s group. I've also performed at several Friday night jazz sets in “Trio’s Restaurant and Jazz Club” in South Bend, Indiana, amongst many other venues.

My album, "The New Standard Vol. 1" is also doing well, gaining exposure and popularity.

Along with my performance experience, I have a passion for sharing knowledge and bouncing ideas. Since I have learned from the masters of music, I am well-prepared to guide students toward their own musical identities and goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal, as I said earlier is to guide students toward their own musical identities. This is so important because when a musician is playing or writing the music that they love, the music that naturally comes out of them, they enjoy a deep connection with that music and their audience can feel the music coming straight from their soul. No jivin'... they believe it.

Lessons Include:
Trumpet Conservatory Method
Articulation
Phrasing
Improvisation
Proper Posture and Breathing
Composition
Lyricism
Rhythm Studies
Scales/Modes
Listening to music
Ear Training
Music Theory
Sight Reading

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Stereo for Improvisation Practice, Arban's Book, Clarke Books

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of pages that will be used for lessons and they are for the student's keepsake. I expect them to buy the Arban's book.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Blues, Funk, Rock, R&B

I studied from Clarke and Arban's books a lot.

I also studied a lot of Clifford Brown.
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Hani R. October 17, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
I could not have asked for a better teacher! As a grown adult (who has never played any instrument) I started my lessons with so much hesitation and concern, and from the first moment Barrett put me at ease. His dedication to music, and to his students' success is always apparent. He takes his time and provides constant feedback to get you on and keep you on the right track. I can honestly say I don't know if I would still be trying with my trumpet if it wasn't for Barrett's constant encouragement, tips, and assurance. He is definitely a fabulous teacher!!!
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Karen R. July 10, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Barrett is a great teacher. My son has improved in technique, range and improvisation. Barrett has also expanded my son's interest in exploring different genres of music.
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Barrett H.

Barrett H.

Flossmoor, IL 60422
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kellyann W.

Bolingbrook, IL

The beginning trumpet student will learn posture, embouchure, breathing, and other techniques, along with playing enjoyable repertoire.

About Kellyann

From a young age, I was enamored with music and blessed to have parents who encouraged this passion by providing me with a variety of lessons. It is a privilege to pass on this love of music through lessons to a new generation of learners!

I have a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education and Sacred Music with emphases in piano and voice from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA, and have taken several graduate level professional development courses that have enhanced my abilities as a musician and teacher.

Throughout my high school and college careers, I was involved in many mus
ical groups, so I know the challenges that accompany the pursuit of excellence and a full schedule. This has given me an understanding of students' needs while maintaining high expectations.

I am a substitute teacher as well, currently working for Plainfield 202 and Valley View 365U, and I have connections with Indian Prairie 204. Because of this, I have completed background checks with the Will County and DuPage County Regional Offices of Education.

Along with teaching, I love using music at church and for fun at home with my husband, Tim. We also enjoy many other activities together like bike-riding, cooking, hiking, camping, and playing with our loveable goldendoodle Max (who stays outside or in a closed bedroom during lessons).

I moved to Bolingbrook in mid-2013 and thoroughly enjoy our friendly neighborhood just north of Independence Elementary School. I look forward to welcoming you to my in-home studio!
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Deborah Loving June 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kellyann is amazing! She made me feel comfortable and was very patient. Can't wait for my next lesson.
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Tita B. June 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's very knowledgeable! very nice! Totally recommend!
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Layla B. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was excellent. Learned more in first lesson than in all lessons put together with the last teacher ! Friendly and engaging.
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Kellyann W.

Kellyann W.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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