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Cynthia M.

Gurnee, IL

About Cynthia

I attended Wright State University, where I graduated with Latin honors in June of 2007 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.

Among the numerous honors I received during my matriculation at Wright State University, I was on the Deans List every quarter, and won the highest distinction offered by the Department of Music by winning the coveted Wright State University Concerto Night Competition in February of 2007. I was also a 2004 and 2006 winner of the department Honors Recital, and a recipient of the WSU Chamber Players “Beethoven Award. In June of 2004, I joined the Wright Stat
e University Wind Symphony on a tour of Japan, where I performed as a featured soloist.

In the fall of 2007, I began my graduate studies for a Master of Music in music performance degree at the University of Florida. While working towards my degree, I served as a graduate teaching assistant for the flute studio at the University of Florida. I taught MUS 2450, an undergraduate course in instrumental skills, was the applied flute instructor to undergraduates pursuing a minor in flute performance, and gave masterclasses and lecture-presentations to the flute studio on performance practices, the history of the flute, and important pedagogical figures in flute.

My teaching experiences include working with several high school bands in Ohio and Florida and serving as Assistant Director for Flutopia, a summer flute camp experience. I have taught private music lessons for 12 years. As a staff member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, I studied flute with the principal flutist of the San Antonio Symphony, Tallon Perkes, and worked as a guest clinician for the Junior Division band.
Professionally, I was a contracted flutist with the Ocala Symphony for two years while I worked on my graduate degree in flute.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a dynamic and energetic teacher. Lessons with me usually involve me wildly gesticulating and moving around to illustrate a passage.

I have method books that I do tend to use with most students, but for those just starting with me, we usually start with whatever they already have (even if that's just a band method book). Usually we can start there and then branch out as needed. I encourage note taking during lessons. So, a notebook and pencil for flute lessons is a necessity. Some of my students find that they get the most out of recording their lesson and listening to the play back of their lesson to pick up things they missed in the moment. If you have something to bring to record your lesson, please feel free to bring that! I've recorded lessons on my iPhone and emailed them to my students and parents before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my apartment in a combined living room/dining room. I have a mirror and comfortable seating for parents in the living room.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and flute music of Brazil.
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Austin S. June 12, 2013
Flute
Great Teacher!

I really enjoyed the lessons I had with Cynthia; not only did she make playing the flute fun, but she really helped me get a better grasp on some techniques that I was having a little bit of trouble with!

Not only is she a great and understanding teacher, she is a fantastic musician; two of the most important things I believe you need in a private instructor.

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Elizabeth E. June 8, 2013
Flute
Super talented - Great Personality - Excellent Teacher

I could not think of a better teacher to teach my beginning, intermediate or advanced flutist. Cynthia is truly an amazingly talented musician and just as kind and nurturing of a teacher. I give her my highest recommendation!
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Kate W. June 8, 2013
Flute
Wonderful teacher

It's apparent Cynthia loves what she does. She's patient, thoughtful, encouraging, and does a wonderful job helping students achieve their musical potential. I am so thankful for all of Cynthia's hard work helping my daughter learn and nurture her passion for music.
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Cynthia M.

Gurnee, IL 60031
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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, play
ing 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 needs a basic understanding of their instrument and of music in general. Whether you are learning piano, saxophone, violin, flute or guitar all music students will need to know about the basics of music, how it works and where the notes are on their instrument. My goal as a guitar and music instructor is to *teach people how to teach themselves*. I would love to have you study with me for years and years, but a good instructor should be able to show people what they need to know so that they can be their own primary music educator for the rest of their lives. Not only is it more economically friendly for the student, I see it as simply the right thing to do. My lessons are designed to make the absolute most of a student's motivation and to keep them motivated to maximize their learning experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are an absolute beginner or more experienced guitar player, I see it as my mission to prepare all of my students to be *musicians*, not just people who can move their fingers on a guitar. I believe that all musicians should think of music as a language: if you don't understand the basics of any language how can you expect to communicate well in that language?

Beginners can expect to learn the foundations of guitar and music: good finger and pick technique, familiarity with basic notes, simple chords, basic musical concepts, easy and fun songs. More advanced students can expect to improve in many aspects of guitar playing in most styles and in their understanding and appreciation of music- advanced playing techniques (pick and finger style), scales, arpeggios, advanced chord forms and chord progressions, melodic improvisation in any style, music theory, ear training, etc. I teach beginning and intermediate Classical guitar as well. I request that Classical guitar students already have some prior guitar experience (knowledge of basic notes and chords).

In my years as a guitar student and as a teacher, I have learned that communication is the key to good, productive lessons and as much as possible I cater lessons to what each student is interested in, while having fun!

At this time I am offering lessons on Friday afternoons and evenings at my Inverness teaching studio. Due to my weekly teaching schedule, I am not currently available to offer in-home lessons at student's homes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My teaching studio is equipped with: amplifier, cords, music stand, guitar stand, laptop PC, printer, play-along programs for practice, hundreds of self-authored exercises for all levels. I also have a huge library of guitar books, songs and other materials available for lesson material as well. Method books to use for lessons available to purchase from me ($8-$10 generally). Just bring yourself, a guitar (acoustic or electric), a pick or two and we'll be ready to roll!
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Elliot (9) July 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dan is funny, nice and good at guitar and teaching. I look forward to my lessons. He makes learning guitar fun!
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Emily (age 13) July 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Dan is really fun to have lessons with. He helps me pick good songs that are really fun to learn and play. He also helps me understand fingerings and strummings better. I really like taking lessons from Dan!
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HEMAL B. July 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
One of the best guitar teacher, I met so far!

I am taking guitar lessons from Dan for more than a year. Dan has profound knowledge about music. He has all the skills what I always look for in “perfect” teacher; good listener, push your boundaries, encourage you to keep learning. When I approached him through ‘takelessons.com’, I was not sure what to expect. He gauged my guitar skills and started from there. Now, I can play music notes, strumming, chords, bar chords and finger style etc.

I am grateful to have Dan has my guitar teacher.
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Dan C.

Barrington, IL 60010
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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 playing lead, advanced theory, songwriting and more.

Above is the plan, but I am always open to suggestions from the students. As long as they are learning, I am happy. In all reality, we can spend years on just one of the many paths you can go down with the guitar- so I am always continually re-checking on the student’s current and up-to-date goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, amp and cables, notebook paper, metronome, pens and pencils. All I need from students is that they have their own guitar, picks, and in time, a metronome (and as mentioned above, sometimes a book, but I'll let you know if and when that might be necessary).

*** Travel Equipment ***
Depending on what's necessary, I will bring any of my studio equipment except for an amp.

*** Specialties ***
Again, I am very confident in my teaching skills. I love so many genres of music that its hard to say where my best talents lie. But no matter what the style, I will say one thing that I have always been strict about is proper technique and rhythm. I feel like timing is something that a lot of musicians lack and often have to learn the hard way later on. I try to incorporate it soon after and onward after a beginner's first lessons.
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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.
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Ian M.

Ian M.

Lake Villa, IL 60046
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 teaching style is and will be able to play several children's songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any equipment when I travel except their books for the first lesson. I would expect the student to have a well tuned piano or a basic keyboard. The student also needs a notebook so I can write their homework down for them as well as myself to keep track of where the student is in their progress.[

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Alfred, Bastien, and Faber and Faber. I teach General Music, Classical, Jazz, and Popular. I teach mainly through the method books, and then use other supplementary materials as well..
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Jack P. June 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Terri was great with our son! He enjoyed his lesson and looks forward to his next one!
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Tyler P. June 17, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter truly enjoyed her first lesson with Terri! Terri was so warm and friendly. We are looking forward to the next lesson!
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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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Teresa L.

Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL 60041
(7)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Jennifer O.

Lake Villa, IL

About Jennifer

I graduated this spring with my master's degree in vocal performance. I specialize in operatic singing, but the fundamentals of good singing are the same across all genres, so I can work with you in whatever style you're interested in singing. I'll work with you to create a regimen to train your vocal technique to expend your range, vocal quality (how good your voice sounds in all parts of your range), the strength of your voice, your vocal agility, and your musical expressiveness. We will also apply the skills built with this regimen to repertoire that interests you!
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Marcella July 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
This was my first one on one voice lesson. Working with Jennifer was really beneficial. She worked with the children's choir I was in and instantly my director and myself noticed a great difference in my voice. Great advice, excercises, and incredible patience. You will not be let down!
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Jennifer O.

Jennifer O.

Lake Villa, IL 60046
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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