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Sean H.

Chicago, IL

Saxophone is my life! I have played saxophone for 16 years and nothing makes me happier than sharing my knowledge with others. I have a BM Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University.
While my passion is jazz, I also have plenty of classical experience. I love teaching saxophone!!

About Sean

I have been magnetized to the saxophone ever since I was introduced to the music of John Coltrane in the seventh grade. Since then I have been in a constant pursuit of deepening my understanding of music and all its beautiful forms, and sharing that knowledge with those who are interested!
Hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, I attended Western Michigan University on a four year scholarship and received my Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies in 2009. While I was there I had the incredible privilege of studying with the great Trent Kynaston, as well as performing with some of the most influential jazz
musicians today, including Bobby McFerrin, Stefon Harris, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, and Randy Brecker. I now live in Chicago where I teach lessons and perform regularly with my band, The Winchester Sound.
I am very passionate about music, and consistently see that passion transferred to my students. It is incredibly rewarding to see someone progress right before my eyes, and know that I influenced the progression.
I teach classical saxophone, jazz saxophone, piano, music theory, jazz/pop theory, music performance, arranging and composition.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe everyone gets into music for a different reason, and therefore each student deserves their own custom curriculum. It is important for students to work at a pace and in a direction that is comfortable for them. For this reason, we will start with a consultation so I can figure out exactly what you aim to get out of taking lessons. From there we will incorporate some standard curriculum and method books that I enjoy using, as well as my own techniques that involve plenty of ear training and exercises to improve one's facility on the instrument (scales, patterns, technique).
Most importantly, we're going to have a lot of fun! If you are not having fun it's not even worth your time. I am very laid back and promote a stress-free environment!
Remember, I was once a beginner, too. I know what it's like to learn something new, so I want to be there to guide you through it!

*** Studio Equipment ***
extra music room f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. Student must provide saxophone, reeds, books, etc.

*** Specialties ***
My passion is jazz. Not just jazz saxophone, but the art form in general. I love to teach people the theory behind improvisation and watch them as they explore and internalize the endless possibilities thereafter.
I am also classically trained and am equally proficient in that area, although I would say I do prefer jazz.
In summary I guess my specialties would be: jazz saxophone, jazz theory, improvisation, jazz arranging, saxophone performance, composing.
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Charles S. September 27, 2013
Saxophone
Verified Student
Outstanding teacher

Sean has been a fantastic sax instructor; very knowledgeable, fun to hang around with, soulful and passionate about the instrument.
He's very patient, and willing to adjust his teaching plan and style to accommodate his students' personal likes, strengths, and weaknesses.
Strongly recommend.
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Alon H. September 17, 2013
Saxophone
Verified Student
Sean is a one of a kind teacher !

Sean is a passionate, energetic and empathic instructor with an amazing mix of both theoretical knowledge and real-life experience.

Sean adapted the lessons to my skills level and challenged me to try out new techniques and expanded my musical horizons.

I can see how my saxophone playing skills have developed throughout our lessons and can't wait to get back home to show my friends and family all the new stuff I learned.
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Melanie P. December 10, 2012
Saxophone
What a great teacher!

Sean is a very talented, patient, and FUN sax/keyboard teacher. He actually makes me want to practice! He is always in a good mood, and he will never make you feel silly if you have a hard time learning something new. I highly recommend him to students of any age or talent level.
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Sean H.

Sean H.

Chicago, IL 60647
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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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
(1)
starting at
$20.50 / 30-min
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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL

My Saxophone teaching approach is centered around physical ease, capacity for sound, and freedom with the instrument. Lessons are guided by the student's interests and direction.
and also function as an incubating ground for the student's interests and direction.

Staff reading, tone production and intonation, music theory, and ear training are at the disposal of the Student.

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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Daniel K.

Chicago, IL

Learn to play great solo and ensemble performances.

About Daniel

Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.


Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.

The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.

*** Lesson Details ***
Daniel exhibits patience and care with each student, and develops an individualized approach based on clear goals with practical procedures. Most beginners can expect to have a working knowledge of music notation and how it applies to their instrument within three months, and should be developing fluency in performing music that they enjoy within six months. Advancing students will enjoy the rewards that will follow by studying with an experienced teaching musician that will recognize strengths and weaknesses, and recommend proven techniques for personal musical development. Studying music should be fun, fulfilling, and in harmony with the needs and desires of the student, and this is key to the philosophy held by Daniel.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Eight track recording gear; grand piano; guitars/bass (acoustic & electric); cables/amps, drum kit and percussion.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson materials, and always have a metronome with me. I expect the student to have an instrument. I prefer that a student has a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
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Conner P. June 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly, competent, and enthusiastic. This is the teacher I've been looking for.
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Kim W. May 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Daniel is the real deal. He is extremely knowledgable and honest about what level you are at and what it will take to move forward.
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Kathleen R. July 31, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dan has been a great teacher thus far. He is patient and finds material that I find interesting while keeping me engaged during the lesson. He has helped me with some vocal tips as well! I really am getting my money's worth taking lessons with him. I would recommend Dan to any aspiring musician in need of lessons!
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Daniel K.

Daniel K.

Chicago, IL 60613
(19)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Corbin A.

Chicago, IL

About Corbin

Chicago based freelance saxophonist Corbin A. is a dynamic youthful voice amongst the Second City music scene.  Originally from Decatur, IL, Corbin moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend DePaul University.  There he studied improvisation privately with Mark Colby, Bob Palmieri, Ron Perrillo, and Kelly Sill, as well as composition with Tom Matta.  These led to performances with Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Jimmy Heath, John Fedchock, and Randy Brecker. After achieving his bachelor of music in 2011, Corbin was accepted to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul
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As a bandleader, Corbin just recorded his debut album “Accidently On Purpose” which released on January 1st 2013.  This group performs throughout the Chicago area in venues such as Andy’s Jazz Club, Martyr’s, the Drake Hotel, and Lilly’s.  As a sideman, he performs with a slew of different ensembles including Bumpus, Greg Duncan’s Latin Ensemble, M13, Joe Clark Big Band, Ryan Adamsons’ Medium Ensemble, Ian Torres Big Band, Nootka Sound, Rich Daniels “City Lights Orchestra”, Billy Wolfe, and The Tommy Dorsey Big Band.
In addition to jazz, Corbin is also active among the funk and rock scene in Chicago.  He travels throughout the U.S. with Chicago funk/soul legend James Johnston and Bumpus.  Through James, Corbin has performed with Syl Johnson, J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Clip-Art, Terrible Spaceship, Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution, The Right Now, J-Livi & the Party, Afro-Zep as well as many other studio projects.
Mr. A. is also a very capable doubler on clarinet and flute.  He teaches woodwinds privately from his home studio, as well as at Kagan & Gaines Music.
You can hear him on Corbin A.’s “Accidently On Purpose”, Joe Clark Big Band feat. Jeff Hamilton “LUSH”, Greg Duncan’s “Chicago, Barcelona Connections”, and Ian Torres “January.”  Otherwise, Corbin leads one of the busiest jam sessions in Chicago at Lilly’s every Wednesday night and was recently nominated for the Chicago Music Awards “Jazz Entertainer of the Year.
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Matt P. June 18, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Great saxophone player and teacher. Will be taking more lessons.
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Josh K. April 8, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
I have a lot of experience playing saxophone from highschool and I'd been a few years without playing. Corbin was great at reintroducing me to the exact concepts I'd been hoping to learn, definitely would recommend.
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Lisa W. March 31, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Corbin has been an ideal teacher for our 10 year old son. Our son has learned several songs from a book as well as parts of "Beat It." Michael Jackson is his favorite musician. That was in the first lesson and this rigor has continued with this energy for all five lessons. Corbin pushes him, supports and recognizes his efforts, and talks to him about other interests too. No dull moments. We are thrilled this is going so well.
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Corbin A.

Corbin A.

Chicago, IL 60657
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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