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music theory is covered in the most subtle ways and more in depth when needed. How to build a chord, invert it and play, understanding major and minor keys

About Charis
I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have two piano's and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helping
one of those students to become a copyrighted artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own my music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style and method that is needed. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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Olivia H. August 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.
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· Piano · In studio
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Charis B.

Charis B.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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About Steven B.

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Private music theory classes are incorporated with Piano and Guitar lessons to reinforce material. Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.

About Steven
I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, Clarendon Hills Music Ac
ademy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal

**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
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Melanee J. October 9, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I'm a true challenge since I am very green with little music capability. Great introduction with plenty to work on.
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Dui S. December 7, 2015
· Guitar · In home
My son is enjoying playing the guitar cause of Steve. He is a great instructor. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Meg D. April 15, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Steven is a great teacher! He's flexible, and works well with all ages! He's teaching my 3 kids, drums, guitar and bass. He's very receptive and adjusts his lessons according to what my kids are interested in. For example one of my kids was learning notes, but then the other wanted to learn a specific song and he easily adjusted to focus on what each of them wanted to do to. My kids love him!
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
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About Melodie F.

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A beginner may know what a quarter note is, or how to find the treble F_A_C_E, but that doesn't really count much. Do not sign up with me until after you read my profile. Music Theory lessons help you understand the math of how scales and chords work, and why Middle C is NOT the middle of the piano. If you already know what a French sixth chord is, look for a more advanced theory teacher.

If you want to learn how to play chords by ear on the piano but you don't have an acceptable keyboard, take Music Theory.

If you care how and why music is built, I look forward to teaching you. From absolute basics to assistance in college theory 101, I'm good at helping to make sense out of the seemingly nonsensical. You don't have to have a piano to learn theory, but it's better if you do. You can start learning beginning theory on a cheap plastic recorder. I use the piano, workbooks, textbooks, flashcards, staff paper, pencils, and erasers for theory. I don't play guitar, but I can ...

About Melodie
I am Melodie, a highly experienced private lesson teacher of voice, piano, and theory. Do not sign up with me until after you read my profile. I am accepting new adult students for my residential studio, which is a high second floor walk-up near Ashland and Chicago. Schedule-As-You-Go lessons with no recurring schedule slot are an option, if you prefer that to taking a lesson the same time every single week. Online lessons are available for singing and theory, but not piano. Specialties are (1) teaching classical vocal technique from physical perspective to discover the student's unique and true voice, (2) teaching how to read paper piano music at first sight and play it without knowing the song, and (3) translating the confusing way you were taught Music Theory into something that makes sense. Complete beginners welcome in all areas. Adv
anced lessons are available for voice only.

As partners, the student and I build a plan, balancing current aspirations with proven methods, keeping practical value in mind.

Upfront dealbreakers:
• Communication outside of lesson time will be mainly internet and email. The email address in your profile must be a valid form of official business communication.
• Students may not bring pets, children, or guests to the lesson. A quietly observing adult guest is welcome with 48-hour notice.
• My students know if they use too much fragrance, whether it be laundry scent boosters or hair treatments, they may be refused entrance into my studio. It's a big deal.
• You pay for any lessons not canceled or rescheduled before the 24-hour deadline, whether you attend or not. Do not be near me when you are contagiously ill. Ask me to forgive late cancellations caused by true emergencies, but realize I don’t have to.
• If you are a singing student, you need a place where you can practice. Prior to your first cancellation deadline, you must read the "Your First Singing Lesson" section found on each Singing or Voice Subject Page.
• If you want to learn how to read keyboard scores or understand how to play keyboard by ear, sign up for Music Theory. If you don’t have regular access to something that can legally be called a piano, including weighted keys and a damper pedal, sign up for Music Theory. Repeat: if you can’t practice on a real piano, don’t take Piano lessons. Music Theory lessons will probably teach you what you want to learn, anyway.

Ask me a question using the Ask-A-Question feature. Watch my videos and think about it. I'm a good teacher. I sincerely appreciate the time it took you to read my profile. Thank you.
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Marisol March 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
So far I've only had one lesson with Melodie and she really cares to help you achieve what you're trying to accomplish. We went through a few things such as posture, how to breathe, humming, vowels, position of tongue and other things. About myself: I don't know how to sing and this is my first singing lesson.
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Ben March 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My lessons with Melodie have been great! She is extremely knowledgeable. I'm a new piano player, and she has been very patient with me as we work our way through the basics. She is great at explaining the theory side in a way I can understand. And the out of class work she suggests not only drives home what we worked on in the lesson, but it also has me playing some basic songs...which is encouraging and keeps practice fun!
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Jeff B. January 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Makes you think in order to retain knowledge. Works off of existing knowledge well.
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Melodie F.

Chicago, IL 60622
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About Ethan P.

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At Oberlin I taught improvisation through musical theory and tutored fellow students in theory. I believe understanding theory can benifit the performance of any style of music

About Ethan
Hello, my name is Ethan. I'm a professional musician living in the DC area. I perform in jazz clubs, concert halls, restaurants and more on upright an electric bass.

My main performance experience is in jazz settings--I've performed with jazz artists like Rufus Reid, Gary Bartz, Steve Turre, and Marshall Keys. Additionally, I've received Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Small Jazz Combo Awards from Downbeat Magazine.
While the majority of my experience is in jazz settings, I've also taught rock, pop, funk, and gospel styles to electric bassists and classical styles to upright bassists. While at Oberlin I taught bluegrass, funk, jazz, arranging, improv, and classical lessons to 18-40 year olds. My teaching approach focuses on performance--it doesn't matter what style the student is interested in.
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Erica August 13, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In studio
In addition to being an amazing bass player, Ethan is a superb teacher who is always prepared with new materials for me. He's helped me learn jazz, rock, and anything else I get interested in.
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Laura August 13, 2015
· Upright Bass · In studio
Ethan has been the perfect teacher for my kids. They respect him. He gives them praise when it is well-earned, but also constructive comments, which I appreciate. He has set the expectations high and thereby motivated them to work much harder than I would have thought possible. They have improved greatly in just a few months of lessons with him. He is excellent about working on improving their technical skills (scales, making sure they can and are reading the music).Now that they have improved to the extent that they have the reward of playing pieces that sound like "real" music, they are much more enthusiastic about playing. But Ethan showed great patience early on when there wasn't as much enthusiasm. Ethan also has them playing duets with each other and he plays duets with them and jazzes up his part which they really enjoy. This also has the effect of showing them what might be possible some day if they stick with it. Administratively, Ethan always communicates with me about his schedule in advance and has been accommodating about rescheduling lessons when one of us has a conflict. Overall could not be happier and my kids will be sticking with Ethan as long as his schedule has room for us.
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Raphael G. July 24, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
Mr. Ethan, phenomenal in teaching techniques, very knowledgable and a great personality. This gut has chopssssss.
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Ethan P.

Ethan P.

Chicago, IL 60614
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About Jonah
Hi, my name is Jonah. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and obtained my masters in jazz composition at the New England Conservatory. I am currently at the University of Chicago pursuing my PhD in ethnomusicology. I have taught both piano and trumpet since 2008 and I have worked for music programs, schools, and colleges. I love teaching and it's something that I will always do in my life.

Aside from music, I played 4 years of college baseball and soccer at Emerson College while attending Berklee. I worked in the gym there and have been a personal trainer twice.
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Jonah F.

Jonah F.

Chicago, IL 60611
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Everything that you must know in order to understand, read, and comprehend music.

About Fernando
Hi there! My name is Fernando L. and I am looking forward to working with you. I have helped many students throughout my four years of private teaching. I am currently working with "Mariachi Oro y Plata", and had the honor to also work with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. I look forward to working with you and achieving your goals soon.

*Travel Equipment*
My violin, tuner, stand, metronome, and books. I expect the student to have his/her very own violin and stand.

*My Specialties*
Private or group lessons for all ages, competition/ audition preparation as well.

What to expect?
Expect to have fun and a learning experience. If you are determined, passionate and/or dedicated, what are you waiting for?
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Carlos S. June 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very professional and patient with student. Can't wait to keep working with him.
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Fernando L.

Chicago, IL 60629
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About Sebastian A.

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Music theory is hard to grasp onto sometimes. I will give you basic steps to help you understand this ever expanding world. This could be learning how to read and understand the staff and its notes, or the complexities of secularism and counterpoint.

About Sebastian
Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to.

Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so much to learn and without any help, could feel overwhelming and hopeless. Do not fret because I am here to assist you!
I have studied many music genres all across the board and have a professional knowledge and comprehension of the theory encompassed behind them. Every lesson is crafted for each student in specific areas they have interest in while being done at the students own pace.

My background history:

I immersed myself in music at a very young age, studying classical piano and theory. In my teenage years I took the initiative to le
arn guitar and began by purchasing my own guitar and books and taught myself to play electrical and classical guitar. I followed my passion and continued my studies at Columbia College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Instrumental Performance.

Post-graduation, I have experienced playing in multiple bands, performing in concerts, teaching piano and guitar ranging in all levels at a music center and private home and enjoying some traveling.

Everything I have learned will be reflected in my lesson methodology and will help you learn to play proficiently in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting new prospective students while having fun teaching them music.
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Domink S. February 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice, patient teacher! I m so happy we started lessons with Sebastian.
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Hugo January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Mr. Sebastian is sweet and patient with our 5-year-old. Great teacher for little ones!
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Steve O. January 10, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Awesome, great teacher, great guy!!!
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Sebastian A.

Chicago, IL 60630
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Hard-working, creative, self-motivated artist and industry professional dedicated to both pedagogy and performance
-Multi-instrumentalist: Skilled guitarist who plays and teaches a variety of other instruments
-Experienced teacher: Seasoned music instructor who has taught students of all levels and ages for over a decade
-Dedicated performer and instructor: Talented performer who uses his experience and education to enrich the musical education of his students

About Patrick
I have accumulated a wealth of experience working with a diverse group of students as a current music teacher at a private studio. My roster ranges from the smallest grade school student hoping to play just like their favorite pop star to elderly retirees seeking to undertake a new challenge. Despite the variety of learners, I provided a quality service with a personalized, yet pragmatic lesson plan. I carefully selected different curricula based on the individual needs of my student, at times implementing materials that I had created myself. At the same time, I made sure to incorporate the songs and techniques that a student requested. I sought to create a curriculum that would not only enable them to learn their favorite songs, but one that would also teach them the proper technique and importance of practice. By using this method, I ha
ve inspired several of my students to pursue music at every level-as a career or as a personal passion.

Student testimonials available upon request.
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Celeste June 12, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
I had an amazing experience with Patrick. He taught me so much about music theory and performance, but also found a way to incorporate my own interests into the lesson. Each session felt very personal. He seems very enthusiastic about his students and genuinely cares about them.
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John D. May 13, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I have worked with Patrick for several years and he is just outstanding. He is very interactive and balances the need to work on fundamentals with the desire of the student to play advanced material. I would recommend Patrick for anyone who is serious about playing guitar or bass.
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Chicago, IL 60605
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I use games & technology to make difficult concepts easy & to create a comfortable, entertaining, & relatable learning environment for each student. I look at students as the unique individuals that they are and, because no two students are alike, I work hard to tailor every lesson to suit your age, personality, learning ability, and level of experience.

About Michelle
I will use my experiences from 11 years of teaching private lessons for piano and flute and 8 years in a full-time music classroom to create lessons that suit your age, personality, and level of experience. I will mix traditional methods with technology and games to teach a wide range of musical concepts and skills. It is my goal to help you learn to become a musician beyond simply playing your chosen instrument.
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Anna P. June 2, 2015
· Music Theory · Online
I am impressed by her passion for music, her desire to teach others, and her commitment to client satisfaction. She is punctual, professional, and fun to work with!
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Katelyn Salem May 31, 2015
· Classical Piano · Online
Michelle is an absolutely wonderful instructor. She is easy to work with, informative, and very patient. You can expect to have timely responses to questions, and everything is presented in an extremely well organized manner. Top-notch professional. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends who are looking for a new approach to learning music!
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Jon E. May 31, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I took some piano lessons as a child, but hadn't played in 10 years when I took some lessons from Michelle. She was always on time, personable, friendly, and enthusiastic, and did a great job tailoring her instructions to me based on what I already knew, both about playing the piano and in terms of general musical knowledge. Now I play keys in a band, and it's all thanks to Michelle helping me get started again!
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Oak Forest, IL 60452
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If music is a language, then theory is the translation guide. it shows the connections between keys, chords and notes to show the underlying structure and connection in music. A foundation in music theory helps your guitar solos shine brighter, vocal runs reach higher and compositions grow more evolved.

About Claire
My name is Claire Corriveau and I have been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last eight years. I studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago. I have played in a variety of styles, both solo and as part of a band. I currently tour with my band, The Lucky Dutch on keys and vocals. My students start their journey learning music of their choice, sparking interest and enthusiasm from the very first lesson. My motto is "Relentless Positivity" and it shows in my lessons. There is never a consequence for a wrong answer or misplaced note and the worst thing that can happen is we play it again. We will work together to navigate this inspiring and often humbling path.
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Jean July 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Claire teaches my son and daughter piano and guitar. Her teaching style is thorough, meaning she understands that kids learn different ways, and she teaches to their interests and strengths; until they get it. She is incredibly professional and fun. She is also an excellent musician in her own right.
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Susana July 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
My son enjoys the lessons with Claire. She makes him feel confident and is a perfect fit with his personality.
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Beth July 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Claire has a wonderfully fun and patient attitude teaching kids. She's great with making the lessons both entertaining and productive.
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Claire C.

Chicago, IL 60622
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