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Kirk M.

Joliet, IL

Music theory lessons as applied to the Piano. Teaches elements from the very basics on so there are no gaps in the students learning process. More experienced students will be tested on the very basics, all the way up to their current level, to make sure they are provided with a complete workable knowledge of every facet of basic piano theory.

About Kirk

About two decades ago, I bought my first guitar from a pawn shop in Las Vegas and have been playing and loving music ever since. During and after college, I spent most of my time in the music scene of Las Vegas. I also spent much of that time (about 12 years) studying and gathering information about playing and music composition.

Benefits from taking these lessons...
I have decades of music theory education, self teaching and playing experience. The unique lesson course I have developed can easily benefit any student. From the very first lesson, I teach the universal language o
f music theory (the structure of all music) and show how to apply the theory. A student can then apply the same knowledge to any instrument, including singing. The student can also read music, write songs, improvise, understand how to make music, and know why music works the way it does. Once a student has mastered the basics of music structure, they can play and sing with other musicians and even teach other people, how to play.

What students can expect when taking lessons?
Upon arriving at my home, the student will be greeted by my smiling face. We will then continue to the roomy, open and comfortable studio space, featuring computers and musical instruments for both the student and the teacher. We will start by talking about the student'™s goals, ambitions and about how much or little the student already knows about playing the music theory. We will also talk about what will be expected and go over a basic outline of what will be taught. At the same time, I will be taking notes so we can monitor the student's desired progress in the future. We then immediately start the lessons at the very beginning of basic music theory, no matter what the student already knows or does not know. We will go through the lessons as fast as the student's previous knowledge allows or as slow as the student'™s limitations dictate. Before leaving, the student will be reminded what to practice and receive a small preview about upcoming lessons (I do this to keep them motivated and excited). Throughout every lesson, I continually remain aware of the student's facial expressions and struggles. I will stop to explain the lessons in more detail if needed and/or assure the student that we will continue to go over it again until they fully understand everything and are comfortable continuing.

What curriculum is being used?
I teach using the timeless system of music theory as applied to the guitar, piano and voice. This form of learning music, educates the student, in a way that reading music notation, tablature or memorizing a few songs can not. By learning music this way right from the beginning, a student understands what makes music sound great.

Are the lessons strict or laid back?
I show students how music is structured in an easy laid back way, which students of all ages can understand and enjoy practicing. All my students and I have lots of fun learning this way, by actually learning and not just memorizing. Nothing makes me feel better than seeing a students face light up with those many "œah ha" moments of understanding!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric guitars
Classical Guitars
Piano Keyboard
Music composing software
Singing software & apps
Amplifiers
Guitar effect sound processor
Mobile apps. mixers and more...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment, but do provide paperwork or web samples. I expect my students to have a guitar, piano or keyboard at home, to practice with.

*** Specialties ***
I use a trademarked method program I created for a software program which gives students routine theory exercises in a logical order to show how all the popular musical elements work and relate together. Then I teach them to apply what they learned to song writing. I specialize in rock and pop music.
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Lisa Q. May 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Kirk did a great job with my son Nicholas. Nicholas started playing when he was 11 years old. Kirk kept him interested and excited about the guitar. Kirk is relaxed and relates well. He has an enormous amount of patients. Kirk also works very well with ever adjusting schedules.
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Mike H. August 14, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Hi I have been messing around with the guitar for 40 years no lesson I have had 3 lessons with Kirk my understanding of what I am doing has increased unbelievably. If you're looking for someone to help you understand what you are doing with the guitar I highly recommend Kirk.
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Autumn P. December 21, 2013
Music Theory
Great Teacher!

Kirk is an extremely patient teacher who caters to each student’s needs and abilities while pushing him or her forward in their music education. His extensive background and many years of experience qualify him to teach students at all levels.
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Kirk M.

Kirk M.

Joliet, IL 60431
(3)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Matthew N.

Naperville, IL

Matthew has studied piano for over 20 years and has taught for over 10 years. Covering all styles you can expect a well rounded lesson with focus on theory and technique. Students will learn major and minor scales and keys and be able to identify chord types and shapes while reading music.

About Matthew

Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 10 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 40 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools a
nd Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as share their passion with family and friends as they create music.

Students are encouraged to pursue whatever moves them and are never restricted to any one type of practicing or playing. The main goal is to allow the student to find his or her own path in music and develop their own abilities in whatever way they see fit.

BM in Percussion Performance
University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will have full access during lesson time to recording equipment. The best way to learn how to improve is to listen to yourself play. The student will be able to take home recordings of themselves and study what they can work on, allowing them to make the decision on what they would like to improve on.

Students are encouraged to use Alfreds Method Books for Snare and Drum Set, Riley Books, and the Chester book for independence. Also, I teach the Faber Piano Adventures Series. Alfred's and Hal Leonard for guitar.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Edie Postiglione June 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful lesson! I have been playing for many years, and feel totally confident he can teach me what I want to learn now. Could not be more excited!
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Samuel J. April 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson - very knowledgeable
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KarenW October 10, 2006
guitar

He is a perfect match for us! He is very knowledgeable and has a very warm and open personality.
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Matthew N.

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL 60565
(3)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

"Experienced piano teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical piano skills. I specialize classical, jazz and contemporary music typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sound recording equipment, sheet music, and more.

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University
of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Laura P. July 1, 2015
Video Production · In studio
Verified Student
My 13 yo niece took video editing/production lessons from Kelvin. He kept her interested & engaged. He explained things well & in a way that she could clearly understand. She was eager to do the homework he gave her and to go to the next class. I recommend Kelvin highly. He's a fantastic teacher.
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Heydi H. June 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
We are very fortunate to have Kelvin as our daughter's violin teacher. He makes learning fun and interesting. She looks forward to her lessons. He's very energetic and is able to keep her focused. We appreciate that he's very patient and addresses any concerns she may be having with her music.
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Erika K. June 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. Kelvin began teaching my daughter when she was 4 yrs old...a year later she is able to recite notes and integrate and apply her knowledge of music theory to her music pieces. Mr. Kelvin is very enthusiastic every practice, but most importantly he is VERY patient and adaptable to my young daughter's mood...especially for a 5yr old who has a small attention span.
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(39)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sarah P.

Bolingbrook, IL

Experienced piano teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory, sight reading, technique, and stylistic skills. I specialize in classical and accompaniment, Faber Piano Adventures piano series and a wide array of repertoire books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, extensive musical library, iPad with YouTube and numerous other musical apps, quarterly group lessons, bi-annual recitals.

About Sarah

Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety
of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music and why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples, no pets, no kids

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
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Reviews

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Skye M. June 11, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is so so helpful and she knows how to really teach me how to develop my singing skills.
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StephanieM1 December 19, 2011
Mother

Sarah is a very smart and rewarding teacher in music. She encourages the student in their learning to sing ability. She goes the extra mile by informing her student ,my son, that she will teach him to read music also.
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SeannaK November 18, 2011
Ella loves her singing lessons with Miss Sarah. She makes Ella feel very comfortable.
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Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(4)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Kellyann W.

Bolingbrook, IL

This is traditional piano lessons, covering a wide variety of repertoire, technique, theory, and performance practices.

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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