Aaron Dorfman

Aaron D.

Chicago, IL

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Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2002

From absolute beginners to guitarists with years of experience, I'm absolutely thrilled to work with students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels. As an educator, my biggest joy comes from watching a new concept, skill or song just "click" with a student and my job is to help that process happen easily and organically and to make the whole process fun.

A little about me: I spent the last three years touring internationally with the Chicago-based bluegrass band "Henhouse Prowlers". I had the unique opportunity to perform all over Europe, and in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya, Uganda, Russia, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan. I've played in countless venues across the US in a wide variety of styles. I have a degree in jazz guitar performance from Northern Illinois University where I studied with acclaimed classical and jazz virtuoso Fareed Haque.

Personally, the most rewarding experiences of my career in music have always come, not from my performance opportunities, but rather making connections with students; I love to encourage and facilitate discovery and growth and share the joy of music with others.

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Experience

Music School Manager
Sep 2017 - Jan 2019
Rock House School of Music

As the music school manager, I was in charge of day to day responsibilities like managing our teachers' schedules, parent communication and billing, community outreach and marketing.

I also subbed for teachers when they couldn't make it in, developed music programs, masterclasses and workshops. I organized recitals, managed massive software and database conversions twice in my two year tenure, as well acted as a roadie, promoter and booking agent for our student bands.

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Lead Guitarist and Vocalist
Jun 2015 - Feb 2018
Henhouse Prowlers

Lead guitarist in internationally touring, Chicago-based bluegrass group "Henhouse Prowlers". With the Prowlers, I recorded on, mixed, and engineered their album "Live From Kyrgyzstan", as well as recorded guitar and vocals on their latest studio effort "Separation Man".

While a member of the Henhouse Prowlers, I completed multiple tours which spanned the US, as well as four European tours, and partnerships with the US State Department which featured performances in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kenya, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Pakistan.

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Music Teacher
Apr 2012 - Jun 2015
Christopher Laughlin School Of Music

Guitar faculty member at a terrific school of music based out of Northbrook, IL.

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Feb 2012 - Jun 2015
Rock House School of Music

Music instructor at one of the coolest music schools in Wilmette, IL.

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Clavier Werke School Of Music

Faculty member of a wonderful school of music based in Austin, Tx

Education

Bachelors of Fine Arts / Jazz Guitar Performance
Aug 2002 - May 2007
Northern Illinois University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

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Lucy Jan 8, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Aaron is an amazing guitar teacher! He really takes the time to learn your goals, strengths and weaknesses. He is also super kind, patient and encouraging. He even holds weekly jam sessions with his adult students so they can learn to play within a group. I would highly recommend him for lessons. He teaches all ages!!

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