Daniel Akers

Daniel A.

Hillside, IL
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Music Theory is a personal specialty of mine. As a composer I took to theory immediately in my college studies and always enjoy learning more and more. If you need tutoring for high school or college level music theory courses, this is where you need to be. If you are a composer and want to see your works improve, this is also where you want to start.

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Daniel teaches



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

Teaching since:
August 2008

In addition to teaching music, I have also worked as a special education assistant and wrestling/track coach at Lake Zurich Middle School South and an assistant Kung Fu/Tai Chi instructor at Green Mountain Arts in Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois. Jazz piano, Voice, and Composition are my main areas of expertise. However, I have also been recording, and playing guitar almost my entire life. I fully believe in music education not only for entertainment and personal enjoyment, but for many other means.
Beyond its capacity for being used as entertainment, music aids in learning, helps develop advanced motor skills, increases memory function, and many other purposes for a well rounded education. It is my goal to help educate the next generation in traditional music practices as well as incorporate new techniques that are relevant to our current day and age.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans vary from person to person. I always make it a point to get to know the student's existing musical knowledge, goals, and background before I create a personalized lesson plan. All important concepts are covered as they are needed so students can understand theoretical concepts based upon actual application and usage. In short, I teach in a way that students can "dig in" right away and play, create, improvise, sing and/or compose freely and naturally. I always encourage students or parents to contact me with their goals, previous musical training, etc., and discuss what they really want out of lessons so they can get the most out of taking me on as an instructor.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and Electric piano, Digital Recording Studio, Extensive library and teaching resources

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student
Has taught a minimum of 25 lessons and has received the highest
feedback rating from students.Jazz Piano, Composition, Choral

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Aug 2014 - Present
Lake Zurich CUSD 95

Assistant Instructor
Jun 2013 - Present
Green Mountain Arts

Chen Tai Chi
Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis



A.F.A. Fine Arts-Music
Jan 2013 - Apr 2014
Harper College


Limited Proficiency


Sep 2014
National CPR Foundation

Jun 2014
Illinois State Board of Education

Students with special needs

Students with any form of I.E.P.


Music Teachers National Association
Mar 2012

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Chow Gar Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Shaolin Lohan Staff
Chen Tai Chi Chuan 19 Step Form
Mountain Guitar

Vocal practice in studio

Getting in a little of my own practice before a lesson.

Love kung fu practice on sand volleyball courts!

High elevation training with senior student on top of North Table Mountain in Colorado!
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20 Reviews

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Jackie L. Jan 10, 2018
Guitar · In home

Daniel cancelled my son's first lesson with less than a one hour notice. He attended the second lesson, but again cancelled the third lesson with a 30 minute notice. He sent me a text message to notify me and I called him back and left a voicemail. 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten a call back. I want my money back. He has wasted my son's time. Poor professionalism.

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Nick Nov 11, 2017
Piano · In home

Really enjoyed the first lesson. Daniel made it fun and im excited to learn more.

Kristin S. Apr 5, 2017
Piano · In home

Daniel adapted throughout the course of the hour-long lesson to understand what I already knew and find appropriate ways to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. He also started me on the process of learning a new approach when looking at and learning to play new music pieces.

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James L. Nov 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

Daniel was very patient with me with our first lessons. I would highly reccomend daniel to anyone who likes a teacher who will patiently guide them to become a better singer and person.

Noah F. Jul 6, 2016
Singing · In home

Daniel is very talented & did a good job giving my 2 grandsons their first singing lessons as a duet.
We intend to schedule more lessons

Gianna W. Nov 3, 2015
Calligraphy · In studio

Daniel was very knowledgeable, very patient with my 9 year old and taught at her pace. The environment was clean and quiet and conducive for learning. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would recommend to anyone!

Classical Voice · In studio

I was very happy that he pretty well pin pointed my problem with my voice and I was happy with the practice assigned.

Haeley G. Sep 26, 2014
Piano · In studio

Daniel is awesome!! He really knows how to customize the lesson to your skill level and makes it so that it's easy to learn. I'm already memorizing and learning things that I didn't think I would be able to. I'm really enjoying my lessons and so glad that I signed up. Looking forward to many more lessons from Daniel!

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Mary R. Aug 11, 2014
Piano · In home

My daughter enjoys taking lessons with Daniel. He takes his time with my daughter and she enjoys practicing what he teaches.

Mary D. Feb 28, 2013
Piano ·

Daniel is a highly skilled piano teacher.

I have been very impressed with Daniel's instruction abilities - he is patient, tuned-in to whether or not I 'get it', and has opened the door to a whole new way to re-learn piano for personal enjoyment.

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EliasU Jul 9, 2012

Dan is an awesome teacher hes taught me so much in just the couple weeks that ive veen taking lessons. I hear things that i never heard before and i can already hear an improvement in my singing. Im already learning a song in my third week and its not boring because its an actual song i would like to perform. Overall Dan does a great job.

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SueM Apr 14, 2012

I wanted to take vocal lessons for such a long time yet I felt a little silly pursuing that at 55. But one day I decided it was a false limitation so I called. Dan is an awesome instructor, patient and encouraging. His favorite line.....AGAIN! Thanks Dan! Sue

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DannyS Jan 10, 2012

My teacher Dan

My teacher is amazing, I am 100% happy that I have him as a teacher. He is doing a great job teaching me everything I want to know and more.

NINAM Nov 28, 2011

Mother of the student

Daniel is a wonderful teacher. Gives more personal attention than I would expect and makes the excersises exciting and fun. My 11 years old son loves coming to his singing classess.

MehlamZ Nov 22, 2011

Adapts to the students requirements. Learnt a lot from him.

RobertT Nov 9, 2011

Awewsome Instructor

I've been with Daniel for a couple months now and he is an excellent instructor. Lessons are really convenient and private and he is extremely proffesional. He has a great music knowledge and has helped me improve tremendously since I've started lessons with him. I would recommend him to anyone!

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JeffA1 Jul 14, 2011

Dan has been great as well as very accommodating to my needs and requests.

ElaineY Jun 1, 2011


Daniel is an excellent teacher. He has definitely individualized the lessons to what I want to learn and to my goals. He continues to challenge me with new things so I stay excited to go home and practice.

DeshannaC Mar 26, 2011

Learning a lot and having fun!

Dan is doing a great job teaching me. I am able to grasp even the really complicated stuff quickly. I'm enjoying it an just can't believe how much I know and can do now in comparison to before I started taking lessons with him.

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LoriN1 Mar 25, 2011

Mom of Ciara, student

Ciara is enjoying her singing lessons. Dan is knowledgable and helpful. Ciara looks forward to lessons. Thanks.

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