Eric Mertel

Eric M.

Villa Park, IL

About Eric M.

Background check: Last verified 10/03/2016
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Eric teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I am a professional musician who enjoys helping young people reach their musical goals. I perform regularly as a solo act and play with a band at various hotels in Chicago. I went to Millikin University in Decatur for music where I toured the country and played and sang in the top ensembles. I also studied at the Music Industry Workshop in Chicago for music production and engineering. My goal is to help you learn the songs you love and show you how to make the technical side of music more fun than you ever imagined!

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back atmosphere that is very productive. I use a custom curriculum that is catered to the needs and desires of the individual. Whether you would like to be a concert pianist, a jazzy horn player, or someone who wants to rock out to your favorite tunes, I have resources and experience to help you reach your goal. After three months you can expect to competently play a couple great songs and have greater fluidity and technique on your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a recording studio which includes music stands, keyboards, piano, amps, acoustic guitar, and seating available. Parking on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need the instrument of their study and their purchased study materials. If the student is taking piano, they will need an 88 key weighted keyboard or a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, but can teach classical, pop, rock, funk, blues, salsa, bossa nova etc.

Photos and Videos

Our wedding band. Enjoy!

Experience

Teacher
Dec 2013 - Present
Takelessons.com

I teach the most amazing students in the Chicago area. You guys rock!!!!!!

Musician/Entertainer
Jul 2004 - Present
Lucky Entertainment

I play various instruments and sing for events in the Chicago area.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music
Aug 2003 - Dec 2007
Millikin University
Trade Degree in Production and Engineering
Feb 2007 - Oct 2007
Music Industry Workshop

Languages Spoken

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

17 Reviews on Eric M.

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Karen M. Apr 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been meaning to write this review for awhile! Eric is such a great person ~ professionally and personally. My daughter started taking lessons about 2 years ago. Prior to that she had a different teacher that we also liked but we struggled with the schedule - if we couldn't make a time we were still charged...so we thought we would try in home lessons. What a difference this has made! I love that he teaches her classical and playing by ear. He is incredibly talented and has such a good repoire with his students! We are so lucky to have found him!
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Ella F. Oct 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Eric is fantastic! Works so well with children. My 9 year old daughter is excited to learn every time he comes.
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Riley D. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very enjoyable to have him.
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Alex E. Nov 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Eric was a perfect match for my 13 year old son. My son liked the fact that Eric could show him cords to practice immediately.
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Margie H. Sep 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
He has a nice approach that makes you feel comfortable. Very patient and professional.
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Ilia (with Sara) D. Aug 13, 2015
· Piano · In home
He has been great so far. Making good relation with my son. Glad to have him as his piano teacher.
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Jack C. Jul 28, 2015
· Piano · In home
Eric was just the person we were looking for to help my 13 yr old son to get started again with lessons. He connected with my son. They also connected because my son is an athlete and Eric can relate because of his background.
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Jack C. Jul 27, 2015
· Piano · In home
Eric was just the person we were looking for to help my 13 yr old son to get started again with lessons. He connected with my son. They also connected because my son is an athlete and Eric can relate because of his background.
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Jack C. Jul 27, 2015
· Piano · In home
Eric was just the person we were looking for to help my 13 yr old son to get started again with lessons. He connected with my son. They also connected because my son is an athlete and Eric can relate because of his background.
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Jeff K. Oct 25, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Eric has been great. He immediately found out where I was at in skill level and where I want to be. He then adds just enough knowledge to help me make the next step. I have learned a lot each lesson!
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