Eric Mertel

Eric M.

Villa Park, IL

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

Teaching since:
March 2004

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.

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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

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

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17 Reviews

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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.

Riley D. May 16, 2016
Piano · In home

Very enjoyable to have him.

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.

Margie H. Sep 3, 2015
Piano · In home

He has a nice approach that makes you feel comfortable. Very patient and professional.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Clayton M. Sep 8, 2014
Singing · In home

Eric is the best vocal teacher I have ever had. He helps me with my range and performance. He's great to work with too.

Joe N. Jul 31, 2014
Guitar · In home

Eric is very patient and moves at a pace
Equal to the students ability. Allow enough
time for questions an, an willing to revisit
Any part of the lesson.

Laura L. Apr 7, 2014
Singing ·

no pressure

Eric makes learning fun at any age. He tunes in to what you are looking to get out of the lesson and he finds fun ways to help you achieve those goals. I look forward to my lessons. I find myself using his techniques as I practice at home. I am very happy with Eric and his style of teaching.

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Megan T. Feb 13, 2014
Piano ·

Eric is a terrific piano teacher!

Eric teaches three of my children who had previously learned piano with other teachers. They really enjoy the lessons with him -he is encouraging and a lot of fun, teaching them both their lessons and then a bit of jazz on the side. Thanks, Eric! We're glad you're the boys' piano teacher.

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Natalie D. Oct 31, 2013
Piano ·

"Eric makes it fun for my son"

I am very happy that I chose Eric I finally found someone who reaches my son on a musical level. He is a great teacher and my son looks forward to his lesson. Thanks Eric

Pearl B. Oct 30, 2013
Piano ·

Eric is a fantastic instructor.

Eric has been able to answer every question I've asked. He has been helpful in making sure I understand what we are learning during the lesson, even if it means explaining it many different ways until I'm able to grasp the concept.

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Autumn K. Jun 20, 2013
Singing ·

Eric Mertel is an AMAZING teacher!

Eric is one of the most skilled musicians I have met. He definitely has a gift to communicate and to teach. He is great with kids too! My little boy loved his lesson! highly recommended A+++

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