Hunter Diamond

Hunter D.

Chicago, IL
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About

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

Teaching since:
April 2008

My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the idea of creativity and cooperative problem solving. I believe that all musicians should be actively training their ears as well as their abilities on their instrument. I focus on all elements of basic musicianship while incorporating improvisation and composition in an inspiring way.

I grew up playing jazz, soul, R&B, folk, reggae, ska, funk, and classical music. I feel very comfortable working within all of these genres in both performance and educational atmospheres.

Regardless of age, learning a new instrument or art form can be daunting, so I like to include some sort of entertaining activities to keep tension low and inspiration high.

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Experience

Private Instructor
Feb 2017 - Present
Flatts and Sharpe Music Store

At both the Norwood Park and Rogers Park locations, I teach saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Available for basic instruction, music theory, improvisation, rock/pop, and jazz.

Private Instructor
Aug 2016 - Present
Rock Start Lessons

Through the Rock Start Lessons company, I make house-call lessons and teach piano and saxophone. (Flute and Clarinet also available).

Saxophone Instructor
Sep 2015 - Present
Chicago Jesuit Academy

When available, I teach individual and group saxophone lessons.

Jazz Band Director
Dec 2015 - Jun 2016
St. Benedict Preparatory School

As the director of the after school jazz ensemble, I worked with 10-15 students on improvisation, reading music, critical listening, jazz history, and ensemble playing. I wrote and arranged all of the music for our year-end performance. It was a great way to demonstrate that no instrument has to be limited to a specific genre or style.

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Jazz combo coach
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010
Musical Arts Youth Orchestra

This is a great program I worked with while attending Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I coached several jazz bands, working on improvisation, group sound, and repetoire.

Education

Masters in Jazz Performance
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
DePaul University
Bachelors in Jazz Studies
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Indiana Univsersity

Certifications

Performers Certificate
May 2012
Indiana University

The Performer's Certificate, which is awarded as a special recognition of musical understanding and technical proficiency demonstrated in recital, is a three-step process involving the hearing, the recital, and a special hearing by the All-Faculty Performer's Certificate Committee.

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Awards

Luminarts Jazz Fellowship
Mar 2017
Luminarts Cultural Foundation

2 Reviews

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Keely Jul 13, 2017
Piano · In home

Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.

Charlie M. Apr 27, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

My lesson with Hunter was absolutely fantastic. Such a great guy, and supremely knowledgable, and patient with beginners like me.

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