- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- 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.
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.
Through the Rock Start Lessons company, I make house-call lessons and teach piano and saxophone. (Flute and Clarinet also available).
When available, I teach individual and group saxophone lessons.
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.+ Read More
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.
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.+ Read More
Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.
My lesson with Hunter was absolutely fantastic. Such a great guy, and supremely knowledgable, and patient with beginners like me.