Hunter Diamond
Chicago, IL
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Hunter Diamond

Hunter D.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
From first lesson through advanced high school students, I focus on quality of tone production and musicality.

About Hunter D.

***As of May 15th, 2020 all lessons will be conducted through Zoom***

My primary teaching philosophy revolves around the ideas 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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Chad and William K.
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Hunter is a phenomenal teacher. My son (7) and myself have been taking weekly lessons with Hunter for 8 months now. He is wonderful with kids focusing on my son's readiness and getting him to enjoy and make progress. With me, Hunter has been great at adapting to what I wanted to get out of the lessons and I have made really great progress I did not think was possible. Thank you Hunter!!!

Posted Jan 14, 2020
Cash
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very engaging

Posted Apr 8, 2018
Sloan
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Exceeded our expectations! He was engaging, smart and fun with my daughter. She loved the time with him and can't wait for her next lesson.

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Keely
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Excellent first lesson. Hunter is a fun, knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to more lessons.

Posted Jul 13, 2017
Charlie M.
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My lesson with Hunter was absolutely fantastic. Such a great guy, and supremely knowledgable, and patient with beginners like me.

Posted Apr 27, 2017

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Experience

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).

Private Instructor
Feb 2017 - Jan 2019

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. I left this position because of the company's inability to offer what I consider to be appropriate compensation.

Saxophone Instructor
Sep 2015 - Sep 2016

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. I was let go from this program because the director of music program believed that I was teaching at a level above the ability and attention span of middle school students.

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.

Awards

Luminarts Jazz Fellowship
Mar 2017

Luminarts Cultural Foundation

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