Jack Gordon

Jack G.

Lake Zurich, IL

About Jack G.

Background check: Last verified 02/27/2016
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Jack teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2004
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Hello students and parents, music has been a big part of my life since before I could walk. Starting in third grade, and continuing through college, I have had 15 years of experience with singing. I was always eager to make music and to grow as a musician, which is why I decided to study music education at Eastern Illinois University. Due to the limited number of teaching jobs available I decided to change programs and study counseling. However I made it a priority to find ways to keep music as a big part of my life.

Performing has been a big part of my life for years. Starting in Elementary school I have been in several musicals and plays. I know what it is like to sing in front of large crowds both as a group and as a soloist. One of my favorite groups was an acapella/vocal jazz group during my high school years. My hope is to pass on both my passion for performance and the practical skills needed by every performer.

I have been teaching private guitar and singing lessons for the past 9 years. I have had approximately 10 students during that time, ranging in age from 11 to 60 years old. I have a fun and laid back approach to teaching. Music is meant to be enjoyed and I want my students to have fun as they learn and grow as musicians. While I have some basic skills for all my students to learn, the primary focus of lessons is for students to set and attain their own goals.

I know what it is like to be a student. I took private voice lessons for 7 years, including 3 years of classical training at Eastern Illinois University. I took four years of private guitar lessons, and one year of electrical bass lessons. As a teacher I use my experience as a student to enhance the learning environment for my students.

One of my favorite things is writing and recording my own songs. I will offer the opportunity for any of my students to develop songwriting skills and even record their creations.

There is no greater joy than that of creating music. Come create music with me and you'll be a better musician for it. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals.

*In Song*
-Jack G.



*** Lesson Details ***
I am highly adaptive as an instructor. I will allow my students to bring their own materials or I will create custom materials designed to develop their skills and help them reach their goals. A lot of my custom exercises are designed to build the flexibility, strength, and agility of my students as musicians.

After several months of lessons I aim for my students to master the basic skills, and to be focused on personal goals in their development as a musician. I use audio recording to mark and measure student progress so you can hear how you have improved and find new ways to get better.

Lessons can be as laid back or intense as you want. Practice is key to improvement. The more you practice the more you improve. I realize that life can be busy, so if you can't get the practice in I will still work with you and help you get as much as possible out of our lesson time. However, I will always encourage my students to practice regularly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitars, Bass, and Mandolin.

*** Specialties ***
For singing and guitar I design a lot of my own materials. I have strength and coordination exercises for the guitar, and I have vocal exercises designed to increase vocal strength and confidence.

Experience

Owner/Instructor

Jan 2012 - Present
JWG Music Academy

-Private Music Lessons
-Recording Sessions
-DJ and MC services
-Liver Performances

Education

MSW

Aug 2012 - May 2014
Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work

BA Christian Ministry emphasis in Counseling and Social Services

Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Trinity International University

6 Semesters of Music Education (No Degree)

Aug 2005 - Jun 2008
Eastern Illinois University

Certifications

LCSW

Mar 2016
Association of Social Work Boards

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Awards

Eagle Scout

May 2005
Boy Scouts of America
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5 Reviews on Jack G.

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Dirk Sep 4, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great start! Jack got right down to business helping me improve my vocal technique. He gave me some great tips and exercises. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Weston Aug 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jack individualizes the lesson to met the needs of the student.
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Jeremy Jun 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jack is a great instructor. Each week we have worked together I can see the improvement in my voice. Jack also is great about tailoring the instruction to benefit the individual student rather than simply following a "one size fits all" approach. I definitely recommend his instruction to everyone.
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Kyle C. Mar 12, 2016
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
After my first lesson with Jack, I must say he is a pretty good teacher and I feel very comfortable learning from him.
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steve B. Feb 9, 2014
Guitar
Great experience

Jack, was a very well trained musician. He was able to take complex things he learned through years of schooling and simplified them to make learning guitar easy.
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