Jamie Stephens
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Jamie Stephens

Jamie S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
First and formost I love creating music. Whether that is playing, writing, or teaching. Making music is basically all I have done for the past 20+yrs. I play and perform on multiple instruments so that gives me an insight into how different instruments interact with one another either in a band situation or songwriting/arranging. My main goal as a teacher is to get you playing and making music as soon as possible. I want you to enjoy learning music by playing your favorite songs and really be excited about the whole process. Through learning songs the lessons and supplemental materials can become very personalized to the students' interests.
I throughly love sharing my knowledge and experience with my students. Knowing the joy music brings to my life fills me with the passion to pass it along to my students. Every student gets their own Google Classroom where the lesson materials and communications can happen quickly and directly. I record each lesson and provide the replay of the lesson for future reference. I also have courses which I have created to further help supplement the learning process. Each student will have access to these courses if they so choose.

About Jamie S.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University and a Journeyman and Professional Certificate in Music Performance from Musicians Institute. I have been a studio musician for Westlake Studios in Los Angeles and a national touring artist for many years. I have been playing in various bands ranging from rock, country, indie, metal, pop, reggae, blues, and jazz throughout my 12yrs living in Chicago. I was a founding member/teacher of the Rock House in Wilmette, IL which was eventually bought and turnered into Twelve Tone Music School in which I was an Assistant Music Director and founding teacher.
I work with clients that range from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals. I work with children to adults. I work with persons with disabilities. If you want to make music, I want to teach you!

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Steve and Abby
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Jamie Rocks! Jamie taught our daughter to play guitar, first at the Rock House in person and then remotely during quarantine. He is such an amazing musician and his talent and passion for playing shine through during his lessons. He makes the guitar approachable and fun, never a chore. Our son is a drummer and both kids have played in bands that Jamie helped coach, and even pinched in with lead vocals when the band was short a singer. Jamie is an absolute pleasure to work with and we would recommend him to anyone who aspires to learn the guitar.

Posted Oct 11, 2021
Abby
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Jamie is a terrific teacher. He is clearly passionate about music, and this really comes through in his lessons. My kids took lessons from him for many years and found him to be patient, easy-going, and knowledgeable. He is also an extremely talented musician. I highly recommend him as a teacher for kids just getting started in music, as well as for more advanced students.

Posted Oct 10, 2021
Owen
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Jamie is an excellent teacher who is very well versed in all types of music be it jazz, blues, rock or country. He has a great knowledge of music theory and challenges me to think deeper about guitar during my lesson. He is also skilled at teaching the basics and knows the best material to practice. He is greatly enthusiastic about guitar and is a very relatable person as well. My guitar and music skills have greatly improved with Jamie, and I look forward to our lesson every week.

Posted Sep 28, 2021

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Experience

Assistant Music Director and Teacher
Jan 2020 - Sep 2021

Twelve Tone Music School

Rock House Music School was sold to an investor and the name was changed to Twelve Tone Music School.

Founding Teacher
Jul 2011 - Jan 2020

Rock House Music School

Education

Music Education
Sep 1999 - Sep 2003

Appalachian State University

Languages

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Professional & Journeyman
Apr 2005

Musicians Institute

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