Jeff Fortin

Jeff F.

3 Reviews
Chicago, IL

About Jeff F.

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Jeff teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1996
Last sign in: Last week


I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.

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Elementary Music Teacher Aug 2004 - Present
Near North Montessori School

Since 2004 I have been teaching general music to children ages 6-12. We work on learning American folk songs and standards, body percussion and transferring to drums and drum circle. The use of xylophones is a large part of the curriculum.


Bachelor of Music Percussion Performance Aug 1990 - Aug 1994
University of Northern Colorado


Orff Certification Level I and II Aug 2005
DePaul University

Attended four weeks in 2004 and 2005 to obtain Orff certification for teaching children the Orff Method.


Deans List of Academic Distinction Apr 1993
University of Northern Colorado
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3 Reviews on Jeff F.

Cheryl F. Dec 14, 2013
Verified Student
Always has something to challenge you

Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging.
Christopher M. Oct 29, 2012
Verified Student
**Excellent** drum instructor, highly recommended

Jeff is everything you'd want in a drum instructor: he is highly skilled, has thorough knowledge of drumming styles and technique, and he is an excellent communicator. On top of that he is thoughtful, polite and listens carefully. This is all a very, very rare combination.

I had to play a couple of slow gospel tunes for a church service this summer; Jeff very quickly found suitable and tasteful grooves for me that were within my capability to play. He also worked with me on some rudiments and provided invaluable feedback. I can't recommend him highly enough.
CarmenB3 Apr 10, 2012
Carmen B

Jeff is a very good teacher, he's very kind and takes everything step by step. I love the way he works with me and im doing great progress because of him.