Jeff Fortin
Chicago, IL
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Jeff F.

Chicago, IL
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About Jeff F.

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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10 Reviews
Dan Carmona
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Jeff is very good and thorough. Works hard with you to do the excercises right. Definitely would recommend him

Posted Sep 27, 2018
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Jeff provided a great overview for my daughter. Wonderful first lesson.

Posted Apr 25, 2018
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Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!

Posted Jul 14, 2016
Kevin A.
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I'm an experienced drummer and I was able to get started right away into exercises that fit my my level of skill. Very helpful.

Posted Jan 2, 2016
Debbie L.
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Jeff has been working with my 16 year old son, who started drum lessons to prepare for jazz band, for about 4 months now. Jeff is a a very skilled teacher and has been a joy to work with in terms of coordinating schedules and other logistics. My son has learned a great deal from Jeff in a very short time and very much enjoys working with him!

Posted Dec 30, 2015
Derrick B.
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Jeff is an outstanding teacher. Passionate, and effectively tailors the lessons to your experience level.

Posted Nov 3, 2015
Susanna V.
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Terrific! We are very happy with the lesson, our young son is learning. Teacher Jeff is great with him - very methodical, consistent and has a lot of patience and understanding with our little guy. Our son looks forward to lessons and enjoys practicing the work he's given to work on during the week. He's great about explaining what we should work on with our son and how to do it, what to watch for and why we are working on what is being assigned. We have had a great first experience!

Posted Aug 31, 2015
Cheryl F.

Always has something to challenge you

Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging.

Posted Dec 14, 2013
Christopher M.

**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.

Posted Oct 29, 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.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

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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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