Jeff Johnson
Mount Prospect, IL
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Jeff Johnson

Jeff J.

Mount Prospect, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
As a certified music teacher my lessons help students quickly gain confidence in all types of percussion instruments. With my guidance, students become well-rounded musicians able to play their favorite songs, explore new possibilities, make their own music, and take on new challenges!

About Jeff J.

My Lessons are customized in a number of ways to create the ideal experience for each student and family.

• Curriculum adheres to student and parent generated long-term goals
• Musical arrangements and accompaniments are created to accommodate individual interests
• Students can learn a variety of skills such as improvisation, effective practice habits, music composition, and many others
• Students have the option to explore multiple instruments.
• Instruction accommodates different learning styles and strengths.

Much of today’s music is created or altered through digital means. For this reason students of all ages should consider exploring different ways to interact with digital music in their lessons such as:

• layering multiple audio tracks,
• creating digital accompaniments to play along to
• looping, editing, and adding effects to recorded audio

These aspects of a lesson not only better prepare students for the likely future of music but it also makes lessons more exciting, creative, and fun!


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20 Reviews
Barry Gerdsen
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He is funny and makes songs of your choice.

Posted Jan 21, 2021
Barry Gerdsen
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Nice and plays video games!

Posted Jul 2, 2020
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Jeff is a great teacher - patient, tailors the lessons to the child, competent. Highly recommend!

Posted Feb 19, 2020
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He was my band teacher when I was in grade school. I’m now going into my freshman year of college and I still remember him! He was so engaging, kind, energetic, and really cared about each individual student. I always looked forward to band in the morning and during the school day. He was definitely meant to be an instructor! :)

Posted Aug 14, 2019
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Fantastic. Also taught my autistic older child electric guitar; really good.

Posted Mar 18, 2019
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Definitely recommend lessons with Mr. Jeff. He has lots of patience and a kind smile at all times. He helps us with getting progress very much.

Posted Jul 6, 2018
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Jeff was very enthusiastic and really wanted to make sure my son was learning to love music.

Posted Mar 3, 2018

The best teacher ever. He is always prepared. He has very good teaching techniques. The Lessons are not boring, my 11 year old daughter loves the lessons. He is very professional instructor. He has a great personality as well. Even me, the students mother is enjoying the lessons. I would recommend him to everyone.

Posted Jan 22, 2018
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Jeff teaches flute for my 10 year old daughter and recorder for my 6 year old son. Both of them enjoy his lessons and he is a very consistent and reliable teacher. I take piano lessons from him when I have some free time as well. Great teacher!

Posted Jan 22, 2018
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Jeff Johnson is a phenomenal teacher. He's been giving my 13 year old saxophone lessons since the fall, and I've been very impressed with the improvement. He's working with him on both jazz and traditional music and I've seen a lot of growth in the quality of the sound and rhythm of the music. But even more importantly, I've seen a change in my son's attitude. He was thinking of quitting saxophone early in the school year, and now is practicing without being reminded, and wants to stay with it through high school.

Posted Jan 18, 2018
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Jeff is a fantastic music teacher.

He currently teaches piano to my 12 year old daughter. Beyond the technical skills, what makes Jeff different than most teachers is his complete customized / personalized approach. In the world of education, a hot topic is how every student is different and the trend towards personalized learning plans. Jeff actually lives this philosophy. During his first meeting, he spent 30 minutes with me (the parent and person who is paying) understanding my desires, and he spent another 30 minutes with my daughter, understanding her goals and motivations. He then developed an approach that keeps my daughter engaged and motivated, no easy task for a 12 year old with ADD/ADHD.

He mixes teaching traditional piano theory with using modern technology (GarageBand) to create music, as well as focusing on he learning songs that she enjoys (pop music.) The curriculum that my daughter is following is 100% tailored to her.... there is no set music book that she is working her way through. Her practice time usually involves her making recordings of new pieces she is trying to create, as well as working on playing songs she likes. He is positive and builds her up during lessons, while also managing to be honest with her when she hasn't lived up to expectations (not so much about her skills, but about her following through on practice time commitments.)

Jeff's personality is great - easy for both parent and daughter to get along. I listen to my daughter during the lesson and she is engaged, which is the #1 goal. From my end, Jeff is priced appropriately for an in-home teacher, he is flexible when scheduling issues arise, and he communicates with me very well (usually texting for simple issues, and phone calls for more in-depth talks.)

Note: if your goal is a straightforward, traditional "skill and drill" teacher - where your child will learn the scales but be bored and hate piano - then Jeff is NOT your teacher. If your goal is to have your child engaged and enjoying the process of learning, and perhaps fall in love with music/piano along the way, and progress at his/her own pace, then you should definitely give Jeff a try!

Jeff is the fifth piano teacher my daughter has had in the past three years and he is by far the best, as measured by my daughter's engagement and enjoyment. We have had a variety of different styles (including skill & drill, rock n' roll, traditional, etc) and we finally found the right fit for my daughter. Last year she had a traditional teacher -- she learned a lot, she progressed a lot, and she hated every minute of it....begging me not to make her continue. This year with Jeff, the process is entirely different, the lessons and practice time is entirely different, the pace is entirely different (not quicker or slower....just different) and the love of music has returned to my daughter!

Will she become a professional piano player? I have no idea. Does she run to the door when Jeff arrives (versus hide in her closet which she did last year)? Yes, she does. For us, that is success and that is directly tied to Jeff being a great teacher.

I highly recommend him.

Posted Jan 17, 2018
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I worked with Jeff at a Chicago high school where his dedication and passion for music was witnessed by many people!

He is down-to-earth, easy to talk to and very friendly!

Posted Jul 3, 2017
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Jeff Johnson is a phenomenal instructor. He is patient, enjoyable, and informative. Jeff has a brilliant sense of teaching technique and theory. I look forward to each lesson, and continuing to build and improve every time. He is very supportive and motivates me to do my absolute best!

Posted Jun 1, 2017
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Jeff Johnson is a wonderful private lesson teacher! He is an outstanding musician and is very knowledgeable about the saxophone, literature, and what it takes to help students improve. I highly recommend him as a private instructor.

Posted May 31, 2017
Carter P.
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Posted Feb 17, 2021
Tracy Herman
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Posted Aug 18, 2020
Carter P.
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Posted Jul 13, 2020
Barry Gerdsen
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Posted Jun 11, 2020
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Posted May 27, 2020
Jeba M.
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Posted May 18, 2020

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Substitute Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present

D29, D30, D34, D205, D225

Band Director/Choir Director/General Music Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2017

Uplift Community High School

At Uplift I was the sole music teacher for grades nine through twelve. In addition to teaching choir, general music, and band, I also ran a variety of after school music programs like guitar, a cappella, keyboard club, and the school's first digital music studio.

Band Director
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012

St. Joseph Catholic School

At St. Joseph, I served served as the part-time band director for grades four through eight. Here I taught small group lessons to a variety of different instruments.

General Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012

Union School District 81

I taught part-time general music to Kindergarten through eight grade students. Students learned vocal techniques, recorder, Orff instruments, percussion, keyboard, and guitar.


Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
Sep 2005 - Dec 2009

University of Illinios


Illinois Teaching Certificate
Dec 2009

University of Illinois

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