Paul Dodo

Paul D.

Zion, IL

Lesson Details



Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1997

Paul has been teaching music in the public school system since 1997. He has a bachelor and master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music. While at VanderCook Paul studied all woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments, as well as music theory, conducting, and rehearsal techniques.

Along with being a music teacher, Paul also composes and records out of his home studio. He has played bass and guitar in various Chicago bands including, Reckless Maggie, The One, Chicago Sound Machine, and Windy City.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students are strongly encouraged to practice at least 30 minutes daily. Typically, my guitar and drum students will start with the first book in the Alfred Series. We keep track of progress in a journal taking baby steps where help is needed, and bigger, faster steps when things are coming easy.

I will do much of the first 3-6 months of lessons book. If and when things are going, I then add things outside the lessons book that the student is interested in, such as specific rock or pop songs that are on the students level.

I do believe in following the technique and theory books and completing at least the first in the series. This is the foundation of what your going to build your technique and music theory skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room converted recording studio: electronic drum kit, couch, coffee table, desk with computer and recording equipment, guitars hooked up through computer, thru monitor speakers, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
The Student should have their own instrument. If there is an opening for some sort of "recording lessons" I have recording software on my lap top for travel and even more equipment in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I am a band director I specializing in typical band style music. Classical, Baroque...etc. I use rubank often as well as the students current music for up coming performances.

However, I am also a pop musician. I use Alfred guitar method for guitar and teach this is a pop/rock fashion. Also drum set in pop/rock/jazz fashion.

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Oct 2013 - Present
Private Entertainment

Run bands for corporate festival and wedding entertainment.

Private Music Teacher
Jan 1999 - Present
Private Music Teacher

Taught Bass Guitar, Guitar, and Piano from my home to private students since 1999.

Music Teacher/Band Director
Aug 1997 - Jun 2012
Illinois School Districts

Taught Band, Guitar,Choir And General Music Classes


Masters of Music Education
Jun 2006 - Jul 2008
VanderCook College of Music
Bachlor of Music Education
Aug 1992 - May 1997
VanderCook College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Illinios Teaching Certificate
Aug 1998
Illinois Board of Education

Certified to Teach k-12th grade music education in public schools all fields.

3 Reviews

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Michael W. Jan 3, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Paul is a professional and cares about his students

Nicole G. Aug 20, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

Paul was great wirh nicole. He has patient and show nicole every detail important for a beginner saxophone student. She enjoyed the class and is showing improvement.

Matt H. Aug 10, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio

Paul is a great teacher in general. He's a good bass guitar player and has some innovative ways to teach on that instrument, but his approach would work for anything.

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