Ricky Marquez

Ricky M.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step into the sunlight. All it takes is a simple “yes” and you’ll be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view.

If you haven’t written any or many songs, this course will show you an efficient, effective process for tailoring songs to express your ideas and emotions. If you have, you’ll look at your process differently, taking control of aspects of the process you may have not noticed.

The course will start by examining the tools available to you, all revolving around the essential concept of prosody. You’ll learn to use your tools to enhance your message—to work compositionally at the same time you’re developing your ideas.

You’ll be working both lyrically and musically, though musically it’s not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and you’ll be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don’t play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All you’ll have to do is sing your melodies over the loops.

Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review—sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. None of it has to be polished. The course is about writing, not performing.

Most important, you’ll have a lot of fun.
In these series of lessons we explore the musician's arsenal and the most valued skills that have developed the driving force in music and composition from cultures all over the world. We explore the creative side you never thought you had. This is not a music class .. at least, not in a conventional sense. We compose, arrange, and orchestrate a one of a kind masterpiece. We embellish our finished art with texture, balance, contrast, expression, body, and emotion. Finally, we apply the basic techniques of recording, mixing and mastering.

This series of classes are more of a fun learning experience that will prove what you are capable of achieving without musically trained. We will host a student showcase where you will be able to show off your new talent on your graduation!
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Ricky delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
May 2011

Do you know someone that knows someone that is able to extract from your brain a fragment of an earworm, reconstruct it and turn it into the most alluring resonant pattern you have ever heard? Do you sometimes find it hard to get started with a new musical idea?

Whether you are beginner, intermediate, or even a professional instrumentalist, producer, singer, composer, engineer, songwriter or dj there are times when the brain just shuts down. Creativity does not kick in for a long time. Well there is this guy ... Ricky... yeah, we heard he specializes on the field of teaching you the solid methods to inspire new ideas and write your next masterpiece in no time. By the end of our journey we guarantee you will be composing, arranging, orchestrating, recording, mixing, and mastering your own music.

Music & film is Ricky's lifework. His practical experience and passion for creative works have developed his ability to teach at a high standard point. Teaching embraces and inspires his career goals as an audio engineer, music composer, and an outstanding educator. It is his joy and commitment to provide students with professional excellence, collaborating with others to strengthen their skills, inspire their art and ambitions to move forward.

Rick has developed his own masterclasses to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help students achieve their goals as a unique artist and a musician.

Rick also hosts student showcases where his students are able to show off their new talent. He is constantly innovating his teaching skills to embellish the experience of each and every student. He attends tons of music festivals and seminars that enriches his cultural knowledge.

Artists influenced by Ricky are Air, The Flaming Lips, The Beatles, Leslie Feist, Radiohead, John Coltrane, Jamiroquai, Boards of Canada, Eric Clapton, Moby, Guns n Roses, Tame Impala, Cafe Tacuba, Muse, Phoenix, Breakbot, David Bowie, The Cure, Empire of a Sun, Gnarls Barley, Fuyiga & Miyagi, Amy Winehouse, Flying Lotus, Nirvana, Ray Barreto, Spoon, BB King, Buena Vista Social Club, Bill Evans Adolecent's Orquesta, Chopin, Bach, Björk, Santana, Marvin Gaye, Modjo, Pharell, Moderat, Kings of Convinience, The Allman Brothers ... and the list goes on and on.

Rick received his training at Columbia College Chicago in 2008 where he received a degree in music and audio engineering . After receiving his degree, he landed in Mexico City where he worked for SAE Institute Mexico as a professor and an audio engineer. He designed the most recognized masterclass "Cultured Patterns" that soon became an official courseware. He then became an Apple Logic Pro Certified trainer to increase his teaching abilities. He stopped teaching for SAE Institute, and turned his focus entirely on developing his beginners masterclass into masterclass series that would lead any musician to become an accomplished and critically acclaimed music technologist, sound designer, performer, composer, and artist.

Takelessons is thrilled to welcome Rick into our family of world-class educators. We are privileged to introduce to you an incredibly successful, entertaining, and one-of-a-kind approach to music creation through his astonishing masterclasses.

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Oct 2015 - Present
Sae Institute Chicago

Audio Supervisor
Apr 2012 - Feb 2014
SAE Institute Mexico


Bachelors of Music in Contemporary Urban & Pop Music
Sep 2008 - May 2011
Columbia College Chicago
Audio Engineering
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Columbia College Chicago


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pro tools Operator Music
Sep 2014

Apple Logic Pro Certified Trainer
Feb 2013
SAE Institute Mexico


Masterclass of the year
Aug 2014
Sae Institute Mexico


American Composers Orchestra
Sep 2015

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promulgation of music by American composers. Founded in 1977, ACO pursues a singular mission by maintaining an unparalleled range of activities.

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Audio Engineering Society
Apr 2014

Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

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Photos & Videos

That's me! Rick.

How to read music - Tim Hansen
Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music
Photo by Ricky M.

Photo by Ricky M.

Benefits of playing an instrument
Music and Math
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11 Reviews

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Javis Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In home

Ricky is a very nice choice for any beginner looking to learn or improve their piano skills. He's very accommodating and a patient instructor with vast knowledge of many different fields of music and I highly recommend him.

Javier F. Feb 8, 2016
Piano · In home

It was a good lesson. Can't wait to keep it going.

Micah M. Jan 27, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very patient, listens to the student and looking forward to our child progressing under his instruction.

Nora M. Jan 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very details and patience to a beginner like me.

Herman B. Jan 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio

As a 50yr old "Newbie, I wasn't sure how things would go with learning to play bass guitar, but five lessons later I feel like I could do this! There's lots to be learnt and may seem complicated, but Ricky makes it easy with his simple and hands-on approach. His patience with a beginner like me is absulately admired.

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Jacklyn Blankiewicz Jan 8, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

So far so good with the first lesson excited for next!

PAOLA S. Oct 10, 2015
Piano · In studio

It's been an amazing experience taking clases with Ricardo. He explains very well and his teaching method is excellent. One of the best teachers I've ever had :D!

Valerie W. Sep 30, 2014
Spanish · In studio

Learning Spanish has always been a Priority NEVER COMPLETED, but Takelesson has made it flexible to Learn a language. Richardo is GREAT! He is Patient and Easy-Going and makes the Lesson fun! We use Game Apps that helps me with repetition, Reading Books for Grammar and pronunciation. Home work and Pop quizes are light and Fun. I would recommend Richardo to anyone that would want to learn Basic Spanish.

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Gabriela R. May 22, 2014
Piano · In studio

The best piano teacher I have ever had!

Ricky M. May 22, 2014
Piano · In home

He is wonderful, talented, patient, and has all the tools you need to learn the instrument. He teaches you what you to learn first and he will never tell you that music has to be played a rather strictly fashion.

Ricky M. Mar 1, 2014
Music Recording ·

Rick is awesome!

Great midi composer, engineer and mentor. Everytime I have an issue he always gives more than one solution to the same problem. He thought me Midi and Synthesis in Sae Institute Mexico.

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