Rick Temple

Rick T.

Elburn, IL

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
February 2001

A bachelors degree in music ed, a masters degree in jazz studies and 25+ years of playing, teaching and performing experience comes with you to every one of our lessons. Whether it be on trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano or voice I will consistently stress fundamentals that lead students towards the musicians they strive to be. I feel incorporating music that is relevant to the student and his or her goals is paramount and doable! I will always demonstrate the techniques and ideas I espouse. Lastly, I show my students the joy music has put in my life and in turn, show them how to play music towards the same ends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are typically broken up into 5 main parts
1) physical technique and warm up
- this refers to the mastery of the physical movements involved in playing the instrument
2) vocabulary practice (either by reading and/or by ear)
- scales
- chords
3) reading
- sight reading
- prepared reading
4) learning to play by ear
- song transcription and analysis
5) warm down and re-emphasis of key concepts

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio lessons are taught in the front room of the house. There is an acoustic piano, an electric piano, a music stand, stereo, guitar, amp, laptop, trumpets, books, and seating are all available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will have everything I need and can furnish music. I expect student to have a stand and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I can improvise proficiently and understand music theory very well

***Special Notes***
-if you are located slightly outside my travel radius especially fox valley usually I can accommodate
-if you cant find a time that works usually i am able to fit you in somewhere else. i am flexible!

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Masters in Jazz Studies
Aug 2015 - Present
Northern Illinois University (Dekalb)
Bachelors of Music Education
Aug 1998 - Dec 2002
University of Illinois (champagne/urbana)

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11 Reviews

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Elijah Nov 24, 2017
Guitar · Online

Rick is a great instructor, very knowledgable, patient, and encouraging.

Don W. Nov 29, 2016
Guitar · In home

My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !

Don W. Nov 29, 2016
Guitar · In home

My kids love Mr. Rick and have learned so much in the first several lessons. We are beyond impressed !

Mary Ellen Jul 8, 2016
Piano · In home

I loved working with Rick. He works in a very different way, an approach that is really beneficial for me as an adult beginner. He teaches music structure and we worked with a singer songwriter that I love. He is pleasant and patient and very knowledgable. I highly recommend giving Rick a try for looking at playing music from a new angle.

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Jadyn D. Oct 23, 2015
Guitar · In home

Rick is the best. we are so glad we found him. I can't say enough good things about him.

Kristin Deyle Oct 11, 2015
Guitar · In home

Rick is a great instructor. He guides hew well and motivates her to participate and be engaged. He works well with kids who have had no experience.

Laura W. Jun 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Rick is great! My third grade son learns so much every week with some of his favorite music. We highly recommend him.

Sherri R. Oct 28, 2013
Trumpet ·

My second grade son loves his lessons with Rick!

We are really pleased with Rick's ability to work with our young son, encourage him and challenge him -- while creating a really positive, fun learning environment. We highly recommend him.

NathanT Apr 23, 2012

Great lessons

Rick is a great teacher. He is very friendly and he is good with working with me as a student. He helped me a lot to hear what I am playing and compare it to others or a track so I can play along and harmonize with the music.

PeteM Mar 24, 2012

Rick is excellent. Knowledgeable and engaging, he has taught me things about music I would never have found out any other way. I feel like a much better musician after just a few lessons and look forward to learning more.

SaraS1 Dec 6, 2011

Mr. Rick

That's what my 5 year old son calls him! I am very happy with Rick and his teaching style, he is very patient with my son and they have a good rapport with each other.

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