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Paul D.

Zion, IL

About Paul

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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Michael W. January 3, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Paul is a professional and cares about his students
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Nicole G. August 20, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Matt H. August 10, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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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Paul D.

Paul D.

Zion, IL 60099
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starting at
$20.50 / 30-min
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Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL

About Teresa

I am a graduate of Northern IL University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I have 22 years of teaching experience where I have traveled to the homes. Students enjoy my passion that I have with the instrument.

I started teaching in 1991 and have been teaching several students since then. Attending teacher workshops keep me at a current updated level and I want to help the students learn to the best of their potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very thorough in my teaching, which includes lesson, theory, technique, and performance
methods. I use a very easy, flexible
approach when it comes to the kids and their personalities. I expect a lot out of my students, yet still want them to learn and have fun.
After three months with me, they will have learned how my teaching style is and will be able to play several children's songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide any equipment when I travel except their books for the first lesson. I would expect the student to have a well tuned piano or a basic keyboard. The student also needs a notebook so I can write their homework down for them as well as myself to keep track of where the student is in their progress.[

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Alfred, Bastien, and Faber and Faber. I teach General Music, Classical, Jazz, and Popular. I teach mainly through the method books, and then use other supplementary materials as well..
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Danielle G. September 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old daughter is on her third lesson with Teresa. It has been a very great experience. Danielle looks forward to each lesson, enjoys her time with Teresa and is progressing at the piano beyond my expectations - I can highly recommend Teresa!
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Connell A. September 17, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First day with Mrs. Terry my son was so excited he actually got to help pick what he wanted to play, since he lost his old teacher and summer came he lost alot of theory and timing. Terry is getting him back on track he had alot of fun
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Jack P. June 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Terri was great with our son! He enjoyed his lesson and looks forward to his next one!
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Teresa L.

Teresa L.

Ingleside, IL 60041
(9)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Jeremie W.

Grayslake, IL

About Jeremie

I just graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've had performances and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for 14 years. I have played in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock. I've been writing music for the same length of time. Song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well v
ersed in and would love to teach to other people. I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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Mackenzie August 10, 2016
Songwriting · In home
Verified Student
Jeremie met with our daughter and took the time to learn her perspective and talent level and to develop a more individualized approach to working with her. He is incorporating music theory into songwriting. We are super pleased with his beginning work with her!
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Chuck H. June 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Good start, looking forward to working with Jeremie and learning how to play guitar!
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Charlie H. June 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Was a great first lesson, looking forward to more sessions!
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Jeremie W.

Grayslake, IL 60030
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Britta Y.

Round Lake, IL

About Britta

My name is Britta, and I love piano and teaching! Music has brought great joy to my life, and it all started with the piano. I am eager to share that joy and power with you.

I started playing piano before I can remember and began lessons at age 5. I studied under my phenomenal teacher in Minnesota until I moved away when I was 18. I continued playing duets and quartets at her studio anytime I was back in Minnesota. I spent a few years living abroad and at college in Chicago. I taught first graders for a year at LEARN Excel Charter School in Chicago. Now I’ve relocated to Round Lake Beach, w
here I have a beautiful 80-year-old baby grand piano and a peaceful in-home studio.

When it comes to music, I think it's important to stay relaxed, push yourself, and have fun. Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be a very rich and transformative experience for anyone. Whatever it is you're looking for in learning piano, I'm eager to help and share the gifts my teacher gave me.
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Michael August 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I wasn't sure how this would go because my son is only three and half and a little nervous but she was very patient. He was able to calm down and is looking forward to next week!
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Anthony August 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She was very patient and my five year old had a great time.
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Keren-Elicha A. July 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Thank you Britta for this first five lessons with Kezia and Keren. You are so professional. They've really enjoy. That's why, they want you continue with them.
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Britta Y.

Britta Y.

Round Lake, IL 60073
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Isaiah W.

Zion, IL

About Isaiah

I'm a classically trained pianist with a speciality in church improvisation. I studied at College of Lake County with Mrs. Kathleen Cisewski. I'm also very strong in music theory and technical skills!
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Isaiah W.

Isaiah W.

Zion, IL 60099
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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