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Penny R. Wheaton, IL

About Penny

ABOUT PENNY R. I graduated from college in Virginia with a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a voice major, and minored in piano and violin. My teaching certificate was for vocal, instrumental and general music, grades K - 12, and I graduated Magna Cum Laude. Graduate school brought me to Indiana, where I earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Migrating up to the Chicago area from there, I taught at a private music school (voice and small ensembles, as well as many faculty performances) before staying at home to raise our children, and teaching voice lessons privately in my Studio. After 30 years of teaching, I'm still at it, and I still love it! I am a Permanent Professional member of Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), Illinois State Music Teacher's ...

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Justine E. March 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Penny seems knowledgable and professional. She was very energetic and related well to my 13 year old daughter.
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ROZANNE S. October 27, 2014
Singing · In home
I took lessons with Penny for about 4 years and it was the best thing I could have done for my vocal development. I have since moved to the west coast and am still sad, every week, that we don't have our lessons. My vocal technique and confidence increased dramatically because of our lessons.

Penny is gentle and kind, extremely focused, and I found her method of teaching worked very well for me. She is very meticulous, always observing quietly and adjusting the message so that you can absorb what you are ready for. She helps you to feel the sounds you are creating, to explore your vocal abilities in a safe way, pushing gently but never too much.

If you are lucky enough to be close to Penny, do try her classes!
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Giuseppe Marino M. October 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
In my experience of Penny this afternoon as Giuseppe's wife bringing our4 year old daughter, it was disappointing. I do believe these other reviews are probably accurate in Penny being a great teacher. But after my daughter left she was quite discouraged to sing. Penny is not good with young children which I'm surprised considering she is a Pre K teacher. My daughter was excited and willing to learn this afternoon only to be scared and not want to ever sing again. As a parent who paid for a lesson the last thing I ever expect from a professional is discouraging a child. To have my daughter in tears and not wanting to sing for her dad anymore is heart breaking. I may not be a professional teacher but what I do know talking about what a child should not do should not be discussed in front if child to have them discouraged. Children don't hear what they should do as much as they hear what they shouldn't. In my recommendation to any parent if your child is 10 or younger Penny is not the teacher for her. Quite frankly I don't want her teaching my child period.
Rick T. Elburn, IL

About Rick

A bachelors degree in music ed and 20+ years of playing and performing experience comes with you to every one of our lessons. Whether it be on trumpet, guitar, or piano 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 ...

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Laura W. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Rick is great! My third grade son learns so much every week with some of his favorite music. We highly recommend him.
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Sherri R. October 28, 2013
Trumpet
Verified Student
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.
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NathanT April 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.
James P. Wheaton, IL

About James

Early Guitar Studies & Pit Orchestra Performances (1995-2002) I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 11 with blues/jazz guitarist Tom Castonzo, a frequent performer, bandleader and teacher in and around the Chicago area. My studies with Tom lasted for many years and covered various musical and technical aspects of many different styles ranging from jazz to classical and everything in between. In 2002, I began performing in pit orchestras for various musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserable, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Seussical the Musical. Original Music Projects (2003-Present) From 2003-2008, I wrote and performed music for 2 different progressive rock bands: Dream Haven and The Unit Theory. Dream Haven released the EP entitled ...

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Lisa G. March 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Talented Teacher and Guitarist

Jim teaches my daughter guitar. He is her fourth guitar teacher and by far the best one of all. She has had lessons from him for the past two years. Besides talent, he has the schooling to back him up. She has learned a lot from Jim, and he truly listens to her input. It's amazing how good he is and how good my daughter has become. Jim is also very patient, positive and motivating.
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Julian V. January 20, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Jim is a top-notch professional

I contacted Jim through TakeLessons because I saw that he had the best reviews on the site and he is not far from where I live. I came to him as a beginner guitarist, with my only experience being teaching myself some basic stuff with the aid of YouTube.

Jim started out by first figuring out what my goals were in playing guitar so that he could take the most suitable approach in teaching me. At our first lesson, he had me play what I could and he gave me advice on all the fundamentals that are really important. He even noticed that I had an unorthodox way of making a G chord and gave me tips on the proper way to position my fretting hand so that, decades down the road, I do not run into trouble with pain and that sort of thing. Whheeeeeewwwww. Good save there.

Jim is very good at seeing the big picture in context with your goals as a student and delivering the lesson accordingly. He takes notes and emails them to you after the lesson, which is very nice to have. He makes videos during the lesson and then sends you a link to the video so that you can watch it a million times if you need. He does his best to accommodate your schedule if anything comes up and you have to reschedule, which I have done several times.

Jim is easy-going and has a good sense of humor, which makes the lesson more enjoyable.

In addition, Jim also performs very often in the local area and one time I was fortunate enough to see him perform in his band. His guitar solo gave me chills in my spine. This might seem off-topic, but it's not, because the reason I bring it up is because I was inspired to want to play more often and learn more because I see my guitar teacher rocking the stage and who doesn't want to do that, and also if you're going to pay for something, don't you want to make sure you're getting the best product out there? Jim is a true professional and boy can he play. Please excuse the run-on sentence.

I'm leaving this review because I'm moving and I just had my last lesson with Jim and the money I invested was money well spent.
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Rahul H. May 3, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
An awesome teacher

I have been learning acoustic and classical guitar from James for more than 2 years now. His technique of teaching, the motivation, tips and videos he provides are simply exceptional. I would surely recommend him for anyone interested.
Steven B. Hanover Park, IL

About Steven

I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there. Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 12+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park District, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, and also maintain a ...

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Meg D. April 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Steven is a great teacher! He's flexible, and works well with all ages! He's teaching my 3 kids, drums, guitar and bass. He's very receptive and adjusts his lessons according to what my kids are interested in. For example one of my kids was learning notes, but then the other wanted to learn a specific song and he easily adjusted to focus on what each of them wanted to do to. My kids love him!
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S G. March 7, 2015
Drum
I took 5 in-home guitar lessons from Steve and loved every minute! I had never played guitar before so we were starting from scratch. We covered a lot of information, tailored to what I wanted to learn, and I felt like I made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Steve was always on time, well-prepared for lessons, and was very encouraging. I would recommend Steve to anyone interested in taking guitar lessons.
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Theresa H. January 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Steven is very patient with my 5 year old and very good at explaining things at his level.
John S. Chicago, IL

About John

I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies with voice as my primary instrument from Western Michigan University, one of the best of such programs in the world. Along with my vast jazz experience, I have over 8 years of classical voice under my belt as well as the ability to teach beginner to intermediate piano, guitar. and trombone. I cater each lesson to the interests and needs of the student while building a musical foundation that will serve them for years to come. Do you need to prepare an audition? Do you want to make the top choir next year? Do you want to be a gigging musician who can hold his or her own on any stage? We may be a perfect fit.

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John S. July 24, 2014
Jazz Voice · In studio
Jack is a great teacher who really tailors each of his lessons to suit my needs. I learn something new and exciting every time I take a lesson, and he has helped me boost my confidence as a performer. I can't think of a better person to take lessons with!
Eric J. Elgin, IL

About Eric

Hi. I'm Eric and I own a Studio in Elgin, IL. I'm a professional, full time musician and educator and my guitar has been paying my bills my entire adult life. I have real world, professional experience playing guitar as well as bass guitar, drums, piano, mandolin and more on countless gigs here in Northern, IL. I teach between 30-50 private students per week. I have taught hundreds of students in the past 12 years how to reach their musical goals. I've played tons of theater. I played guitar, mandolin, and drums as a swing musician for the Chicago Production of Jersey Boys at the Bank of America Theater in 2008. In 2014 I played a lot theater gigs for local productions such as Little Shop of Horrors (bass), Hands on a Hardbody (Guitar, Steel/Slide) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor ...

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Jeremy Y. March 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Taking lessons with Eric is awesome. He shows me how to play my favorite songs but he also shows me how to understand the music theory behind the songs. This makes learning songs so much easier. Eric always finds a way to keep me learning the things I SHOULD know while teaching me the stuff I WANT to know.
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Mike H. March 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Lessons with Eric provided me with the tools I needed to become a more complete musician – not just a better guitarist. In broad strokes, I read music, developed a much better ear, learned how to construct chords, got exposure to the Real Book, possessed a nice repertoire of scales, and could tackle songs without the assistance of tabs after taking lessons from Eric for a few years. The structure of each lesson built on previous material and can be presented at any pace; Eric's attention to detail makes sure every student masters the material to the best of his or her ability before moving on to a more advanced topic, which helps ensure legitimate progress is made lesson-to-lesson. Eric's emphasis on music theory and jazz allowed me to pick up the piano rather easily, and dynamic lessons where he got behind a drum kit to teach me odd time signatures helped me develop a fantastic sense of timing and the confidence to sit behind the drums as well.

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