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Review by justin
"A Great Teacher
Lena is a wonderful teacher who feels very passionate about teaching her students to love music. She has taught me many pieces, leveling
from beginner to advanced and I have enjoyed learning them with her. Adding on, Lena will make sure that you learned and understood the lesson by assigning homework that will improve your skills in piano. Overall, I have very much enjoyed Lena's lessons and her great effort to share her love of music."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Will
"Great teacher for all levels
I have been consistently playing guitar for over 15 years, and within one lesson Jesse taught me new approaches to both guit
ar and songwriting that immediately inspired me. He has a great depth of knowledge and passion for music, and that comes through in each lesson. He quickly pinpointed the areas I needed to practice, and helped me craft a practice routine, and he continues to show me areas I can improve during each lesson. He plays many different instruments and uses them to teach, which comes in especially handy for learning rhythm. It also means I get to practice playing along with those different instruments, which is always a good thing. He has an easygoing attitude which makes learning easy, as I never feel intimidated or afraid to ask questions. I look forward to my lesson every week!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Tracy
I enjoy seeing Ms. Chelsea every week. She makes me feel comfortable and relaxed while working on my vocal techniques. She explains everythin
g . She does not make things confusing and we laugh. I have noticed a big change and feel more confident in myself. She is Awesome!!!"
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Maria
I have known Jamila S. since 2009 when she joined Florida International University as a student in our graduate program in Piano Perform
ance. Jamila displays a keen interest in a variety of music styles and forms, from Baroque to contemporary, including more popular idioms such as Jazz. Her playing shows marked individuality and rich, healthy sound which projects to the end of a concert hall. In her dealings with her colleagues she is friendly, affable and always willing to help. Besides piano performance, Jamila is showing interest in pedagogical activity. I believe her eclectic musical background coupled with her stellar character would help her become an excellent teacher, and it is with this in mind I recommend Jamila to your kind attenstion."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Kayla
"Jen is simply the best-better than all the rest!!!
My grandaughter Kayla has been taking singing lessons with Jen for almost a year now. Prior to Jen, Ka
yla had one lesson with another teacher but it was not a good match. Kayla needed someone who would critique her in a positive way and make her strive to do better in all aspects of what she learns. Jen has this capability of taking something negative the student is doing and make the student feel positive about it. I know sounds impossible, but I witnessed it myself. My grandaughter loves going to her lessons and she is learning so much more than just singing techniques. Jen has opened a whole new world to my grandaughter. She talks about now writing her own music, learning Italian,etc. She even tried out for a school play and got a part; something I know she would not have been comfortable doing if not for Jen. So, if you want an atmosphere of learning in kindness, an enthusiastic teacher that makes you feel special as you learn your craft, never makes you feel self conscious of yourself as you learn and most of all the ability to let the student know they truely are special she's the one. She's a teacher you'll remember with a warm smile everytime you open your mouth to sing."
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Suzanne
"Fabulous teacher, motivating, inspiring, skilled and dedicated!
My daughter loves studying with Marti. She is able to teach in a way that is understandab
le while also motivating excellency. In the past we have tried other coaches but they have all been disappointing and teach only a song while playing at the piano. Marti teaches full voice technique while integrating the technique with the pieces they will perform. Couldn't be happier!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Megan
"Eric is a terrific piano teacher!
Eric teaches three of my children who had previously learned piano with other teachers. They really enjoy the lessons w
ith him -he is encouraging and a lot of fun, teaching them both their lessons and then a bit of jazz on the side. Thanks, Eric! We're glad you're the boys' piano teacher."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Liz
"Very positive instructor!
Connie has been teaching my 12 year old daughter violin for a few months now, and I am so impressed by how quickly she has lear
ned to play! We love Connie's positive feedback and professionalism. My daughter feels comfortable asking Connie questions and I am so glad we found her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Igor
"Professional and experienced teacher
Professional and experienced teacher, very flexible and attentive."
Jesus Garcia has more than 15 years experience teaching piano and 5 years teaching the Suzuki piano method, with dozens of his students playing successfully in recitals, competitions, and auditions around the Chicago area.
He completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance with a scholarship from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il. Renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and Dr. Ludmila Lazard were his advisers and professors. In addition, during his program at Roosevelt University, Jesus took a course aimed at developing figure base and harpsichord performance with Dr. David S
In 2012 he was certified piano Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Mr. Garcia performs solo recitals and lieder by Rachmaninoff, Shubert, and Schumann with his wife the soprano Darina Assenova in festivals such as “Shubertiade”, which is organized by Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago and Make Music Chicago.
He often performs in Cultural Festivals in Mexico and United States and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as accompanist.
All his piano students are active as performers. Jesus always encourages them to perform in public, looking for piano festivals, competitions, recitals, auditions and any opportunities where they can showcase their talent. His students have been accepted in pre-college music schools in Chicago.
*** Lesson Details *** I focus on the basic piano technique skills when I start with a new student, it includes good posture of the body, good hand shape, firm fingertips, loose arm weight, good position of each finger, and flexible wrist. I always look for a rich tone production when playing each key of the keyboard in order to create a beautiful musical discourse throughout the piano piece.
When the student is from 3 to 6 years old I use the Suzuki method. When the student is older than 6 I combine the traditional and Suzuki method having great results with the student's performances.
My Philosophy: All my students learn to play piano in an artistry, confident, and joyful way.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in living room with upright piano, couches, bookshelves, etc. Parents can sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide copies of some piano works. But I also expect my students to buy their own books and have their own instrument.
*** Specialties *** For beginners, I use either the Faber or Thomson method. I can teach the Suzuki method too. I specialize in Classical music, but I can also teach pop music for piano.
Sage C. October 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Very caring for special needs student.
Martha October 13, 2016
My girls started taking lessons from Mr. Garcia at age 4. He is an excellent instructor and keeps lessons and weekly practice assignments fun and challenging. He uses a combination of methods to best suit the interests of each of my daughters. They really look forward to their weekly lessons. I have seen significant progress in their piano skills. Mr, Garcia is very good at acknowledging their accomplishments which is extremely important for young, beginning piano players. I highly recommend him.
Carlos June 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Mr. G was very patient and thoughtful in teaching my son on how to play the piano. I was very impressed with him, and I would highly recommend anyone interested in playing the piano to consider Mr. G.
Caleb moved from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to Chicago in 2008 to attend DePaul University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance studying under Matt Lee and Tage Larsen. Since then, Caleb has picked up a variety of regular gigs across a wide spectrum of styles, genres, and types of events.
Caleb performs in Chicago with soul-pop band The Right Now, the progressive Pocket Radio, the soulful Bassel and the Supernaturals, the genre-defying Willy Dynomite, the Latin-grooved Contrabanda, and funk outfit Nasty Snacks. He has played in horn sections for Latin, funk, and bi
g-band jazz bands, as well as Afrobeat, indie rock, R&B/soul, and hip-hop/rap groups.
He has also played the national anthem for the president at opening night of the Chicago Bulls season, been featured at Chicago Blackhawks games, principal trumpet in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras and in the DePaul Screamin’ Demons Pep Band at Madison Square Garden. Caleb also regularly lends his solo talents to wedding parties and church services, and is one-fourth of the Chicago for-hire horn section Revolution Horns. Other musical endeavors include a performance on the Steve Harvey Show, playing trumpet for the Broadway musical I Love Lucy in downtown Chicago, and a coveted chance to perform in master classes for his idols Adolph “Bud” Herseth and Chris Martin.
Caleb has been teaching privately in the Chicago area for 5 years now and is eager to teach students with any amount of experience, especially those who are eager to approach music from a variety of perspectives.
I believe that the best way to teach a brass instrument at any level, is simply to check in and make sure that the student has a great understanding of what a beautiful sound is on their instrument. This is done in a patient and positive environment, filled with the best possible music making to serve as a model to aspire to. With small, attainable goals and encouragement to practive at least a small amount on a daily basis, you cannot help of improve, and hopefully have a good time playing whatever music interests you while doing so. The journey is a bit different for everyone, but anyone can make a beautiful sound, and go from there!
I like to strike a balance of teaching out of various method books(depending on the student and their level of ability, some are more suitable than others of course and I help guide the way), and learning to play by ear, which can be almost anything the student wants to learn, provided it's not overly complicated for them. Technique has it's place, but is certainly not the whole story. Learning music that is fun, while at the same time learning to get better at your instrument, makes the overall process enjoyable and rewarding. Once you have the right tools, music is something that can be fulfilling for the rest of your life, especially when you learn to do it in a fun and healthy way.
Kathy January 18, 2017
Caleb has been teaching my son trumpet for the past 4 years. He is a very talented teacher who is musically gifted, as well as patient and kind.
Loving music and playing trumpet has enriched my son's life, both socially and emotionally. He is currently first chair in his middle school band and plans to pursue band in high school. His pleasure in playing with his peers and his pride in his accomplishments are wonderful to see. Last year, he played "New York, New York" as part of a three piece band at a school event and in March 2017, he will play the entire score of the Lion King with the pit orchestra for the 8th grade play.
But the best part as a parent is seeing that he often walks around the house humming a random tune under his breath, even when he isn't aware of it. It makes me smile to see him be so happy!
Thank you, Caleb!
Kyle January 6, 2017
In studio Verified Student
I had a great experience taking piano lessons with Caleb and would highly recommend him to any friend who was looking to take trumpet or piano lessons. He made sure to teach the theory behind the music, as well as the technique of playing it, and encouraged me to feel free to choose the direction, pace, and focus of the lessons.
Samm November 23, 2016
Online Verified Student
Caleb is the best trumpet instructor I have ever had! He is thorough, explains his methods and why he is teaching what he is teaching, helps his students develop good practices that will be extremely beneficial down the line, and is flexible with how to structure a lesson depending on what you want out of it. On top of all that, he is amiable, interesting, and professional. I feel very good taking trumpet lessons from a professional trumpet player; especially this one.
I began my own piano studies at age 10 and voice studies at age 15. I have been teaching private piano and voice lessons for 10 years to students of many ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. I received my BA with a focus in music performance (piano and voice) from Columbia College Chicago. I also received my MA in Community Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. With that combination of skills, I know how to teach music, pass on an appreciation for music, and develop a rapport with students and families alike. I can teach many styles of piano and voice, and I teach my students pro
per music theory and vocabulary in order to make their education well-rounded and transferable to multiple musical settings and instruments. My own music experience includes solo performance, ensemble/band performance, theater performance, and songwriting. I am currently in two bands, and I am developing a jazz and songwriting repertoire to perform as a solo vocalist/pianist.
*** Lesson Details *** I am somewhere between strict and laid back. I definitely want my students to master the skills I teach them, but I don't have a time line for mastery as I believe everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. I encourage regular practicing, but I also encourage practicing in moderation in order to avoid burn-out. I use a variety of curriculum depending on the student's musical ability, age, instrument (piano or voice), and musical goals. Generally, a young student will have learned the most fundamental aspects of their instrument and be ready to start performing after about one year of lessons (I offer a yearly recital every June). If the student is older, this process may be faster. I do not recommend that students under 10 years of age take voice lessons without also studying piano, as piano will give students a more thorough music awareness/education.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a microphone, sound system, baby grand piano, and electric piano in my home studio. I also have many, many music books.
*** Specialties *** I can teach all styles of piano and all contemporary styles of voice, beginner to intermediate/advanced. I am trained in classical piano and jazz/blues piano, and with that background, I am able to teach many other styles, including accompaniment skills. I am trained in jazz/blues voice and musical theater voice, and I have been trained extensively in classical techniques, although I do not sing opera. My personal favorite, however, is the jazz/blues sound.
When I teach any beginners in piano, I always use method books. I also reference some books to help my voice students understand the mechanisms going on in their body. With more advanced students, I tend to pick challenging pieces out of the variety of books I have in my studio (too many to list), or I help them work on the pieces they bring to me.
scott meyer January 15, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful teaching pro.
Zerrin B. October 4, 2013
Outstanding Piano instruction!
My son has taken piano lessons from Ms. Kott for over 3 years now, and we cannot say enough about her. She is that rare combination of encouraging, enthusiastic, yet serious teacher that you hope to find for your child. Not only has our son learned the basics, he has also learned theory along the way. She is reliable, relatable, and a great gauge of their personalities. I would, and do recommend her to everyone. In fact, this year my younger son has started lessons too! If you'd like a teacher who will help your child learn in a supportive, encouraging, yet professional environment, Ms. Kott is the perfect teacher for you.
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 13+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park Distri
ct, Roselle Park District, Schaumburg 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, Clarendon Hills Music Academy, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.
Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA.
I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.
With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.
For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn: *to read music notation and music charts *to read drum notation *songs by real bands *timekeeping via a metronome *hand technique and foot technique *rudiments *all styles of music *double bass *drum grooves and drum fills *marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)
For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn: *to read music notation *to read music charts/lead sheets *music theory *intervals *chords and inversions *chord progressions *scales *fingering *styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional *songs you wish to learn
For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn: *to learn to read music notation *to learn to read a music chart *music theory *scales *chords *chord progressions *fingering *styles of pop, rock, and blues *songs you wish to learn
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal
**Travel available for in home lessons up to 15 miles pending location, scheduling, and availability. 2 weeks or more notice is required for discontinuation of lessons.**
Melanee J. October 9, 2016
In home Verified Student
I'm a true challenge since I am very green with little music capability. Great introduction with plenty to work on.
Dui S. December 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son is enjoying playing the guitar cause of Steve. He is a great instructor. I would recommend him to anyone.
Meg D. April 15, 2015
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!
I am a member of the Chichago Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I have been instructing students from kindergarten to high-school all over Chicago area for the past thirteen years. My highest accomplishment is having a high-school sophomore student playing first chair first violin on Chamber Orchestra and third chair first violin in Symphonic Orchestra at Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, Illinois. Other accomplishments are having students prepared for Granquist Memorial Music Competition, Geneva Illinois.
My lessons are always focused on adapting the violin practice to fit the character
of the individual student. Besides learning good violin performance practices, the student will shape up character by developing specific neural pathways that will help in child development as well as overall cognitive activity.
Learning to play violin not only opens the mind for greater understanding of artistic expressions but also adds to the quality of experiencing life more complex otherwise not possible in absence of music.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are based on the Suzuki school but adapted for the preferences and/or necessities of the student.
- Warm up exercises - Quizzing student about difficulties met during practicing in the period between the lessons. - Assessing the approach of addressing the difficulties while preforming the musical piece under study. - Explaining how to fix problems and how to approach daily violin practice. - Musical notions, musical theory. - Musical notation reading/ Ear development exercises. - Recap and assignments for next lesson.
*** Specialties *** Violin teaching. Audio recording and editing.
Zachary S. January 22, 2017
In home Verified Student
Good experience for Zachary. Thanks!
Louanne C. July 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Dan is fantastic. He is approachable, reliable, and speaks to my daughter (mature age 9) as an adult which encourages her to take responsibility for her instrument and practice habits. She is just beginning, but has already made great strides with the violin. I have no doubt she will be able to play with the orchestra in the next school year; and I think this will be a long successful teaching relationship.
Chris R. March 31, 2016
I never had a tutor before, so it was difficult for me to choose from the wide arrange of tutors there are. But I think Dan was the right choice. He's very professional and goes far and beyond to help his students understand how certain things are when playing the violin. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone looking for a violin tutor.
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