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Jesus G.

Chicago, IL

About Jesus

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
Schrader.

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 Sates, and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as an 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.
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abigail April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jesus was awesome we highly recommend him thanks.
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Silvana I. February 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jesus is a wonderful teacher in all ways. He is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to learn from. He focuses on all parts of piano playing and while he is determined and pushes you, he is not boring and makes the lesson fun.
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Victoria P. October 9, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Jesus is an excellent teacher in every way. He is personable, patient, flexible and has great rapport with my daughter. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderdul teacher.
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Jesus G.

Jesus G.

Chicago, IL 60641
(12)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Caleb M.

Chicago, IL

About Caleb

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.

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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!

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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.
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Barbara May 21, 2016
Trumpet · In home
My 9 year-old son has been enjoying his trumpet lessons with Caleb a lot. Caleb is nice and patient, which is very encouraging for children. He is also easy to communicate with, very flexible and always on time. I highly recommend him for younger clients.
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Todd March 18, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Very responsive to emails and punctual. Works well with my son who is always excited for his weekly trumpet lessons. Caleb is friendly, warm, and cares about Music and teaching.
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Leslie February 16, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Caleb is the first music instructor we've ever worked with... but it's been a very positive experience thus far. He is professional, patient and talented. We look forward to every lesson with him!
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Caleb M.

Caleb M.

Chicago, IL 60618
(12)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Serena P.

Chicago, IL

About Serena

Now teaching in-person singing and acting lessons in Chicago, as well as online to anyone in the country!

Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students.

In Chicago, her credits include: The Two
Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and two solo cabarets: "Should I Be Sweet?" and "I Don't Want To Be a Cliche."

Other notable credits include Tony N' Tina's Wedding, The Taming of the Shrew, Bat Boy, Les Miserables, Major Barbara, as well as various cabarets at Don't Tell Mama and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Serena also has performed alongside James Taylor and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Serena loves working with people who particularly share her love of Musical Theater and Shakespeare, but she finds all ages and levels exciting and fulfilling.

Serena also specializes in coaching high school students for their auditions for BFA or BA Acting or Musical Theater programs. She is completely informed about the audition process for each individual school and is able to help select repertoire to fit your needs.

Additionally, Serena has significant experience training people for unique singing and acting experiences, such as singing at friends' weddings, bar mitzvah singing, and corporate improv/acting. She helps people loosen up, have fun, and succeed to their highest potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a very good balance in my lessons of nurturing the student, but also pushing the student to his or her highest potential. I always remain encouraging and supportive. I spend about a third of the lesson on technique work and I always encourage students to bring in their own material that we can work on as well. You will get excellent vocal and piano technique from me, but you will also learn to have fun and appreciate the ease and relaxation of singing and playing piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room

*** Travel Equipment ***
n/a

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater singing, especially preparation for any auditions (singing or acting) for shows, college auditions, etc. Musical theater is my main passion, but I also focus a lot on pop music. I am especially experienced in introducing newbies to singing or piano.
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Jackie J. May 11, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She is a great teacher. She gave me several tips and exercises that were very helpful. She was very understanding when I had some computer glitches. Very friendly also. Highly recommend!
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Rebecca M. April 15, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Serena immediately understood what I wanted out of lessons and gave me very useful on target skills to think about. I like how she teaches with the students priorities in mind yet delivering all her experience in knowledge. I hope to continue with Serena in lessons for a long time to come.
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Gates April 15, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Serena is a great teacher. Super encouraging and patient. I feel I've already improved quite a bit after the first class and gained confidence. Can't wait for the next class!
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Serena P.

Serena P.

Chicago, IL 60640
(19)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Dan K.

Chicago, IL

About Dan

Versatile, personable, and professional musician and teacher with 15 years of playing experience. Comfortable with all ages and all styles, from classical to jazz to bluegrass and everything in between!
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Khalfani M. May 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've been trying to teach myself piano for 3-4 years with no success. Since working with Dan, I've made major strides in only a few months. I've been able to play some blues and jazz already. We go over theory to help me understand what I am playing and how it works. He's very patient, kind, and makes sure you enjoy lessons each week.
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Rohit B. February 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dan is very friendly and made me feel very comfortable on my first piano class. Looking forward to more lessons from him.
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Parker S. February 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It's only been a few lessons, but so far Dan has been great
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Dan K.

Dan K.

Chicago, IL 60660
(12)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Erik L.

Chicago, IL

About Erik

Learning music is about more than scales, chords, and theory. I've gone through many guitar teachers and often I felt like they sent me away from each lesson with a sheet of homework and no method of integrating it into my playing. It frustrated me to think that I was being metaphorically taught the dictionary when I really wanted to be a writer!

When I think about the greatest guitar players I've ever heard. I certainly wasn't the scales or chords they used that struck me, it was their effortlessness!

Using methods I have learned from Sam Mosching and Kenny Werner, I teach students how
to grow as musicians, not just become a music theory textbook. I start with what the students goals are first, and then map out how to achieve them. This is accomplished through study of usual topics such as intervals, song structure, soloing, left and right hand technique, and chord construction, but it reaches far into much neglected topics of tone, critical listening, basic repair, and communication with other musicians.

The styles I know best are Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Folk and Pop.

About Me:
Music is a serious passion of mine. For about 10 years, I have written songs, sang, played guitar, and worked as a Recording Engineer. Every day when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is the guitar.

When I first listened to Eric Clapton, I knew I had to pick up the guitar. I obsessively studied everything I could get my hands on about Rock and Roll in all its incarnations. I soon branched out into learning about Jazz, Latin, Folk, Bluegrass, and many other styles. It didn't take long before I realized there was a commonality in all music, and that styles were meant to be blended and experimented with.

While learning on my own, I fell into many bad habits that numerous musicians have at all skill levels. It took me a long time to overcome them and I vowed to start teaching to help others avoid them.

Currently, I play out 3 times a week at Underground Wonderbar, AliveOne, and Lokal. I play, sing, and write songs in Bellweather Labs and Slowbots.
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Chris April 22, 2016
Guitar · Online
My son is almost 14 and although he's always had the option to pick up instruments from his school he's never felt any interest until he started guitar this year. His teacher (while great at what he does with the competitive bands) sees the guitar as more of a laid back course and my son was getting frustrated with how much time was going into learning nothing. Well, that all changed with the first lesson with Erik. Erik is laid back but invested in helping his students get what they want out of lessons while also letting them get a little head start to really fuel that passion for music that can keep you coming back to playing for years. Tommy (my son) felt like his interest and opinions are heard and is excited that he's already learned more in his first lesson with Erik than he had in 2 courses of guitar at his school!

I was also thrilled with the speed and quality feedback I got from Erik when I asked about guitars to look into purchasing for Tommy to have at home (school doesn't allow students to bring them home) for actual practice time and just general enjoyment of learning new music. Thanks to Erik I got a great started instrument at a really good deal that should last until my son want's to buy himself a more expensive model. I can't wait to see how far Tommy takes the guitar with a teacher who is technical and yet remembers music is about enjoyment.
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Nicole Pasquale March 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Erik is patient and really takes the time to structure a plan to help you reach your goals. It is clear from the moment you meet him that he is extremely passionate about guitar on both a personal and instructional level. I would highly recommend his lessons to anyone looking to learn guitar or expand their existing skill set.
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Justin January 1, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
He was very nice and patient.
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Erik L.

Erik L.

Chicago, IL 60626
(4)
starting at
$25 / 60-min

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