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Nathan T.

Chicago, IL

About Nathan

Music begins with the body. We can begin by making it very comfortable to hold an instrument and produce sound. From here rhythm, melody, and song come naturally.

My goal is to be there to help you absorb the music with as little obstruction and effort, making learning easy, enjoyable, and gratifying.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar
Hand Drums and Percussion
various handmade wood flutes

*** Travel Equipment ***
Hand Drums and Percussion
Saxophone
various handmade wood flutes

About my musical lifeline:

Percussion is my latest love, and feels very true to my heart and purpo
se. This journey has been heavily inspired by a year of ceremonial music study in New York, as well as a recent month-long trip to Morocco, where I studied with masters who hold centuries-old lineage. To me, percussion is about using the whole body, filling a space, and moving between raucous excitement and quiet tenderness.

Upon my first visit to North Africa, my fixation on saxophone re-fixed on ancient wood flutes. I now make Moroccan Neira and Ney flutes. Flute is now my preferred instrument of melodic expression, one of the most ancient forms of music, the drum's sibling.

Guitar has always been a very personal instrument for me -- one that I play in order to relax, rejoice with friends, or explore my thoughts and emotions. I would say that I am a folk guitar player, only because all of my experience has been with folk! That said, I know some jazz and pop songs, as well.

As a saxophone player, I have toured with two different groups nationwide, and played live shows with even more. I've also played on professional recordings. While my background is based on theory and written music, the majority of my saxophone career has been a search for expression, improvisation, spontaneity, and mutual creation with other musicians.
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Cynthia S. June 1, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan has been wonderful working with our son. He has shown patience, flexibility, and a willingness to let the lessons develop on their own while maintaining the core concept of the lesson plan. He works equally well with a structured format or improvisation. His organic approach allows for freedom and creativity, while maintaining an eye for theory and structured chord reading. He has bonded well with our young student and makes each lesson a joyful music session. Nathan is highly recommended by us and our student.
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Tasha P. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Making great progress

I'm writing about my son's ukelele lessons with Nathan. He's a young beginner, who was very hesitant about learning an instrument. Nathan is great with children; he's very adept at making them comfortable and following their readiness cues.

It's only been a couple of months at this point, but my son has gotten more excited about playing and is learning more every week.
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Nathan T.

Nathan T.

Chicago, IL 60645
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Kate C.

Evanston, IL

About Kate

Kate has over 15 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels. As a teaching assistant at Eastman and at Northwestern University, she has given individual, private lessons to undergraduate and graduate violin students, under the supervision of her mentors.

A registered Suzuki teacher, she incorporates other traditional study materials for a well-rounded approach to technique.

Kate earned a Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. She received her Master's degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. She also has the distin
ction of being one of the first to earn the Certificate in College and Community Music Teaching at Eastman. She earned her Bachelor's degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine.

In addition to her teaching activities, Kate is a frequent coach and adjudicator of chamber music ensembles and orchestral sectionals and clinics. An active performer, she is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Elmhurst Symphony, where she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions. Kate has performed as a soloist and recitalist in various venues in the Los Angeles, New York Chicagoland areas.

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of lessons depends on what the student wants to gain - whether that means getting into their school orchestra, getting ready for college or simply for the sake of enjoyment and musical fulfillment. I work with the student to determine the best course of study to meet their needs along the way.

I specialize in intermediate to advanced students who would like to further and refine their existing skills. This is determined on a case-by-case basis by finding out how long the student has studied and what repertoire they have learned.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand. I would expect the student to provide their own instrument and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student
Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students.Classical Violin
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Isabelle R. January 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
I'm a teacher who has worked with Kate and her students. I'm always very impressed with her students, they are set up so well! Kate does a great job balancing technique basics with repertoire and musical knowledge. I would highly recommend her for any level, she is great with beginners as well as more advanced students.
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Julie R. March 4, 2014
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Kate is a fantastic teacher. She taught our sometimes resistant 6 year old, and she was always patient with her and made her lessons fun. I highly recommend her!
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RallyA December 6, 2010
My best music teacher ever!

We are so happy to have Kate as our violin teacher. She is a professional who has great approach towards kids and manages to find the best way to teach them how to love the instrument, play it as a true artist and show them how to enjoy music. Our daughter adores her and always goes to the lessons with desire and leaves with a big smile on her face. She quickly learned the basics and now loves playing the violin and keeps practicing every day without being reminded to do so.
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Kate C.

Kate C.

Evanston, IL 60201
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Joseph M.

Skokie, IL

About Joseph

My Story:

As a guitarist in my early years I spent much time reworking my technique and gaining insight in how guitar playing really works. My early struggles gave way to a solid knowledge of the guitar and music.

This was gained through no small part through my High School music teacher, through master classes of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Abel Carlevaro and others.

These master classes helped me in a big way to develop teaching systems and principles that can help anyone to learn guitar easier and more effectively.

You
will gain from the knowledge of these world class guitarists and teachers which will help you to play better and more musical.

And from my musical background-of playing hundreds of songs and compositions of many styles and understanding of musical structure.

Teaching philosophy

I will give you simple technical training to help the hands work together and develop a musical sound. As I teach I look for your gifts (in creativity, musical playing etc) and actively look to enhance that gift.

When problems come along in your studies, I help you to solve them in a way you can apply them for yourselves. Teach and show students how music works and how to play artistically.

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Will work with you to find a convenient time/day to schedule lessons at your home or our studio

There is a money back guarantee on the 1st lesson so you can try and see how lessons can help you to reach your goals. Selecting the "get started now" button will put you in contact with our student counselors.

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*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching for over 13 years in all major styles. Helping beginning or returning students of all ages (kids and adults). and backgrounds to learn music.Have taught all ages from 5 to 60 years old.

Will work to develop a personalized plan specifically for you and/or your child or family member.

Studied at Roosevelt University as a classic guitar major with music education and jazz studies.

Give students a well rounded education in all the major styles-techniques, teaching them finger picking as well as pick technique, chords and improvisation.

I specialize in building a strong foundation both musically and technically for people that have not played guitar or even music before and helping them to reach the musical goals they desire.

For the pick guitar I use the Mel Bay method along with handouts for chords/exercises and finger picking patterns This gives you flexibility to explore many musical styles.

For classic guitar I use the Sagreras or Parkening methods plus the same handouts as for pick guitar.

For electric bass I use the Hall Leonard Method, plus handouts.

I teach children how to practice and to keep a practice schedule.

I operate with a patient approach, a comfortable learning process. This helps you to learn properly and builds a solid foundation for your playing.

Lesson Progression

In general after 3 months you will know all the basic chords and how to change them. How to play the blues scale, read music /tab plus some songs with basic chords.

For the electric bass you will play blues patterns, read music and tab.

After 6 months you will be in general able to play bar chords, and more complex songs (with full chords).

For the electric bass more complex songs, movable major scales.

Keep in mind as you move through these studies you will be enjoying playing music and be moving towards the goal you had in mind in taking up music including learning the music, the styles you wanted to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and a foot stool. I can get them or show them where to get a method book They would just need a guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can teach lessons at the students home in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette and adjoining communities.

*** Specialties ***
Be encouraged that you and/or your family member can learn to play and it's not as hard as you think.

What I have found is it takes no special talent to play the guitar, just the desire to practice and learn. Lessons with a teacher helps you to learn quicker and more problem free, unlike other approaches. A teacher can help you personally when you have problems and questions. The investment you make will help you or a family member to play music for many years...

Teach most major styles folk, rock, blues, classical, finger picking, Jazz (Bossa Nova)
Also gospel, praise and worship guitar.

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StephenS1 February 15, 2012
Great teacher

My daughter enjoyed lessons with Joe. He was patient and good at explaining to a beginner.
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JosefP January 4, 2011
Great teacher !!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Skokie, IL 60077
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Michael F.

Skokie, IL

About Michael

I am a Chicago native. I have over forty years performance experience. I have performed with Von Freeman ,Mark Murohy,Richie Cole,Johnny Coles,Richie Beirach ,Clifford Jordan,Franz Benteler and Redd Holt. I was recognized for "Chicago's Best Jazz" in 1997 by Chicago Magazine.
I have recorded with Anne Pringle,Neal Kristie,Catherine Gauthier,Little Milton and "Chainsaw" DuPont.
I have thirty years private teaching experience . I have taught for Music House Inc. Music on the Move and the Merit School of Music.
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Michael F.

Michael F.

Skokie, IL 60076
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sean D.

Chicago, IL

About Sean

My name is Sean Diller and I am from Chicago, IL. I have lived here for 5 years and am excited to build a studio of passionate students. I have been playing violin since I was 10 and viola since high school.

I attended Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and graduated in 2007 with my Bachelor of Music in Symphonic Instruments (Viola Performance). I graduated VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL) with my Master in Music Education in 2012. My education has brought me many opportunities to be a teacher and a leader.

I am the Viola Teaching Artist and String Conductor at the Chicago Metam
orphosis Orchestra Project at Mary Lyon Elementary School. I have a passion for teaching viola and violin, as well as teaching strings.

I also play viola for multiple orchestras including the Southwest Michigan Symphony (3rd chair viola) and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (1st chair Viola). I have also played violin and viola with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, which plays only music by living composers.

All of these experiences have helped shape me into the teacher that I am today!

*Lesson Details*
1. Materials needed are: Instrument, pencil, music, music stand.
2. I tailor all lessons so that it is developed for each students needs.
3. I focus on repertoire that is an appropriate level for each student.
4. I teach practice techniques that will help each student practice.
5. I work with each student to build confidence and responsibility.

My job as a music educator is to provide the best for all of my students so that they can have fun and learn to create music to the best of their ability! My job as a musician is to pass the art of music to the next generation through mindful and thoughtful study all while creating new and exciting experiences.
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Annarita T. July 27, 2015
Viola
Mr. Diller has a fantastic teaching technique with his students. As a colleague of his, I enjoy watching Mr. Diller teach and see his students benefit and expand their musical ability while laughing and having fun.
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Debbie June 26, 2015
Viola · In studio
I am a fellow string teacher/performer and would highly recommend Sean to any student! He is great working with students of all ages and has a patient, kind and professional approach.
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Eric June 26, 2015
Viola · In studio
Mr Diller showcases exceptional musicianship, a positive and engaging rapport with youth, and he supports and inspires students of all ages to be the best they can be.

He exhibits contagious enthusiasm for his students and their instruments and for expression and meaningful music making.

Mr. Diller knows that while skills and technique are crucial, there is no substitution for creativity, connection and emotionally invested expression.

You can expect a top-notch professional experience with Mr. Diller. Most highly recommended!
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Sean D.

Sean D.

Chicago, IL 60626
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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