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About Charis B.

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Woodstock, IL

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About Charis
I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have worked with several disabled students patiently guiding them, finding creative ways to make music accessible to them. I believe it is not about me or the parent, but the student. I work with children of all ages believing that we can find a way that works so that in a few months you see results. Anyone can learn to sing or play but not everyone is going to enjoy it without the right approach and teacher. I don't want to hear a student say that the teacher didn't listen to me, they wouldn't entertain my ideas.
In my studio I have a studio piano and a keyboard. We have monitors and microphones and the ability to record. I encourage the composer to the pop music player, from the classical artist to the Broadway singer.
Currently, I have several students that compose their own music, helpi
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For the child I have had the most success with the Bastien method and for the Adult pianist I usually use Alfred's method books. I constantly have access to musicnotes.com to download any current or older hit in addition to the method books. I want you to learn to note read and then to play by chords. I never want the student to lose their creative, artistic ability. They should feel welcome at all times to add input to the lesson. I want you to have fun learning and find the ability in you to make music. Please contact Takelessons if a time does not suit your availability. I may be able to work something out.

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I own my music studio w/ piano, seating for parents. I have vocal equipment, microphones and monitors

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I will have a music bingo game with me and whatever else is needed to supplement the lesson

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I teach any style and method that is needed,but prefer Bastien, feeling it doesn't drag the information out. I teach note reading and playing classical music to playing by chords and learning how to split the voicing
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Darla Mills August 23, 2017
· Flute · In studio
excellent lesson
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Olivia H. August 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
The lesson would have been better if I were not so nervous and played better.
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Nikolas October 9, 2015
· Piano · In studio
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Charis B.

Charis B.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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$35 / 30-min

About Susan M.

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Highland Park, IL
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Study Classical Piano with an Artist-Teacher
Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included!

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Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning Americanj Pianist and Steinway Artist.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Four pianos: Steinway, Baldwin, Weinbach, and Altenburg.
Large Music Library.

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Chamber Music
Concertos
Duo Piano Repertoire
Audition preparation
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Christopher April 5, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Susan is an outstanding pianist and teacher. She genuinely cares about the musical development of each of her students. I would highly recommend her to any serious student looking to work with a top rate teacher. It makes a difference!
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Rusty December 23, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I am a 50-something-year-old business executive who began taking beginner piano lessons with Susan Merdinger almost 5 years ago.

Now, I am performing Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes and cherished works by Mozart and Beethoven to name just a few.

My Mom let me quit piano lessons in 1967 when I was growing up on the Southside of Chicago. I spent the next 45 years regretting it.

Now, as my piano teacher, Susan is inspiring me to make up for lost time.

At the end of each year, I am amazed at being able to play pieces I couldn’t have imagined performing 12 months earlier. This satisfying achievement comes only because of Susan’s character and competence as a teacher and her passion and enthusiasm to motivate me to practice 1 to 2 hours every day.

Susan is patient while maintaining very high standards with a commitment to excellence. She celebrates the progress of all her students to whom she is dedicated. While waiting for my lesson to begin, I have watched in amazement as she interacts with a full studio of very diverse students, young and old, boys and girls, beginners and advanced, even handicapped blind and autistic students. I’ve watched as she’s brought smiles to all her students after their recitals and audiences after her own concerts.

And Susan is one of the smartest persons I know who is expanding my horizons of the classical repertoire I play and appreciation of the classical music I listen to. There is a special pride to see your piano teacher perform solo or with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at historic venues in Chicago or New York City.

I am a busy executive, but my piano lesson is the highlight of the week, even if that entails a 90-minute battle in Chicagoland rush hour traffic to get to my lesson.

That’s because my life is richer with the music Susan imparts.

I can’t recommend her strongly enough.
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Annika H. December 2, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
The first lesson with Susan was fantastic. My daughter is looking forward to working with her.
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Susan M.

Susan M.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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$60 / 30-min

About Jeremie W.

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McHenry, IL

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About Jeremie
I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I 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 performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m
ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and 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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Danny November 9, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Jeremie is a great instructor. He moves and a good pace, really knows the details of what he is teaching, and caters the lesson material to you to keep it interesting. Would highly recommend!
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Anoop A. October 27, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Danny September 22, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Jeremie is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He caters the lesson to your goals and I have no doubt I will achieve what I want if I stick with it! Would definitely recommend!
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Jeremie W.

Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051
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About Martin N.

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Highwood, IL
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Martin Nocedal is a cello teacher and freelance performer, and has been on the chamber music faculty of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory since 2015. He received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and his master's in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan, and has served as Director of Orchestras at Maine South and Davenport Central high schools. Martin is an active performer with the Groupmuse organization, and has performed chamber music with members of the Chicago, Milwaukee, Kennedy Center, and New World Symphony Orchestras. Martin has been a member of the Civic Orchestra or Chicago, and is currently a member of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra.
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Martin N.

Martin N.

Highwood, IL 60040
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$30 / 30-min

About Sarah G.

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Highland Park, IL
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About Sarah
Private instruction with Sarah G. is guaranteed to help you improve your musicianship, technique, performance ability, general musical knowledge and- most importantly- add to your fun in making music. Whatever your goals in music are- whether you are looking to gain acceptance to prestigious conservatories or music schools, or are a beginner to advanced student of any age, Sarah has the talent, educational credentials, and personal skills to help you become the best musician you can be. Born into a family of professional musicians, Sarah "knows" music inside and out. You will be captivated by her joyful and inspirational teaching and performance ability.
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Sarah G.

Sarah G.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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$75 / 45-min
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About Steven S.

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Palatine, IL

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Hi my name is Steve. I play various fretted instruments including guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, and some mandolin. I have a bachelors degree in music from Elmhurst College and I focused on Classical and Jazz Guitar. Currently, I have been playing various community theater gigs across the northwest suburbs in Chicago. I own my own home studio and have produced some music that have been heard on some nationally sndicated TV shows. I think it's important to learn fundamentals in technique and music theory but if all you want to do is rock, I'm fine with that.
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Palatine, IL 60074
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$29 / 30-min

About Corey A.

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Grayslake, IL
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About Corey
I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.
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Keri July 3, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Corey was a great instructor for my 4th grader. We wanted him to keep up with his clarinet lessons over Summer break. My son gets very easily frustrated when he struggles and Corey handled it all very well, always giving a new suggestion on what he could do to improve. In just 5 short lessons, Corey helped my son with his embouchure, finger placement, tounging and my son was finally able to play his B and C notes. That had really been holding him back from playing lots of music. Highly recommended!
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Sean April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
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Jacob April 3, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.
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Corey A.

Corey A.

Grayslake, IL 60030
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$35 / 30-min

About Katie B.

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McHenry, IL

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I am a former band teacher, teaching at public, private, catholic and montessori schools for over eight years. I graduated from VanderCook College of music with a Bachelors of Music Education.

Band students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. Every student has a different learning technique; I teach students to explore and open up to their potential through practice and dedication. I can help any student to play with confidence, and expression.

I teach band students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied woodwind instruments for 22 years, and concert flute for all of those years. I can teach students to read music and excel at theory.

As a professional flute players I frequently play with the College of Lake County band as well as summer bands around the area.

My personal passion is classical music b
ut I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Kayla January 17, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
She does a really good job at finding the things that were challenging for me and pushing beyond what I was capable of doing.
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Lily R January 11, 2018
· · In home
Katie works very well with my daughter. My daughter has come a long way since she started lessons and my family has noticed how well she plays. My daughter is excited about music and is always asking to play something for others because she wants to share her love of music and playing with everyone.
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John January 8, 2018
· Flute · In home
Katie has been my daughter's flute instructor for 3 years (one year as her band instructor and 2 years of private lessons). She is extremely professional, always communicates my daughter's progress, challenges her to improve, and makes the lessons a lot of fun. My daughter loves taking lessons from Katie, and under her tutelage she has improved in her ability and love of music. I would highly recommend Katie as an instructor.
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Katie B.

Katie B.

McHenry, IL 60051
(5)
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$34 / 30-min

About Sophia Z.

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Milwaukee, WI

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About Sophia
I am a professional opera coach and have subbed as a coach at the Kansas City Lyric Opera House. I have my Master's in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory at UMKC, and my Bachelor's of Music from Luther College. I have performed under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel and sung on stage with The Rolling Stones and Barry Manilow in addition to serving on faculty at summer opera programs after my fellowship as an opera coach at Aspen Opera Theatre.

Voice students can expect to improve their tone from week to week by learning healthy vocal technique. I have taught all ages and skill levels, and specialize in teaching younger children to sing in a vocally healthy way. Students learn about releasing tension, good breath support, placement, head/chest voice and mix, as well as solfege and ear training.

I have also been playing pi
ano for over 20 years and did competitive piano as a child, and won statewide and midwest regional competitions. Because of my piano background, I can record helpful tracks for each student, such as warm up tracks, as well as practice tracks.

My passion is teaching kids to sing in a vocally healthy way by building on basic foundational techniques such as good posture, good breath support, ear training and release of tension. As a child, I was told often that singers were born, not taught, and I am here to tell you that I learned how to sing well during my college and grad school years, and was not a "born" singer! I learned so much about healthy singing in school that I wish I had known when I was younger, so my personal goal is to install good vocally healthy habits in all of my students.
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Grace May 3, 2018
· Singing · In home
Very knowledgeable, and personable. Only been one lesson, but we are off to a great start!
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Lylia March 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
While at the Kansas City School of Music, my girls, ages 7 and 10, received piano and vocal lessons from Miss Sophia. Sophia is a wonderfully talented musician and pianist with very effective teaching methods. She is very patient with her students and always provides a positive nurturing learning environment. She was able to tailor each lesson to fit each of my girls needs, which I appreciate. I highly recommend Sophia to anyone looking to receive top notch instruction.
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Lauren February 27, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Mrs. Zey is incredibly knowledgeable in voice and piano as well as in teaching them. She's familiar with a wide variety of vocal styles and techniques and will find one that works for you, as well as be kind and patient while teaching it. Five stars; a round of applause; and a standing ovation. She knows what she's talking about and is the best at what she does.
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Sophia Z.

Sophia Z.

Milwaukee, WI 53228
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$43 / 30-min

About Scott G.

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Highland Park, IL

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Hi! I'm a recent Music Technology graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I also received a degree in Clarinet Performance.

I've been writing and producing electronic music as "Megaphonix" (my producer/DJ project alias) for more than seven years, and have licensed my music for highly successful commercials, TV programs, and more. My music has been signed to major record labels, played by some of the world's biggest DJs, and garnered millions of plays on Spotify and SoundCloud.

It all started in my home studio on Sheridan Road - recently renovated with acoustic treatment and a lineup of professional-grade mics, and loaded with industry standard software plug-ins that can bring any recording to life. Whether you want to learn the basics of music production or learn advanced mixing and sound design techniques, I
can help you fulfill your artistic drive with more than a decade of experience in music creation and songwriting under my belt.

For the past several years, my music education has been fundamental to my success as a music producer and audio engineer. My goal is to provide you with the same high-quality instruction that I received at a fraction of the cost! I look forward to teaching you.
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Susan M. September 3, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
Scott is a brilliant and creative musician who has made a name for himself as a music producer/ composer and engineer. He is an outstanding musician and composer and he is a also gifted teacher and speaker. People of all ages and musical background can learn so much from Scott Greene, aka Megaphonix.
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Scott G.

Scott G.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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starting at
$50 / 30-min

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