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About Michael J.

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Milwaukee, WI

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Michael has been a drums/percussion/guitar and Chess instructor for over 8 years. Having studied and performed all styles of music, from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Symphonic Band and Marching Band music, he has a firm knowledge of varies styles of music and techniques.

Michael currently works as a percussion instructor for UW-Waukesha and Wauwatosa East High School. He has also been a private instructor at White House of Music, Uncle Bob's Music Center, the Theater on Main in Oconomowoc and currently owns and operates a private studio in West Allis, WI.

As a Chess instructor, he has worked and managed a private Chess Academy in Milwaukee since 2008. He works exclusively with schools districts like Wauwatosa, Hartland, Milwaukee and many private schools for their after school chess program.

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The lessons with Mi
chael will cover a wide variety of topics and areas. Each lesson will focus on at least 2 different topics with an emphasis on what the student would like to work on.

Drums/percussion: Main areas of focus will include rudiments, basic drum set patterns, reading music, proper technique and what the student would like to learn.

Guitar: Areas of focus include open/bar chords, strumming, scales and applying those lessons to the music a student likes and wants to learn.

Chess: Based on experience, students will learn basic movement to advance strategy. Maneuvers like Forks, Pins, Skewers, openings and end game are all included in the lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is equipped with everything needed for each student. All supplies and major instruments provided. My studio is NOT a basement or private residence. The studio is located in the main business district of West Allis along with 80 other businesses.

*** Specialties ***
Drums: reading music, rudiments, proper technique. I teach mainly out of the book Basic Drumming by Joel Rothman

Guitar: Open chord and bar chord strumming that applies to learning the songs a student wants to learn.
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Ariana E. March 5, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Mike is very patient with my daughter. My daughter looks forward to and is excited about going to every lesson so far!!
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Richard March 5, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Lessons with Michael are fun, challenging and rewarding! He motivates me to do better and is flexible with my changing schedule. I look forward to continued lessons with Michael. Thank you all concerned.
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Nathan February 23, 2016
· Drum · In studio
First lesson went well. Michael is very helpful.
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Michael J.

Michael J.

Milwaukee, WI 53214
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About Jeremie W.

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McHenry, IL

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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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Spencer December 12, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Jeremie listened to my experience level and where I wanted to go. The, as he watched me play, he was good at picking up on my technique errors.
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· Guitar · Online
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Mariann January 12, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I'm an "older" adult who wants to learn to play the ukulele. I have very little experience in reading or playing music. Jeremie was super in starting from my point of comfort. I'm very pleased with my 1st lesson and looking forward to more lessons.
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Jeremie W.

Jeremie W.

McHenry, IL 60051
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About Paul N.

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Milwaukee, WI
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***My goal as a teacher***

I try to teach what the students are interested in and make it fun and interesting so that they learn the lessons and their favorite songs. Every student is different and needs to be taught in a way that makes learning easy and fun for them.

I have a passion for all people and all ages and am blessed to be able to teach from the very young, (ages 2-5 Toddlermusik lessons) to teens and adults.....all the way to senior citizens. I've had many older students all the way up to a 93 year old gentleman who is taking singing lessons and asked me to put music to his lyrics. We have recorded over 50 songs together.

***Background***

I started playing trumpet in 5th grade and knew that music was for me. I also liked playing with drums and piano also because they seemed exciting. I've competed in WSMA (Wi
sconsin School Music Assoc.) for many years which taught me a lot about performing for judges, being relaxed, and the importance of preparation.

I started playing the guitar and bass guitar when I was 13 and have never stopped practicing and performing since. I also have done a lot of writing, recording, producing, and have a Pro Tools Studio for students to use.

***College and Teaching***

I began teaching music lessons in college and enjoyed it very much. I received my B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. There I was very much involved with guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, and being in bands and writing music. After receiving my B.A. I also took 3 years of Education classes at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I write, produce, and perform my music along with performing with bands around the Midwest.

***Life in Music***

After receiving my B.A. in Music, I continued teaching and opened up my home studio. After a year and a half I had enough students that I was able to quit my factory job and teach music full time. I've been teaching, performing, and writing music ever since.

***Performing and more***

I have been on stage performing music since I was 11. In school band, marching band, competing in music competitions, and in bands touring the Midwest.

I have recorded many CDs with bands and on my own. My most ambitious project was a CD of my original music called, "Girls". I've performed my music and promoted it by being interviewed on Milwaukee radio stations along with internet music sites such as CD Baby. It is very exciting talking on live radio about my music and my passion. It is also even more exciting, and scary, playing my music live on the radio, lol.

***Instruments Taught***

I have been teaching for over 2 decades. Students take lessons for:
* guitar (electric / acoustic)
* piano
* voice
* drums
* trumpet
* saxophone
* harmonica
* music theory / ear training
* studio recording / songwriting

I also give kindermusik lessons to 2-5 year old all the way up to senior citizens 70-93. I play parties, concerts, and Nursing Home performances.

I am experienced as an online (Skype) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide. I've witnessed great results from my online students (both national and international).

I hope I can help you with all of your musical goals and get you going in a positive musical direction.

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Brian July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I meet Paul about three months ago, While not a complete beginner, I had tried to teach myself thru out the years and picked up a lot of bad habits. Paul helped me to see and fix my habits. Paul is a very qualified teacher, of many instruments, drums, keyboards, guitar, and others. I'm 59 years old, Paul doesn't mind my age, doesn't treat me like I'm too old to learn new stuff. And is more than willing to see me thru complete guitar instruction. Thanks Paul...
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Steve May 11, 2017
· Harmonica · In studio
Good start to my first music lesson in my life
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Johnny D. March 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Awesome job. Made it fun, easy to understand and listed to what my goals are. Fantastic teacher
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Paul N.

Milwaukee, WI 53227
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About Heather R.

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Mukwonago, WI

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Having begun teaching lessons while still in high school, I went on to major in music and graduated with a degree in sacred music in 1999. Since earning that degree, I have accompanied for three separate vocal music CDs using original improvised piano accompaniments. I have played sacred music in church for 25 years and have a great deal of experience improvising with hymns. I have taught piano, flute, choir, and general music at a private academy for over ten years. Having recently earned my Masters in Education, I enjoy discovering students' strengths and seeking to shape them into the best musicians and individuals they can be.
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Kate October 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great choice for a teacher. My kids enjoy seeing her each week.
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Paige July 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Ross has a passion for perfected technic. She takes time on making sure things are done properly and is very encouraging along the way. She is a wonderful teacher with a bright and helpful attitude. You never need fear asking a dumb question to her. She is always very thorough in her answers. She makes learning fun and the students want to learn.
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Nicole July 8, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I took piano lessons from Heather Ross in high school before going on to take a piano pedagogy major in college. Her teaching was a definite help in preparation for my college studies, and I learned much from her during my time studying under her. Heather is a knowledgeable and skilled teacher who understands what it takes to bring a student from one level to the next.
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Mukwonago, WI 53149
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About Jon K.

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My life long passions have been for guitar, music, and business. I received my very first guitar at the age of 12 years old and have been studying, playing, and improvising ever since with over 28 years of experience. I have had the honor to train under some of the finest Guitarists in the Chicagoland area: Dave Uhrich, Eric Mantel, Toshi Iseda, and Tom Hess.

I have performed as lead guitarist on worship teams for over 15 years, currently at Kenosha Bible Church. As the lead guitarist of Aural Groove, I recorded under industry pro Michael Charles of Moonlight Studios. As lead singer and guitarist of Manna (an acoustic duo) I recorded under Rex Carroll of Whitecross.

I teach and train in a method I have coined "8 Cycle Guitar". This approach alternates areas of focus each week; like a fitness program. By routinely rotating through t
he 8 cycles of guitar training, the student gains the skill needed to master the instrument quickly and effectively.

My Promise to you, simply put, "You Will Learn to Play the Guitar, period." I will be your own personal Guitar Coach. Look through the pics in my profile. 90% or more of those students started out as absolute beginners. I will help to keep things moving along, keep you motivated, keep you inspired, and keep the lessons fun.

What do I want in return: committed students, students who show up to their lessons, students who will practice a half hour per day or more, 5 to 7 days per week. Students who do not use the words "I can't," but instead use the words "How can I? Please show me."

I am here to teach, train, coach, and mentor you to the best of my ability. If you do the things I request you to do in and outside of your lessons...I personally guarantee you will learn to play the guitar and impress all your friends and family.

Let's start this journey together. You won't regret your decision.
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Anthony H. July 27, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
My brother and I have been taking guitar lessons with Jon for a little over a year and have had made such great improvements. I definitely think that taking lessons with Jon has taught me new things that help with expanding your guitar playing skills. If you want to be an excellent musician, than taking lessons with Jon is a great step!!
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Austin W. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Jon is a wonderful instructor! I have been with him for 4 years now and have come a long way. He is very skilled in both playing and teaching guitar. If you are interested in learning guitar dont hesitate give Jon Kapity a call right away!!!!
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Rebecca M. July 21, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Jon has been a great teacher and outstanding at encouraging my daughter. She has continued with guitar as a result and has continued to impress us with her skill and talent.
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Jon K.

Zion, IL 60099
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About Neil G.

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I teach advanced rock/blues/metal electric guitar also---but I’ve had the blessing of studying classical music with the world’s most eminent artists-and have performed at numerous music festivals, guitar competitions, and universities throughout North America. I’ve also performed with orchestras, chamber ensembles, bands, various duos, in rock/metal bands, and as a “street” musician. I’ve received scholarships from every school I’ve attended:The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Stetson University(BM ~classical guitar performance-cum laude), and Denver University in 2006-7(graduate studies with reknowned Maestro Ricardo Iznaola)

I’ve also been very fortunate to have been invited to perform in dozens of public and private masterclasses for the worlds’ greatest maestros. I’ve worked as a guitar teacher
for the Stetson University Community School of the Arts, ran a small studio in Cherry Creek, Colorado, and now teach privately at home.
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Georgina Mcleod August 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
This was a great first lesson. I brought material to the lesson and Neil knew instantly how to play this ! He watch my playing and knew how to suggest improvements. I really felt like I learnt a lot !
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Neil G.

Neil G.

Spring Grove, IL 60081
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About Trapper S.

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Milwaukee, WI
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Trapper is a Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true). His songwriting and storytelling have landed him on international tours with artists like the Wallflowers, Jayhawks and Old 97's and he's most recently released his second album Rangers & Valentines through the London based record label, Xtra Mile Recordings. The record follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut Run Engine, Run, with his band the Shades. That LP earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his “story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll.”

Aptly, Trapper has a Certificate in Rock and Roll Studies from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and spent time as a DJ at NPR's Milwaukee Public Radio. His musicianship a
nd industry experience have led him to instructing, where he'll help hone guitar skills from beginner to intermediate players.
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Wanda W. October 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Trapper was very patient with me during my first lesson. He is a confident and knowledgeable instructor which whom I am looking forward to grow and as his student.
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Jonathan September 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
FWe started with a booklet and some 3 chord songs. Moved to scales, which helped me play along with the first songs we learned in a new style. The little bit of theory has gone a long way. Reccomemded.
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Kristen September 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Trapper has been a great asset to my two kids. He started with one son and the other followed. It's been great for my boys to get their feet wet with their musical education and have fun with Trapper, too.
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Trapper S.

Milwaukee, WI 53211
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About Krystal E.

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I have been teaching private trumpet lessons since 2006 and have been playing professionally for nearly as long. I received my Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education (505, 506) from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2009. I spent a year teaching privately and gigging, and went back to school for my Master of Music in 2010. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 with my Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Wind Conducting. I spent my time at UW-M as a Graduate Conducting Associate and Teaching Assistant, working with students ranging from middle school through post-college. Since then, I have been maintaining a regular trumpet studio and freelancing in southeast Wisconsin.

I have performed in a wide variety of groups and ensembles throughout the years; consequently, I am comfortable teaching a
wide variety of styles to a variety of age groups. I have performed with the Madison Chamber Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Philharmonic. I am a regular member with Milwaukee Festival Brass, a European-style brass band, as principal solo cornet, as well as the Beloit-Janesville Symphony on Principal Trumpet. Contrastingly, I also freelance regularly with New Orleans-style brass bands similar to Mama Digdown’s Brass Band, jazz ensembles (I am an active member in the East Side Jazz Orchestra), funk and blues bands, in ensembles accompanying professional choirs, and for religious services in the Milwaukee area.
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Dana October 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
My daughter has been taking trumpet lessons with Krystal for many years and loves her time with her. She is professional in all ways and has limitless knowledge of the instrument. My daughter has faced a few challenges since starting and Krystal has gotten her through them all, working with her to prepare my daughter to audition for and be placed as one of the youngest students in our local community youth orchestra, as well as earn first ratings on her district solos. She is beyond accommodating with our hectic schedule, which is incredibly rare for a private instructor. Krystal is a huge reason my daughter loves playing as much as she does and I cannot recommend her enough. As a parent, the most important aspects I require in a private instructor are a love of music and a love of teaching. Krystal embodies these both, and we are lucky to have found her.
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Krystal E.

Krystal E.

Milwaukee, WI 53207
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About Sarah M.

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I am so excited for the opportunity to teach music to those interested in learning and growing in their musical knowledge! I teach piano and flute. I also have multiple years experience with the Piccolo, Alto, and Bass Flutes. So you know a little bit about me, I have been playing the piano for 17 years and the flute for 15 years. I have competed in various competitions, played in many recitals and concerts, and have taken lessons from many different teachers who have extraordinary gifts. I have participated in college-level Wind Ensembles, Symphonic Bands, and Flute Ensembles. Along with taking many college-level music classes, including Music Theory and Technique. My day job is working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, but I love to teach music!
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Sarah M.

Waukesha, WI 53186
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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
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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.

McHenry, IL 60051
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