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Music Classes Cicero IL

See below to find music schools and music instructors in Cicero that give access to music classes, along with music ensembles, early childhood music, music summer programs, percussion classes, guitar classes, piano classes, and guitar classes, as well as advice and content on learning music.

Scott Ostrander
728 Marion Street
Oak Park, IL
Instruments
Ear Training, Horn, Other, Theory, Trumpet
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$36
Years of Experience
2 Years

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Ken C.
(877) 231-8505
W. Beach Ave.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar: Pick and rock fingerstyle techniques; Basic note-reading, picking up music by tablature and/or ear and fingerboard pattern-orientation through Fretboard Logic. Bass: Similar to guitar using pick, thumb and/or fingers. (I don't play slap bass all that much due to nerve problems in thumb) Genres: Though I'm currently studying Jazz exclusively, I teach and play rock n' roll, rock, pop, metal, blues, country, and rockabilly.
Education
College Of DuPage - Music Fundamentals & Pro Audio Technology - 1992-1995 (Associate degree received) Columbia College - Music Theory/Composition & Audio Production/Science - 1995-1998 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Alejandro F.
(877) 231-8505
W. 19th st.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
7 to 21
Specialties
Guitar: beg to adv Piano and Bass: beg to inter I specialize in rock, heavy metal, and jazz.
Education
Florida International University - Liberal Studies - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Thomas W.
(877) 231-8505
South Halsted St
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am most well versed in jazz guitar and pop/blues guitar. I also have a strong background in classical piano and am a strong sight reader. I teach Music composition, music theory, beginning banjo, music performance, and music recording.
Education
Columbia College Chicago - Instrumental Performance - 2005-present (not complete)
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Ramsey Z.
(877) 231-8505
N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Music Recording, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 90
Specialties
I specialize in improvisation. I always make sure to teach my students how to improvise so they can find their voice and develop their own style.
Education
Illinois State University - Music Business - August 2003-May 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Paul C.
(877) 231-8505
Addison Road
Riverside, IL
Subjects
Trumpet, Piano, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Flamenco Guitar
Ages Taught
10 to 99
Specialties
My experience has been concentrated in classical guitar. However, I was a voice minor for all three degrees, and have sung in professional choirs (His Majestie's Clerkes, now Bella Voce) and paid church choirs (St. Luke's in Evanston as well as St. Chrysostom's and St. John Cantius in Chicago) for the past 26 years. My first instrument was trumpet, which I played in high school and college. I also studied piano in high school and college. In graduate school I performed in early music ensemble…
Education
Indiana University - Musicology - 1969-1973 (PhD degree received) Indiana University - Music Theory - 1963-1967 (Master's degree received) Georgetown College - Music Education - 1958-1962 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Joseph K.
(877) 231-8505
W. 64th PL
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Music Recording, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar, Audio Engineering (Live and Studio), Music Production, Beginning Drum kit Rock, Folk, Reggae, Blues
Education
Cosmopolitan Prep - - 9/97-5/98 Columbia College Chicago - Audio Arts and Acoustics - 9/2004-5/2006
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Joseph K.
(877) 231-8505
S. Gratten
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Music Recording, Drums
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar, Audio Engineering (Live and Studio), Music Production, Beginning Drum kit Rock, Folk, Reggae, Blues
Education
Cosmopolitan Prep - - 9/97-5/98 Columbia College Chicago - Audio Arts and Acoustics - 9/2004-5/2006
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Robert C.
(877) 231-8505
W. Le Moyne
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Performance, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am familair with most of the established systems of teaching guitar, and I call upon them all as needed to best serve each particular student. Jazz for guitar and jazz theory for any instrument are areas of specialty.
Education
CAP Program - Composition, Arrangement, Performance. 3+ years of private study with Rick Barda, emphasis on jazz styles and contemporary harmony National Guitar Workshop - Rock guitar seminar Ventura Community College - General ed. and AA in music - 1998-2000 (not complete) University of California, Santa Cruz - Psychology - 2000-2001 (Bachelor's degree received)
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J. Andrew D.
(877) 231-8505
W Belden Ave,
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Songwriting, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 65
Specialties
I majored in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on piano performance, composition, and arranging. My early training, however, was in classical -- and I've taken a number of courses in pop, classical, 20th century, and rock-based theory/arranging.
Education
Pasadena City College - General / Music - 2002-2006 (not complete) Sonoma State University - Jazz Studies (Piano) - 2006-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces

Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I was at the NAMM show recently, a massive trade show for musical products. If you've ever been into Guitar Center and witnessed that infernal noise made by guitarists and bass players 'trying out' instruments, then the NAMM show is that x 50,000. It can be hell, yet a necessary evil if you are in the business.

I spent some time walking around and of course made my way to many of the guitar and amp booths, after all it's always good to keep up with anything new and groundbreaking. I came across a few professional guitar players who had been hired to demonstrate guitars, and as good as these players were technically, there was always one aspect of their playing that stood out to me. I find this is the case with any guitar player that is not communicating. They play too much. Tons and tons of notes, in rapid succession, all brilliantly executed. But what is really being said? How can you enjoy music when you feel like you are having your teeth drilled?

Guitar players are notorious for doing this, simply because they can. If they were horn players things would be very different. You simply have to take a breath. Guitar players technically don't have to do this, so they don't, and as a result their music is compromised.

The first time I was aware of this was several years ago when I started using a digital vocoder. In order for the notes to be heard on my guitar, I would have to mouth something into the microphone to trigger them. Then of course you get to shape the sound with syllables and so on. I was in a rehearsal and my sax player said to me, "Chris you play different when you use that thing, because you have to take a breath". Perhaps that was a kind way of saying I sucked, but the talkbox thing was cool. It certainly struck a chord anyway. So from then on, and it took a while to really sink in, but I tried to really focus on phrasing. And not just as a guitar player, but compositionally, if my music doesn't breathe, I'm just not interested.

As jazz guitarists, there is a terrible tendency for us to play a lot of notes, firstly because the genre historically has given us permission to do so, and second, archtop jazz guitars don't generally lend themselves to sustaining notes, so in order to 'get over', guitarists fall into the trap of overplaying.

There are of course compromising situations which affect the way we play and it is important to be aware of these at the time. First, if you are taking a solo and the band behind you is not being particularly supportive, i.e.; playing busily and not listening to you, then this very often makes a player play more notes because they are fighting to speak, as it were. But if the band is just grooving, you as a soloist can play just a few notes and the spaces are music in themselves!

Another compromising situation might be a borrowed or rented amp that ju...

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