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Music Performance Classes Chicago IL

Local resource for music performance classes in Chicago. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to music theory, music arrangements, guitar lessons, music performance degree courses, as well as advice and content on Baroque music performance classes and Jazz performance classes.

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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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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Christian R.
(877) 231-8505
W. Mclean
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Percussion, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Rock and Jazz drum-set studies and performance. Afro-Cuban and Southern Indian hand-percussion studies and performance. Symphony percussion studies and performance. Classical piano studies and performance. Alternate drum-set and hand-percussion arrangement and instrumentation designed for recording and performance.
Education
Jacobs High-school and Dundee Crown High-school - General ED. and Music - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received) Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 2002-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Candice A.
(877) 231-8505
W Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Performance, Violin, Viola, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
My teaching methods involve coordination of basic body movements with playing movements. An example of a coordination exercise would be to ask the student to walk in time while he/she is playing. This is a fun, easy-to-grasp approach that develops a natural feeling with the instrument . It is helpful with both advanced students and beginners. For advanced students, I emphasize the importance of a good balance between scales, exercises, and performance music. I also include basic music theory …
Education
Chicago College of Performing Arts - Viola Performance - 2010-2012 Eastman School of Music - Viola Performance - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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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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Mick A.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Acting, Bass Guitar, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Music Recording, Drums, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Formerly certified Zuzuki instructor, good with very young children Excellent with professional and serious adult students
Education
American Conservatory Of Music - piano - 1964-72 (not complete) City Colleges of Chicago - education - 1984-86 (not complete) U.of I. Chicago - music/English - 1972-76 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Hector A.
(877) 231-8505
West Wabansia
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Mandolin, Music Theory, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Music Recording, Songwriting, Music Performance, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Styles I specialize in are blues, rock, folk, acoustic, country, and jazz. My forte is teaching improv and also teach chart reading and intro site reading. I do a lot of ear training as well.
Education
Metro Community College - undecided - 2007-2009 (not complete)
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David B.
(877) 231-8505
N Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Clarinet, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Cello, Songwriting, Saxophone, Music Performance, Music Recording, Classical Guitar, Trumpet, Tuba, Guitar, French Horn, Upright Bass, Flute, Percussion, Trombone
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and 6 string guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.
Education
DePaul University - Jazz Studies - 2010-2012 (not complete) University of Colorado at Boulder - Music Performance - 2003-2006 (Master's degree received) Ball State University - Music Education and Performance - 1998-2003 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Paul R.
(877) 231-8505
W Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Dance, Songwriting, Piano, Acting, Trumpet, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am primarily a musical theatre pianist, so that is my forte. Fortunately, that encompasses many styles and requires knowledge of different playing methods. I also play and instruct classical, and many styles of jazz.
Education
SUNY New Paltz - Theatre, music - 8/2006-5/2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Daniel K.
(877) 231-8505
N Janssen Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Dance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Music Recording, Trumpet, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 60
Specialties
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
Education
Argo Community H.S. - Academic - 1974-1977 (High School diploma received) Columbia College - Music Composition - 1987-1990 (Bachelor's degree received) DePaul University - Music Education - 2001-2001 (not complete)
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How To Move People With Your Music

How To Move people with your music
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I have never been more interested in musical phrasing than I am now. Perhaps it is because I have recently been hearing young technically astounding players with chops up the yin yang and I am not satisfied. Why? I have been asking myself. And I think the answer is that, to me, it appears they are not 'in the music', they are simply showing off their astounding technique. "Look what I can do!" in other words. This is not the way of the peaceful warrior.

I am quite convinced it takes a good amount of experience to get past the playing. We HAVE to get past the playing in order to say anything of real substance. It is not about chops or those amazing altered lines that we can play over dominant chords. These are the pursuits of the music college student. Which by the way, is perfectly ok and valid. But if one wants to really make a statement musically, and really say something of substance, it has to be about the music, not the musician.

And this does not go for just guitar players. It goes for all artists with any instrument, any field for that matter.

If you want to impress another guitarist who is learning, go ahead, rip through some changes and show them stuff they can't do. But if you want to grab the attention of someone who knows nothing about your instrument, then you have another challenge on your hands, because someone who is impartial to your instrument wants to be moved, not impressed.

Let me put this in no uncertain terms; we need to intrigue the listener, not impress them. We are not performing monkeys, we are artists and until we understand this basic rule, we are simply not artists.

Now, this may seem tough but I want to suggest that I am talking on the highest level here. Everyone needs to go through school, practice with Jamey Abersold records, play through changes, get repertoire together. But there comes a time when we have an audience to play to. And many musicians simply don't understand why they do not communicate.

An audience wants to be moved by the music. They do not need to know what you went through to get to this place. They simply want to be moved. And the way you move them is to make a pure musical statement based on the song you are playing, not based on your immense vocabulary that you might have amassed.

And when you come to not only realize this, but think about these things in a live playing situation, then you will become a great artist.

So how do we get there?

There is a great quote from MIles Davis, who was talking to John Coltrane. Trane asked Miles Davis's advice on how to end a solo because Trane was having difficulty finding a place to end. Miles answered in his raspy whisper, "Take the horn out your mouth." Space is the place - Take the horn out your mouth!

And here lies complete genius. Miles knew, for he thought about this for ma...

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