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Music Teachers Chicago IL

Music teachers teach students music basics, piano lessons, guitar lessons, singing lessons, violin lessons, guitar lessons and more. See below to find local music teachers in Chicago that give access to instruction in music techniques, music composition, as well as advice and content on finding a music teacher who is a good fit.

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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Will P.
(877) 231-8505
W. Thomas St.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Recording, Guitar, Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Drums
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, songwriting, bass, Harmonica, drums, music production, audio recording Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk, Country, Bluegrass, Fingerstyle Guitar, Jazz
Education
Homestead High School - - 1996-2000 University of Wisconsin-Madison - English - 2000-2004
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Val K.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Singing, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
voice, singing, music, theatrical singing, Broadway singing, music theory, opera voice, Jazz, POP, RNB, Theory of Music, Ear Training, Piano for Beginners. Opera (Classical), Musical Theatre (Broadway), Jazz, POP, RNB. Sight-Reading Special Coaching, Russian Classical Repertoire, Russian Diction.
Education
Tomsk Music College Tomsk, Russia - Music Education, Chorus Conducting - 1990 Music College by Moscow Conservatory Moscow, Russia - Voice - 1992 Russian Academy of Music (Gnessin Institute) Moscow, Russia - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy - Unfinished (1994) Roosevelt University Chicago, IL - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy - 1998
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Finding The Right Teacher

By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

Finding a good teacher is not always easy, at any level. At the beginner level it is important to get on the right foot and as an intermediate player you need to know that your teacher really knows his or her stuff if you want to move forward. What it really comes down to is "Are you getting the right information?".

The big problem when it comes to music instruction is that it is not necessary to have any diplomas or awards in order to set up a teaching practice. Conversely, the best teacher may not have a degree in music, just a phenomenal talent for teaching.

The first thing to understand when finding a good teacher is that the best teachers are not necessarily the best players. And it certainly goes that great players are invariably not the best teachers, possibly because they are far too wrapped up in their own playing to be concerned about anyone else. OK, a generalization but a theory with legs.

So let's assume you are just starting out, an absolute beginner, so what do you do? Well, the first resource I would use is your own personal contacts. You may have a friend or cousin that also took lessons and he or she may be able to recommend someone. Music stores often provide instruction and you can also look in your local paper for private instructors. Even do a Google search. It's actually very easy to find a teacher, but can you count on them to feed you all the right information?

Let's assume you have a short list of teachers in you area. I think it is definitely in your interest to make sure that they are teaching simply because they love to teach. Not because they are waiting for their "big break". This is why I think it is important to find a professional teacher, not an aspiring pop star. So you might ask a series of questions:

  • How long have you been teaching?
  • What teaching qualifications do you have?
  • How many other students do you have?
  • Can you give me the phone numbers of two of your students?

This may seem harsh, but I just think it is so important to get the right person from the start. Why? because as a student you have no idea whether your potential teacher actually knows what they are talking about. So don't be shy to ask.

As an intermediate student you probably need to rely more on word of mouth to get the right teacher to take you forward. In your local neighborhood, especially if you have been playing a while, you are probably already hooked into who the teachers are so it may not be such a problem.

The other issue, aside from musical expertise, is that your teacher and you need to like each other. If you are to be successful studying together this is so important. I remember growing up that I would excel in the subjects where I actually liked my teacher. And of course I dreaded going to class with those teachers I did not like.

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