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I like to teach my students how to reach their musical goals, whatever those may be. If they just want to strum a few chords, I will show them many different ways to do so, and in the context of their favorite songs. Everything I teach is within the context of their favorite music. I feel this keeps the lessons FUN. I try to bring out the creative side in all of my students. Depending on my students goals, I adjust my lessons accordingly to suit each individual student.
I started playing drums at the very young age of 5 and by the age of 13 I began to take the drums very serious. I first studied drums from a local teacher by the name of Steve Sacher who was a former student of the famous Chicago Drum “Guru” Roy Knapp. He was a very knowledgeable instructor and was hip to the new styles as well as the old styles and gave me a solid foundation to build the rest of my future studying upon. In 1971 at the age of 14 I began to study at the Chicago Drum School on Wabash Avenue in Downtown Chicago. I studied under Ernie Gadzos who was a great drummer and teacher. Ernie taught me advanced techniques along with a musical approach to playing Drumset which was very interesting to me. In later years Ernie accepted a prominent Clinical Services position with the Gretsch Drum Company in Georgia. In 1976 I was accepted to study with world famous percussionist Bobby Christian. Bobby also was a former student of the famous Chicago Drum “Guru” Roy Knapp. Bobby performed with many big name stars, was a guest performer for Symphony Orchestras around the world, was a first call studio musician, a staff musician for Chicago radio stations and was a Clinician for The Ludwig Drum Company. The instruction I received from Bobby Christian was exactly what I needed to be a truly accomplished drummer, musician and instructor. While still studying at the Chicago Drum School in 1973 I decided to tryout to become a member of The Chicago Federation of Musicians Union and passed the test and was accepted at age 15. I then began to work as a professional musician performing locally in all types of musical situations. I continued performing Drumset both locally and on the road. Some of the venues included The Newport in Miami Beach, The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, The Park West in Chicago, The Bop-Shop in Chicago, Joe’s Be-Bop Café on Navy Pier in Chicago, The Green Dolphin Street in Chicago, Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville, IL., Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL, Pete Miller's in Wheeling, IL. and numerous Festivals and Concerts in the Park Series in Chicago and the surrounding Suburbs. After 40+ years of performing I’m happy to say I’m still at it!!
Teaching is a journey for me and the student. I realy enjoy seeing the progress of each student becoming who they have imagined they could be. I've been teaching a long long time. My students know that we will have fun and meet the challenges that get them to each new level of playing and understanding drums, music and everything connected to it. I've toured with National acts as well as my own bands. I have a keen understanding of live and studio performance. My students have complete knowledge about drums, music, performing, recording, buying equipment, and dealing with all aspects of music.
I have been teaching drums and percussion privately for over 20 years. I focus on the interests of his students and teach in different musical styles such as classical, jazz, rock and metal. I can prepare someone for school band, or take an advanced student to another level preparing for a career in the music business. Other than snare and drum-set I can teach Latin and African instruments, marimba, bells and various other percussion instruments.My lessons will range from learning fundamentals such as sticking techniques and rudiments, to advanced techniques such as single and double bass drumming, odd-time, and grove passed patterns. As a student, you will learn music theory, reading music, sight reading and playing by ear. Most importantly is to do something that you really enjoy doing, so if we aren't taking the adventure that you want, it is time to get a different ticket :)
Throughout the years, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about drumming and music in general. A passion of mine is sharing that knowledge with students of all ages and I know I have a lot to offer. My experience includes meeting various famous musicians, which was very inspiring. It changed the way I looked at my life as a musician, my technique, and style. These top notch drummers and musicians gave me great advice that I'll never forget. Formerly, I have performed with the Kenosha Pops Band but mainly always had my own jazz/ fusion/ progressive rock bands.
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Drum lessons will focus on learning to read music, rhythms, patterns, and the specific drumming techniques relevant to your musical styles and goals. Most teachers suggest specific drum method books for students to use during their lessons.
In home drum lessons are a convenient option for improving your musical skills. In home lessons are virtually the same in every aspect as lessons taught in a studio. Lessons are taught once a week and significant progress can be made in a short time, especially if students are practicing every day.
Standard pieces of a drum kit include the high hat, crash, ride cymbal, and drum sticks. If a student is at the very beginning stages of their learning, they can also start with basic drum practice pad, which are quieter and less expensive. Other drums taught include the snare, bongos, conga, or djembe.
Many adults of all skill levels take drum lessons. Your teacher will develop an individualized lesson plan based on your musical needs and goals. Adults taking drum lessons for the first time can expect to learn a lot of new things about rhythm and music, and have fun in the process!
Drum lessons for children should start at around age 7 or 8. Starting younger than this is generally not recommended, as the drums are a very physical instrument requiring extensive use of the arms and hands. A child should achieve a certain dexterity before beginning to learn the drums. Also, a child should be able to reach the pedals of a standard drum kit if they are going to be learning rock drumming.
Review by Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
Review by Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Elsahatzipavlou
Erin has been a wonderful voice/piano teacher for our 7 year old daughter. She is talented, patient, and has a wonderful demeanor. She has been consistent with her teaching in piano and voice. She keeps record of where the students leave off so that they know what to expect the following week. I would definitely recommend Erin to anyone looking for a skilled piano/voice teacher.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
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