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While I finished my undergraduate degree, I taught piano and music theory to children in my university's community music program After graduating, I launched my own private studio, and taught both children and adults both piano and voice lessons. I have helped the youngest learners discover the joy of making music, prepared high school students for college auditions, and prepped local actors for upcoming performances in musicals. I have also taught group music classes to newborns, and helped elderly BEGINNERS (yes it's never too late to start) realize their musical potential. I also write pop music and instrumental piano solos pieces for local performance and have two EPs to my name.
As a kid, I really disliked my piano lessons. as a teacher I want to put an emphasis on having fun in my lessons, because music, as i've come to realize, is one of the most fun activities to partake in. that being said, it is essential to know the fundamentals and techniques, so I will most likely use method books such as Alfred's or Hal Leonard's, especially for people starting fresh. But in conjunction with the books, I want to give the student opportunities to play what they want. I have a music notation software, which i've used to create simple arrangements of pop songs from artists such as Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars, or anything else I or the student think would be fun to play. I simply want to give the student opportunities to apply what they've learned to something fun early on.
I'm a guitarist and teacher, committed to providing quality music education for college-level students and all experience levels. Well versed in classical, jazz, and popular guitar styles, I'm also comfortable teaching music theory. I design personalized lessons designed to meet the student’s interests and goals while also focusing on broadening their musical horizons and enhancing their technical abilities. I strive to keep a highly motivated teaching environment, focused on getting results through positive reinforcement and constant reassessments of the student’s progress towards their goals. I pride myself on my extensive teaching and performing experience, and enjoy building lasting relationships with students while being an active member in the local music community. In addition to teaching, I perform around 250 gigs a year in local and regional music festivals and at local restaurants/hotels/bars as a leader and a sideman.
I have a firm belief as a teacher that you can really enrich someones life through learning and challenge. As long as I can remember I have been surrounded by music. I have been playing drums for over 20 years since the age of nine, and have been playing guitar, keyboards, bass as well as singing for 10 years. I took my passion for music further by enrolling at Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts and studied drum set under the direction of grammy award winning drummer Paul Wertico. To complement my studies on drums, I studied jazz theory with reknown bassist and educator Scott Mason and jazz arranging with former Buddy Rich trombonist, Tom Garling. After graduating in May 2011, I have had the oppoutunity to play in major Chicago venues like The Metro, Lincoln Hall, Congress Theater, Reggies, Rosa's and many others. Also, I have been fortuante to have played at locations all over the U.S. and shared the stage with musicians like Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring (formerly of The Allman Brothers).
Music has been my life passion, since I was 10 years old. At 15 I enter the Juan N Copras Consevatory to persue classical guitar performance. In 2010 I was invited to perform in Barichara Music Festival wich has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my carrer so far, because I was exposed to great performers and I enjoyed playing for big audiences. I was then invited to perform and study in Annapolis for 3 months by the founder of the Baricahra Music Festical, Jairo Delgado. In 2012 I moved to New Orlenas to learn and play jazz music, and be a part of the rich musical atmosphere and heritage the city has to offer. I enrolled in the University of New Orleans and graduated with a jazz masters in the fall of 2015. I currently play in the city and have had the chance to perform in Yuki, La 49 and the UNO Sandbar.
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Review by Ginger
Unbelievably Awesome. My daughter is a beginner and has some special needs. Justin is more than patient and helpful while being completely thorough and pushing her (in a good way) to try harder. He is encouraging and teaches effectively. I am very pleased. More important, so is my daughter. Thank you Musika! So grateful we found your service and connected with Justin. We highly recommend him.
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
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