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Nick J In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Showtunes, Reggae, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk

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Nick J In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Showtunes, Reggae, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BA, Columbia College Chicago, Music
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2015:  Upcoming Debut Album to be Released2014:  Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia College Chicago2011-2014:  Wrote and Performed four feature length music productions, selections from which were accepted into the New Voices Project in LA.   

Overview:
I have loved music from a very early age and I have been fortunate to study a variety of  instruments and musical styles.  I grew up studying the drums, piano, guitar, voice, and songwriting.  I have been in a cover bands, original bands, jazz bands, choirs, a country band, a steel drum band, marching band, opera, a pop orchestra, a hip hop ensemble, and musical theatre productions.  In college I took my studies further by learning music theory and aural skills while still performing in ensembles and writing lots of music.  Now I teach and perform around Chicago!  My studio is equipped with a keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, and a cajon, as well as various percussion instruments.  
EXPERIENCE
I started teaching towards the end of high school and continued in college and beyond!  I found it beneficial to be teaching students while still being a student myself. Having great teachers in my life has shaped my own approach to teaching.  I discovered that when I was able to study what I was truly excited about, my capacity to learn and improve my craft increased exponentially!  To that end, I encourage students to bring in original material as well as "covers" that they are interested in to build a repertoire. I find that this allows them to practice more which is such a big aspect of this journey. I am excited about teaching students of all ages and levels of experience!  
METHODS USED
First I think it is important to get to know the student and chat about what their intentions are musically.  Then I can customize a lesson plan for them which includes warming up, techniques, and repertoire.  I sometimes find it helpful to discuss of elements music theory, aural skills, and reading music depending on the students desires in those areas.  I strive to motivate students by picking material they are excited about.  If the student is not enjoying the music, it is time to make adjustments!
LESSON STYLE
I love seeing my students excited about music.  I like students to bring in music they feel passionate about so we can break it down and start to understand what makes it work.  I find it important to set goals, adjust goals when things aren’t working and celebrate them when they are.  Because of the great instruction I have had in my life, I understand the importance of being a teacher.  I take great pride in helping my students succeed!  
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