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The Music Studio
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ernesto R.
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I am a choral director and a soloist. I gave local lessons for years. But, every vocalist needs a vocal tutor so bad habits do not form. Dave is excellent not only in his training techniques but he has an outstanding voice to demonstrate the proper training styles that he uses.

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Jon Novi
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Kate D.
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I've only recently begun taking piano lessons, but I can already tell that Jon Novi is the kind of teacher who sees limitless potential in his students. His enthusiasm buoys me even when I think I've messed up a song, and encourages me to try again. Also, his piano skills are on point, and he does a good job of explaining how to read a score and the mechanics of playing the piano. Beyond piano know-how, though, I would argue that it is Jon Novi's zest for teaching that makes me glad I am taking lessons with him. You won't regret it.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adie M.
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Mr. Bob has provided my children (8 and 9 years old) with piano lessons in our home as well as the studio. They went from not knowing anything about music to reading notes and playing songs within a couple of weeks. When they would get frustrated he helped them work through their struggles to show them they could be successful. I would highly recommend Mr. Bob.

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  • 27 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl M.
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Drew has been taking lessons since he was 7 in voice, piano and acting. Theses gifted teachers helped him pursue his career in film, musical theater and, now in his final year at USC , an undergraduate degree in music composition. Most recently, Drew will be singing with the USC Chamber Singers! Each student studying with Stacey De & Co excels from their love for teaching the arts!!!

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Elif Allenfort Piano Studio
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kell K.
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I am an adult student who began lessons with Elif many years after my initial childhood lessons. It has been a wonderful experience in every way. She is teaching me not only how to play the instrument but musical theory as well which I appreciate as an adult learner. I highly recommend Elif for any adult who has been thinking of learning (or returning to) the piano!

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  • 21 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brandy W.
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Very welcoming and knowledgable. Already scheduled my next lesson. Looking forward to continuing lessons.

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David O Lessons
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather R.
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My 6 yrd son took lessons from David O. last year and it was a really great experience. David is great with kids. He is very patient and attentive to the needs of each student and always makes sure to keep it fun.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Jesus S.
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Michele is very personable, patient and just flat out awesome to work with! I'd been meaning to take singing lessons for some time and finally got around to doing it. I've played music for years and studied Jazz/Classical guitar in college and could recognize right away that Michele is a true talent and knows what she's doing. By the end of the introductory class I knew I'd found the right teacher to help me develop my ear and my voice.

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Paul William
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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John B.
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More than just a teacher. I took guitar lessons with Paul for eight years. He helped me realize my natural ear for music, and allowed me to figure out what I wanted to learn. Our lessons were always different. Sometimes I would bring in songs that I wanted to learn, and sometimes he would have things he thought I should know how to play, which helped me learn similar songs later on. When I was applying to college and needed to learn how to read music and play jazz guitar, he tailored all of our lessons so that I could learn those techniques quickly and most importantly, efficiently. Paul's personality transcends the teacher-student relationship, which allowed he and I to become very good friends. Paul William is an excellent teacher for whatever you need to learn. You can't go wrong taking lessons from him.

Guitar Chicago
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Rian O.
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I never realized learning to play guitar would be so much fun! Dan is the best. Not only does he explain the information in a way that is easy to understand, he makes learning it fun! I still look forward to lessons after nearly nine months and I can't imagine a reason I would ever stop taking them here.

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Allegro Piano Studio
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Jason T.
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I have never played the piano or keyboard in my life, however I always wanted to learn. I found Phil on thumbtack and I have learned so much! I’ve learned all the notes and feel very comfortable playing the keyboard at my current level. Thank Phil, I look forward to continuing my lessons.

  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Bobby S.
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Josefien is a premier vocal coach with all the right knowledge and skill to sharpen a student's abilities. I am very much looking forward to continuing my vocal lessons with her!

  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Barry R.
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I wanted to arrange guitar lessons for my daughter as a Christmas present. The experience was great especially since we live hundreds of miles away from each other. I was a first time user of Thumbtack and I will definitely use it again.

Greg Jacks Music Studio
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tanvi R.
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I couldn't have asked for more from Greg's approach. He adjusted and tailored his style and our lessons to meet me where I was at yet provided the right level of challenge to keep me motivated

Allegro Piano Studio
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
William G.
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Alexsandra Hsiao is one of the very best Graduate Assistants ever to study at Northern Illinois University, as a teacher, accompanist, and musician. Her performances are superb musically and technically. As a teacher, she received the highest evaluations from students and faculty. She is knowledgeable, patient, cooperative, completely reliable, kind, and caring. Her experience extends from children through adult teaching success. She has adjudicated competitions with me and performed with the very best musicians in good collaboration. I give her my highest recommendation; you could not find a better teacher! Dr. William Goldenberg Distinguished Professor and Chair, Piano Department Northern Illinois University School of Music

Jillann Gabrielle Studios
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Frank R.
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As a singer I was not breathing properly and Jill brought out the best in me. I have been able to sing much more effectively as a result of her instruction. Phrasing was always an issue because I had poor breath support and after only a few lessons I was singing like a pro.

Traveling Music Lessons
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mike P.
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I have two kids, and between work and their 5 activities, Traveling Music Lessons is the only way my kids would be able to participate and become educated in music. This service is awesome - they come to you for about the same price as a studio where you go to them.

  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Eric C.
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I took lessons through Mclain's mind of music for one reason; to learn how to play "Green Hill Zone" on Piano. Thanks to Kevin, I can say that I accomplished that goal (granted, 2 years after he left but you get the idea.) Because Kevin was my teacher, I've moved on to learning a couple other songs as well (although I could always practice more than I do.) When Kevin was giving lessons in Chicagoland he was the most affordable piano lessons, regardless of if it was hourly or half-hour (short of having a piano whiz for a grandparent who would teach you for free, which I do not.) Improve, I guess a couple times he was 5 or 10 minutes late for the appointment, but that's only because he would DRIVE OUT to the kid's house and be stuck in traffic on the way back (which is totally understandable, considering what an excellent musician Kevin is.) If you take one lesson, you'll feel the same. Young or Old, Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Kevin can teach you how to play.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Neil G.
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I have been taking lessons from Aaron for 2 1/2 yrs. Arron has showed me things and has me doing things on the guitar that I only dreamed about doing. He is THE BEST

McLellan Music Lessons
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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Mr. M is teaching my daughter violin and my son the piano. He's amazing!

John O'Keefe Music
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kamil G.
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Piano lessons with John are great. He stays at my pace of learning. He is kind and patient but challenges me to do better each lesson. He studio is professional and has everything you need to help you progress further with your piano playing as well as music theory.

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