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The Music Studio
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa L.
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David is a wonderful teacher! I had been away from singing for a number of years before beginning with David. The offer of a 30 min free trial lesson was very helpful and I could tell that we clicked. He takes the time to thoroughly explain concepts and theories of vocal techniques in a comprehensive manner. He allows you to ask questions throughout the lesson, and since I didn't have any music to work on, he provided several options. With his superb instruction, my confidence and my voice have returned. I look forward to working with David and I would encourage students of all levels to reach out to him for vocal instruction!

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Jon Novi
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Bruce D.
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Our daughter (Kivi) started with the recorder in 4th grade, and soon graduated to clarinet. By Middle School, she was taking lessons from a classical teacher who advanced her skills markedly. Upon reaching high school, she was in demand by the jazz band - whose leader persuaded her to take up the saxophone. Kivi loved the sax, and loved jazz, but clarinet remained her first instrument. I thought of the great jazz clarinet players: Pete Fountain at the top of a substantial list. But we could find no one who could teach jazz clarinet. Finally, we attended an event at VanderCook, and one of the presenters gave us Jon's name. Kivi studied with Jon for about two years. I was disappointed with the amount of time Kivi had to spend practicing Jon's lessons - what high schooler has time for anything? Nevertheless, Kivi learned a great deal from Jon, and was the only student to ever perform a clarinet solo in our high school's jazz band history ("Jack the Bear"). Jon was unique in my experience in that he taught what Kivi wanted to learn - rather than imposing a rigid course of instruction. If you are considering private lessons that offer something both valuable and unique, please look no further than Jon Novi.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Julie H.
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My two sons, 5 & 7, love learning from Mr. Bob! He’s very patient with the kids and talented with multiple instruments (piano, guitar, drums). He holds high expectations for his students, which allows my kids to progress rather quickly. I’ve been very happy with having Mr. Bob as their music teacher; the boys always look forward to going to music lessons.

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  • 27 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
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Jillian S.
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My daughter started piano lessons with Stacey just a month ago but she is so excited every week to go. We have been very happy with how Stacey has progressed her - continually adding more difficult pieces to work on to see what she can do. This is our first experience w music lessons of any type and we are really happy with Stacey De & Co! Even my son, who never wants to try anything new, has started asking about taking drum lessons there. We couldn't be happier :)

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Elif Allenfort Piano Studio
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Lynn B.
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Elif is a very skilled piano teacher for our son, who came to her already knowing piano but still wanting to better his skills. Lessons are in her beautiful home, set up specifically for piano lessons. Elif is able to listen to and watch his playing, determine what skills he needs, and how to stretch his innate abilities. My son enjoys his lessons very much--which is saying a lot! He leaves feeling enthusiastic about what he just learned, and excited about trying it out. We are very grateful to have found her, and highly recommend her as often as we can.

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  • 21 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Connor P.
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The way Bill explains everything is just off of fact based knowledge. He makes what some make seem so confusing and complicated make sense to literally anyone with ears. Bill has a special way of making his advice relatable and ensures that he is getting through to you. His passion for his work is relentless and I cannot recommend this guy enough for anyone that wants to understand the true nature of how to sing. Most bennifical lesson I've ever had hands down.

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David O Lessons
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Keith S.
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David has been a great drum teacher for my two kids, ages 5 and 7 (started when 4 and 6). He was very patient with them tailored the instruction to their abilities. I am a semi-professional musician (played in touring indie band) and therefore appreciated David's mix of formal music instruction (i.e. sight reading and annotation) and "jamming" (forming intrinsic feel). Highly recommend David.

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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
Kirby H.
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Guitar Chicago is the best option for music lessons in Chicago! Their instructors are patient, knowledgeable, and supportive. They do a fantastic job of working with you to achieve your individual goals. I started as a beginner with no guitar knowlege, and they helped me achieve my goals of playing multiple open mics and music events. I've also been able to meet and work with other Guitar Chicago students! They are always willing to work with my busy schedule, which is very hard to find with other schools or group lessons.

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Allegro Piano Studio
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Celia H.
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Our 8-year old has been taking piano lessons with Ms. Rum for a little more than two months, and she's learned so much already. Phil and Rum are lovely people. And we really appreciate the affordable rates they offer. Highly recommended!

  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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He taught my 10yr old daughter piano. She enjoyed the lessons and always looked forward to attending. We asked Shane to prepare and focus her lessons on getting into a specialized arts middle and high school. This school lets in 13 kids each 6th grade year, and they have hundreds of applicants audition. Our child audition and was accepted. Near the audition time, Shane accommodated extra lessons, moved normal lesson times, and did whatever was necessary to ensure she got was she needed to audition. There is no doubt that without him, our daughter wouldn't have been accepted. He also accommodated teaching me guitar before my daughter's session time. I felt like I was able to play the guitar after our first lesson. Anyone looking for lessons would be extremely happy learning from Shane.

Greg Jacks Music Studio
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny H.
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As an adult returning to the piano after many years, I have enjoyed lessons with Greg immensely! He is patient, knowledgeable, and helpful. I've re-remembered some things, but I've learned a lot to complement some of the "muscle memory" and Greg is excellent about sharing some of the theory - which now makes sense after my experiences of a long time ago. I have really enjoyed my lessons and would DEFINITELY recommend him. My lessons have given me motivation to keep playing (and practicing). :)

Corie's Violin Studio
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Karen M.
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Corie was an exceptional teacher for our family. My two young daughters and myself (adult beginner) studied with her for nearly 2 years before she moved out of the area. She was extremely organized, prepared for classes, and patient with my occasionally difficult daughter – showing great care and patience coupled with clear expectations. It was a truly positive experience. Corie is a uniquely gifted Suzuki teacher and performer. She cares a great deal for her students and also has an exceptional musical background. Lessons were well paced, group classes provided practice in performing and overall musical skills. Just can’t say enough good about her studio.

Fran Banish
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryle T.
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Fran can PLAY, he's got a degree in music, and he makes the lessons a fun exploration of whatever genre takes your fancy. I was an anxious adult novice and my experience with Fran was always great: encouraging, comfortable, and geared to the music and theory of interest to me. I couldn't speak more highly of Fran as a great guitar teacher for both for acoustic and electric for any skill level.

Allegro Piano Studio
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ximena B.
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My son enjoys the piano lessons.

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
Elizabeth F.
Verified review

I liked to apologize. I mistakenly messaged you by mistake. I do appreciate your quick response. I would love to take music lessons but I am no longer in the state. I have a granddaughter now and I left her my piano she’ll be 5 next April. I don’t know when like them to begin so just let me know and and I’ll contact you when you give us the green light. Thank you again so much.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Katy C.
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Aaron Dorfman is not only a truly gifted guitarist, but an amazing music teacher. He gave my young daughter guitar lessons for several years, and is a patient and engaging teacher. It brings him genuine joy to see the children he works with succeed on their chosen instruments. Aaron also taught me how to play guitar, even though I didn't start lessons until I was in my 40's. He was able to strike the right balance between encouraging me and challenging me -- something every great teacher strives to do. I also ended up working with Aaron for a couple of years -- both performing together live and recording my original music with him. Aaron can do it all -- he sang harmonies, played guitar, worked on the musical arrangements, played keyboards and bass, did the sound mixing. Sharing the stage with a musician of his caliber was a privilege, and I will always be grateful to him for sharing his many musical gifts with me both on stage and in the studio. Hire Aaron to perform at your next event or as a music teacher. I recommend him without reservation.

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.
Verified review

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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