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Marc R. - Piano, Drums, Guitar Teacher

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$50per hour

Jazz Music Lessons

Marc's lessons:

Piano, Drums, Guitar

Piano Lessons

I am comfortable with a variety of approaches, from method books and classical repertoire to jazz improvisation and learning pop songs by ear. I teach from a wide array of materials and make selections based on the interests and goals of my students.

Method Books including:

Piano Adventures
Dozen A Day
Hanon

Repertoire including:

Music For Millions
Mikrokosmos
First Lessons in Bach
Complete Joplin Rags

Songs by:

The Beatles
Thelonious Monk
Ray Charles
many others...

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
jazz
pop
Ages
8 to 88

Drums Lessons

We can go in any number of directions for drum lessons, but first you must learn how to count! I start beginning students out of a couple of my favorite method books, and then we move on to kit playing, for which I like to take a more ear-based, hands on approach. Listening to recordings is key!

Method Books:

Snare Drum for Beginners (Morris Goldenberg)
Stick Control (George Lawrence Stone)
Syncopation (Ted Reed)
Four-Way Coordination (Dahlgreen/Fine)
Accents and Rebounds (George L. Stone)
Master Studies (Joe Morello)
The Art of Bop Drumming (Riley)
The Art of Drumming (Kaufman)

Repertoire:

N.A.R.D. Drum Solos
Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer (Wilcoxon)

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
snare drum
Ages
8 and Up

Guitar Lessons

I teach guitar out of the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series. We focus on learning the notes one string at a time, learning simple songs from the get go and getting into chord strumming pretty quickly. Beginners and early intermediate only!

Levels
Beg
Specialties
rock
Ages
8 to 88

Overview

Marc Riordan is a Chicago based musician and composer working in a wide array of genres. He is the drummer for the prog/punk band Wishgift, as well as the Chicago-LA based outift The Cairo Gang. As a pianist, he takes a percussive approach to melody and harmony in solo settings, in duo formation with drummer Tim Daisy, and in Tres Hongos, an improvising trio with trumpeter Jacob Wick and drummer Frank Rosaly. He has toured throughout the US and internationally, with a broad range of acts including Owls, Xiu Xiu, Mikal Cronin, Josh Berman, and Health&Beauty.

Marc holds a Bachelors in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Steve Lacy, Bob Moses, and Ran Blake. He has been teaching music in the Boston and Chicago areas for more than ten years, and has been a faculty member at The Brookline School of Music (Brookline, MA) and Allegro Music Academy (Lemont, IL). He is a current faculty member at Music Makers of Western Springs, where he teaches piano, drums and guitar.

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Education

Bachelor of Music

Sep 2000 - May 2004New England Conservatory of Music

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Apr 6, 2016
Piano Lessons

I've been wanting to take lessons for years so I finally did and I was lucky enough to find Mark. He's very personable and enthusiastic. I never feel overwhelmed or rushed to learn (and I'm a very slow learner). Mark is affordable and flexible with my schedule and he's always on time. I always feel extremely happy and pleased after every session. He's a great teacher. I appreciate what he does for me.

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Mar 30, 2016
Drums Lessons

I asked Marc to be my drum teacher after seeing him perform with his band, Wishgift. I started taking lessons with him right away (about 6 months ago), and ever since I've been getting compliments left and right about my drumming. I'm way more confident in my playing and feel like I'm constantly improving. He's very patient and always encourages me to do what's fun which keeps me motivated. I highly recommend him to any drummer who's just starting out or just looking to get better, he really knows his stuff! Here's my band, if you want to hear my level of drumming: https://notforyouchicago.bandcamp.com/

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Teacher's Home Studio
Chicago, IL
Near Armitage and Humboldt
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