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Michael Boyle

Music Instructor

Bio:
My name is Michael Boyle and I have been teaching music professionally for 13 years in the Chicagoland area. For most of that time, my speciality has been in teaching guitar, although I have also taught ukulele, piano, choir and music theory. I have enjoyed teaching students of all skill levels, including students in the disability and ESL communities, as well as those who want to pursue music as a career. Specifically in regards to guitar, I have enjoyed showing students the connections between learning “rock band” skills and the fundamentals of music literacy; which includes reading both tablature and standard notation, as well as music theory concepts and aural skills. I received my Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in 2005, where I served as the bass section leader of our choirs, the musical director for our Phi Mu Alpha chapter, and was the student director of a community partnership program for the musical “Carousel.” In 2003, I received my Bachelors in Music from The University of Illinois at Chicago, where I served as the student Manager for The UIC Choirs, musical director for the theater production of The Mysteries: Creation, was a student assistant for the The World Youth Choir’s American Tour, and was also a member of the student advisory committee. Prior to that, I taught private and group lessons in guitar and piano for all age levels, as well as organized student recitals for The Chicago Park District, which also included a children’s choir. I started playing the guitar when I was 13 years old, and since high school, I have played in many rock bands that have performed throughout the Chicagoland area. My favorite styles are Blues, Folk and Classic Rock, but I also enjoy playing Jazz, Classical, Country and Modern Pop and Rock. There are three things about teaching music that I enjoy the most. First, is sharing my love of music with my students. An enthusiastic teacher is such an important part of getting students to want to learn, and helps encourage lifelong learning of any subject. Second, is helping students build confidence and a sense of achievement through learning how to sing or play an instrument. Finally, it is the sense of community and positive relationships that people build when they make music together. Whether playing in a rock band, singing in a choir, or leading a group of friends in song with a guitar or around a piano, strong bonds are built, or made stronger, through music. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. My wife and I have three sons; ages 6, 4 and 8 months old. We like to go to parks, museums and the zoo. My boys are a lot of fun, a little bit of trouble, and I love them more than anything! They love music too, and it is so much fun singing our favorite songs together.

Tutoring Subjects:
Guitar Instructor

Education/Degree/Certifications:
Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music
Bachelors in Music from The University of Illinois at Chicago

Cities I Service:
Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Niles, and Park Ridge

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