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Ryan B.
Chicago, Illinois
Experience the joy of songwriting with an instructor who enjoys teaching all age groups
I've helped many band members, friends and students to write songs and would be glad to help any future students. But songwriting is a very personal thing and so rather than push too many ideas on a student, I find it's ideal to provide them with tools and let their creativity take over.
About Ryan B.

Ryan is a musician from Logan Square who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too. As a teacher Ryan's goals are fairly simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong foundation on the basics, so as we learn more advanced techniques we have a solid base of technique to build upon. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique. After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the University of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience of a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali. Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being House of Blues, Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2013

Education

BA in Ethnomusicology

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English

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Avatar of the tutor
Ryan B.
Chicago, Illinois
Experience the joy of songwriting with an instructor who enjoys teaching all age groups
I've helped many band members, friends and students to write songs and would be glad to help any future students. But songwriting is a very personal thing and so rather than push too many ideas on a student, I find it's ideal to provide them with tools and let their creativity take over.
About Ryan B.

Ryan is a musician from Logan Square who plays a plethora of different instruments. He specializes in guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele, but also dabbles in accordion, piano, drums, harmonica and several others. Learning to play instruments is one of the true pleasures in his life and he hopes he can make it one of yours, too. As a teacher Ryan's goals are fairly simple. First and foremost he wants to make his lessons comfortable, interesting and fun. A close second is to build a strong foundation on the basics, so as we learn more advanced techniques we have a solid base of technique to build upon. And third, an understanding of the theory and history behind the music is a great way to engage in the music beyond just the rote learning of technique. After a brief foray in physics, Ryan settle into a degree in music at the University of Illinois, specializing in Ethnomusicology (the study of music of different cultures). This education gave him a strong background in music theory and history in the Western tradition, but also opened him up to a vast experience of a diverse cross section of music from around the world. His insatiable love for learning new instruments started here, where he studied music from West Africa to Bali. Currently Ryan is a co-lead singer, songwriter and stringed instrument player for the local band Distant Brothers, a folk rock band based out of Chicago. They play venues throughout the Midwest, with some of the notable venues being House of Blues, Metro and Cubby Bear in Chicago. Another highlight of his time with the band has been a collaboration with Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, where he not only was able to play in collaboration with the orchestra, but joined in the arranging and conceptualization of some of the pieces played.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2013

Education

BA in Ethnomusicology

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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The best!

Posted Jun 7, 2021
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I have been working with Ryan on the Banjo for over a year now. He is incredible patient, encouraging and seriously knows his stuff!

Posted May 20, 2021
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great lesson

Posted Apr 1, 2021
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Guitar Training Staff
Aug 2010 - Sep 2010
Youth Encounter
Trained outgoing team members in performance of pieces and gave instructional presentations as part of the training staff team.
BA in Ethnomusicology
Aug 2005 - May 2009
University of Illinois
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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Instructor details
Songwriting
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
N Sawyer Ave Unit A
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$20
45 minutes
$30
60 minutes
$40
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30