More than 10,000 students. That’s how many aspiring guitarists instructor Eric Mantel—an artist on three-time Grammy winner Steve Vai's Digital Nations record label—has reached since he began teaching in 1979. His guitar lessons cover a broad range of strumming techniques, from picking and finger rolling to trilling and vibrato. And to inspire his students, Eric pulls from the repertoire of guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen and Eric Clapton.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I put the FUN back into learning how-to play the drums.
I teach all ages and levels of experience from beginners to advanced and professional drummers.
My progressive teaching methods and 35+ years of drumming expertise will help you learn faster and easier.
Get ready to have a rock'n good time!
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
I provide all learning materials.
Just bring a pair of "sticks."
My studio features Gretsch and Sonor drum sets as well as a state of the art sound system and massive music library for you to drum along to.
You will also receive a FREE rudiment poster with your 1st drum lesson!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My love for drumming began in the late 1960s.
I've studied with Joe Varhula, Tony Caselli and Jake Jerger - three of the finest Chicago area drum instructors.
I was 14 years old when I first performed live.
My Santana - "Soul Sacrifice" drum solo received a rousing standing ovation!
What do you love most about your job?
My lifelong love of drumming, love of music and enthusiasm are infectious.
My teaching methods are very progressive. As a result, my students have an easier time learning and a lot more FUN!
Many of my students have gone on to play professionally.
Tristan Warwick's piano skills have earned him everything from gigs on Chicago’s Radio WFMT series to more than 100 first place honors in numerous piano competitions. Drawing on more than 20 years as a pianist, Tristan helps ready the next generation of expert ivory ticklers at Palos Heights Piano. During 15, 30, or 60-minute lessons, he teaches students of all ages everything from navigating their way around a keyboard to how to decipher and play a Bach fugue. Once a year, Tristan invites his pupils to don semiformal attire and showcase their newly refined skills during a formal concert for family and friends.
The owners of Evolution Music have been a fixture in Chicago's music scene for years. They've operated several music venues, recorded albums for area bands, and organized concerts for more than 5,000 local and national acts. At their Orland Park studio, they help musicians of all experiences to develop their skills with guitar, bass, piano, and drum lessons. Visitors can also peruse instruments in an onsite shop or schedule an appointment in the onsite recording studio.
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