Teaching

I create an encouraging and enjoyable learning environment for my students of all ages and playing levels.  I take people where they are at in life, adopting to whatever the student needs, without me compromising my expectations. My students can expect to increase attention to detail, improve motor skills, grow in self-discipline, persistence, patience and learn more musical interpretation. I offer private lessons in my home-teaching-rehearsing studio on piano, percussion (including hand drums), guitar, music theory and composition.  Contact


Background


With over 15 years of professional performance and teaching experience, Rob Ryndak provides high quality music lessons and study that are developed and tailored to the individual student's ability and goals.

Mr. Ryndak has a Masters in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Jazz Education Network (JEN), and the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Students


Students of varying ages and levels are accepted:. 

• Children, age six through high school

• Adults

• Beginner - Intermediate

• Returning  Music Students

• Advanced  Students and Professional  Musicians

Location


Music lessons are provided in Mr. Ryndak's Homewood IL studio and in the Southern Chicago suburbs and Northwest Indiana:

Homewood, IL (60430) Flossmoor, IL (60422) Glenwood, IL (60425) Olympia Fields, IL (60461) Tinley Park, IL (60477, 60483, 60487) Orland Park, IL (60462, 60467) Country Club Hills, IL (60478) Frankfort, IL (60423) Mokena, IL (60448) Palos Heights, IL (60463) Park Forest, IL (60466)

Instruction 


• Piano Lessons in the Classical Tradition

• Jazz Piano Lessons

• Guitar Lessons

• Drum Lessons (hand drum & drum set)

• Conga Lessons

• Jazz Improvisation Coaching

• Music Theory

• Composition Training


Teaching Philosophy


 As a composer who plays piano and percussion, I have spent most of my adult life delving deeper and deeper into the world of music with these instruments. I am also passionate about my life as a musician and dedicated to the journey of artistry. By example of living life as a creative person, I share what I have learned from self-discovery and the guidance of teachers who have inspired me.

Of great importance to me, in addition to learning notes and technique, is assisting others with discovering and understanding the creative process. How it has worked for me as well as for other jazz musicians. For example, developing organizational skills and learning the discipline of practice helps create art. Encouraging my students to explore all styles and cultures of music—Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Mainstream and Smooth Jazz, Western Classical, etc.—to discover their own voice is also of great importance. My own compositions, especially the recorded tunes are an example of all these styles and cultures blended together. I honor and appreciate them and am richer for it. In return, the broader exposure I give my students the richer their unique voice will be.

I value being a role model of how to go about the task of developing technique and working with one’s strengths and limitations as a performer. I value simplicity. I have lessons in “less is more” for writing and improvising. It is perfectly okay to keep things simple and go with what feels right. Teaching with an attitude of moving slowly and deliberately until an assignment is mastered provides students confidence and develops the ability to concentrate.

As an instructor, I am also a life-long student. I challenge myself to develop my skills as an educator, composer and performer and reach out beyond my comfort zone to stay in touch with the realities of being a student. Embracing this attitude breeds humility and allows me to relate well with my students. I am constantly reminded of the joys, fears, and difficulties of learning music and encourage my students to challenge themselves as well and reap the gifts of music in their own lives. I hope you will allow me to join your musical journey. .

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