Music Lessons in the Chicago Area

I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher currently residing in Chicago. I graduated from University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance. Although trombone is my main instrument, trumpet is my first and I practice each (in addition to guitar and piano) diligently every day. Students can expect the same care and dedication in each lesson :).

In lessons you can expect a healthy balance between technique and creativity. While fundamentals are paramount to success on any instrument, I want students to be able to shape their musical journey as much as possible. From the start I encourage a healthy dialogue of expectations for lessons, so as a student’s instrumental vocabulary expands, so does their understanding of their own musical voice.

As a professional artist I have written, performed and recorded with a multitude of ensembles, ranging from experimental indie rock to jazz to contemporary chamber music. I have composed and directed a full length ballet and am currently doing the same for my first production involving puppets! Every day I aim to push my boundaries as a musician and artist and hope to inspire that same drive in my students, whether it be in the arts or elsewhere.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you!

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    Daniel Ferriss
    Daniel Ferriss
    2024-03-06
    I am an adult piano student of August's and I have been going to lessons for about 3 months. Before lessons I had attempted to self-teach, and I am finding that with lessons I am progressing significantly faster. In addition to piano theory in lessons, August will drill into the music theory of the pieces we cover. Lessons are timely, the rules for rescheduling/cancelling lessons are fair, and the price is fair. There are performance/recital opportunities, which is valuable as well. I definitely suggest August as a teacher!
    Connie Moreno
    Connie Moreno
    2023-12-06
    August has been an amazing music teacher to both my boys! Extremely patient and dedicated to his lessons. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. My oldest has grown more confident with his guitar skills and my youngest just loves his piano. Highly recommend. Thank you!
    Skye Winspur
    Skye Winspur
    2023-11-29
    I recommend August very highly. He is an enthusiastic and musically well-rounded teacher!
    Cindy San Miguel
    Cindy San Miguel
    2023-10-24
    Mr. August has a way to connect with his students that is uniquely incredible. Since my son has started taking piano lessons with Mr. August, my son’s excitement to play has sky-rocketed. Mr. August not only teaches music skills but also thinks about how to build passion for learning and loving music. He is great with kids and super patient. I would highly recommend him as a music teacher to all!
    John Thephasdin
    John Thephasdin
    2023-07-28
    August is a fantastic piano teacher! He has been teaching my 10y/o son for four months now, coming to our house once/week for 30 mins. It’s been awesome to see my son excited about learning piano and music in general. August is professional, patient, and really understands where my son is at ability wise and is able to customize the lesson for him.
    Amanda Cornelio
    Amanda Cornelio
    2023-04-26
    August is an exceptional music teacher! He is very knowledgeable in music and super enthusiastic. He will take the time to know your music goals and help you grow. I definitely recommend taking lessons with him as he is also patient and flexible with your schedule.
    Helen Mowat
    Helen Mowat
    2023-04-04
    Mr August is an extremely fun and patient teacher. The lessons are very well-paced and he works so well with my 5yo. My son is a beginner but I’m so impressed with his progress already. He loves Mr August and looks forward to his lessons, can’t say higher praise than that! Very happy, 10/10 would recommend!
    Ipsita Volety
    Ipsita Volety
    2023-02-26
    August is great! He is super flexible and very passionate which makes learning fun and easy:) He is also willing to experiment and cater lessons to what students enjoy and want to learn. Couldn’t recommend him enough!
    Monica A. SanMiguel
    Monica A. SanMiguel
    2023-02-18
    Mr. August is an awesome music teacher and can't recommend him enough! My kids love working with him. He's so patient, organized and makes learning fun. We've had different music instructors and he's by far the best. He meets the kids where they are in their musical journey and works to build a relationship with them to give them individualized support. For example, he's teaching my daughter guitar chords through one of her favorite pop songs. We also really appreciate that he comes to our home and he's talented across a wide variety of instruments, so we can switch to a different instrument without changing instructor.
    sushmitha ram
    sushmitha ram
    2023-02-17
    Truly appreciate the inclusive and accessible supports teacher August provides both in the classroom, tutoring, and neighborhood events. I also saw teacher August in a poetry event and they provided such thoughtful poems. Definitely their teaching as August is great at following up and communicating