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Piano, Violin, English, GRE, Harp
This was my first instrument and will always have a special place in my studio. I studied the Suzuki method but also fiddled around — to the delight of my grandfather, a lover of folk and fiddle music, who constantly requested that I play him the "Orange Blossom Special". (I believe a loving, listening ear can be important for any musician. As a performer, I still take requests.)
As a teacher, my appreciation of technique and some of my most powerful pedagogy methods came from my fabulous violin teacher Ruth Ann Bell.
After five years of begging my parents, I started playing the harp when I was 11. I started competing at 14, performing gigs at 16, and teaching at 17. I consider myself lucky because I found my passion early. I loved it from the beginning. But I also believe it doesn't matter when you find it: start from wherever you are and embrace it from there.
Also at 17, I played with a local city symphony — my first symphony experience! By the time I was entering college, I was drawn to Celtic music, a soothing, folky counterpoint to classical. I do both!
I began my piano studies at age 9. I love what piano does for ear training, for visualizing theory, and for all around musicianship! The piano is versatile and fundamental. Bach and Kabalevsky are my favorites for piano.
Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Reading, Saxophone, Harp
My journey in music began when I was around 5 years old and first heard the children's choir sing in church. My mother used to tell me that I would beg her to let me sing in the choir but she would always have to tell me I wasn't old enough. As soon as I was old enough, she enrolled me in church choir and I've been in it ever since.
I have performed with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Rochester Community Band, Rochester Civic Music Ensembles, a few church choirs, Lake of the Isles Community Band, church orchestra and performed Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City. I've acted and sung in a few plays as well.
As I got older, I discovered playing the clarinet was fun but never gave up singing. I just did them both. After becoming proficient on clarinet, I explored flute, oboe, saxophone and lastly, the Celtic harp.
My philosophy on teaching is "you are never too old to experience the joy of making music on whatever instrument you choose and I will strive to help you discover your hidden musical talents".
During my 20+ years of teaching, I've had many students perform with local youth orchestras, receive superior ratings in high school music competitions, win concerto competitions, be excepted to perform with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in their playing with the pros program and go on to college to major or minor in music.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Harp
Harpist Annette B. offers private Harp Lessons and Workshops
in various styles of music, beginners through advanced, youngsters through adults.
Lesson duration from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Weekly lessons recommended.
(Less frequently possible. More as well :)
Cost depending on length, frequency and location.
The harp studio is located in Evanston. Private harp lessons and ensemble classes are also available
in the Chicago area and Northshore, Glenview, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, and via online video meetings worldwide and (almost) around the clock.
Annette is an experienced teacher of both lever and pedal harp in various styles of music (classical, world music, jazz, pop),
improvisation, basics of music, music reading and writing, history and theory.
Also offered are Bi-monthly Harp Circles - gatherings of harp students and friends - and annual public Harp Class Recitals.
Rental harps available in the Chicago area, for students who don't want to purchase an own instrument yet.
Annette's thoughts about teaching:
I like teaching a lot, and I like to share musical experiences with others.
• My teaching style combines oral traditions (lots of listening) and classical techniques.
• Improvisation and interpretation is important for me as well.
• Music theory is a part of my teaching: especially harp students need to know about chords and rhythms.
• Students might choose or specify a preferred teaching method - or get introduced to 'everything'.
• I am open to all music styles. Besides classical music,
I specialize in klezmer and other East European traditional music.
• I am offering workshops for groups/ for special themes
(like Jewish music) in and outside Chicago.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."