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Popular Viola Teachers Near Chicago

Gabriella P.

Wheaton, IL
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL
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Rita A.

Chicago, IL
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Gabriella P. Wheaton, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

A recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University, Gabriella has earned her degree in Violin Performance and will be continuing a Masters in String Pedagogy. A few notable performances she has participated in is two solo recitals, concerts with the Danville, Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, and many performances with her quartet, including performances at the Consular Corps. Ball in Chicago. She has developed an advanced repertoire for her instrument and greatly enjoys imparting what she has learned with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student is expected to attend each lesson scheduled with all materials prepared over the week. Students are expected to practice no less than 5 days each week. The student must be engaged and active in each lesson, music is so exciting! It is highly encouraged to participate in local orchestras and chamber music programs as well as tend concerts available in the area. These events are tremendous learning opportunities!
Although I am not a "strict" teacher, I do adjust my expectations to each student and do expect each student to make progress from lesson to lesson. Within the first few months together, I can assure better posture, a more comfortable playing experience and strong technical foundations. I will start with Suzuki method with supplementary materials from other technical books and as the student progresses we will look at other pieces outside the Suzuki curriculum.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the dining room area. Seating is available. 4 dogs kept outside during lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide music copies and a stand if need be along with articles I would have them read and objects to help technique (i.e. a rhythm egg). I would expect the student to have their own instrument and accessories.

*** Specialties ***
I am most familiar with the Suzuki Method and the Harvey Whistler technique books but I like to incorporate a variety of styles such as Eastern European and Spanish traditional dances.

Kelvin L. Bolingbrook, IL

Subjects Taught

Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Archery, Asian Cooking, Audition Prep, Banjo, Cello, Chinese, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Drawing, DSLR Video, Ear Training, English, Fiddle, Fishing, Floral Arrangement, Golf, Guitar, Mandolin, Mixed Martial Arts, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oil Painting, Photography, Piano, Running, SEO, Songwriting, Tennis, Video Production, Viola, Violin, Watercolor Painting, Web Analytics, Web Design

About Me

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
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*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...

Rita A. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

I teach violin and viola lessons weekly for students of all ages and levels from the music studio of my home in Edgewater, Chicago. According to the students desire and work ethic, lessons include work in technique, scales, etudes, tone, sight-reading, solo repertoire and Suzuki songs for those just starting out on their instrument. Students have the option of playing in the studio recital in December or June. I encourage this of all my students whether we are working on classical, jazz, pop or world music pieces!

I am originally from Austin, TX. I am currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a violist. Alongside playing in Civic, I teach violin and viola at the Music House of Chicago, privately at home and at various elementary schools. I grew up learning from all of the Suzuki books and completed my Suzuki training to teach with many of the same philosophies alongside my own. Since the age of nine, I have had many great opportunities to attend numerous classical music festivals across the states including Puerto Rico and abroad in Cambridge England. I have devoted my life to music playing and teaching and I am beyond thrilled to be sharing the joy of music!

David S.

Chicago, IL
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Michael S.

Chicago, IL
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Xavier M.

Chicago, IL
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David S. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Cello, Fiddle, Viola, Violin

About Me

Hello,
My name is David S. and I am 22 years old. Thank you for visiting my profile! I am originally from Aurora, IL but currently live in Chicago in the Buena Park area. I am a recent graduate of DePaul University where I received my Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. There I studied with Stephen Balderston, former assistant principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

I began my piano studies* in a Yamaha Piano studio at age five and continued private lessons for eight years. Then I shifted my attention to the cello, which I started in a public school when I was in fourth grade. I began my violin and viola studies in high school during a period I broke my wrist and couldn't hold my cello with a cast!

*I attribute my versatility as a string player to my many years of piano training.

I was recently awarded a full time position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the rest of my time is devoted to my students and freelance work around the city.

My experience as a teacher is extensive. I have been teaching since I was in eighth grade, which was almost ten years ago! Please see my teaching experience below.

I am NOT certified in the Suzuki method and I have no future plans to do so. I respect the ideals of the Suzuki method, but I cannot relate as I was trained at a much later age and with different books and methods. However, I concentrated on Pedagogy at DePaul, where I took numerous classes to prepare me for working with students of all ages and levels. Please see “certification.”

On the side, I am also a fiddle player with the Century Air Minstrels, a folk music group specializing in Civic War Music.

Michael S. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

I'm a classically trained violist and violinist currently completing my Master's of Music degree at Roosevelt University, Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts. I have been playing for 16 years (currently 22) and did my Bachelor's of Music at Cleveland Institute of Music.
I have played in three professional orchestras in Florida and Ohio, and have traveled around to Europe and Asia performing with orchestras.

My primary teachers have been Michael Klotz, Mark Jackobs, and currently Igor Fedotov. I have worked with musicians from the Cleveland Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra,
Vienna Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony.

I am also experienced in working with children ages 5-15 in classroom settings, Eurhythmics and Middle school string programs.

Music is my passion and profession, and I believe music is an important role in development of any age child.

Thank you for considering lessons with me,

Michael Schneider

Xavier M. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass, Viola

About Me

My name is Xavier M. and I have been teaching since high school and playing bass since I was thirteen. I grew up in Avondale, Chicago, graduated with my Bachelor in music ed from VanderCook College of Music, and I love all kinds of music. I ride bike, play video games and love my city and everyone in it.

Hamlet English Immersion Camp; Bilbao, Spain. With Kathy and George Owen.

The camp had sixteen students who stayed for two weeks in two houses, one for boys and one for girls. While working at the camp I stayed in the boys house and watched over their activities and English use, taught English and music to students two hours a day, and took the students on hikes, bike rides, and horse rides.

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