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Popular Viola Teachers Near Chicago

Gabriella P.

Wheaton, IL
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Tracy B.

Oak Park, IL
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL
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Gabriella P. Wheaton, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Spanish, 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.

Tracy B. Oak Park, IL

Subjects Taught

Cello, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Spanish, Viola, Violin

About Me

I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio finished and separate from house

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

*** Specialties ***
I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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....

*** 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.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** 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...

Lindsey S.

Chicago, IL
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Travis E.

Chicago, IL
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Isabelle R.

Chicago, IL
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Lindsey S. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Lindsey earned her Bachelor degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and has studied with well-known artists such as Lawrence Neuman and Roger Chase. Lindsey has participated in various music festivals around the US including the Interlochen Arts Festival, Palo Alto Chamber Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. As a teacher, Lindsey draws from personal experience and her extensive professional training received to embed the passion of music in the hearts of each of her students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Using the Suzuki method books as a curriculum, Lindsey guides her students through the fundamentals of string playing while incorporating important music theory concepts. She understands that each student is an individual and thus has a distinct way of learning concepts. Therefore, each lesson is tailored to the individual needs of each student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a music stand and preliminary instructional books by the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
The Suzuki Method instructional books are used as a base method.

Travis E. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Viola, Violin

About Me

My students love their music lessons, and they love me, too! I have a extremely calm and patient demeanor that parents are often amazed by, and I nurture relationships of mutual trust and respect with my students.

I have a bachelor's degree in music education in addition to Suzuki Association certifications and a professional educator license from the Illinois State Board of Education.

I tend towards the Suzuki Method. I am also well-versed in "traditional" music learning methods. I have enough experience to know that excellence can be achieved when deeper learning occurs and broad concepts are broken down into small, achievable goals. I excel at seeing the big picture, or long term goal, while having a keen attention to detail for the smaller task at hand.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide copies of the music for the first lesson, but after that I will expect students to provide their own music books. I ask that students provide their own instrument and music stand for in-home lessons.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is teaching classical violin and viola. I teach technique using the Suzuki School method, and I teach how to read music using the Essential Elements method books. The age group I have the most experience with is 5-13

Isabelle R. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Fiddle, Music Performance, Viola, Violin

About Me

I am a violinist from Rogers Park, Chicago's North Side. I started violin when I was 3, and have been playing ever since! I studied with Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University's String Academy, then went on to violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

I started teaching violin 8 years ago and have greatly enjoyed working with my students! Since then I have completed several Suzuki method teacher certifications and taken a string pedagogy course at Oberlin.

I also have studied and play baroque violin in various groups in Chicago including Baroque Band and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. I also sing and play viola da gamba.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach private lessons to students of all ages and levels. Music and learning should be fun! I help students express themselves and reach their goals. For beginning and intermediate violinists I usually teach the Suzuki violin method literature with a mix of traditional materials, but I am happy to teach whatever music the student wants to play! Students may also like to explore fiddle music, jazz, rock, modern, folk, romantic, or renaissance music!

Depending on the student, in lessons I tend to have my students warm up with some technique work, and then focus on a piece for the later part of the lesson. In my teaching I prioritize playing in a healthy and relaxed manner. My studies of body awareness have included Alexander technique, yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, and T'ai chi ch'uan. A happy and healthy body makes for a happy violinist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room w/ violin, stands, piano, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music, a music stand, a tuner and my own teaching instrument. I expect the student to bring their own instrument, accessories (rosin, shoulder rest) and music they have been working on.

*** Specialties ***
I play traditional violin, and I also specialize in baroque violin. I play viola da gamba as well.

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