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Popular Violin Teachers Near Chicago

Farobag C.

Homer Glen, IL
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Brandon R.

Hoffman Estates, IL
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Candace W.

Chicago, IL
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Farobag C. Homer Glen, IL

Subjects Taught

ACT, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Broadway Singing, Calculus, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, GMAT, GRE, Math, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, PSAT, SAT, Singing, Speaking Voice, Violin

About Me

Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago’s Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.

A double graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States.

Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto.

Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation for the mathematics sector.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !

Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.

A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.

Brandon R. Hoffman Estates, IL

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Classical Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Violin

About Me

I am a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a dual-degree in Music Theory & Composition and Philosophy from Butler University in Indianapolis. I have 10 years of teaching experience and over 13 years of performance experience. I am classically trained, but have since branched out to genres such as Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Electronic Music, and anything in between.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will design lessons around your interests, goals, and needs. These can include full pieces, exercises, scales and arpeggios, worksheets, compositions, or improvisations (depending on your area of study.) If students are interested, I would even like to hold studio wide recitals once or twice a year to give your family and friends a chance to see your progress.

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*** Specialties ***
I studied Suzuki violin, but later switched to a traditional style. I have over 10 years of experience in classical music (violin, guitar, piano) and have since branched out to explore other genres: jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, etc.

I place a strong emphasis on Music Theory, Scales, and Rhythmic accuracy, since these are the building blocks of all music and can be applied across genres.

Most importantly, I make sure that my students have FUN in their lessons. I want to make sure my students look forward to their lessons each week--hopefully you will even be excited to practice.

Candace W. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Violin

About Me

Candace is a graduate of the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program. Candace began studying piano at the age of 5, violin at 7 and voice at 13. She has performed in various Youth Symphonies, string quartets, musicals and working bands. She is experienced in styles ranging from Classical, Pop, Funk, Ska, and, you guessed it, Jazz. Candace has taught students ages 4 to 54 and can adapt to specific students learning styles and interests.

*** Lesson Details ***
As with anything, you get out of lessons what you put in. While I wouldn't consider myself to be strict, I do expect students to put in the work at home and come to lessons prepared and ready to focus. Students will learn warm-ups to build proper technique while keeping you healthy, theory and mechanical studies to build strength and a deeper understanding of music. In addition, I'll demonstrate how each technical skill is used in songs to make clear why tedious studies are important and not just cruel. Students will improve intonation, time, rhythm, style, and musicality while broadening their repertoire and musical knowledge.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with full keyboard and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide P.A. (speakers, mircrophone, recording equipment) if necessary. Student should have their own instrument and music stand, piano or keyboard (for voice students).

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Musical Theater, Classical, Pop.

Gabriella P.

Wheaton, IL
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Lindsey S.

Chicago, IL
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Katherine B.

Chicago, 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.

Lindsey S. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Lindsey frequently performs with the South Bend Symphony and Northbrook Symphony Orchestras. She earned her Bachelors 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 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 ***
I like to use the Suzuki Method instructional books as a base method.

Katherine B. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Violin

About Me

I am currently in my third year at the DePaul University School of Music studying violin with renowned soloist Ilya Kaler.

Originally from New Jersey, I have been teaching violin for over four years. With experience teaching students of all ages, from 4 years old to adults, I have taught private and group lessons as well as coached chamber groups in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Education:
• DePaul University School of Music (Bachelors Expected June 2015)

Teaching Experience:
• Private Studio in Chicago (2013-present)
• Music House Inc.- group lesson instructor (2013-2014)
• Elite Strings Program- violin teacher/chamber music coach (2009-12)
-taught a private studio and coached young chamber groups
• Dal Quartet Camp and Festival- violin teacher and chamber music coach (2010-12)
-taught a private studio and coached young chamber groups
• Music by Mitchell- violin teacher (June-August 2011)
-taught a private studio ranging in age from 6-adult

Current and Previous Private Teachers
• Ilya Kaler- current teacher
• Netanel Draiblate
• Helen Kwalwasser
• Julian Meyer
• Robert Vieira

Orchestral Experience
• DePaul University Symphony Orchestra (2013-present)
• DePaul University Opera Orchestra- Concertmaster (2013-present)
• DePaul University Chamber Orchestra- Principal Second Violin (2011-2013)
• Philadelphia Youth Orchestra- Associate Concertmaster (2007-2011)
• All Eastern Honors Orchestra- Co-concertmaster (2011)
• Rowan University Youth Orchestra- Concertmaster (2005-2011)
• New Jersey All State Orchestra- Concertmaster (2008-2011)
• All South Jersey Orchestra- Concertmaster (2004-2011)
• Temple University Youth Chamber Orchestra (2005-2010)
• Elite Strings Youth Orchestra- Concertmaster (2009-2011)
• Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra- Concertmaster (2007-2011)
• Cherry Hill East Pit Orchestra- Concertmaster (2007-2011)

Chamber Music Experience
• DePaul University Quartets (2013-present)
• DePaul University Baroque Ensemble (2012)
• DePaul University Dvorak Trio (2012)
• DePaul University Baroque Trio (2012)
• World Premiere of a quartet by Zachary Moore (2012)
• Temple University Music Prep Quartets and Octet (2005-2010)
• Settlement Music School Quartet (2004-2006)
• Elite Strings Quartet (2008-2012)

Solo Experience
• Performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor with the

Ocean City Pops Orchestra (2008)
• Performed as a soloist in Albinoni's Adagio for Strings at Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall with the Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra (2009)
• Performed Bruch's Violin Concerto in g minor with the Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra (2011)
Summer Festivals
• Westbranch International Music Festival and Academy- scholarship recipient (2010)
• Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Chamber Music Festival- scholarship recipient (2009)
• Dali Quartet Chamber Music Festival- scholarship recipient (2009-2012)
 
Awards
• Full scholarship to the School of Music at DePaul University (2011-2015)
• New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education (2010)
• Cherry Hill Mayor proclaimed April 12th, 2010 “Katherine B. Day” in honor of my musical accomplishments and contribution to the community

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different, so I tailor my lesson plans around the student's specific learning style and needs. Ultimately, my goal is for my students to love music and love playing the violin as much as I do.

I encourage students to listen to as much music as they can and if there is ever a specific song or piece they want to I am more than happy to incorporate it into the lesson!

For younger students and beginners, I use Essential Elements or Suzuki books. I believe it is important to learn to read music from a young age, so I incorporate that into lessons for beginners. Scales and etudes are also key to providing a strong foundation for young students. A similar approach is also used for adult beginners.

For intermediate students I utilize the Solos for Young Violinists books as they provide a nice transition into more extensive solo repertoire. Depending on the need of the student, I might also pick specific pieces outside of the books that I think will enhance their learning. Scales and more advanced etudes are also key.

For advanced students, I generally pick suitable pieces from the violin repertoire. I believe the reason we learn music is to be able to play and share it with others, so I like to incorporate duets to play with the student as much as possible. Scales and more difficult etudes are also incorporated.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my violin, music, metronome and tuner to the lesson. I expect the student to have their own instrument and music stand. A practice notebook is also recommended so I can take notes for the student to reference during their practice.

*** Specialties ***
Private and group lessons for all ages! I specialize in general instruction as well as performance practice and competition/audition preparation.

Rocking the Chicago String Scene – Violin Lessons in Chicago

By Madeline F. - Chicago Violin Teacher

Chicago is home to one of the most vibrant music scenes in the United States. As renowned cellist and Chicago Symphony's creative consultant Yo-Yo Ma confessed to the local Fox News station, “I have a deep affection for Chicago.” For all you soon-to-be virtuosos taking violin lessons in Chicago, the best news is that the violin can be heard in all corners of the city.

Music of all shapes, sizes, colors and sounds thrive in the Windy City- just take your pick from classical, jazz, rock, folk and more. Take the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recognized all over the world as both a powerhouse in the classical realm and a vital source of community music outreach. And did anyone see award-winning violinist Rachel Barton Pine rocking her electric ...

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