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Andrew B. hails from Oklahoma, where he began playing cello in the public school system at the age of 11. He earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, at Arizona State University, where he studied with Thomas Landschoot, and is now completing his final year at DePaul University with former assistant principal of the Chicago Symphony Stephen Balderston. He has performed in masterclasses for such luminaries as Andres Diaz, Bernard Greenhouse, Phillipe Muller, Menahem Pressler, among others as well as the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano String Quartets.
Andrew is active as a freelance musician in the Chicago area and is a founding member of the cello quartet, Project85.
Andrew is a coffee enthusiast and enjoys visiting Chicago's many unique coffee shops. In warmer weather, he can be seen biking on the lakeshore path and exploring Chicago's many diverse neighborhoods.
Cello, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Spanish, Viola, Violin
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.
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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.
Acting, Broadway Singing, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing
Greetings and welcome to my Studio Profile,
As a professional singer and teacher, I strive for artistic excellence and customer satisfaction. I want you to be excited about your voice and the progress you are making and will do everything I can to support your growth and progress. I have 10 years of experience in private teaching and would be delighted to apply this knowledge to help you reach your musical goals, whether auditioning for your school musical, preparing for college auditions, joining a church choir, or auditioning for an opera company.
I teach a variety of musical styles including classical, musical theater, jazz, and some pop. My goal is for you to discover ease and freedom in your singing, increase your range and vocal stamina, introduce you to different styles of music, and ultimately equip you to sing with confidence and meet your personal musical goals.
I graduated with highest honors with a Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and recently completed my Master's degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College, graduating with distinction. My studies have taken me abroad to performing programs in Austria, Italy, Serbia, and Canada. I am an active performer and am experienced singing opera, classical music, jazz, musical theater, choral music, a Capella and Baroque chamber music. I am currently singing with the Chicago Master Singers and recently toured with them to Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia.
In addition to private voice lessons, I am trained to tutor music theory, music history, sight reading, beginning cello, and Singing diction for Latin, Italian, French, and German.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your musical goals in person!
Please feel free to contact TakeLessons with any questions.
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Lessons are tailored to fit your individual goals and interests. I teach in recommended increments of 30, 45, and 60 minutes based on your student's age and level of experience. For more advanced students I would strongly recommend at least 45min lessons to get the most out of your lessons.
5-10 min. warming up your voice
10-15 min. vocal strengthening exercises and solfege (to improve sight-reading and musical skills)
20 min. repertoire coaching
5 min. final questions and assignment for the next week.
Open door policy: Should you ever have questions or concerns about your voice or progress, please feel free to contact TakeLessons at any time and we are happy to discuss with you.
Repertoire: I am happy to work with you on the songs that you are interested in learning. I also enjoy finding repertoire for you and introducing you to different styles. I often use repertoire to help build vocal skill sets, so that even when we are working on a folk song or classical piece in lessons, the skills you are learning can be directly applied to other styles you are interested in.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, mirror, music stand, music and reference books. Students may be required to purchase some music books for study.
*** Specialties ***
- Beginning-Advanced Voice: Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Popular Styles
- Trained in Voice Science and Pedagogy
- Building healthy vocal technique
- Acting and Interpretation
- Music Theory, Music History, Sight-Singing
- German, French and Italian Language diction
- Beginning-Intermediate Cello
Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
I am a life-long musician and active performer here in Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. I am building a studio here in Chicago and am excited to share my love of cello and commitment to making music fun as I work to build students into life-long musicians.
My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Since arriving in Chicago in 2010, I have served as Principal Cellist with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and more recently have taken gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. I recently completed a set of improvisatory sketches for amplified cello and loop station that integrate classical techniques with rhythmic and percussive elements. In addition to building my private studio I am the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. (Lincoln Square) and Ortegan School of Music (Ravenswood).
I am also a percussionist with Chicago-based/ Brazilian-inspired drumming ensemble, Bloco Maximo, and have studied Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.
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I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method. Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.
I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces
While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.
I also focus on teaching my students how to practice EFFICIENTLY. We want to get the most improvement with the least amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!
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Practice and recording space at The Sound Space in Chicago, IL
Basic instrumental recording and mixing equipment to record audition CDs for summer programs, festivals, or college auditions.
Experience with extended cello techniques and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.
*** Travel Equipment ***
2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen: a reliable and roomy car that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!
I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.
Hello! I am a performing artist who loves playing cello and also dearly loves teaching. I am currently in my last year of my undergraduate degree in cello performance at DePaul University. I have been a member of the DePaul Symphony Orchestra for the past two years, and I sat co-principal of the cello section this past year. I have been teaching for the past three years with an El Sistema-inspired program known as People’s Music School in Chicago, and I am also trained and certified in Suzuki Book 1. I attended Interlochen Arts Camp, MasterWorks Festival, and Meadowmount School for Strings during my summers, and I also graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. I love teaching kids and adults of all ages, and I fully believe that music is a vital part of society, and it is a great tool for social change.
Rebecca is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher
in Chicago. She performs regularly with both Camerata Chicago and Elgin Symphony. Rebecca has been on the faculty of Merit School of Music, Northwestern University Academy, and Oak Park String Academy. She is currently on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival and serves as Secretary for the Chicago Cello Society.
Before coming to Chicago, Rebecca was a member of Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, Richmond Symphony in Virginia, New World Symphony in Miami and Northwest Indiana Symphony. Rebecca received her Master’s in Music from Northwestern University, Magna Cum Laude, under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen and her Bachelor’s in Music, Cum Laude, from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Stephen Geber.
Rebecca has been immersed in music from a very early age. She started taking piano from her mother at the age of four. At the age of eight, Rebecca saw Yo Yo Ma performing on PBS and immediately fell in love with the cello. She studied with Dajing Yang from the Shanghai Conservatory, James Wilson from the Shanghai Quartet and Neal Cary from the Richmond Symphony. In 1999, Rebecca made her solo debut with the Richmond Symphony performing Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, and in 2000, she performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, reading, writing, sewing, and walking her terrier mix puppy who she rescued from the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.
My Teaching Philosophy:
As someone who has enjoyed music all her life, I can say with confidence that my goal as a teacher is to instill love, respect, and appreciation for music into the hearts of students. Music is a beautiful art form that not only teaches discipline and hard work, but also individuality and confidence. I will forever hold my first cello instructor in high esteem for introducing me to the masterpieces of the great composers and teaching me to love music. I believe that students who are taught to love music will be inspired to work hard, practice, and give music the respect it deserves. Expecting the best from a student requires consistency, persistence, patience, and love. Keeping standards high and expectations clear will help students focus on understanding music and mastering their instrument. Although I am a cellist, I would first refer to myself as a musician - the cello is simply my tool of choice for translating music. I believe that it is not only important to mold masterful young cellists, but also to mold intelligent, well-rounded musicians and members of society. I use both Suzuki and traditional methods of teaching.
"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."