Tracy B.

Tracy B.

★★★★★
★★★★★
3 Reviews
Oak Park, IL

Cello

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

Suzuki and other materials, traditional bow hold and note reading introduced early on. Opportunity to play in class / group ensemble.

About Tracy B.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

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.

Photos and Videos

Ready for some Celtic fiddling at FitzGerald's for St. Patrick's day!

Experience

Violin, Cello and Piano Instructor Jan 1997 - Jun 2004
Music House

Taught individual and class instruction, often traveling to various Chicago public schools.

Languages Spoken

Spanish Fluent / Native Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by My daughter has made enormous progress I am happy to recommend Tracy as an instructor for piano, violin, cello and flute. I have known her for 6 years during which she has been my daughter's piano teacher. Grace was 8 years old and had no prior musical experience when she started working with Tracy, and she has made a great deal of progress since then. I think Tracy interacts really well with young people and I have always been especially impressed with her patience and use of positive reinforcement. I also appreciate her flexibility and willingness to diverge from standard method books by providing sheet music from different sources and genres that she thought would spark Grace's interest. She also puts in a lot of effort to create performance opportunities for her students such as recitals, or public performances, or by encouraging participation in competitions. Tracy is enthusiastic and has a lively personality that I think helps her to communicate well with students and keep their interest. She is a talented musician who sings and plays several instruments herself and she brings that experience into her lessons. Through her own example she demonstrates both a love of music and the dedication required to be a musician. March 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tracy Love her! Fun, and an education who would have thought it was possible?! I love the violin, thank you Tracy! April 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mom of Piano Student My daughter had been taking piano for 3 years before starting with Tracy. Her style and love of music is just the change we were looking for. My daughter has never smiled so much after a music lesson. She's finally starting to enjoy herself, and after all - that's what it's all about! October 17, 2011