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Orland Park, IL

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Suzuki pedagogy employed for beginners

About Farobag
Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago 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. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Devel
opment Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.

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. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.

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.

Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.

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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 ***
Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.

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Classical Energy, Triton Sound, TS 8501
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Ganesh V. September 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. Cooper is an experienced teacher. He teaches piano, violin & vocal from basic to advance level. My son has been taking piano classes from him for the past 3+ years. He loves to go to Mr. Cooper's classes. The foremost quality in Mr. Cooper is that he seeks perfection and tries to imbibe the same in his students. He encourages all his students to perform their best and is extremely patient in dealing with his students. Mr. Cooper lets me sit in my son's lessons and I got my 101 on classical music with these sessons. I can appreciate what my son plays and also now able to appreciate classical music in general.
Mr. Cooper encourages all his students to participate in IMA annual contests and puts a lot of effort in preparing his students for the same.
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Lulu Y. August 26, 2017
· Pre Algebra · Online
Mr. Copper is one of the best teachers that I know. I am a slow learner and he would teach me things over and over again until I understand. Overall, he is a great teacher and I would recommend him if you need help on math.
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Ari June 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I decided to start singing lessons with Mr. Cooper about a year ago and I'm very pleased with the Service. I believe Mr. Cooper is a very gifted musician and singer who has a real ability to understand music and teach that understanding in a relatable way. I'm just beginning to learn about different musical concepts that really help me understand how to learn more effectively. I appreciate everything he's helped me with and plan to continue learning as much as possible.
I would highly recommend him for any relevant musical training.
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Petaluma, CA

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Irish, folk and Bluegrass styles, tunes, scales, improvisation techniques

About Marc
I've been playing music since I was 14 years old. I studied classical guitar at State University in Buffalo, NY. and also studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I love just about every style of music. I mostly play Celtic, Bluegrass, American traditional, jazz, and classical. I also love to improvise.
My goal is to get my students results so they feel that they are really making progress. I do this by incorporating practice exercises, ear training and some music theory.
Music theory and reading music can be intimidating for beginning students. So I like to get you playing first and add theory a little at a time so you can better understand it through experience and it makes learning more fun.

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The studio has a piano, acoustic guitars,mandolins and other instruments.Students receive sh
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*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet music and other written materials.

*** Specialties ***
I play a lot of Irish fiddle tunes and also know a lot of American Folk styles,popular music and some jazz. I play some classical pieces on the mandolin and some bluegrass. I consider improvisation one of my strengths.
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Avery B. January 26, 2016
· Violin · In studio
It was really good information and I had a lot of fun.
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Annie B. March 3, 2015
· Fiddle · In studio
I have been taking fiddle/violin lessons from Marc for a few months now, and it has been a great experience. He is very patient and keeps things fun by helping me learn pieces that I am interested in learning to play. I would highly recommend him for any instrument you are wanting to learn.
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David S. February 19, 2015
· Mandolin · In studio
I have been playing the mandolin for about four years now and have had several different teachers, of which Marc is by far the best one I have had. I wish I had started with him. Marc is very patient and works with you to bring out your best effort. He challenges me with interesting music to play, helps me to understand the piece and shows me different ways to finger the notes. When I started with Marc two months ago I was playing hornpipes and dances and now I've moved up to Bach and Vivaldi. Marc is also an accomplished instrument maker.
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About Joshua A.

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I was raised in the Suzuki method, trained in it, and I believe in it. It is the most effective school of education for new musicians who want to learn reliably. I've been teaching it 6 years.

I can talk to you for days about the method, but I will sum it up as quickly as i can.

1: Immersion
2: Daily Practice
3: Listening
4: Strong relationship between student, teacher and parent.

If the student listens everyday, practices everyday, practices what i tell them, and is made to love the music, you will learn. I've taught hundreds of students this way and when all the conditions are met, all my students have had success.

About Joshua
Joshua has been a musician for over twelve years and been a teacher for five. He is an award winning composer, critical thinker, and an honest teacher. Joshua has a high standards for his students and himself. Joshua has studied Suzuki method under Dr. Paula Bird for four years and has taught over 100 students. He performed his official Suzuki training under Dr. Laurie Scott. Joshua also teaches at the Texas State String Project under the direction of Dr. Ames Asbell and Dr. Karla Hamelin. He has done so since it's inception.

Joshua is an award winning composer and has composed over 80 pieces, ranging in style from classical symphony to electronic dance. He has also arranged hundreds of works for violin and piano.

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I'm a relaxed person with a strict teaching style. I have two critical expectations for my stud
ents.

1: I expect my students to practice everyday, with time depending on age. (10 minutes a day for 5 year old's, 20 minutes for 10 year old's, etc.) No exceptions. Lessons are a place for me to teach you, not a place to watch you practice.

2: I expect parents to participate in every lesson. You are the teacher 6 days a week, I'm only get to teach them one.

If everyone understands my expectations, students will grow and learn quickly, and have a great time doing it!

I develop a lesson plan depending on each students strengths, weaknesses, talents, and personality. No one student is identical to the next, so none will be taught the same, but everyone will follow a similar pattern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano lessons with full keyboard. Stands, couches, and a small library of sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style instruction for violin technique. For songwriting and performance I focus on the analysis of music to find a middle ground of emotional expression and theory. Once that middle ground is found we explore what music means to the student, and how they can use it as a tool of expression.
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Joe August 19, 2017
· Violin · Online
My daughter has been taking lessons since may and she loves it. Joshua is a great teacher, he us straight forward and will not move her forward unless she has fully learned what he taught her. If your kids need lesson he is your guy. Thanks for being a great teacher.
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Nicole Bishaw April 21, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I've been playing the violin self-taught for about two years because my first experience with a violin teacher went horribly. So after two years I figured I'd try again.
I was on Reverb Lessons for 6 months, and it was a complete nightmare. The most highly rated teacher they provided didn't seem like he was teaching me anything at all. Most of our lesson were music theory, which was helpful, but I would only play the violin the last 5 mins of the two hour lessons. He kept telling me, "i didn't have it in me to be a violinist" and he told me to play piano instead. Well it turned out he didn't even play the violin!
Completely despondent, I was getting angry that I
might not progress in the violin (which I was madly in love with) but dispite my bitterness I decided to try to find a teacher again.

I've only had three lesson with Josh and I can't articulate how much better I've gotten. He's calm and collective, and gives me exactly the advice I need in order to get better. He's an attentive listener, and responds accordingly. I enjoy his lessons; they are the perfect balance of stern and nurturing. I'm excited to see how I progress as the lessons continue, and I'm thankful that I FINALLY found a good violin instructor
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Jakeb M. March 6, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great experience for a first time violin lesson
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Violin Lessons, Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students by Professional Teacher and performer. 38 years of Teaching privately and performance. Lessons will focus on Basics, technique, scales, Songs and performance. Lessons can be once a week, once every 2 weeks or once a month. Schedule of lessons are flexible to meet the needs of the student. Rates and location of lessons will be discussed and confirmed by e-mail contact.

About Carl
Private Music Instrument Lessons by Professional Player. Lessons for Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students. Focus will be reading, Basics, Sound production and performing. 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. 38 years experience teaching private.
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Karen B. May 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Carl has been an excellent guitar teacher for my 15 year old son Robert. We highly recommend him!
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Scott February 15, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Carl is a good teacher. Very patient and easy to understand. I look forward to future lessons with him.
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Alan October 13, 2015
· 5 String Banjo · In studio
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Everything you could ask of a music teacher.
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Rockton, PA

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I especially enjoy working with beginners to lay a strong technical foundation tailored to each student. Whether headed for classical or fiddle style (or both!), good technique keeps the player injury free and ensures the most direct path to your goals.

About Edna
Welcome to my Music Studio where you can begin a life long musical journey. I look forward to guiding you or your child wherever you may be on the path to making and loving music.
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Lourdes BD September 6, 2017
· Piano · Online
I received a great deal of useful material to help me move along on my piano learning journey. Looking forward to my next lesson and many more. Thank You!
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· Piano · Online
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Divina D. June 28, 2017
· Piano · Online
The way she is teaching is very unique and wonderful materials to understand the concepts.

My daughter really liked the class on the first day itself.

Happy to have her as piano instructor.
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Students and parents can expect lessons to be held in a calm environment that will allow students to focus and learn. I do not teach using the Suzuki method but I do however, use the Suzuki performance books. Students will be expected to learn note recognition, rhythm, how to hold the violin and bow, and proper care of the instrument. I do not suggest this instrument for students under 6-7 due to fine motor skills not being as well developed. However, there is always an exception to the rule and I have taught a couple students ages 3-5. Please contact me with any questions or Sign Up For Lessons Now!

About Sara
For 15 years, I have been studying both piano and violin extensively. It is this love of music that led me to begin formally teaching four years ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to teach not only my own private students but also in a studio in Atlanta, GA and Buford, GA. I have had the privilege of teaching students as young as 3 to those as young-at-heart of 70. Whatever age I instruct, my lessons are formulated to fit the individual. Being able to meet my students on whatever level they need has always been a great joy.
Due to my intensive background of orchestral performances, I had the opportunity to instruct students on their orchestral pieces given to them by local orchestras and prepare them for any upcoming auditions.
As a musician, I have enjoyed the opportunities of accompanying local choirs, playing with
local and well-known orchestras, performing at weddings, and providing music at various functions.
Music has always been a passion of mine since I was a young child. My parents and instructors gave me every opportunity to cultivate that love. I am so grateful to have the same chance to do so with anyone who wants to learn. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

"Music Speaks What Cannot Be Expressed, Soothes the Mind and Gives it Rest, Heals the Heart and Makes it Whole, Flows From Heaven to the Soul" ~Unknown~

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Parents and Students should expect a fun yet educational atmosphere during their lesson time. During lessons students will learn about their instrument, note recognition, rhythm, and of course how to play a song. I ask that each student have individual practice time during the week as this is the only way to truly advance and learn the instrument. I also encourage parents to be available during the lesson and during the students individual practice session. This helps ensure that students are practicing correctly (and what they are supposed to) during the week.
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Julian F. November 15, 2015
· Piano · In home
Sara is an excellent teacher, patient but strict. Julian and I really enjoy her style and passion for piano.

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Faith July 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
As a former mentor of Sara's, I know she is a great teacher! She has been involved with music since she was 5, when she began playing piano. She added violin when she turned 7 and continued with both throughout her childhood and into her adult life.. She has wonderful orchestral experience as well as sacred/religious music. Because of her love for music, she is thrilled to be able to open young children’s eyes and minds to the joys found in music.
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I provide Violin and Viola lessons to musicians of all ages. No matter if you are a child or an adult, learning a stringed instrument helps enhance mental growth. The ability to help overcome a students specific struggles is a skill that takes dedication, care, and patience that many teachers can overlook. Dr. Johnathan Spence has many years of experience helping the specific needs of every individual he teaches, providing the tools to face obstacles that might seem impossible to climb. How we treat our musical development translates to so many other aspects of life, and who we trust through that development can seemingly shape who we are

About Johnathan
Dr. Johnathan S received his Doctorate of Music in Violin and Viola under the study of Hagai Shaham at Stony Brook University in 2017. He is also a graduate of East Carolina University, where he studied with Ara Gregorian. Focusing on his passion for teaching, Dr. S has returned to his home town where he is spreading his pedagogical methods to the Hampton Roads area.

Dr. S performed his solo debut with the the Governor's School for the Arts in 2007 where he went on to perform on the stage of Boston Symphony Hall. Johnathan participates in the Next Generation Series of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, during which the students selected for this program receive multiple opportunities to play side-by-side with world-renowned artists. He continues to play and perform in various chamber music festivals across the country, as well
as spreading music to the community through a variety of outreach programs for public and private schools alike.
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My goal as a teacher is to provide consistent and positive learning opportunities for each student by:
1. Developing a well-balanced lesson plan that benefits the student.
2. Provide performance opportunities.
3. Encouraging regular practice.
4. Communicating progress with the parent and student.

About Brooke
On top of teaching technique, I use resources such as music books, games, songs, and various musical activities to make lessons enjoyable and educational for all students. The more fun you have while learning your instrument, the more information you will be able to remember later on!

Aside from the fun stuff, I also work on important skills that benefits students inside and outside of lessons. I work with students on building their showmanship skills along with their confidence to make them feel more comfortable in performance settings with their instrument.
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Morgan September 9, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm an avid fan of hers and attend the concerts she puts on for her students in winter and spring. She only teaches violin, but she is very knowledgeable of music in general and helped me practice notes and counting on piano. She also taught me how to correctly hold the bow for a cello, when before I thought a cello was just a larger violin.

She raves about her students' progress to me a lot. I find that enthusiasm is contagious and I know her love for teaching positively influences her students--just this year I could hear the improvement many of them made in the months between their winter and spring concerts.
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Elizabeth September 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brooke is an incredible violin player and it's easy to tell how much she loves what she's doing. She is patient, kind, and understanding. Her lessons with my kid have been so helpful, he has learned so much from her, and I am so greatful.
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David Bozich, Owner, Enumclaw Music September 6, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brooke has been teaching for our store for 3 years both in individual and group lessons. She is not only a very talented violinist but she works extremely well with her students of all ages. I will always recommend her for any violin students.
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Having many years of experience in performance and having reached a very high level of playing for myself, I am confident in my ability to teach students a beginning to an advanced level.
For younger students, I would insist that the parents are present and active in the learning process. This is paramount for realizing your child's potential. Playing instruments, stringed instruments in particular, is a very meticulous affair.
If possible, I prefer to teach for an hour at a time. I will likely be spending a lot of time on technique. This is an area in which most are deficient, and will greatly limit the player's expressive capabilities.
I am demanding and very thorough, but also seek to temper this with encouragement on whatever the student is doing well. There are always things we are improving on as well as lacking in. We must hold ourselves to a very high standard while also realizing that we have come a long way from where we started.
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About Tobiah
I have been teaching since I was in my Master's program. Mostly, I taught with an inner city outreach in Kansas City. I had three students who were doing quite well. I gave supplementary lessons to a couple of other local high school students, both of whom were playing at a very advanced level. I guided them with their preparation and practicing process, as well as helped them when they were making audition recordings for music schools in university. One of them is at the Jacobs School at Indiana University, and the other is studying at my alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Music.
I also had a private student who I would teach for two hours a week who drove up from Arkansas. She was half-way through high school. I worked with her on Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 5, and she won second place in her youth orchestra's concerto competition.
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Caroline is trained and registered as a Suzuki viola and violin teacher through Book 4. With a background in both violin and viola, she is currently a master's student in viola performance at the Southern Methodist University, studying with Barbara Sudweeks. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan with Yizhak Schotten. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy for her last two years of high school, and has participated in many major summer festivals, such as the Texas Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, and the Castleman Quartet Program. She has played in master classes for such teachers as Mate Szucs, principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, Karen Ritscher, and Jeffrey Irvine. Her orchestral experience includes many acclaimed symphony orchestras, such as the Grammy-nominated University Sympho
ny Orchestra at the University of Michigan, opera and ballet orchestras, and string orchestras, holding frequent principal positions throughout her career. She is an avid chamber musician, having performed with numerous string quartets and other small ensembles. She has premiered several new works for solo viola, string quartet, and orchestra. She is passionate about teaching every bit as much as performing.
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Tasha September 17, 2017
· Viola · In studio
My daughter was in Book 3 when we started with Caroline, and she improved so much during her lessons. Caroline was very patient and encouraging.
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Marco September 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Caroline helped me a lot with violin and my lessons were really fun
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Elli September 17, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Thanks for being a great teacher!
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