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Ashlyn O.

Chicago, IL

I teach children and adults of all ages!

About Ashlyn

Hi! I have been teaching private violin lessons for the past 5 years to beginners and adults! I am currently a student at DePaul University working towards my Performer's Certificate. I also received my Master's Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul Univeristy in 2014. I graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. I specialize in classical training, although I also love to teach fiddle. I am a trained Suzuki teacher as well as a chamber musician and coach. If you are looking for a young, exciting teacher, I might be the perfect fit!

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* Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages and experience levels. Depending on the student, I use a Suzuki based method of teaching. This means that I use the Suzuki books and like to have the parent be more involved in the learning process, but I also feel it is very important to supplement the books by adding scales, etudes, and other solo repertoire. When possible, I like to have my students interact in chamber music, which is so often missing from most lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, street parking,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have a music stand. I bring music and a tuner and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I typically teach classical style violin and viola, however I do have experience teaching fiddle.
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Alexandra M. February 3, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
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Ashlyn is my violin teacher,she is amazing!!!She has been my teacher for about 3 months.She is very good at what she does,patient,great communication,reliable and extremely talented..I was reluctant to take a class at my age,I was scared that my teacher would not be patient with me,however I 'm so glad I did.When I met Ashlyn she made it easier for me to continue and not give up my dream of learning how to play the violin!!
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Gabriella B. August 7, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Phenomenal Teacher!!

Ashlyn is a very talented violin instructor! I have taken 6 months of violin lessons with her. She is very patient, willing and able to adapt her teaching methods to my learning speed and needs. She is very good at communicating whenever lessons could not take place (which was almost never) and understanding when I couldn't make any of my lessons. As a 25 year-old trying to learn the violin for the first time, she was very encouraging and helped me begin learning what has recently become my favorite instrument. After each lesson I am pumped and can't wait to learn a little more! One of the hardest things for me was being consistent with practicing at home, but Ashlyn was understanding and always pushed me to make the time to learn the notes, the rhythm, posture, etc. and to progress in each aspect of playing the violin. I would suggest anyone to choose Ashlyn as an instructor! From what I understand, she has experience teaching young children, adolescents and young adults. Her undeniable talent, patience, flexibility in teaching methods, and her charming sense of humor are all reasons why I'm eager to learn this wonderful instrument and why I'm sure anyone would feel delighted and pleased to have Ashlyn as their violin teacher! Not to mention...you actually learn to play!!!
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Ashlyn O.

Ashlyn O.

Chicago, IL 60614
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL

About Tracy

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.

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Susan V. October 29, 2014
In studio
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her weekly flute lessons and is enjoying band in school much more thanks to her lessons with Ms. Tracy!
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Kerry V. July 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is fantastic! She's so enthusiastic and excited about what she is teaching. She's very encouraging and patient too. I'm having a great time learning to play the cello!
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Inez M. May 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is not only delightful but works extremely well with children. She is very knowledgeable about music in general and we are going to upgrade our singing lessons to include piano lessons.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Rita A.

Chicago, IL

I love to teach students of all ages. I really enjoy teaching young kids how to begin on their instrument, adults who like to play as a hobby and those who are very dedicated throughout high school and college.

About Rita

I teach violin and viola lessons weekly for students of all ages and levels from the music studio of my home in Edgewater, Chicago. According to the students desire and work ethic, lessons include work in technique, scales, etudes, tone, sight-reading, solo repertoire and Suzuki songs for those just starting out on their instrument. Students have the option of playing in the studio recital in December or June. I encourage this of all my students whether we are working on classical, jazz, pop or world music pieces!

I am originally from Austin, TX. I am currently a member of the Civic Or
chestra of Chicago as a violist. Alongside playing in Civic, I teach violin and viola at the Music House of Chicago, privately at home and at various elementary schools. I grew up learning from all of the Suzuki books and completed my Suzuki training to teach with many of the same philosophies alongside my own. Since the age of nine, I have had many great opportunities to attend numerous classical music festivals across the states including Puerto Rico and abroad in Cambridge England. I have devoted my life to music playing and teaching and I am beyond thrilled to be sharing the joy of music!
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Krishna K. May 26, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult while full time job and I have taken two years of violin classes with Rita. I have no prior music experience in my life and she has succeeded in teaching me few songs on the violin. She is patient, flexible and can mould her style of instructing according to her pupil. Her musical IQ and grasp on her instrument are commendable. I have witnessed her grace with the instrument on many of her concerts that she had given in the past year. I would recommend her to anyone who would want their musical education to be enriching, memorable and infused with young enthusiasm.
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Teffani Z. May 17, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Rita has been my daughter's violin teacher for almost 2 years. Rita is great with my daughter. She is patient and relaxed, but pushes my daughter to keep learning and growing. Rita is an excellent violin player and has a lot of fun tricks to teach her students on how to improve.
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Linda L. January 27, 2013
Verified Student
Rita's a great instructor

I'm taking violin lessons with Rita and highly recommend her to new students within the Chicago area. She's fun, encouraging, sweet and patient. I'm an adult student which is a challenge in itself, but I look forward to my weekly lessons with Rita at her in-home studio. She's located in an easily accessible area from downtown with an L stop within 1 block of her studio.
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Rita A.

Rita A.

Chicago, IL 60660
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Silvia S.

Chicago, IL

About Silvia

I have been teaching since I was 17 years old, so this has become a passion very dear to me. I manage to engage and motivate my students in each lesson, by providing them with the guidance they need, and making it enjoyable and fun rather than tedious . Learning so much from great teachers have changed my life and approach to music, so I feel honored I can now do the same with my own students, encouraging them to improve and develop new skills that will take them to the next level in the process of learning.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to use the Suzuki method for beginners, combined with E
ssential Elements. Etude and Scale books are also helpful. All these can build a solid technique that will allow students to express themselves and communicate through music. As I go along with a student, I use a variety of materials that will suit each individual the best, since not everyone learns in the same way. Besides Classical music, I teach other genres such as country, jazz and latin music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Chairs, Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a metronome, tuner and music, I expect students to have a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I mostly teach classical violin and viola, but I have taught fiddle before, jazz, pop, country and Latin music styles. I know of methods that will help students explore different genres of music.
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David A. March 14, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I have taken violin classes with different instructors in the past but Silvia has been the teacher that has helped me the most. Every class I have taken with her has helped me improve.

I have seen her perform and she is very talented.

I definitely recommend her as a teacher.
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Debra F. November 5, 2013
Violin
a patient and knowledgeable teacher

I am an older adult who is taking violin lessons for fun. Silvia was a remarkable teacher. First of all her ability to detect when I was a teeny bit out of tune was freaky! She has an amazing ear. She has a toolbox of techniques to help learn a new piece. And did I mention her patience? I am sad that we are no longer in the same region so that I can continue to take lessons from her.

I did go to several performances of hers and master classes she participated in and am in awe of her talent.

I believe she would be an excellent teacher for just about anyone wanting to learn to play strings and I recommend her whole heartedly.
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Evan J. November 2, 2013
Violin
Fantastic Teacher!

I studied with Silvia Suarez over the summer of 2013 for 7 weeks, and I improved so much because of how helpful she was! She always knew how to take my playing to a higher level than before. Wether it was a better bowing/fingering, or my phrasing, her suggestions were always so helpful. I'm very glad I got the chance to study with her over the summer; I wouldn't be the same player without her help. I highly suggest taking from her, you will not regret it!
-Evan Johanson
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Silvia S.

Silvia S.

Chicago, IL 60614
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Rachel W.

Chicago, IL

Build technique through scales and etudes
Apply technique to the viola repertoire
A balance of passion and fundamentals

About Rachel

From about the age of 5, I can remember always running to my Grandmother's piano whenever we went to visit and being completely in awe of all it could do. At the age of 7, I began studying the viola. Always active in Chorus and Orchestra both in school and outside organizations, my love for music continued to deepen within me. I have been so fortunate over the years to have performed with so many talented musicians, and to have traveled to some wonderful places. My passion for music and for the artistry it demands, has lead me to the path of teaching. I love sharing my knowledge with those e
ager to learn. I hope to not only build one's joy for music and their musicianship, but to also instill a sense of confidence and pride in the work that they do.

Soprano, Chicago Symphony Chorus
Soprano Section Leader, Trinity Lutheran Chancel Choir Des Plaines, IL
Soprano Section Leader, Temple Beth Israel Skokie, IL
Children's Choir Director, Trinity Lutheran Church Des Plaines, IL

*Please note, starting age for voice lessons is 10 and Opera lessons is 14
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Tracey L July 20, 2015
In studio
My 11 yr. old son takes piano lessons with Ms. Rachel. Her lessons are engaging and productive. He enjoys the learning process and I am so happy to see him progressing so well. One of Rachel's main strengths is her ability to convey a given subject matter in a way that is meaningful, constructive and easily understood. Rachel's unparalleled enthusiasm for life and music shines through in her singing and teaching style. She shows a strong proficiency in many different styles. She's reliable, experienced, professional, and a great person all around.
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Rachel W.

Rachel W.

Chicago, IL 60613
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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