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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.

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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.

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Emelia S. July 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient and positive!!
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Teresa J. April 8, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I was impressed by Tracy's attention to detail, her patience, and her love for music. She's a wonderful teacher and we had a great first lesson!
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Marilyn February 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I finally found a teacher that breaks it down in such a simple and fun way that it clicks!
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Martina S.

Chicago, IL

My greatest passion is music, and there is no greater joy than sharing it with others!

I have a Master's degree in Viola Performance, and viola is my primary instrument. I have received extensive instruction on the minutiae of the viola, and can help you with any need that you many have!

I tailor my approach to each student. Some students require more technical work, some require interpretive. Both are fascinating and can be taught with structure and clarity.

About Martina

Hi! My name is Martina and I am a classically trained violist. In May of 2013 I received a Master of Music from Roosevelt University, where I studied with Lawrence Neuman of the Chicago Symphony. I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin with Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte quartet. The only thing I love more than playing viola is sharing the joy of music with others! I've received training on violin and viola and can't wait to start teaching you or your child.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my approach to each student to make sure that:
1.) The student is
getting exactly what he/she wants out of the lessons.
2.) The lessons are an appropriate difficulty for the student.
3.) A student's strengths and weaknesses are being addressed with a tailor-made lesson plan and long-term goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a stand. Student is responsible for purchasing an instrument, and any sheet music. I can definitely advise on an instrument to purchase and will instruct with specific music requests.
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Dr. K. May 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Martina is flexible enough to adjust to a student's needs. She is knowledgeable, paces at the student's rate, and offers good pointers for better playing. I am an older student, and Martina is able to relate to my needs while teaching me helpful tips each lesson.
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Dr. K. May 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Martina is flexible enough to adjust to a student's needs. She is knowledgeable, paces at the student's rate, and offers good pointers for better playing. I am an older student, and Martina is able to relate to my needs while teaching me helpful tips each lesson.
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Joshua Allen December 28, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
Friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible!
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Martina S.

Martina S.

Oak Park, IL 60304
(12)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Michael S.

Chicago, IL

All levels of training, from beginner to professional players.

About Michael

Thank you for considering me as a music teacher! I work with all ages, and design lesson plans based upon the student's proficiency and age. Drawing materials from standard teaching methods such as Leopard Mozart, Dalcroze Eurythmics (especially useful for younger students), and the Suziki Method, I develop a curriculum for each individual student.

I work to build strong foundations in all aspects of music making, and extramusical character traits like focus, discipline, and fun!

I like to involve parents of younger students as well to help with practice planning, to get to know each fa
mily and student's needs, and to illuminate the different aspects of learning I am working on, e.g. hand eye coordination, kinesthetic awareness, and the various and multiple techniques involved in string playing.

I have experience teaching in both private and group settings, from ages four to adult.

I'm a classically trained violist and violinist currently completing my Master's of Music degree at Roosevelt University, Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts. I have been playing for 16 years (currently 22) and did my Bachelor's of Music at Cleveland Institute of Music.
I have played in three professional orchestras in Florida and Ohio, and have traveled around to Europe and Asia performing with orchestras.

My primary teachers have been Michael Klotz, Mark Jackobs, and currently Igor Fedotov. I have worked with musicians from the Cleveland Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra,
Vienna Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony.

Music is my passion and profession, and I believe music is an important role in development of any age child.

Thank you for considering lessons with me,

Michael S.
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Morgan M. July 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is such a great instructor! I was worried about re-starting violin lessons as an adult but after speaking with him those worries went out the window. He is very kind, patient, and gives very helpful and constructive feedback during lessons. He seems to tailor lessons and music style to each student and gives lots of great exercises and homework/practice!

He's also very on top of scheduling and understanding when things come up (like an injured wrist). Very enthusiastic and passionate about music - I would highly recommend him as an instructor for any age!
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Abel G. May 25, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor! Michael has a great attitude and is clearly very talented. He is willing to adjust the curriculum in order to accommodate my specific needs/ weaknesses. Balances core exercises, scales (including note reading homework), and music playing. We've already started playing songs together which really helps me hear the notes better!
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Christine S. February 27, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My boys both love Michael!
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Michael S.

Chicago, IL 60613
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alison T.

Chicago, IL

Hello! My name is Alison and I'm looking forward to working with you! I've been teaching privately for eight years now and I'm excited to be able to share my love of music with you too! I believe that music-making should first and foremost be a joyous activity that stimulates, challenges, and rewards. While some individuals may have more "natural talent," with the right instruction and work ethic any student can progress to an advanced level, regardless of ability level or age.

I will work with you and your family to create the best possible learning situation. I love to involve parents in the lessons (and it's always more effective when the parents can become the teacher during practice sessions!), and tailor my lesson plans to meet each student where they are. I take into account age, ability level, personality, and general interests.

I am primarily a violinist, but I have also had a year and a half of college-level viola lessons. I have had success in tutoring intermediate ...

About Alison

I believe that music-making should first and foremost be a joyous activity that stimulates, challenges, and rewards. I believe that while some individuals may have more "natural talent," with the right instruction and work ethic any student can progress to an advanced level, regardless of ability level or age.

My job as the teacher is to make you, the student, the best violinist and musician that you can be. Lessons combine elements of Suzuki training such as emphasis on ear training, parental involvement (for young children), and memorization with traditional methods of teaching technique
and note-reading. A how-to of practicing, improvisation, music theory, and history are also integrated into the lessons. Repertoire is determined by student interest and needs.

I have taught privately since 2006. In 2011 I won the University of Missouri's Community Music Program Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, I have experience as a violin sectional coach, camp counselor and assistant teacher at Columbia Montessori School in Missouri.
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Kareem I. June 28, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My son really likes her. She gave him very specific tips on how to improve his practice
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Alison T.

Alison T.

Chicago, IL 60614
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Travis C.

Chicago, IL

I teach beginning/intermediate students the basics of playing and technique. Simple songs, school music, and theory. I can teach someone who is just taking the instrument out of the case for the first time to high school level player.

About Travis

I received my Bachelor's in Music Education in 2012 and have been teaching for 4 years. I attended VanderCook College of Music, unlike other music education programs, VanderCook requires every student to learn how to perform 22 instruments at a freshman in high school level.

Currently, I am a full-time K-8 music teacher. I serve over 700 a week teaching general music, band, choir, and orchestra. I prepare my students to audition for high school auditions and I have also given many lessons to prepare students for college auditions.

I also perform with various community groups around the
Chicago-Land area. My primary instrument is trumpet, on which I perform in a Symphonic Band, Jazz Orchestra, Marching Band, and a Brass Quintet.
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Tashala July 9, 2016
Flute · In studio
My experience has been amazing with Mr. Cuckler! At times that I wanted to give up he kept me going. I'm inspired to have a career in music. I hope that many other students will get to experience something so life changing. He is determined and energetic and that helps his students progress.
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Tressa July 6, 2016
Flute · In studio
Travis Cuckler is my daughters music teacher as well as band director. His excitement for music is contagious. He holds a high standard and it shows in how his band performs. My daughter has been playing for only 2 years and is able to play high school level music. He pushes his students and they respect him highly. He is very professional, but knows how to make the kids laugh. The pride my child has for what she does is beyond anything I've ever expected.
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Travis C.

Travis C.

Chicago, IL 60609
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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