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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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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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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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Cindy C. February 10, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Michael has been an incredible teacher - he is patient, creative and has customized the experience for our 6 year old daughter to meet her high energy and silly personality. He is reliable, and has come up with great ideas to get our daughter to be engaged.

It's obvious that his musical skills are high but just as important, his ability to teach to the students individual needs is also strong. I highly recommend him.
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Michael S.

Michael S.

Chicago, IL 60613
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sean D.

Chicago, IL

Students can expect to have a positive lesson experience. My goal is to help students achieve their very best. All students must have an instrument, any music necessary, and a stand so that the student can practice at home. All students learn differently, and it is my job to help each student with their specific needs.

About Sean

I have had a passion for music since I saw a violinist perform in third grade. Ever since then, I knew that I wanted to play music and make music my life and passion. Now I am teaching, playing music, and getting the chance to meet amazing people who have a passion for music as well. I am currently teaching at the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project as the Viola Teaching Artist and as the Advanced Orchestra Conductor. I have 3 years of teaching experience after my Master's and I have been teaching in some way since High School.
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Debbie June 26, 2015
Viola · In studio
I am a fellow string teacher/performer and would highly recommend Sean to any student! He is great working with students of all ages and has a patient, kind and professional approach.
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Eric June 26, 2015
Viola · In studio
Mr Diller showcases exceptional musicianship, a positive and engaging rapport with youth, and he supports and inspires students of all ages to be the best they can be.

He exhibits contagious enthusiasm for his students and their instruments and for expression and meaningful music making.

Mr. Diller knows that while skills and technique are crucial, there is no substitution for creativity, connection and emotionally invested expression.

You can expect a top-notch professional experience with Mr. Diller. Most highly recommended!
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David E. June 25, 2015
Viola · In studio
Mr. Diller is a consumate musician. He is a kind and generous teacher who helps students achieve the highest level of musicianship they are able. His professionalism is also stellar. He is a clear communicator who is always willing to take the time needed to help both students and parents be successful in his studio. He receives a most hearty recommendation.
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Sean D.

Sean D.

Chicago, IL 60626
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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