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Rocking the Chicago String Scene – Violin Lessons in Chicago

By Madeline F. - Chicago Violin Teacher

Chicago is home to one of the most vibrant music scenes in the United States. As renowned cellist and Chicago Symphony's creative consultant Yo-Yo Ma confessed to the local Fox News station, “I have a deep affection for Chicago.” For all you soon-to-be virtuosos taking violin lessons in Chicago, the best news is that the violin can be heard in all corners of the city.

Music of all shapes, sizes, colors and sounds thrive in the Windy City- just take your pick from classical, jazz, rock, folk and more. Take the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recognized all over the world as both a powerhouse in the classical realm and a vital source of community music outreach. And did anyone see award-winning violinist Rachel Barton Pine rocking her electric viper violin at Millennium Park last June?

Now is your chance to join the Chicago music scene - as part of the show! TakeLessons welcomes students of all ages and skill levels to take violin lessons in Chicago under the instruction of experienced, motivating violin teachers. Choose from a variety of certified instructors, all of whom teach with contagious enthusiasm for music.

Learning to play the violin and sharing that gift with others is a positively magical experience that opens a world of opportunities. TakeLessons makes violin lessons in Chicago exciting, convenient, affordable, and fun. So what are you waiting for? It's time to unleash your inner virtuoso and join the Chicago string scene. Rock on!

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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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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
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Emily M.

Chicago, IL

I have been teaching in a variety of settings for the past ten years. I am an encouraging and structured teacher who wants to help students set and reach their goals! After years of extensive classical musical training, I have developed a refined teaching style that suits students of all ages and backgrounds!

About Emily

At the age of four, I began studying violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. I was trained using the Suzuki Method until the age of nine. Throughout my adolescent years I competed in solo violin competitions, performed in numerous orchestras, attended prestigious music festivals, & began teaching! I received my Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and my Masters Degree in Violin Performance from DePaul in Chicago. After intensively studying with instructors and performers from all over the world, I develop
ed a diverse teaching philosophy that allows me to customize lessons to each student's needs. I am a very positive, supportive, & energetic person who knows how challenging it is to learn an instrument so I try to make it as fun as possible! Whether you or your child's goal is to become a professional or to become professionally awesome at "Twinkle", I look forward to helping you achieve it!
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Emily M.

Emily M.

Chicago, IL 60605
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL

I have been teaching for over 15 years. I also performed solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestras nationally and internationally for over 18 years. I have performed with Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, Civic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra and more. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.

About Lipeng

I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Marlon B. July 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing excellent piano teacher. I'm so happy and blessed to have her as my teacher. Goal to Improve my skills and sight reading under her guidance i learn a lot for my first time meeting her. She is better than my previous piano teacher when come to goals. With her leading me in the right direction i will be able to enter piano competitions and wining some trophies for the piano.
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Girish Jambagi July 3, 2016
Chinese · In studio
Verified Student
Lipeng is an amazing pianist and violinist artist herself, however she is an even more splendid teacher. She is so patient and encouraging with a adult student(I). Her technique and attention to music detail is amazing. She encourages relaxed recitals for students to gain confidence in a larger setting without pressure. my friends were impressed with my development and progress all along the classes because I had a great teacher! Would highly recommend!!!!
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Girish Jambagi July 3, 2016
Chinese · In studio
Verified Student
Lipeng is an amazing pianist and violinist artist herself, however she is an even more splendid teacher. She is so patient and encouraging with a adult student(I). Her technique and attention to music detail is amazing. She encourages relaxed recitals for students to gain confidence in a larger setting without pressure. my friends were impressed with my development and progress all along the classes because I had a great teacher! Would highly recommend!!!!
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Lipeng C.

Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616
(12)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Julimar G.

Chicago, IL

I've been assistant teacher for my violin teachers and I have helped my students mainly to reinforce their technique, performance skills, musicallity and to remind them to always enjoy the music.

About Julimar

Julimar Gonzalez, nineteen years old. She started violin at age seven in Venezuelan orchestral program "El Sistema". At age 9 she was chosen by audition to play in the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Sir Simon Rattle were she earned the chair of assistant Concert Master. At the age of 13 she played as a soloist with the world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. She also played as a soloist all around the country until she moved to the United States at age seventeen to begin violin studies with the famous pedagogues Almita and Roland Vamos. On 2014 she played in a recita
l as a special guest for the festival "Vesprades de Tardor" in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2015 she is a student of Roosevelt University where she continues her studies with Almita and Roland Vamos.
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Kimberly S. June 26, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Julimar was punctual and explained her teaching style right off. She is very professional and explained that technique is vital to making good music. She values quality, and I appreciate that. She provided reasons for each of her suggestions; thus, empowering me with the ability to self-correct and aim to inevitably be my own teacher. I am confident I will learn a great deal from her.
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Julimar G.

Julimar G.

Chicago, IL 60608
(1)
starting at
$15 / 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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$20 / 30-min

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