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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 Ju
ne?

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 ...

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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.
Alexandra K. Chicago, IL

I do not use one single method when I teach. Depending on the student, I usually combine Suzuki and Traditional methods.

About Alexandra

I began my violin studies at the age of 6. I am fortunate enough to have had very many great teachers in my life. Since I have received so many different perspectives of teaching in my studies, I have seen firsthand several teaching methods. This molded me into not only a good player, but a good teacher as well. I love what I do and Violin is my life. I have been teaching privately for about 7 years. I have been professionally trained to teach all levels of violin playing. Although I am teaching, I still strive to never stop learning. I received my Bachelor's Degree in violin performance from Kennesaw State University School of Music in Atlanta, GA. During my studies at Kennesaw State I have performed as concertmaster of KSU Symphony Orchestra for 3 years. In January 2011 I traveled to

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Alyssa S. November 12, 2013
Violin
Wonderful teacher

Alexandra taught my middle school aged daughter for a couple years and did an excellent job. She was very patient and easy going in her approach, which was perfect for my daughter learning to play and deciding if this was something she wanted to pursue. Alexandra taught in my home, and was always 100% reliable showing up on time, making her appointment, and on the one or two times that she had to change her schedule she notified me well in advance to make alternate arrangements. Can't say enough good things about her!
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Megan S. November 5, 2013
Violin
Comptitent, Professional, Personable

I took violin lessons from Alexandra during my senior year of high school. She was extremely patient with me and went above and beyond to make sure I understood. Alexandra was always accessible for questions and gave me supplementary worksheets to help continue my education outside of class. She always had organized lesson plans but was accommodating to my personal learning experience. Exceptionally professional and extremely qualified,I would highly recommend Alexandra to anyone.
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Stephanie L. November 5, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Alexandra K. is a phenomenal violin instructor.

Alexandra is truly a phenomenal violin instructor. She has been teaching my 7yr old daughter for 7 months. My daughter and I adore Alexandra. My daughter comes home from her lesson to practice and practices everyday with enthusiasm. I attribute her love for learning violin to Alexandra's style of teaching. From the beginning, Alexandra welcomed me to sit in on the lessons. I observed Alexandra to be very patient, organized, attuned to her student's level of understanding, and is passionate about music. She gave my daughter a princess notebook that is a record of the lesson plan and her progress. She gave my daughter a binder that includes handouts. She also gave 2 shoulder rests to fit my daughter as she is growing. Alexandra does not waste any time starting the lesson. She takes her time giving the lesson and doesn't rush my daughter out based on the clock. Her apartment and the school are locations where we meet for the lesson. Both locations are convenient. I highly recommend Alexandra if you are looking for a violin teacher for your children.
Christopher M. Chicago, IL

The beauty of the violin comes with the knowledge that nothing is perfect, while the embrace of imperfection collides with the pursuit of our own ideal of perfect. The two create a contrast that challenges the mind and body to approximate with perfection. Constantly refining our ideals to new levels of what good sounds like to our own ear. A truly remarkable instrument that reflects the struggle between the heart and mind, but also the unparalleled awe when the two work together.

About Christopher

Currently developing the music program at "The Chicago Ballet Center", which includes a private music studio located in the Chicago Six Corners business district (Cicero & Irving Park). Working together with Keys4Kids organization, the "Violin Center of Chicago", "PianoForte Foundation", as well as other recognized music institutions to deliver the best possible education for musicians of all ages. 1. I am comfortable teaching private or group lessons for Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory, and Composition. 2. I have lifelong experience in the arts from private lessons, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Columbia College Chicago. (B.A. in 2014) 3. My specialties are classical music and modern rock genres. My recent history begins from my ...

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Liam S. April 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Chris was wonderful. It will probably be a slow journey, but he has the skill and patience to go along with Liam who is autistic.
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David R. March 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor!
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Victoria M. November 4, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Christopher is a Great Teacher.

I am so glad I found him to be my Grandsons violin teacher. Kevin is 8 yrs. old and never played an instrument before. Christopher really knows how to relate to him on his own level. He makes learning easy and fun. Kevin looks forward to his weekly lesson and has learned so much already.
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 Essential 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 ...

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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
Cecilia P. Chicago, IL

I have been teaching violin for almost 10 years. Violin is my main specialty as a performer and as a teacher.
This lessons are intended for beginners, intermediate or advanced violin students who wish to learn and become better violinists or musicians.
I usually use the Suzuki Method or the Mark O'Connor (fiddle music) method to start and in time I gradually mix them with scales and technique books. In addition I create my own material based on the needs of each student.
My main goal is to create better human beings through music, but I make sure my students have a solid training that will allow them to continue with music in the long term if that is what they want.
Very good quality players with a lot of joy and fun!

About Cecilia

I am a South-american violinist and violin-music teacher who loves music, dancing, arts, nature, and animals. I am a social, kind, caring, persevere and self-disciplined person. I started teaching 9 years ago when I was studying my Bachelor'€™s degree. In my country, I was the teacher of 25 lovely children and youth, with whom I created my own violin studio. It started only with 3 students, and after 7 years we were a wonderful group that performed in different recitals, festivals and trips around our country. Together we learned about violin, classical music, popular music, folk music, singing, etc., but most importantly we learned about sensitivity, sharing, self-discipline, respect, creativity and many other personal skills that music helps us learn in such a joyful way. In ...

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Mitchell M. December 12, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Very good instructor!
All of these reviews are very consistently themed because of her adaptive abilities.
She knows how to find exactly what you personally need to practice, and helps you find the joy of perfection!
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Kate A. November 10, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Cecilia has been an incredible teacher - she is patient, create and has customized the experience for our daughter to meet her exactly where she is. She is also thoughtful, and has come up with creative ideas to get our daughter to practice more and be engaged. I highly recommend her!
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Bonnie Z. August 28, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Cecilia was an absolutely amazing violin teacher! She not only had a great method of teaching, but she would treat me not only like a student, but like a friend. She always took special time to address the issues I was having while playing, and carefully adjust my method to ensure better playing. She allowed me to rent one of her violins and gave me the best advice on everything one would need to know about caring for a violin. She even guided me through the process of bringing the violin on an airplane when I traveled. I would definitely recommend Cecilia for violin lessons (or any type of lesson!) because she is such an amazing teacher!!
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 family 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 ...

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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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No matter how much students may groan when it comes to scales, they are very important for all beginners to know, particularly for the violin. Almost all of your knowledge about playing the violin starts with learning how to play scales, from reading sheet music to better understanding the fingerings. Of course, it is not nearly as exciting as playing one of the songs you love, but practicing scales will give you a strong foundation that will help you progress and improve. Violin scales are typ … Read More
How Can I Make Practicing Violin Scales More Effective?
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