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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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Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL

All level of viola study from beginner through professional.

I am a professional violinist/violist with a Master of Music degree, extensive performance, and teaching ability/experience,

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth has taught violin and viola for twenty years. She has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University School of Music. Her teachers have been among the best in the world. She has been a member of orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and has performed solos throughout the United States and abroad. Teaching is one of her greatest passions, and she welcomes the opportunity to work with all ages and levels of musical background.

In addition, Elizabeth is a writer and teacher of writing, reading, language arts, ESL, and more and is available for tutoring students
5-99. She earned a Master's in Writing and is a published writer, college professor of writing, and teacher of writing/English/language arts to children Pre K-grade 12.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both Suzuki and traditional violin and viola methods. I am patient and encouraging. My students' success is my success! After 3-6 months of lessons, students will have a solid foundation on the instrument and will play some beginning level songs with the proper position and tuning. They will be having a rewarding experience as they learn all the fundamentals. They will discover the joy of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- small house with music stand, well lit, piano, seating for parents  
Tutoring: desks, tables and chairs, well-lit, comfortable/quiet environment for tutoring and learning

*** Specialties ***
Violin
Viola
Traditional
Suzuki
Classical
Fiddling
Tutor
Writing
Reading,
Language Arts
Creative Writing
Phonics
Screenwriting
Writing Books for Children
Writing Middle Grade Books
Writing for Young Adults
Writing Picture Books
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Lil V. May 24, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth is an artist at heart. She's very patient and kind. I highly recommend her!

I came to Elizabeth as an adult student with a few years of experience in playing, but with a lot of doubts about whether I could advance. I'd previously taken lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston campus), but I didn't like how they did things over there. They are extremely overpriced for what they offer. In my first lesson there, my teacher wouldn't even let me pick up the bow and she made me play Twinkle Twinkle over and over again...

Elizabeth made playing very relaxing. Her approach is just to attack the material without any hesitations. And if you make a mistake, just do it again. She let me pick out the repertoire, which made me excited to play, and offered great recommendations on material that would help my playing. Sometimes I was too ambitious and she'd be the first to point out that maybe I wasn't ready for a piece just yet. Then she'd recommend something else that would help me get there.

Elizabeth teaches from her home and it's pretty easy to get to by train, bus, or car.
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Igor T. February 22, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Professional and experienced teacher

Professional and experienced teacher, very flexible and attentive.
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Elizabeth M. January 30, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
We love Ms. Brown!

Ms. Brown is professional and kind, which is a wonderful way to learn a new skill like playing the violin. My daughters were taught by her years ago as young children and then we lost track of her. When we found her on TakeLessons, we signed up, willing to drive miles for her instruction. She is thorough, clear in instruction and so even tempered. What a great teacher!
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Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL 60201
(3)
starting at
$29 / 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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Christine B. October 30, 2014
Viola · In home
Verified Student
Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter.
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Melody March 6, 2014
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Martina is a great instructor and takes the time to explain all the important basics when starting out on the strings. Martina is very qualified and a wonderful communicator. She made me feel at ease and I am looking forward to the next lesson!
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Idell March 6, 2014
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Martina is very helpful and she found out my problems even before I tell them to her and helped me in solving them very quickly. She is a great teacher. I would love to continue with her lessons further.
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Martina S.

Martina S.

Chicago, IL 60626
(7)
starting at
$29 / 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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