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Andrew B.

Chicago, IL

Andrew has taught a wide range of students from young (and adult) beginners to advanced university students. His own education and playing experience has taught him that good cello playing should not only sound great, but feel natural as well. Because of this, he stresses the physical elements of cello playing in connection with a strong technical foundation, as well as the development of each student's ear and individual sense of musicality.

About Andrew

Andrew B. began playing cello in the public school system at the age of 11. He earned his Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University, where he studied with Thomas Landschoot, and his Master of Music with distinction from DePaul University with former assistant principal of the Chicago Symphony Stephen Balderston. He has performed in masterclasses for such luminaries as Andres Diaz, Bernard Greenhouse, Phillipe Muller, and Menahem Pressler, and others as well as the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano String Quartets.

Andrew maintains an active teaching and freelancing sc
hedule in the Chicago area and is a founding member of the cello quartet, Project85.

He is also a coffee enthusiast and enjoys visiting Chicago's many unique coffee shops. In warmer weather, he can be seen biking on the lakeshore path and exploring Chicago'™s many diverse neighborhoods.
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Tad S. August 16, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Andrew is calm and very patient teacher. I started the cello from a scratch with him and now I can play scales and some pieces. He plays beautifully and he knows what has to be done to improve my cello playing. I will recommend Andrew for anyone who wishes to play the cello!
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Abhijat August 6, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely patient
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Maggie C. February 1, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew is wonderful! He gives great feedback, is very patient, and very
talented. You can tell he knows what he's doing and has the skill to pass
his knowledge along.
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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

Chicago, IL 60640
(11)
starting at
$33.75 / 45-min
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Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL

Suzuki and other materials, traditional bow hold and note reading introduced early on. Opportunity to play in class / group ensemble.

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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Quincy W. August 10, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son is really really really enjoying his lessons with Tracy.
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Tori H. August 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Tracy got the ball rolling right away! Only a 30 minute lesson, but more than enough to give me the tools to keep learning over the week. You can tell she really knows her stuff, and she has a bunch of ready to go instructional papers for beginners like myself. (I'm an adult beginner, 26 learning piano for the first time!) She gaged my learning speed on the fly and was tailoring the lesson to my needs as we went, which was really cool. Great teacher, very flexible and talented. I would definitely recommend her!
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Emelia S. July 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient and positive!!
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
(14)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL

I have been teaching cello since 1989.
Cello students of all ages and levels are accepted at my studio. All levels of the cello repertoire from the beginning through the Major Concertos will be taught. Students will be placed in courses according to the level of their current repertoire. The sequence of repertoire in the Suzuki Cello School will be used to place students.

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University
of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Melissa T. August 19, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin did it again! He supported and prepared my son for his orchestra audition. Nicholas was accepted into the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra for the third year in a row. Kelvin has helped him to achieve this goal each time. Thanks Kelvin for being such a great instructor and truly investing in my son.
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Kevin O. July 11, 2016
SEO · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin was a nice guy but not very good at listening. You can tell he is probably good at SEO, but is more geared towards giving multiple lessons, because he will not answer any questions if its not in the order he is teaching. Being a teacher myself, you have to LISTEN to the person paying for the lesson. You should not tell a paying customer that you wont answer a question because you will get to that at a later time in a different lesson. Some people, like myself understand many aspects of SEO already, and just need to ask some questions to learn new things to try.

Kelvin did give me a couple very good tips I will implement.

You could be a very good teacher my friend, just listen more
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Jason May 12, 2016
Composition · In studio
Verified Student
Kelvin is an extremely knowledgeable musician with a great teaching style.
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Rebecca Z.

Chicago, IL

Over 10 years of experience
Enthusiastic and positive while maintaining high standards
Faculty Merit School of Music and Northwestern University Academy
Degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and Northwestern University
Traditional method
All levels

About Rebecca

Rebecca is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher 
in Chicago. She performs regularly with the Grant Park Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Chamber Ensemble, and Camerata Chicago. Rebecca is a faculty member of Eastern Music Festival and has previously been on the faculty of Merit School of Music and Northwestern University Academy. In 2015, Rebecca opened Chicago Cello Studio in the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave and accepted the position of Chamber Music Coach for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.


Before coming to Chicago, Rebecca was a member of Canto
n Symphony Orchestra in Ohio,
Richmond Symphony in Virginia, New World Symphony in Miami and Northwest Indiana Symphony. Rebecca received her Master’s in Music from Northwestern University, Magna Cum Laude, under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen and her Bachelor’s in Music, Cum Laude, from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Stephen Geber.


Rebecca has been immersed in music from a very early age. She started taking 
piano from her mother at the age of four. At the age of eight, Rebecca saw Yo Yo 
Ma performing on PBS and immediately fell in love with the cello. She studied with Dajing 
Yang from the Shanghai Conservatory, James Wilson from the Shanghai Quartet and Neal Cary from the Richmond Symphony. 

In 1999, Rebecca made her solo debut with the Richmond Symphony 
performing Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, and in 2000, 
she performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Eastern 
Music Festival Orchestra.


In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, reading, writing, sewing, and walking her whippet-mix dog, Isolde.

Teaching Philosophy:

As someone who has enjoyed music all her life, I can say with confidence that my goal as a teacher is to instill love, respect, and appreciation for music into the hearts of students. Music is a beautiful art form that not only teaches discipline and hard work, but also individuality and confidence. I will forever hold my first cello instructor in high esteem for introducing me to the masterpieces of the great composers and teaching me to love music. I did not learn on the Suzuki method, so although I use the Suzuki method in the beginner stages, I prefer a traditional method that incorporates note reading, music theory, and ear training rather than memorization and imitation. I believe that students who are taught to love music will be inspired to work hard, practice, and give music the respect it deserves. Expecting the best from a student requires consistency, persistence, patience, and love. Keeping standards high and expectations clear will help students focus on understanding music and mastering their instrument. Although I am a cellist, I am first and foremost a musician - the cello is simply my tool of choice for translating music. I believe that it is not only important to mold masterful, young cellists, but also to mold intelligent, well-rounded musicians and members of society.
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Mark Stephens March 6, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent and patient teacher. I would recommend her enthusiastically!
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Rebecca Z.

Rebecca Z.

Chicago, IL 60623
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessie M.

Chicago, IL

I've been playing cello with many different types of musicians in many different types of genres including Symphonic music, Rock Music, World Music and Contemporary Noise. Curiosity and exploration of what YOU can and want to do musically is a quality in my students that I love to encourage. We will learn to read notated music, improvise, listen to inspiring artists and tackle and technical and/or theoretical interests as well!

About Jessie

Hello!
My name is Jessie and I am a classically trained cellist who performs with Symphonies, String Quartets, Chamber Music Ensembles and even sometimes Rock Bands!
I have a Bachelors in Cello Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, a Master in Arts from Wesleyan University and am currently wrapping up my PHD at Stanford University. I have 10 years of teaching experience, and have taught all over the United States and in Europe.
I love to play music together with my students in the form of improvisation or chamber music and encourage each of them to bring in any kin
d of music that they are interested in learning more about.
Learning music must be fun! Any levels welcome!
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Jessie M.

Jessie M.

Chicago, IL 60608
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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