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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. hails from Oklahoma, where he began playing cello in the public school system at the age of 11. He earned his Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, at Arizona State University, where he studied with Thomas Landschoot, and earned 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, among others as well as the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano String Quartets.

Andrew is acti
ve as a freelance musician in the Chicago area and is a founding member of the cello quartet, Project85.
Andrew is 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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Julia S. July 24, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Very kind and gentle, yet practical and helpful teacher
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Katherine M. November 6, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Andrew is very punctual and flexible with his time. Very helpful with maintaining ones cello and has a good eye for maintaining good technique and explaining why good techniques make better sound. Overall an excellent experience.
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Dolores H. September 20, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew is a really patient teacher and fun to work with! He has a keen eye for proper technique and stresses the importance of a solid foundation.
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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

Chicago, IL 60640
(5)
starting at
$22.50 / 30-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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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
(7)
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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Jeremy kochman August 11, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kelvin is the best instructor for music that i have ever had. he is very nice and welcoming for any student.
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Austin July 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son had a great first lesson. We are excited for next week.
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Holly Mills July 21, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kelvin is a very good teacher always trying to meet students where they are.
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(47)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Caitlin

I am a life-long musician and active performer that moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015 from Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. As I build a studio here in SLC I am excited to share my love of cello and piano and my commitment to making music fun as I work to buil
d students into life-long musicians.

My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Upon arriving in Chicago in 2010, I served as Principal Cellist with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and took gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. I recently completed a set of improvisatory sketches for amplified cello and loop station that integrate classical techniques with rhythmic and percussive elements. In addition to building a private studio I was the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. (Lincoln Square) and Ortegan School of Music (Ravenswood).

I am also a percussionist with Salt Lake's own Samba Fogo, an afro-Brazilian inspired percussion ensemble. I have study Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method. Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.

I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces

While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.

I also focus on teaching my students how to practice EFFICIENTLY. We want to get the most improvement with the least amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice and recording space at The Sound Space in Chicago, IL

Basic instrumental recording and mixing equipment to record audition CDs for summer programs, festivals, or college auditions.

Experience with extended cello techniques and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen: a reliable and roomy car that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!

I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.
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Wanying W. April 9, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I took some in-home lessons. Caitlin is an excellent teacher! She always came up with effective ways to help me with my problem areas. I so agree with a review above--she made learning cello so approachable!
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Magdalena B. November 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is a wonderful teacher. My daughter is always excited about the classes. She is very well organized and has a great lesson plan for young children. She is very patient and I highly recommend her.
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Teresa Z. October 13, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Caitlin is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher. She is always ready with a variety of methods, exercises and suggestions that make learning cello fun and approachable. I give her an A+ and would recommend her for other adult learners.
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Caitlin A.

Caitlin A.

Chicago, IL 60612
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah H.

Chicago, IL

Learn to play the cello with private lessons from an experienced teacher and performer. Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance from The Hartt School of Music and recently her Master of Music degree at DePaul University. She is currently a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and an active performer in the Chicago area. Sarah has several years of private teaching experience with students of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds.

About Sarah

Sarah H. is a young and upcoming classical cellist based in Chicago. She began her musical studies in her hometown of Cincinnati, starting the piano at age 8 and just a year later picking up the cello. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from The Hartt School of Music and recently completed her Master’s degree from DePaul University’s School of Music. Her primary teachers include Stephen Balderston, Mihai Tetel, and Tom Guth.
Sarah is an active performer, playing with orchestras throughout the city of Chicago and around the country. In addition to being a member of the Peo
ria Symphony Orchestra, she has recently performed with the Illinois Symphony, the Quad City Symphony, the American Chamber Opera Orchestra, and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. Sarah has also excelled as a chamber music and soloist. In 2009, she was the only string player to chosen to perform in the finals of the prestigious Van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence, and in 2013 she was appointed as the cellist for the Blue Lake Staff String Quartet. Sarah is also a founding member of Project 85, Chicago’s Cello Quartet.
Sarah is passionate about music education. She is a dedicated teacher, working with students of all ages and ability levels. In addition to maintaining a private studio; Sarah regularly gives educational recitals and concerts, hoping to provide members of community an opportunity to make a connection with music and the performers that create it.
Outside of performing and teaching, Sarah is a devoted advocate for musicians’ health. She completed the Chicago Marathon in October of 2013 as a member of the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation Team and is working towards her ACE Personal Trainer Certification. She hopes to combine her expertise in music and physical fitness to help performers foster long, successful careers.
Check out Sarah's contribution to the TakeLessons teacher's blog on injury prevention:
http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-guide-injury-prevention
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Craig Ludington May 28, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Today was my first cello lesson and I feel very good about Sarah as a teacher. It was pretty basic -- how to sit, how to hold the cello and bow, fundamentals.

Sarah explained things like posture and hand position in terms of anatomy, and she's studied that as well as music, so it made a lot of sense.

Good teachers seem to have a knack for spotting anything you're doing right and pointing it out, and Sarah's got that. I'm looking forward to the next lesson.
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Sarah H.

Sarah H.

Chicago, IL 60614
(1)
starting at
$40 / 45-min

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