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About Derrick M.

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Naperville, IL
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About Derrick
Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.

Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music styles ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to Chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importa
ntly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and iPod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.

Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.
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Mikhail C. June 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was able to play a little right away, which made it more fun for him.
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Mike A. February 23, 2014
· Drum ·
Great teacher!

Great with my daughter (age 7). She looks forward to her lesson every week, and is learning rapidly. He has great patience and has gotten to know my daughter and listens to her feedback while at the same time offering encouraging instruction.
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Shirley L. December 29, 2013
· Drum ·
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My daughter had been taking private drum lesson for years before she started with Derrick. At the first lesson, Derrick told her how important it was to feel the music, other than just working on technique. That was exactly what she needed to work on. Derrick has a broad experience with playing different type of music. He likes to show her how to play, which helps her understand right away. He is very nice and patient. He is flexible and reliable in terms of lesson schedules. He uses lots of references, songs and exercises in his teaching. Now, my daughter enjoys her lessons and practices a lot more.
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Derrick M.

Derrick M.

Naperville, IL 60565
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About Sarah W.

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Chicago, IL
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About Sarah
First of all, thank you for taking a look at my profile! I know you probably have a lot of teachers to choose from on this fabulous website. Here are a few reasons why you should study with me!

1) My experience as a teacher: I have been teaching both privately and at music schools for over 6 years. I have experience teaching private voice lessons and conducting choirs.

2) My experience as a performer: I currently sing and perform in the Chicago area. I know how to prepare you for auditions and performances because I myself am performing and auditioning.

3) My students: Several of my students can be seen singing in choirs or performing leading roles theaters in the Chicago area and are represented by talent agencies such as Gray Talent Group. Also, just this past year, I helped one of my students gain acceptance to ChiArts, a p
erforming arts school that only accepts 10% of its applicants.

4) I make it fun! Here is a quote from one of my reviews:
“Exactly what anyone would need to gain knowledge about the mechanics of singing and she makes it fun, too”

It is my goal to help every one of my students:

1) develop a healthy singing technique that will bring longevity to your career or hobby.

2) learn music efficiently and independently.

3) develop good practice habits.

4) learn basic ear training/sight singing.

If that sounds like something you would like to learn, click the green button on my profile to book lessons with me. If you are not quite ready to book, feel free to ask me a question.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
I've been studying voice for 10 years and teaching consistently for over 6 years. I received my M.M. from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and my B.M. from Wheaton College. Since graduating in 2013, I have been working and performing in the Chicagoland area. Some performance highlights include but are not limited to performing with Light Opera Works, CCPA's production of the Chicago Premier of Daron Hagen's Amelia, and performing with the Grant Park Chorus.

I look forward to working with you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books. I expect my student to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in operatic singing. I received my training in opera; however, I also have training and performance experience in musical theater. I believe I am well equipped in several genres.
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Alexandra M. January 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Sarah has been by far the best singing teacher I have every had. She is very knowledgeable and is quick to determine what you are doing wrong and very helpful in helping you improve. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Jingyao October 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
It was great! Good start!
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Vaidotas July 31, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Highly professional. Great experience!
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Chicago, IL 60660
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$30 / 30-min

About Amanda P.

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Chicago, IL
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About Amanda
Amanda's melodic voice can be described as angelic, transforming and powerful. Since the age of 4, she enjoyed singing in programs and choirs and since then monthly conducted a 27 voice/ 60 piece orchestra, studied and performed jazz, opera, pop, spirituals, gospel and more. Amanda has sung for several artists, including R&B and Broadway sensation Heather Headley, Multi-GMA Dove Winner and Grammy Nominated Natalie Grant and rising gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds, to name a few.

As a paid songwriter, some of Amandas' vocal and musical influences are Whitney Houston, Ce Ce Winans, Lauryn Hill, John Mayer, The Beatles, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Eta James, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, and David Foster. “Their music is rich, timeless, full of details and has often had a beneficial purpose to it,” she says.

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nature sound has been featured in numerous media outlets such as WGNews, Time Out Magazine, Jet/ Essence, NBC Chicago, Suntimes, and Rolling Out Magazine.

"As a rule, I teach to help a person find "their voice"- it's when timbre meets technique, skill marries sound and a person is free to execute their gift well...consistently!!!"
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“Amanda …I think your amazing… the total package.”
Susanna Negovan, Michigan Avenue Magazine

“I think you blew everybody away. You nailed every one of those notes and not an easy song to do. You look great, sound great. Congratulations!”
David Viggiano, Entertainment Reporter

“ [Vocally]…you set the bar!”
Vince Lawrence, Slang Music Group

“{Ms. Amanda} is magnetic and inspiring. She is definitely one to watch ... She is It and has It."
Deborah Olivia Brown, NBC5 Chicago

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Our time together always start with an orientation. We talk, learn expectations and most importantly I hear where you're at and then lay out a plan to get you where you say you want to go. Our space and time together is safe, intentional and productive. We will have a BLAST mainly because I'm hilarious but primarily because I guarantee visible, measurable results and there is nothing more fun then seeing yourself do well in an area you love. Currently, I am mainly accepting students interested in the flex plan.

I truly look forward to meeting you.

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I provide a depth of knowledge, piano, some online material and book references. Students provide a good attitude, sometimes the internet, notepad, and digital recorder.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, CCM, Gospel, Classical, Broadway/Cabaret, Pop, Ballad.
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Taylor E. July 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
The lesson was great, but it was for my daughter Taylor.
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Jackie January 20, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
She is inspiring and excellent and what she does and his she explains how things with songwriting should work.
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Jacqueline January 16, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
great motivator enthusiastic and I am leaning a great deal abut songwriting. I loving it Jackie W. Chicago
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Amanda P.

Amanda P.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Sarah P.

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Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music a
nd why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
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Maxwell M. August 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Max is 3 years old boy who doesn't talk yet. He was shy at the beginning but teacher was very positive, supportive during the class. After the class at the car Max wanted to go back. :)
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Delila D. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Granddaughter liked her first lesson
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Brian P. October 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good teacher.
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Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL 60586
(15)
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$27 / 30-min

About Sean S.

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Woodstock, IL
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About Sean
My name is Sean S., guitarist of Sean and Karen. I have been teaching guitar for over 23 years. During this time I have had hundreds of students, many who have gone on to successful careers in their own right.

I have played and recorded with many amazing musicians including Dean Bernardini of Chevelle.

The bottom line is music is my life. I love teaching and have never met a student that I didn't, or wasn't able to connect to.

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Private guitar lessons, are you interested in learning how to play the guitar? Do you want to have fun and learn to play the music that you enjoy while doing so? What if I told you that not only is this possible, but that you could do so in the comfort of your own home?
My name is Sean S, guitarist of Sean and Karen. I have been teaching guitar for over 25 years. During this time I ha
ve had hundreds of students, many who have gone on to successful careers in their own right.
My philosophy is simple. I believe that anyone can learn to play and instrument if they have the right teacher. The right teacher is one who inspires and encourages the student not belittles or discourages. Because if it’s not fun why do it right? So go on, now is the time to try something that you've always wanted to try. Let’s rock!

*** Specialties ***
* Ability to play and teach all styles of music.

* Accomplished songwriter.

* Can teach beginners through advanced students.
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Jennie L. February 19, 2014
· Guitar ·
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My husband, friend, and I are taking guitar lessons with Sean. At our first lesson, we were all pretty nervous and worried it would be difficult, or we wouldn’t be able to pick it up quickly; however, Sean was extremely patient with us and walked us through the basics effortlessly. His teaching style is motivating, fun, and inspirational. We look forward to many more lessons with Sean!
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Sean S.

Sean S.

Woodstock, IL 60098
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About Paulette L.

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Streamwood, IL

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About Paulette
Hello!

My name is Paulette L., and I am a recent graduate of Elmhurst College, which is located in the nearby suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois. In May, I earned my Bachelor's in Music Business along with minors in Communications and Spanish.

Music has played a significant role in my life since I began studying piano at the age of 5, and it continued to play this significant role after I began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. After about 7 years of piano studies and 2 years of guitar studies, I decided to take a small break from my overall music studies and instead place my focus on my academics and additional extracurricular activities. Shortly after beginning high school, however, I started up my guitar studies again through my involvement in my Parish'€™s Young Adult Choir/Band. Shortly afterwards, during my sophomo
re year of high school to be precise, I was walking by the piano in the living room of my house and felt a small tug to sit down and try to plunk out a few measures of a slightly familiar song; ever since then, I have not been quite able to stop wanting to keep learning!

Throughout the four years I studied and enhanced my skills at Elmhurst College, I took private lessons for Piano, Classical Guitar, and Voice, and I have completed four levels of Music Theory. I am organized, hard~working, detail~oriented, accustomed to working with people of a variety of age groups and learning preferences, sociable, adaptable, easy to get along with, fair, creative, pro~active, and proficient in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact TakeLessons and I wish you the best in your future music studies!

Paulette L.
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Emma February 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very energetic and sweet! I know that my daughter will benefit and learn a lot from Paulette.
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Evana G. October 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ms Paulette is a wonderful teacher. My 6 year old was very comfortable with her and is now very excited for her next music lesson. Thanks!
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Dylan L. June 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Paulette is a phenomenal teacher. She's been very patient and tried different approaches with my 5 year old son and that has worked very well for Dylan (including him telling her the names of dinosaurs and cars characters he has and quizzing her on it :)) I hoped that at the end of the first 5 lessons Dylan would have an appreciation for and want to learn piano and thanks to Paulette, he not only wants to learn but also is excited about it and teaches his dad what he learns. I am so happy with this that I just bought and additional 12 lessons! I would recommend Paulette to anyone looking to learn to play the piano!!
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Paulette L.

Paulette L.

Streamwood, IL 60107
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$25 / 30-min

About Benjamin P.

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Chicago, IL

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Ben is a experienced and versatile trombonist and music educator based in Chicago, IL. Ben holds a Master of Music in jazz studies from DePaul University (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. As a freelance musician, Ben has played in a variety of musical settings, including small and large jazz ensembles, salsa bands, orchestras, wind ensembles, wedding and corporate event ensembles, and musical theater productions. Ben has traveled to over 30 countries playing music aboard cruise ships and has recorded on Atlantic Records for a major hip-hop artist.

As an educator, Ben strives to inspire his students to improve as musicians while emphasizing the importance of having fun and cultivating a life long appreciation of music.

Ben brings professional musical experie
nce and a commitment to ensuring his students have fun while learning and improving. Ben is available to teach lessons in trombone, jazz improvisation, beginning piano, and music theory.
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DD June 29, 2018
· Trombone · In home
My rising high school senior has been fortunate to have had lessons from Ben Pederson for the past year. He has taught him so much beyond what he has been learning in school. My son looks forward to his lessons, and has taken his trombone playing to whole other level. As requested, Ben has been focusing on jazz trombone with my son. It is a real joy to hear the two of them playing, and to hear my son speak so excitedly about what he has been learning with Ben. I'd give six stars if I could!
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Martina June 28, 2018
· Trombone · In home
My 11 year old son has studied with Ben for two years and he absolutely loves his teacher. Ben is patient and encouraging. He is a talented musician and very enthusiastic about music which leads to very engaging lessons! My son was able to play in the Chicago Youth Debut Orchestra but we needed Ben EVERY step of the way for his fantastic support.
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Nicole June 28, 2018
· Trombone · In home
We were lucky enough to be introduced to Mr. Ben through a family friend. Our 11 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Mr. Ben for approximately two years and loves her lessons. We definitely appreciate his patience with her and love that he has cultivated our daughter's love for music. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Ben to any other family or student looking for an experienced and wonderful teacher!
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Benjamin P.

Benjamin P.

Chicago, IL 60660
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$35 / 30-min

About Joshua D.

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Chicago, IL

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Hello Potential Students!

I pride myself in being able to break down difficult skills into basic steps that anyone can master. The hard part is knowing how to break down those skills, but you can leave that part to me!

I've taught music and piano for a number of years, and also tutor students in difficult high school subjects such as match and physics. I have a degree in astrophysics from the University of Maryland, and now work as a patent attorney where I work to break down and detail difficult cutting-edge technologies for the public.

Outside of work, I really enjoy making and teaching music as well to people of all ages. I've specialized in jazz piano, but also really enjoy playing modern pop/rock. Students I teach piano to learn how to not just play their favorite songs, but also how to break them down and understand h
ow they were put together. This enables students to learn how to learn, and if they dare, to start making music of their own.

See you in the classroom!
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Michael N. May 13, 2018
· Piano · Online
Josh has been great with our 12 yr son. First time doing online lessons so I was skeptical but He has always been prepared for every lesson and every lesson has been very productive
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Nadiv January 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
I took lessons from Joshua for three months while my normal piano teacher was on vacation for the summer. In those months, my skills improved tremendously, leaving my teacher in awe of how much I improved during his hiatus. Josh worked with me on developing my technical skills and knowledge of music theory and was incredibly successful in helping me build on my previous skills. Joshua was understanding and patient as a teacher, helping me as I struggled through challenging pieces and encouraging me to continue practicing and not give up. Overall, Josh was a great teacher and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a piano teacher!
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Ben January 23, 2018
· Piano · Online
Josh is a really great teacher - he has a structured plan he follows, he answers questions well, he cares about your goals, he is patient, and he's pretty funny too! I've been progressing faster than I imagined through weekly sessions with Josh and always can't wait for the next one!
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Joshua D.

Chicago, IL 60657
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About Kim B.

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Kim Busic is a violinist, violist, cellist, and educator from Libertyville, Illinois. She holds a BM in Music Performance, cum laude, from Butler University. At Butler, she studied violin under Larry Shapiro as well as viola with Richard Auldon Clark and cello with Dr. William Grubb. She recently completed her MM in Violin Performance from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, studying violin under Sharan Leventhal. She has performed throughout the United States, Italy, Slovenia, and Austria in orchestra and chamber groups. An avid educator, she has taught private, group, and orchestra classes with students ranging in age 5-adult.
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Kim B.

Libertyville, IL 60048
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About Aviva C.

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I am a professional violinist and teacher with 20 years of playing, and almost 10 years of teaching experience. This July, I received my Master's degree in violin performance from the Royal College of Music, the #1 music conservatory in Europe and the UK.

I teach violin because it is my passion, because I love music, and because of the joy, confidence, and positive motivation my students experience over the course of their lessons. Every student is unique, and my approach tailors to the needs, questions, and interests of my students. Together, we develop strong technique, healthy posture and hand positions, a great understanding of music theory, quick note-reading and sight-reading skills, and a variety of tools to play beautifully and expressively.

In addition to my education, my teaching draws on extensive experience in orchestr
as, chamber groups, and as a soloist, across many U.S. states and abroad. I was assistant concertmaster of the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London, won state and national competitions in chamber music, and performed for live broadcast on Chicago's classical radio 98.7 WFMT as well as National Public Radio's program, "From the Top."
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Anne August 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
Aviva's lessons were fun and motivating for my son who started learning violin with her. She gave him the taste for music and violin. She interacts with children beautifully, motivates them and makes it really enjoyable for them!
We are sad she left London. Would highly recommand her!
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Aviva C.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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