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Homewood, IL

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Getting set up with fundamentals of drawing a good sound with a bow is important for any string player, and I would be happy to help you with technique and sight reading for your school orchestra program!

About Mathew
Currently residing in Homewood, IL to play downtown with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, I am looking to continue my passion of teaching in this exciting new city. My wife and I have relocated from Bloomington Indiana, where I was an Associate Instructor for the Jacobs School of Music. I have always enjoyed learning new instruments to get new musical perspectives; I have studied String Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums/Percussion,
and even the Viol de Gamba (Google it!).
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Sally W. June 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Matt is an excellent guitar teacher. I highly recommend him.

Matt has been teaching guitar to my 12 year old son for several months now. My sons' guitar playing has improved greatly since his lessons with Matt. He's playing with a lot more confidence, thanks to Matt's influence.

Matt is always on time and has a wonderful way with people. My son feels very comfortable with him. They collaborate on songs together and it is important to Matt that Jude be engaged in his guitar practice.

We're thrilled with Matt and I highly recommend him as a teacher.
Any aspiring guitar player would be lucky to have Matt as a teacher!
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Mathew B.

Mathew B.

Homewood, IL 60430
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About Andrew B.

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Chicago, IL

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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 began playing cello in the public school system. 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 a diverse array of artists, including Andres Diaz, Bernard Greenhouse, Phillipe Muller, and Menahem Pressler, as well as the St. Lawrence, Orion, and Brentano String Quartets.

Andrew has played with the Illinois Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, and Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the Chicago area.

Andrew recently completed his Book 1 Suzuki Method teacher certification with Barbara Wampner at the Chicago S
uzuki Institute, where he had the privilege of observing and learning from a diverse group of students and teachers.

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
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
Extremely patient
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Maggie C. February 1, 2016
· Cello · In studio
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
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About Tracy B.

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Berwyn, IL
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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.

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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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Frank I. January 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great so far!!!
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Naomi T. January 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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Dave M. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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Tracy B.

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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About Sarah H.

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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 maintains an active orchestral performing career, and is a sought-after chamber musician and soloist. 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 enjoys teaching cello to students of all ages and levels and is dedicated to helping each student explore their unique interests in studying music.
Sarah 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 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. She performs regularly with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Quad City Symphony, and Chicago Composer's Orchestra. Outside of
her orchestral career, Sarah plays with the Bradley University faculty chamber ensemble, Peoria Lunaire. She regularly presents solo recitals and concerts throughout the year, 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 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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Eileen L. April 21, 2017
· Cello · In home
Sarah is an excellent cello instructor. I have been taking lessons from her for just over two years. Besides having a keen ear, she is able to explain new concepts in a way that makes it easier for a new student to learn. She is also patient, and understands that learning comes over time with plenty of practice and guidance. Learning the cello with Sarah has been a very positive experience.
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Qurrat J. January 29, 2016
· Swimming · In home
Sarah was very effective in our first lesson. My swimming technique improved right away.
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Craig Ludington November 28, 2015
· Cello · In home
(Writing a second review after six months of lessons.)

I take notes while practicing so I'll remember the trouble spots and bring them up during the lesson. Sarah is pretty analytical and she gets to the root cause and tells me exactly what to practice to solve the problem. At the end of every lesson I've got more tools to work with so the next week's practice is focused and effective.

I'm really happy about having Sarah as a teacher.

By the way, I love this story:

The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. "Because I think I'm making progress," he replied.
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Sarah H.

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Chicago, IL 60625
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About Sage E.

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Fox River Grove, IL

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It is important for me to teach the building blocks of music: scales, circle of fifths, and working with technique to make learning pieces easier. We will teach you about the parts of your instrument inside and out and even stretching methods to help keep you limber to prevent any injury. I teach not only classical music, but also jazz, rock, and contemporary. Keeping my students engaged and passionate about what they are learning is key.

About Sage
As a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, I attended the most prestigious contemporary music school in the world. I was exposed to so many amazing styles of music and rubbed shoulders with the most incredible musicians you can imagine (and performed alongside them)! I have taken my experiences and knowledge from Berklee and infused it into my teaching style. I do use Suzuki method because I believe it is an excellent foundation to work upon, but I also think that jazz and contemporary studies are a great way to expand one's horizon and learn about music in an entirely new and fun way!
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Christian August 8, 2017
· Cello ·
Just had my first cello lesson with Sage, considering all there is to learn, I felt very encouraged. Her calm teaching style helped me to get past my initial anxiety.
Looking forward to my next lessons!
Thanks!
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Mark June 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brit (Sage) was terrific! She really helped me identify some areas to work on that I hadn't thought of before. My playing has definitely improved.

I would recommend her.
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Mark May 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I like that Brit wrote down my assignments and specific things to work on before my next lesson. That's a great help for me.
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Sage E.

Fox River Grove, IL 60021
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About Michelle D.

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I teach music with a fun, comprehensive approach. I make basic concepts in music fun. I love music, and I keep it interesting and helpful. I set up a good foundation for technique. I am encouraging and patient with students. I explain anything my students don't understand.

About Michelle
I am a cello performance major at DePaul University. I have played cello for 12 years, and I want to share my wealth of knowledge with the next generation of musicians now. I love teaching beginning and intermediate students on cello because I love my instrument very much and I love the energy new students bring to lessons. I teach the basics and essentials of music and musicianship, working with a variety of approaches that will build my students' foundations for years to come. I am patient and understanding. There is expression, emotion, and intellect put into playing the cello, which I will share with my students as they progress.
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Melissa R. October 24, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Get class, Michelle is very patient and loves teaching others
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fred May 28, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Michelle taught our daughter for about a year. She was always well prepared and very professional. She was able to work with our daughter on the specific areas needed, and gave her appropriate homework.

We would recommend her to anyone looking for private lessons.
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Chicago, IL 60614
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About George T.

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Chicago, IL

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Experienced teacher to cello students of all ages! I believe that creating good musicians is creating good people, and through learning the cello we can create a lifelong friend in our instruments. In my teaching I like to create a solid technical foundation, using the body naturally so that making music is a fun and stress-free experience. For the past 4 years I have been teaching using the Suzuki method, which stresses the important motto of "Every Child Can!"

About George
Experienced performer and teacher living in the Chicago area. I've taught students of all ages in both private and group settings, and utilize Suzuki and traditional methods to help you meet your musical goals. In your lesson you can expect to gain: a technical knowledge of how to play the cello in a relaxed way, music theory concepts as they apply to cello, step-by-step instruction to help you learn to play the kinds of music that you enjoy, and a dedicated teacher passionate about helping you learn!
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Jackson May 14, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Took lessons from George for two years! Helped me learn quickly and is a great guy to be around
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George T.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Cassidy M.

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I cater lessons to the individual. Is there a certain piece that you'd like to learn? I am interested in learning your interests when picking out repertoire. At the same time, I will emphasize a strong technical foundation to make it easier to learn repertoire, both solo and orchestral.

About Cassidy
I am currently a music major at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts studying under members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I have played in Symphonies, such as Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra as a Fellow, and I have performed across Italy on a tour. I have been teaching the cello for 5 years with students ranging in age from 8-adult. I have much experience in audition preparation, as my students have always auditioned and made the advanced orchestras in school. As music is a passion of mine, I strive to instill that same joy in my students!
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Naperville, IL 60563
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About Nathan L.

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Students can expect to improve their intonation, technique, and sound quality from my instructions. For beginners, I can work through the famous Suzuki books. For more advanced students, I'm happy to work on more difficult, advanced concepts. I have studied with Anthony Kitai, Brinton Smith, Lachezar Kostov, Michael Mermagen, Hans Jensen, Vagram Saradjian, and Misha Quint.

About Nathan
Current student at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. I have experience in cello performance, piano performance, orchestral music, and chamber music. I have studied with various prestigious music instructors and attended various music festivals, including the Interharmony Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Aspen School of Music.
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Nathan L.

Nathan L.

Evanston, IL 60208
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About Clara S.

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I have been playing cello for 13 years, for the first 9 years in private lessons with a Julliard-trained cellist. I have served as principal cellist of Purdue University Philharmonic Orchestra (the highest level orchestra), and I have also played abroad in Europe with the Zurich Community Orchestra, performing in the Zurich Tonhalle Concert Hall (the largest concert hall in Zurich). I have extensive understanding of the cello. I can tutor students from the basics of holding a cello to the major concertos for cellos. I love the cello, and classical music in general, and I would love to pass on this passion to any student interested in playing beautiful music!

About Clara
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My name is Clara. I am currently a second year medical student at Northwestern University. I graduated from Purdue University with honors majoring in Biology, minoring in Chemistry. I have experiencing teaching in many subjects, including Korean, Biology, Chemistry, SAT, MCAT prep, and Cello. Please contact me for any questions. I would be happy to talk.

Beyond my academics, I have also played cello for 14 years, and I have experience playing solo, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and in weddings. I have trained with a Julliard-trained cellist, and I have played in both my University Orchestra as principal cellist as well as in Europe alongside professional musicians with the Zurich Community Orchestra. Classical music and cello has always been a big part of my life and I would be happy to pass on this love for music to anyone
who wants to learn about cello.

Feel free to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Clara S.

Clara S.

Chicago, IL 60611
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$20 / 30-min

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