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About Kristin S.

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Willowbrook, IL
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I've been teaching Violin for a little over a year now, and my students have made great progress in their bow technique, tone quality, and performance. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play a stronger, more supported sound and as time goes on you'll be able to expand your range beyond what you thought possible. I specialize in working with beginners, focusing on reading music as much as playing skills. Typically, I use the combination of the Suzuki Method book in addition to the Essential Elements violin books. Additionally, I love to work with each student to meet his or her own personal goals. I cannot wait to meet you and get started!

About Kristin
Let's get you started on your musical path! My name is Kristin, and I cannot wait to begin this journey into music with you. I have been teaching private lessons for nearly a decade, and have taught music and choir in the classroom since 2011. I specialize in working with beginners of all ages.

Music has been my passion for my entire life. From singing to playing in band and everything in between, I ultimately achieved my degree in Music Education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top ten of my class from VanderCook College of Music.
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Rachel Urquhart June 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kristin is a great teacher for my daughter! Lenna started lessons at five and had very little attention span, bit Kristin is able to keep her focused through the lesson, and I'm amazed at how far Lenna has come in just six months of lessons.
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Iris W. June 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
So far I like Kristin, I think she is an amazing person and I'm looking forward to my next lesson
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Semaj J. January 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very personable. ..my son did very well with Kristin. Really great teacher.
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Kristin S.

Kristin S.

Willowbrook, IL 60527
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About Tracy B.

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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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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 Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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"Experienced violin teacher of 29 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical violin skills. I specialize in Suzuki , and fiddle Celtic music etc...,

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 str
ongly 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.”

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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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Missy H. September 20, 2017
· Cello · Online
There was a delay of about 10 seconds, but everything else was amazing
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Jackie H. September 13, 2017
· Viola · Online
The audio and video were fuzzy at times, so he did not always know what Kelvin was asking him to do....so that is the missing star. Other than that he enjoyed the lesson very much.
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Ravi August 29, 2017
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Elizabeth B.

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Evanston, IL

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All level of violin 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.

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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 funda
mentals. They will discover the joy of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- small house with music stand, well lit, piano, seating for parents  

*** Specialties ***
Violin
Viola
Traditional
Suzuki
Classical
Fiddling
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Lauri W. March 23, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Bahram January 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
What a great learning experience. I came the first time to her as an adult beginner who has no musical background whatsoever. She is super helpful, very informative, and fun to work with.
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Yvette July 27, 2016
· Viola · In studio
She made me feel comfortable and took me to the lesson plan step by step. As with the homework.
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Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL 60201
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About Christopher C.

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Lisle, IL
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I do not provide any equipment, The student must have adequate equipment.

Violin: Classical

Guitar: Rock, Blues, Metal, and a little Jazz.

Music Theory: from medieval to modern
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Lisle, IL 60532
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$48 / 45-min
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About Emily S.

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Chicago, IL

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I have played violin since I was 6 years old, so it has been a constant source of creativity and inspiration almost my entire life. I have taught private violin lessons to young beginning and intermediate students since I was in high school and beyond. I will help you begin to read music, learn terminology and technique, and create a disciplined practice. Learning violin can be challenging, but is incredibly rewarding and fun!

About Emily
Emily Shankman has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio in Andersonville, at Greenfields Academy in Avondale and online. Emily has helped students learn violin technique and musicality, achieve healthy vocal production and style, learn anatomy, posture and breathing technique, prepare and polish monologues and songs for a variety of different auditions, including college and professional level.

Emily received her training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2013 where she received her MFA in Musical Theater. She also holds her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University. As an expert in her field, Emily looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Emily's teaching style is energetic, warmly supportive, and most importantly, fun! She is passionate
about helping others express themselves and take risks to push their artistic accomplishments to the next level! She looks forward to meeting you!
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Loretta May 7, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Emily truly helps you to get a sense of who you are within your space. She understands that it is about more than just singing and acting, but telling a story. She guides with with a welcoming and warm personality. A delight to work with!
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Justin April 29, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Emily asks the right questions and helps guide you to giving your best and most authentic performance! Very knowledgable and a great teacher!
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Emily S.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Martina S.

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I love playing and teaching violin and can't wait to share my passion with you!

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.

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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.

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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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MacKenzie April 5, 2017
· Violin · Online
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MacKenzie Stokes August 3, 2016
· Violin · Online
Martina is very skilled at what she does, and she is an amazing teacher. She pointed out all of my strengths and weaknesses at the first lesson, and she always teaches at my pace and not her own, giving me the opportunity to completely learn something before moving on to more difficult things. She is overall a very friendly person who you will feel incredibly comfortable to be around, and she always does the best job that she can to teach me every single lesson. I look forward to our lessons every week, and I am simply amazed by how much I am progressing under her guidance.
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Dr. K. May 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
Martina is flexible enough to adjust to a student's needs. She is knowledgeable, paces at the student's rate, and offers good pointers for better playing. I am an older student, and Martina is able to relate to my needs while teaching me helpful tips each lesson.
Dr. Judy Koenigsberg
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Martina S.

Martina S.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$33 / 30-min

About Sage E.

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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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Fox River Grove, IL 60021
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$40 / 30-min

About Ada I.

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Violin lessons for all ages and levels are structured to accommodate the students' personal goals and ambitions. From learning familiar tunes in easy violin arrangements to exploring the most complex compositions of the world music literature. From learning music notation, terminology, basic technique to polishing you existing skills. Participate in the studio recitals, local and state competitions. Young beginners will enjoy friendly and nourishing atmosphere and will keep the interest in music

About Ada
Mrs. Ada Ignatov received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Teaching from the Music College at Moscow State Conservatory.

She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Music Performance and Teaching from the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music.

Mrs. Ignatov has experience performing, teaching and conducting at various music schools and orchestras in Moscow and in the Chicago area. This includes positions at the Suzuki Academy in Chicago, Village Music Guild of Chicago, Walther Lutheran High School, Little Lambs Scholastic Academy in Chicago and Creative World Montessori School in LaGrange. Mrs. Ignatov is a member of the Illinois Music Association. She currently owns a music studio where she teaches private lessons in piano and stringed instruments.
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Erin June 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ada is wonderful! I took lessons with her for a while and I thought her teaching style was great. I felt like I learned a lot from her in a short time. I had to quit piano for a while as I'm too busy but when my kids get older I want to start up with her again. Currently my 5 year old daughter takes piano from her and loves her. Ada is a great combination of very kind, but also disciplined. My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Ada every week! I would recommend her highly!
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Natercia June 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My son has been taking lessons from Mrs Ada for two years. We really appreciate how she helps him excel and inspires him to do a piece well. He has also enjoyed the many opportunities to perform publicly. I would recommend Mrs Ada.
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Michelle June 1, 2016
· Viola · In studio
My daughter is 14yr old and is passionate about music. Finding Mrs. Ignatov has been a blessing. In the past year and a half, my daughter's technique (bowing, phrasing, intonation) has improved vastly under her instruction.
She cares about her students and wants them to achieve their goals/dreams. My daughter made the CYSO's Philharmonic Orchestra in her first year of auditioning, all thanks to the guidance of Mrs. Ignatov and her attentiveness to details!
If you or your child love music and wish to achieve your full potential, Mrs. Ignatov will help you get there.
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La Grange, IL 60525
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About Hannah C.

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Students can expect to work on foundational skills with scales, right hand and left hand exercises, and a variety of technical studies in addition to repertoire study that will be selected based on the students needs and ability levels.

About Hannah
I'm a violin teacher comfortable working with beginners to advanced students. My students have gotten into summer festivals, prepared for local competitions, and worked on a variety of repertoire. My teaching is based around a good technical foundation and incorporates scale practice, right hand and left hand exercises, and etudes along with repertoire that suits the student. I am comfortable teaching Suzuki Books I-IV but am not a certified Suzuki instructor and always supplement the repertoire and technique practice.

At home practice is paramount to efficient and valuable lessons. For younger students I expect that they practice once per day for an equivalent amount of time as the duration of our lesson, while older students should practice more based on their goals and repertoire demands.

Rates:
$30/half hour
$60/hour


My education:
BA, BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory
MM from Northwestern University (graduating Spring 2017)
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Hannah C.

Hannah C.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$35 / 30-min

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