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About Farobag C.

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Orland Park, IL

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Suzuki pedagogy employed for beginners

About Farobag
Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.

A double graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Devel
opment Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.

Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.

Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.

Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !

Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.

A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.

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Karen P. March 17, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Excellent instructor. Our daughter felt comfortable right away. He is very patient and she learned a lot. Highly recommend.
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Ryan September 29, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I've been playing a few instruments for 23 years, and finally decided to get into violin. Farobag made me realize that I know next to nothing about the violin, and there is so much to learn. I played only a few notes in my first lesson, but his instruction was worth every penny. I am very excited for the next lesson and look forward to learning everything I can from Farobag. Highly recommended.
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Ganesh V. September 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. Cooper is an experienced teacher. He teaches piano, violin & vocal from basic to advance level. My son has been taking piano classes from him for the past 3+ years. He loves to go to Mr. Cooper's classes. The foremost quality in Mr. Cooper is that he seeks perfection and tries to imbibe the same in his students. He encourages all his students to perform their best and is extremely patient in dealing with his students. Mr. Cooper lets me sit in my son's lessons and I got my 101 on classical music with these sessons. I can appreciate what my son plays and also now able to appreciate classical music in general.
Mr. Cooper encourages all his students to participate in IMA annual contests and puts a lot of effort in preparing his students for the same.
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Farobag C.

Farobag C.

Orland Park, IL 60467
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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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$30 / 30-min

About Emily S.

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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 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 themse
lves and take risks to push their artistic accomplishments to the next level! She looks forward to meeting you!
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Travis January 7, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Emily is a phenomenal instructor. Patient, well versed in just about any musical style, Emily's lessons brought my voice from virtually unlistanable to where I wanted to be, a confident, on key singer.
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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 Marija B.

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Ever wanted to learn to play violin/viola well? Without making scratchy noises?

Welcome to my music studio where your violin playing will become vibrant and exciting! I have been a Violin teacher for more than 20 years and I have had a great success with my students. Many of them have won the prestigious awards and college degrees. I have prepared them for the competition, auditions, and concerts on high-end stages. My students play with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. What makes my studio so successful is that I tailor my method individually to each student's needs, rather than "one approach fits all". I work a lot on proper student's set-up and posture, then technique and musicality. I firmly believe every student should be a well-rounded musician so part of my curriculum and lesson plans include a strong understanding of music theory and sight reading, just to name a few.

Looking forward to meeting you and having fun playing!

About Marija
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Marija began studying violin at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, in addition to violin, Marija started playing the viola. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1993. During these studies, she played in a chamber ensemble Artisti Dell Arco, Belgrade, where she performed on numerous European stages as well as live Radio and TV broadcasts. The ensemble performed the pieces of Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Corelli, Torelli, and Respighi. She also performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of Novi Sad where she played a standard orchestra repertoire of classical and contemporary composers.

After receiving a scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL,I earned her Masters in Music from RU Chicago College of Performing Arts in 1997. Her principal tea
chers include Richard Ferrin, Viola (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Uroš Pešić and Mihajlo Mihajlović.

Marija is a Chicago-based freelance violinist and violist with various chamber ensembles and orchestras performing classical, jazz and pop music. She also performs in Europe and takes participation at Summer Festivals in Serbia and Italy.

She is on a Faculty at Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago as a violin and viola teacher. She is also the artistic director of the string teaching program MB Muzik and Violin Conservatory, where she offers online violin tutorials.
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Marija B.

Marija B.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$50 / 30-min

About Dan P.

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Des Plaines, IL

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Suzuki Method

About Dan
I am a member of the Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I have been instructing students from kindergarten to high-school all over Chicago area for the past thirteen years. My highest accomplishment is having a high-school sophomore student playing first chair first violin on Chamber Orchestra and third chair first violin in Symphonic Orchestra at Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, Illinois. Other accomplishments are having students prepared for Granquist Memorial Music Competition, Geneva Illinois.

My lessons are always focused on adapting the violin practice to fit the character of the individual student. Besides learning good violin performance practices, the student will shape up character by developing strengthening the brain which will help in development of overall cognitive activity.

Learning to play violin not only
opens the mind for greater understanding of artistic expressions but also adds to the quality of experiencing life more complex otherwise not possible in absence of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are based on the Suzuki school but adapted for the preferences and/or necessities of the student.

- Warm up exercises
- Quizzing student about difficulties met during practicing in the period between the lessons.
- Assessing the approach of addressing the difficulties while preforming the musical piece under study.
- Explaining how to fix problems and how to approach daily violin practice.
- Musical notions, musical theory.
- Musical notation reading/ Ear development exercises.
- Recap and assignments for next lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Violin, computer, microphones, keyboard, audio interface, speakers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car

*** Specialties ***
Violin teaching.
Audio recording and editing.
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Izaki July 31, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Dan is a fantastic teacher! I studied with him when I was younger and returned after 13 years or so. He is very flexible and will tailor the lesson to your individual needs. Dan is also very perceptive and thorough in his approach, which really helps fine tune your playing. Highly recommend!
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Jessica July 10, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Dan puts a big emphasis on technique and it will likely make for a better player in the long run. Lessons have lots of examples and he checks for understanding frequently.
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Declan April 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Thank you Dan, so happy with my lessons with you...
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Dan P.

Des Plaines, IL 60016
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About Javier O.

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In my 10+ years of teaching violin to hundreds of students, I've always believed in nurturing a love for playing the instrument and that the best practicing stems from passion and playfulness. Before moving to Chicago, I kept a full teaching studio in Santa Monica, CA and helped start several youth music programs. I approach all levels with a hybrid of traditional and modern methods and an emphasis on technical proficiency through improvisation and creativity.

About Javier
For over 10 years, I've taught violin to hundreds of students of all ages and levels, many from their very first notes on the instrument. Lessons are always engaging and inspiring! I'm here to help, so wherever you want to go in your musical journey, I want to help you get there.

Besides being passionate about teaching, I'm a professional touring and recording violinist. I'm proud to say that my students have won top awards (Topanga Fiddle Competition, Royal Conservatory Music Development Program) and placed in some of the top youth orchestras in the country. I maintained a studio of 20-30 students for many years in Los Angeles at the SOL-LA Music Academy, before recently moving to Chicago.
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Javier O.

Javier O.

Chicago, IL 60614
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About Laura B.

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As a music instructor, I am eager to cater to the needs of each individual child and to provide them with engaging musical experiences in supportive environments. I have previously provided violin, viola, and piano lessons to students of all ages both through Thompson Tutoring in Portage, Michigan and Reverb Lessons in Chicago, Illinois. I have approximately six years of private teaching experience.

I recently graduated from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts with a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance. In 2016, I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance and Spanish. My performance experience includes both local and international venues. I have performed locally throughout the Southwest Michigan area, in orchestras such as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Whiting Park Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed internationally ...

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I provide engaging violin, viola, and piano lessons to students of all ages and am eager to help you learn!
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Eva B. May 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Laura is an amazing teacher - I could see it right away - and my daughter really opened up to her. It seems, however that my daughter may not be ready to study the piano just yet. We bought a 5-lesson package, so we will see if that changes between now and then. Either way, Laura was a great choice for our first piano instructor!
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Zach July 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
One lesson in, I'm feeling ready to tackle a Bruch concerto!
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Brenda quayle January 24, 2017
· Violin ·
Laura has been amazing from the first message. She answered many questions and helped us understand what was needed to help make it possible for my step daughter Aelia to take lessons. She was patient and listened to us. We are excited to see Amelia excel with a dream of hers.
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Laura B.

Laura B.

Chicago, IL 60610
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About Eric H.

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Never too late to begin learning/relearning (classical/pop) violin! My lessons focus on both sightreading and aural skills to make a well-rounded musician.

I make sure I am meeting the specific needs of each student, help them reach their individual goals, and most importantly, make lessons fun.

About Eric
I enjoy sharing my love of music by helping others embark on their musical journeys. I am a strong supporter of using a combination of aural training and sightreading to boost musicality and finesse.

In the past 6 years, I have taught students of all ages, ranging from children to seniors. You are never ever too old to learn the piano or the violin. You may not be the next Chopin, but with practice and dedication, you will eventually be able to play the mass majority of piano/violin repertoire.

Strong fundamentals (scales/chords/arpeggios) are important, but I also remember to make music fun and not boring by providing diverse selections of supplemental (pop/ragtime/blues) pieces.
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Matt July 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Eric's a fantastic mentor and passionate about all genres of music!
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Amelia S May 22, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Eric works hard to make sure I am practicing correctly and creating good habits from the very start. Even when I make a few mistakes, he helps me figure out what went wrong and how to avoid them
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Batsai K. April 17, 2018
· Violin · In home
Eric is a compassionate teacher.
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Eric H.

Chicago, IL 60661
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About Alexandria H.

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I personalize every student's lesson to their individual needs and teach all levels. I love to teach because I believe anyone can learn to enjoy music through their own performance! I have 6 years of teaching experience with a bachelors degree from the College-Conservatory of Music and I'm a current graduate student at Chicago College of Performing Arts.

About Alexandria
I am a professional violinist currently pursuing a masters degree in music performance at CCPA. Since picking up the violin at the age of 9, I have been an avid musician. In high school I was deeply committed to performing in and traveling with chamber music ensembles which inspired me to make a career out of music. Through college I had the opportunity to be a part of main stage operas, musical theater, ballet, and orchestra productions. College is also where I found the enjoyment of teaching and giving back to the community through El Sistema. I recently moved to Chicago to start my music career and establish myself as a performer and teacher
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Isabella January 21, 2018
· Violin · In home
Excellent!
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Chicago, IL 60615
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About Kim B.

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I have earned my Bachelors and Masters in Violin Performance. My philosophy derives not only from the specifics of learning an
instrument, but also from the life lessons that music can bring to a student. The student can learn how dedication, perseverance, and self-awareness can result in beautiful music and a more colorful life.

About Kim
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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$50 / 30-min

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