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Rocking the Chicago String Scene – Violin Lessons in Chicago

By Madeline F. - Chicago Violin Teacher

Chicago is home to one of the most vibrant music scenes in the United States. As renowned cellist and Chicago Symphony's creative consultant Yo-Yo Ma confessed to the local Fox News station, “I have a deep affection for Chicago.” For all you soon-to-be virtuosos taking violin lessons in Chicago, the best news is that the violin can be heard in all corners of the city.

Music of all shapes, sizes, colors and sounds thrive in the Windy City- just take your pick from classical, jazz, rock, folk and more. Take the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recognized all over the world as both a powerhouse in the classical realm and a vital source of community music outreach. And did anyone see award-winning violinist Rachel Barton Pine rocking her electric viper violin at Millennium Park last June?

Now is your chance to join the Chicago music scene - as part of the show! TakeLessons welcomes students of all ages and skill levels to take violin lessons in Chicago under the instruction of experienced, motivating violin teachers. Choose from a variety of certified instructors, all of whom teach with contagious enthusiasm for music.

Learning to play the violin and sharing that gift with others is a positively magical experience that opens a world of opportunities. TakeLessons makes violin lessons in Chicago exciting, convenient, affordable, and fun. So what are you waiting for? It's time to unleash your inner virtuoso and join the Chicago string scene. Rock on!

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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

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I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
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About Kelvin L.

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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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Joe B. November 20, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Kelvin has taken me a long way in a short time. So grateful!
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Joe B. November 6, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Always great lessons with Kelvin!
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Joe B. October 30, 2018
· Banjo · Online
Great lesson! We got so much accomplished during this time! Look forward to next week.
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(120)
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$35 / 30-min

About Isabelle R.

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I am a Suzuki and Traditionally trained violinist. I am currently accepting students into my studio.

I'm a violinist and teacher from Chicago. I have 8 years of teaching experience. I teach students of all ages and abilities from 3 and up! I specialize in young students, adults, and beginners.

About Isabelle
I am a violinist from Rogers Park, Chicago's North Side. I started violin when I was 3, and have been playing ever since! I studied with Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University's String Academy, then went on to study violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

I started teaching violin 8 years ago and have greatly enjoyed working with my students! Since then I have completed many Suzuki method teacher trainings and taken a string pedagogy course at Oberlin.

I also have studied and play baroque violin in various groups in Chicago including Baroque Band and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. I also sing and play viola da gamba.

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I teach private lessons to students of all ages and levels. Music and learning should be fun! I help students express themselves and reach their goals. For beginning
and intermediate violinists I usually teach the Suzuki violin method literature with a mix of traditional materials, but I am happy to teach whatever music the student wants to play! Students may also like to explore fiddle music, jazz, rock, modern, folk, romantic, or renaissance music!

Depending on the student, in lessons I tend to have my students warm up with some scales and technique work, and then focus on a piece for the later part of the lesson. In my teaching I prioritize playing in a healthy and relaxed manner. My studies of body awareness have included Alexander technique, yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, and T'ai chi. A happy and healthy body makes for a happy violinist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my home studio, I have a room with my teaching supplies, instrument, stands, piano, and seating for parents and siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I play traditional violin, and I also specialize in baroque violin. I play viola da gamba as well. I'm trained to teach the O'Connor American Fiddle method for violin playing.
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Sharon R. August 7, 2018
· Fiddle · In studio
Wonderful- I feel my skills will improve with this teacher. Very pleased.
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rahul singh August 2, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Isabelle is an excellent teacher. She makes you comfortable going from one piece to new piece, from one skill to another. In each session she applies hollistic approach consisting of focusing on technique, playing instrument and learning theory, which render learner to grow in every aspect at the same time.
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Kate C. January 26, 2015
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I am a violin teacher who has worked with Isabelle. My students love working with her as a sub. She has a keen sense for discovering what would benefit a student most, and is resourceful in finding ways to address problem areas. I recommend her most highly!
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Isabelle R.

Isabelle R.

Chicago, IL 60626
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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.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$50 / 30-min

About Dan P.

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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.

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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 Lipeng C.

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I have been teaching for over 18 years. I also performed solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestras nationally and internationally for over 18 years. I have performed with Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra and more. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.

About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Charlyn B. August 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
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Audrey July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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Chicago, IL 60616
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About Sarah G.

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Learn the technique and musicianship required to be a fine string player. Lessons focus on establishing correct posture and proper bowing and left hand technique, and are complemented by detailed musical interpretation of a wide range of repertoire. Popular methods and etudes are used, and lessons are individualized to work with each student's needs and interests.

About Sarah
Private instruction with Sarah G. is guaranteed to help you improve your musicianship, technique, performance ability, general musical knowledge and- most importantly- add to your fun in making music. Whatever your goals in music are- whether you are looking to gain acceptance to prestigious conservatories or music schools, or are a beginner to advanced student of any age, Sarah has the talent, educational credentials, and personal skills to help you become the best musician you can be. Born into a family of professional musicians, Sarah "knows" music inside and out. You will be captivated by her joyful and inspirational teaching and performance ability.
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Sarah G.

Sarah G.

Highland Park, IL 60035
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$75 / 45-min

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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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Grace November 30, 2018
· Violin · In home
Very good teacher, our daughter likes her and is motivated to get better.
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Liuxi October 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
I learned piano with her. She is a good teacher.
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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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Laura B.

Chicago, IL 60640
(5)
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$34 / 30-min

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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I am a professional violinist with over 10 years of teaching experience. My specialty are beginner or intermediate students of any age! We will learn music theory, proper posture, beginner-through-advanced violin technique, and more, based on my own musical education at the University of Michigan and the Royal College of Music in London. I approach lessons with excitement, positivity, and creativity, and will help each student grow in both skill and love of playing the violin!

About Aviva
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 performing arts 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 i
n orchestras, 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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Mark F. September 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
Viva Aviva!

I am an adult student that is new to the violin but I do play a number of other instruments.

Aviva is an exceptional instructor. So patient and so proficient. Aviava seems to have an innnate ability to know just when to be "picky" and when to perhaps "let a few mistakes" slide. The result . . . I am making consistent progress and know exactly where to focus my time and attention.

Aviva is a gentle but effective motivator and, as such, I alway look so forward to my weekly lesson - and I am definately inclined to work hard so as to try to "please" my teacher.

I have become all but obsessed with all things violin, and much of that is directly attributable to this delightful and talented maestro!

Please do not hesitate to work with her. I can absolutely promise you that you will be glad you did.

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Mark F. August 29, 2018
· Violin · In home
I so enjoyed this first lesson. Aviva is a wonderful teacher.
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Nathalie August 22, 2018
· Violin · In home
Aviva is an amazing teacher. She is very patient and kind and makes the lessons so enjoyable for the kids.
My son loves to play the violin all thanks to her.
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Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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Average Cost of Violin Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute violin lessons in Chicago is $70. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $114 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$39 average
$90
45-min $33
 
$54 average
$102
60-min $40
 
$70 average
$114

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