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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.

*** CD's***
Classical Energy, Triton Sound, TS 8501
Salut D'Amour, Triton Sound, TS 9014
Epiphanies1, The Halford Company
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Ari June 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I decided to start singing lessons with Mr. Cooper about a year ago and I'm very pleased with the Service. I believe Mr. Cooper is a very gifted musician and singer who has a real ability to understand music and teach that understanding in a relatable way. I'm just beginning to learn about different musical concepts that really help me understand how to learn more effectively. I appreciate everything he's helped me with and plan to continue learning as much as possible.
I would highly recommend him for any relevant musical training.
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Anonymous January 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
I have had the pleasure of taking vocal lessons from Mr. Cooper for about 2 years now, as well as starting Suzuki piano not too long ago. He is a gifted teacher who truly has a passion for teaching and love for music! Not only has he improved my aural skills, but he has helped me understand music on a much deeper level! My knowledge of technique and overall musicianship has improved drastically while taking lessons with him. Mr. Cooper has challenged me and broadened my musical horizons. He has helped me advance and learn new technique on the piano, as well as expanding my vocal range and performance skills. I would highly recommend him!
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Usman Akhtar September 20, 2016
· Algebra · In home
Excellent teacher he is
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Farobag C.

Farobag C.

Orland Park, IL 60467
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About Lon W.

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I have been teaching piano for many years. As a child I never had any formal piano lessons until a teacher at camp taught me how to harmonize chords; in high school and college I learned all the theory required. While musicality is certainly a gift, I wish I'd had the encouragement of a teacher earlier, and now I really enjoy watching students progress as they master the instrument and at the same time develop a firm grasp of theory and reading music.

About Lon
I am a certified teacher who has taught, along with high school English and college English and ESL, instrumental ensemble and music appreciation classes in schools and years of individual lessons in piano, flute and saxophone. I also taught piano in Beni-Mellal, Morocco while with the Peace Corps. As a second job I played Clavinola regularly for my church for eight years, as well as accompanying the choir and performing at weddings. I also accompanied concerts and played for graduation ceremonies at the high school where I taught, and have played with professional musicians onstage. Music has been one of the great joys in my life and my purpose in teaching is to convey to the student what a joy it is. I am particularly happy to teach a number of young students here in Chicago.

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Levels:  Piano and flute,
beginner to intermediate. Saxophone, beginner.
In-Home Lessons: Yes
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Ages:  7 and up
Subjects Taught: Piano, flute, saxophone, music theory
Lesson Details: Lessons in all instruments are focused not on exercises such as scales and arpeggios, but on what musicians want to be able to do: the correct and pleasurable playing of pieces of music. In this, I am not a "page turner," i.e. simply letting the student play a piece several times and then moving on. Each student has his or her own pace and I will always go with that pace; but I encourage students to achieve all they can and rejoice with them at their achievements. No piece is passed until it is mastered, but if younger students become frustrated, we leave it for a while and come back when at a higher level. There are "nuts and bolts" techniques to be learned in order to progress, but while these are being mastered the student will grow to feel more natural and accomplished as his or her ability builds.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have my own digital piano at home if the student wishes to travel.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own flute, but not a keyboard. I would expect the student (or parent) to buy the book, but would also have my own copy.

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy all types and periods of music, especially piano from elementary theory to rock/jazz improvisation techniques.
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Katherine W. March 21, 2017
· Flute · In home
So far so good
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Tanushree V. September 27, 2015
· Flute · In studio
Lon is extremely talented, patient and thorough. He can teach absolute beginners (such as I) very well, and makes you practice till you're confident with the notes. In the meantime, he encourages you even when you think you're getting nowhere with a new, baffling instrument. He is flexible and accommodates schedule changes as needed.
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Diane A. June 18, 2015
· Piano · In home
Dr. Lon West is excellent with special needs students. Our student was undergoing therapy for her hands. Because of illness her hands were claw like with little use and little movement when she started piano. After a few months with Dr. West her therapist is thrilled as her hands are completely normal.Piano lessons helped very much.
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Lon W.

Lon W.

Chicago, IL 60659
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About Jennifer K.

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Piano lessons will begin with basics on how to read music and will move toward establishing healthy practice techniques and building a strong repertoire of pieces from various genres and time periods.

About Jennifer
Hi! My name is Jennifer and I LOVE music!! I've been teaching piano lessons for about 10 years and voice lessons for about 5 years. I really love getting to share my passion for music with others and helping students to develop their own musical skills.

I graduated from Trinity Christian College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Music. In 2015, I completed my Master's degree in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Since then, I have worked for a theatre company in San Francisco and as an accompanist for both high school and middle school choirs in Ceres, CA. I recently moved back to Chicago and would love to start teaching lessons again!!

*** Lesson Details ***
For piano lessons, I will typically use the Piano Adventure series by Faber and Faber. I am also open to working on other pieces a student brin
gs me. I do expect students to reimburse me for the cost of the books they keep.

Voice lessons begin with the fundamentals of breathing and proper tone. I will typically select one or two pieces at a time for students to work on that tie in to what they are learning. I also encourage students to bring in suggestions of songs they would like to learn.

** Students MUST have either a piano or keyboard both for lessons and that they can practice on.
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Hailee H. September 12, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her lession and can't wait to have her next
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Rosa H. July 25, 2013
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Jennifer is awesome! She teaches two of my children, ages 11 and 14, and they love her. She is very patient and friendly with them. She has great teaching kills. My kids are learning so much from her. The most important thing is that they are having fun as they learn. What else can I say....she is amazing. :)
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Jennifer K.

Jennifer K.

Chicago, IL 60615
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About Ricardo P.

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About Ricardo
 My name is Ricardo. I am a skilled Classically trained pianist.  I hold a Piano Performing/Teaching Diploma from Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory of Music in Venezuela, a Bachelor degree in Music Education with emphasis in Piano from Adventist University of Colombia, and a Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in Piano and Choral conducting from West Texas A & M University. I have over 26 years of experience teaching piano students with skill levels that range from beginner to advanced.  I have also instructed major and non-major piano students at the College level.  I have taught piano lessons to children, teenagers, adults and elderly people.  I have also had experience developing and implementing piano curriculum. I have performed at numerous recitals, concerts, and church services throughout the years.  It has always been my g
oal to commit to my students and to create the best possible learning environment according to their needs, goals, and backgrounds.  I carefully select repertoire and technical exercises that suit the needs of my students. I am comfortable with teaching conventional classical repertoire, hymns and praise, and popular repertoire including Pop and jazz. I teach my students solid technique, interpretative and sight-reading skills, and music theory foundations. I seek to instill the love and appreciation of music in my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Besides studying and learning repertoire according to their level, my beginner students receive training in music theory, sight-reading, and technique.My intermediate and advanced students will focus on repertoire, sight-reading and techniqueI teach all of my students how to maximize their practice time.  I teach them methods and strategies on how to approach challenging spots. I teach my students to analyze the music and find patterns that will facilitate the learning of the repertoire and increase their confidence and motivation. After 6 months of taking lessons regularly and practicing consistently, a beginner student  should be able to play simple pieces using notes within the staffs, including whole-, half-, quarter-,and eighth-notes. Students will have a good hand posture, good finger coordination, and a basic understanding of dynamics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need an electronic piano or an acoustic piano

*** Specialties ***
I have used mostly Alfred's methods for the first couple of years. After that i used a combination of different resources for technique, repertoire, and theory. It has always been my goal to commit to my students and to create the best possible learning environment according to their needs, goals, and backgrounds. I carefully select repertoire and technical exercises that suit the needs of my students. I am comfortable with teaching both conventional classical and popular repertoire. In my lessons, I teach useful keyboard skills such as proper technique, sight-reading, and accompanying.
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Suzy G. February 20, 2014
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Ricardo's approach to teaching piano is simply excellent.

Ricardo's knowledge of the piano is clearly evident. He is a courteous and polished individual who devotes focused attention upon the student. He is patient and offers very constructive recommendations that have helped my development. Ricardo is an excellent teacher who I highly recommend. If you want to learn how to play the piano, take your lessons from Ricardo.
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Ricardo P.

Ricardo P.

Hinsdale, IL 60521
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About Paul M.

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Students will learn basic piano skills such as hand placement, note reading, note values, pedal use, major and minor scales, expressions, etudes, pieces, memory work, music history, performance techniques, and most of all to have fun learning the piano. I will expect students to have a minimum 67 note keyboard with sustain pedal, or a good piano to use for personal practice time. Each student should spend at least 20-30 minutes daily to start. They must purchase the recommended books.

About Paul
I have my bachelors degree in sacred music, my masters degree in music performance, and my doctorate in worship studies. I am an experienced music teacher with great interpersonal skills and enjoy creating a fun and meaningful learning environment for all ages of students. I teach music theory concepts as I teach music, and I also enjoy sharing the history of music and famous composers. Students should not just learn notes, but they should also learn about the wonderful story of music I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, voice, and piano lessons for many years with great success. Many of my former students write to me periodically to tell me what they are doing in music. I look forward to working with many more students as we embark on the journey of learning music, pieces, history, and theory together. Students will look ba
ck and say they really enjoyed their lessons with me.
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Alex July 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Paul has been very patient and wonderful with my 6 year old son who has just started lessons.
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Lorenzo S. October 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
My first lesson was great. Mr. Paul was very patient and judged my skill level before making a lesson plan. Initially I was nervous, because I have never taken lessons before, but that quickly went away. I can definitely tell that he knows his stuff when it comes to teaching. He a great teacher and conversationalist.
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Kennedy B. September 15, 2016
· Flute · In home
Paul was very pleasant. He thoroughly explained things to my daughter in a manner that she could understand. He listened to her play and they also played together.

This was her first flute lesson with Paul, but she's already looking forward to the next lesson.
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Paul M.

Paul M.

Oak Forest, IL 60452
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About Eric M.

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Evanston, IL

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Students will work on piano technique, based on their level of study. They will learn through the use of exercises (playing scales, arpeggios, and studies/etudes), as well as through the application to real-life repertoire, in the genre of their choice (classical, pop, rock, jazz, etc.)

About Eric
Please note: I will not be available June-August of 2016. Please let me know if you are interested in Skype/Facetime lessons during that time.

I am a classically trained professional opera singer in the Evanston area. I received my bachelor's degree in vocal performance at the University of Miami and am currently studying for a master's degree at Northwestern University. I just moved to Evanston in September and am looking to take on students of all ages who are interested in classical, musical theater, or pop/jazz singing. I can also teach beginning piano skills. Let me help you unlock your most beautiful sound!
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Curt G. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
My wife and I took 2 months of lessons from Eric and they were all great! We were both basically beginners (I had some memory from lesson that I took as a kid) and Eric helped us get started and off on the right track. He has a great/fun personality and is a great teacher. Unfortunately we were unable to keep taking lessons with him due to a conflict in scheduling. I would totally recommend him as a piano teacher though.
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Kathy February 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
Positive reinforcement, patience with first-time piano student.
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Ian L. January 8, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
He had a great personality, very encouraging, and was a good fit for my son who's striving to be a pop/broadway singer.
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Eric M.

Evanston, IL 60202
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Music literacy, technique, theory, repertoire, style, and creative expression. Music is a source of fun and community, and I do my best to impart that on each student.
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Beginner-friendly!

I grew up in a teaching family. My mother, sister, and uncle are teachers, and every day for years I heard stories of how they met the needs and challenges of thousands of students. My strengths are treating students as individuals, nurturing creativity, patience, inspiring passion & motivation, and focusing on the fundamentals of music making.

About Isaiah
Isaiah grew up in a family of teachers and musicians. After beginning to teach himself piano, his mother quickly enrolled him in private lessons at the age of 5. Following his two older siblings, he joined the school band on saxophone in the 4th grade.

Over the past decade, Isaiah Sanderman. has played in countless classical, jazz, and modern ensembles on multiple saxophones. In high school, he performed in musicals, led the saxophone section in marching band, and was the top saxophonist in the classical and jazz ensembles. He was also the student-director of the school's freshman band, a role in which he learned a great deal about the art and science of teaching. Graduating with recognition as an Honors All-State musician, along with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and John Phillip Sousa Band Award, his path as a professional was set.


Presently enrolled at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, Mr. Sanderman studies and performes music of the highest caliber. Playing flute and saxophone in the school's Large Jazz Ensemble and Brazilian Combo, he has been the youngest and most-featured soloist under the direction of world-class pianist Marshall Vente and world-class guitarist Paulinho Garcia.

Outside of academia, Mr. Sanderman has had the privilege of performing with Zoofunkyou and leading the pop/funk horn section in Minor 9ths to sold out shows at House of Blues and other local venues.

Mr. Sanderman also explores his interest of the art of practice on his website, CollegePracticing.com, where he has interviewed numerous college students on their practice habits, as well as working professionals with degrees from such esteemed institutions as Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and Northwestern University.
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Frank November 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Isaiah is patient, fun, and very knowledgable. I've had a fantastic time working with him and would highly recommend!
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Oliver Z. August 29, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Great first lesson. We are excited to continue.
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Miles Z. August 29, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Isaiah was excellent with my kids and seems to be super knowledgeable. We are excited to continue.
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Isaiah S.

Chicago, IL 60614
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About Rebecca H.

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My enthusiastic teaching style makes learning music with me fun & exciting. My philosophy is to teach the individual by customizing the Music curriculum to the specific needs of the student. As partners in learning, the student will achieve the highest success through positive reinforcement & a positive learning environment. Students can expect to have their love of music nurtured as they gain technical competency through our lessons.

About Rebecca
Rebecca's musical training began at the age of 5 on the piano. As her love of music grew, she began playing the violin at age 8 with the viola to follow a year later. Performing in multiple musicals in her early life, Rebecca's love of singing began. A graduate of Saint Xavier University with a music education degree, Rebecca taught in the public school system for seven years teaching both orchestra and choir. An active performer around Chicago, Rebecca is a soprano and featured soloist with Chicago’s Allegrezza Choir, performs with several orchestras, and frequently performs on piano in different venues. She has been featured on several albums of the recording artist Ross Crean. You can hear Rebecca sing and play viola on the soundtrack of Summerland, available on ITunes, for the LUMA exhibit in 2014 in Chicago. She has performed at m
ultiple sporting events around Chicago singing the National Anthem. Winning several awards for music composition and arranging, Rebecca enjoys creating the music for music collaborations. Her enthusiastic teaching style inspires her students to not only perfect technique but to love making music. A teacher of all levels of abilities, Rebecca engages her students through her own passion for teaching music.
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James C. July 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
The teacher had a nice rapport with my 5 year old grandson and we are looking forward to working with her.
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Olivia B. June 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
Olivia loved her first lessons and Rachel made it so fun for her. She can't wait for next week!
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Lynne R. May 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am enjoying my lessons thus far and I think Rebecca is a good teacher!
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Tinley Park, IL 60477
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Rena provides engaging lessons to beginner and intermediate students of any age. Lessons will be tailored to the student and planned out with their goals in mind.

About Rena
Rena is a student majoring in Economics and Music at the University of Chicago. She has been playing the piano for over fifteen years, ten of which she spent at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Rena continues to study piano at the collegiate level. She has experience teaching children, adolescents, and adults from absolute beginner to late intermediate levels.

Rena has nearly five years of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects. In her first year at UChicago, she taught an ACT Reading and Writing Prep course as part of a university outreach program.

Rena has guided numerous students through the sometimes nerve-wracking college admissions process. She regularly edits admissions-related essays, as well as written work for academic disciplines.

She is a native speaker of Russian and English and ha
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Rena S.

Chicago, IL 60637
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I am very nurturing with children. I am a native of Chicago and have been playing piano since I was young. I have 2 years of teaching experience and hope to teach more in the years to come. I live in the Wicker Park area and can travel to your home. I use the Faber method books as my primary means of instruction though I like to allow for weekly improvisation and creativity. I am a member of the MTNA (music teachers national association), and I intend to help children grow musically.

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With over 7 years of experience working with preschool and elementary school age children, I have a passion for teaching in a nurturing, creative environment.
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alyssa I.

Chicago, IL 60622
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