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Susan M.

Highland Park, IL 60035

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About Susan

Study Classical Piano with an International Steinway Artist!
Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included!

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Three gorgeous pianos: Steinway M, plus Steinway B and Baldwin SF-10 Concert Grands.
Large Music Library.

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Chamber Music
Concertos
Duo Piano Repertoire
Audition preparatio

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April 5, 2016
Christopher
Susan is an outstanding pianist and teacher. She genuinely cares about the musical development of each of her students. I would highly recommend her to any serious student looking to work with a top rate teacher. It makes a difference!
December 23, 2015
Rusty
I am a 50-something-year-old business executive who began taking beginner piano lessons with Susan Merdinger almost 5 years ago.

Now, I am performing Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes and cherished works by Mozart and Beethoven to name just a few.

My Mom let me quit piano lessons in 1967 when I was growing up on the Southside of Chicago. I spent the next 45 years regretting it.

Now, as my piano teacher, Susan is inspiring me to make up for lost time.

At the end of each year, I am amazed at being able to play pieces I couldn’t have imagined performing 12 months earlier. This satisfying achievement comes only because of Susan’s character and competence as a teacher and her passion and enthusiasm to motivate me to practice 1 to 2 hours every day.

Susan is patient while maintaining very high standards with a commitment to excellence. She celebrates the progress of all her students to whom she is dedicated. While waiting for my lesson to begin, I have watched in amazement as she interacts with a full studio of very diverse students, young and old, boys and girls, beginners and advanced, even handicapped blind and autistic students. I’ve watched as she’s brought smiles to all her students after their recitals and audiences after her own concerts.

And Susan is one of the smartest persons I know who is expanding my horizons of the classical repertoire I play and appreciation of the classical music I listen to. There is a special pride to see your piano teacher perform solo or with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at historic venues in Chicago or New York City.

I am a busy executive, but my piano lesson is the highlight of the week, even if that entails a 90-minute battle in Chicagoland rush hour traffic to get to my lesson.

That’s because my life is richer with the music Susan imparts.

I can’t recommend her strongly enough.
December 2, 2015
Annika H.
The first lesson with Susan was fantastic. My daughter is looking forward to working with her.

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Susan M.

Highland Park, IL

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Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL 60616

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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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August 4, 2017
Charlyn B.
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
July 20, 2017
Audrey
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.
March 7, 2017
Paul C.
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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Lipeng C.

Chicago, IL

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Grace C.

Carpentersville, IL 60110

(11)

About Grace

I started piano lessons at the age of 3 and continued through middle school. I played the flute in the high school band and continued to pursue my love of music in college where I joined the Piano Ensemble and received a degree in Music from DePaul University. I graduated in 2015 with high honors. I have been teaching music and piano for several years. I love, enjoy, and welcome students of all ages. I enjoy teaching all styles of piano music and I believe in catering teaching styles, methods, and pieces to the individual student. I strongly believe that music lessons can be happy, fun experiences. Learning an instrument provides academic, mental, physical, and emotional benefits and strength, but it can also be a truly enjoyable experience to anticipate each week! I look forward to meeting you!

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May 26, 2019
Valentina M.
The teacher seems like she’s always in a hurry. She leaves a few minutes before it ends. She’s friendly but doesn’t make real conversation with the parent to update about my child’s progress. Knowledgeable though coz my daughter learned fast. She. Would’ve been perfect if she had a great personality
May 1, 2019
Jocelyn E.
Grace was very sweet and great with my 7 year old daughter.
September 2, 2018
Mikayla S.
My daughter loved her first lesson. Grace is a great instructor. Thank you!

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Grace C.

Cary, IL

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Amanda N.

Chicago, IL 60618

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About Amanda

I am a classically trained opera singer with a 18-year background studying voice and performing on stage. I have experience with a variety of styles: classical, musical theater, pop, jazz, rock and more. I perform all over the Chicagoland area in various bands and I am currently a member of improv-opera group Forte Chicago, which works to debunk the stereotypes of opera as an art form.

I began teaching beginner voice lessons a few years ago and I have found that sharing music with my students brings me so much joy. My past and current voice students ranged in age from 8-65.

I play piano as much as I can for my lessons. We will use recorded accompaniment (karaoke tracks, piano accompaniment tracks, etc) as needed.

I have extensive knowledge of music education techniques, music history, and theory. I am also proficient in Itali

an, French, German, Spanish, and Latin. My many years of professional chorus work and time as a section leader also contribute to my ability as a teacher and singer.

I teach lessons out of my Irving Park home.
I have a very friendly Siberian Husky, Lando, who will be present at lessons at my home. He usually sits on the couch or floor and sleeps during lessons. If you're lucky, he might sing along!
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June 5, 2018
Yolanda A.
I enjoyed the classes with Vocal Coach Amanda because I learned the fundamentals of singing in an entertaining fashion. In addition, you are not going to believe it, but as a test, she asked me to perform Halleluja in a duet in front of 100 people at a reception at the John Hancock Center. I passed the test because she also worked on helping me to build confidence. My grade to Coach Amanda is A+. Unfortunately, I am spending my summer in South America and I cannot continue until Fall. Looking forward to take more singing classes with Coach Amanda.
May 21, 2016
Greg
Great instructor. Got me too understand pacing, breathing and projection very quickly.
May 21, 2016
Greg
Great instructor. Got me too understand pacing, breathing and projection very quickly.

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Amanda N.

Chicago, IL

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Ny Y.

Chicago, IL 60613

(2)

About Ny

Hello ♥

My name is Ny! Here to help you grow on your life's journey! My experience includes 15+ years in professional and community theatre projects. Also, I'm a professionally trained gospel, contemporary, and classical singer for over 20 years.

Educational Background: B.A in Psychology, minor in theatre, training at Second City in scene study and improv.

My coaching style is a mixture of holistic and faith-based to connect mind, body, and spirit. Every day is a learning experience and another chance to follow your dreams! Let's continue to grow together. Looking forward to getting to know you!

-Ny

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July 30, 2019
Armayia ..
It’s very comfortable talking with and learning from her!
October 9, 2018
Madison J.
Ny is kind, firm and encouraging! I'm really enjoying our lessons so far.

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Ny Y.

Chicago, IL

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Corey A.

Grayslake, IL 60030

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About Corey

I have both a Bachelors and Masters degree in music education in addition to extensive professional clarinet performance experience and enjoy teaching the clarinet. I am a Grammy nominated Music Educator and encourage students to explore classical and popular styles in lessons.

If there is a special time request that is not currently available please reach out. I've taught very beginners to helping adults land successful military band auditions. Am a certified music Educator with a K-12 endorsement in music in IL.

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July 3, 2018
Keri
Corey was a great instructor for my 4th grader. We wanted him to keep up with his clarinet lessons over Summer break. My son gets very easily frustrated when he struggles and Corey handled it all very well, always giving a new suggestion on what he could do to improve. In just 5 short lessons, Corey helped my son with his embouchure, finger placement, tounging and my son was finally able to play his B and C notes. That had really been holding him back from playing lots of music. Highly recommended!
April 3, 2017
Sean
Mr. Ames has been one of my favorite teachers during my time at LA. He is always willing to listen and help his students if they go to him. He is passionate about teaching, his main goal is to help his students succeed in whatever way he can. He always tries to make a fun and worthwhile experience everyone should appreciate the great teacher that he is.
April 3, 2017
Jacob
Mr. Ames is an amazing teacher! He helped me land a spot in the all district band my freshman year in high school and constantly pushed me to strive and be my best. I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to have fun and be a better clarinet player.

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Corey A.

Grayslake, IL

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Jessica B.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

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About Jessica

I am a professional cellist who graduated from Oberlin Music Conservatory in 2016 with Bachelor of Music Performance. Since then I have been playing and teaching cello both privately and in high/middle schools. I teach people of all ages from 7 year olds to 85. I get so much joy from my students' accomplishments and personal growth.
I was raised in Poland and that is where I started playing cello, and later violin and piano as well. In 2008 I moved to USA to pursue my music education. I am also interested in music therapy and healing through music and making it accessible to everyone. My hobbies include riding a bike, swimming , zumba and musical theater!
You can take lessons with me at the comfort of your own home and get better at cello in no time!

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June 26, 2019
Ainsley T.
First lesson- had a lot of fun.
August 26, 2018
Sarah
Jessica is a wonderful teacher! She knows how to meet the learning needs of every student. She is patient and fun, yet demands that her students improve. I highly recommend her for any level of student. I have seen her work with beginners and advanced students. They all love her and learn so much from working with her.
August 7, 2018
PIUANUD
MY DAUGHTER SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU TO TEACH HER CELLO YOU ARE GREAT TEACHER AND KEEP STAUDENT KEEP UP THEY WORK.
THANK YOU JESSICA

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Jessica B.

Elk Grove Village, IL

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Kristiana C.

Glenview, IL 60025

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About Kristiana

Born in Greece and raised in Albania, I started piano lessons with my mother when i was three, and formal lessons at age six at the Epirotic Conservatory of Ioannina, (Greece) with Aspasia Zerva (and with my mother as well). With the support of the Tsakalof Institute, I had my first recital with an orchestra at the age of 12 with the Symphonic Orchestra of Albanian Radio – Television (Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50). In 2012 I received a Diploma in Piano at the Epirotic Conservatory of Ioannina. I completed my undergraduate studies in Musicology at University of Arts in Tirana, Albania, with Dr. Holta Sina and piano with Prof. Nora Cashku. During these years I taught piano at Tsakalof Institute. I have participated in many activities and competitions in Albania and Greece. Also, I have an interest in foreign languag

es; I speak English, Albanian, Greek, French, Italian and Spanish.
Currently, I am working as Piano teacher at Topher Allan Music since 2016,and a proud teacher of 20 students from Ages 5-45.
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February 17, 2019
Misa
Ms. Kristiana brings our family the joy of playing and practicing piano. Both my 5 year old daughter and I are her students. Ms. Kristiana knows how to motivate young piano players as well as accommodate and respect and help adult players trying to pick up piano again. As for kids, she is extremely patient, kind, open minded and fun. She made my daughter feel comfortable from the trial lesson and their teacher-student dynamic improves with each lesson.

Starting piano lessons as an elementary school student, I studied for 13 years. Since then, my piano skills have gotten rusty, but Ms. Kristiana has helped me start back up again. She came up with a plan with a practice book and a piece book that I can enjoy, and she also helped me learn the piece I had been longing to learn. Maybe that piece is above my level at this point, but she patiently guided me to go through it and now I am half way to mastering it.

We are glad to have met her and to be under her guidance.
January 30, 2019
Luis
Kristiana is a great teacher! Im taking both of my kids (girl and boy age 7-11) and they doing really good
Lately we had a piano recital and my daughter performed in front of more than 100 people! So proud of her
Thank you Kristiana!

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Kristiana C.

Chicago, IL

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Lexy Bradford
"I have been working with Deanna for about a year now and I have greatly improved as an artist. The method she teaches is tough, but it really pays off in
the end! I work with her twice a week, once in person and once over Skype. In person is always more fun and more hands on, but if you're unable to meet with her in person, then I highly suggest skype lessons. She's a very talented woman and is well-rounded in all aspects of music. We work on strengthening my breath support, vocal range, performing, having emotional connection to songs, and even songwriting. Working with Deanna is so much fun and she has really pushed me to become a better artist. If you are serious about pursuing a music career, then I highly recommend Deanna as a teacher."
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Zuowei
"Great teacher. Very useful knowledge with practice."
Julie
"This is my third review of Marci's teaching. My son, Arthur, participates in weekly piano lessons, and is still enjoying them!

Arthur has been practici
ng hard for his next recital, and I'm really looking forward to hearing him play :)

Keep up the good work!"
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Kelly
"Andrew is incredibly professional and patient. He's great at communicating with the parent and the student. He is very patient and even-keeled which work
ed wonders with my anxiety-prone son. Andrew has inspired him to achieve more than we ever thought possible and more importantly has instilled the gift of a life long passion in the cello. Highly recommend."
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Gaege
"Bonnie is an amazing musician, teacher and person. She connected instantly with my daughter and now with my son. Her method of teaching is very creative
, yet precise and engages children on every level. She motivates them with her personality and fast learning style. They are encouraged by how quickly they have learned to play notes, read music and "real" songs. Highly recommend!"
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delsie harris
"Enjoyed getting started with Mrs. Barbara. She was very informative on everything. Looking forward to future lessons."
Connor
"Very friendly, definitely skilled at working with children and new musicians. We have been very pleased with Glenn."
Willard
"I am glad I chose Daniel for my guitar lessons. He is the best!"
Quynh
"Excellent teacher

We feel so lucky to have found Troy as my children's piano teacher. He teaches them all the necessary basic knowledge about piano & mus
ic which none of their teachers ever taught them before. He is very kind & patient, committed, hard working & professional.

Thank you very much Troy!"
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