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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.

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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 Martina S.

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

I tailor my approach to each student. Some students require more technical work, some require interpretive. Both are fascinating and can be taught with structure and clarity.

About Martina
Hi! My name is Martina and I am a classically trained violist. In May of 2013 I received a Master of Music from Roosevelt University, where I studied with Lawrence Neuman of the Chicago Symphony. I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin with Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte quartet. The only thing I love more than playing viola is sharing the joy of music with others! I've received training on violin and viola and can't wait to start teaching you or your child.

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I tailor my approach to each student to make sure that:
1.) The student is getting exactly what he/she wants out of the lessons.
2.) The lessons are an appropriate difficulty for the student.
3.) A student's strengths and weaknesses are being addressed with a tailor-made lesson plan and long-term goals.

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I can provide a stand. Student is responsible for purchasing an instrument, and any sheet music. I can definitely advise on an instrument to purchase and will instruct with specific music requests.
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MacKenzie October 20, 2017
· Violin · Online
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· Violin · Online
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MacKenzie Stokes August 3, 2016
· Violin · Online
Martina is very skilled at what she does, and she is an amazing teacher. She pointed out all of my strengths and weaknesses at the first lesson, and she always teaches at my pace and not her own, giving me the opportunity to completely learn something before moving on to more difficult things. She is overall a very friendly person who you will feel incredibly comfortable to be around, and she always does the best job that she can to teach me every single lesson. I look forward to our lessons every week, and I am simply amazed by how much I am progressing under her guidance.
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Martina S.

Martina S.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$33 / 30-min

About Brittany N.

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I strive to create an environment in which students are inspired to discover, create, learn, express themselves and have fun. I focus on strengthening students' foundational techniques, through scales, etudes and other materials and then applying those skills in pieces and songs that are designed to build a good basis of musical knowledge, helping students to become confident in their musical abilities.

About Brittany
I strive to create an environment in which students feel comfortable to learn, experiment and express themselves and in which they look forward to coming every week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and other items needed for the instrument (shoulder rests, strings, rosin, etc) but will need to be reimbursed.

I can also provide a music stand at the lessons

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music and technique
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Jade July 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Brittany is absolutely one of the most delightful instructors I've been lucky enough to encounter. I came to her as an adult knowing nothing about either music or violin. In the months I've been taking lessons with her, I feel very proud of what I've learned so far.

Her home studio is beautiful and warm. She always greets me with a smile and knows exactly what our lesson plan and goal for the day will be. Brittany is extremely patient whenever I struggle to grasp a concept, and enthusiastically answers any question I can think to ask. That said, she isn't afraid to push you to try, either, which I very much appreciate!

Brittany is a lot of fun to work with, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her as an instructor.
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Mari Ramos September 26, 2016
· Violin ·
Brittany has gotten Mari more engaged in her violin playing, which is exactly what we were looking for in an instructor. She's patient and is getting Mari to think and anticipate her chord progressions. We have been so pleasantly surprised with Brittany. It's an awesome match!
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Jason Merrill August 19, 2016
· Violin ·
I'm one lesson in and am very excited to continue learning the violin with Brittany. She is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and encouraging. Looking forward to my next lesson!
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Brittany N.

Chicago, IL 60660
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About Cecilia P.

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I have been teaching violin for almost 12 years. Violin is my main specialty as a performer and as a teacher.
This lessons are intended for beginners, intermediate or advanced violin students who wish to learn and become better violinists or musicians.
I usually use the Suzuki Method or the Mark O'Connor (fiddle music) method to start and in time I gradually mix them with scales and technique books. In addition I create my own material based on the needs of each student.
My main goal is to create better human beings through music, but I make sure my students have a solid training that will allow them to continue with music in the long term if that is what they want.
I want ro help create very good quality players, with a lot of joy and fun!

About Cecilia
I am a South-american violinist and violin-music teacher who loves music, dancing, arts, nature, and animals. I am a social, kind, caring, persevere and self-disciplined person.

I started teaching 9 years ago when I was studying my Bachelor'€™s degree. In my country, I was the teacher of 25 lovely children and youth, with whom I created my own violin studio. It started only with 3 students, and after 7 years we were a wonderful group that performed in different recitals, festivals and trips around our country. Together we learned about violin, classical music, popular music, folk music, singing, etc., but most importantly we learned about sensitivity, sharing, self-discipline, respect, creativity and many other personal skills that music helps us learn in such a joyful way.

In Boston, while doing my masters, I also had the oppo
rtunity to teach two children in English with new methods I was learning in my string pedagogy course. In addition, I have taught adults and elderly (70-72) to play the violin, and find their smiles and learning process more than satisfying. Finally, I was the music teacher in a kinder garden, and had students from 2 to 4 years old. I like to teach people with different ages because I learn from them and their different needs.

I have also had some few students with different abilities such as Down syndrome, Asperger's syndrome and Dwarfism. I cannot say I am an expert but I am open to learn from these students if I have a good orientation and support from the parents and specialists.

Right now, after finishing my Master'€™s degree in Boston, I am living in Chicago because my husband is studying his PhD at Northwestern University. I miss teaching and sharing my love for music with others, that is why I really want to find new students that want to join me in their musical journey.

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I believe every person is talented and can learn music. I think that the best way to learn music and arts is from the experience, where the person can develop not only music and instrumental skills, but also creativity, originality, joy and love for music. These are skills that are needed to enjoy and learn music, but also to be a more sensitive and rounded person. My goal is to build a professional and positive environment where the person can develop his/her musical abilities as well as his/her personal skills. In order to achieve this goal, it it usually better to have the lessons in my own studio instead of the student's house. That way we can work with a complete music environment and the student can benefit 100% from the music experience.

I have learned in the process that regular practice and a consistent schedule encourages not only progress but great motivation. Also, I have found that a experience-based approach helps them keep motivated because the students learn much faster and gain a deeper musical intuition than with a theoretical and approach.

I think it is important to give the students the time to talk and share their thoughts about the music. I like to guide them discovering how their bodies feel more comfortable with the instrument, instead of telling them the "correct form". I like to make them clap, sing, move and feel the music before telling them how to play it. I like to introduce music theory and reading from the beginning encouraging them to use their knowledge about music.

In addition, I have found that following the literature of more traditional methods with scales and etudes, helps the students to develop completely in their instruments, with a great technical foundation. That is why I like to mix experience-based methods such as Suzuki, Kodaly and Dalcroze, with traditional books such as Essential Elements, Wolfhart, Kreutzer, etc.

I usually start with Suzuki, The Blue Book, and some personal material that I create for each student depending on their needs. After a while, I start to introduce some pieces of different parts of the world or different styles while introducing scales and etudes. This way I maintain the student's motivation and give them a broader view of music, while developing important skills for their instrument. Then, when the student is ready, I introduce more difficult pieces and solo repertoire.

For adults, I try to adapt my method to their particular goal in music, giving them both fun and the best level they want to achieve. I give them material that is adequate to their needs and also to their preferences.

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I have several materials for children and adults. Music cards, music games, toys, puppets, etc.
I also have books to start our journey.However, the student will have to buy his/her own books once we start.
I own one 4/4 violin that could be rented for a tall or adult student. I also own a 3/4 violin for rent.
Smaller violins would have to be rented or bought.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can travel to the student's house with my instrument if it is within my travel limits (5 miles) and if it is accessible via public transportation.

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- Suzuki method mixed with some traditional books and world
music.
- Experience with Alexander Technique, Dalcroze, and Kodaly.
These methods deal with music freedom and tension free
techniques.
- Music performance work with professional musicians and
conservatory student (effective practice, musicianship, tensions,
creativity, etc.)
- I speak Spanish fluently (that is my mother tongue), and could
teach in Spanish if wanted.
- Folk dances from Peru: Marinera Norteña, Festejo, Huayno, etc.
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Octavia B. October 16, 2015
· Violin · Online
Cecilia is an amazing teacher. She is able to adapt your lessons to what you need. Makes things easy to understand and makes me feel comfortable with playing. I highly recommend her for other students.
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Mitchell M. December 12, 2014
· Violin · Online
Very good instructor!
All of these reviews are very consistently themed because of her adaptive abilities.
She knows how to find exactly what you personally need to practice, and helps you find the joy of perfection!
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Kate A. November 10, 2014
· Violin · In home
Cecilia has been an incredible teacher - she is patient, create and has customized the experience for our daughter to meet her exactly where she is. She is also thoughtful, and has come up with creative ideas to get our daughter to practice more and be engaged. I highly recommend her!
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Chicago, IL 60640
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About Fernando L.

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I have been teaching for the past four years, gained my experience from CYSO (Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra) and is currently working with multiple groups, schools, and programs. You have goals and I have the credibility to reach those goals. Passionate, patients, fun, outgoing and dedication is what makes a student want to learn. Teaching what someone wants to learn keeps them engaged!

About Fernando
Hi there! My name is Fernando L. and I am looking forward to working with you. I have helped many students throughout my four years of private teaching. I am currently working with "Mariachi Oro y Plata", and had the honor to also work with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. I look forward to working with you and achieving your goals soon.

*Travel Equipment*
My violin, tuner, stand, metronome, and books. I expect the student to have his/her very own violin and stand.

*My Specialties*
Private or group lessons for all ages, competition/ audition preparation as well.

What to expect?
Expect to have fun and a learning experience. If you are determined, passionate and/or dedicated, what are you waiting for?
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Max A. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Fernando was fantastic with my 14 year old son. He asked what type of music he wanted to play to keep him engaged. He had a great 45 minute lesson with him. Fernando is passionate about violin and it shows. Looking forward to continuing with Fernando! Highly recommend him!
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Lucia A. September 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Fernando was great with my seven year old daughter. He kept her engaged for 45 minutes. She enjoyed her lesson and is excited to continue lessons with him. Highly recommend him!
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Carlos S. June 12, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very professional and patient with student. Can't wait to keep working with him.
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Cicero, IL 60804
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About Miriam-Rose L.

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I have been teaching classical violin for over 6 years, and have found the Suzuki method to be quite reliable. This method uses listening/ear training, repetition, and encouragement to help students develop technique while cultivating an extensive repertoire of music. I supplement my Suzuki lessons with basic theory, note reading, and an emphasis on practice techniques and artistry, and encourage experienced students to explore classical and traditional repertoire outside of the Suzuki method.

About Miriam-Rose
Hello! My name is Miriam-Rose, and I have been teaching violin/fiddle to students of all levels and ages for over six years. I was trained classically in the Suzuki method from a very young age, and also have a significant background in traditional music, specifically Scottish fiddle. During my time at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, I created my own degree with a focus on Scottish music, and also became the third place winner of the 2012 National Scottish Fiddle Championship.

In addition to my background in music, I have a degree in Ballet Performance from the Jacobs School of Music. I have been teaching ballet since 2010, and have taught and danced professionally here in the Chicago area since 2013.

Thanks, and I look forward to working with you!
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Isabella September 10, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Mariam-Rose is a wonderful instructor.
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Teagen June 29, 2017
· Ballet · In studio
She's very knowledgeable. She used the time to really analyze and work with my daughters ability. Afterwards she gave great advice, the pros and cons on what she needs to work on.
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Eric October 20, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Very good at explaining concepts in a second, or sometimes third, way so that her student can make an inner connection. I also admire the way she organizes her lessons so we refresh and enhance the previous session and then move on to new technique. Appreciate the professional way she communicates as necessary outside class, too.
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Chicago, IL 60643
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About Kiyoe M.

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In my seven years of teaching, my students have achieved placement in local youth orchestras and have been selected for concertmaster/principal positions in their school orchestras.
I structure my lessons based on the student's age, level, and personal goals, though I believe in the importance of setting a solid technical foundation and strengthening each student's inherent musical ability.
I specialize in classical training. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions!

About Kiyoe
Music surrounds us in our daily lives. Learning an instrument will enhance your ability to appreciate and understand it, leading to a greater enjoyment of life!
My priority in teaching violin is to acheive a balance of positive reinforcement and challenging, yet enjoyable new material. I emphasize proper technique and posture in order to avoid injury and promote an efficient and beautiful tone production.
I have been teaching violin since 2008 and love seeing my students grow as people and musicians. My students have successfully auditioned into local youth orchestras and held leadership positions in their school orchestras. With a systematic, flexible curriculum which introduces new skills at the appropriate time, my teaching method sets my students up for success, whether they are 4 year old children, school aged students, or adult
amateurs.
I received my Master's degree in violin performance from DePaul University and am registered teacher of Suzuki books 1, 2, and 3. I am a believer in the Suzuki philosophy that every student can acheive if provided with the right environment. I specialize in setting a solid foundation for beginning students. Having developed my own career as a professional performing musician, I also know the kind of training it takes for students to reach an advanced level and I am comfortable working with advanced students who are continuing their violin education.
For younger students, involving the parent is an important part of my teaching. I highly recommend that students 8 and younger have a parent observe each lesson so that they can properly assist daily practice sessions.
I certainly welcome the opportunity to work with adult students. It is a great joy to be able to help someone learn the instrument they always wanted to play.
Most students attend lessons in my apartment located in Uptown, Chicago. However, I am willing to travel to your location if it is within a 4 mile radius of me. Do not hesitate to send me a message if you have any questions!
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Krystal April 2, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My first lesson was great! Can't wait til the next one
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Naomi March 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Kiyoe has been teaching my 6-yr-old son violin for 4 months. She is calm, patient, encouraging, organized in her teaching method, adapts easily to his needs throughout the lesson, and has helped him make great progress. She is always on time, polite, and was able to accommodate the occasional schedule change. I highly recommend her, especially for young students.
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Natalie January 31, 2016
· Violin · In home
Kiyoe is such an amazing teacher. She is extremely talented, personable, professional, and patient. The way she communicates is so helpful. Kiyoe never only told me what I did wrong and how to fix it, but she also pointed out all of the positives. She encourages you to want to become a better musician and I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking to take lessons.
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Chicago, IL 60640
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About Hannah C.

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

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

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

Rates:
$30/half hour
$60/hour


My education:
BA, BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory
MM from Northwestern University (graduating Spring 2017)
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Chicago, IL 60626
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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.

In 2016, I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance and Spanish. I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Viola Performance at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. My performance experience includes both local and international venues. I have performed locally throughout the Southwest Michigan area, in orchestras such as the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed internationally in St. Petersburg, Russia; Casalmaggiore, Italy; and Puebla, Mexico.

About Laura
I provide engaging violin, viola, and piano lessons to students of all ages and am eager to help you learn!
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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
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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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Chicago, IL 60610
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About Matthew H.

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The principle central to my method of teaching is that the student is not a container that needs to be filled, but rather a light bulb that needs to be turned on. So, first and foremost I teach my students how to think, not what to think.

Whether you are pursing serious study or simply a casual mentor, I'll provide instruction to suit your needs. There is nothing more rewarding for me than making a student aware of their gifts and understand how to nurture them going on, making my 'job' obsolete.

About Matthew
Music is something all of use as a form of vitality! It's something that humanity universally enjoys and participates in; whether it's through listening to music, attending a concert or actually playing, you are part of music.

I've always believed that anyone can develop musical talent once the correct learning environment is set up. When teaching, my responsibilities include inspiring the child and advising the parent so our goals can be accomplished during the week. I adapt my teaching style to suit the needs of each student, so I can keep my students interested in playing and motivated by their own accomplishments.

My aim is to establish the fundamentals of good playing from an early stage of study; such fundamentals are careful listening, correct posture and efficient motion patterns. In order to achieve these goals, I incorpo
rate pedagogical concepts from Paul Rolland, Ivan Galamian, Kato Havas and ones that I've developed, using familiar repertoire to learn new techniques. Small steps are celebrated as building blocks to a better playing technique.

Learning the violin is dynamic and full of creativity and problem solving. We are at the same time disciplinarians, cheerleaders, poets, psychologists, and violinists. As a performer myself, I demonstrate frequently in front of my students. In fact, I will often choose passages that I can't play perfectly myself but that I am able to greatly improve right in front of their eyes. My goal in doing this is to show them how in a relatively short amount of time, but with immense focus, one can solve a problem; in a sense, I am practicing in front of them.

Whether the violin is an interest, hobby or something you want to pursue professionally, I'll always give you the best advice and training to achieve your personal goals.

My current private students have had great success in studio recitals and becoming confident in their own musical ability. I'll always bring a positive and encouraging attitude to tackle any obstacle in your playing.
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Matthew H.

Chicago, IL 60640
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