Andrew Olmstead
Chicago, IL
Andrew Olmstead

Andrew O.

Chicago, IL
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Achieve your goals in music and enjoy the process? Student engagement is the most important element I bring to music lessons. By setting goals which are both realistic and challenging, I can help you read music, improvise with other people, and even write their own songs! Music is a beautiful tool for self-expression, so our long term lesson plan will be shaped by the music you love, be it pop, classical, jazz, or something of your own invention.

I also have the mysterious ability to turn rambunctious kids into smiling musicians. If you have somebody in your life older than four who fits this description, ask me about my lesson plans for their age group!

About Andrew O.

I became an active pianist in the Seattle music scene when I moved there a decade ago, but beyond writing and performing, I really love teaching. To me, it’s an uniquely powerful way of sharing music. I recently moved to Chicago, and am building up my studio of students again... I couldn't be more excited ahhhhhhhhhh! Call me biased, but I think music is really great.

The core of each piano lesson includes music theory, repertoire building, and safe technique, but each of these elements changes depending on the student's goals. If your not sure what your goals are, that's ok! We'll spend part of our first lesson talking about different types of music and find which ones resonate with you. If you're more sure of the direction you want to go, I'll let you know what's worked for past students with similar interests. I have experience performing and teaching pop, classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music, folk, and musical theater.

Students get to be creative in our lessons. I've curated improvisation workshops open to the public, and frequently get my youngest students writing their own songs! Remember, we essentially learn to read and write words in the same time. I find that doing this with music education strengthens our understanding of music greatly. More importantly, it's also very, very fun.

Some career highlights:
Opening for the incredible Sun Ra Arkestra
Premiering new work by Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Writing a musical as and performing it with live cartoon illustration
Touring on synthesizer for a theatrical pop-rock band
Recording and gigging with countless friends
Watching my students perform and share their love of music ❤️

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