Annarita Tanzi

Annarita T.

Des Plaines, IL
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Annarita delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
May 2011

My name is Annarita and I am a violinist from Des Plaines, Illinois. I began playing at the age of seven, and by the time I was in high school I realized I wanted to make playing and teaching violin my career.

In 2013, I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in music from Loyola University Chicago. During my college career I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Vienna, Austria to expand my knowledge of the classical music world.

In 2010, I began playing with the Fox Valley Orchestra - an ensemble of which I am still a part and consider my second home. I also perform regularly with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Stargate Productions, as well as the string orchestra at Northeastern Illinois University. In 2015 I had the opportunity to perform with Rod of my favorite memories!

Besides my passion for performing, I also very much love teaching. I worked with The People's Music School and with the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project in Chicago as a violin teacher and ensemble coach. I also teach a wide range of private students.

*** Lesson Details ***
1. I set goals with my students and give them the tools they need in order to reach them.
-I focus a lot on note reading, music theory, practice
techniques, and bodily awareness to ensure each student
understands every aspect of their instrument and music
2. I explain how the assigned studies will help improve students' overall ability to play the violin
-I'm not a "spoon-feeder" - I teach my students how to
teach themselves and think independently!
3. I keep my lessons at an appropriate difficulty for each student.
4. Most importantly, I teach students how to practice efficiently and with patience. Improvement does not happen overnight; but with a little focus and patience, it will come a lot sooner than you think!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have an instrument, music stand, assigned music, and a metronome if necessary.

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Jan 2018 - Present
Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra

Nov 2017 - Present
Stargate Music Productions

Sep 2010 - Present
Fox Valley Orchestra

The Fox Valley Orchestra is a wonderful ensemble located in Aurora, Illinois. The orchestra performs in Batavia, St. Charles, and Aurora. I am in the violin section and work with fantastic musicians to provide classical music to the Fox Valley community.

Violin Teaching Artist
Feb 2014 - Dec 2017
Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project

The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project is an orchestra program located at selected Chicago Public Schools to promote music where there is no orchestra program. Every day from 3:30 to 5:30, students gather in their assigned classrooms to learn about music. Full orchestra, sectionals, and music theory are all a part of their musical training. I work with these kids twice a week as their violin sectional teacher.

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Private Violin Teacher
Aug 2014 - Sep 2016
Des Plaines School of Music


Aug 2009 - May 2013
Loyola University Chicago


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

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Photo by Annarita T.

Photo by Annarita T.

May Recital 2015


4 Reviews

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Kelly Libel Mar 4, 2017
Violin · In home

She has been teaching my daughter for 3 years, starting around age 5 1/2-6. She is patient and firm, encourages her to work hard, and loves and praises her when she succeeds. She takes her craft seriously, and it shows. She is phenomenal!

MAXYMILIAN B. Jan 21, 2016
Violin · In home

Annarita is a great teacher!

Meryem Sep 2, 2015
Violin · In home

My daughter really enjoys learning with her.She improved a lot .

Erin Aug 30, 2015
Violin · In home

She's great with my 6 year old! We look forward to lessons every week.

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