About Annarita T.
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 Stewart...one 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.
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!
Annarita is a great teacher!
My daughter really enjoys learning with her.She improved a lot .
She's great with my 6 year old! We look forward to lessons every week.
Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra
Stargate Music Productions
Skokie Valley Symphony
Hoffman Estates High School
Working with students grades 9-12 on an individual, small group, and large group basis on both technique and musicality aspects.
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.
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.
Des Plaines School of Music
Loyola University Chicago
Fluent / Native Proficiency