Annarita Tanzi

Annarita T.

Des Plaines, IL
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I like making music fun. With the knowledge that playing an instrument is very difficult, my approach to teaching is to make each task seem as easy as possible. I promote the art of listening to music just as much as playing the notes on the page. I incorporate all the important aspects of violin playing: posture, sight-reading, technique, scales, and musicality to turn all my students into the best musicians they can be!

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. Since then I've preformed with Kankakee Valley Symphony, Lake County Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and am principal second violin currently at Harper Symphony. In 2015 I also got the opportunity to play 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 from 2013-2017. In 2018 i accepted a position at Hoffman Estates High School as a part time violin teacher. There I do private lessons and sectional work with my 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, a tuner, and a metronome.

***Regarding online lessons, Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype are all apps I find to be good fits.


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4 Reviews
Kelly Libel
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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!

Posted Mar 4, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Annarita is a great teacher!

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Sep 2, 2015
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Aug 30, 2015

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Principal Second Violin
Sep 2019 - Present

Harper Symphony Orchestra

Oct 2017 - Present

Skokie Valley Symphony

Violin Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present

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.

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.

Nov 2017 - Sep 2019

Stargate Music Productions

Jan 2018 - Apr 2019

Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra

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.

Private Violin Teacher
Aug 2014 - Sep 2016

Des Plaines School of Music


Aug 2009 - May 2013

Loyola University Chicago



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