- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
My name is Claire and I have been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last eight years. I studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago. I have played in a variety of styles, both solo and as part of a band. I currently tour with my band, The Lucky Dutch on keys and vocals. My students start their journey learning music of their choice, sparking interest and enthusiasm from the very first lesson. My motto is "Relentless Positivity" and it shows in my lessons. There is never a consequence for a wrong answer or misplaced note and the worst thing that can happen is we play it again. We will work together to navigate this inspiring and often humbling path.
A word on cancellations: consistency is the most important aspect of music education. With that in mind, I need to maintain a strict scheduling policy for canceled or missed lessons. While I will try to accommodate illnesses and emergencies, I do ask for 24 hour advanced notice when canceling.
I will have to charge full lesson price for late cancellations and no shows.
Music Together is a scientifically formulated program that develops a child's natural melodic and rhythmic abilities. As a teacher, I work with kids from infancy to early adolescence to grow their confidence and competence in music.
I teach private lessons on guitar, piano and voice as well as direct shows with up to 25 kids per castlist. This includes arranging songs, writing charts, teaching kids individual parts and basic classroom management.
I taught lessons for children ages 6-16, organized recitals, made lesson plans for thirty students a week.
I perform during lunch hours to create a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. I build set lists of old school and contemporary covers to give everyone a song to sing along to.
Music Together is a revolutionary program that brings music into the home for families. Teachers facilitate learning by encouraging children to discover and parents to play. This supportive and accessible atmosphere helps young children develop the necessary skills to express tonality, rhythm and movement accurately.+ Read More
A casual, informative time with relentless positivity. Lessons go by your pace and Claire's been more than equipped to address any side questions that come up at will.
Claire was great with my kids - very positive! Awesome person and teacher!
Claire is awesome! Not only is she very talented and patient, she makes an effort to make me feel comfortable and confident during the lesson. Super fabulous :)
I've got little natural ability but I love to sing, a combination that means I pretty much sing alone in my car. In the dark. (haha) I knew I could improve, but the thought of taking lessons was so frightening that I put it off for decades. I wish I hadn't! Claire has a smart intuitive and always-positive style of teaching, honing in on just what I need to focus on to improve. Something else that helps me is to visualize what's happening when sound is made, and Claire is aware of the physicality behind a voice and describes it well. She's a really great communicator in addition to being a superbly knowledgeable and talented musician. If you've been putting off singing lessons out of fear or whatever, Claire's the teacher for you.+ Read More
Claire is wonderful. She always creates a fun, positive learning environment. She's great at giving feedback to improve your technique in a practical, constructive way. I would highly recommend her!
Claire has been a delight as a teacher and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer). I started from basically no musical training in many years and even a little apprehensive at the beginning. Claire teaches with such positivity that I did not feel self conscious or discouraged at any point. I felt very good about the progress from day one and was able to build on that. Claire has a deep technical understanding of music, but it's really her style and empathy that makes her effective, in my opinion. I have a ways to go, but I now have a base to improve from. I am no longer apprehensive in the least and look forward to each lesson. I highly recommend her as a teacher.+ Read More
Claire is just awesome. I have had several instructors over the years. None have been as fun and knowledgable as Claire. I learned more in just a few lessons than i had with other instructors. I am so disappointed my work schedule changed and I can’t continue. I highly recommend Claire for any age.+ Read More
Clare teaches with a philosophy of "relentless positivity" that is both reassuring and motivating. She's in it with you.
We've loved having Claire in our home for the past 3 years - she's a good balance of fun and seriousness, and our girls have had a blast!
I have taken lessons before with a few teachers. Claire is the first one I have had that I felt I really walked away learning something in our first meeting. She is very personable, open, and knowledgeable. I really enjoy our lessons.
Claire teaches my son and daughter piano and guitar. Her teaching style is thorough, meaning she understands that kids learn different ways, and she teaches to their interests and strengths; until they get it. She is incredibly professional and fun. She is also an excellent musician in her own right.+ Read More
My son enjoys the lessons with Claire. She makes him feel confident and is a perfect fit with his personality.
Claire has a wonderfully fun and patient attitude teaching kids. She's great with making the lessons both entertaining and productive.
Claire teaches guitar, both electric and acoustic, to one of my children and voice to the other. They both love working with her and have greatly increased their skills.
I had taken piano lessons as a child but never learned music theory. Claire has patiently taught me about theory in a way that makes sense to me. She listens to my questions and tailors our lessons to aspects that I want to learn. Plus, she is in a band and is super cool! Great teacher!!+ Read More