Connor Cook
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Connor C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Piano has been my longest love affair. I play and teach all styles from Classical to traditional Irish accompaniment. I teach basic to advanced theory and performance skills depending on the student's desires. I have a BM in piano performance, so I'm extremely comfortable performing and teaching on piano. I'd love to help you discover your own individual piano style and find what music you love to play. If you want to learn to write music on piano, I can help you there too!

About Connor C.

I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!


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27 Reviews
Ramon L.
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Charming personality.

Posted Mar 25, 2021
Tom G.
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Thoughtful and patient help towards goal of playing by ear. Thanks!

Posted Mar 10, 2021
Timothy and Kandice H.
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Connor has been a great instructor to learn under. She was even able to work around my sometimes hectic schedule!

Posted Feb 17, 2021
Mary Ellen
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Connor has great ideas to get playing quickly. She is creative, knowledgeable and inspiring. I look forward to my weekly lessons and was even able to play some Christmas carols after several months of lessons with her. It was so much fun during the holidays. She is an excellent teacher, versatile and talented. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jan 2, 2021
Tina S.
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Connor is patient and very helpful. It was a great experience.

Posted Dec 30, 2020
Kevin H.
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I learned so much in a mere 45 minutes from this gifted and accomplished young lady.

Posted Dec 28, 2020
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Great teacher and enthused about how I was progressing, I just ran out of free time

Posted Nov 10, 2020
Liz Mayer
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It was great! Connor got me off to a great start! I am really excited to work on my lessons this week.

Posted Nov 2, 2020
Mary Ellen
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Great first lesson! Connor was helpful with the basics and we already started with a song! I am excited to be playing already and look forward to more lessons. She is a great listener and instructor! I am sharing my experience with my sister to sign her up for lessons as well!

Posted Oct 14, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Connor is so patient and positive. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn the mandolin or any instrument.

Posted Oct 10, 2020
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Excellent lessons!

Posted Aug 2, 2020
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Great teacher! Connor is very helpful, knowledgeable and fun to work with.

Posted Jul 5, 2020
Mary L.
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Connor is knowledgeable about music, let’s me work at my own pace and has a kind personality.

Posted Dec 2, 2019
Richard T.

teacher was good, but i am not in favor of internet lessons vs direct personal lessons.

Posted Nov 13, 2019
Norman S.

excellent lesson

Posted Oct 13, 2019
Paul M.
Profile-location-online Online

Outstanding first lesson, great instructor! Looking forward to weekly lessons.

Posted Aug 11, 2019
Marissa A
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Connor is an excellent teacher. I worked with her via Skype for over a year. I played accordion as a child and wanted to get back into it as an adult. She helped me build my confidence and my proficiency around playing the accordion. She went through a lesson book that I purchased on my own previously. She arranged music for me so I could play more contemporary songs that my 3yo daughter would recognize. She worked with my schedule. She has a lovely personality. She is very encouraging. She is amazingly talented in music. And I couldn't recommend a better teacher. I wish you all the best, Connor! Thank you for everything!

Posted Apr 29, 2019
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Connor is a skilled teacher. She meets you where you are and immediately taps your interest to bring you further while creating a fun team spirit.

Posted Apr 1, 2019
Robin A.
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Connor is an excellent instructor. I am a beginner and she made me feel at ease. I had so much fun and I am excited to continue working with her.

Posted Feb 28, 2019
Mike D.
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Very pleasant person and extremely effective as my instructor. She is very knowledgeable and patient, and makes the lesson fun. I'm really looking forward her making me into a capable accordionist.

Posted Oct 16, 2018
Meredith W.
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Connor is so amazing with my 14 year Old daughter! She taught my daughter to play a full song after one lesson! Great instruction, great attitude, great communication!

Posted Apr 22, 2018
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It was a perfect lesson! I highly recommend Connor as an instructor

Posted Mar 26, 2018
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Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.

Posted Mar 26, 2017
Susan B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).

Posted Mar 13, 2017
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First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.

Posted Jan 7, 2017
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Connor is the absolute best! Couldn't possibly find a more talented musician or a more wonderl teacher!

Posted Nov 11, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

super cool

Posted Jul 25, 2016

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Composer's Assistant
May 2016 - Feb 2018

David Schwartz Music

Assistant to TV composer David Schwartz. I worked on "The Good Place", "Lady Dynamite", and other various projects.

Composer's Assistant
Sep 2014 - May 2016

Blue Police Box Music

I was a composer's assistant while attending graduate school in Chicago. I wrote additional music, worked on sheet music preparation, recorded live instruments, and made virtual instruments. I worked with this composer until I moved to Los Angeles.

Accordion Teacher
Jan 2013 - Jun 2014

Connor Music

I taught accordion lessons for a year in North Carolina while attending undergraduate college. I had a handful of dedicated students, whom I sadly had to part with when I moved to Chicago for graduate school. I am looking forward to teaching accordion lessons again.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2014

Appalachian State University

I taught a music class at my Alma Mater, Appalachian State University. I started a traditional Irish music course at my college, and as there was nobody to teach it, I was able to teach the course. I am very passionate about traditional Irish music, and it was a true joy to teach the course for two years.


MFA in Music Composition for the Screen
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016

Columbia College Chicago

BA in Piano Performance and Music Theory/Composition
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014

Appalachian State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

Irish Gaelic

Limited Proficiency


Society of Composers and Lyricists
Nov 2016
The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.
Alliance for Women Film Composer
Jul 2016
Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2010
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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