- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- October 2001
I am a member of the Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I have been instructing students from kindergarten to high-school all over Chicago area for the past thirteen years. My highest accomplishment is having a high-school sophomore student playing first chair first violin on Chamber Orchestra and third chair first violin in Symphonic Orchestra at Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, Illinois. Other accomplishments are having students prepared for Granquist Memorial Music Competition, Geneva Illinois.
My lessons are always focused on adapting the violin practice to fit the character of the individual student. Besides learning good violin performance practices, the student will shape up character by developing strengthening the brain which will help in development of overall cognitive activity.
Learning to play violin not only opens the mind for greater understanding of artistic expressions but also adds to the quality of experiencing life more complex otherwise not possible in absence of music.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are based on the Suzuki school but adapted for the preferences and/or necessities of the student.
- Warm up exercises
- Quizzing student about difficulties met during practicing in the period between the lessons.
- Assessing the approach of addressing the difficulties while preforming the musical piece under study.
- Explaining how to fix problems and how to approach daily violin practice.
- Musical notions, musical theory.
- Musical notation reading/ Ear development exercises.
- Recap and assignments for next lesson.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Violin, computer, microphones, keyboard, audio interface, speakers.
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties ***
Audio recording and editing.
Working with public schools in group setting as well as one on one. Preparing students for various musical activities such as concerts and recitals.
Dan is a fantastic teacher! I studied with him when I was younger and returned after 13 years or so. He is very flexible and will tailor the lesson to your individual needs. Dan is also very perceptive and thorough in his approach, which really helps fine tune your playing. Highly recommend!+ Read More
Dan puts a big emphasis on technique and it will likely make for a better player in the long run. Lessons have lots of examples and he checks for understanding frequently.
Thank you Dan, so happy with my lessons with you...
So far so good, I cannot complain about anything. Dan's approach is different of which I like. He really wants you to master the basics. So when the more complicated finger placements come, you'll be able to float along without thinking. An A++ t e a c h e r without a doubt. I would recommend him any day of the week.+ Read More
I am happy to leave a very positive review for Dan! I am an adult beginner, and when looking for a violin teacher, I wanted to find someone with professionalism, a good knowledge of the violin, and of course, patience. My grown children had a variety of violin and piano teachers while growing up and I wish I was able to find someone like Dan for them at the time. My two daughters had piano instruction with an intense, very experienced pianist at a prestigious music school. They learned excellent technique, but it was very stressful and only one continues to play as an adult for pleasure. I am so impressed with how Dan has concentrated on a strong foundation of proper violin technique in a patient, gentle manner. I highly recommend him for students of any age. I recommended him to my daughter for my granddaughter who is 6 years old. His studio would be far for my daughter to get to, but it would be well worth the commute!+ Read More
Dan is a great teacher and I feel lucky to have found him. He gives great pointers to help with whatever areas that you need to improve. He's very patient and understands exactly what concerns you have as a student!
I am a current student of Dan's and have enjoyed his lessons. I can feel the improvement since starting. Initially I was self-taught and debated about taking private lessons, but now I am very happy I did. I would highly recommend Dan as a violin instructor.+ Read More
Dan is very punctual and professional and friendly . We started playing violin for the first time this past month and he helped us prepare for our lessons and also make sure we have the proper instrument that fits our daughter well . He has good communication is on time and takes his time explaining new techniques in his lesson . We hope to have a long term relationship to get to a level that we want to be at . He's very kind and honest and displays competency in his instrument of interest+ Read More
Good experience for Zachary. Thanks!
Dan is fantastic. He is approachable, reliable, and speaks to my daughter (mature age 9) as an adult which encourages her to take responsibility for her instrument and practice habits. She is just beginning, but has already made great strides with the violin. I have no doubt she will be able to play with the orchestra in the next school year; and I think this will be a long successful teaching relationship.+ Read More
I never had a tutor before, so it was difficult for me to choose from the wide arrange of tutors there are. But I think Dan was the right choice. He's very professional and goes far and beyond to help his students understand how certain things are when playing the violin. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone looking for a violin tutor.+ Read More
Dan worked wonderfully with our 9 year old son who has trouble focusing. The structure of the lessons was well suited to his needs. Dan was understanding of our son's difficulties. I would highly recommend Dan in terms of patience, expertise, and being able to adapt to the needs of each student.+ Read More
Our granddaughter Sydney is taking violin lessons from Dan and is enjoying them. I have spoken with her mother and gotten really good reviews from her.
I am in touch with Dan and have been impressed with his professionalism. I would recommend him to others.
Being 64 years old and left handed my hopes of finding a violin teacher were not high,...then, i was directed to Dan,...what a great teacher. he is personable and friendly, a great violinist and role model. he is patient and tolerant of my scratchy
attempts to follow his instruction,..my only regret is i didn't find him sooner.I highly recommend him,...you will not be dissapointed
Dan is fantastic. He quickly tuned into our 9 year old son's listening and learning process. We are looking forward to continuing lessons with Dan!
He's very nice and professional. My daughter enjoys his teaching.
dan showed a great understanding for the needs of a beginning student. i think i will learn a great deal from him !
My seven years old daughter Sydney is one of Dan's students. She enjoys her weekly lessons with Dan very much. Dan is a very skilled, professional and patient. He is one of these teachers that has pedagogic skills to guide his students. Dan is teaching my daughter plying violin but he also teaches her how to develop patience,perseverance and discipline. These qualities will definitely help my daughter in becoming a well adapted human being. We are hoping to have Dan as Sydney's violin teacher for many years to come.
Barbara Sydney's mom
My son is very happy having violin lessons with Dan.
He is punctual, professional, and dedicated to the particular needs and talents of the student.
Dan was right choice
Dan's great he's fun and patient..the whole family likes him. An extra bonus is hearing him play while he's here instructing my 9 year old granddaughter.