Dora Hristova
Chicago, IL
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Dora Hristova

Dora H.

Chicago, IL
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This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. This badge demonstrates subject mastery on a nationwide scale.
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music is my passion and I believe everyone can learn regardless of what level they are in. I'm here to help you advance in your musical journey!

About Dora H.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Piano and voice, musical theater and classical music.


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41 Reviews
Raiden R.
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Dora was so very nice, but she had a cat in the house and me and my son are allergic. I would’ve liked to be warned there was gonna be animals. I didn’t say anything because I felt bad she was so nice.

Posted Oct 16, 2021
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Dora is a fantastic teacher. I can already see major improvements to my voice after just a few lessons!

Posted May 23, 2021
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Dora has a very individualistic teaching approach that encourages and inspires her students. She is always smiling and full of energy during the lessons which lends to an enhanced learning atmosphere. She maintains the right level of fun, challenge, and creative spirit!

Posted Mar 21, 2021
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Dora is a terrific teacher. She is very attendant and encouraging. She only gives fun songs to play which make learning easy.

Posted Oct 16, 2020
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Great teacher, she knows her stuff, was very helpful and dedicated.

Posted Nov 28, 2019
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Awesome teacher and very dedicated for the students to learn.

Posted Nov 28, 2019
Olivia C.
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She was amazing with my daughter!

Posted Aug 27, 2019
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I would highly recommend Dora as an instructor! She is extremely nice, patient, and pays attention to detail. She always sends me home with books and sheet music so I can practice at home. I had a wonderful experience with Dora!

Posted Aug 5, 2019
Adriana A
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I found Dora online one day and I read her reviews. It made me want to schedule lessons with her and I have been singing for a little under her study. She is a brilliant teacher, she is so nice and knows how to make sure you are learning things right. She is an amazing instructor and knows how to do her job.

Posted Jul 29, 2019
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My 7 yr old son loves his lessons. Dora works well with him - very encouraging. I can’t believe how much he learned in the first few lessons!

Posted Apr 9, 2019
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Dora is great. Patient given I have never played the piano in my 63 years. Was so accommodating when I had to delay my first lesson by a month given a family situation. Fun and dedicated to the piano with the enthusiasm anyone would want in a teach. Must be great with children given I am like a first grader when it comes to piano and I feel affirmed and supported.

Posted Apr 4, 2019
Patricia C.
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Dora has extensive knowledge and willing to impart it to me. Dora is very encouraging & friendly. She noted my weak points with lessons to build upon and applauded my progress. I look forward to our upcoming lessons and am anxious to increase my knowledge of the keyboard. So glad I chose her.

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Denise M.
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Dora makes learning the piano so much fun for my daughter - she loves coming and keenly practices at home so she can show Dora what she has learnt which i always think is the mark of a good teacher. If the teacher can engage with the student then learning is no longer a chore, it becomes enjoyable and the battle is half won. I have been amazed at the progress my daughter has been able to make. I have held off this review until i had completed 10 leasons and i just think it is phenomenal that from a complete newbie my daughter is now playing 2 handed pieces.

Posted Nov 20, 2018
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My 9-year-old daughter has been taking piano lessons from Dora for over a year now, and she couldn't be happier! Dora is so kind, patient and helpful! My daughter has made so much progress just within one year's time. Plus, she is so motivated to practice, and to return each week!

Posted Oct 29, 2018
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Dora is amazing! I've never experienced such a great vocal teacher! By the third lesson, I felt myself progressing, Dora is so kind and encouraging! She tries any way possible to make sure you understand what she's teaching you. For every warm up she explains why we are using that warm up and how it will benefit your voice. She has a wonderful aura and she makes you feel at home. Very professional and she knows what she's talking about. Very skilled and well trained. I absolutely love Dora and I'm always so excited for my lessons with her every week. If you are looking for a vocal coach, pick Dora. I assure you, you will not regret it.

Posted Oct 5, 2018
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Great first lesson!

Posted Sep 28, 2018
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Dora’s lessons are the highlight of the week, and my daughter can’t wait to see her. Dora teaches from her house, which provides a warm and comfortable environment for learning piano. With her warm personality, strong knowledge of music, and contemporary song picks, Dora quickly engaged my daughter and keeps her playing for the full half hour lesson. The workbooks and assignments clearly define specific skills and serve as benchmarks from which we can assess our daughter’s progress. So far, our daughter has shown much improvement and we can’t thank Dora enough.

Posted Jul 26, 2018
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very reassuring to tentative new learners

Posted Jul 13, 2018
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very patient with new learners

Posted Jul 13, 2018
Justin D.
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I was interesting in taking singing lessons. I had no expierience whatsoever so of course I was a bit nervous what to expect. So I selected Dora her based upon her amazing reviews. Wow. She did not disappoint!! She is excellent with beginners..but is very advanced with her ability and wealth of knowledge of all kinds of music. Music is her life. She breathes it. She is a perfect fit for every level. She’ll invite you in and make you feel comfortable but will also push you to be the singer you aspire to be. I have noticed drastic change in my singing voice. Also overall ability to have an ear and eye for the music. It feels amazing.I look forward to every session with her. Highly Recommended!!!

Posted Jun 13, 2018
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My 6 year old son has been taking piano with Dora for just 6 months, but has done amazingly well under her teaching. Dora is fantastic with kids, and she has such a warm, friendly nature that my son always looks forward to his lessons. A number of my neighbors send their kids to Dora for voice and piano, and have nothing but wonderful things to say. I plan to send my younger child to Dora when she's older.

Posted Nov 2, 2017
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Dora is an insightful piano teacher, personable and kind to her students. Her attentiveness and piano instruction has helped our children grow from no piano experience to playing a minuet during the course of a year.

Posted Oct 25, 2017
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Dora is an amazing teacher- she is knowledgeable and patient. My 6 year old daughter looks forward to her lesson each week and is begging to take singing with her as well. I only wish she was my teacher growing up! I am tempted to start lessons again! I have recommended her to several friends who are also very pleased with her teaching abilities.

Posted Oct 24, 2017
Juan P.
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She meets you at your level and gives you constant work; she had a funny way of understanding what I needed most as a piano player. Definitely plan on taking classes with her again.

Posted Jun 10, 2017
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My 6 year old is a challenging cookie with 2 years of singing experience.
She LOVES learning both singing and piano playing with Dora! Dora has mastered flexibility and patience, and is excellent at keeping a young child on task. Heck, I started taking piano lessons myself! Dora, you are a gift to our city!!!

Posted Jan 10, 2017
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Dora is a wonderful teacher! My six-year-old daughter has been taking lessons with her for a few months and I am amazed at her progress. Dora is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher and my daughter cannot wait to go to lessons each week. In a few months Dora has taught her to read music and my daughter can play music that she knows, which is encouraging her even more. The home where Dora holds lessons is clean and bright and a good teaching environment. I have complete confidence in Dora and I recommend her very highly.

Posted Jan 9, 2017
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Dora is an incredible teacher. She has taught me voice and piano for seven years. She brought me to an intermediate level in piano, and she gave me special exercises, appropriate for my voice and age, to help improve my singing. She has a fun and unique way of teaching her students, and she is a very dedicated teacher. She is nice with kids, warmhearted, and very talented. I always look forward to seeing Dora. She is an amazing teacher and a great person! I highly recommend her for anyone out there who needs a piano and/or voice teacher. She is just awesome!

Posted Jan 5, 2017
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Dora is one of the most talented, passionate and kindhearted teachers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Not only is she absolutely wonderful with children, she teaches them in a way that they learn effectively. Anybody who is able to book an appointment with Dora will be lucky.

Posted Nov 6, 2016
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My six-year-old daughter has been taking piano lessons from Dora for about a year and I am amazed at how much my daughter has learned and how Dora has been able to capture a young child's interest and passion for music. My daughter always looks forward to going to piano class, which I think is pretty amazing. Dora is great!

Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Ms Dora is an excellent teacher and you can see how she loves music and singing. She has such patience for the students and works hard through the evenings to study how to help every student achieve all that they can be. Ms Dora will help a student either sing a song you love to their best and play the piano to a song you have wanted to play for a long time. She taught my granddaughter both piano and singing lessons until my granddaughter moved away. I recommend for anyone wanting lessons to do it now before she gets booked.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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Dora is an amazing teacher. My daughter started lessons with her six months ago and she has advanced a great deal and she loves playing the piano. Dora makes piano lessons enjoyable and exciting. My daughter looks forward to playing the piano at Dora's home and at our home. Dora is also very nice pleasant person and I truly enjoy interacting with her.

Posted Dec 22, 2015
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My teacher is assume. She is really good at explaining and has a lot of patience. She has a passion about music and teaching piano. She teaches me steps on how to learn and explains very well. She inspires me to want to learn and to enjoy music. I started four months ago and I already play Tchaikovsky's Old French Song. I like my teacher a lot!

Posted Dec 22, 2015
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Dora is an incredible teacher. I didn't know that I have the" Voice" until I went to her for lessons . I highly recommend to take voice lessons or send your child to Dora .She can teach !!!

Posted Oct 20, 2015
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Dora is an amazing teacher. She motivates the student to become a better, in this case, vocalist. I am sure if I took piano lessons, she would have motivated me to continue to practice. I highly recommend Dora to beginners through advanced artists. If you're looking for a teacher, look no further!

Posted Jul 6, 2015
Jenny F.
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Dora is the most wonderful teacher. She has such a natural way of connecting to my kids and their individual needs. My children really respond to her direction and guidance. I would recommend Dora to anyone looking for quality piano or voice lessons. Many of my friends take lessons from Dora as well and they all say the same! She has become part of our friend circle. We love Dora!!

Posted Apr 21, 2015
Ellen R.
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Dora is an incredible teacher. She is patient, kind, understanding and talented. My daughter is in 1st grade and Dora teaches the lesson at an age appropriate way. My daughter looks forward to going to Dora's house for lessons. My daughter has made progress every week. I highly recommend sending your child to Dora for lessons.

Posted Apr 17, 2015
Funda S.
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Dora is an amazing music teacher. She worked with both of my kids giving them piano and voice lessons. Dora has a hands-on teaching style and integrates fun, a love of learning with music theory. She is very patient and provides developmentally appropriate exercises to practice. All of her lessons are exciting and productive. Both of my children look forward to not only taking lessons but coming home to practice! Dora has a way of motivating her students to make them want to work hard and get better. We are very lucky and grateful to have her as a music teacher. I would highly recommend her to anyone that wants to improve in their musical journey!

Posted Jan 2, 2015
Jeanette R.
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Dora has been teaching my daughter classical piano as well as voice lessons for 3 years. She is incredibly talented, and very patient. I have seen great progress in my daughter's abilities as a musician as well as boost her confidence. Dora m works with the student's pace, allowing more time to focus on personal growth. My daughter looks forward to her lessons with Dora and taking her talent's to the High School level. Dora is a serious, very dedicated teacher that blends a little of "MOM" into her mix, making her lessons fun and educational. She is just awesome!

Posted Oct 26, 2014
Nurgyun H.
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Dora is a wonderful teacher, very positive and has a great dialog with kids and their families. My 6 year old enjoys her piano lessons a lot. I highly recommend Dora to any parent that wants to introduce piano or continue with their studies in music.

Posted Sep 2, 2014
Terry C.
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Dora has taught both my daughters (ages 6 & 8) for more than a year. She is very warn and incredibly positive. I have been so happy with the girls' progress that we added voice lessons for my older daughter. I am especially impressed with her ability to teach my younger daughter, who is not yet reading, to learn to read music. I have and will continue to recommend her to friends.

Posted Jun 20, 2014
Denise A.
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Dora has taught my daughter, son and myself voice lessons. She is wonderful as a teacher and as a person. My daughter took lessons for a short time and then her sports schedule has prevented her from continuing but her voice is so beautiful and strong now and Dora treated her so kindly that it helped her confidence greatly. My son looks forward to his lessons and absolutely loves Dora and his lessons. Dora keeps it fun and makes everyone want to come back again and again! I thought I would just take them for a short time but then looked forward to it so much that it's already been over a year! Love her!

Posted May 23, 2014

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Piano and Voice Teacher
Sep 2008 - Present

Self Employed

I give private lessons in voice and piano.


Masters in Art of Music Vocal Pedagogy
Jan 2008 - May 2011

Northeastern Illinois University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy
May 2011

Northeastern University

Along with my masters in vocal pedagogy, I've taken additional classes to master my piano teaching skills. I look forward to applying everything I've learned to help you achieve your personal musical goals.


Best Music Teacher
Jun 2013

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National Association for Music Education
Sep 2012
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