Hallie Chandola
Tampa, FL
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Hallie Chandola

Hallie C.

Tampa, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Ability development from age 0. Having grown up in a Suzuki family, I have been trained in the Suzuki method since my birth. I love starting young children especially with the Suzuki method, as the so-called "Mother Tongue approach" seems the most efficient at getting young children to understand the language of music. I have taken courses in Suzuki method and am an active member of the Suzuki Association of America. For a class setting, please invite any siblings or friends to join in the fun of learning music!

About Hallie C.

Having grown up in a musical family with her mother a professional violinist, Hallie has been exposed to the joys of music since childhood. She learned how to play Suzuki piano at the age of three, and later percussion and string instruments from when I was six years old, and has playing and making the world more beautiful ever since, first attending Interlochen Arts Academy, then later went to Prague Conservatory and Czech Budweiss Conservatory. She has played professionally with the Prague Film Orchestra, and even more recently has been a teacher for the Flutes and Strings classes at Unison World School in Dehradun, India.

Currently Hallie is the teacher for the strings program at Sunlake Academy of Math and Science, a teacher for her own private studio based in Tampa, FL, as well as a freelance musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching varies with the age level of each student. With younger students, imitation is often one of the best methods of learning and I prefer the Suzuki method for students up to age 8, especially with strings. For older children and adults, learning music notation and basic music theory for a full understanding of musical language are more important to get them to the level where they can learn any music that they want to play for fun. For students who wish to excel in their school band, a more practical approach with technique specific warm-ups and exercises seems to be the best in general.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the living room which includes music stands, sheet music, whiteboard, video recording equipment and microphone, and seating for parents/students. No pets. Parking in driveway. Siblings are welcome.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide metronome, and tools for minor instrument repair. Students should provide their own music stands and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method, Hrimaly, Taffanel et Gaubert, Patricia George


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35 Reviews
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She gives good feedback works well with student

Posted Sep 19, 2018
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Hallie was great. Very easy to take a lesson online and fun!!!!

Posted Jan 15, 2018
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Very nice Teacher

Posted Jan 15, 2018
Nicole B.
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Attitude is everything and I can always rely on Hallie to provide both fun and technical learning. As an adult learner he teaching style is absolutely perfect for a busy professional needing a break from the rat race.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
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She is an excellent teacher for my 8year old. She is very encouraging and very patient while instructing.

Posted Oct 8, 2017
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My son has been taking violin lessons with Hallie for almost one year. He started just after he turned 4. My concern when he started was that he was too young but Hallie has obviously taught kids his age before and knows what she is doing. She is creative in order to keep a four year old interested and engaged. She is also warm and positive. Most importantly, he's really learning how to play and about music in general - it is a wonderful feeling when he makes strides and does something that seemed so out-of-reach before.

Posted May 26, 2017
S. D.
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Hallie is an extremely good teacher and is very, very kind. Although she misses nothing in terms of mistakes and weak areas, she always focuses on the positive and uses positive reinforcement to get the most out of the student. She makes very efficient use of lesson time and knows how to isolate any issues that come up. My child is a teenager and she connects very well with him. He has some ongoing issues with his form and she is so good about gently reminding him in such a way that he wants to improve and doesn't feel criticized. I'd highly recommend her. She's a very nice person and great teacher. So glad I found her.

Posted May 21, 2017
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This was our first lesson with Hallie. But she was very engaging, encouraging and asked all the questions that I could possibly hope a teacher/tutor would ask to get an idea of where the student is to make an action plan.
My Son has much more confidence that he can achieve his goals with her help! ~Thank you!

Posted Mar 9, 2017
Angelina G.
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Excellent first lesson, very informative and patient. Can't wait for next week!

Posted Feb 9, 2017
Richard Smith

I am an adult learner who started working with Hallie January 8. Hallie is an excellent instructor. She has a style of instructing that is very patient and nurturing. It is very clear that she is a strong believer in positive reinforcement over negative reinforcement. She is very open to questions and when you do not understand something, will try to find alternative ways of explaining the concept, rather than simply repeating what she has already said. I could definitely see that she would be very good working with children. I leave every lesson with Hallie in a very positive place wanting to immediately go home and practice. I feel very fortunate that I have discovered Hallie and look forward to working with her for years to come.

Posted Feb 6, 2017
Kandice Van Dyke

Hallie is absolutely awesome! I feel like I'm learning so quickly and getting the hang of things easily. She's a very patient, talented, and nurturing teacher who is quick to point out strengths in your playing and in turn help weaknesses also become strengths.

Posted Jan 19, 2017
Heather J.
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Encouraging flexible knowledgeable friendly bright

Posted Dec 22, 2016
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She is a great teacher and she helps me when I have trouble with the violin. She's very kind and I'm very grateful to have her as my violin teacher.

Joseph, 11yrs

Posted Nov 29, 2016
Carter S.
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Hallie was so warm and welcoming. She went with the follow of my 3 year old to get the lesson objectives completed and ensured I was comfortable with the material to have him practice at home.

Posted Aug 25, 2016
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Hallie is wonderful and sweet teacher.
My daughter had no experience of play violin.
but Hallie have very good skill to teach beginner.
now my daughter can play.
if you looking for violin teacher, she is one you looking for.

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Carla for Serryn
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My daughter, Serryn has been going to Hallie for about 2 months now.
Hallie's knowledge of teaching the cello in an easy to understand manner is amazing. Serryn has never been exposed to music lessons before and Hallie is very patient and supportive in her lessons. We would recommend Hallie to anyone wanting to learn the Cello in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.

Posted Apr 18, 2016
Anita L.
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Wonderful teacher very helpful sweet lady

Posted Apr 17, 2016
Phyllis L.
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Hallie's teaching style a great combination of challenging and encouraging. As an older adult student with very limited musical experience I find that she strikes just the right balance for my hyper-analytical personality.
I am pleasantly surprised with the progress I have made and look forward to my weekly lessons.

Posted Apr 16, 2016
Serryn M.
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Hallie is very patient and relays material in an easy to learn way.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
Abbey U.
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This review is based off of our 1st lesson. I don't feel like one lesson is enough to give an in depth review on someone but since Takelessons asked for one, I wanted to provide my feedback. For a first time skype lesson, a 9 year old who has had no training on a cello but has been able to fumble around and can some what play a waltz-this lesson deserved a 5 star. Due to it being the first lesson and having no one to compare Hallie too, I can't say its a 5-best instructor ever. Now what matters is this-Hallie is professional, clear, articulate, engaging, encouraging, and upbeat. I liked the fact that Hallie wanted to hear my daughters waltz and used that song as a way to teach technique-bow hold, positioning the cello etc etc. My daughter was happy to be able to work on a song she already knows to get posture and technique understood better before diving into one of the books recommended to have on hand. My daughter later after that lesson, took it upon herself to practice another 30 minutes in front of a mirror. When ever a child takes it upon themselves to work on what was taught to them earlier that day, it is a sign that the teacher was inspiring and effective!

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Emma V.
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Cant asked for more from her on my daughters first lesson!

Posted Jan 13, 2016
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Hallie's dedication and passion is second to none. I had the honor to see her at Sewanee conducting a symphony performing a piece that she composed. In order to put that production together, she had to conceive of the piece, write the parts for each performer, and teach all the musicians how it should sound through rehearsal. It was amazing. That same weekend, she was the soloist performer for a flute concerto and you could see that she really knows her stuff! Her ability to communicate her vast musical knowledge is what makes her a fabulous teacher. I highly recommend Hallie for your music lessons.

Posted Jan 5, 2016
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Hallie has a wonderful way with young students; very enthusiastic and outgoing. Uses positive reinforcement in her teaching and is able to keep the student involved and interested. I would strongly recommend her for any new or experienced musician.

Posted Jan 3, 2016
Matt M.
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Mrs. C is a dedicated and accomplished musical performer and teacher who shares her enthusiasm while providing the foundations of musical education to young learners. As a wife and mother with two children of her own, Mrs. C is certainly a woman you can trust to provide professionalism and care when dealing with students. Highly recommended to children of all ages - even teens and young adults - who hope to cultivate and develop their musical passion into a skilled hobby.

Posted Dec 30, 2015
Trilok Bist
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Ms. Hallie had been one of the Best Flute and Strings teacher at Unison World School Dehradun, India and I being the Dean of Activities saw almost all trophies for the inter school string competitions coming to Unison due to Ms. Hallie's efforts.. Indeed a very hard working teacher who never compromises on anything less than the best... May God Bless her with success and happiness always ... Amen!

Posted Dec 28, 2015
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I lived in India all through my life, and now as an adult I am just coming to learn about cello. I never knew that cello would be an instrument I would become passionate about. This instrument is the most beautiful and I am very grateful to Hallie that I can carry out the beauty of this instrument. When I was growing up my parents only let me concentrate on academics. I am so grateful to Hallie to help me learn about music!

Posted Dec 28, 2015
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Hallie worked very hard to help my daughter prepare for auditions. Her teaching is very fun and she is one of the most resourceful people I have ever met.

Posted Dec 28, 2015
Lei L.
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Hallie is a well-versed musician. Her teaching is both informative and fun.

Hallie is also a very organized teacher. At the end of every class, she would write notes about what is learned for this lesson, and what to practice after class. This kind of summary is very helpful.

Posted Nov 2, 2015
Jenifer K.
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Hallie is teaching my 15 yr old daughter the violin. She talks through the lessons and shows her the techniques on her violin. Lessons are very clear and easy to understand. Polite and professional at the same time. My daughter looks forward to her time with Hallie.

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Nicole B.
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Hallie is friendly, enthusiastic and very encouraging, I look forward to each lesson because I know by the end I will feel great about what I achieve during that time.

I feel like my playing has progress so much further than when I was attempting to teach myself. As a shy adult beginner, Hallie's fantastic attitude makes is easier for me to learn as I don't feel as nervous as I normally would.

Posted Feb 25, 2015
Dustin C.
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Very knowledgeable and works great with 6 years old. Will do wonders for your kids self esteem.

Posted Nov 20, 2014
George P.

Her theory knowlege is phenonimal

Would recommend without hesitation! Is excellent and extremely thorough! I was faculty director before retiring from a college. Wish I had all faculty like Hallie!

Posted May 3, 2013
Nicole B.
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Suzuki violin teacher
Aug 2016 - Present

Private company

Teaching group classes and private lessons to children and adults ages 3 and up.

Private Music teacher
Jan 2002 - Present

Self employed

Giving private music lessons in flute, violin, cello, piccolo, music theory, and composition since 2002.

Music Teacher - Flute and Strings
Mar 2010 - Mar 2012

Unison World School

Flute and Strings teacher at Unison World School in Dehradun, India


Music Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2007

Czech Budweis Conservatory

Diploma of Music Performance
Sep 2004 - Jul 2005

Prague Conservatory

High School Diploma
Sep 2002 - May 2004

Interlochen Arts Academy



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Suzuki Flute Book 2
Oct 2019

Suzuki Association of Americas

Completed the course for Suzuki book 2 teacher training.
Suzuki Flute Book 1
Jul 2018

Suzuki Association of Americas

Completed the course for Suzuki book 1 teacher training.
Music Together Teacher Training Completed
Sep 2016

Music Together

Completed 3 day teacher training course for Music Together, a music curriculum designed for children ages birth through 5.
Every Child Can!
Oct 2014

Suzuki Association of America

Course completed for teaching Suzuki Method.
Symphonic Band
Aug 2005

Cesky Hudebni Tabor Mladeze (Czech Music Camp for Youth)

Certificate of completion of course
Symphony Orchestra
Jul 2005

Cesky Hudebni Tabor Mladeze (Czech Music Camp for Youth)

Completion of Course.
Music Performance
May 2005

Prague Conservatory

Music Performance in Flute, Piccolo, Cello, Violin, Music Theory, Music History, Czech Language, Orchestra, Piano, and Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Aug 2003

Cesky Hudebni Tabor Mladeze (Czech Music Camp for Youth)

Completion of Course
Symphonic Band
Jul 2003

Cesky Hudebni Tabor Mladeze (Czech Music Camp for Youth)

Completion of course.
Music Performance
Aug 2002

Brevard Music Center

Certificate in completion of the following courses: Flute Music Theory Transylvania Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Transylvania Symphonic Band


Sewanee Summer Music Festival Leadership Award
Jul 2004

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

John Philip Sousa Award
May 2002

Germantown High School

Acheivement Scholarship
Jan 2002

Lindenwood University

Award of Merit
Mar 2001

Flute Festival Midsouth

Certificate of Recognition
May 2000

Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble

Outstanding Musician Award
May 2000

Germantown Middle School

Piccolo Award
May 1999

Germantown Middle School

Performance of Distinction
Mar 1999

Flute Festival Midsouth


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Sep 2014
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.
National Flute Association
Jan 2000
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

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