- Teaches students:
- Ages 3 to 90 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2004
I am a violinist from Rogers Park, Chicago's North Side. I started violin when I was 3, and have been playing ever since! I studied with Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University's String Academy, then went on to violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
I started teaching violin 8 years ago and have greatly enjoyed working with my students! Since then I have completed several Suzuki method teacher certifications and taken a string pedagogy course at Oberlin.
I also have studied and play baroque violin in various groups in Chicago including Baroque Band and the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. I also sing and play viola da gamba.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach private lessons to students of all ages and levels. Music and learning should be fun! I help students express themselves and reach their goals. For beginning and intermediate violinists I usually teach the Suzuki violin method literature with a mix of traditional materials, but I am happy to teach whatever music the student wants to play! Students may also like to explore fiddle music, jazz, rock, modern, folk, romantic, or renaissance music!
Depending on the student, in lessons I tend to have my students warm up with some technique work, and then focus on a piece for the later part of the lesson. In my teaching I prioritize playing in a healthy and relaxed manner. My studies of body awareness have included Alexander technique, yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, and T'ai chi ch'uan. A happy and healthy body makes for a happy violinist!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room w/ violin, stands, piano, and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music, a music stand, a tuner and my own teaching instrument. I expect the student to bring their own instrument, accessories (rosin, shoulder rest) and music they have been working on.
*** Specialties ***
I play traditional violin, and I also specialize in baroque violin. I play viola da gamba as well.
For this teacher cooperative I teach private lessons in Hyde Park once a week, and I run a violin program at St. Thomas the Apostle School.
I am trained to lead music and movement classes for young students.
I am licensed to sub teach in local public schools.
Pedagogy training for fiddle-style, American-based music education system. Includes many different styles of playing- jazz, rock, fiddle, gypsy jazz, and lots of improvisation.
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I am a violin teacher who has worked with Isabelle. My students love working with her as a sub. She has a keen sense for discovering what would benefit a student most, and is resourceful in finding ways to address problem areas. I recommend her most highly!+ Read More
Ms. Isabelle is patient and able to reach my wiggly, Star Wars-obsessed kid where he is. She is a great communicator and keeps things interesting for him, while also pushing him to work to best of his ability. She is clear about her goals for his musicianship. She expects him to not just learn the songs, but to play beautifully. She models professionalism and respect during her lessons.+ Read More
Ms. Isabelle R. is an exceptional musician and wonderful violin teacher. She brings high quality music instruction to her classes and students will be well skilled in music after taking the first class. She is timely, well prepared and has teaching qualities that we expect from a professional teacher. Whether group or private lessons, Ms. Isabelle R. has an amazing way of matching her teaching style to the needs of the student. I highly recommend her as an instructor you don't want to pass on.
Chicago West Community Music Center
I am a violin teacher who has worked with Isabelle. She is patient, kind, and extremely equipped to adjust her teaching focus and style to the needs of her students. Her group classes are engaging and organized.