Isabelle Rozendaal

Isabelle R.

Chicago, IL
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Isabelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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 study violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

I started teaching violin 8 years ago and have greatly enjoyed working with my students! Since then I have completed many Suzuki method teacher trainings 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 scales and 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. A happy and healthy body makes for a happy violinist!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach out of my home studio, I have a room with my teaching supplies, instrument, stands, piano, and seating for parents and siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I play traditional violin, and I also specialize in baroque violin. I play viola da gamba as well. I'm trained to teach the O'Connor American Fiddle method for violin playing.

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Violin Faculty
Sep 2014 - Present
South Side Suzuki Cooperative

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.

Substitute Violin Teacher
Mar 2014 - Present
Music Institute of Chicago

From time to time I teach private lessons and group classes for my colleagues at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Substitute Violin Teacher
Feb 2014 - Present
DePaul University Community Music Division

Substitute Violin Teacher
Feb 2014 - Apr 2018
Merit School of Music

I taught group and private lessons for my colleagues at Merit school of music. This included viola and violin group classes of various levels.

Violin Faculty
Sep 2012 - Aug 2016
Chicago West Community Music Center - WISH Program

I taught private lessons and group classes.


Certificate in Music Education
Sep 2014 - Dec 2017
DePaul University School of Music
Masters in Violin Performance
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
DePaul University School of Music
Education - Course on American Public School Education
Jan 2012 - Mar 2012
National Lewis University
Bachelors of Arts - Comparative American Studies
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Oberlin College
Violin Performance
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Violin Study
Sep 2001 - Jun 2006
Northwestern String Academy
High School Diploma - Music Emphasis
Sep 2002 - Jun 2004
North Shore Country Day School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Suzuki Teacher Training Books 7, 9 and 10
Aug 2018
Suzuki Association of the Americas

I took the last few levels of the Suzuki Method training these last few years to further my education and improve my teaching skills.

Music Mind Games Unit 1
Jun 2017
Music Mind Games

I took the first course on how to teach music theory using games developed by Michiko Yurko. The class was held at the Music Institute of Chicago. I use these music theory games to teach my young students music literacy.

Kid Yoga Teacher Certification
Jul 2016
Kidding Around Yoga

I am a trained yoga teacher and have taught classes for adults and for kids.

Music and Movement Cycle of the Seasons Class (ages 3-5)
Jul 2014

I am trained to lead music and movement classes for young students.

Substitute Teaching License
Apr 2014
Illinois State Board of Education

I am licensed to sub teach in local public schools.

Mimi Zweig's Violin and Viola Teacher Training, Session 1
Jul 2013
Indiana University School of Music

Mark O'Connor Method Teacher Training
Jul 2013
Mark O'Connor Method

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.

Registered Teacher Training Violin books 1-6
Jun 2012
Suzuki Association of the Americas


Music Education Scholarship
Sep 2016
DePaul University School of Music
Performance Scholarship
Sep 2013
DePaul University School of Music
Marilyn McDonald Merit Scholarship
Sep 2006
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 2006


American Federation of Musicians
Mar 2010

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Jun 2006

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.

Photos & Videos

This video is from a concert with my students from a few years ago.
This is a violin basics video that teaches beginning skills of holding the violin, bow, and an easy song.
This is my husband and me playing duets together. We love chamber music!
This photo is from Wendy Benner Photography, from 2012.

Photo of me with my quartet, before I played on a cruise ship!

My group class!

Teaching one of my students

Here are some of my students performing at a holiday bazaar. They have been playing for just 3 months!

Here are some of my beginner students performing at a holiday concert.
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6 Reviews

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Sharon R. Aug 7, 2018
Fiddle · In studio

Wonderful- I feel my skills will improve with this teacher. Very pleased.

rahul singh Aug 2, 2018
Violin · In studio

Isabelle is an excellent teacher. She makes you comfortable going from one piece to new piece, from one skill to another. In each session she applies hollistic approach consisting of focusing on technique, playing instrument and learning theory, which render learner to grow in every aspect at the same time.

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Kate C. Jan 26, 2015

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!

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Karla B. Jan 5, 2015
Violin · In studio

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.

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Isabelle R. Jan 2, 2015
Violin · In studio

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.

Darlene Sandifer
Managing Director
Chicago West Community Music Center

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Lindsay W. Jan 2, 2015
Violin · In studio

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.

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