- 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.
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.
From time to time I teach private lessons and group classes for my colleagues at the Music Institute of Chicago.
I taught group and private lessons for my colleagues at Merit school of music. This included viola and violin group classes of various levels.
I taught private lessons and group classes.
I took the last few levels of the Suzuki Method training these last few years to further my education and improve my teaching skills.
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.
I am a trained yoga teacher and have taught classes for adults and for kids.
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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Wonderful- I feel my skills will improve with this teacher. Very pleased.
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.+ Read More
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.