- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2013
Isaiah grew up in a family of teachers and musicians. His educational philosophy was shaped around the dinner table, and is equally as inclusive. Making music fun, encouraging self reliance and discipline, promoting musical literacy, and nurturing students' creativity are at the heart of his lessons. Isaiah unapolegetically loves everything from Bach to Bjork, including country. One of his greatest strengths and passions is connecting people with music that makes them smile. Though still in his final year at Chicago College of Performing Arts, he has an extensive teaching resume that includes Tom Garling's Tritone Music School in Arlington Heights, Top Note Music Academy in Skokie, Band for Today in Chicago, Flatts and Sharpe Music Academy, and the blue ribbon St. Joan of Arc Elementary in Evanston, IL.
His skillset is as broad as it is deep. As a pianist, saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, and composer, he has quickly become one of the most highly sought after musicians in the midwest. His performance experience includes jazz, classical, Latin, rock, pop, R&B, hip hop, funk, musical theater, South Indian fusion, and more. His bands have appeared at a number of high-profile venues around Chicago including House of Blues, The Promontory, Cubby Bear, and an ongoing, nearly year-long residency at Cafe Mustache. Notable musicians he has played with include Randy Deadman (Hamilton), Reuben Garza (Noname), Adam Thornburg (Wynton Marsalis), Jacob Victor (Downbeat), and Gustavo Cortinas (Downbeat). Over the years, Isaiah has earned numerous awards at jazz festivals across the country as an outstanding soloist. His primary teacher and mentor has been Jim Gailloreto (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Isaiah also explores his interest of the art of practice on his website, collegepracticing,com, where he has interviewed numerous college students on their practice habits, as well as working professionals with degrees from such esteemed institutions as Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, and Northwestern University.
Isaiah is a really intuitive and talented teacher. He teaches both my kids and they are very different in their needs. Isaiah is really good about considering what motivates them individually and tapping into that for greater engagement during the lesson.
He’s kind, patient and really fun. We’ve asked him to help us play our favorite songs too! He’s a great teacher.
Isaiah is patient, fun, and very knowledgable. I've had a fantastic time working with him and would highly recommend!
Great first lesson. We are excited to continue.
Isaiah was excellent with my kids and seems to be super knowledgeable. We are excited to continue.
Excellent patience and great teaching.......learned a lot on my first lesson
very patient....we made the right choice....and very knowledge
Isiah was awesome, looking forward to more lessons..