Isaiah Sanderman

Isaiah S.

Chicago, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music literacy, technique, theory, repertoire, style, and creative expression. Music is a source of fun and community, and I do my best to impart that on each student.
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Isaiah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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Music Teacher
Sep 2018 - Present
Flatts & Sharpe

Piano Teacher
Mar 2018 - Present
iPlay Music

Piano Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present
Band for Today

Professional Musician
Apr 2013 - Present

Music Teacher
Sep 2016 - Jul 2017
St. Joan of Arc Elementary

Piano and Saxophone Teacher
Oct 2015 - Oct 2016
Tritone Music School


Jazz and Contemporary Music
Aug 2014 - Present
Chicago College of Performing Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Oct 2016


Audience Choice Award
Apr 2016
Colombia University Biggest Mouth Competition
John Phillip Sousa Band Award
May 2014
Illinois School District 211
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
May 2014
Illinois School District 211
Division I/Superior Rating
Feb 2014
IHSA Solo/Ensemble
ILMEA Honors All-State
Jan 2014
Illinois Music Educators Association

Photos & Videos

Degenerado, a lovely Brazilian tune. I trade solos with my friend Connor on trumpet.
Photo by Isaiah S.

Photo by Isaiah S.

A blues tune
Weak- CCPA Fusion Combo
Photo by Isaiah S.

House of Blues with Zoofunkyou

Playing one of my favorite songs, Besame Mama, with Spanish fusion band Calaveras LD. At Martyr's in Chicago, 2017.
A beautiful song I got to play on, which ended up benefiting a local charity organization.

9 Reviews

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Jenny Jan 8, 2019
Piano · In home

Awesome teacher! Super patient and knowledgeable!

Noah Dec 4, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Very fine instructor. Professional, flexible and knowledgeable.

Jessica Jun 18, 2018
Piano · In home

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.

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Frank Nov 8, 2016
Piano · In home

Isaiah is patient, fun, and very knowledgable. I've had a fantastic time working with him and would highly recommend!

Oliver Z. Aug 29, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Great first lesson. We are excited to continue.

Miles Z. Aug 29, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Isaiah was excellent with my kids and seems to be super knowledgeable. We are excited to continue.

Cesar M. Aug 9, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Excellent patience and great teaching.......learned a lot on my first lesson

Alana Jul 27, 2016
Piano · In home

very patient....we made the right choice....and very knowledge

Bob Reitor Jul 20, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Isiah was awesome, looking forward to more lessons..

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