Isaiah Sanderman
Chicago, IL
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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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I grew up in a teaching family. My mother, sister, and uncle are teachers, and every day for years I heard stories of how they met the needs and challenges of thousands of students. My strengths are treating students as individuals, nurturing creativity, patience, inspiring passion & motivation, and focusing on the fundamentals of music making.

About Isaiah S.

An active performer, bandleader, composer, and teacher, Isaiah provides a uniquely engaging and holistic musical education for students of all ages and skill levels. Isaiah earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Jazz & Contemporary Music Performance in 2019 from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. In addition to leading his own band, Such Jam Much Chill (on all streaming services), his professional resume includes working with Macy's, Music Box Theater, 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, Lyric Opera).

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 unapologetically loves everything from Bach to Bjork. One of his greatest strengths and passions is connecting people with music that makes them smile. Currently on faculty at Chicago Center for Music Education, Isaiah has also taught with Tom Garling's Tritone Music School in Arlington Heights, Top Note Music Academy in Skokie, Flatts and Sharpe Music Academy, and the blue ribbon St. Joan of Arc Elementary in Evanston, IL, among others.

Isaiah's ability as a vocalist and on multiple instruments including saxophone, piano, flute, clarinet, and guitar have enabled him to work in many settings. In addition to scoring the feature film, Promise of the Butterfly, which appeared at the Vail Film Festival 2019 and is currently available on Amazon Prime, 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 earned numerous weekly and monthly residencies.


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17 Reviews
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Isaiah is a fantastic instructor! I feel like I learned a lot during each lesson. Isaiah was extremely attentive and helpful. Easily the best guitar teacher I have ever taken lessons with. I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Posted Sep 10, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I've had several piano teachers over the years. Isaiah is by far the best. He is patient and extremely knowledgeable.

Posted Mar 28, 2021
Erik H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

For someone who has never taken a private music lesson before I able to relax and begin learning about music literacy and music theory by Isaiah's ability to express and articulate the fundamentals of guitar in a simplified way. It was rewarding to leave the lesson with new techniques to practice and have fun with.

Posted Nov 18, 2020
Amara K.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Terrific. Great with kids

Posted Nov 9, 2020
Katie D.
Profile-location-online Online

We have a kid that has major anxiety issues, quit piano after a couple of years of learning nothing, and didn't want to play a musical instrument for the rest of her life. She was forced to take an instrument in school, and ended up borrowing my (older than I'd like to admit) flute. We searched for a teacher that "got" anxiety kids, and found Isaiah. In less than a year, my daughter is better on flute than I was after taking years of lessons. She adores Isaiah, and was so good after only playing for couple of months last year that she ended up playing a duet for the whole school at the winter concert. This was from the kid who wanted to change schools rather than take mandatory band class. He's an amazing teacher.

Posted Nov 6, 2020
Miette L.
Profile-location-online Online

Wonderful teacher.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Rishi and Ravi C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I can already sense that my boys are going to have a great learning experience with Isaiah. He caught on to each child’s strengths and areas of growth in the content as well as behavioral differences. He adjusted to each one fluidly and took the time to debrief after the lesson. I’m looking forward to continuing this relationship.

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Annie S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Really brilliant teacher, has taught me saxophone from scratch. Focuses on a full range of skills in every lesson, from sound, technical exercises, jazz theory, improvisation and jazz repertoire. Have loved every lesson, and feel like I've improved significantly. Definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn saxophone, or how to be a jazz musician.

Posted Mar 23, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Awesome teacher! Super patient and knowledgeable!

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very fine instructor. Professional, flexible and knowledgeable.

Posted Dec 4, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jun 18, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Nov 8, 2016
Oliver Z.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson. We are excited to continue.

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Miles Z.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Cesar M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Aug 9, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Jul 27, 2016
Bob Reitor
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Isiah was awesome, looking forward to more lessons..

Posted Jul 20, 2016

Photos & Videos

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Classroom Music Teacher/ Woodwind Instructor
Aug 2019 - Present

Chicago Center for Music Education

Saxophone & Piano 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


BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music
Aug 2014 - Jun 2019

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

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