- 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.
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.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2013
Isaiah earned his Bacehlor's of Arts in Jazz & Contemporary Music Performance in 2019 from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. As an active performer, bandleader, composer, and teacher, Isaiah provides a uniquely engaging and holistic musical education for students of all ages and skill levels. 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 unapolegetically loves everything from Bach to Bjork. One of his greatest strengths and passions is connecting people with music that makes them smile. 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, among others.
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. In addition to scoring the feature film, Promise of the Butterfly, currently making its rounds at film festivals, 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 numerous residencies.
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.Show More
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.Show More
Awesome teacher! Super patient and knowledgeable!
Very fine instructor. Professional, flexible and knowledgeable.
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..