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.
Audition prep!

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.

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Isaiah teaches



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 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.

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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


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

Photos & Videos

Isaiah (center) at the private screening of Promise of the Butterfly, a film for which he composed the score

Such Jam Much Chill spring 2019
Chorinho Novo
Senior Recital Spring 2019
Photo by Isaiah S.

Photo by Isaiah S.

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.
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11 Reviews

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Rishi and Ravi C. Aug 12, 2019
Piano · In 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.

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Annie S. Mar 23, 2019
Saxophone · In 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.

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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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