Jesus Garcia

Jesus G.

Chicago, IL

About Jesus G.

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Jesus teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1997
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Overview

Jesus Garcia has more than 15 years experience teaching piano and 5 years teaching the Suzuki piano method, with dozens of his students playing successfully in recitals, competitions, and auditions around the Chicago area.

He completed his Masters of Music in Piano Performance with a scholarship from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il. Renowned Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio and Dr. Ludmila Lazard were his advisers and professors. In addition, during his program at Roosevelt University, Jesus took a course aimed at developing figure base and harpsichord performance with Dr. David Schrader.

In 2012 he was certified piano Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Mr. Garcia performs solo recitals and lieder by Rachmaninoff, Shubert, and Schumann with his wife the soprano Darina Assenova in festivals such as “Shubertiade”, which is organized by Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago and Make Music Chicago.

He often performs in Cultural Festivals in Mexico and United Sates, and has performed with major orchestras as a soloist and as accompanist.

All his piano students are active as performers. Jesus always encourages them to perform in public, looking for piano festivals, competitions, recitals, auditions and any opportunities where they can showcase their talent. His students have been accepted in pre-college music schools in Chicago.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the basic piano technique skills when I start with a new student, it includes good posture of the body, good hand shape, firm fingertips, loose arm weight, good position of each finger, and flexible wrist. I always look for a rich tone production when playing each key of the keyboard in order to create a beautiful musical discourse throughout the piano piece.

When the student is from 3 to 6 years old I use the Suzuki method. When the student is older than 6 I combine the traditional and Suzuki method having great results with the student's performances.

My Philosophy: All my students learn to play piano in an artistry, confident, and joyful way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with upright piano, couches, bookshelves, etc. Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide copies of some piano works. But I also expect my students to buy their own books and have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
For beginners I use either the Faber or Thomson method. I can teach the Suzuki method too. I specialize in Classical music, but I can also teach pop music for piano.

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Experience

Piano Instructor

Sep 2011 - Present
Center for Music Education

Piano Instructor

Sep 2010 - Aug 2012
Hyde Park Suzuki Instituto

Education

Piano Suzuki Certified Teacher

Aug 2011 - Aug 2012
Trinitry International University

Piano Suzuki Certified Teacher

Jul 2010 - Jul 2010
University of Wisconsin

Masters Degree in Piano Performance

Sep 2008 - May 2010
Roosevelt University

Masters Degree in Piano Performance

Aug 2008 - May 2010
Roosevelt University

Bachelors degree in Piano Performance.

Sep 2000 - Jul 2004
Conservatory of Mexico State

Languages Spoken

English

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish, English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Piano Suzuki training in books 1,2, and 3.

Jul 2012
Piano Suzuki Intructor

Certification in piano pedagogy using the Suzuki philosophy and Suzuki repertoire.

Piano Suzuki Teacher book 1

Aug 2010
Trinitry International University

Awards

Scholarship to be certified in Piano Suzuki book 2

Aug 2012
University of Wisconsin

Scholarship to study a Masters degree in piano performance.

May 2008
Roosevelt University

Scholarship to study a Bachelors degree in piano pewrformance.

Sep 2000
Conservatory of Mexico state.

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association

Dec 2014
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Mar 2011

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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13 Reviews on Jesus G.

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Carlos Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mr. G was very patient and thoughtful in teaching my son on how to play the piano. I was very impressed with him, and I would highly recommend anyone interested in playing the piano to consider Mr. G.
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abigail Apr 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jesus was awesome we highly recommend him thanks.
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Silvana I. Feb 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jesus is a wonderful teacher in all ways. He is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to learn from. He focuses on all parts of piano playing and while he is determined and pushes you, he is not boring and makes the lesson fun.
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Victoria P. Oct 9, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Jesus is an excellent teacher in every way. He is personable, patient, flexible and has great rapport with my daughter. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderdul teacher.
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Kristin S. Jun 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We absolutely adore Jesus! My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Jesus since January, and it is amazing how much she has progressed. Previously she had been getting lessons ,catch and go, at her school, and there was very little progress. Jesus has a wonderful and gentle teaching style, and yet inspires her to work hard during lessons and our practices.

I cannot say enough about Jesus. One of the best decisions we have made!
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Andrea M. Aug 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent experience.
I came in as a low intermediate player and after only a few lessons I feel much more confident! My sight-reading and technique approved a great deal in a short amount of time.
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Monica M. Jul 14, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My two daughters are having a wonderful experience with Jesus. We've had about 7 lessons so far and I can't believe how great they are doing. He's a fantastic teacher, he's patient (especially with my restless 7 year old), encouraging and motivating (they love to practice!). We love his teaching style and how he incorporates history and information on various composers and his students, his passion for really shows. We are absolutely thrilled with Jesus.
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Jenny H. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
Very good

Very good teacher!
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Francesca L. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Highly recommended

Jesus Garcia is a very patient piano teacher. It's been a slow journey but I have definitely learned a lot in my 6 months of training. I wish however that the book I am learning from further explained the content and had more exercises to help me practice the material. I would recommend Mr. Garcia for someone who is looking for a piano teacher that is flexible, patient, and knowledgable.
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Cornelia S. Dec 18, 2013
Piano
Excellent piano teacher

My son has been taking lessons with Mr. Garcia for two years and I am amazed with his performance skills. He has been advancing very fast. Mr. Garcia holds recitals for all his private students and I was very happy to see my son playing two entire songs in front of audience after only 6 months of study.