Jesus Garcia

Jesus G.

Chicago, IL

About Jesus G.

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Jesus teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1997
Last sign in: 3 days ago

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 States 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.

Photos and Videos

Mexican Ballade By Manuel Maria Ponce

Experience

Piano Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Private program

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

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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Sage C. Oct 17, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Excellent teacher. Very caring for special needs student.
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Martha Oct 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
My girls started taking lessons from Mr. Garcia at age 4. He is an excellent instructor and keeps lessons and weekly practice assignments fun and challenging. He uses a combination of methods to best suit the interests of each of my daughters. They really look forward to their weekly lessons. I have seen significant progress in their piano skills. Mr, Garcia is very good at acknowledging their accomplishments which is extremely important for young, beginning piano players. I highly recommend him.
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Carlos Jun 9, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
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
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Jesus was awesome we highly recommend him thanks.
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Silvana I. Feb 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
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
Verified Student · Music Performance · In studio
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
Verified Student · Piano · In home
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
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
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
Verified Student · Piano · In home
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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