Jesus Garcia
Chicago, IL
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Jesus Garcia

Jesus G.

Chicago, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A solid, artistic, and flexible piano technique from the beginning. One of the fundamental parts in learning to play piano is to learn the basics of piano technique, which includes proper posture of the body when sitting to play piano, proper fingers, hands, and arms position. The development of the arm and hand flexibility in order to learn the legato and staccato performance from the beginning of the piano studies.

Throughout my 20 years of teaching experience I have developed different methods for children and adults to build a flexible and artistic piano technique that has worked with all my students.

The proper use of the arm rotation, wrist flexibility and how the wrists and arms help to lead the direction of the phrases are fundamentals to attain a beautiful and rich tone .

About Jesus G.

Jesus has more than 20 years experience teaching piano and 10 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.

Jesus 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.

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Melanie Rodriguez
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Posted May 29, 2020
Tereza M.
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Great teacher! Knowledgeable and patient

Posted May 21, 2020
Carly S.
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My daughters and I have been taking lessons with Jesus for over 6 months now. I have been absolutely thrilled with Jesus’s lessons for both me and my two daughters. We have learned A LOT about the etiquette and technique of piano - including how to read music and properly position ourselves/our hands when playing. It’s not just about the music - it’s about how music transforms us and has the power to bring so much joy! Jesus is a very patient and caring teacher. I truly enjoy having him in our home and the girls are always excited for their lessons.

During this COVID crisis, Jesus has done his absolute best to teach us through Zoom lessons. He is always flexible, easy to talk to and fun to work with.

I would HIGHLY recommend Jesus to anyone looking for a dedicated and exceptionally trained teacher, who is always on time and excited to watch you succeed.

Thank you, Jesus!!! We adore you!!

Posted May 7, 2020
Amanda P.
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Mr. Garcia is a wonderful teacher! He uses real pieces that my kids enjoy but that are written at their level. He is flexible and informative. We definitely recommend him!

Posted Oct 26, 2019
Savannah
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Jesus has been really helpful in improving my technique and introducing me to challenging pieces. I have been playing piano for about 14 years and took a long break from working on my music. At first, I was skeptical about taking lessons again, but I decided to start roughly two months ago. Since starting lessons with Jesus, I'm playing pieces that I would have never chosen for myself on my own and tackling them even faster than I thought I could. Aside from learning new, advanced pieces, he is really helping me with my technique as a performer. Jesus fosters a welcoming environment and I genuinely look forward to my lesson each week. If you're an older student like me interested in piano, I highly recommend Jesus!

Posted Apr 24, 2019
Sage C.
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Excellent teacher. Very caring for special needs student.

Posted Oct 17, 2016
Martha
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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.

Posted Oct 13, 2016
Carlos
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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.

Posted Jun 9, 2016
abigail
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Jesus was awesome we highly recommend him thanks.

Posted Apr 16, 2016
Silvana I.
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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.

Posted Feb 20, 2016
Victoria P.
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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.

Posted Oct 9, 2015
Kristin S.
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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!

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Andrea M.
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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.

Posted Aug 21, 2014
Monica M.
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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.

Posted Jul 14, 2014
Jenny H.

Very good

Very good teacher!

Posted May 14, 2014
Francesca L.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Cornelia S.

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.

Posted Dec 18, 2013
Eve O.

Mr. Garcia is an excellent musician and teacher

Mr. Garcia is very professional. His teaching demeanor is calm. Our son looks forward to lessons, and has greatly improved since starting with Mr. Garcia a year ago.

Posted Dec 9, 2013
Rogelia K.

Jesus Garcia is a great piano teacher.

My daughter has been taking piano lessons with Mr. Garcia for 1 year and I can notice a great improvement in her musicality and technique. Now she is able to play piano with confidence and joyfulness, now she really loves to play her favorite music in piano! Mr. Garcia is very professional and serious piano teacher, but at the same time he makes the lesson fun and very interesting for my daughter.

Posted Dec 7, 2013
David R.

Love how he keeps my kid motivated!

We met Jesus thru a friend and we are very happy having him as a piano teacher. My kid tends to get distracted and demotivated easily but Jesus has been very patient and that is very important to us. Piano has been a great therapy for our hyper son!

Thanks Jesus!

Posted Dec 7, 2013

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Experience

Piano Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present

Private program

Piano Instructor
Sep 2010 - Aug 2014

Chicago Center for Music Education

Piano Instructor and accompanist.

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

Spanish

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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