Jon Novi

Jon N.

Skokie, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching music since I was 25, and my students have gone on to become professional musicians, lifelong friends, and most importantly, happy from the experience.

I do not use method books but rather take the students' requests and pieces they love and turn them into sheet music by hand.

I do not tell the students what they do wrong, only what they do right. Everyone makes mistakes, so when that happens, I tell the student "Good!" and move on to the next musical success.

About Jon N.

Jon N. was born and raised in Mexico City and is proudly an American citizen. He has been performing since the age of three, on several instruments, studying music since fourteen, and still takes lessons to this day. What's not to love?

He is proud to teach at all levels, including many professional musicians with master’s degrees, adult beginners, and of course, kids of all ages between 8 and 75.

They are encouraged to select the music they want to learn, so we have worked on classical music and original compositions, which I also coach, jazz, blues, pop, rock, the Great American Songbook, reggae, seven different kinds of Jewish music, and other ethnic music from all over the globe.

Frequently the younger students will request a tune I've never heard, but I magically transform the MP3 into a handwritten score at the student's level. Example, one of my adult beginners wanted to play the big symphonic poem Scheherazade, and I wrote out the main tunes for easy piano.

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Konrad K.
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Jon deeply connects with the student. He adjusts the lessons accordingly to learning needs. He finds what makes one happy and also, incorporates it in lessons to awaken even more interest. My 12 year old is very happy to be taught by Jon.

Posted Dec 6, 2019
Jerilyn M.
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I cannot study with Jon Novi because I cannot go to his house because I have a disability. He is a wonderful teacher. best, Jerilyn Miripol.

Posted Mar 5, 2019
Jerilyn
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He did not stress me. Has a relaxed attitude. Looking forward to receiving a composition book, or song book.
Glad I met him.

Posted Feb 12, 2019
Danny
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Great instructor and very knowledgeable. Really wants to understand you to cater to your needs.

Posted May 25, 2018
Alex
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It is very rare to find a teacher as enthusiastic as Jon. He is always genuinely excited for our lessons and wants us to study what I want to study, which to me is a big plus. Overall, I am having a fantastic time learning the trumpet and I absolutely plan on continuing to study with him.

Posted Nov 1, 2017
Jocelin John
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He has a very friendly and was willing to answer all of my questions. He worked at my own pace and helped me to move quickly in learning.

Posted Oct 17, 2016
Richard C.
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Jon is outstanding. His knowledge is second to none and he has a wonderful way of teaching and motivating me.

Posted Sep 7, 2016
Lisa K.
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Jon is an excellent teacher. I am at an intermediate level and am eager to improve my skills through harder pieces. Jon makes piano playing fun, while at the same time being serious about my success. It is easy to be relaxed during the lessons, he is non-judgmental and encouraging. I highly recommend Jon!

Posted Jul 5, 2016
Ellen B.
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I have had 4 piano lessons with Jon so far and he has been great. I just signed up to continue with him and I really look forward to my weekly lesson with him.

He's always very positive and encourages me to be positive too. He's also very responsive to my needs, helping me to concentrate and giving me beautiful music that I really enjoy and can work with.

I heartily recommend Jon. He's a very capable teacher, and a kind, considerate person.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
Eric
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I would just like to present the rest of the music world to Mr. John Novi. This gentleman has been nothing but stellar in his methods of teaching me how to be a better piano player and composer. I have never felt more confident in myself than after the first lesson I had from him. I advise anyone and everyone who has any second thoughts about him to throw them out the window and dive head first in lessons with him. You will never be in more qualified hands than his.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Kate
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I’ve only recently begun taking piano lessons, but I can already tell that Jon Novi is the kind of teacher who sees limitless potential in his students. His enthusiasm buoys me even when I think I’ve messed up a song, and encourages me to try again.

Also his piano skills are on point, and he does a good job of explaining how to read a score and the mechanics of playing the piano.

Beyond piano know-how, though, I would argue that it is Jon Novi’s zest for teaching that makes me glad I’m taking lessons with him. You won’t regret it.

Posted Sep 22, 2015

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Experience

Band member
Jun 1976 - Present

85 different bands in Chicago alone

I have played for the President of The United States of America, for the President of Mexico, for the heir to Lou Malnati's Pizza (for which I had to learn Greek music since he married a lovely Greek girl) and for many thousands of other unfamous yet happy people like you and me.

Music teacher
Sep 1970 - May 2001

three high schools, three colleges

Up to eleven different subject in music alone at one college.

Education

Master's in clarinet performance
Sep 1973 - May 1977

North Texas State University

Bachelor of Music Education
Sep 1967 - May 1970

Texas Christian University

Languages

English, Spanish, French, Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

I also started to learn German and Russian.

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Magna Cum Laude
May 1970

Texas Christian University

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