Kate Parks

Kate P.

Chicago, IL
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Kate delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2000

I participated in every musical activity I could find while growing up: choir, concert band, jazz band, marching band, and rock bands. I decided to focus on classical clarinet performance in college, but I also continued studying piano and bass. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a degree in Clarinet Performance.

In high school, I taught private clarinet lessons to younger students. Teaching helped me become a better player and leader. Since 2007, I have been teaching elementary general music in Chicago Public Schools. Around the same time, I began teaching private piano lessons as well as clarinet lessons.

Private lessons allow me to tailor each session to the individual student. There are many ways of learning, and at least as many ways of teaching. My goal as a teacher is to pass on lessons of patience, creativity, appreciation, confidence and dedication to my students. I hope my students will apply these lessons to their musical studies and throughout all areas of their lives.

Music has been an incredibly powerful force in my life, and it is my passion to share the benefits of music through instruction and performance.

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I want my students to leave their lessons with skills and confidence that will help them in all areas of life. It is important to me that I give my students the ability to keep learning outside of our lessons. I believe that music is an art form that can be enjoyed by all!

Working with beginners is my specialty. I understand that each student learns differently, and finding the right method for my students is very important to me. The fundamentals learned in the first year of piano benefit any new musician, and can be applied to other instrumental studies.

Piano and clarinet lessons begin with an assessment of ability and setting of goals. I prefer to use the Faber and Faber piano series with most of my piano students. All lessons are a combination of theory, instrumental/performance technique, and ear training.

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Mentor and Music Instructor
Jun 2007 - Present
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Leads general music classes for elementary students in Chicago Public Schools.


Bachelor of Music- Clarinet Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2007
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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5 Reviews

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Marilyn M. Feb 22, 2015
Piano · In home

Kate is such a great instructor. She has always been super sweet and patient with my daughter. She is very reliable and accommodating to our schedule. My daughter has learned so much from Kate.

angela J. Nov 27, 2013
Piano ·

Amazing experience

I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and rad music. Kate is a lovely teacher. She is patient, knowledgeable and a great teacher. Each lesson is challenging but very rewarding. I am so pleased with how much I have learned in such a short time. She is such a joy!

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Marilyn M. Oct 30, 2013
Piano ·


Katie has been great. She has been teaching my daughter for several months.

CraigW Jan 3, 2012

Very professional and excellent teacher

My experience with Kate was nothing but positive. Always enthusiastic, understanding, and extremely knowledgeable. I stopped lessons due to an injury and not anything to do with Kate and I hope to re-up my lessons with her some time on the near future. She comes highly recommended.

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RossS Dec 11, 2010


She is great and the kids love her. Very cool piano teacher and awesome with the little ones, they are really learning each week. Shes a rock star! Lets keep em going!

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