Lana Gangware

Lana G.

Huntley, IL

About Lana G.

Background check: Last verified 09/19/2016
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Lana teaches: Ages 5 to 90
Teaching since: 1992
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Unlock your hidden talents with experienced internationally trained piano teacher Lana Gangware.

I have been a full time piano teacher in Chicago area for 25 years.

My piano study combines theory, technique, and performance that gives the student a basic understanding of music from the beginning through advanced levels. Presented so skillfully that the student can't wait for the next lesson.

References and piano recital videos are available upon request.

Photos and Videos

Fantasy Impromptu by Fredrick Chopin. This student studied with me for 5 years.


Piano Teacher

Mar 1992 - Present
Self Employed

I have been a full time piano teacher in Chicago area for 25 years


Masters in Music

Sep 1977 - Jun 1982
Kiev Institute of Culture, Ukraine

Languages Spoken

English (primary), Russian, Ukranian, some Polish

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Teachers National Association

Sep 2001

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.

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7 Reviews on Lana G.

Roberta Sep 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Undoubtedly the Fur Elise of piano teachers! This is the second teacher for my little one and just after the first lesson, the difference in Lana’s style of teaching when compared to the previous teacher was quite apparent. The professionalism and the ability Lana consistently exhibits to conjure the personal motivation out of my little one to excel in piano is simply amazing. We have been taking lessons from her for over a year now and my daughter has made strides in reading sheet music, playing steadily, and being more comfortable playing in front of others. When friends and relatives come over they have noticed a difference in her play and have asked what we have done differently. The first time someone asked, my daughter replied “Lana” and I couldn’t help but laugh a little as I was not expecting her to even respond. Lana is an exceptional piano teacher whose love for music is infectious and I would highly recommend!
Shilpa Sep 27, 2016
Piano · In home
My son took lessons with Lana for over 7 years. She is a very patient teacher, gives praise when deserved and expects a lot from her students in a very loving and constructive way. She always has a smile on her face and made the lessons fun and enjoyable which he looked forward to each week. He has learned to read music effectively and understands dynamics and plays with grace all due to Lana's incredible instruction. My son has started college this fall and even though he is not having formal lessons he requested a keyboard for his dorm room because Lana has instilled a love of music in him. We are forever grateful for her involvement in his passion for music.
Constance Sep 27, 2016
Piano · In home
I have had piano lessons from Lana since I was little. After 12 years of lessons, I am fully capable of reading sheet music and playing any piece. Lana taught me not only how to read the notes, but the importance and beauty of the pieces I play. She made lessons so much fun, which is why I continued on for 12 years! Lana is the best teacher I've ever had and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to play piano.
Rhonda Sep 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Lana is my daughter's third (and hopefully last) piano teacher. Lana is the BEST instructor! She is loving (yet stern), positive, effective, and truly gets the best from her students.

My daughter has taken a keener interest in playing piano since being under Lana's tutelage (she has played for 7 years, this is her third year with Lana). Whether she's playing Beethoven, Chopin, John Legend or Joni Mitchell, Lana helps my daughter conquer her pieces with confidence and pride (once the pieces are learned).

We have had the old school, hard-core, drill sargeant type of teacher and the lackadaisical, low expectation and low output type of teacher. Lana is neither. Lana focuses on technique, reading music, musicality, presence, and instilling a love of music in her students. And she gets results. Not only has my daughter's skill level improved, her attitude toward piano has completely changed.

Any child would be lucky to have Lana as his/her teacher. We cannot recommend her highly enough!
Anna Sep 27, 2016
Piano · In home
My daughter has had Lana as a piano instructor for 4 years and we could not be happier! She is a wonderful teacher who is very attentive, patient and caring with our daughter. Lana has a very positive attitude and compliments our daughter with a job well done! We hope to continue learning from Lana for many more years!
Helene Sep 26, 2016
Piano · In home
Great teacher! My son really enjoy taking lesson from Lana in the last year or so. He was with another teacher for a couple years but didn't quite gasp the concept of reading the notes. He was playing by memory which I thought it wasn't right for a beginner or at his level. We since than switch to Lana and noticed the difference when he practice and the techniques he put on during his lesson and recital is incredible to see as a mother. I'm very happy with the way she teaches my son and she shows a very positive feedback with compliments at the end of each lesson. I think that is very important as a teacher.

Since than, my older son have follow my younger son's foot step in taking lesson with Lana as well :-)
Natalie Sep 26, 2016
Piano · In home
What a teacher! I have known Lana for twelve years and have always been impressed with both her passion and dedication. Both my sons took piano lessons with Lana.
She has great communication skills , every lesson with Lana was educational and exciting. Besides learning technical skills my boys have developed a positive attitude to the music. Today they are college students, but they still keep playing the piano, listening to good music and attending classical music concerts. So much of this is due to Lana's influence. It's the best result I could have wished for my children's musical education.
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