Lydia Stout

Lydia S.

Chicago, IL
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About

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Lydia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2004

I teach students of all ages and stages. Having studied piano for 16 years and voice for 4 years, my students can expect to learn theory and technique along with repertoire. I encourage my students to practice for at least ten minutes every day! All members of my studio have the opportunity to perform for and collaborate with one another in three recitals each year.

In addition to teaching a studio of twelve musicians (ages 4–85), I am a professional choral director. I graduated from Michigan State University (2018) with a Masters in Choral Conducting and from Oberlin College (2012) with a Bachelors in Music, Concentration in Choral Conducting.

I look forward to working with you!

Experience

Choir Director
Aug 2017 - May 2018
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Grand Ledge, MI

Associate Director, Children & Youth Choir Program
Aug 2016 - May 2018
MSU Community Music School

Created and directed a satellite choir program in the Waverly district public schools
Conducted the CMS Singers, an auditioned choir of forty singers (ages 8–12)
Directed children's opera chorus, Hansel and Gretel, MSU Opera Theater (Fall 2017)

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In-School Conductor
Aug 2012 - Aug 2016
Chicago Children's Choir

Directed 400 students at nine elementary & middle schools in Chicago
Collaborated with a team of conductors to produce large concerts promoting peace and social justice

Education

Master of Music in Choral Conducting
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Michigan State University
Bachelors - Honors in Musical Studies - Concentration in Choral Conducting
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Oberlin College

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Graduate Assistantship
Aug 2016
Michigan State University
Honors Research Presenter
Apr 2012
Oberlin College
Oberlin Merit Scholarship
Aug 2009
Oberlin College

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association
Jan 2010

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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Photos & Videos

Directing a Chicago Children's Choir performance at a gallery

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Singing at a wedding

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Teaching a BHM song and lesson at a school in Michigan
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5 Reviews

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Rachel Pasquini Oct 18, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

We recently started piano lessons with Ms Lydia and we can’t say enough good things. Our daughter Emerson asks each day if Ms Lydia is coming to play piano. And we believe that is because of Ms Lydia's positive attitude, happy personality and ability to make learning music so much fun! Ms Lydia has already taught my daughter so much in regards to music and reading notes. Emerson enjoys each lesson so much that she practices the piano on her own. We are so grateful for Ms Lydia. She’s engaging, caring and her passion for music is contagious!

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Winslow Oct 16, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Lydia is a great teacher! She selects great music for my level and offers me suggestions to improve my ability. I enjoy practicing everyday and she never gets frustrated when I make mistakes but shows me correct fingering.

I began playing at 13 years old, and have taken lessons from many other teachers and now I'm 69 and have MS, she does a great job with me!

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Wallis Oct 13, 2018
Piano · In home

Lydia has been a wonderful teacher for my 2 daughters aged 6 and 8. She is prompt, enthusiastic and a great teacher. Highly recommend.

Lilia C Aug 31, 2018
Piano · In studio

My daughter has been taking piano and voice lessons with Lydia for the past 5 years. Lydia is a very thorough teacher and will work with the student’s interests to keep the lesson fun but without losing the structure and highlighting proper technique and theory work. We love that Lydia is firm, disciplined and knowledgeable but kind and approachable. Lydia has continued to evolve my daughter’s course work with age to make it challenging. She is a wonderful piano teacher for any student.

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Jim Aug 28, 2018
Piano · In studio

OK, if five stars mean "best instructor ever", then all the other five stars need to be demoted to four stars; there can only be on "best", and it is Lydia!

NO ONE has more musical knowledge, and her ability to teach is amazing. Lydia tailors her methods to accept the student for who (s)he is and where (s)he wants is and wants to go. I have been with Lydia for a few years. There could be no better music teacher! If you are lucky enough to have found Lydia, look no further and join her studio NOW!

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