Lydia Stout

Lydia S.

Chicago, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate
A passionate advocate for empowered music making, my purpose is to empower creators of various ages and stages to make their best art. I have been teaching private piano lessons for 14 years. A flexible teacher who values experimentation, continuous learning, and artistic freedom, I cater my approach to each student's unique needs.

About Lydia S.

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 two recitals each year.

In addition to teaching a studio of 20 musicians (ages 4–65), I am a professional choir 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!


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6 Reviews
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Wonderful first lesson! Thank you.

Posted Dec 8, 2018
Rachel Pasquini
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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!

Posted Oct 18, 2018
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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!

Posted Oct 16, 2018
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Lydia has been a wonderful teacher for my 2 daughters aged 6 and 8. She is prompt, enthusiastic and a great teacher. Highly recommend.

Posted Oct 13, 2018
Lilia C
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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.

Posted Aug 31, 2018
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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!

Posted Aug 28, 2018

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Children's Choir Director
Aug 2018 - Present

Glenview Community Church

Assistant Director
Aug 2018 - Present

Youth Choral Theater of Chicago

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

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


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



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Graduate Assistantship
Aug 2016

Michigan State University

Honors Research Presenter
Apr 2012

Oberlin College

Oberlin Merit Scholarship
Aug 2009

Oberlin College


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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