Mandolyn Barrymore

Mandolyn B.

Chicago, IL

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Mandolyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
October 2011

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I am currently a music teacher for Kindergarten-8th grade, teaching general music, concert band and choir, with the occasional school performance of a musical thrown in the mix. My education in music really took off when I attended a Performing Arts High School where I focused mainly on the clarinet, piano and bassoon. During this time I was very active in the High School solo competition scene and took away many state titles in music theory, clarinet and piano. After graduating I received my BFA€™ in Piano Performance from the University of MN-Duluth. While I was studying I was fortunate to have an inspirational conductor who handed instruments of all kinds out to me. This really held my love and appreciation for music and I learned a lot of my teacher technique from her. I later received my Masters€™s Degree in an unrelated field but soon realized what I wanted to do in my heart of hearts was teach music.

I have had a lot of experience playing in weddings, background music for large parties and gatherings, and accompaniment for an array of instruments and vocalists. On the clarinet I have performed solo recitals, worked on duets and also played with orchestras. I have a love for music theory and a lot of educational resources for teaching it.

I believe all of these life experiences have really helped me become a natural teacher. I offer a laid back approach and a friendly atmosphere while still providing structure and reasonable expectations. More than anything I want to keep the love and spark for music alive in every student, without that I truly believe it is hard to achieve your greatest goals. This is incorporated in custom lessons for every student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson is designed for the student in mind as I don'€™t believe any two musicians are alike. People also have different learning styles which I can cater to so everyone is successful. While I have a laid back approach I do give 100% to every lesson I create and I expect the same appreciation from my students. Mistakes are never criticized, rather looked at as a learning experience. When I was taking lessons ruling with an iron fist€™ never benefited me so I make sure to keep a friendly relationship with my students, while still maintaining mutual expectations.

After one month of lessons with me you will have improved on your skills, no matter where you started with me. I put a strong emphasis on artistry alongside technical musicality so you can find your musical voice while still staying true to what you are learning.

My materials range from book series, mostly for beginners, to sheet music for the more advanced students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own clarinet but would expect the student to have their own instrument and any needed equipment. (music stand, piano, clarinet as an example.)

*** Specialties ***
I have been a general music education teacher and have started choral work in this environment for six years. I have a piano performance background and taught lessons for 10 years starting in high school and through some of college.

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Masters in Urban Planing and Policy
Sep 2006 - May 2009
University of IL-Chicago
BFA-Interior Architecture
Oct 2003 - May 2006
International Academy of Design and Technology
BFA-Piano Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2003
University of Minnesota Duluth


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Licensed Teacher in IL
Jun 2014

I have completed and passed the TAP test and the Content Area Test, licensing me to teach music in IL.

2 Reviews

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King J. Sep 21, 2014
Piano · In home

Great teacher! She understood right away what i was looking for in order for my 5 year old to get better and have fun at the same time. Fantastic with kids, lots of patience and knows how to get kids excited about music!

Bryan R. Sep 5, 2014
Piano · In home

I wanted to put in a VERY HIGH review for Mandolyn. She was a great
teacher and really got me excited about learning the piano. I will greatly
miss working with her; however, I'm sure she will continue to excel at her

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