Michael Schneider

Michael S.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
January 2008

Thank you for considering me as a music teacher! I work with all ages, and design lesson plans based upon the student's proficiency and age. Drawing materials from standard teaching methods such as Leopard Mozart, Dalcroze Eurythmics (especially useful for younger students), and the Suziki Method, I develop a curriculum for each individual student.

I work to build strong foundations in all aspects of music making, and extramusical character traits like focus, discipline, and fun!

I like to involve parents of younger students as well to help with practice planning, to get to know each family and student's needs, and to illuminate the different aspects of learning I am working on, e.g. hand eye coordination, kinesthetic awareness, and the various and multiple techniques involved in string playing.

I have experience teaching in both private and group settings, from ages four to adult.

I'm a classically trained violist and violinist currently completing my Master's of Music degree at Roosevelt University, Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts. I have been playing for 16 years (currently 22) and did my Bachelor's of Music at Cleveland Institute of Music.
I have played in three professional orchestras in Florida and Ohio, and have traveled around to Europe and Asia performing with orchestras.

My primary teachers have been Michael Klotz, Mark Jackobs, and currently Igor Fedotov. I have worked with musicians from the Cleveland Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra,
Vienna Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony.

Music is my passion and profession, and I believe music is an important role in development of any age child.

Thank you for considering lessons with me,

Michael S.

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substitute viola
Jan 2015 - Present
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Principal viola, guest performing viola
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Music Academy International

Fiera di Primiero, Italy

section viola
Dec 2013 - Feb 2014
Erie Philharmonic

section viola
Feb 2012 - Feb 2014
Firelands Symphony

section viola
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Pacific Music Festival

Sapporo, Japan

section viola
Aug 2008 - May 2009
Miami Symphony Orchestra


Master of Music, viola
Aug 2014 - Present
Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music, viola
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Cleveland Institute of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Concerto competition winner
Jul 2014
Music Academy International
2nd place, Milhaud performance prize
Apr 2014
Cleveland Institute of Music


American Viola Society
Aug 2011

The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Michael S.

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, 1st Mvt

Ludek Wojtkowski, violin
Michael Schneider, viola
Music Academy International Concerto Competition performance
Fiera di Primiero, Italy

World premier of Jack Hughes's Spectrum (2012)

Cleveland, OH Mixon Hall
Cleveland Institute of Music Graduation performance
Milhaud String Quartet No. 1

Mozart g minor viola quintet, CIM
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4 Reviews

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Morgan M. Jul 21, 2015
Violin · In studio

Michael is such a great instructor! I was worried about re-starting violin lessons as an adult but after speaking with him those worries went out the window. He is very kind, patient, and gives very helpful and constructive feedback during lessons. He seems to tailor lessons and music style to each student and gives lots of great exercises and homework/practice!

He's also very on top of scheduling and understanding when things come up (like an injured wrist). Very enthusiastic and passionate about music - I would highly recommend him as an instructor for any age!

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Abel G. May 25, 2015
Viola · In studio

Great instructor! Michael has a great attitude and is clearly very talented. He is willing to adjust the curriculum in order to accommodate my specific needs/ weaknesses. Balances core exercises, scales (including note reading homework), and music playing. We've already started playing songs together which really helps me hear the notes better!

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Christine S. Feb 27, 2015
Violin · In home

My boys both love Michael!

Cindy C. Feb 10, 2015
Violin · In home

Michael has been an incredible teacher - he is patient, creative and has customized the experience for our 6 year old daughter to meet her high energy and silly personality. He is reliable, and has come up with great ideas to get our daughter to be engaged.

It's obvious that his musical skills are high but just as important, his ability to teach to the students individual needs is also strong. I highly recommend him.

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