Miguel Garcia

Miguel G.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning an instrument is no easy feat, but having the right plan, structure, and support makes all the difference. My teaching philosophy is designed to meet each student where they are, with a custom approach tailored to their individual needs.

I take time to get to know my students - how they practice, why they pursue their instrument, what their goals are, and who they really are as people. What is it that they truly need right now? Is it a practice schedule, or just some gentle encouragement? A new song to freshen things up, or a tough lesson about persistence? A conversation about homework, or a story to lighten the mood and bring some laughter into the music? As an experienced teacher, I know how big of a difference it makes to really understand the needs of a student.

I work with beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages. I have experience with all major string curricula, as well as my own conservatory-trained approach. I have taught over 100 students in private lessons over the years, and led Orchestra Classes for 500+ students in 1st - 8th grades. Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!

About Miguel G.

I take time to get to know my students, and I meet them where they are. My teaching philosophy is based on helping students understand music on their own level, as opposed to requiring them to meet the goals of a curriculum that may not be appropriate for their individual needs.

While I am highly proficient in various methods, including Suzuki, Essential Elements, Barber, and conservatory-based approaches, I tend to use them selectively for students based on their background. I have experience with diverse learners, and can design and structure curriculum with a flexible mindset.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. Best of luck on your musical journey!


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PhD Candidate, Music Education
Jul 2019 - Present

Northwestern University

Fellow, Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME), Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. PhD Student/Candidate, Music Education. Expected completion: May 2024.

Professional Violinist and Violist
Jun 2005 - Present


I have 15+ years of experience as a professional musician. My most recent performances include concerts with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Summer Opera, Symphony of the Potomac, and a variety of new premieres and chamber music events.

Violin and Viola Instructor
May 2005 - Present

Private Studio

Private Instructor of Violin and Viola since 2005. Experience with students of all ages and a variety of methods, including Suzuki, Essential Elements, Barbara Barber, various method books, the "standard violin/viola repertoire...in combination with the individual, personalized approach that each student needs in order to be seen and feel successful with their instrument.

Music Director
Jan 2014 - Jun 2019


Music Director, Teacher, Studio Instructor, and Program Administrator. Developed, created, and implemented an innovative new music curriculum for an up-and-coming independent elementary school while teaching Orchestra, Chorus, Ear Training, Music Appreciation, and more. Held a private studio of 20+ students for violin and viola. Mentored and trained new teachers on best studio practices, methodology, and pedagogy.


PhD, Music Education
Sep 2019 - Present

Northwestern University

Master of Music, Violin Performance
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

Roosevelt University

Bachelor of Arts, Music
Sep 2007 - May 2011

Boston College


National Association for Music Education
Jun 2016
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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