Phil Wilhelm

Phil W.

Freeburg, IL

Lesson Details

Classical Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching piano lessons for nearly 30 years. I've taught Kindergarteners through adults, have taught public school music, and also taught future music teachers at the university level. I have a PhD in education with an emphasis in music. I'm still an active performer, direct music at a church and have played professionally for many years, including 2 times in Carnegie Hall. I believe students should have a keen concept of fundamentals, which are often overlooked by most teachers. Once you learn the basics, it's much easier to progress.
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Phil delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I've been a professional musician and music teacher for nearly 30 years. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in music and PhD in education, with an emphasis in music. I've taught students from the ages of 5 to 72.

I've had a successful performing career and have played twice at Carnegie Hall and in the National Conservatory of Music in Ecuador, just to name a few venues. I have recorded music, won song-writing competitions, and have had music published. While I still actively direct music at a thriving church, my passion is in teaching others the love of music.

I believe in teaching and focussing on the fundamentals of music, as it is often overlooked by many teachers. Once the basic skills are learned, musicians can apply the same skill sets to other literature.

I look forward to helping you develop your talent.

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Director of Music
Oct 2001 - Present
O'Fallon UCC

Direct entire music program, ensembles and play for services.

Private Music Instructor
Aug 1992 - Present
In Home Studio

Teach music lessons.

Music Professor
Sep 2002 - Jun 2012
McKendree University

Ran the music education program, training future music teachers. Directed numerous musical ensembles.

Music Teacher
Aug 1997 - Jun 2002
Various School Districts

Taught music classes and directed ensembles.


PhD in Education (emphasis music education)
Aug 2005 - Jun 2008
Northcentral University
Masters in Music Education
Aug 1999 - Jun 2001
Southern Illinois University
Bachelors Music Education
Jul 1992 - Jun 1997
Southern Illinois University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Orff Schulwerk Levels 1, 2 & 3
Jul 2004
Webster University

All 3 levels of the student centered music education courses of Carl Orff.

Missouri State Teaching Certificate
Aug 2002
State of Missouri

Illinois State Teaching Certificate
Jun 1997
State of Illinois

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