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Stephanie Quinn

Stephanie Q.

Starting at $40
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I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin, piano and vocal instructor with over 40 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I also am a well endorsed composer and public speaker. Furthermore, I LOVE teaching! I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

Some people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage for my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. It's worth a try, isn't it?

Please note: I only accept weekly lesson students. Also, due to my performances, I'm not always able to this calendar up to date....so when you request a lesson time, allow me to communicate with you, if we need to adjust it a bit. It almost always works out if you don't mind doing that.

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 5-10 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

Studio Equipment
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

Specialties
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.

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  • BA from Eastman School of Music
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Awarded Merit Scholarship winner from Eastman School of Music

Reviews (21)

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Hui F. Feb 25, 2019
Piano · Online

Stephanie is one of the best teachers you can possibly find through Takelessons. We are extremely fortunate to have found her. She is a successful professional musician who is very strict yet with a kind heart and skills/experiences to steer students through their learning limitations. I had trouble to make my older daughter to practice piano for years, and almost came to the point to have her given up learning. Stephanie changed everything. Now my older daughter is getting not only serious with piano but practicing harder then ever. I am so happy to see the results. Highly recommend her!!!

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Sage M. Sep 26, 2018
Piano · In studio

Stephanie is s fantastic teacher! My daughter has thrived and grown like never before. When she wants to push her she expresses complete confidence. This builds my daughters confidence and she flourishes! She is in love again with piano! We drive an hour every week and it is worth it. If you are looking for an experienced teacher who loves to teach Stephanie is the one to go to.

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John Sep 12, 2018
Violin · In home

Stephanie method of teaching is ideal for me as an older adult...very patient but she challenges me not to take shortcuts and to follow her guidance. Our sessions are very productive yet enjoyable.

Courtney T. May 17, 2018
Ear Training · Online

Stephanie is an amazing teacher! She has helped me so much with basic ear training! I was worried about learning basic ear training online but her method is great and I have made so my progress in a short amount of time spent with her already! I highly recommend her for lessons!

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Natasha May 31, 2017
Violin · Online

Very pleased with my first lesson! I'm an adult beginner and I appreciated her frankness and encouragement!

Jennifer B. Feb 13, 2017
Fiddle · Online

Excellent teacher..Stephanie is so patience. .looking forward to more lessons with her.

Nancy Lease Jan 4, 2017
Organ · Online

I began taking on line Organ lessons with Stephanie in July of 2016. She is an excellent instructor. She makes you want to learn and do your best. She is very patient and explains things very well. She asks that you practice 20 minutes a day. Since she inspires you to improve and do your best, it is easy to practice longer than requested. She has brought joy back into my life through music. I am very grateful.

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Corrie Dec 1, 2016
Violin · Online

I had taken lessons locally for several months and was very frustrated. I was given a color coded sticker and sheet music to get me playing fast however I actually wanted to learn to read and understand music.

On a lark I found Stephanie on the takelessons site. We scheduled a call where I explained my experience, frustrations, and what I wanted to accomplish. I honestly did not think online classes would work. Was I wrong!! It takes great skill in verbally correcting bow holds, etc. and Stephanie is terrific. Before I was told to practice but I never knew HOW to. Stephanie assigns specific tasks, # of time to repeat, and duration for homework. She is so friendly and easy to work with. I would recommend her for any age or skill level??

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Barbara Jul 20, 2016
Viola · Online

My son really enjoyed the lesson and he start to practice daily.

Nancy Lease Jun 15, 2016
Organ · Online

I really enjoy my lessons with Stephanie. She is well organized and very patient. I find my lessons very enjoyable and look forward to accomplishing the tasks she sets for me.

Nancy

Annika Jan 15, 2016
Violin · Online

The first lesson was a little stressful for my daughter but Stephanie made her feel comfortable and not overwhelmed.

Stefnie B. Jan 8, 2016
Violin · Online

Stephanie was an INSTANT "hit" with our Granddaughter. She had a great time for her 1st lesson, and can't wait to practice this week, and grow in skills.

Brittney G. Dec 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

Worked on breathing techniques, and helping with sounds this session. Very professional

Addie Hosier Nov 6, 2015
Singing · Online

What a fun experience. She made me feel good about my singing ability and gave me some really useful exercises to help me improve.

Jordan T. Oct 21, 2015
Singing · In studio

She was great. Taught me the fundamentals & told me what to work on, looking forward to knowing the fundamentals of singing with Stephanie

Chrys B. Oct 12, 2015
Singing · Online

I've been told my entire life that I cannot sing. I'm the one who could clear out the room on karoake night.

Recently I decided to learn just one song (one a bet with my son) and the helpful folks at TakeLessons directed me to Stephanie.

Have just had my first voice lesson - learned so much, had fun and came away feeling as though, "I can do this." With Stephanie's training, knowledge and insightful teaching backing me, I have new hope.

Stephanie tuned into me, my needs and goals, she really got it! Nothing cookie-cutter about this lady; I feel the lesson was worth every dime. Now - off to practice...

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Gosia J. Apr 13, 2015
ESL · Online

I've chosen Staphanie as my teacher, because I needed someone who will really quickly help me make my English accent better. I took the fact that she is also a musician as a big advantage as I assumed she'll be able to hear all the false accentuation I make. In fact, if you want to work on your English skills, it's the best combination of skills.
It was really clever decision. Stephanie is able to explain things clearly and fast. Step by step, syllable by syllable, trains student how to speak properly. If you're ready to do your homework and want to see progress fast, Stephanie is perfect person to work with. And she is very kind, too!

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Pat F. Feb 3, 2015
Piano · Online

She is amazing, she was able to hear pitch over the internet connection and is wonderful in working with our son. I would highly recommend her.

Mira M. Sep 19, 2014
Piano · In studio

Stephanie is amazing. She is an excellent teacher and truly cares for her students. I have been taking lessons from her for a month now and really love it. She makes sure to explain things and makes it fun! She is an inspiration and I love doing my homework and always look forward to go to my lessons with her! Stephanie makes sure that her students will succeed in their goals. She is patient. It is up to us to really do our homework in order to achieve excellency which Stephanie provides for her students!

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J B. Feb 18, 2014
Violin ·

Stephanie is extraordinary!

I never gave it any thought that it would be possible to learn such a complex instrument via Skype. To find someone as professionally trained as her is very challenging in of itself, but to have someone of her caliber teach my daughter from many miles away in the comfort of our home is truly amazing! Stephanie was very patient, observant, extremely knowledgeable and a talented teacher. It is quite a luxury to have the opportunity to work with her. I'd recommend her highly. If you are hesitant to try her online lessons I would suggest you at least give it a chance; you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Jared W. Feb 15, 2014
Piano ·

Great piano teacher for youth or adults

I have known Stephanie Quinn for over 14 years, during which she has been my piano teacher, mentor, and friend. Her accomplishments as a professional musician--on piano and violin--are numerous and impressive in and of themselves. What distinguishes Stephanie, however, from other performers / teachers is her unique combination of competence, passion, and disciplined approach to teaching. Her studio, which includes students of all ages and levels, is unmistakable proof of that. I am extremely grateful to Stephanie for starting me on a path towards love of music, and for helping me develop the ability to share it with others.

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Lesson Details

Ear Training

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I cannot count the times someone claimed to be tone deaf. Nonsense! I’m able to train all my students to sing in tune as well as look at music & hear it in their head before playing it. Ear training is very important, whether reading notation, or playing by ear. Of course I had much ear training in my Music Conservatory education. I have several decades experience. I learned the most of ear training while teaching my blind students.

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Experience

Private instructor of piano, violin, and viola
Sep 1988 - Present

Self Employeed

What I bring to my teaching is EXPERIENCE. Years of it! You name it, I've done it. Even teaching a blind man to play piano! When a student needs to make music, I find ways to make it happen. I love to help others create beauty, improve their intellect, and empower themselves in learning the language of MUSIC!

Violin and piano teacher, and chamber music coach
May 2014 - Dec 2016

Music Academy

Orchestra teacher
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012

Chicago Waldorf School

I was teaching violin to large classrooms, both the 3rd and 4th grade. Additionally I assisted in the orchestra of the 4th grade level.


Education

Private instruction with Gerardo Ribeiro
Mar 1997 - Jul 2000

Northwestern University

Private instruction with Felix Galimir
Sep 1979 - Jun 1981

Juilliard School of Music

Double Major, Violin and Piano
Aug 1976 - Jun 1980

Eastman School of music

BA
Aug 1976 - Jun 1978

Eastman School of Music

Piano Performance
Sep 1969 - Jun 1976

American Conservatory of Music


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certifications

Suzuki teacher of violin and piano
Jun 2013

Suzuki Association of Americas


Awards

Merit Scholarship winner
Sep 1976

Eastman School of Music


Affiliations

Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Feb 2010
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.
Music Teachers National Association
Jan 1993
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Sep 1976
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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