Stephanie Young
Maywood, IL
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Stephanie Young

Stephanie Y.

Maywood, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate
I love tailoring lessons to my students! Music is personal and I want to make sure you're learning what you're interested in or need to learn in order to prepare you for auditions or keep up in groups you play in. I always ask students for a list of music they're listening to or want to learn - nothing's off limits!

About Stephanie Y.

I started Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 3 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from UW-Milwaukee. In following years, I did post graduate work at Alverno College and went on to complete Suzuki teacher training in Suzuki Books 1-4. Besides teaching private violin, viola, and piano lessons, I perform regularly with Fretless Strings, Bowtime, Nine Worlds Ensemble, Animal Farm, Electric 5, and occasionally with various orchestras. I've had the extreme pleasure of performing with such notables as the rock band Kansas, Peter Cetera from the rock group Chicago, Rod Stewart, Final Fantasy "Distant Worlds: Milwaukee" show, Doc Severinsen, Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and most recently at Riot Fest with That Dog. I've also had the privilege of recording music for Milwaukee Public Television as well as for Chicago-area composers and singer-songwriters.


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22 Reviews
Steph C.
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I've been taking lessons with Stephanie for about 3.5 months now. I was looking for a teacher with flexibility who could adapt their teaching to the student, rather than following a rigid lesson plan. Stephanie has been a great fit! Not only do I play songs that I want to learn, but also I feel like a lot of what we focus on learning is actually adapted to me. I love that if I want to experiment with a new technique, she encourages me and is there to guide me on how to approach it. Nothing ever feels out of reach (though it might take lots of practice). She focuses on consistent improvement rather than doing something right or wrong. Stephanie is also very responsive between lessons to answer questions, including with video demos. She's very helpful, positive, and overall fun to work with.

Posted Sep 21, 2020
Gabrielle H.
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My first virtual lesson with Stephanie went really well. I was nervous as an adult beginner. Stephanie was very reassuring, engaging and fun.

Posted Sep 20, 2020
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Great as usual. She cares about her students.

Posted Sep 7, 2020
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Stephanie is very enthusiastic and fun to work with. She is helping me to overcome lingering technical issues and get to a higher level of playing.

Posted Jul 29, 2020
Carrie G.
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Excellent! Stephanie is a great instructor and was very patient and helpful.

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Samia P.
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Ms. Stephanie was very patient. She explained everything very nicely. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher.

Posted May 15, 2020
Jawad S.
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Very helpful and caring instructor! Looking forward to more sessions

Posted May 15, 2020
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Stephanie was very patient and encouraging. She did a great job of explaining and demonstrating everything. I look forward to continuing with my lessons.

Posted May 4, 2020
Ari H.
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Stephanie is an excellent teacher. She is patient and kind and extremely skilled.

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Emilia C.
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Great first lesson!

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Rianna B.
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She’s great with children! My daughter absolutely loves her!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Lexi H.
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My 10 year old daughter is loving her violin lessons with Stephanie!

Posted Apr 21, 2020
Marielle K.
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My lesson with Stephanie was great! I was very nervous about how my teacher would make me feel, as I can get easily embarrassed and anxious when I’m not doing things right, and she made me feel like I was doing amazing the entire time! Giving me corrections casually and kindly! After only one lesson I have already greatly improved, and she has made the lesson plans fit my individual wants and needs! She’s absolutely fantastic!😁

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Annabella P.
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Stephanie is a great human being and my daughter loves her lessons.

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Giulia T.
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Stephanie has just the sweetest and most positive attitude that one can find. Very gentle and supportive with beginner students <3

Posted Apr 1, 2020
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Stephanie is an amazing musician, mentor and human being. She teaches with an upbeat and natural ease-- building confidence, friendship, and a love for the violin.

My daughter describes Stephanie as very helpful, kind, happy, fun, caring, funny- and "inspiring".

My daughter had three years violin training from elementary school, prior to her first lesson with Stephanie-- and just after a few lessons with Stephanie, she went from enjoying the violin-- to having a passion for the violin!

Thank you Stephanie for all you share and instill in her.

Posted Mar 28, 2020
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My daughter has been taking violin lessons from Stephanie for over 5 years. She is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of knowledge. She has a bright and joyful personality that makes her lessons enjoyable. She is an effective teacher that has grown my daughter as a musician. Stephanie makes teaching seem effortless which is a skill that I've rarely seen and has amazed me many times over the years. Even when she's pointing out mistakes, it is done in a way that is always positive. We love Stephanie as a teacher and a person and are blessed to have her in our lives.

Posted Mar 27, 2020
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Stephanie is very patient and seems to care a lot about the students she teaches. I got really lucky.

Posted Feb 15, 2020
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So patient and cheerful and encouraging! Thank you 🙏

Posted Apr 21, 2019
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Stephanie is patient, quick to respond and very flexible. I'm a adult beginner and she has been my teacher for a year now. She makes me feel comfortable when learning. I have a very busy schedule and she is always willing to work with me including coming to my home late at night. She is easy going and it's been a great year and I have learned alot! I definitely recommend and am continuing lessons with her!

Posted Nov 25, 2018
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Stephanie is wonderful. First of all, she is a truly virtuosic player. She plays beautifully. That is hugely important. Never hire a violin teacher who does not make a gorgous sound. She makes a gorgeous sound. Second, she is an amazing TEACHER. She knows how to tailor her approach to the student’s unique learning style and musical tastes. She can take you through a purely classical curriculum, or she can also help you learn to play your favorite pop songs. I have been taking lessons with her for two years and my adult (step)daughter who has Down Syndrome has been studying with her for a little over a year. I have progressed consistently and my stepdaughter has also progressed consistently. Stephanie definitly knows how to collaborate with me to adapt her lessons to my (step)daughter’s special needs. My (step)daughter loves her lessons and Stephanie mixes things up to keep her excited and motivated to practice. Stephanie prepares more in advance for lessons than any instrument teacher I have ever observed. She creates her own teaching aids for each student, personalized to their needs. She has formal Suzuki training both as a learner and teacher, so she knows the Suzuki curriculum, and can use a strictly Suzuki approach for people who want that, but she also knows the scope and sequences of skills so thoroughly that she can guide students without relying on Suzuki if that approach is preferred. She takes a positive approach, helping students to learn to listen to and evaluate their own playing rather than over critiquing. She teaches students to practice effectively, and uses questions to gently guide students to draw appropriate conclusions about what they need to do to improve their playing. She paces lessons well. She does not require perfection before moving on, but also discourages racing through repertoire without developing the target skill represented by the repertoire. She does not waste lesson time. She uses lesson time very efficiently. Her demeanor is warm, calm, mindful, gentle and kind, but firm about holding students to appropriately high expectations. I started wth her as an adult beginner and have loved every minute. I am now an intermediate player... sooner than I expected. She is also very reliable. She does not forget appointments or run late or cancel frequently. The room she teaches in is clean and organized. I really think she is very appropriate for gifted kids, average kids, kids with special needs, and adult beginners both typical and with special needs.

Posted Nov 21, 2018
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Stephanie has been our violin teacher for the past eight years, and we love her. My daughter was five when we started lessons. Everything my daughter has learned about music and the violin, she has learned from Stephanie. From reading music and technique, to music theory. We look forward to our lessons every week.

Posted Nov 21, 2018

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Private Violin Instructor
May 2019 - Present

Science & Arts Academy

Private Violin, Viola, and Piano Instructor
Mar 2015 - Present

The Music and Dance Suite

Private Violin, Viola, and Piano Instructor
Sep 2003 - Present

Fretless Music, LLC

Private Violin, Viola, and Piano Instructor
Jul 2012 - Mar 2015

The Music Room

Private Violin Instructor
Sep 2007 - May 2012

The White House of Music

Private Violin Instructor
Feb 2005 - Sep 2007

Hartford Music Center


Bachelor of Arts - Violin Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2009

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Violin Books 1-4
Oct 2019

Suzuki Association of the Americas

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