Sydney Johnson
Chicago, IL
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Sydney Johnson

Sydney J.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach violin to students of all ages and levels! As a musician of 15 years, my background is in classical music, but I specialize in teaching a variety of genres, and I work individually with my students to determine how I can support them wherever they are in their musical journey! It is always my goal to create an exciting and encouraging learning space for my students.

I often start first-time students with Suzuki books, to emphasize ear training and musical fluency. The first lessons will focus on bow hold, positioning of the instrument, tuning, basic ear training, and learning your first pieces of violin repertoire! We will continue to build on these skills, and gradually begin learning note-reading, in addition to increasingly advanced repertoire.

Depending on the level of the student, I will also incorporate excerpts from scale and etude books to help re-enforce the concepts we are learning in our lessons. I have experience teaching from Wohlfahrt, Mazas, Kreutzer, Sevcik, Schradieck, among others. For intermediate and advanced students, our lessons will focus on refining skills, while we develop more nuanced techniques such as shifting, vibrato, and varying bow strokes.

If your goal as a violinist isn't necessarily to become classically trained, I also have students that enjoy learning other genres of playing, like Fiddling, Bluegrass, and violin arrangements of popular songs! My goal is to help you find your musical voice, whatever that means for you!

I am happy to provide any sheet music or other learning materials we use in our lessons, as well as online playlists of recordings of songs we learn together, and work with you to establish achievable weekly practice goals for your schedule so that learning the violin is as fun as possible!

About Sydney J.

I am a Chicago-based performer and music teacher of seven years. I completed my Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University in 2018, and have taught violin and viola in group and private lessons to children and adults of all ages!

My teaching is informed by Suzuki pedagogy. I believe that musical ability is not an innate talent, but a skill that can be developed and nurtured. I aim to create a supportive and encouraging learning space to foster a love of music in all my students.

My lessons are individualized based on the unique needs and goals of each student. I teach a variety of styles, as well as technique, theory, and more!


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5 Reviews
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So very, very patient with little kids. She leaves us with notes so we know exactly what to practice each time. It really helps us stay on track in between lessons. I can easily recommend Sydney for anyone (at any age) that wants to learn violin.

Posted Jun 3, 2021
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She is very friendly .My son really loves his new teacher. Looking forward for more sessions with her .Thankyou Sydney.

Posted Apr 21, 2021
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Very good teacher :)

Posted Apr 13, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher. Always wanted to learn violin and she helped me do that as an adult. Very knowledgable, would definitely recommend her to anyone.

Posted Apr 5, 2021
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Ms. Sydney was a terrific teacher to my daughter! She was very patient in helping my daughter grow as a violinist. We loved having lessons with her!

Posted Apr 4, 2021

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Violin teacher
Feb 2019 - Present

Music House

I teach violin group classes in schools throughout the city of Chicago

Violin/Viola Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present

Self Employed

I have been teaching private violin and viola lessons to students of all ages for six and a half years

Summer strings teacher
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018

Boys and Girls Club

I taught string orchestra for part of two summers at the Boys and Girls Club


Music Performance
Aug 2014 - Dec 2018

Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University



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