Tracy Brade

Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL

About Tracy B.

Tracy teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1998
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.


*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement studio finished and separate from house

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

*** Specialties ***
I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

Photos and Videos

Ready for some Celtic fiddling at FitzGerald's for St. Patrick's day!

Experience

Violin, Cello and Piano Instructor

Jan 1997 - Jun 2004
Music House

Taught individual and class instruction, often traveling to various Chicago public schools.

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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15 Reviews on Tracy B.

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Dave M. Sep 25, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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Quincy W. Aug 10, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son is really really really enjoying his lessons with Tracy.
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Tori H. Aug 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Tracy got the ball rolling right away! Only a 30 minute lesson, but more than enough to give me the tools to keep learning over the week. You can tell she really knows her stuff, and she has a bunch of ready to go instructional papers for beginners like myself. (I'm an adult beginner, 26 learning piano for the first time!) She gaged my learning speed on the fly and was tailoring the lesson to my needs as we went, which was really cool. Great teacher, very flexible and talented. I would definitely recommend her!
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Emelia S. Jul 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient and positive!!
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Teresa J. Apr 8, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I was impressed by Tracy's attention to detail, her patience, and her love for music. She's a wonderful teacher and we had a great first lesson!
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Marilyn Feb 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I finally found a teacher that breaks it down in such a simple and fun way that it clicks!
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Nate B. Jan 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We live Tracy!!!!
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Paddy Sep 23, 2015
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Very nice lady. My son loved his first class. Great patience.
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Susan V. Oct 29, 2014
In studio
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her weekly flute lessons and is enjoying band in school much more thanks to her lessons with Ms. Tracy!
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Kerry V. Jul 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is fantastic! She's so enthusiastic and excited about what she is teaching. She's very encouraging and patient too. I'm having a great time learning to play the cello!
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