Vera Stefanovic
Winnetka, IL
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Vera Stefanovic

Vera S.

Winnetka, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Being able to create music is an integral part of the human condition as it helps us express and understand an exceedingly wide range of human emotion. Teaching how to do it has therefore always been my greatest passion and having been privileged with the guidance of great pedagogues in the past, it is my ambition to pass that invaluable knowledge and skill on to aspiring musicians. I am certain that every person (no matter what age) has vast potential and it is my duty as a teacher to extract those talents and nurture creativity. Guiding students to find a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship to music will encourage them to not only be exceptional artists, but also human beings. It is essential to cater to each student individually helping each one find the right practice strategies, technical studies, repertoire, and most importantly, their own musical identity. My goal is not simply to develop skill, but to teach students how to teach themselves, find their voice, and awaken their own desire for growth and exploration.

Everyone learns and absorbs information in a different way which is why I use different methods of teaching with different students and cater to their needs. Some of these methods include the Suzuki Method, the traditional Russian school, and the Viennese style.

I want to share my knowledge with you on the violin, viola, chamber music, and orchestral playing. I will prepare you for concerts, festivals, competitions, entrance exams,

About Vera S.

Originally from Belgrade, Vera moved to Chicago at the age of two and started her first violin lessons at age of seven with the renowned pedagogue, Dr. Milton Goldberg who worked with Shinichi Suzuki on developing the most prominent Suzuki method for violin. Thereafter, she rapidly evolved into an active performer travelling all over Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa participating in international music festivals, competitions, master classes, teaching, and performing. She has performed in several major concert halls around the world and under the baton of notable conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Peter Oundjian, Markus Stenz, and David Robertson, to name a few. Vera was honored to be invited twice by the Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of former Yugoslavia to give solo performances at the LifeTime gala that took place in the Chicago Cultural Center.

Teaching for over 15 years, it has always been Vera’s undying ambition to devote herself to helping students become fine musicians. She has successfully prepared them for auditions, conservatory entrance exams, and competitions. Her students have always exhibited consistent progress, discipline, confidence, musical sensitivity, fearless stage performance, and most of all, love and inspiration for their instrument. This has been recognized by directors of music schools in Chicago, Florence, Vienna, and New York City who have offered her permanent positions as a violin instructor and ensemble coach.

Vera received her Master’s in a double concentration in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at Northwestern University where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro. At Illinois Wesleyan University, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance where she performed Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with the symphony orchestra after winning the concerto competition. She graduated with honors and was granted numerous scholarships and awards at both institutions.

In December of 2019, Vera completed a second Master's degree in Viola performance and pedagogy with the highest honors at the conservatory of Florence in Italy. She continues to teach, perform, and collaborate with musicians while broadening her stylistic palette by exploring different genres and experimenting with music production using Cubase and Logic Pro.

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Steve
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After reading through a large number of teacher profiles, something about Vera's background, experience, and teaching philosophy made me decide to reach out for lessons, and I am extremely happy that I did, as I look forward to each lesson.

Vera has been absolutely great to work with, and if you are looking for a teacher who will challenge you, and be tough and direct when necessary, but also offer empathy and support to help you grow and learn to the best of your ability, then I highly recommend Vera.

Posted Apr 5, 2021
Ramon Kelly
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Excellent first lesson. I learned some important basics to get me started and I am looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jan 19, 2021

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Education

MM Viola and Pedagogy
Sep 2016 - Dec 2019

Conservatorio di Firenze Luigi Cherubini

MM Violin and Pedagogy
Aug 2007 - May 2009

Northwestern University

BM Violin and Pedagogy
Aug 2003 - May 2007

Illinois Wesleyan University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Serbian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Method
May 2009

Music Academy of Northwestern University

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