Featured Piano Teachers Near Stateville, IL

Willis M

Willis M

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I began teaching while I was in High School and I would teach the younger students who were freshman and sophomores the tenor saxophone. Once I went to Eastman, I taught several people throughout the course of the four years there. I beleive that, particulalry when teaching the saxophone and flute, a mix of classical fundamental technique is very important as well as incorporating the jazz or rock repertoire. I feel that my skills as a music therapist can be very unique particularly because I can really attend to the needs of the student and adapt the music and lesson accordingly. I believe that a person can truly grow as an individual when they bring music into their lives and my first and foremost goal is to have my students truly enjoy what they are doing. I am not a very strict teacher but I of course can be if my student really wants to excel. 

Pei-Yun L

Pei-Yun L

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I believe music is unique because of individuality. I make lesson plans depending on each student's interests and learning progress. For young beginners, I encourage lots of participation from parents because it helps children feel supportive and it is always nice to see how much they grow. I like advanced students to express their ideas about the needs and wants as well as musical ideas. Different opinions would make lessons more interesting and inspiring.

Taylor S

Taylor S

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I do not use any textbooks or piano method books in my teaching. I am almost completely self taught, but have had success with my own methods of teaching piano. I have my own musical examples written out, which I can easily print or email for students. For beginners, I generally focus on basic technique and practice routine. Once the student has mastered some fundamentals (scales, chords, etc.), I introduce beginning level repetoire and start with basic sight-reading techniques. For intermediate and advanced students, I like to figure out what kind of popular music (rock, blues, jazz, pop) that they would like to play and learn more about, and then learn repetoire or basic techniques in that particular genre. Again, I specialize mainly in popular styles, and am not much of a classical player. My hope is to give intermediate and advanced classically trained students a good foundation in popular styles, and once the foundation is there, start working on repetoire. One of my specialites is arranging pop songs for solo piano performance, so that will also be a part of advanced lessons. 

Katrina P

Katrina P

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I began teaching while in High School, picking up some of the extra students my mother was not able to fit into her schedule.  I have been teaching part time ever since, through college, and more recently building up a larger student base.  I recently relocated to Chicago from the country, and 6 of my 7 students at the time decided to stay with me and switch to Skype lessons.  I am a fan of the Suzuki method and reccommend consistant practice, repetition, and reasonable challenges with rewards that students are able to work toward.  I include music theory in my teaching right from the start, which aids in long term retention, as well as a deeper understanding of what they are playing.  I teach everyone four years of age and up, and also have experience working with students of all ages with learning disabilities.

Erin C

Erin C

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I like to cater my lessons to each of my students. Voice students often have a specific genre they want to improve on, and if not, I start with "singable" music that they'll like, such as folk, jazz or country songs. Younger students often have pieces they're working on in class, and I have plenty of flute and piano books to add to that. Like sports, it's important to work on technique, but at the end of the day you want to play the game (or, in this case, sing the song). I usually break down lessons into 1/3 technique, 2/3 repertoire-based study, and all the time I want my students to be proud of the work they're doing and have fun. 

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