A Touch of Classical Plus, Inc. in Chicago, is a music instruction center where students can learn how to play piano, drums, and violin. Phyllis Calderon, who has a B.M. in Violin Performance, is a Suzuki-trained violin instructor and A Touch of Classical Plus, Inc.'s founder and owner. She has played with some prominent artists, including Barry White, Nancy Wilson, and Jerry Butler. Other instructors include Marija Bubanj, who has a Master's in Violin Performance and freelances with chamber ensembles throughout the greater Chicago community, and Sheila-Marie Robinson, who heads the new Drama Works for Kidz class. The center also offers early childhood music classes for children ages 2-5.
Chicago, IL(773) 972-8793
Cassandra Strings is a music instruction center in Evanston that, in addition to selling a variety of string instruments and accessories, offers violin lessons. Teaching programs, which consist o weekly sessions, 20 minutes long, are suitable for all students of all ages and skill levels. Detailed pricing information is available on Cassandra Strings' website.
Evanston, IL(847) 423-2841
Ellman's Music Center, Inc., in Naperville, is a music school and store that has been serving Chicagoans since 1958. Instructors are available to teach an array of instruments, including trombone, piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and keyboard. Ellman's Music Center, Inc.'s violin and viola instructor, Michael McGuan, has been playing the violin since he was five years old. Recently, He completed a Master's of Music degree in Violin Performance from Northern Illinois University. He is a registered Suzuki technique instructor who has experience working with students of all ages and skill levels.
Naperville, IL(877) 764-3919
At Evanston Violin Studio, Matthew Cataldi works with students from Chicago and its suburbs. Mr. Cataldi is a violin performer who has worked in the U.S. as well as Canada and Europe. He has given guest lectures, recitals, and master classes in both contemporary and traditional music at Columbia College of Chicago, Lake Forest College, and other local institutions.
Evanston, IL(614) 562-0180
With Jay Pike, aspiring violinists from all over the greater Chicago community can learn the art of violin performance. Mr. Pike, who also works for the nonprofit Learn to Make Music program in Hinsdale, has been a private violin tutor for over 10 years. He has a Master's of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Chicago, IL(773) 865-1640
Learn to Make Music is a nonprofit organization centered in Hinsdale, teaching violin performance students in Chicago and other nearby cities. It emphasizes providing affordable music instruction to Chicagoans, with pre-discount prices starting at $30 for a half-hour session. Instructors can also teach students interested in learning how to play guitar, piano, woodwind instruments such as saxophone and flute, or brass instruments such as the trumpet or trombone. Interested students should fill out Learn to Make Music's online enrollment form.
Hinsdale, IL(630) 783-0254
Merry Music Makers, in Chicago, teaches group and one-on-one music classes. Sara Morrow and Alison Taum are the school's violin instructors. Ms. Morrow, who has a Master's in Music Performance from DePaul University, is an orchestral musician who has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ms. Tautm is an active freelancer and a registered Suzuki instructor, who also received an M.M. from DePaul University.
Chicago, IL(773) 929-4666
Musical Chairs Studio is a Chicago-based music school, with educators who are ready to teach children and adults brass, woodwind, percussion, and voice technique, as well as how to play the violin and other string instruments. Located in Lincoln Square, the school began with one instructor and 10 students but has grown over the years to comprise twelve teachers and approximately 200 students. Ewa Sarota-Raczek, Musical Chairs Studio's violin instructor, is a professional violinist who has performed both classical and jazz music.
Chicago, IL(773) 609-4627
Musical Expressions of Illinois, LLC is a music school in Naperville with students hailing from all over the greater Chicago community. All instructors at the school are actively performing musical professionals, and they offer lessons in a range of instruments and musical styles. The program's founder and Director, Patrick Dugan, is a guitar and ukulele instructor who studied at the Berklee College of Music.
Naperville, IL(630) 355-1110
Naperville Music Lessons, founded in 1974, helps aspiring musicians from Chicago and other nearby cities. The Naperville-based school's strings instruction team consists of three young violin teachers, Diana Mayer, Joia Nicholson, and Elijah McCarell-Bradley. Each of the trio has more than 10 years of experience playing string instruments. Parents speak highly of Naperville Music Lessons' instructors for their easygoing, confidence-boosting approach to music instruction.
Naperville, IL(630) 355-1404
Noel Navoa Violin Studio is a Chicago-based private instruction center. Ms. Navoa, who meets with students at her office in East Lakeview, has been playing the violin for more than 25 years. She has a Bachelor's of Music from Belmont University and a Master's of Music from DePaul University. She is a member of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Olstrach Symphony Orchestra.
Chicago, IL(312) 286-3300
At Smiling Strings, based in Chicago since 1994, Director Deborah Grimes leads eight other faculty members to provide local students with a range of learning opportunities in violin and other string instruments. Ms. Grimes, who is also the Director and Co-founder of the nonprofit Northside Youth Symphony, is herself a strings instructor. Working alongside Ms. Grimes are qualified teachers Peter Skjodt, Emma Maupin, Travis Elfers, and Christine Chon, all of whom have formal training as well as teaching experience.
Chicago, IL(773) 263-8816
The Music Room, which opened in Palatine in 1994, is a Chicago Metro music school with a large team of instructors. The faculty includes piano, guitar, percussion, brass, and vocal tutors, as well as a team of strings instructors. Lessons are suitable for students of all ages. The Music Room additionally includes a music store, stocked with instruments for rental or purchase, as well as sheet music, amps, and accessories.
Palatine, IL(847) 934-5440
Third Floor Suzuki Violin, in Chicago, is a music school run by violinist Adam Davidowitz. Mr. Davidowitz received a Bachelor's of Music degree from Syracuse University and a Master's degree from the prestigious Boston Conservatory. In addition to being a full member of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, he has worked freelance with a number of groups, including the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Davidowitz focuses on working with young students, and a parent's or guardian's presence is required.
Chicago, IL(312) 380-5015
True Note Music, in Lisle, provides Chicago Metro students of all ages with violin instruction, using the Suzuki method. Jeannette Hoyt, the school's owner and sole instructor, has more than a quarter-century of experience as a private violin instructor. She previously served as String Ensemble Director at Guerin College Prep High School and has worked as a guest instructor for the Illinois Music Educators Association, the Illinois High School Music Association, and the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra. She is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy and Indiana University.
Lisle, IL(708) 717-3568
Violin Lessons Chicago is a small music school based in Downers Grove. Owner Steven Maloney received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and then completed postgraduate training with Arnold Steinhardt at Rutgers University. Mr. Maloney's students have won first prize in the Merit School concerto competition, have performed on WFMT and in Chicago Symphony Center, and have been accepted via competitive audition into the CYSO and New England Conservatory programs. Current and former students speak highly of Steven for his mastery of violin performance as well as his skills as an instructor. He can also teach students remotely via video chat.
Downers Grove, IL(773) 951-9895