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Michael H.

Chicago, IL

$40/hour

Classically Trained Piano Instructor

In-person lessons
300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/18/14
4.8 average from 133 ratings
Great piano teacher
— Anjali, Atlanta, GA on 10/24/17

$40/Hour


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Columbia College Chicago
Inst. Perf.-Piano

Education

Columbia College Chicago (Inst. Perf.-Piano)

About Michael

Hello:

I am very excited that you are considering me to be your piano tutor.

Whether one is performing or listening, music is supposed to be enjoyed. While learning a musical instrument is never easy, I believe the mastery of any skill requires patience and concentration. I would demand a lot of time and work from each student. And success would be defined as how far along they come after a month, several months, or years.

Some of the warm-up skills I focus on are: scales, arpeggios (major/minor), and triads (major/minor/diminished/augmented). At a certain point the student would work on a new piece every week. Over time the pieces will require greater playing ability: using the bass clef, varying time meters, counting out loud, etc.

I feel that a good way to keep a student interested in an instrument is to let them choose the music they play. So, an agreement I would make is allowing them to choose every other song/piece. I would want to approve of them, but I believe that this would make practicing more enjoyable. While it requires a lot of time and effort, music is meant to be entertaining!

Along with this, a portion of each lesson will focus on sight reading; that is, the ability to play a piece immediately after reading it. This may be natural for some, while it may take years for others. Nevertheless it is an invaluable skill and I want beginning/intermediate students to be exposed to it right away.

Here is a little bit about myself. I am thirty-five years old and have been playing the piano for ten years. In 2015 I graduated from Columbia College Chicago majoring in Instrumental Performance-Piano. At Columbia, I focused on several genres of solo piano; including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Pop. Additionally, I have completed four semesters of Music Theory and three of Aural Skills.

Aside from music education, I play as a lounge pianist at Mariano's.

My rates are as follows: $25/30 min; $40/hour.

Thank you!

Michael H.
Hello:

I am very excited that you are considering me to be your piano tutor.

Whether one is performing or listening, music is supposed to be enjoyed. While learning a musical instrument is never easy, I believe the mastery of any skill requires patience and concentration. I would demand a lot of time and work from each
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Policies

$25 for 30 min lessons/ $40 for 60 min lessons

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60618
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great piano teacher"

- Anjali, Atlanta, GA on 10/24/17

"Great First Lesson!"

- Marcela, Chicago, IL on 1/28/16

"Very thoughtful"

- Nicole, Chicago, IL on 7/23/15

"Great Tutor"

- Donna, Chicago, IL on 1/15/15

"Fabulous Tutor"

- Mary, Chicago, IL on 11/14/14

"Great with kids"

- Esther, Chicago, IL on 9/23/14
Music:
Music Theory, Piano

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Piano

I am currently enrolled at Columbia College Chicago with a major in Instrumental Performance-Piano and expect to graduate in the Spring of 2015. A portion of each lesson will focus on sight reading, which is the ability to play a piece immediately after reading it. An agreement I would make with any student is that they get to choose every other song/piece they add to their repertoire.

Columbia College Chicago
Inst. Perf.-Piano

Education

Columbia College Chicago (Inst. Perf.-Piano)

Great piano teacher

Michael has been teaching my 9 year old son for a month now. Right away when he started we noticed that he was playing better and with more patience and not running through a piece quickly. They are also doing duets and learning about the theory and technical aspects of piano playing also. My son is liking it so much that he has asked me to increase the duration of his lesson to double the time th

— Anjali, Atlanta, GA on 10/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

$25 for 30 min lessons/ $40 for 60 min lessons

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.