I have over two 15 years of teaching experience as both a private lesson teacher and a classroom teacher. I've had the honor of working with several hundred students over the years, with a proven success record working with students of all ages - as young as 3 years of age, from beginning students to advanced high school and undergraduate students. In addition to having many years of teaching experience, I have three decades of playing experience. I hold advanced degrees in music education and performance from US universities, as well as an artist diploma from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music.
I am trained in traditional teaching methods as well as the Suzuki teaching method. I teach piano, violin, viola, cello & guitar - classical and other genres such as rock, pop and jazz.
I love working with students as they either first learn their instrument or become an advanced player. I have the ability to adapt to a students individual style of learning, and have had great success in cultivating wonderful pupils and players alike!
I'm currently a sophomore in college, and Autumn was my violin teacher from 4th grade until I finished high school last year. The only reason I stopped lessons is because I moved out of state to go to college. I am now a pre Med major and music minor, and I owe all of my musical advancement to Autumn. She was a wonderful teacher. She was strict in the right ways and yet always kind. She encouraged me and helped me Succeed. She also taught me such great technique that when I started school this year at Yale my violin teachers were very impressed at my playing and told me that they don't often see students come from high school with such good violin technique and playing skills! I owe that to Autumn, and I really thank her for everything she did for me throughout the 8 years she was my violin teacher!!!
Autumn has been providing weekly piano lessons for our daughter for the last year. From day one, Autumn nailed what motivated our girl and she ignited a passion in her for the piano we did not expect. Autumn has exceeded our high expectations as a talented pianist, skilled teacher, and very kind person. She has managed to teach the fundamentals while managing to tailor the lessons to our daughter's skill and interest. She clearly enjoys her life's work.
Autumn works great with kids - paitent and kind. She gives lesson across several instruments at various ldvels to include violin, piano and guitar. You see immediate and continued growth.
I begin with a trial lesson, where I meet the student (& parent if applicable) and where I get to know where the student is at, form a lesson curriculum,answer any questions the student has, and get to know the student in general! I provide students with music and worksheets, and/or provide them with a list of materials/books to get, and form a plan for the upcoming 2-3 months of our lessons. I love to integrate my lessons with various components of technique building, music theory, general cognitive development, and a variety of other methods I use - that make lessons both successful and fun!
I have degrees in music performance and education from Columbia College & NEIU. Additionally, I hold an artist diploma (performance) from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. I have performed with a variety of musicians and groups including Illinois Philharmonic Orchesta, Southweest Symphony, Key west Symphony, Smoky Robinson, and Toby Keith - among many dozens of others! I currently perform with the reggae band Dropped Once, and play fiddle with the country band Play Something Country. I sub for orchestras including Elgin, Chicago and various other cities.
My standard tuition is $120 a month for weekly half-hour lessons, $175 for weekly 45-minute lessons per month, and $220 a month for one-hour weekly lessons. I provide financial aid for students that are in financial need. In-home lessons are 20% more. I provide makeup lessons for any missed lesson, and will give students longer lessons in the weeks following any lesson they miss.
I have worked with all types of students, as young as 3 years old, from beginning students to very advanced students that are undergraduate performing students in their early 20's. I have worked with beginning adult students as well. Many of my students are elementary, middle school and high school aged. I feel comfortable with students of all ages and all levels, and have a variety of methods and curriculum that I use to accommodate to each students own individual learning needs.