Arcadia Academy

Arcadia Academy

1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

My name is Zoe Cunningham and I am a private lessons teacher and performer. I have been playing the violin for 20 years and have taken private lessons for 14 years. I started teaching when I got out of college and have been teaching private voice, piano, and violin lessons for the past 5 years. I can improve technique while also making the lessons fun and personal. Due to covid-19 I already have experience with teaching online private lessons. Please email me if you have interest in me as your private teacher. :) 

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I love watching my students blossom into better musicians. The change is always small in the scheme of one lesson but when you look at a student who has been taking lessons for a month, the change is obvious and heart-warming. 

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Aurora, IL 60506
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First I like to get to know my students. I always asks them if they have a specific goal that they would like to accompish and by when. I also like to ask if the student has any preference to genres of music they would like to be learning. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have performance experience that allows me to teach others about stage prescence and also techniques to overcoming stage-fright.

I have taught private violin, voice, and piano lessons for the past 5 years and have been playing violin for 20 years. Of those 20 years I have been taking private violin lessons for 14 years. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $40 per half hour. My students can use the music I send them for free, or they can buy their own copies of the books I use. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at the Allegro Music and Dance Academy in Lemont right after I got out of college. I have been teaching there for the past 5 years and have since gained a plethera of experience. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All types and all ages. I have had students that range from 3 years old to about 50 years old. I also have experience teaching those with special needs. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just last week my student who I've had for a year or so said that her lessons with me are the best part of her week. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Come with a goal in mind whether it's to be a better performer, or to learn a certain genre of music, or to work on musicality. Honestly, there is no wrong goal to have. I just always want to get a feel for what my student is looking for.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do they have an instrument of their choosing? Do they have music of their own? Do they wish to own a copy of the books I use? Do you know how to take care of your instrument? 

These are all questions I will do my best to help answer.