There are an abundance of string teachers in the Chicagoland area, but few of them can boast having real teaching credentials. Not here - I actually have a music education degree. Not only do I know how to play the violin really well, I also have the teaching tools necessary to get my students to play the violin really well. When you choose a teacher with real credentials, you get farther, faster.
I've loved music as long as I can remember, but I love teaching because I get to watch he next generation of musicians fall in love with music everyday.
I have searched and searched for a violin teacher who would help my daughter enjoy playing. We have finally found that with Nissa my daughter looks forward to practicing and always smiling when Nissa comes over. So happy our daughter no longer wants to quit orchestra.
Our daughter has shown tremendous growth while under the tutelage of Nissa. Her posture, skill level, and confidence in playing the violin has flourished to a level that we accredit only to quality care and instruction. We owe it all to a tremendous, caring teacher.
“My 10 year old daughter takes violin lessons with Ms. Nissa and loves practicing and showing extended family and friends what she is learning. As a parent, I appreciate Nissa’s approach to lessons in her respectful interactions with me and my daughter as well as Nissa’s creativity in her individual approach within the Suzuki model to help my daughter learn the best way to fit her abilities and personality.”
Nissa is an excellent instructor! My grandson plays viola in school orchestra. He took summer break last year and we were scrambling to make up for lack of practice at the start of school in August. Nissa was able to get him ready for first school performance.
If they are brand new, we have an intro lesson of learning how to open their case and hold their instrument, then they learn how to pluck their first songs. For students transferring from another private teacher, or students who have played in orchestra but never taken private lessons, I typically ask them to play a few scales or pieces for me to assess their technique and areas for development, and often offer them a few pointers right away. Then I converse with the parent about basic studio policies and what to expect moving forward.
BA Music Education, Lake Forest College 2016
Registered Suzuki training through book 3
Ask the teacher what their vision is for your child's musical development. If they don't have a good answer, keep looking.