Clovis Bordeaux Piano Studio

Clovis Bordeaux Piano Studio

5.0 (9)
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About this pro

  When I focus on experiencing the music in my mind,  I find I am able to give a memorable performance.  

As my student, you will learn to use your 'inner vision' in ways that will help you become a better musician - more intuitive, communicative, and aware.


I love being able to listen to music and understand what the artist is expressing.  Music is a conversation - with composer, performer, and audience all contributing to the dialogue.

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Chicago, IL 60653
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9 Reviews


  • Darryl Hampton

    His approach to teaching my daughter is beyond outstanding. She loves learning to play the piano and I can't be happier.

  • Ernest P.

    Clovis Bordeaux and I have been friends and business colleagues for over nine(9) years now. Mr. Bordeaux is no doubt highly rated as a professional Pianist both theoretical and practical in his special unique creative and talented abilities in reaching both his students and the general audience. I have personally been a music student of Mr. Bordeaux learning music theory and playing mainly the Flute,piano,and some drums. Also I was invited to the High School where he thought full time music to High School Students. It was a great inspiration to see how spirited and Dynamic he conducted these highly intricate renditions as his students performed flawlessly. There were many other musical events That I was privileged to attend and they still linger in my mind as a musical tapestry of Musical Joy. It is my pleasure in writing this review of friend,business colleague and one of the most reputable and inspirational professional musician;with talented abilities to draw out the best out of his students. Mr. Clovis Bordeaux will certainly bring a high level of professional musical productivity as a fulfillment to You and Team.

  • Betty P.

    Mr. Bordeaux is an excellent teacher.

  • Theodore C.

    Clovis Has been a great help in rebuilding my improvisational skills and theoretical concepts playing. He's patience understanding and highly knowledgeable. Clovis has enhanced my physical and the spirituality connection in music also. I'm becoming more confident in my playing; and I don't believe I could have gotten to the point I am now without his guidance.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A first lesson is special, like a new baby - which is what Duke Ellington always called his latest composition.  

The student is usually eager to get started (this is good!)  Musical skills are not formally assessed at this time.  What matters more is the communication of interest, intent, value, and process. 

My first question (for older students) is "Why do you want to learn?"  This can lead to the sharing of enjoyable past musical experiences, and ideas about where we want our musical path to lead. 

If the student is a child, we will do some simple fun activities, and allow time for a level of comfort to emerge. 

In every case, ground rules - practice requirements, roles of parents and siblings, books and other materials, recitals, absences, etc. - are established with student or parent.

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

Bachelor of Music Education, Webster University

     - Piano Performance

     - Music Pedagogy

     - Instrumental Music Methods (strings, winds, percussion)

     - Voice

     - Electronic Music

     - Ear Training and Theory

Student of:

Madam Maria D'Albert - Opera Workshop

Dr. Gail Delente - Piano

Pawel Chencinski - Piano

John Hicks - Jazz Piano

Toshiko Akioshi - Jazz Theory and Piano

Don Moye - Drums

James Newton - Flute

Sylvester Bell - Guitar

Robert Lombardo - Composition

Jerry Butler - Songwriting Workshop

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

My basic rate is $55 per hour, with the following considerations:

     - Travel times are included

     - Shorter lesson are pro-rated, i.e., $35 per half-hour

     - Books and materials are not included

     - Lessons paid monthly in advance  receive a 10% discount

     - One cancellation is allowed per ten-week session.  After that canceled lessons are charged full price.

     - Further details and payment options will be discussed

How did you get started teaching?

My younger brother was my first student when he was about 7 yrs old.  He later switched to violin and continued playing through high school.

Growing up, wherever there was a piano, family members would always ask me to show them how to play simple songs.  It is so much fun to play a simple duet with someone who has just discovered that they can make music!

 When I was in high school, the Music teacher allowed me and some friends to start a Jazz band.  I taught a lot of the Jazz theory I learned from my Uncle Sylvester who played guitar with Red Calander. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Most of my students have been children in the public schools where I taught for 20 years, and at the communtiy center operated by my church.  

I have also taught adults through grants I received from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Office of Fine Arts, as well as on the Columbia College and Illinois State University campuses, and as a choir director in several churches in the Chicago area.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent event I am most fond of was my last meeting with my teacher.  I value any time I am able to spend with him, but our most recent meeting was so full of information, insights, knowledge, and wisdom!  He is a phenomenal pianist and also studied composition with Felix Salzer.   

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

First, find out if the teacher can actually play the instrument.  Look for performances of theirs that you can listen to online.  

Talk to students of the teacher. Unless they are too famous and can't be reached (!) they can tell you what they did or didn't learn, and if they think it was worth the investment.

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

Students should ask themselves if they are able to be consistent.   A lot can happen with 15 - 30 minutes per day if it happens every day.