I moved to Elmhurst in 1969 to teach instrumental music in the schools. I began teaching privately at that time and have maintained a private studio since then. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and a Master's Degree in Music Performance (Oboe). I have post graduate hours in Piano Pedagogy form Northern Illinois University and Elmhurst College and the Robert Pace Institute.In 1991, I obtained certification as a Kindermusik teacher and taught music to children birth through age 7 for 14 years.
I have continued in my own personal oboe study with the late Grover Schiltz of Chicago Symphony and Robert Morgan of Lyric Opera. I perform with many notable groups in the area such as Fox Valley Orchestra, Wheaton Municipal Band, West Suburban Symphony, North Shore Concert Band and Sinfonetta Bell Canto.
My post graduate piano study has been with the late Helen Kettner, Dolores Piccirili, and Steinway Artist, Christopher Garafallo. I perform frequently for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Salt Creek Chapter gatherings and have been part of a piano duo performing in the Music from the Heart Program at Elmhurst/ Edwards Hopsitable.
I delight in helping children discover their innate musical talents. I enjoy the challenge of selecting developmentally appropriate materials to accompany my students on their musical journey. I believe learning is not only for the young and welcome the adult and senior learner as well.
Quick prelude: I am an adult student (male - 27) and have been learning from Mrs. Landis for a little over a month now. I went into these lessons with zero musical knowledge. The experience so far has been nothing less than blissful harmony. Mrs. Landis's setup is comfortable and approachable. She is patient and has obvious experience teaching students of every age. Moreover, my journey so far has felt extremely personalized - something I value quite highly. Mrs. Landis seamlessly calibrates my skill, practice, and general progression to keep me challenged during and between lessons. Overall, I am excited to come to lessons every week and I have Mrs. Landis to thank for channeling my newfound piano passion. I'm eager to see myself grow as a pianist with her tender care! I could say more, but really I think these reviews speak for themselves. I would recommend Mrs. Landis to anyone and she was very accessible over the phone and by email. Thank you Mrs. Landis!!
I started searching for a new piano teacher because my son's motivation was draining quickly. At his lessons he watched the clock more than the notes. He was very unhappy and found very little joy in it. When we met Mrs. Landis everything changed. She sat down next to him on the piano bench and worked with him in a way that made him feel comfortable, enthusiastic, confident and happy. It will be a whole new world of enjoying and appreciating his talent now.
Update I am an adult student and be taught by her i by learning very quickly. Compared to the instructors in had before she stands out, and to have her as your instructor you hit the jack pot. Whatever you want to learn she will teach you how much you want to learn she will teach you all in all she is awesome.
She is very patient ,no matter what question you ask it's just important to her as it is to you.
Getting the child to feel welcome and comfortable in a new setting is my first goal. Getting to know the child is my second. Each child has a particular learning style and response to being taught. I listen and watch carefully so I can "follow the child".
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, a Masters Degree in Music Performance, Post-graduate hours in Piano Pedagogy and training and 14 years experinece in Early Childhood Music Education.
My students range in age from 4.5 to Senior status. I have worked with students who are new to learning the piano as well as students who are transferring from another teacher or resuming lessons after a hiatus. All are welcome.