Mia is knowledgeable on both the violin and the viola as well as piano and has been playing music from the age of nine. She loves teaching privately and works very well with children, teens, and adults! Now a senior studying Music Business and Spanish at Elmhurst College, Mia plays in several ensembles, from full string orchestra to pit orchestras to intimate chamber settings and even jazz combos! Mia is no stranger to auditions and has participated in many high-level musical groups including the ILMEA Orchestra and District 214 Honors Orchestra. She was selected as a winner in the Elmhurst College annual NAfME Solo Honors Recital. She is extremely well versed in a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, bluegrass, and more. Whether you are a beginning student or have played for years, Mia will be able to give practical, focused advice while also keeping lessons fun!
Believe it or not, I think that even as a teacher, I am learning just as much during lessons as my students are. In every lesson, I am able to figure out new ways to explain concepts and connect with my students. While teaching is a job, what I get out of teaching is simply invaluable. Each student is unique and teaches me incredible things about the world, because music is such a deeply emotional, personal, intangible thing. I am extremely grateful for what I am able to do and for what my students give back to me through the power of music.
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Every student comes from a different background in music, so I take care to address the individual needs of each student. I love to find where they shine (do they have a great sense of rythm? Good style? Perfect pitch?) and use that as encouragement as we improve other areas! It is important for me as a teacher to be able to know each student’s goals as a musician and help them work towards achieving them.