Nathan's Music Lessons

Nathan's Music Lessons

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5 years in business

About this pro

I am a senior at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. I have experience in cello performance, piano performance, orchestral music, and chamber music. I have studied with various prestigious music instructors and attended various music festivals, including the Interharmony Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Aspen School of Music. My cello instructors have included Anthony Kitai, Brinton Smith, Lachezar Kostov, Michael Mermagen, Hans Jensen, Vagram Saradjian, and Misha Quint. My piano instructors have included John Weems, Nancy Weems, and Alan Chow. I am happy to teach middle and high school students with some level of experience. My hourly rate is $45 an hour and $25 for half hour. Please email me if you're interested.

I enjoy sharing my family's and my passion for music - my mom is a cellist, my aunt is a violinist, and my grandfather was a professional musician. 

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Chicago, IL 60657
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first lesson is the most important lesson because it allows me to evaluate the current skills and abilities of a student. From there on out, I will figure out a schedule for the student and a set of repertoire and goals to accomplish. 

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

I interned at a public high school orchestra during my senior year of high school. I learned introductory conducting and led cello sectionals, taught private lessons, and arranged rehearsals. Currently, I am a senior at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music; I have completed 2 years of music theory and aural skills and 1 year of music history. 

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

$45 for one hour

$25 for half hour

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with beginner students up to advanced students. I've played a wide variety of repertoire and am eager to share my knowledge of them to others.  

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

It's not only important for a student and a teacher to get along, but also for a teacher to be relatively strict. Rather than let a teacher meddle his or her way through lessons and not care, the best teachers are often the ones that are more blunt in their advice and stricter in terms of expectations. 

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

It is important to figure out whether or not a student can solve his or her problems first without consulting a teacher. Otherwise, a student may become too dependent on the teacher. A student should only come to the teacher when they have tried their best already.