I am a professor at DePaul Unversity School of Music, and also NEIU. I also teach privately.
I have taught private piano for my entire life, and it is something I am creatively engaged in, the challenge of trying to get better at teaching, always.....
Here is a recent comment from one of my longest private students (7 years), now he is a musical colleague and we perform and record together quite often.
""Jeff Kowalkowski is an amazing teacher. He encourages students to work hard while maintaining a fun atmosphere at the same time. He is always providing opportunities for his students and going out of his way just to help others become successful. Despite his impressive knowledge and vast array of skills, he is a very humble person and is always open to learning even more.""
--Current Music Education Major at DePaul University
Jeff Kowalkowski was an amazing influence on me as a professional creative. His knowledge was beyond exceptional, his dedication 150% and his creative application of knowledge and potential truly inspiriting. He's supportive and accommodating, ready and willing to push when necessary but supportive and helpful all the rest of the time. Jeff is an outstanding musician - just recently he played Accordion & Piano/Keys on a company production showcase shoot for me and nailed every bit of it. His nuance was on point, totally tasteful and was always perfectly balanced with the rest of the musicians. I asked him to play the show because he did such a wonderful job teaching and mentoring me as my music production company was being assembled, he's played a strong role in shaping me as a composer/music producer and supports the business of music production as well as the creative and educational side as well. Jeff is the best, take lessons with him and absorb all that he has to offer.
Jeff Kowalkowski is an amazing teacher. He encourages students to work hard while maintaining a fun atmosphere at the same time. He is always providing opportunities for his students and going out of his way just to help others become successful. Despite his impressive knowledge and vast array of skills, he is a very humble person and is always open to learning even more.
Jeff meets a student where they are, celebrates their gifts and insights, and finds just the right motivation to expand their horizons.
Here is a review I received from one of my longest running private students (6.5 Years).
I took private lessons with Jeff for over six years.
I started lessons with him after already taking lessons elsewhere for about five years.
He is an extremely talented educator who helped me grow as both a pianist and a lifelong musician.
He exposed me to classical, jazz, and pop tunes and also helped me with my own personal songwriting endeavors.
His knowledge of music theory is unmatched to any other lessons teacher I have ever had.
I would highly recommend Jeff for any age or skill level.
—current student at U of I, Urbana, drum major of Illini Marching Band, Majoring in Computer Engineering.
I have a doctorate in Music Composition from Northwestern University School of Music, 1996, where I was a Teaching Fellow for 7 years.