Piano Lessons | Park Ridge | Chicago Northwest

Piano Lessons | Park Ridge | Chicago Northwest

5.0 (1)
1 employee
33 years in business

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Hello! I offer piano lessons for all ages 4 and 1/2 through adult and at every level, beginners through advanced. My students learn to make music at the piano through a comprehensive approach which meets your learning style (if an adult student) or your child's learning style. Learn more details by reading the questions section displayed here!

20+ Years Piano Teaching Experience

Master of Music in Music Education, Northwestern University

International Piano Pedagogy Institute, Teacher's College, Columbia University, NY, NY

B.A. in Music, Piano Pedagogy, Northeastern Ilinois University

My students successfully perform their music in many recitals, piano exams and festivals!

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Chicago, IL 60631
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  • Ann W.

    I have known Kathleen for 13 ½ years now. She is a wonderful piano teacher! She has always been very warm and engaging with my child yet very professional at the same time. You can tell she has a great love of music which she imparts in her teaching. One of the things we like so much about her teaching is that she doesn’t just teach him how to play the piano. She also teaches about music - different styles, composers, etc. as well as music theory for whatever level he is at. She makes it interesting by using games and other interactive techniques as well as actual playing skills.


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

First, I like to get to know the student and the parent in an informal meet. I also describe my approach to teaching and some advice about setting up good practice habits.

The materials I use are customized to fit the learning style of the student as I get to know him/her better throughout the lesson times. Overall, the reading approach is a combination of interval reading with letter-note reading. This is the optimal way to learn to read music at the piano for whatever level is desired in the long-run. The student plays both classical and pop music and I include music theory.

As the student progresses, we dig deeper into musical interpretation and piano technique. The technique is an important part of what enables a student to express himself/herself, emotionally, through the sounds of the piano. Students learn about chord structure and form and advancing theory which sets the foundation for a variety of explorations whether those be classical, pop, rock or jazz.

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

I hold a B.A. in Music with a focus in Piano Pedagogy, which is the art of teaching piano. I also hold the degree Master of Music in Music Education from Northwestern University. I have studied piano pedagogy at Northeastern Illinois University - at both the bachelors and graduate levels- and at the International Piano Pedagogy Institute of Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York. I enjoy the continuing education of various piano workshops and seminars.

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

My lessons may be paid by the month, or for half of the studio year or for the full studio year. When paid in advance, a discount applies to the half and full year payments. Summer sessions are addressed differently with a couple of options to remain in commitment to learning piano while allowing for some of the freedoms that summer has to offer.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching piano straight out of college with a B.A. in Music, Piano Pedagogy. I taught in piano studios of downtown Chicago and in the Northwest neighborhoods. I eventaully grew and established my own successful piano studio for the Northwest Chicago area.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all age groups from 4 and 1/2 years old through adult. I teach at all levels, beginners through advanced.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My students have performed sucessfully in traditional recitals, piano theme studio parties, piano ensemble festivals and Illinois State piano exams and contests. One of my students performed on WNIB radio station as the winner of a local piano contest.

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

My advice? Thanks for asking! Be ready to make a commitment to learning by having an acoustic piano or an excellent digital piano in your own home for regular practice. These can be rented or purchased. Discuss with your familiy the wonderful exprience that lies ahead as it is a full family commitment. Be sure that there are not overbookings on the familiy calendar for after-school activties; success in piano requires a consistent practice schedule and lots of parental support! (Unless you are an adult student, of course!) For success in learning and playing the piano, the familiy schedule must be well-balanced. Agreements about having no T.V., computers or other distracting noises or visuals on during practice times is supportive to this fanatastic goal! Yes! We are talking about learning to express one's self through beautiful music at the piano! Once all of this is covered, be sure to meet with the teacher in person before starting lessons. Practice well and enjoy!