Plemmons Music Studio

Plemmons Music Studio

Best of 2022
28 years in business

About this pro

Elizabeth Zenz Plemmons is a piano and voice teacher, accompanist, and performing dramatic coloratura soprano in the greater Chicagoland area.  Liz believes that the joy of making music is within anyone's grasp, regardless of age or ability.  She specializes in teaching early childhood music and students with learning challenges.

Music and teaching are my two absolute passions.  I love being able to introduce students to music and show them how it can enhance their world and bring joy to their lives.

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Zion, IL 60099
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Since each student is different and has different learning styles, how we start things depends on the goals and individual needs of the student.  

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

I've been teaching for nearly 25 years and have seen many types of students come through my studio.  In particular, I've studied Early Childhood Music and Learning and Special Education, and have implemented creative approaches to help students learn music in a way that best suits their learning styles.

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

I charge a monthly tuition that covers all weekly lessons during the month, regardless of how many weeks there are in the month.  

How did you get started teaching?

Both of my parents are music teachers and I grew up watching their passion for music and teaching.  It rubbed off on me!  I decided very early on that I also wanted to teach music and I haven't looked back.  And I learned from the best!  :)

What types of students have you worked with?

All types in all age groups from all walks of life.  Currently, my youngest student is 4 and my oldest is 88!  I also work with kids that have learning disabilities and other learning challenges that make it harder for them to have more traditional lessons.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently had the opportunity to work closely and study with the world renowned vocal group The King's Singers.  ( )  They taught us how to be kind and generous to ourselves within ensemble, as well as challenge ourselves as musicians to work together in new and interesting ways to create beautiful music within our ensembles.  It was an absolutely wonderful and life-changing experience.

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

Look around at different teachers and ask good questions.  Does the teacher's teaching style match your student's learning style and personality?  Do they use a number of different tools to help keep things focused and interesting?

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

What are your goals for lessons?  Play songs at the holidays?  Learn how to read music better?  Be a concert pianist?  Have a few thoughts in mind as to how far you want to go and what you want to accomplish.