Ishman Music Studio

Ishman Music Studio

1 employee
40 years in business

About this pro

Several contest winners in both piano and voice have been trained at Ishman Music Studio.  Carol Ishman works with adults and children of all ages and levels.  She is a two time President of the West Suburban Music Teachers Association. At this time, both virtual and limited in-person piano lessons are available for healthy students.

Piano students must own or be willing to invest in a piano or keyboard.   All students are expected to learn some theory including note reading and rhythm.  

Voice students over the age of 12 who are interested in classical voice training are welcomed.  Other musical styles may be added as students gain skill.  No rap. At this time all voice lessons are on-line.

I enjoy students of all ages and skill levels. It is a pleasure to help them grow and achieve their goals. 

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Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First I ask about the student’s goals.  Then I determine the student's skill level.  We work together to find the best way to achieve goals using a multi-sensory approach.

Materials vary depending on the individual student.  Since methods move at different speeds and focus on different styles, I customize teaching materials for each student.

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

I have a degree in music and many years of successful teaching and performing  experience.

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

Both piano and voice lessons are based on a price of $70 per hour.  All lessons are 45 minutes or longer regardless of the age or level of the student.

How did you get started teaching?

My dentist asked me to go to his home and evaluate a piano someone gave him in payment for dental services.  After visiting his home, I left with six students in that neighborhood!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with children, age 5 and older, at every level.  I taught adult beginners and advanced students at the local college for several years.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A young student of mine who was having a virtual lesson.  Her younger sister would often come in to listen.

The younger sister came in one day recently an announced “Last week, I had a birthday and I’m 5. I know how to match the fingers of my hands together and I can play a song.”

After two weeks, her mom was convinced and we started lessons.

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

Decide on something you want to accomplish and try to find a teacher with the skill and flexibility to help you.

Be willing to communicate with your teacher.  There is always a way to accomplish your task.

Choose a teacher with a lot of good teaching experience.  

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

Doing anything well takes dedication and commitment. Are you willing and able to put regular practice time into your schedule?

Are you a person who will follow instructions?  Like anything new, learning a musical instrument will be faster if you follow the teacher’s directions.