Silbernik Music Academy

Silbernik Music Academy

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5 hires on
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I have a true love for teaching. My compassionate and inspiring approach makes each student feel special, cared for, and successful.

I am a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. These traits enable me to cultivate strong relationships with my students.

Some of my key strengths include:

• Musicianship Skill
• Individualized Lesson Plans
• Student Motivation 
• Performance Abilities
• Comfortable with private or classroom instruction
• Technology Integration

I am a dedicated, talented and enthusiastic music instructor.  I love sharing my knowledge on the joys of making music with my students. I teach because I want to teach.  Not because I have to teach.

The disciplines that I have acquired through my music have helped me in all areas of my life, and I love the idea that I can share some of those lessons with other people.

I love seeing a child's eyes light up the first time they play a song or grasp a concept.  I enjoy working with adults whose life long ambition has been to learn to play an instrument, and have finally found the time for their studies.

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Highland Park, IL 60035
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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I majored in piano and instrumental music education at DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.

While studying at De Paul University, I played Timpani for the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall.

I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974 and my Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975.

I taught instrumental music (band & orchestra) in the Champaign/Urbana school systems while working on my Master's degree.

After receiving my degrees, I ran the music programs for a small town in western Illinois.  This included band, orchestra, chorus, general music and private instrument lessons.

After teaching in public school systems, I went to work at Karnes Music Company in Des Plaines, Illinois as a guitar and piano instructor.

In addition to my teaching experience, I have years of experience playing in various venues in the Chicago area.

In 2014, I founded the Silbernik Music Academy in Highland Park, IL., and am now using my educational and performance experience to teach students of all levels.

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

I offer 30 minute lessons for $35.00, 45 minute lessons for $53.00 and one hour lessons for $70.00. Lessons are conducted online or in my home studio, located in Highland Park, IL.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have successfully worked with beginning and advanced students ranging from 8 year olds to adults.

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

Look for a teacher that loves to teach, and loves the age group that they are teaching.  

Too many musicians teach to supplement their performance income, and not because they really want to.  

Teaching is a skill.  Just because someone is a great player, does not mean that they are going to be a good teacher.  Look for someone that is teaching because they want to.  Not because they have to.