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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.
I offer 30 minute lessons for $40.00, 45 minute lessons for $60.00 and one hour lessons for $80.00. Lessons are conducted online or in my home studio, located in Highland Park, IL.
I have successfully worked with beginning and advanced students ranging from 8 year olds to adults.
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.