A Recreational Music Making piano teacher is one who offers individual or group lessons with a focus on student goals in a fun and relaxed environment. These goals usually include learning to read music, play music of the student’s choice and to play lead sheets.
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M. LilianSzlagaLilian Szlaga Piano StudioKirklandWashington425-814-0826Lilian Szlaga, born in Poland, completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in both piano performance and piano pedagogy in Wroclaw University School of Music.
She continued her piano studies in Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where she earned her Master of Music degree in 1995. She soloed with several polish symphonic orchestras, performed in Europe and U.S. as an accompanist, soloist and chamber musician. Years 1994-95 she auditioned to prestigious Civic Symphonic Orchestra of Chicago. In 1995 she appeared in chamber music program at the Chicago Orchestra Hall. Her performances with polish orchestras and Civic were transmitted on the radio.
\Her teaching experience include private instructions in Wroclaw, piano and theory at Wroclaw Conservatory, Beverly Art Center School of the Arts in Chicago, private instructions in Chicago and now -Seattle where she has built successful piano studio.
CheriSykesSykes Keyboard StudioBrooklyn ParkMinnesota651-335-0048jazz pianist. Influences: Chicago, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Sting. B.A. piano. Director of 7-piece jazz combo: swing, blues, latin, funk
SusanSwartzSusan Swartz Piano LessonsVernon HillsIllinois874-573-8947
EricSutzWheelingIllinois847 204-6954Eric Sutz graduated with a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University. He has been a working musician, arranger, conductor and teacher for over thirty one years and supported his DePaul studies through playing a wide variety of engagements and teaching piano and guitar. In addition to playing for singers, production companies and local groups, he also worked as a musical director and conductor for Chicago area theaters and choirs. For fifteen years Eric took part-time and full time jobs as a rehearsal and audition pianist for the Candlelight, Marriot Lincolnshire, Wisdom Bridge and Goodman Theater. Eric taught at Carmel HS as the associate and primary choral director and was the accompanist, rehearsal and solo pianist for the European tour of their concert choir. He has studied classical piano with Eloise Niwa, conducting with Dr.William Huber and Kevin Stites, and jazz piano with Judy Roberts, Howard Levy, Larry Novak, Willie Pickens, John Campbell, Joel Daley, Mike Kocour, and Joan Hickey. He studied the great Chicago boogie and blues artists with Erwin Helfer. He has been an active member of the NSMTA (serving as president from 2006-2008) since 1978. His book: “How to Play and Teach Popular Music Creatively” was published in 1986. Eric is also on the Music Institute of Chicago faculty where he has started a program in blues and jazz improvisation.
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