Greetings South Sider!
Thanks for visiting my website. Though I'm not a "lifer," I have been teaching in-home piano & clarinet lessons in Hyde Park and the surrounding areas for over a decade. I began teaching privately in 2002.
Who I Teach
Students of all ages join my studio because they want to play music for enjoyment. Parents tell me they are looking for a teacher who "understands that music lessons aren't [their child's] whole life." Parents also tell me they are looking for a teacher who is patient and fun.
Our diverse music community empowers students to pursue their musical growth with these idea in mind.
I'm the closest teacher to you.
That's because I teach in the homes of my students on the South Side, which saves you lots of time. I also teach online. With the money-back-guarantee for trial lessons, you can try it out risk free.
In our lessons you or your child will learn music from a variety of styles while developing an awareness and respect for diverse cultures and people.
While we do have lots of fun, lessons aren't playtime and they aren't cheap. There are a limited number of spots in the studio, so I can't work with everyone.
Membership in our music studio hinges on a willingness to adopt useful mindframes like the need for practice routines, regular lesson attendance, and a high-quality acoustic instrument.
Why Mr. Shaun?
I excel at teaching students who transfer out of lesson situations that are not working for them. Is your student's desire to play music wearing thin due to an overly aggressive teaching style? I may be able to help you.
Beginners are welcome! Together we'll forge a path on your journey through music study and discovery.
Students who demonstrate dedication at lessons can prepare for auditions, festivals, and assessments. Though, some students are happy just to play at our three yearly recitals- and that's okay!
At Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA I studied Music Education and Performance. I trained privately on clarinet, voice and piano, as I was unclear about the need to sleep. My piano teacher was a student of the late Leon Fleisher.
At the Chicago College of Performing Arts I earned a degree in Orchestral Studies, working with many wonderful Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Outside The Studio
When I'm not teaching, I play principal clarinet with the Chicago Composers Orchestra and gig as a pianist too. I serve on the board of the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association as treasurer.
You can catch the opinion piece I just wrote for American Music Teacher's 2022 February/March issue coming soon!