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Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller - Violin & Viola

My name is Elizabeth Miller and I hold a B.A. in Choral Music Education from North Central College in Naperville. I have been sharing my passion of music with elementary through high school age students in District 308 for twelve years. In addition to teaching general music, directing musicals, judging choir competitions, and accompanying students for solo and ensemble competitions, I have also maintained a private music studio. My past opportunities have included the following: a guest conductor for Young Naperville Singers, part-time assistant at Austin’s Violin Shop, conductor’s assistant for the Batavia Street Orchestra, violin music teacher’s assistant at Montessori Academy in Batavia, and Prelude Orchestra conductor’s assistant at Elgin Community College. My passion for music and educational excellence compels me to provide learning opportunities for students of every culture through musical instruction. Skills acquired in my studio will be the result of a cooperative learning environment.

John Vizintos

John Vizintos - Electric & String Bass

John is a graduate of Western Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Business in 2016. During his time at Western, he served as the principal bass player for the Western Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has studied in the studios of Dr. Phillip W. Serna, Virginia Dixon, Rich Armandi, Ken Haebich, and Matt Hughes. He also has performed with the College of DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst College Philharmonic, the Salt Creek Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, the Fox Valley Symphony, and Western Illinois Chamber Orchestra. He has also been involved in numerous jazz engagements in the Macomb, Illinois area. John has teaching experience with beginning to intermediate students. He is experienced in both classical and jazz bass playing on both the upright and electric basses. A strong focus on fundamental techniques and enjoyable music keeps students progressing at a steady rate. Maintaining excitement about the instrument is key to John’s approach to teaching the bass.

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Days Available: Thursdays

Price per lesson: $26.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Anna Sobczak - Violin

Anna has been teaching violin for over 10 years. She began playing music in Poland when she was 10 years old. Anna is a classically trained violinist and has played in concerts and completed internationally. She has played in Frankfort, Glasgow, Florence and Genoa, Italy. She currently plays for weddings, corporate events and in clubs and restaurants around the Chicagoland area.

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Days available: Wednesdays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $27.00

Accepts ages: 6-18

Phillip Kleven - Violin, Viola & Cello

Phillip Kleven holds a Masters of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from The Hartt School of Music and a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Bradley University. His principal teachers include Anton Miller and Marcia Henry Liebenow. Phil currently teaches string students of all levels at Music Makers of Western Springs, Music and Arts, and privately. During the summer, he is a teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Before returning to the Chicagoland area in 2011, Phil taught in Peoria, IL, and across New England. In addition to an active teaching schedule, Phil performs with numerous orchestras. He has appeared as concertmaster of the Hartt Symphony, Hartt Opera and Pit Orchestras, Wheaton Symphony and Bradley University Symphony, and is currently a member of the Peoria Symphony and Resurrection Orchestra at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago, IL. Mr. Kleven has performed with a range of award winning artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, and Andre Watts, as well as collaborating with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera and New York Philharmonic. With a passion for chamber music, Phil has attended music festivals across the country, collaborating with talented peers under the direction of many accomplished artists, including James Buswell, Gregory Fulkerson, Oleh Krysa, Lara St. John, Piotr Milewski, and the Miami and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Andrea McStay - Violin

Andrea McStay is an active performer and violin teacher in the Chicago area. She studied music at Lewis University, Joliet Junior College, and Grace College, leading to the completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Music Merchandising from Lewis University. Andrea has extensive experience performing in chamber ensembles and is a founding member of the Sveltezza Ensemble and the Volare Trio. Her orchestral experience includes serving as concertmaster for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra for three seasons, and performing with Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of the Lakes. She has attended various summer music programs including MasterWorks Festival, Southern Illinois University Music Festival, Bob Jones University Music Camps, and Kankakee Valley Piano Camp. Andrea is an adjunct violin instructor at Lewis University and also provides violin lessons for children and adults through her private studio. She has received teacher training in the Suzuki Method at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and Western Springs School of Talent Education .

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Days available: Mondays & Thursdays

Price per lesson: $27.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Amanda Fenton - Violin, Beginner Viola

Violinist and teacher, Amanda Fenton, is a native of Downers Grove, IL, and recently completed her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). At MU she served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Missouri String Project. Amanda graduated cum laude from Augustana College (IL) with her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Spanish. Amanda has performed with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Classical Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Quincy Symphony, Odyssey Chamber Ensemble, and the MU Philharmonic. Currently, she performs with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. In June 2012, Amanda performed in the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra as well as in several chamber music ensembles, as part of an inaugural two-week orchestra and chamber music concert series in Branson, MO. She also served on-staff at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival and at the renowned Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. While at Augustana, Amanda earned the Music Teacher’s National Association Star Award and was inducted into the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Amanda also earned several awards while at MU, including the Kathleen Kabrick Excellence in Teaching Award and the Roger Whitmore Award, which is given to outstanding students majoring in string performance.

Amanda gladly accepts students with special needs.

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Days available: Mondays, Tuesdays & Saturdays

Price per lesson: $28.00

Accepts ages: 5+

Katie Cousins

Katie Cousins - Violin & Viola

Katie Cousins is a classical violinist with an exceptional passion for an enormous range of musical styles. From the beautiful, lyrical lines of romantic classicism to the gritty, rhythmic drives of the Argentine tango, she “communicates a mature and caring attitude for musicianship…and fosters both confidence and leadership, evident to her audience,” writes Stephen Steinbeiser of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Katie holds a M.M. and a GPD in Violin Performance from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to arriving at Hartt, she received a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University. She has just recently relocated to Chicago, but has been teaching in private, small group, and classroom settings for over ten years, working with students anywhere between the ages of four and ninety-four. She is currently a member of the Peoria Symphony, and has performed in the past with the Waterbury and New Britain Symphonies, among others. Katie has been fortunate enough to spend a few recent summers in Europe studying solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire in both Austria and Italy, and with a wide range of musical passions, she has also been an active orchestra member at the Spirit of Broadway Theater outside of New York, and with groups such as the Hartford Opera Theater. She has been an active performer and teacher in the Northeast region since 2003, and is looking forward to the musical opportunities the Midwest has to offer!

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Days Available: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Price per lesson: $27

Accepts ages: 5+

Stephen Moran - Violin, Viola & Cello

Steve Moran is an accomplished musician with a great passion for education. He has been teaching private violin and viola lessons since 2007. During his time at PM Music Center, Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from St. Xavier University with a specialization in orchestral strings. In pursuit of his degree he taught at many Naperville schools including Naperville Central High School, Madison Junior High School, Riverwoods Elementary, Highlands Elementary, and Maplebrook Elementary school. Steve’s passion for music also extends outside of education and into the world of performing, he has been a member of both the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and the West Suburban Orchestra. Steve specializes in adapting to each student’s unique learning method, and describes his teaching style as both challenging and fun.University,and teaching a beginning violinist at SXU.

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Days available: Saturdays

Price per lesson: $25.00

Accepts ages: 5+