About South Loop Piano Lessons
South Loop Piano Lessons, a division of Champaign School of Music, helps students of all ages and levels learn to play the music they love and enjoy doing it with the aid of a friendly, professional teacher/coach who creates a plan to meet each student's personal goals.
South Loop Piano Lessons offers lessons at two convenient locations and in the comfort of your own home via Skype:
About our Teachers
Emily holds a Bachelors degree in Composition, with special emphasis in Piano Performance, from Columbia College. She has been on faculty at South Loop Piano Lessons since 2014. Her students range from 4 years old to 70 years old. Whether they are brand new beginners or seasoned players, Emily's aim is:
"to engage my students' musical aspirations and inspire them to learn. Not only do I help them develop the technical side of piano playing, but I also foster creativity and a passion for learning in composition, improvisation and beyond. I like to tailor my lessons and song choice to each student in order to blend excitement and achievement every step of the way."
Like herself, Emily's students enjoy playing and expressing themselves through a wide diversity of musical genre's that include: classical, pop, jazz and blues.
Dan holds two degrees; one in music education and one in vocal performance. He knew he wanted to become a musician when he started learning Beethoven's piano music as a teenager. He is an avid composer of piano music as well.
"I love helping students discover and expand their own creativity. I also aim to use music to teach them skills in problem-solving and dedication."
He also emphasizes learning to read through pattern recognition. Like himself, many of Dan's students choose to play classical and church music.
Frank is majoring in Piano Performance and Mathematics at Depaul University. Over the last 6 years he has taught students of all ages and abilities to play classical, pop, standards and modern music. He is an avid and talented improviser and, in addition to endowing his students with a solid foundation, enjoys helping them learn to make music through improvisation.
Frank endeavors to: "Give my students a love, knowledge, and appreciation of music and an outlet for self-expression that will be a source of fun, joy and self-reflection throughout their lives.
In addition to a strong foundation, Frank imparts a zest and enthusiasm for music that both his adult and young students love.
Our Founder, Holly, has been teaching piano for 18 years. Her students have gone on to major in music, join performing groups and simply enjoy playing for themselves. She is the Owner of the Champaign School of Music which she started in 2003 in Champaign, Illinois. The Champaign School of Music has 150+ students studying piano, guitar, voice, drums, woodwinds, brass and early childhood music.
Holly now resides in the South Loop of Chicago and has opened South Loop Piano Lessons. South Loop Piano Lessons is for beginning through advanced students of all ages who love music and are passionate about achieving their potential in music and life. Her students say that she is: "fun, funny and energetic". She adds, "….especially after a double espresso! We work hard, but enjoy laughing together!"
Her Certifications, Honors and Leadership include:
Influential teachers have included: Concert artist Pawel Chenchinski, Pedagoge Jane Tan, Technique specialist Seymour Fink and Chicago Blues teacher Erwin Helfer. Holly also had the opportunity to study with Seymour Bernstein in New York.
Holly draws from a competitive background in ballroom & latin dance, body building and public speaking to give her students the edge in: developing a healthy, relaxed piano technique, developing expressiveness in music and preparing for performance.
To begin learning to play the piano, call us or fill out one of our forms below.
"An institution with exceptional instructors!"
- Imran Khan, Attorney at Law
"I wanted to let you know that I will be attending the University of Illinois-Urbana as a music major next fall. I know all of those piano lessons I had with you helped in my success so far!! My mom tells me that the strong music foundation and practice habits I learned when I worked with you is what has made it possible for me to develop my music to this point. I had very successful auditions at several different colleges and have been offered music talent scholarships, too." - Kate M.
"I am a 7 year old girl and I am half Japanese and half American. I go to piano class once a week. I have been learning piano for about 10 months and can play over forty songs on the piano. I have had 2 piano recitals that were really fun and really crowded. My piano teacher is awesome. She is so nice and she always pushes me to become a better pianist. My favorite thing about piano school is learning new songs and then playing them for my mom and dad!" --Terra B. Age 7
"In my opinion, the quality of any school simply boils down to the quality of its instructors and my daughter's piano teacher is fantastic. It is clear her teacher's life revolves around music and her passion for teaching inspires all of us. I really don't want to have to force my children to practice - so the fact that her teacher both challenges and inspires her to learn - which results in her wanting to practice makes music in our home a joy rather than a struggle." --Kurt B.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons. I'd always wanted to learn how to play, even have a piano, so at 42 I decided it was time. My Grandmother had passed away and it would have meant a lot to her to know she helped pay for some classes for me.
My teacher was wonderful. She was cheerful, very, very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for teaching the class. She wasn't afraid to make us play what we were learning, never scolded us for not learning quickly enough [like a younger student might have] and made it a truly enjoyable experience. I'm not going to be performing in public anytime soon, but I feel more confident sitting down at my piano now. She helped us with her encouragement and her endless enthusiasm. Mistakes were not a problem. She wanted us to play loudly and enjoy hitting the keys. - just like kids. That's a lot of why I wanted to take the class and stuck with the entire session. I wanted to come play and learn.
--Janet M. Age 42
"Katie's progress in playing piano constantly amazes our family. She always looks forward to her lessons and what new things she can learn.
Katie performed recently at a small talent show. Their were many other children playing piano, yet Katie's performance caught the attention of many of the parents. As we were leaving the talent show I had one parent congratulating Katie and asking where she took piano because they were so impressed with her performance."
--Marilyn and Mike F.
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