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 our convenient South Loop location and in the comfort of your own home via Skype or Zoom:
About our Teachers
Dan began piano lessons as a young child and as a teenager developed a passion for playing piano, particularly the music of Beethoven. He holds college degrees in music education and vocal performance and has taught piano for more than 10 years to students of all ages and experience levels. As a teacher, pianist and church organist, he strives to inspire the passion he felt for music and playing piano as a teenager to all his students.
His teaching methods include emphasizing pattern recognition and ear training along with a strong foundation of music theory and technique. By teaching students to think about music with a big-picture perspective and identify specific problems, he encourages and achieves quick and steady growth in each student.
It is his greatest joy to inspire his students to develop a life-long love for music. Besides teaching, Mr. Dan conducts the orchestra and choir at his church, is an accomplished composer and loves biking.
Ms An is a classical pianist based in Chicago, Il. She has received awards from the Arizona Music Fest, Arizona Steinway Piano Competition and many others. She also performs frequently at such venues as: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lied Center of Performing Arts, Thayer Hall, the San Jose Center of Performing Arts and Grant Park Music Festival. She has an Associates Degree in Fine Arts and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance.
As a teacher, Ms An is passionate about creating accessible and positive learning experiences for her students. Using a holistic approach, Ms An incorporates study of theory, sight reading, aural skills, technique, and a wide range of repertoire. Her goal is to imbue her students with the confidence and ability to fully command the keyboard.
In her spare time, Ms An has volunteered for Sharing Notes, bringing live music to patients in hospitals located in the Chicagoland area. She enjoys painting, drawing and exploring the city.
Frank is in his final year as a piano performance and applied mathematics major at DePaul University. With 6 years teaching experience, he has taught students of all ages and experience levels to play classical, pop, standards, blues and jazz music. An avid performer, Frank has appeared with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra, DePaul Wind Symphony and as a professional musician at several private events throughout the Chicago area.
A talented improviser and composer, Frank has studied and benefitted from the Suzuki and Russian/European styles of learning to play piano. As such, he endows his students with a wholistic musical education that includes a solid foundation of music theory and technique combined with ear training and improvisation, to allow his students to play piano at the highest levels.
Frank’s philosophy is to give his 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 additional to a strong foundation, Frank imparts a zest and enthusiasm for music that both his adult and young students love.
Ms Jia is an emerging artist from China and has performed in several venues throughout China and the United States, including many locations in Chicago. Ms Jia is a frequent Master Class performer and has played for such famous artists as: Meng-Chieh Liu, Adam Neiman, Idil Biret and Edward Auer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and is currently working toward her master’s degree under pianists Edward Auer and Dr. Winston Choi.
As a passionate teacher, she has researched many piano pedagogical methodologies and draws on a wealth of disciplines to teach according to her students learning style. Ms Jia aims to nurture each student's strengths and create a positive environment to build on their current skills in every lesson. Prior to joining the faculty at South Loop Piano Lessons, she taught at Xilin Arts Academy for 6 years.
Ms Jia enjoys sharing her music with the local hospitals, retirement homes and churches such as Northwestern Women's Hospital, The Breakers, Music@Grace. She also likes exploring nature, dancing, and reading.
from Monterrey, Mexico, has never known a life without music and pedagogy in it. Born into a family of musicians, he received intense musical education from the age of 4. His own mother is a veteran piano teacher, expert in the Suzuki teaching method, and he saw and heard music lessons taking place every day in his own home. Under his mother’s mentorship, he started teaching at the age of 16. Since then, he has taught students of all ages, beginning through advanced.
His main goal is to help his students find the joy in music-making that he experiences every day. Each lesson is designed to incorporate their interests and musical preferences so that gaining piano playing skill becomes easy and fun
Mr Hector is a vibrant performer, regularly performing solo recitals throughout the world including Monterey, Spain, France and the US. In 2018, he won first prize in the First International Piano Festival of Xalapa. He is currently working on obtaining his Master’s degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he is studying with the acclaimed Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio."
Our Founder, Ms 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 our Request Info Form. Its never too late and, rarely too early!
"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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