Columbia College Chicago

Suzuki Instruction FACULTY

Christie-Keiko Abe
Christie-Keiko Abe


Violin, Suzuki Violin
Chamber Ensemble
Undergraduate: B.M (Honors) University of Sydney - Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Violin/Piano). Postgraduate: M.M - Australian Institute of Music (Violin/Piano) PhD Specialist in Music Performance ( Violin) - University of Michigan School of Music (Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors). Post-gr...

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Jeremiah Benham
Jeremiah Benham


Guitar
Suzuki Guitar
Preferred Student Age: 3 to Adult. Preferred Student Level: Beginner to early intermediate. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. I teach guitar for “Baby Steps” at the Suzuki-Orff School. I am also teaching guitar at DePaul University in the Community Music ...

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Martine Benmann
Martine Benmann


Cello
Suzuki Cello
Preferred Student Age: 3 ½ to 18. Preferred Student Level: Beginner to Advanced. How long have you been on Faculty at Sherwood Conservatory of Music? Since 1991. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. Performing in the community (including hospitals and nursing homes...

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Emilia Blaszak
Emilia Blaszak


Violin
Suzuki Violin
M.M. Pedagogy, M.A. in Violin, Nowowiejski Music Academy of Bydgoszcz (Poland); SAA-trained in Suzuki method. Performances with the Polish American Symphony Orchestra, Pomeranian Philharmonic, Salonowa Promendowa Orchestra of Chicago....

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Marija Bubanj
Marija Bubanj


Violin, Viola
Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Viola
Preferred Student Age: 3 and up. Preferred Student Level: Any. How long have you been on faculty at Sherwood? Since April 1997. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. Private studio teacher, freelance performer and chamber musician. What do you want to impart to your stud...

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Otilia Calin
Otilia Calin


Piano
Suzuki Piano
Where did you receive your undergraduate education? National University of Music at Bucharest, Romania. Where did you receive your post graduate education? MusikhochschuleLuebeck – Germany. What is your hometown? Buzau, Romania What is your preferred age to teach? Four year...

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Bridget Callahan
Bridget Callahan


Violin, Viola
Suzuki Violin, Viola
Bridget Callahan has taught viola and violin for over ten years. After being first introduced to string instruments in her public school music program, Ms. Callahan is a strong advocate for music education for all children. She has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Nancy Lokken, Edward Kreitman and Nan...

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Aubrey Faith-Slaker
Aubrey Faith-Slaker


Piano
Suzuki Piano
Preferred student age: any age. Preferred student level: any level. What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching? Independence; Sensitivity to sound and touch; Ability to communicate an idea to an audience through music; Pride in accomplishment. What do you enjoy ...

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Lisa Goethe-McGinn
Lisa Goethe-McGinn


Flute, Suzuki Flute
Wind & Percussion Department Head
Preferred Student Age: 5 and up. Preferred Student Level: Beginners to Advanced. How long have you been on faculty at Sherwood? Since 2003. Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. I perform contemporary/avant garde and free improvisation and work with composers on new...

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Christine Knodle-Albarran
Christine Knodle-Albarran


Violin
Suzuki Violin
Undergraduate: B.A. Business Management, Rockford College, B.M. Instrumental Performance, Columbia College. Postgraduate: M.A.T. Elementary Education, Columbia College.  Hometown: Rockford, IL.  Preferred student age: 3-18.  Preferred student level: Beginner-Intermediate.&#16...

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Janelle Lake
Janelle Lake


Harp
Suzuki Harp
Interested in learning more about the harp before studying harp with Ms. Lake? Check out our 'Top Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions About Studying Harp'! Undergraduate:  B.M., Northwestern University, Harp Performance. Postgraduate:  M.M., Northwestern University. Hometown: New Berl...

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Kelly Larson
Kelly Larson


Viola
Kelly began her viola studies at age 9 in the Chicagoland area. She attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2001. Since returning to Chicago, Kelly has spent 13 years teaching orchestra in the public schools in addition to teaching private...

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Erica Lessie
Erica Lessie


Cello, Suzuki Cello
Early Childhood
Erica Lessie received her B.M. in cello performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Fritz Magg. At Florida State University, she earned an M.M. in cello performance and completed coursework for a D.M.A. Currently, she is teaching cello at DePaul University Community Music Division a...

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Melissa Padgett
Melissa Padgett


Violin
Introduced to the Suzuki Method as an adult, I was very impressed by the joyful nature in which Suzuki students performed music. Probably the most important aspect about music that I would like to share with my students and their parents, is that above all the high standards and hard work it takes t...

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Nobuaki Tanaka
Nobuaki Tanaka


Suzuki Program Coordinator
Violin
Bachelor of music in music performance and music education from Northern Arizona University with emphasis on Suzuki pedagogy; master of music in music performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University.Mr. Tanaka is the former Suzuki program founder/director at Upper Valley Music Center a...

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