Spreading the Joy of Music
Lessons in YOUR HOME or ONLINE!
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Music Lessons IN YOUR HOME or ONLINE
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Providing high quality, individualized music instruction. ALL AGES, ALL LEVELS
"I just wanted to let you know how wonderful Rob Dicke has been as my son’s piano teacher. He is incredibly talented and patient. I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to teach a seven year old via zoom but he has been incredible! We are very lucky to have him! "
Individually Tailored Lessons
Our lesson programs are designed to meet each student’s unique goals, interests, and learning style.
High Quality Music Instructors
Our teachers are classically trained with college level and higher music degrees along with impressive performance backgrounds covering a wide variety of musical genres.
A Comprehensive Approach
Our lesson designs strike a perfect balance between traditional and modern. All of our students learn how to read music as well as how to use proper technique with their chosen instrument. We also value a fun and creative approach to music study and make sure to ask “what song do you want to learn?” Our lesson programs include exposure to a wide variety of musical styles, from pop, to rock, to classical, and everything in-between.
- Music notation reading
- Ear training
- Theory understanding
- Song study
- Improvisation and Composition
- Confidence and Performance Preparation
- Audition Preparation
- Music History
- Exposure to a broad range of musical genres
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
Beginning through Advanced, Ages 5-144!
Lessons online OR in your home.
*Voice lessons remain exclusively online until further notice
POLICY FOR IN-HOME LESSONS: MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING
RATES for Weekly Private Lessons:
30 minutes: $38.50 per lesson
45 minutes: $49.50 per lesson
60 minutes: $60.50 per lesson *can be split into separate lessons for siblings
90 minutes: $88 per lesson *can be split into separate lessons for siblings
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Dynamic Music Fall, 2020 Student Recitals! *starting the week of Nov. 16th
ADULTS ONLY RECITAL: cocktails and tunes, December 4th at 7pm
DONATE TO A MUSICIAN'S COVID RELIEF FUND
We have the best teachers in town! Some of our teachers; however, are struggling in covid times, after losing half (or more) of their income when performance gigs were wiped out almost over-night in March of 2020. Help them out by following this link to sweetrelief.org (global relief fund for musicians during covid).
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Dynamic Music has a resident space at the Dance and Music Academy:
4330 DiPaolo Center Ct
Instructor: Andrew Olmstead
Social Songwriting Workshop
Join an empowering community of students and write your own short song every week.
♪ Games for writing lyrics
♪ The easy way to make a great melody
♪ How to beat writer's block
♪ What makes a song work, anyways?
♪ Songwriting ideas to use in between classes
Calendar & Policies
PRIVATE LESSONS CALENDAR
There will be NO LESSONS:
- Winter Break: Dec. 20th through Jan. 2nd
- MLK Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day (the Sunday & the Monday)
- Thanksgiving Day (only the Thursday)
- On Dates Cancelled by the Teacher
- On Dates Cancelled by the Student - WITH A MINIMUM TWO-WEEK NOTICE GIVEN BY EMAIL TO OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
- On Sick Days (3 per year allowed per student), and notice must be given directly to the teacher via text or phone call, with as much notice as possible)
We require a minimum two week notice to be given via email to our staff, for all student cancellations. The only exception to this policy is for student sick days, for which we require that notice be given directly to the teacher, with as much notice as is possible (before the teacher is on their way to the lesson!). *WE DO NOT OFFER MAKEUP LESSONS unless they are arranged a minimum of two weeks in advance.
"I just wanted to let you know how wonderful Rob Dicke has been as Kai’s piano teacher. He is incredibly talented and patient. I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to teach a seven year old via zoom but he has been incredible! We are very lucky to have him!"
“My daughter took a violin lesson with Amy for two years. She was a kind, smart and thoughtful teacher, and taught my daughter a joy of playing the violin. It was also so convenient that she came to our house every week.
Sara is in charge of billing and administration. Her cancellation policy was clear and reasonable. She was super organized and always updated our invoice swiftly, every time cancellations had to happen. This flexible policy was very convenient for a family like us, who traveled often. Before Dynamic Music, we tried a bigger music school and their bureaucracy was a nightmare. It took a long time to get response and the cancellation/refund policy was rigid. So we appreciated flexibility of Dynamic Music greatly.
Due to various scheduling conflicts, we had to switch to another violin teacher. Sara's enthusiasm and energy in finding the replacement were wonderful and we owe her so much.”
“We have had a great experience with Dynamic Music. The teacher comes to our house and is wonderful with our children. She is always on time and very professional. Additionally, the rates for lessons are very competitive with other music lessons in the area. Sara (the owner) is very responsive and works hard to make sure she finds the best teacher for your children's needs. Highly recommend.“
Sara Vencill Straeffer
Founder & Director—Voice & Piano Teacher
Sara values a holistic approach to teaching, giving her students all of the tools they need to not only succeed in their music studies, but to also build confidence and enjoy the process.
- Singer: Opera, Jazz, Pop, Rock
- BA in Music (vocal performance concentration): CSULA
- Original Pop/Rock Album Releases: 2006 EP “Crossing the Rubicon” & 2019 LP (in production)
- Operatic Roles: Queen of the Night (Mozart’s Magic Flute), Mimi—concert excerpts (Puccini’s La Boheme), Rosina-concert excerpts (Rossini’s Barber of Seville)
- Jazz Singer: Mitch Straeffer Quartet-various Chicagoland Venues and Weddings
Voice & Piano Teacher
Emily is an enviable musician, who truly plays piano as well as she sings! Emily’s piano students get to enjoy ear training with a professional singer, while Emily’s voice students get to study voice with a true piano accompanist! Emily holds her students to a high standard while at the same time creating a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment.
- BM in Music, Capital University in Ohio
- Professional Singer/Actress: Classical, Musical Theater (multiple roles in Chicagoland productions), Pop
- Piano Accompanist: multiple student voice recitals
- Special Education Teacher: schools and private lessons
- Fluent in American Sign Language
Violin & Piano Teacher
Amy is an incredibly talented and sought-after violin player and teacher. Amy performs all over the country and is a very busy violinist! Amy also has the perfect patience and warmth required for teaching young beginners, all the way up to advanced, college-bound students. With a masters degree in music as well as a doctorate in the works and years of teaching experience, Amy is also an excellent piano instructor and she is able to use her violin Suzuki Method teaching understanding, to aid and enhance her piano lesson designs for young students. Whether studying piano or violin, Amy connects quickly with all of her students and is easily able to engage and inspire.
- BM in Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago
- Currently pursuing a doctorate in violin performance
- Wedding Music Performer and Coordinator
- Violinist for several string ensembles and orchestra performances
- Suzuki Teacher Training
Larry Beers is a professional drummer from Chicago Illinois.
“I’ve been in over 15 bands in my nearly 29 years of living in Chicago. I’m currently in the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, the Bad Examples, Anna Soltys & the Familiar, Bad Forum and Mucca Pazza, to name a few. Mucca Pazza is the most unique band in terms of style and approach. We’re 30 strong with Percussion, brass, woodwinds and stringed instruments. We mainly play our original material, we have cheerleaders and we also have marching band uniforms that do not match and it’s quite a spectacle.”
Dynamic Music is lucky to have one of the best drummers in the city, on our staff and passionate about teaching students how to play, and how to play well!
Piano, Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Teacher
Mitch began his musical journey as a classical piano student and then he moved on to playing guitar and bass. Mitch now has a long performance career under his belt, playing all over the world and across many genres. Mitch performs regularly throughout the Chicagoland area, playing blues, jazz, rock, pop, classical, musical theater, folk, blue grass, and country... to name a few!
Mitch loves music and is dedicated to helping students of all ages to discover the joy of both understanding and making music.
- MM in Music Composition from DePaul University in Chicago
- Professional World-Travelled Bass Player
- Intensive Music Composition and History Study
- Ensemble Instructor (rock, pop, jazz, you-name-it)
- Composer (classical & popular)
Piano & Drum Teacher
Rob began as a classical pianist before moving into a professional drumming career! Rob is an exciting teacher and player, who bridges drums and piano, and is also a creative song writer! Rob teaches his students proper technique and theory, and piano students watch out, because you’d better play in rhythm :).
Rob has so much fun teaching and playing, and we are so glad to have him on our staff.
- Music Degree from Columbia College in Chicago
power trio, Mos Scocious, who has performed at Summercamp Music Festival for the last three years, shared bills with Parliament Funkadelic and Rusted Root and was also voted Chicago’s best local band in 2011 in the Chicago Reader’s online poll.
Robert also performs in singer/songwriter Michael McDermott’s band, The Westies. The newly formed band has created a buzz with stops in Pittsburgh, New York City, Asbury Park, Madison, Philadelphia and of course Chicago.
Most recently was selected in the top five in a city wide Jazz Improvisation contest by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.
Oboe & Piano Teacher
Kristina Graham is an experience private lessons instructor and band program teacher. Her primary performance instrument is oboe, but if you hear her perform on the piano- you would certainly be fooled into thinking that it’s piano!
Kristina is a talented musician on both piano and oboe, and as a teacher she is loyal, dedicated to high standards, and passionate about nurturing young students on their musical journeys.
- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN Master of Music - Oboe Performance
Outside Area in Arts Administration
- Sistema Ravinia, Oboe/Woodwind Instructor, Lead Teacher
- PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
2015 Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Substitute, Battle Creek, MI 2014 Pierre Monteux School Summer Music Festival, Hancock, ME 2013 Napa Valley Summer Music Institute, Napa Valley, CA
2013 IMANI Winds Chamber Music Festival, New York, NY
2013 Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington, IN 2013 Main Street Opera Theater, Plymouth, MI
2013 Arbor Opera Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
—Energized, creative, and intuitive, Tamara develops thoughtful learning experiences that build a strong foundation of playing technique and music theory.
Tamara is a skilled pianist and a professional musician who is passionate about staying current with the best teaching practices and passing on the art of playing piano.
Tamara is In tune with each child's or adult's dreams and imagination. Tamara's teaching creates a safe, nurturing and caring relationship with families who aspire to a whole musical experience. Tamara's hope is to provide a piano program that inspires a life of music making.
- Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez was born and brought up in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia (then part of the USSR).
- From 1986, Tamara studied piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, finishing her studies in 1991 with a Master's Degree under the guidance of famous Georgian pianist Nino Chirakadze.
- Tamara continued her teaching and performing career in Paris. For several years
- Tamara worked as an accompanist of ballet classes at the Russian School of Arts in Paris.
- The highlight of Tamara's teaching career was attending Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon where her student was invited to take part by maestro Gianluca Marcianò.
- Tamara enjoys performing and has appeared in many and varied settings with repertoire ranging from light music to classical music. Tamara is fluent in English, French, Georgian and Russian.
Mike plays professionally all over the Chicago-land area, everything from pop to classical, rock and jazz.
Mike offers a tradition piano lesson covering all classical understanding and technique, while also giving his students the treat of having the opportunity to study with a professional jazz and pop/rock keyboard player and composer/arranger.
Mike is kind, patient, knowlegeable, and everything students need in a teacher.
Check out Mike’s students, Jackson & Chase Abat, playing Eleanor Rigby:
Voice & Piano Teacher
Luana Arabadgi is professional, kind, and a superstar when it comes to teaching!
Luana’s students adore her, and she supports them by sharing her talent, knowledge, and expertise in confidence building.
- EDUCATION: The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, NY
Bachelor of Music, majors: Music Performance and Music Business – GPA: 3.82/4.0
(OPERA) L’Etoile Koukouli
2016 Manhattan Opera Studio
2015 Crane Opera Ensemble
2015 Crane Opera Ensemble
2011 Escola Municipal de Sao Paulo
2016 Carnegie Hall 2015 Hosmer Hall 2015 Hosmer Hall 2011 Hosmer Hall
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- Chicago Summer Opera Manager
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, & Piano Teacher
Adam rocks! He rocks as a person, a teacher, and of course- a musician. Adam teaches with great care to detail, and also keeps the lessons modern, fun, and engaging. And while he might look slightly menacing in his picture ;), I assure you, he is one of the nicest individuals you will meet!
- Adam studied guitar performance and music theory and composition at Columbia College in Chicago.
- Adam has been teaching for over 10 years (students of all ages and levels)—plays and teaches a variety of styles including: classical, rock, blues, pop, psychedelic, metal, ska, reggae, and flamenco
- Adam is also a singer/songwriter and has been performing his own compositions in multiple bands since age 12
Message directly from Adam to his students:
My Philosophy on Music:
There is imitation and creation, but to truly create, one must first learn the established forms before
one can break them. Eventually through discipline to these forms, one will see these forms not as
absolutes governors, but instead a variety of tools that aid us in our artistic expression and
My Philosophy as an Educator:
To be an effective educator I believe that one must not only create a curriculum and pay attention to
the individual needs of their students, but one must also provide an environment that fosters growth.
That is why I am a firm believer in being extremely kind, providing positive feedback and
maintaining a safe environment.
A focus on engagement
"Thank you for being such a terrific teacher for our motley crew."
"Thanks for being a kind, fun, and very inspiring teacher to our daughter."
"You have a great ability to break things down to understandable parts."
"You're funny ahhhhhhhhh I love piano!"
Achieve your goals in music and enjoy the process? Student engagement is the most important element I bring to piano lessons. By setting goals which are both realistic and challenging, I can help you read music, improvise with other people, and even write your own songs! Music is a beautiful tool for self-expression, so our long term lesson plan will be shaped by the music you love, be it pop, classical, jazz, or something of your own invention.
I also have the mysterious ability to turn rambunctious kids into smiling pianists. If you have somebody in your life four or older who fits this description, ask me about my lesson plans for their age group!
My teaching philosophy
The core of each piano lesson includes music theory, repertoire building, and safe technique, but each of these elements changes depending on the student's goals. If your not sure what your goals are, that's ok! We'll spend part of our first lesson talking about different types of music and find which ones resonate with you. If you're more sure of the direction you want to go, I'll let you know what's worked for past students with similar interests. I have experience performing and teaching pop, classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music, folk, and musical theater.
Students get to be creative in our lessons. I've curated improvisation workshops open to the public, and frequently get my youngest students writing their own songs! Remember, we essentially learn to read and write words in the same time. I find that doing this with music education strengthens our understanding of music greatly. More importantly, it's also very, very fun.
Lessons range from 30 minutes to an hour once per week, depending on the student and the material being covered.
- Baylor University Department of Music - Jazz Scholarship
- Opened for the incredible Sun Ra Arkestra earlier this year.
- Premiered new work by Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
- Member of Spooky Action, synth singer-songwriting with live comic illustration.
- Supporting keys and synth work for theatrical pop-rock band Honey Noble, ambient music outfit Netcat, and many other bands in the Seattle area.
- Experience touring, recording, and gigging.
Miss Sora is dedicated to putting incredible care into each and every one of her lesson programs. She does extensive research for each of her students, in order to find the perfect teaching method for their individual interests and learning styles.
Sora has studied many different music teaching methods, including both tradition and creative approaches. She is now in a unique position, to pull from many different sources to find and create one-of-a-kind lesson designs for every one of her students—for both piano and flute.
- Master of Music Composition, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
- Master of Music, Brigham Young University, UT
- Bachelor of Music, Brigham Young University, UT
- and Music Teacher in public, charter, private and home school classrooms, and private and group music lessons using Dalcroze and Orff inspired strategies.
- Musician and Composer for school, religious and community organizations.
- Area of Concentration Grades 1-8 Professional Educator License for the State of Illinois
- Private/Group Flute and General Music Teacher (age 4 to adult) IN, TX, UT, NY
- Flutist/Conductor, concert bands, orchestras, ensembles IN, UT, NY
- Music Theory Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University PA
- Choral and Instrumental Composer, Arranger,
- Private Composition Study, University of Utah, UT
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Flute, & Clarinet Teacher!
Michael Lockler received his Bachelor's in Jazz Studies at North Central College. There he studied with Marie Bennett and John McLean. He received his Master's in Performance, while studying at Northern Illinois University.
Michael is a member of the the Wheaton Municipal Band and has had the honor of performing for the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. He has also performed with the Fox Valley Orchestra. He has played various woodwind and fretted-string instruments for productions of musicals by BoHo Theater, BrightSide Theater, and NCC Summer Theater.
Michael feels that teaching is one of the best ways to give back to the community. He was fortunate to have had great teachers from the beginning of his musical journey. Their enthusiasm created a love of music in him that he hopes he can pass along to all of his students, creating a future generation of music lovers and performers.
- Northern Illinois University: Master of Music
● North Central College: Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies
● Graduated Cum Laude
- Gave recitals on both flute and guitar
Piano, Voice, Mandolin, Ukulele, & Conducting Teacher
Natallia has been teaching in the Unites States for 17 years, after moving from Belarus where she earned her doctorate in music from the Belarussian State Conservatory in Minsk.
Natallia is a well-rounded musician and teacher, whose expertise is in conducting- meaning that she plays and teaches many instruments, and fully understands the depth of music theory, music expression, and music instruction.
Natallia loves teaching students of all ages and she offers a perfect combination of warmth and structure with her teaching approach.
Miss Lysenka seeks out from every student, exactly what will inspire and motivate them, and then she designs her lesson programs accordingly. She enjoys teaching classical repertoire, popular music, and everything in-between.
- Doctorate from the Belarussian State Conservatory in Minsk
- Teacher and supervisor at the Belarussian College of Music and Art
- Assistant conductor of the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra in Evanston, IL
- Music and Piano Instructor for the Montessori Music School in Mundelein, IL
- Private lessons instructor for students of all ages for over 20 years
voice & piano
A Glenview native- Miss Lauren is passionate about building young musician’s skill sets and confidence so that they can enjoy creating, singing, and playing music as much as she does!
Lauren grew up in Glenview and attended Glenbrook South before going to the prestigious Millikin University Music School where she earned her bachelors degree in music.
Lauren also has a minor in theatre, giving her a charismatic and fun edge to her teaching style.
- BM in Music from Millikin University *currently pursuing a Masters in Music (opera—vocal performance)
- Minor in Theatre from Millikin University
- Proficient in French and Italian
- Ballet and movement classes
- Social Justice Advocate
Miss Jieun Lee teaches all ages and levels, from complete beginning piano students through the advanced university level!
Jieun is nurturing and kind and open minded to approaching each student and lesson program with attention to individualized goals and methods.
She has an impressive educational, teaching, and performance background and is also a professional choir piano accompanist and director.
We are very fortunate to have such a treasure on our teaching staff!
- Masters of Music Degree from California State University in Northridge (piano performance)
- Piano Faculty Member for multiple Korean Universities
- Salem Methodist Church in Schaumburg, IL (director and accompanist)
MARIJA BUBANJ—Violin & Viola
Marija Bubanj has a masters degree in violin performance and many years of teaching experience. Miss Bubanj presents an energetic and exciting lesson program for her students, which emphasizes proper technique and music understanding while fostering growth through careful assignments and lesson goals—all while keeping students engaged and enjoying their lessons!
- Chamber and orchestra performances around the world
- Students have won competitions, prizes, and performed at the White House by invitation from Michelle Obama!
- Live radio broadcasts: classical and jazz
- Certified Suzuki Teacher
Voice, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass
Miss Cline has a fabulous energy and passion for teaching students of all ages and levels, and she is an enviable musician who is equally talented with singing and playing many instruments, including: piano, guitar, ukulele, and electric & upright bass!
*2016 B.F.A. in Musical Theatre (Honors)/Minor: Creative Writing
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
*Fluent in American Sign Language
Affiliations: International Thespian Society (International Honor Member)
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Founder, Sara Vencill
How it all began...
Dynamic Music was founded by Sara in 2010 when she was pregnant with her first daughter.
At that time a mother of one of Sara's students suggested that Sara should hire another teacher with similar teaching philosophies, to help out with her teaching schedule when the baby came.
And so it all began!
Sara's mission has always been to share the joy of music. Sara remains committed to bringing teachers onto the Dynamic Music team, who share this goal and who have every qualification necessary for realizing this goal.
"Music is a gift to humanity and it should be honored and treated as such." ~Sara