We Fit Music Into Your Life

How Does It Work?

  • Give us a callemail or fill out our form, and we'll match you with a teacher that works for you. You can start or stop at any time, and you can schedule a trial lesson.

Who Will Be My Teacher?

  • We work with you to find a teacher that meets your needs, level and learning style. Our teachers are committed to crafting a unique learning plan for each of their students.

What Ages and Levels Do You Teach?

  • We have teachers who work with students as young as 3 years old through adults. Contact us and we will find the teacher who is right for you.

Do You Offer Suzuki Lessons?

  • Yes, in most cases we can offer a qualified Suzuki teacher to come to your home.

Hi, I'm Dorthy, Chicago Director of City Strings & Piano! I've put together a team of Chicago's best violin, viola, cello and piano teachers to bring great lessons right into your home. Our teachers are experienced with students of all ages and pride themselves on always being engaging, encouraging and fun in lessons. They are active performers throughout the Chicago area and hold degrees from Chicago's finest music schools.

Suzuki lessons are available for all instruments. Please let us know if you are interested in that when you contact us, or if you'd like to hear more about it. Our teachers are available for lessons all over the Chicago area, including Des Plaines, Orland Park, Schaumburg and Wheaton.

Lessons in your home offer many advantages for busy Chicago families. Aside from the obvious time saving benefit, young students feel comfortable in their surroundings, allowing them to connect with their teacher and instrument. Teachers can also assess the practice environment and make suggestions that can help your child's progress.

We come to your home for the lessons, but you still get the full music academy experience. We host semi-annual recitals and provide optional group classes, instrument rental and sales. We want to make everything easy for you so that you can focus on your child's musical success.

When you contact us to start lessons, we will work together to find a lesson time that consistently works for you and your teacher. Regular lessons are important to ensure your child makes excellent progress, and we want to set you up right from the beginning! A regular tuition amount is charged to your credit card monthly. Tuition information can be found in the dropdown menu under Sign Up, below.

We love my son’s piano teacher. He’s had 4 lessons so far and it couldn’t be better. Lessons at home are wonderful. Very well run company.
— Dawn H., Chicago, via Thumbtack

Contact Us

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If you are interested in lessons in your home, contact Dorthy at (630) 447-9611, chicago@citystrings.com, or using the Contact Us form on this page. We will connect you with a teacher that works for you and schedule violin, viola, cello or piano lessons in your home. Tuition for weekly lessons is $162, $235 or $308 per month for 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons. Additional time for longer lessons or lessons for siblings or parents is discounted 10%, reflected in the tuition amounts above.

Current students should contact their teachers directly with any imminent scheduling issues, but feel free to contact the office about anything else. When you are ready to sign up, you can do so on the sign up page.

 


Violin & Viola Teachers

Information on all of our wonderful violin and viola teachers can be found below. They each work with a variety of teaching methods and are available to teach students age 3 to adult. Let us know if you are interested in Suzuki lessons and we will connect you with a great Suzuki teacher.

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Willie McLellan is a violin, viola and piano teacher and a performer based in Chicago. His first experience playing a musical instrument was taking piano lessons at age 7 with a neighbor. Being eager to begin, he accidentally showed up a week early to his first lesson! A couple of years later he took up the violin in his school district’s orchestra program and was quickly hooked. Willie committed himself to learning the viola when his middle school string quartet had three violinists and a cello.  Playing chamber music has been a great passion of his ever since.
 
Willie earned his BM in violin performance at UW-Madison studying with Felicia Moy and moved to Chicago for his MM in viola performance with Rami Solomonow at DePaul University. He was recently the viola teaching assistant to Tony Devroye at Northern Illinois University.
 
In Chicago, Willie was a regular violist with the Civic Orchestra. During his two year tenure he played in the MusiCorps String Quartet, which gave presentations at elementary schools and performed at park district locations. Other ensembles he has played with include the Illinois, Rockford, and Oistrakh symphonies. He maintains a private studio and also teaches group lessons in public schools. Willie studied the Suzuki method with Ed Kreitman and Rolando Freitag. Read more about Willie here.
 


Piano Teachers

Our piano teachers are experienced with a wide variety of students aged 3 through adults. They specialize in focusing students on successful practice and love to see their progress at our local recitals.

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Rebecca Song is a certified Suzuki piano teacher who taught both in Minneapolis and at Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians, now the Chicago Center for Music Education. She has experience teaching both traditionally and with the Suzuki Method for piano to students of all ages for the past 21 years. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy from Western Illinois University. In addition to teaching, Rebecca works as a board certified music therapist in an assisted living facility in Evanston, Illinois. Rebecca has worked with stroke victims, individuals with dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, in adult day services and has worked with disabled children throughout the Chicago Public Schools.

 
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Mary Melnikova started learning piano at the age of five, and continued her studies in piano performance at Penza State Music School in Russia. She has taught piano privately since 2013 and utilizes an individual approach to every student depending on age, music preferences and personal learning style. Mary's pedagogical style is based on a unique combination of music theory, piano technique and performance. She includes exercises, sight reading and warm-ups in lessons, as well as scales. Mary focuses mostly on classical music, including works by Mozart, Bach, Einaudi, and Zimmer, but also enjoys teaching jazz piano. In addition to teaching piano, Mary is fluent in both Russian and English, and enjoys yoga and outdoor sports in her free time.


Cello Teachers

Meet our fantastic cello teachers! They love connecting with new students and watching them grow as young musicians. Contact us today to see how you can start cello lessons with City Strings & Piano.

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Molly Rife began playing the cello at age 11. Growing up in a family full of musicians in Tucson, Arizona, it was no surprise that she developed a passion for music as a youngster. Molly decided to brave the cold and is now an active performer and teacher in Chicago. Molly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Arizona State University where she studied with Thomas Landschoot. She received her Master of Music degree in Performance from DePaul University under the tutelage of Stephen Balderston. 
 
Molly currently holds a position with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and plays frequently with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Molly is also a member of 42nd Parallel, a conductorless chamber orchestra founded by her colleagues in Chicago. An advocate of contemporary music, Molly has performed, recorded, and collaborated with many local Chicago composers and the contemporary ensemble Fonema Consort. Molly is enthusiastic about various genres of music and has performed and recorded with local Chicago bands and artists. You can read more about Molly here.
 


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