Silbernik Music Academy

Highland Park, IL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I am a multi-talented teaching professional, committed to providing a solid education and instilling music appreciation in all my students. I have a talent for tailoring lessons to meet students’ diverse needs and capture their interest and imagination. I am compassionate and inspiring, maintain a motivated and well-disciplined classroom/lesson environment where each student feels special, cared for, and successful. I am a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills to cultivate strong relationships with parents, students, and colleagues. Some key strengths include: • Musicianship Skill • Individualized Lesson Plans • Student Motivation • Performance Abilities • Comfortable with private or classroom instruction • Technology Integration

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am a dedicated, talented and enthusiastic music instructor. I love sharing my knowledge on the joys of making music with my students. The disciplines that I have acquired through my music have helped me in all areas of my life, and I love the idea that I can share some of those lessons with other people. I love seeing a child's eyes light up the first time they play a song or grasp a concept. I enjoy working with adults who's life long ambition has been to learn to play an instrument, and have finally found the time for their studies.
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Location

Highland Park, IL 60035

Background check

Complete

Years in business

3

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

25

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Debra D. Jul 29, 2017
    Piano Lessons
    Verified Review
    As adult playing piano for the first time since childhood, I am thoroughly enjoying my experience taking lessons with Irwin Silbernik.
  • Dimitare T. Mar 11, 2017
    Piano Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Simply outstanding!
    Irwin Silbernik is very, very knowledgeable with a great personality! He is an outstanding teacher, very patient with a great sense of humor! I highly recommend Mr.Silbernik!!!
  • Jim S. Oct 19, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Know how to play, Want to get to the next level
    I am a long time self taught guitar player. Irwin is really helping me fill in the gaps to move my playing to the next level
  • Daina R. Feb 6, 2016
    Irwin is great with young kids, and my twin boys (almost 7) have been enjoying beginning guitar lessons with him. I like that he teaches them how to read music and encourages them to memorize songs. It's how I learned piano as a little girl and I'm enjoying seeing the boys progress and learn to understand written music. My goal has been for the boys to get used to a weekly music lesson and enjoy that as part of their weekly routine...so far Irwin has been a great fit for us and I highly recommend! :)
  • Mike F. Jan 27, 2016
    Irwin is the real deal! He is the only instructor I found with degrees in both Music and a Masters in Music Education, to say this guy knows his stuff is an understatement. I have had about 5 lessons with Irwin so far and plan to stick with him for years to come. He has taught me so many things already that I wish I knew years ago. He immediately corrected some minor bad habits that have had a major difference in my playing. As he put it, he wants to teach you music as a language, once you know the language you can play with anyone at anytime. This is what everyone should be looking for from a teacher, I am glad I found him:)
  • Mark F. Jul 18, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I'm very excited to have my 10-yr-old son studying with Irwin. Highly recommended!
  • Randi Z. Jun 4, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Cristina H. Jan 5, 2015
    My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with Irwin for the past few months. She loves it! His affection for children, as well as his expertise is obvious. I would highly recommend him as a guitar instructor!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
The price for lessons at my home studio in Highland Park, IL, is $30.00 for a half hour lesson, $45.00 for a 45 minute lesson, and $60.00 for an hour lesson.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I majored in piano and instrumental music education at DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. While studying at De Paul University, I played Timpani for the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall. I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974 and my Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975. I taught instrumental music (band & orchestra) in the Champaign/Urbana school systems while working on my Master's degree. After receiving my degrees, I ran the music programs for a small town in western Illinois. This included band, orchestra, chorus, general music and private instrument lessons. After teaching in public school systems, I went to work at Karnes Music Company in Des Plaines, Illinois as a guitar and piano instructor. I recently founded the Silbernik Music Academy in Highland Park, IL., and am now using my educational and performance experience to teach students of all levels.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have successfully worked with beginning and advanced students ranging from 6 years old to adults.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for a teacher that loves to teach, and loves the age group that they are teaching. Too many musicians teach to supplement their performance income, and not because they really want to. Teaching is a skill. Just because someone is a great player, does not mean that they are going to be a good teacher. Look for someone that is teaching because they want to. Not because they have to.