I am a multi-talented teaching professional, committed to providing a solid education and instilling music appreciation in all of 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 and students.
Some key strengths include:
• Student Motivation
• Individualized Lesson Plans
• Musicianship Skill
• Performance Abilities
• Comfortable with private or classroom instruction
• Technology Integration
Education / Training
I majored in piano and instrumental music education at DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. 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 began teaching instrumental music in the Champaign/Urbana school systems while working on my Master's degree.
After receiving my degrees, I was the music director and ran the music programs for a small town in western Illinois.
After teaching in public school systems, I went to work at Karnes Music Company in Des Plaines, Illinois as a guitar and piano teacher.
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.
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I am considering taking lessons. Please contact me with further information. Thank you.