Paul B. • Piano
A music educator for over twenty-five years, pianist Paul B. has led workshops for the community outreach division of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, served as a judge for the Chicago Public School annual piano competition, and taught private and group lessons at Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Glencoe Academy of Music, Near North Montessori School, and Access Contemporary Music.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, where he studied with Dr. Ludmila Lazar and artist-in-residence Pawel Checinski; while at Roosevelt, he studied piano pedagogy under composer Bruce Berr; Helen Greenhalgh of Park Forest was his long-term mentor.
Paul is an active accompanist and has played for Allegrezza Singers, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and DePaul Community Chorus; he is presently the pianist at Christ Church of Chicago.
As an instructor, Paul is honored to share his musical knowledge with his students and gears each lesson toward the individual student’s unique needs. Parents are encouraged to participate in the lesson, where Suzuki-style rote work is merged with a traditional note-reading approach. A variety of musical styles are explored, and rhythmic movement is part of the experience. Students are guided to grow into independent musicians and develop excellent listening skills from an early age. Paul’s students have participated in the National Guild of Piano Playing Auditions, played at other competitions and festivals, and have consistently received superior ratings.