The Piano Power Approach
Too often, a budding musician loses interest due to mediocre instruction. Weekly lessons, instead of being a time to explore music, become a forced march through a tired method book. Piano Power is the antidote. We’ve assembled a team of energetic, engaging instructors. After consulting with our families, we select a great match and create a personalized approach for each student. We want to know which songs are playing in their headphones. We write out arrangements by request, and we nurture the art of original composition. Besides holding impressive academic pedigrees, the Piano Power team is active in Chicago’s live-music scene. We love what we do and we can’t wait to share our enthusiasm with your student.
Whom and Where We Serve
We work with students of all ages, including teenagers and adults. For young children, we recommend they be at least five years old before starting private lessons.
Our piano, guitar, drum, and voice lessons are offered in the following North Shore suburbs: Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka; and in the following Chicago neighborhoods: Albany Park, Andersonville, Avondale, Bucktown, Edgebrook, Edgewater, Gold Coast, Humboldt Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Near North, North Center, Ravenswood, River North, Rogers Park, Roscoe Village, Uptown, West Rogers Park, West Town, and Wicker Park.
If you don’t see your neighborhood or suburb listed here we may still be able to serve you. Please contact us.
The Piano Power Story
The early years
Piano Power was founded by Abraham Levitan, who returned to Chicago in 2000 to pursue music and teaching after graduating from Yale. From a small group of core students, Abraham quickly built up an enthusiastic following in Highland Park, Deerfield, and Lake Forest. The students were engaged and inspired, playing songs they knew and loved, and even writing their own music. They were progressing rapidly, and they loved showing their achievements in recitals. Meanwhile, their parents loved the hassle-free experience of having lessons at home. Sometimes they took lessons as well.
By 2007, a growing number of students began clamoring to learn “the Piano Power method” — and they wanted instruction in guitar, voice, and drums, too. The time had come to evolve Piano Power into an inspired team. In selecting and training this team of great instructors, Abraham adhered to the core tenets of the Piano Power method:
- A flexible approach to repertoire, giving students the opportunity to play what they want.
- Dynamic, engaged instructors who are excited about teaching.
- A special focus on original composition.
- A holistic understanding of the culture of each Piano Power family — what they want for their kids, and how music instruction supports these goals.
- An emphasis on fostering a lifelong love of music.
At this point, Piano Power was off and running. Since 2007, Piano Power has grown into an active, engaged community of students in Chicago and the North Shore. Some companies merely match students with independent operators. Piano Power, however, hires only instructors who have undergone an extensive interview and audition process, and who submit to ongoing teaching evaluations. As a result, we vouch for the quality of our instruction, and the character of our instructors, with tremendous confidence. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Piano Power. For other perspectives, check out this great article from Wilmette Life, or this profile of Abraham in the Chicago Reader’s 2013 People issue. We would love to welcome you to the Piano Power family!