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A lifelong love of music for our students. Easy, stress-free scheduling for our teachers & families.

We offer lessons virtually and in-person. No matter which option you choose, the care and attention we put into matching students with great teachers remains.

What happens when you schedule a call with Piano Power?

1. We ask questions about your student.

What’s your student’s learning style? Favorite music? Qualities they respond to in a teacher?
We want to know! This info is crucial for step two.

2. We find the perfect teacher match.

Did we mention we love our teachers? We do! They’re spectacular, and we’re certain one of them
will be a perfect match for your unique student.

3. After the first lesson, we check in.

How’d the lesson go? Are there questions or concerns? We’ll do everything we can to make sure
you and your student are thrilled moving forward.

4. The music plays!

We believe that when teacher and student are in-sync, magical things happen. Sit back and enjoy as your student develops a lifelong love of music.

5. We stay connected!

Throughout the duration of your lessons, our director Abraham is always just a call or email away. Plus our ace admin team is accessible and efficient, making scheduling changes quick and easy.

What makes Piano Power stand out?

1. First and foremost, we value our teachers.

We are not a teacher farm! We’re very selective about who teaches for us, and we believe that happy teachers make happy students. That’s why we do our best to create a positive, rewarding work environment for our teachers.

We’ve been around since 2007, which means we’ve had more than ten years experience meeting and talking with potential music teachers. We’ve learned which qualities make a music teacher great, and we’re proud of each and every one we’ve chosen.

Read about how a a teacher-focused company like ours is ultimately better for you, the client.

2. We come to you.

Typically our lessons are in-person, in the comfort of home. Which means no extra driving time, no bored siblings, no stress.

If you sign up for online lessons but plan to eventually move to in-person, we’ll accommodate you. We harmonize with your life!

3. We understand your student.

Our founder and director Abraham talks in-depth with every single student or parent about likes and dislikes, goals, learning styles, and more. We want to understand our students so that, at every lesson, they know their teacher “gets” them.

4. We have awesome recitals!

Goals are important for student success. That’s why we have two recitals every year, and multiple video contests to keep students engaged.

5. We have the best admin team in town.

Need to change your schedule or cancel a lesson? We pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients with fast response times.

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, Morton Grove, 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.

Our Staff

Sammie Arizmendi

Scheduling & Logistics Manager

Sammie Arizmendi

Unflappably friendly and efficient, Sammie has an ideal skill set for the somewhat dry (but nevertheless essential!) world of scheduling and logistics. She’s also a Piano Power teacher in piano, violin, vocals, and guitar.

Hailing from Waukegan and born into a family of musicians, Sammie started studying piano and violin at age five and grew up singing at family parties. She later received pre-collegiate classical training in piano and voice from the Zion Conservatory of Music, where she learned the value of hard work and regular practice. Sammie obtained her bachelor of science in nursing, with a minor in music, from Marquette University.

Sammie is the music director of St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan, where she has continued the development of the choral program for the last five years and started the parish’s first Teen Choir. Sammie is also the accompanist for the Swedish Glee Club of Lake County and the Filipino Choir of Lake County.

Andrew Doney

Studio Director

Andrew Doney

Having abandoned his Silicon Valley aspirations for musical greatness during the first dot-com bust, Andrew has found a perfect home for his tech, interpersonal, and musical skills as Studio Director and Lead Teacher for Piano Power.

After graduating from Sonoma State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in jazz piano performance, Andrew left California for Chicago to pursue a career in teaching. Andrew has been teaching with Piano Power since 2014, developing strong, yearslong relationships with his students and families. Aside from being a strong advocate for our teachers and trusted confidant to Piano Power founder Abraham Levitan, he also played a crucial role in our rapid and successful pivot to online lessons during the onset of COVID.

Andrew has a knack for helping teachers and families navigate all phases of a great music education, and he loves making great matches between our talented teachers and wonderful students. He looks forward to helping you find the perfect fit.

Marla Egert

Office Manager

Marla Egert

Marla Egert

Marla has a business administration degree from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, she worked for Automatic Data Processing for 17 years. While working, she completed her MBA in finance at DePaul University in Chicago. A mother of three, Marla joined Piano Power in 2009 after taking time off to raise her family.

As the only non-musical member of Piano Power, Marla’s instrument of choice is the calculator. She is the mystery woman behind the many emails for invoices, scheduling, and general reminders.

Abraham Levitan

Founder & Executive Director

Abraham Levitan

Abraham Levitan

Abraham is the founder and executive director of Piano Power. He began offering at-home piano lessons in 2001, continuously refining an engaging teaching style. He was proud to see students thriving through his curriculum, which mixed fundamentals, collaborative original compositions, classical repertoire, and the latest hits from top-40 radio. In 2007 he founded Piano Power, building a talented and enthusiastic team of instructors with this curriculum at its core.

A graduate of Yale University, Abraham has studied piano — jazz, classical, and rock — since 1984. While at Yale, he received the Selden Memorial Award for undergraduate contributions to the arts, and he toured the world as a member of the Whiffenpoofs, an a cappella singing group. Abraham also fronts the Chicago pop-rock band Baby Teeth, which has recorded four full-length albums.

Lara Levitan

Marketing Director

Lara Levitan

Lara Levitan

As Marketing Director for Piano Power, Lara manages all of Piano Power’s marketing initiatives including advertising, promotion, and digital communications, but her favorite part of the job is creating programs for the bi-annual Piano Power recital!

Lara has an eclectic background, with experience as a marketing coordinator, a muralist, a greeting card artist, and a copyright permissions specialist. When she’s not editing her first novel or caring for her baby daughter, Lara works as a freelance writer and as a StoryBooth facilitator at StoryCorps’ newest branch at the Chicago Cultural Center. View LaraLevitan.com for more.