The Musical Offering Private & Group lessons in Evanston, IL
We are a musical home for beginners to bloom and for more experienced musicians to explore their craft. We are proud of our process-oriented teaching philosophy, professional and friendly faculty, investments in local schools, and partnerships with arts organizations equally committed to making music more accessible to all. In 2007, we won the Evanston Mayors Award for the Arts in recognition of our history as an arts incubator and the quality of our programming.
We provide students and teachers with collaborative opportunities to learn and perform. We hire gifted teachers who share a process-oriented teaching philosophy and the belief that students learn best in an engaging atmosphere. We carefully match teachers and students to maximize learning potential and enjoyment of music education. A process-oriented teaching philosophy guides students on a course to the joyful mastery of music.
On this journey, they acquire and develop intellectual, emotional, and physical tools such as diligence, critical thinking, expressiveness, and dexterity to harness the potential of music to enhance their lives. This training translates into every area of learning and life.
I believe that any individual’s spirit, mind, and body can be enhanced by experiencing and engaging in musical activities. I strive to build on each student’s unique talents and creativity by offering new musical perspectives and encouraging them to take risks. I provide a trusting and comfortable environment, where students are free to express themselves, and I challenge them to use their body as a personal instrument to develop their singing technique.
As a teacher, I focus on the process of learning to think musically – I want my students to become musically literate, yes, and just as important, to find their musicality, their individual voice as a young musician. I founded The Musical Offering as a place for teachers who value music education as the process of bringing a work to life and sharing your personal joy in that process with students
I think that music is as essential to a balanced and healthy life as sunshine and oxygen is to our physical exsistence. Playing music is one of the few activities that engages both sides of the brain and it can also penetrate the deepest areas of our hearts. Listening to music is always enjoyable but playing music is deeply satisfying.
I enjoy developing a rapport with my students of all ages and their families. Adapting my teaching style to each students’ needs is a priority for me. Learning an instrument should foster a life long love and appreciation for music, and at the same time is an experience, which can provide a framework for developing other important life skills, such as self-discipline, motivation, confidence, communication, team work.
Classical Guitar, Composition
Jesse Langen studied guitar with Anne Waller at Northwestern University. He has played in master classes for Oscar Ghiglia, Sergio and Odair Assad, Bob Guthrie, Elliot Fisk, David Russell, Roberto Aussell, Nigel North, and Paul O'Dette. In the summer of 2002, he was a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Susan Crandall is an active performer and instructor. She has a career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing in festivals and music series throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. She is a member of Duo Dinamico, a professional flute and guitar duo, with fellow faculty member Jesse Langen.
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Testimonial by Parent
Our son is a third-year piano student at The Musical Offering and we will always feel grateful to the parent who suggested the school and teacher as the ideal fit for our then second grader. The teachers get to know their students as individuals and conduct their studies accordingly. In our case, our son has been guided with a wonderful balance of seriousness and fun. At our son's first recital we enjoyed the grave performance of a James Bond theme, and we are now enjoying his current favorite (ever, he says), Bach's Polonaise in G minor!
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