Christopher Pettit

Cello Faculty (Suzuki)
Instruments: 
Cello
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2017
Education: 

Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance - The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Bachelor of Music Education - The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Dr. Louis Bergonzi Mrs. Jen Baker Dr. Tanya Carey Mr. Tim Fawkes Mr. Dmitry Kouzov Mrs. Carol Ourada Mrs. Lori Rollins Mr. Donald Schleicher

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Children learn best when they are curious and engaged. Therefore, I work to create an environment that draws a child's attention in and focuses it. It is my goal as a teacher to foster a love of music and lifelong learning in every child.

Awards and achievements: 

Daniel J. Perrino Music Award & Scholarship (The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) String Division Achievement Award (The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) Chip Davis--Mannheim Steamroller Orchestra Award (The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) Duane A. Branigan Award (The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign)

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Suzuki Association of the Americas; American String Teacher's Association

Interests outside of music: 

Cooking and Reading

Favorite quote: 

"Balance!"

Favorite practice tip: 

Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Brahms

Favorite musical moment: 

The most recent one.