Jay Kolin

Suzuki Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
  • Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Master of Science from Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts
Significant teachers and mentors: 
  • Darryl Rosenberg, Kathleen Supove, Allison Barr, Greg Slowik, Sara Kohane, Leena Crothers, and Vladimir Leyetchkiss
  • Master Classes with Melvin Chen (Yale University), Diane Andersen (Conservatoire Royal de Musique, Belgium), Rebecca Rafaelli (Neighborhood Music School), and William Braun. 
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Certified to teach piano using the Suzuki method; trained with Leena Crothers and Caroline Fraser

Professional affiliations & activities: 
  • Proud owner of two Lhasa Apsos, Fred and Ethel
  • Advocate for animal welfare
Interests outside of music: 
  • Former Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa
  • Former field officer, Harvard University World Teach Project in Kenya
  • Former teacher, choir director and deputy head teacher, Kisumu International School, Kenya
Favorite composer or piece to play: 
  • Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
Favorite musical moment: 
  • A pianist at my cousin's wedding performing Debussy's first Arabesque