"There are eighty-eight keys on a piano and within that, an entire universe."
~ James Rhodes
Kristin Paxinos recieved a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and a Master of Music from DePaul University. Before founding Da Capo, Kristin performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Chicago Symphony Center with top tier orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As a piano instructor Kristin has over 25 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages, from young beginners, to advanced students, to adults taking up a new instrument. Her youngest students begin lessons at age 4, learning the basics of posture, hand position, and playing basic melodies. Kristin has a passion for working with young beginners and firmly believes that music education for young children is incredibly valuable for their brain development, motor skills, reading, and concentration.
In her piano lessons, Kristin emphasizes technique and theory, and encourages her students to find their own voice on the instrument by equipping them with the tools and skill sets required to build musical mastery on their own
Mrs. Deanna Cates received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University, and a Master's Degree in Community Arts Management from University of Illinois-Springfield. She is a licensed music educator, with five years of public school teaching experience. Deanna has spent the last 19 years working with socially and emotionally challenged youth in an after school setting, using arts education and integration as a vehicle to propel student academic achievement.
Deanna is the accompanist for the Kaneland High School Choral Department, and the orchestra pit director for the Kaneland High School Spring Musical. She lives in Elburn with her daughter, Bailey, and her husband, Bob.