"Erwin Helfer, an unsung hero of Chicago blues, a pianist who can pound out anything from boogie to Bach, and a teacher who's inspired almost everyone in these parts who's serious about playing blues keyboards (Myra Melford, Yoko Noge, etc.)" - The Chicago Reader
Erwin is primarily self taught. Later in life, he received a Bachelor of Music from the American Conservatory and then Masters of Music from Northeastern Illinois University.
Erwin starts students playing by ear and later introduces note reading and theory. He teaches both improvisation and classical music depending on where students' interests lie. When teaching improvisation, he teaches the styles he plays - blues, standards, and boogie. Erwin teaches all ages, beginners on, and has turned out professional piano players.
At Erwin's annual "piano get-together," students of all ages perform their tunes in a home-party atmosphere. After the performances, there is often an imprompt 4-hands session
Interested in taking private piano lessons? Erwin would like to talk to you personally over the phone and discuss your interest and schedule. Please call 773-472-4787 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and good time to call you back.
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