Irwin teaches guitar, piano, ukulele and mandolin.
He is a multi-talented teaching professional, committed to providing a solid education and instilling music appreciation in all of his students.
Irwin has a talent for tailoring lessons to meet students' diverse needs, and that captures their interest and imagination.
He is compassionate and inspiring, maintains a motivated and well-disciplined classroom/lesson environment where each student feels special, cared for, and successful.
Irwin is a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills to cultivate strong relationships with parents and students.
Some key strengths include:
Individualized Lesson Plans
Comfortable with private or classroom instruction
Irwin majored in piano and instrumental music education at DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He played Timpani for the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
Irwin received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his Master's degree in Music Education a year later, in 1975.
While at the University of Illinois, Irwin studied piano with famed pianist Eugene List, and piano literature with Soulima Stravinsky (Igor Stravinsky's son).
Irwin began teaching instrumental music in the Champaign/Urbana school systems while working on his Master's degree.
After receiving his degrees, he ran the music programs for a small town in western Illinois.
After teaching in public school systems, Irwin went to work at Karnes Music Company in Des Plaines, Illinois as a guitar and piano teacher.
Irwin recently founded the Silbernik Music Academy in Highland Park, IL., and is now using his educational and performance experience to teach students of all levels.