Instructors - Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Mandolin Lessons
Irwin teaches Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Mandolin and Music Theory.
Irwin has a talent for connecting with his students and tailoring lessons to meet their diverse needs.
Besides being a multi-instrumentalist, Irwin has a true love for teaching. His compassionate and inspiring approach makes each student feel special, cared for, and successful.
Irwin is a trustworthy educator with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. These traits enable him to cultivate strong relationships with his students.
Some of Irwin's key strengths include:
Individualized Lesson Plans
Comfortable with private or classroom instruction
Irwin majored in piano and instrumental music education at both DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He played Timpani with the De Paul University Symphony Orchestra, which regularly performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall (now called Chicago Symphony Center).
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).
While still working on his Master's degree, Irwin began teaching instrumental music as a substitute teacher in the Champaign/Urbana, IL. school systems.
After receiving his degrees, Irwin ran and taught 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 instructor.
Irwin has performed with his band, The In The Pocket Band, at many Chicago area top venues including the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, Buddy Guys, Kingston Mines and more.
Irwin founded the Silbernik Music Academy in Highland Park, IL in 2014, and is now utilizing his educational and performance experience to teach students of all levels.