Gulchin Tarabus


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  • Oak Park, IL

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Professional Associations

Chicago Area Music Teachers, Greater Chicago Orff Association


  • Bachleor's of Music Education: Elmhurst College,1993
  • Mannes College of Music,Manhattan, NY, 1985-1987
  • Oak Park School District:Elementary Music Teacher, 1997-present
  • Chicago Orff Chapter: Historian, Assistant and Program Chair:2001-2004
  • Chicago Area Music Teacher's Association: Publicty chair:2005-present
  • MTNA: National Teacher Enrichment Grant: May, 2009


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Background & Experience

Background Education Or Accreditation
Gulchin Tarabus maintains a piano studio in Oak Park. She has also been teaching music in the elementary schools in Oak Park for 12 years and has been a teacher for 16 years.Her area of focus in piano training is working with pianists who need to improve their technique and find more ease in their playing. Pianists who suffer from pain or injuries may also consult with Gulchin for further exploration and training in technique. She also works with children to teach a natural based technique from the very beginning of their lessons. Gulchin also incorporates improvisation, movement and body percussion as a way of internalizing the music with her piano students. Gulchin has been teaching music in the elementary schools for 16 years,and has completed her 12th year at the Oak Park Public School District in Oak Park,Illinois. She specializes in Orff-Schulwerk, in which she received three levels of certification from St.Thomas University. She served for four years on the Greater Chicago American Orff Schulwerk Association as historian, assistant program chair and program chair. Gulchin Tarabus attended Mannes College of Music as a Theory major and went on to receive her music education degree from Elmhurst College. She is currently the publicity chair for Chicago Area Music Teacher's Association and just received a grant from MTNA to further pursue her studies in piano pedagagoy this summer. Gulchin Tarabus has had a varied career in piano performance, ever since playing her first hour-length recital at the age of four years old. She performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11 and she continued to compete and receive scholarships to both Interlochen Arts Academy and the summer camp. Recently, she performed at the Piano Forte Salon for the William Browning Memorial fundraiser. She also gave two movement based workshops both for the Chicago Area Music Teacher's Association and for the Well Balanced Pianist Workshop at Viterbo University in Wisconsin in 2008. Gulchin Tarabus maintains her piano studio in Oak Park, Illinois.