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MAY 2021 

A monthly newsletter

to inform and entertain our friends



Bloomingdale School of Music is  open for lessons! 



We are pleased to announce that the school is back open for in-person lessons. 2020 was quite the year, and we would like to say thank you to all the students that stuck it out with us for virtual lessons during the pandemic.

A lot has changed at the Bloomingdale School of Music since last year.

Miss Audrey retired and is living happily ever after. You may still see her from time to time at recirals or subbing lessons here at the school.

Miss Madeline moved to Boston to pursue her master’s degree in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory. She is still working with her students virtually and has been enjoying sharing her new knowledge and techniques with her students.

Mr. Tim moved to Pittsburgh where he will be the music director at the Hickory United Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He will continue to teach lessons virtually.

We have a new virtual string teacher. Mr. David has been teaching virtual lessons for us since November. Mr. David teaches violin, viola and he is the master of the cello. Check out his biography below.

 Welcome back to Miss Heidi! Miss Heidi is a phenomenal piano teacher that taught at the Bloomingdale School of Music for over a decade. After a brief hiatus, she is back, and we could not be happier to have her here. Her schedule will fill quickly, so call today to save your spot!










My name is Heidi Rusch. I was born and raised in Upstate New York. My mother was a piano teacher, so I started lessons at an early age. I also began violin lessons at age 8. I played in orchestras, performed in many recitals and music competitions. I knew pretty early on I wanted to be a music teacher. I attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Performance Pedagogy. I started teaching at The Music Studio in Albany New York the following Fall. I began attending graduate school at the College of Saint Rose in Albany New York. In addition to school and teaching, I also became the music secretary at Niskayuna High School.

 During the summer of 2002, I had an opportunity to move to Illinois. I decided to go for it. I drove out with my cat, some clothes, and my Cross-Country Skis, and have been living in DuPage County ever since. I started teaching at the Bloomingdale School of Music in September 2002. I took a short leave, but now I’m back and excited to teach again!

 I live in Bloomingdale with my awesome 11- year-old son, and my amazing cat Felix. When I’m not teaching piano lessons, I’m usually out running, biking, or swimming. I teach using primarily the Faber and Faber Piano Adventures method, but I am open to, and familiar with many other methods as well. My main focus for the student is to strengthen their technique, rhythm, and note reading skills, as well as developing their ear and listening abilities. I enjoy teaching all ages. The ultimate goal is to be able to use music as a tool and outlet for self-expression.



An Iowa native, David received early instruction in piano, cello, and guitar.  After a music-filled upbringing he attended the University of Northern Iowa where he studied cello, composition, jazz, and music theory.  As an Iowa cellist he performed with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oskaloosa Symphony, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony.
David has been involved in many diverse musical endeavors in the Chicago music scene.  In 2009 he received degrees in music education and cello performance from Roosevelt University where he studied with members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera.  David has worked as a teacher, studio musician as guitarist and cellist, and with many theatres including Bailiwick Chicago, Theo Ubique, The Music Theatre Company, Pride Films and Plays, Harper College, and Morton College.

He explores numerous musical avenues such as rock, jazz, classical, new classical music, and improvisation and has performed at the Cultural Center, Green Mill, Double Door and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

David’s teaching philosophy: “The value of independence cannot be overstated. As a teacher I do my best to give all my students the ability to practice effectively both in the lesson and, more importantly, at home. I put a high emphasis on note reading as well as an understanding of music theory so that each student can be successful on their own. I strive to make each lesson a fun and exciting experience while maintaining a strong work ethic as well as encouraging a desire to improve and become a better musician. While I mainly focus on each student’s ability to play their instrument I also feel that it is important to let them experience music of the past and present for a broader sense of the vast amount of music that has been made and is being made today.”


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