Claire Birmingham, M.M.


Preferred student age:

Ages 7 and up

Musical styles offered:

Classical, Musical theater

Parent Policy:

Parents are welcome to attend the first lesson

Materials Needed

Pencil, assignment notebook


Claire holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Ithaca College, and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. Claire has been active as both a teacher and performer for the past twenty years. She has an extensive accompanying background and has served as the staff accompanist for the Northbrook school system in addition to working with choirs and soloists at the junior high and high school levels throughout the Chicago suburbs. She previously ran a private studio and has served on the faculty at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. In addition, she has served as music director and accompanist for numerous musical theater productions and works with many area high schools as their vocal director, pit band director and accompanist. She is delighted to join the faculty here at Adler!

Teaching philosophy/style:

I enjoy helping students develop a love of music! I believe in incorporating the basic technique building blocks into lessons as well as using a variety of repertoire to engage students. I like to incorporate listening activities and basic composition activities on a regular basis to encourage a well-rounded music education.