Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe, piano


Preferred student age:

5 and older, including adults

Musical styles offered:

Classical, Pop, and Jazz

Teaching philosophy/style:

Everyone has the ability to learn. We all learn differently and comprehend concepts at a different pace. Learning to play the piano is a life-long enriching experience!


Rick Lowe is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, School of Music. His music and piano instructors at the U of I included Professors Claire Richards, James Lyke, and Tony Caramia. He majored in Piano (Music Education), and has continued teaching, performing and collaborating with other student and professional musicians and choirs ever since. While Rick enjoys teaching classical piano, he is equally at ease teaching music theory, jazz piano, and keyboard musicianship skills.

Rick is an active member of the Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association. He has served on the executive board as treasurer, and was the chair of the association’s finance and vision committees. He has also co-chaired the Achievement in Music (AIM) performance examinations and served as its interim AIM coordinator. He continues to serve each year as an adjudicator for the AIM piano exams held at Harper College. Many of Rick’s piano students participate in the AIM program each year, with some reaching and completing the highest levels in the program.

Mr. Lowe is a church musician and is currently serving as pianist and accompanist at the Wildwood Presbyterian Church in Grayslake, where he has served on the music staff for over 20 years. He is also a piano accompanist who has worked with hundreds of students in school districts throughout Cook and Lake Counties and is an active accompanist for the “Songs by Heart Foundation.”

“My job as a music teacher is to work with each student’s strengths, and promote a positive learning environment from the very first day.”