Bella Angel Music caters to students of all ages
Chicago, 04/26/12--Owner Ellen Bartolozzi has been playing and teaching piano since her high school years. Bella Angel Music has been providing music lessons for all ages and aptitudes since 1986. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Name: Bella Angel Music
Location: 7214 W. Belmont, Chicago
Phone: (773) 745-9100
Upcoming: Bella Angel Music is having a recital to showcase the talents of our students. All ages and levels will be performing, with representation from our voice, guitar, piano, percussion, and flute departments. The event is at2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Elmwood Park Bible Church, 2334 N. 75th Ave., Elmwood Park.
Updated: June 4, 2012 10:41AM
Her fingers moved effortless across the piano keys as she waited for her first student to arrive, but Ellen Bartolozzi has no problem taking on other roles.
That’s because as the owner of Bella Angel Music, 7214 W. Belmont Ave., she’s used to wearing many hats. She has worked at the music school for 18 years teaching, but when the previous owners retired, she took the business over.
“I do it all,” she said. “I love what I do.”
She’s been the owner for over a year and offers services in all facets of music. She along with her teaching staff provides music lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, sax and numerous other instruments. Bartolozzi received her degree in music from DePaul University and teachers piano and voice.
“We are certified, licensed and insured,” she said. “All of our teachers go through a background check.”
She said she has always been involved in music in some way.
“Music has saved me,” she said. “If there’s one thing in my life that has consistently been positive, it is music.”
Her taste in music varies but she enjoys music by Patsy Cline, Elvis, Sheryl Crow and The Beatles.
The cozy business has practice areas where students and their teachers can meet and practice. The students they instruct vary in age as well.
“Our youngest student just turned 5,” she said. “We also have students in there 60s and 70s. We have a lot of retirees who now have the time and want to study music.”
One of her students, Kim Ausmann of Chicago, has been working with Bartolozzi since January to learn how to play the piano. She started playing in high school but stopped.
She decided to start again since her husband plays guitar.
“We can play together and the kids get a kick out of it,” she said.
Bartolozzi said they try to work with the students to see what their goals are and try to help them meet it musically, but reaffirm that practice makes perfect.
“We individualize the lessons to them,” she said.
But she stresses that students must learn the basics and she and her instructors teach them how to breathe properly when singing along with learning how to read and write music.
Along with teaching she still performs at various events when asked like for church groups, sporting events or at weddings, but more than anything she likes spreading musical knowledge through her business.
“I feel blessed,” she said. “I’ve worked very hard and I feel blessed that I can focus on this.”