Heart Strings Chicago is the teaching studio of professional fiddler, violinist, and songwriter Jess McIntosh. Jess creates a uniquely vibrant and nurturing learning environment for students of all ages and skill levels. With the sensibility of an active performing, touring and recording artist with 28 years playing, 12 years teaching experience and a background in social work and early childhood development, it’s no happy accident that Jess connects  deeply with absolute beginners just as easily as career musicians looking to improve. Heart Strings students are primarily violinists and fiddlers but span the breadth of guitar, mandolin, ukulele, voice, songwriting, arranging, ensemble collaboration, improvisation, and recording basics. All students have access to weekly lessons, regularly scheduled recitals, jams, and performance opportunities in the community.