Peter S.

Phoenix, AZ


Music, Band, and Choir teacher/director

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Concordia University Chicago
Music Education


Concordia University Chicago (Music Education)

About Peter

I am a teacher originally from Michigan, and I received my training as an educator in Chicago. I enjoy teaching many subjects: math, reading, music (vocal and instrumental), microeconomics, exercise, sports, and learning in general. I am currently the Director of Instrumental Activities at Valley Lutheran High School, Phoenix, as well as 3 Lutheran elementary schools around the area.

I love to laugh and have fun with people including my students, but I am also strict regarding classroom discipline and doing work. I do my best to approach concepts from different directions both to help my students understand and to help me assess their understanding. I do not simply assign busywork, I try to assign practical homework.

I look forward to meeting you!
I am a teacher originally from Michigan, and I received my training as an educator in Chicago. I enjoy teaching many subjects: math, reading, music (vocal and
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Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85013
In-person lessons
Finite Math
Clarinet, Ear Training,
Flute, French Horn,
General Music,
Music History,
Music Theory, Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Sight Singing,
Voice (Music)
Bible Studies
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Bible Studies

From preschool upwards through college I have gone to Christian schools where I have had courses in the Bible and the differences in the English translations, theology and differing interpretations of the Bible, and also World Religions. I took at least one such class a year in addition to going to church and Sunday school/bible study. In my training as a teacher I took 30 credit hours of Biblical theology courses, certifying me to teach theology in schools. I have written some exegeses and have a good knowledge of the Bible and its teachings.

Ear Training

I am a certified K-12 Music Education teacher with emphases in both Choral and Instrumental Music. During College I took 4 classes (Aural Skills I-IV) concerning Ear Training. These classes included Sight-Reading (using mainly moveable Do solfege) and Dictation (listening to mainly 4-part harmony and writing down what we heard). These classes gradually became harder and harder, including the many different scales, key changes, time changes, and finally going into singing 20th Century music. I have a very good ear and was the top of my class, receiving an "A" even in Aural Skills IV, including a 100% on my 20th century singing test.

French Horn

I am a teacher certified in Music Education with emphases in both instrumental and choral. I am also currently a band director at a school in the Bay City area, meaning that I must know the ins and outs of all the instruments in the band, including French Horn. I myself am a brass player and I know how brass instruments work, since they are all similar in one way or another. I know many exercises and methods for buzzing, fingerings, and I also know the differences in the french horn from the other brass instruments. In addition to my brass and teaching experience, I have taken Tech classes in the French Horn in college. The French Horn is about the same length as the Trombone, though due to its conical bore and size of mouthpiece it is more comfortable in a different part of the range.

General Music

I am a teacher certified in Music Education and am also currently a general music teacher in Bay City, MI. I teach general music to Kindergarten through 8th graders at 5 different schools during the week. I am familiar with different general music methods, including those of Dalcroze, Kodaly, Suzuki, and Gordon.

Music History

I am a certified K-12 music teacher and I received my training from Concordia University, Chicago. In my music education major I took music history courses covering composers and pieces from the medieval period all the way to current composers and new pieces. This included analyzing the forms, theories, backgrounds, and significance of the different pieces. I also possess a few music history textbooks and correlating musical anthologies for reference.


Throughout my schooling, I have gone through Christian schools that not only required biblical and theological classes, but also classes learning about other religions and what they teach, including Muslims, Buddhists, New Age, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and even smaller religions such as Quakers, not to mention other Christian denominations and what they believe. Being brought up Lutheran, that is obviously the religion I know the best.

I am certified and approved by my college to teach religion in school. This would include World Religions. I have done several projects learning specifically about Quakers, the Pillars of Islam, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and Catholicism.

Not only is it important to understand teachings and beliefs, but also historical contexts and origins of the religions. It is important to know where all these traditions and pieces of culture came from. Finally, it is also important to know some terms to help understand and categorize different religions, such as polytheism, monotheism, atheism, agnosticism, etc.

Sight Singing

I am a certified K-12 music teacher, with emphases in both choral and instrumental music. Part of my training included taking four classes of Aural Skills, which consisted of learning sight-singing, solfege, and dictating music that we heard on a staff. Learning sight-singing involves starting with intervals and major scales, progressing through all the different types of scales, tricks for key changes, and finally chromatic and 20th century styles of music. I received received straight A's in all four classes and was the top of my class.


I studied at Concordia University, Chicago, to be both an Instrumental and Choral teacher. That is to say, I'm certified to be a K-12 band and/or choir director. My instrumental specialty is in Trombone, having played for over 12 years and performed on it for my Senior Recital. My teachers include Joseph Rodriguez and Tom Stark, professional trombonists who were/are members of the Chicago Trombone Consort. I have a lot of experience performing in ensembles large and small, including one concert in Carnegie Hall. I was also a member of the brass quartet that accompanied the Concordia choirs on the 150th Anniversary CD.


I studied at Concordia University, Chicago, to be both an Instrumental and Choral teacher. My specialty is in brass instruments, being a brass player. All brass instruments are very similar in method and technique. I have taken classes in all of the brass instruments. All use the overtone series, buzz through a mouthpiece, have similar fingerings and use very similar exercises. Regarding trumpet, I have taken classes with the trumpet teacher at Concordia University, Chicago, and attended a brass master class with a professional trumpeter who used to perform with Elvis Presley. I also have a collection of brass exercises, a list of trumpet exercise books, and a long list of trumpet solos.

Voice (Music)

I am certified to teach K-12 music, including instrumental and choral groups. I have taken vocal classes, including Singer's Diction, Vocal Techniques, and Children's Choir. I also took voice lessons with Martha Kasten, professional opera singer and member of the Chicago Lyric Opera. I have experience singing solos in recitals, having parts in musicals, and performing in various types of vocal ensembles. I also sang the part of Don Giovanni in the duet "la co darem la mano" in a graduate recital.

Concordia University Chicago
Music Education


Concordia University Chicago (Music Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

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Travel policy

Peter will travel within 30 miles of Phoenix, AZ 85013.