St Ambrose University (Music Education)
Northern Illinois University (Master's)
Music has been a huge part of my life, for as long as I can remember. I started piano lessons when I was 6, and was an accompanist for my school and church choirs by the age of 13. At that time I took a break from piano and started to learn guitar. Through my high school days, I used both instruments to accompany and added church organ to my skills. I took a break from studying music in my early college days, while I majored in art. After getting married, raising 2 kids to the middle school age, and deciding that music was a more practical field of study, I returned to school and got my BA in music education. I've taught every level from elementary through jr. college, and a variety of subjects, including general music K-12, chorus, class guitar & piano, and music theory. Since I completed my Masters in Music, I've been focused on directing and accompanying church choirs, but have always continued to teach private lessons - my absolute favorite activity. Now that I'm back into my study of art (graphic design this time), I enjoy the freedom of having a private music practice, where I can encourage my students to develop their talents so that they can have as much fun with music as I have. I have what I call a "3P Approach" to teaching. I try to make things personal, practical, and panoramic. In other words, I work with a student's learning style and goals, I try to find ways for them to make use of what they're learning, and I try to make it relate to larger things in life.
Music has been a huge part of my life, for as long as I can remember. I started piano lessons when I was 6, and was an accompanist for my school and church choirs by the age of 13. At that time I took a break from piano and started to learn guitar. Through my high school days, I used both instruments to accompany and added church organ to my
In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.
I have a BA in music education and a MA in music performance. I've been teaching music privately and in public schools for over 30 years. Ear training is a large part of all the music I've taught.
I've been teaching guitar in one-on-one as well as class settings for over 30 years. I studied it as part of my MA degree at NIU. I've taught a variety of styles, including both flat and finger picking.
I've studied music history as part of my undergraduate and graduate courses. I've tried to incorporate it in all of my teaching situations.
I've studied piano since I was 6 and have been an accompanist since I was 13. I started teaching private lessons in 1970 and continued to do so while earning my BA & MA in music education and performance. These studies included specific piano studies, and I have taught piano in schools, from elementary level through jr. college. My private teaching has involved both individual and group
lessons. I emphasize theory and technique in all settings.
I grew up singing in school & church choirs and have directed both types of choirs since earning my degrees. I place a lot of emphasis on the ability to sight read with my private vocal students, and use it in combination with technique for vocal exercise.