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Occidental College (Music)
Washington University in St. Louis (Master's)
The University of Missouri Kansas City (Graduate Coursework)
I first began teaching piano lessons as a student in high school, when my piano teacher offered to mentor me. Even then, I found it fascinating how varied are the paths that students choose to master a subject. This fascination with how students learn has led me to attend conferences of organizations such as The Society of Music Perception and Cognition in the US and its partner organizations in Leipzig and Bologna. My degrees in Organ, Choral Conducting, and Drama laid the foundation for my founding of a community choral academy for children and youth, which I directed for 17 years. In the process, my understanding of how to teach young people to sing accurately grew as I honed the 250-voice, 4-tier organization into an award-winning choral group that toured internationally. My curiosity and love of travel subsequently led me to teach music and drama in international schools in Japan, Angola, Morocco, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In so doing, I acquired another level of understanding about student and parent expectations in many cultures.
I've spent so much time over the years teaching music to children and youth because I just love working with young people! Judging from the number of years that some of my students have stuck around (at least a dozen sang in my community choral group all the way from grade 1-12; all of my current piano students have been with me 3-6 years), I can only assume they have enjoyed our shared journey as well.
My greatest strength as a teacher is the ability to identify the problem and offer quick tried-and-true solutions. A few of my students have moved over the summer, so I have some openings for a few new students. I can help you learn to play the piano or the organ with weekly lessons, or I can help you in a few lessons to get ready for a specific performance. I am well-qualified to help singers prepare musical theater roles to maximize their volume while avoiding vocal damage. Similarly, if you need a little extra help in a music history or theory or composition class, I've had lots of experience with that as well. And if you're going to major in music in college, and you need to ramp up your sight-reading or piano skills, I've helped students do that many times.
Whether you already know you want to spend your life making music or you just wonder what it would be like to feel confident standing in front of a mic, singing your heart out, I can help you. I'd love to hear from you to answer any other questions you might have, and to get you started towards achieving your goals :) I first began teaching piano lessons as a student in high school, when my piano teacher offered to mentor me. Even then, I found it fascinating how varied are the paths that students choose to master a subject. This fascination with how students learn has led me to attend conferences of
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I have a BA degree in Music (Organ Performance), for which I took classes in music history, theory and Music Education in addition to organ lessons. I have a certificate to teach music in the State of Massachusetts. I taught General Music to children, Middle Schoolers, and High School students full-time in the 10 years in which I taught in international schools in Japan, Angola, Morocco, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
I have a BA degree in Music (Organ Performance). I was initially self-taught on the piano, starting in third grade, because my parents would not give me piano lessons, assuming I would not practice any more than my siblings had. Not to be deterred, I went to my friend's house (across the street from the school) and learned to play on her piano, using her books, and then surprised my parents one day with what I had accomplished, hoping for lessons. They said they couldn't afford them. When we moved to a new state, a new friend asked if I would like to take the piano class at the high school night school with her. The cost was very little, so my mother agreed. She joined the class, too. I was so eager to finally have a piano teacher that I practiced especially hard. The teacher obviously saw my potential, and saw that I would really profit from private lessons, so she offered them to me at no charge. My mother couldn't say, "no," so I finally had my wish! Kay Thompson was my only piano teacher, and she taught me lessons without charge from seventh grade through my first year in college. She also mentored me as a piano teacher, recommending me to students, and listening to them from time to time, and giving me hints on how to teach. She then gave me organ lessons (again, without charge), and I began playing the organ for churches when I was in high school. I have played the organ in churches off and on for many years. I have taught piano to all age groups, starting as early as age 4. I have always been intrigued by how students learn to play the piano, and that has helped me to know how to diagnose a problem, and what solutions to offer. I have always had a number of students who stick with me for an extended period of time. However, some of those students have recently gone off to college, or moved away, so I now have some openings for new students. Hopefully, you or your child will be one of them :)
I studied choral conducting with a icon in the field, Howard Swan. I then applied what I knew and learned a whole lot more during the 17 years I founded and directed the 250-voice Young Singers of Missouri, in St. Louis, MO. I have often offered sight-reading classes at the schools at which I have taught and the churches at which I have served.
I started singing in choirs in seventh grade. I studied under a choral master at Occidental College, who inspired me to become a choral conductor. I subsequently took voice lessons because I wanted to make certain I had the knowledge necessary to guide young voices in the choral group I founded, which was for young people in grades 1-12. The Young Singers of Missouri sang numerous times by invitation with the St. Louis Symphony and for state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Many students who were members of that group have gone on to have professional careers as singers, choral directors, and music teachers. The two of whom I am the proudest are my identical twin sons, Kevin and Ian Greenlaw, who have had careers as singers, both having sung at the Met, La Scala, the Paris Opera, Glyndebourne, and with the numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I work with singers of all ages and skill levels, and feel a great deal of satisfaction when I can help remove barriers to singing caused by incorrect technique or challenges created by disabilities, such as Downs Syndrome.