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Nikki K.

Chicago, IL

$35/hour

Music Tutor - Theory, Ear Training, and History

In-person lessons

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Otterbein University
Music Education

Education

Otterbein University (Music Education)

About Nikki

As a music teacher, I believe the challenge and joy of performing music is enhanced by an understanding of its underlying principles. I have taught music to students as young as preschool and as old as high school, and I have found something to love about every age! I look forward to helping even more students reach their full potential for higher music learning.

Students interested in pursuing music at a four-year college or even in a high school AP course will need a basic knowledge of music theory, including chord structures, rhythmic patterns, common progressions, and scale modifications. Most programs also incorporate elements of ear training, sight singing, and history into their music courseload. As a music education graduate of a small liberal arts program, I have ample experience in each of these areas.

After taking a music seminar class in high school, I was able to gain credit to bypass the first semester of music theory, ear training, and history upon entering my freshman year of college. My music education degree required me to pass over 25 hours of theory, history, and ear training. Currently, I hold positions teaching middle school choir and high school madrigal ensembles, as well as elementary and early childhood general music. I have also studied private voice for over 10 years and perform regularly in local theatre and with a cover band.

Due to a busy teaching and performance schedule, I do require 24 hours notice before cancellation of any session; however, I am willing to reschedule as my calendar will allow.

I prefer to meet in libraries or other public places in the case of theory/history jobs, but I am willing to come to a student's house for voice and ear training/sight singing appointments.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you succeed in all of your musical goals!
As a music teacher, I believe the challenge and joy of performing music is enhanced by an understanding of its underlying principles. I have taught music to students as young as preschool and as old as high school, and I have found Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60618
In-person lessons
History:
Music History

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Ear Training

I hold a degree in music education, the completion of which required two years (12 quarter hours) of ear training. I was in a top choral ensemble for 3 years in high school and 3 years in college. I have experience teaching ear training to high school and middle school students in both of my current jobs.

Music History

I hold a degree in music education, the completion of which required one year (6 semester hours) of music history. I have experience in teaching music history to middle school and junior high students. I use the concepts of music history every day during my job as a middle school choir director.

Music Theory

I have been teaching music theory to middle school and high school students for the last 4 years. My music education degree required that I complete 2 years (12 quarter hours) of music theory courses. I did well enough on my college placement exams to test out of my first quarter of freshman music theory.

Sight Singing

I hold a degree in music education, the completion of which required two years (12 quarter hours) of ear training. I was in a top choral ensemble for 3 years in high school and 3 years in college, both of which required extensive sight singing experience and auditions. I have experience teaching sight singing to middle school students in my current job.

Voice (Music)

I have taken private voice lessons for over 10 years as a student, and I teach middle school choir. I have training in vocal pedagogy through courses required for my music education degree. I have an extensive knowledge of beginning and intermediate classical vocal repertoire and of musical theatre vocal repertoire.

Otterbein University
Music Education

Education

Otterbein University (Music Education)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nikki will travel within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.