B.A. University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (Music)
Music is my first love and I enjoy helping people to express themselves through singing and playing piano. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and I have 22 years of music therapy work experience. I have taught piano to elementary students in after-school programs in Bloomington and Farmington Public Schools. Studying music helps each person learn all subjects better because you are using both sides of the brain! So I would feel comfortable working with children and adults with any kind of health challenge.
My second love is reading. I would love to help people of any age to read and comprehend and expand their vocabulary and increase their enjoyment of reading.
What makes me an outstanding English tutor is the ability to patiently help someone read by breaking down words and using singing also to learn new tasks. Vocabulary and spelling and grammar are top on my list.
I will provide patience and will seek to understand each person and what their goals are and will help them achieve their goals no matter how long it takes--I'm there for you! Music is my first love and I enjoy helping people to express themselves through singing and playing piano. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and I have 22 years of music therapy work experience. I have taught piano to elementary students in after-school programs in Bloomington and Farmington Public Schools. Studying music helps
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In the music therapy degree program, I completed clinical work with children and adults diagnosed with Autism. I have also worked in a public school system in which I provided four classes every morning to children with Autism. I have read books by Temple Grandin who was diagnosed with Autism as a child and went on to earn a Ph.D.
When I was in the process of completing my music degree, ear training was part of the learning. I had to learn symphonies and then be able to hear a brief example and discern which symphony it was. Ear training expands the mind and opens the music palette to a sensory world of sound and I always include this in my private music teaching.
My work as a music therapist has been performed with seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These residents have hearing acuity deficits and I am very comfortable with people who have hearing loss. A person with hearing loss is able to feel the vibration of music and also uses their other senses more acutely to follow and understand.
In college I studied music history from the earliest time of music playing in ancient cultures to present day music. I have a solid understanding of the development of musical expression and the purposes of music expression down through the ages. This involves knowing the various scales that were used that a particular time that expressed a particular form of music. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy.
I began studying piano in the first grade and continued lessons for eight years. I also studied pipe organ for five years. I have a outstanding ability to play many different kinds of music including classical, jazz improvisation, blues, ragtime, pop, New Age, country, sacred, etc. I can read lead sheets and full written scores. I studied with piano professors throughout college and have studied with teachers recently. I love piano and continue to learn and grow so I can help others learn and grow.
I have composed my own music and in the course of delivering music therapy services, I have used song writing with groups of people to help them process feelings and emotional issues. The song writing process is a container for holding space for those who would otherwise have a hard time expressing those feelings.
Over the past 22 years in my work as a music therapist, I have successfully helped people with the following diagnoses: Alzheimer's/dementia, Autism, mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, cancer and surgery patients as well. I also grew up with a sister who had polio and helped her throughout her life as she struggled with her disability.
I have earned a Bachelor of Music degree with specialization in music therapy from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. My degree studies included private voice lessons for two years with a private voice professor. I sing every day as part of my work as a music therapist.