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Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Showtunes, New Age

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Kate E In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Showtunes, New Age

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Master of Music History and Literature, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Bachelor of Music Composition, Webster University
Awards:

Jan. 2006, Presented Thesis at 2006 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and HumanitiesMay 2003, Graduate Assistantship and Tuition Remission, S.I.U.C.Nov. 2002, Buder Foundation Scholarship, Webster University.Apr. 1999, Webster University Music Grant, Webster University.Apr. 1999, Webster University Academic Scholarship, Webster University.Apr. 1999, American Community Schools in England, International Peace Prize Commendation.May 1999, Sister Cecilia Music Award, Visitation AcademyMar. 1997, Liberace Foundation Scholarship, St. Louis Community Music School.

Overview:
I love teaching piano and helping people of all ages to enjoy music! I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Webster University, 2003, and a Masters in Music History and Literature from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2005. I offer flexible scheduling and I teach both out of my home at at students' homes.  I have a gentle teaching style, a wacky sense of humor and work well with kids and adults at all stages of development. I would be happy to tailor the lesson plan according to your personal plans and repertoire.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching in the St. Louis area since 2001, when I took my first Piano Pedagogy course at Webster University.  I also taught for 2 years in the Los Angeles area.  I have taught children as young as 5 years old and my oldest student was 88.  I encourage regular practice but always attempt to inspire motivation rather than enforce it.  I bring standard piano repertoire and classical literature to the table so that students can discover their preferences and have a clear sense of Music History. At the same time I encourage students to select their own pieces in a variety of genres so they can develop a more personalized repertoire. Lessons are generally tailored to students' individaul needs and interests. 
METHODS USED
For beginning and intermediate students I utilize the Bastien Method books series, which includes supplemental Theory and Technique books that can be purchased if needed.  These students each select performance pieces which they enjoy and are level-appropriate from a variety of sources. More advanced students focus primarily on challenging performance pieces, several of which are selected as 'keepers' for practice and review.  Lessons include technique practice (scales, arpeggios, finger exercises), theory (from textbooks, flashcards etc.) music history, instrument mechanics, ear training and musicianship (such as rhythm and sight reading drills, dictation) and student compositions (notation and continuation methods).  
LESSON STYLE
I am a funny, down-to-earth person and am always considerate of my students' feelings.  My tone is never critical, as my main goal is to inspire the same sort of passion for music that I have aquired throughout my own musical education.  I have caring teaching practices which generate self-motivated practice, a skill which translates well to all other areas of achievement.  Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, and progress is dependant on level of interest and commitment; "you only get what you give."  This is true for everyone!
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