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A.A.S., Illinois Central College, English and music. B.G.S., Northern Illinois University, English, writing and music. 21 graduate hours in educational psychology, Northern Illinois University. Basic writing certificate, Institute of Children's Literature. Advanced writing certificate, Institute of Children's Literature. Yearly workshop in music areas.
1983-Local Miss Illinois Piano Scholarship (2). Lifetime member, Sigma Alpha Iota-International Music Honor Society. Back-up singer for Barry Manilow and Andy Williams, 1984. 1999 Disney American Teacher Award nominee. 1985 Congressional Gold Medalist in the performing arts.
I have been a voice/piano teacher for 37 years, and have been known as the most patient and experienced teacher in Rockford. I am also nationally-certified. I have had students sing Off-Broadway, "The Young Americans," Grand Ole' Opry, sing opera at Carnegie Hall, teach at Interlochen and place 40 out of 5,000 out of American Idol auditions in Indianapolis. I am a graduate for songwriting from Academy-award-winning Molly-Ann Leiken (wrote for Neil Diamond and Karen Carpenter). In music since age of 4.
I first started teaching when I was 17 years old. Then I went to college for training into this area of teaching. I was also involved with the Bradley University Chorus. Some of my teachers included Ralph Nielsen, father of Rick Nielsen of the group Cheap Trick, Mary Weyhrich, Marilyn Cade, and Jan Wanach. My school provides opportunities for two recitals, Christmas caroling, music scholarships and I am the Rockford Founder of the Carnegie Hall National Voice and Piano Exams. Also composition is offered.
For piano, I use the Faber, Snell, Alfred and Marlais methods to the end of Level 6. These would include a lesson, technique, theory and performance books. Dozen a Day is included along with Czerny and Hanon in later levels. For voice, the younger students use Patterns of Sound, with scales, theory, performance and diaphragm exercise are included. Older students start with the the Liebling lesson book after a scale testing is done to see what range they sing in. Both piano/voice areas include classical training.
I provide a structured yet stress-free environment when teaching. I custom make the lesson plans to meet the need of each student, and I play or sing each assignment, then have the student go through everything once before doing it at home. I am also available by phone if a student needs to contact me regarding a problem with their lesson at home. I also include in each lesson music computer time which works on their ear-training, music history and other theory as needed. Prizes earned for quality weekly homework practicing.
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