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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Recorder, Electric Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Teresa W In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Recorder, Electric Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Piccolo, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Bassoon, English Horn
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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BME, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Music Education with Instrumental Specialization (Certified to teach Band, Choir and Orchestra for Grades K-12) Private Music Lessons with highest rated Saxophonist in Illinois. Music Advantage Program - Hired by Head Professors and Mentorred through Masters Program Teachers to teach music lessons to underprivledged students near my college. 4 Years, Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp - Studied with Doctorate level Saxophonists since 7th Grade. Started Teaching Music Lessons in 6th Grade, to 5th Grade Band Students. Studied Piano through private lessons since Kindergarten.

Awards:

Earned 14 Scholarships for College.

Earned Scholarship every year since 7th Grade to attend Band Camp and other MusicTeacher Training.

10 Year Grant from the Chicago Sinfonietta Audience Matters Program.

Only Elementary School Music teacher chosen to work with CEO of Chicago Sinfonietta to help re-design their educational outreach lessons as part of their Audience Matters Program.

Received Grant Program at Chicago Symphony Center to facilitate KV265 World Premiere Elementary Music School Educational Program at the Chicago Public School I taught at for 10 years.  This project involved Art teachers teaching 4 classes how to make a variety of instruments, 2 Assemblies for 500 Students where Scientists from the Adler Planetarium taught on the Physics of sound Production, 6 Clinics involving Percussionists from the Chicago Sinfonietta visiting my school and teaching the students to sing and play African music on mallet instruments, bells, and the instruments they made, while African Dancing Teachers taught students to dance along with the music.

Overview:

I am a highly motivated, hard-working, and outgoing individual.  I love people and believe that teaching music lessons is one the best ways to connect with students of all ages and develop a relationship with them.  I started learning piano in Kindergarten, began Saxophone in my 5th grade Band, and started tutoring other band students in 6th Grade.  In 7th Grade I earned scholarship to attend Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp at the University of Illinois.  The excellent education that I received at ISYM, proved to be a critical influence on my desire to succeed musically and academically.  I earned 14 scholarships for college and returned to The University of Illinois where I received my Bachelors in Music Education with Instrumental Specialization and became certified to teach Band, Choir, and Orchestra for Grades K-12.  Since then have taught students and groups of students ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 89.

EXPERIENCE

From 2004 - 2014 I taught all Band Instruments, Piano, Violin, and coached singing lessons at the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center in Palos Park, Illinois. I got start teaching lessons as 6th Grade Saxophonist. I was selected to tutor two students from the 5th Grade Beginning Band.  When I began attending summer camp after 7th Grade, I loved learning enough to perform a concert by the end of each week of camp.  In High School, my music practice skills carried over to my academic studies and I was able to graduate with Honors, a 4.00, and earn 14 scholarships to attend college to become a music teacher.  Since then, I have had the privilege of teaching1000's of students, and mentoring several college students.  One of my favorite examples is a student I started teaching in 4th Grade who later added lessons for 3 other instruments and accomplished his dream of making it into the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra.   Last year, one of my 2nd Grade Chicago Public School Band students performed the National Anthem for memory on the Alto Saxophone in front of 1000's of people at a race.  One of my 1st Grade Violin Students impressed the president of Columbia College of Music so much that my students were offered life-time scholarships to attend Blues Kid's Camp, held annually at Columbia College in Chicago.  Taking an active role in supporting people of all ages accomplish their goals and enjoy life is why I teach music.

METHODS USED

I ask all of my students to be prepared for their lessons with a notebook and pencil for lesson notes and assignments.  I ask them to bring any materials they have and will often recommend books and supplemental material I have had success with.  I believe in writing down notes that help students understand what they are learning, exactly what students should practice, and setting goals for their practice and overall progress.  I have judged solo contests and have rarely had a private student achieve less than a 1st Place rating.  Most of my private students achieve "Superior" rating at solo and ensemble contests.  Good communication and genuine concern for the students needs, desires and goals will always be my focus.

LESSON STYLE

I believe in positive affirmation and goal setting.  My goal with all students is that they enjoy learning, become self-motivated to practice, and consider their musical abilities as a gift which they can choose to share with others whenever they feel comfortable to do so.  I have experience using a variety of method books and can easily recommend appropriate materials.  I also encourage students to share with me and allow me to help them learn their favorite music, as well, even if that involves writing it out with or for them.  For one student that may mean helping him write out a part from his favorite movie soundtrack for trumpet.  For another, a college physics professor who asked me for tenor saxophone lessons, that meant learning five Christmas Carols to play for his family at their holiday gathering.  

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