Our fall session begins the week of September 13, 2021 and runs weekly through June 4, 2022.
Students may begin lessons at any time.
What to Expect At a Music Lesson
Getting To Know You
I first determine a student's knowledge of musical theory and their experience level with playing the piano or singing. Everyone is different and it is important to evaluate the student's prior experience and learning styles so that I can customize my teaching methodology to each student.
I teach or refresh the student's knowledge of musical basics: scales, dynamics, tempo, note reading and technique. Once the basics are mastered, we continually progress towards more advanced concepts and techniques. Throughout the year, I focus on different aspects of music: ex. the origins of music, famous composers past & present, the fundamentals of musical styles, and more.
Progression and Enjoyment!
Students progress through assigned materials as quickly as their hard work allows. Practice is the key to getting better! We use an app called Tonara that assigns time limits and points for each assignment. I will help select music that the student loves as well as songs that challenge and push the student to the next level.
I highly encourage students to perform in recitals, talent shows, and competitions. This is a fantastic way to grow in confidence and skill. For students who desire performance experience, I am always excited to provide both the coaching necessary to propel a student to perform at their best and I will help find the opportunities to perform.
There are two studio recitals a year, a Christmas Concert and a Spring Concert, as well as SSMTA (South Metro Music Teacher's Association) recitals throughout the school year. I encourage students to audition and perform anywhere and everywhere!
Brooke Bergum was sensational in her youth theater's role of Les in the musical, Newsies.
Brooke has been my voice and piano student since she was in 3rd grade and it's been incredible to watch her journey as a musician and a confident young woman!
Brooke is pursuing a theatre degree in college. Shine on!
Catherine Byers-Breet is a tremendous example of a student who followed her dream to sing publicly. She works hard and consistently pushes herself to step out of her comfort zone.
She now has many performing experiences under her belt and continues to share her talent gigging with her band, The River Hoppers.
Watch Catherine on stage performing "Ain't No Grave".