My service stands out because I have a keen sense of the musical opportunities for students in West Michigan. I also have a Masters degree in Music Education K-12 as well as hold a current professional teaching license in the state of Michigan.
My forte is working with beginning musicians to establish a firm foundation on which they can grow musically. I also believe the connection between academic success and the study of music is significant. I make a concerted effort in my teaching to connect school academic studies with music studies.
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First step is scheduling a trial lesson. This is an opportunity for me to assess the students needs and to be sure we're a good fit.
Master of Music Education K-12 from Boston University
Bachelor of Music Education K-12 from GVSU
20+ years of teaching experience
Current Professional Teaching Certificate in Michigan (copy available upon request)
Considered highly qualified in the state of Michigan
Completed 4 credits beyond Masters Level
Former general music, band, choir teacher K-12
Work with 30-40 piano student annually
Work with 15-20 band student annually
GR's annual Michigan Music Conference presenter & attendee
Member of Grand Rapids Piano Teachers Forum
Member of Music Teachers National Association
Para-pro experience grades Preschool-5th grade
Tutoring experience grades Preschool-8th grade
Urban & Suburban teaching experience
Single Tuition Studio Rates (pre-paid monthly):
$25 half hour / $37 45min/ $48 hour
Multi-Child Studio Rates (pre-paid monthly):
$45 hour for 2 children, $40 hour per 3 or more children
**In-home lessons available for extra travel fee**
My mom was a preschool teacher and I had three younger siblings. I was teaching quite young as it was often my job to help my younger siblings with their homework. I also grew up helping her in the classroom as well as during Sunday School and VBS. By the time I was 14 years old I was trusted to cover for my mom when she was absent and put in charge of the preschool/kindergarten VBS class for 5 years before heading to college.
Most of my students are beginners through intermediate band or piano students, however, I do have a few higher level long-term french horn students.
As a parent myself, it is important to do at least 2-3 trial lessons before selecting a teacher. I would encourage parents or potential students to focus on the quality of the instruction, not the aesthetic of the studio or equipment.
What are your goals? What would you like to do in the future? These things will help guide instruction.