Cari Lynn York is a private vocal, piano, and songwriting instructor who has 30 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Management with an emphasis in Music Business and minors in Mass Communications and Music Industry from Middle Tenneseee State University, where she also received an ASCAP songwriting scholarship. She transferred from Brigham Young University where she received a music scholarship, studying music for 4 years majoring in Piano Pedagogy. She also took private vocal instruction from a variety of professional vocal coaches there and has been teaching voice ever since.She lived in Nashville for eleven years to pursue her interests in songwriting, recording, and performing, as well as teaching. Her songwriting encompasses a variety of genres including adult contemporary, country, gospel, jazz, and blues.She has been fortunate to have songs written with a number of established songwriters, has recorded piano and vocals in a number of major recording studios, and pitched to recording artists, publishing, and film companies in the music industry.While in Nashville she also enjoyed teaching piano and voice. "I love to see how music can uplift and inspire students. Music is not only physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually stimulating, but it can bring self-confidence, peace, and contentment to one's soul and add spice to life. It's a thrill for me to see students making honorable efforts to learn and progress, making music a priority in their lives, and then see them reap the benefits and rewards of their hard work. That's the greatest satisfaction for me as a teacher." Cari has performed playing piano and singing in a variety of hotels, resteraunts, and cafes across the country in Washington, California, Utah, Arizona, Tennessee and Hawaii. She also enjoys performing for weddings, receptions, conventions, church functions, private parties, songwriting showcases, recording projects, etc."As a teacher, I think it is important to bring a well rounded approach to lessons. I like to teach a variety of different styles: Classical, jazz, blues, country, gospel, pop, adult contemporary, etc. I also try to teach a variety of skills including theory, ear training, technique, composition, improvisation, sight reading, practicing, and performance skills. I think it's important to not only learn the basic fundamental skills of music, but for the student to sing, play, and write the type of music they really enjoy. If I can make people happy making music, then I feel I am doing my job as a teacher."