Bonnie M.

Bonnie M.

5 Reviews
Beaverton, OR

About Bonnie M.

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Bonnie teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 19 hours


Bonnie develops your ear by engaging your critical listening skills each time you play through a song. She engages your body by providing specific exercises to assist in making the best sound possible. Her lessons inspire you to prepare throughout the week and soar to a new level of knowledge during lessons. No matter your other goals for music lessons, her goal is to enable you to sing your soul through the medium of fingers flying over keys or voice lifted in melody.

Lessons begin with a warm-up and technical exercises (don't worry, they're fun!) and a review of the previous week's assignments and practice results or struggles. Then comes the exciting part: rehearsing the musical selections we've chosen for you to work on! Voice students are expected to rehearse 2-3 pieces of music in a minimum of 2 languages (English and one additional) while Piano and Flute students will work through method books and then branch out into their repertoire. As instrumental works are typically longer, these students usually study one piece of music at a time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio includes basic recording equipment and is equipped with a piano, music stand, and a variety of music books. Parking is free and available on the street or in the driveway. Bonnie's home studio also has a cat in the home, so please alert her if you are allergic or need special accommodations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voice and piano students must provide a piano or keyboard. Voice and flute students should provide a music stand. Students' homes must have a quiet area for the lesson with hard-backed chairs and minimize distractions (TV sound, pets, siblings, etc). All students are expected to purchase 1-3 books of music, depending on their instrument of study, and one sheet music binder. All students are to bring a pencil with working eraser and a water bottle to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Beginners are my forte! Whether you are looking for a teacher for your child or yourself, my lessons break down the complex art of music into easily-comprehended segments. At the end of each lesson, you will know what to focus on during practice sessions, leading to a successful week of study. Questions encouraged during lessons, and if a question comes up during practice I can be reached by email, too!

Regular lessons held during the school year cover basic information such as pitch, rhythm, breathing, confidence building, and composition. For some other ideas, check out the books I use:
For piano, I highly recommend the Alfred's Basic library. With its combination of theory, aural skills, and technical exercises it has broad applications to all student ages and abilities. For young students, Alfred's Basic offers fun examples and alliterations which appeal to and capture the attention of children. Adults will find Alfred's All-In-One moves at a pace appropriate for higher-level thinkers while getting those fingers coordinated at the same time.
The primary focus for voice students is learning how to utilize the breath and train the ear to produce beautiful, balanced tone. A variety of books (many in the Schirmer or Hal Leonard series) are used to provide musical selections which challenge the student in rhythm, phrase, breath, and pronunciation. I require all voice students to sing in English and one other language, while experienced students will study and perform in many languages. Voice students are highly recommended to take piano lessons as well or to have a previous piano background in order to accompany themselves in practice and develop further theory skills.

Photos and Videos

Performed by Bonnie Monk, this reflective meditation is accompanied by pictures of the beautiful Oregon Coast taken by Bonnie Monk.


Piano Teacher Mar 2014 - Present
Piano Santa

Providing group piano lessons at a Title 1 elementary school through the non-profit organization Piano Santa.

Private Music Teacher Oct 2006 - Present
Monk Music Lessons

- Instructed students in voice, piano, flute, and general music
- Lead students toward becoming better musicians through the use of techniques and repertoire
- Bettered student understanding of music through theory application and relevant historical research
- Increased student confidence in self and instrument through performance and peer-review studio classes

Musician Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Congregational Church of Lincoln City

- Substitute choir director
- Accompanied congregation on group hymns
- Offered solo voice, flute, piano, & percussion performanc

US-2 (United States 2 Years) Jul 2008 - Jul 2010
General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, New York, NY

Served as young adult advocate for social justice working to address pernicious food insecurity in Appalachian region of
Alabama. Social justice position similar to AmeriCorps included Community Ministries Coordinator at Upper Sand Mountain
Parish, Sylvania, AL
- Organized and led children's Music Camp using Donkey Tales: A Tale of the Good Samaritan by Kathie Hill
- Wrote curriculum for and lead adults in summer Singing Classes
- Created lessons plans for and lead weekly classes in general music education for Flat Rock Elementary School, AL

Choir Director Sep 2008 - Apr 2009
Section United Methodist Church, Section, AL

- Directed seasonal productions such as Christmas and Easter Cantatas
- Planned and lead weekly rehearsals and performances of adult choir; lead congregation in weekly hymns

President Jul 2007 - Jul 2008
Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Lambda Chapter at Willamette University, Salem, OR

- Lead peers in volunteer service to the University, the Oregon Symphony, and area public schools
- Presided over chapter meetings, Executive Council, and initiation ceremonies
- Compiled various committees into cohesive framework to advance service through musicianship


Bachelors of Music Education Aug 2004 - May 2008
Willamette University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency


Violet Burlingham Mu Phi Epsilon Award May 2007
Mu Phi Epsilon


National Association for Music Education Dec 2013

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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5 Reviews on Bonnie M.

Stephanie A. November 27, 2013
Verified Student
Bonnie is an excellent piano teacher!

Bonnie is professional and knowledgeable. She is very efficient with the time we have during lessons. I always leave the lesson with a very clear understanding of what I need to work on during the week. I appreciate Bonnie's ability to quickly recognize what I already know and what I need to improve on. I would recommend her to anyone interested in taking piano lessons!
Thea L. November 1, 2013
Verified Student
We love Bonnie!

Bonnie is, quite simply, a superb piano teacher, and we whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone who is serious about his or her child learning to play the piano. She translates complex music theory into easy building blocks for a small child to understand. Bonnie then relates these concepts to activities and ideas easy to grasp. She balances mechanics with theory and sight-reading with improvisation. And Bonnie has an amazing amount of patience, kindness, good humor, and phenomenal skill! She can draw my daughter’s little wandering mind back to the subject easily and makes learning the piano fun and interesting.
Bernice D. December 22, 2012
A good choice

I have taken flute lessons from Bonnie for over a year. As an older student (over 60), I experienced her as very responsive to my background in music and my personal goals. Each lesson consisted of warmups, work on technique, theory as well as work on pieces I had been practicing on my own. When she would hear a problem I was having with tone or fingering or whatever, she was able to provide practice exercises for me to work on. Her selection of music was mindful and consistent with goals we had set for my learning. Lessons ended with her writing special practice exercises for me. Bonnie is gentle with criticism and very encouraging. I would recommend her enthusiastically to anyone of any age.
Lena Y. December 13, 2012
Great teacher!

I learned a lot from my lessons with Bonnie. Bonnie began by asking what I was interested in working on, and tailored the lessons to my interests and abilities. She was very understanding and helpful, and very knowledgeable. Through her lessons, my vocal technique improved as did my appreciation for the music. I would recommend lessons to Bonnie for any level.
Gretchen A. December 12, 2012
Excellent Teacher!

Bonnie is an excellent teacher, having never taken any type of voice classes in the past I wasn't sure what to expect. I found I improved not just in voice, but I learned to play the piano a little as well!