Kathy B.

Kathy B.

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Detroit, MI

About Kathy B.

Background Check: Last verified 10/31/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 76
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 76

Overview

I am a patient, enthusiastic teacher in the following areas: piano, violin, cello, drums, music history, and music theory. I have taught vocal and instrumental music in both Catholic and Public schools, and in after-school programs, for 20 years, and have been giving private lessons for 9 years. I enjoy teaching music to all age students, and especially enjoy watching my students grow in their music ability.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit in Language Arts with minors in Music Education and History,and my Masters Degree from Wayne State University in Education with emphasis on English as a Second Language and Sign Language for the Deaf. I have studied Music Education for K-5 at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.


*** Lesson Details ***
Piano: All students start out learning both Treble and Bass Clefs, and their lines and spaces. Each student then starts to learn their major scales with both right and left hand for piano. They also learn the note values, and are able to put them together in a song. I use Michael Aaron curriculum, which takes in all of the above and their technique lessons. I use all the Michael Aaron Book One, Lessons, Theory, Technic, and Performance Books for any student that is age 6 and above and I would asked that parents would buy them from Anderson Music in Dearborn, Michigan as well as any other lesson books listed below before they come to my home for lessons.

Cello: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, the students learn the bass clef, lines and spaces, scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.

Violin: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, students will learn lines and spaces of the treble clef, note values, major scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.

Drums: Using Rockin’ Rhythm Raps, and using drum pads instead of drums, students will learn the correct way to hold drum sticks and the rhythms of all the notes in the treble and bass clefs. They will also learn songs to play.


*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching beginners in any area, because then you can see how far they have come at the end of the year.

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Experience

Sign Language Teacher for the Deaf Jul 1995 - Present
Fine Arts Camp at Old Fort Wayne- Garden City Public Schools- Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools.

I have taught Beginning Sign Language for the Deaf in the following places Fine Arts Camp at Old Fort Wayne in Detroit for over nine years as well as Garden City Public Schools, Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools for over nine years and the Corpus Christi Summer Day Camp for over eight years. I have taught these classes along with music and songs to test the students ability doing ASL. they all have done extremely well.

Certifications

Professional Education Certificate Dec 1999
Wayne State University

Elementary K-5 All Subjects (K-8 CC)
English as a Second Language (NS) K-12
Language Arts (BX) 6-8
Social Science (CX) 6-8

Awards

National Senior Olympics 5th place award for the 200 yard Breaststroke for my age group 60-65 in 2007. Jun 2014
National Senior Olympics at the National Senior Games in 2007.
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13 Reviews on Kathy B.

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Arun S. April 15, 2014
Piano
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Very interesting piano class

I would strongly recommend Kathy to any of my friends, she is very knowledgeable in teaching and very flexible in her timing that helps me a lot with my work schedule.
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Audrey H. February 14, 2014
Piano
Learning to read music is awesome

I love the teacher she is patient and caring. My daughter never played before put has a desire to learn. We appreciate people like Kathy.

Thank you for being patient with my 6 year old daughter,
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Katy D. January 28, 2014
Piano
Playing piano after 2 lessons

I am learning how to read notes and understanding how music is written along with timing and playing. I am very happy to be able to sit at my piano which I never played before and actually play simple songs using both hands after two sessions. Thank you!!
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George M. December 4, 2013
Piano
The teaching approach is great, the learning and lessons productive.

Kathy is extremely knowledgeable about piano and music. I am thrilled with the fact that you are not pressured into learning, but are enthusiastic about completing lessons simply because of the approach Kathy takes to teaching. Thus far, I am very pleased with having the opportunity to learn from her and would highly recommend Kathy to anyone interested in playing an instrument. Kudos to Kathy!
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keila F. November 25, 2013
Piano
Wonderful

Kathy has shown such patience and professionalism with our son.
Although it appears he has an ear for music she is teaching him
how to read, write and play music. His math at school has shown great improvement. I would not want anyone else teaching my son.
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yifei L. May 29, 2013
Piano
I really enjoy the piano lesson

I really enjoy my piano lessons very much. The teacher make me more and more like music. She is very patient and gives me many encouragement to play. Her teaching approach is very professional and she teaches all I need to learn such as music theory . I think I can stick on learning and practicing. Thank you!
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James T. April 27, 2013
Piano
Highly Recommended

Kathy is a very experienced pianist and cellist, as well as a great instructor. I've always wanted to play the piano and finally decided to do something about it. I'm learning a lot. I'm an adult student with a full-time job, so my practice time is limited. Kathy understands that and is a very patient instructor.
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Joyce P. January 16, 2013
This product has great features

Kathy B. is well informed and knowledgeable in her field. She is very caring and shows great interest in her students ability to succeed.
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Danielle J. August 19, 2012
Piano
Later in life piano classes

Kathy has been great in adjusting the lessons to my pace. She explains the lessons very clearly and is very pleasant and fun to work with. She's very flexible when it comes to making changes in schedule.
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AlmaR July 18, 2012
Excited about Piano

Kathy is very patient and makes the process fun. She works with her student's schedules and is very flexible with unexpected occurances arise. I have learned so much and she has great tips for overcoming those spots where you get stuck. I am really enjoying myself.