Some of my earliest recollections involve me tinkering on an old upright piano at my grandparent's house in Albuquerque, NM. My parents signed me up for piano lessons in 1997. After a few years of basic training, I began to study classically under Juilliard graduate, Tonja Voorhees until 2008, when she retired. Throughout the years I have continued my training, studying under different jazz, blues, and theory teachers. I am currently taking Berklee College of Music courses online, and am working towards a Bachelors degree in Music.
After graduating from high school, I began giving private lessons to students ranging from about 5 - 16 years old. When I moved from Albuquerque in 2013, I was teaching about 25 students at a Children's Music School.
Coming from a musical family, my siblings and I played together often growing up, and frequently led worship at our family's church. We began recording songs we had written together, and in 2008 began to tour after getting signed to a record label based in Seattle. Since they, I have had the opportunity to tour the country, and was even asked to play at a festival in Germany called "Rock without Limits." Since 2008, my siblings and I have released 3 albums, and we are pursuing music careers in Nashville, TN.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students of mine should always expect a fun, creative, and full lesson that is specifically tailored to fit the students needs and learning style. I work great with kids, and I have plenty of experience with students even as young as 5 or 6 years old!
I am patient and kind, but I insist that my students work hard and stay positive. I begin lessons by asking if the student practiced, and then ask how their practice went. I always make sure that the curriculum is understood before moving ahead, and I will work hard to form good habits such as proper technique, counting aloud, and sight reading.
More than anything though, I desire to inspire a love for music and piano in my students. I want them to enjoy their lessons and enjoy learning the piano!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Dining room converted to music lesson room. Seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't bring equipment with me. Student should have a piano or full size keyboard as well as their music books.
*** Specialties ***
Classical, theory, chords, ear training
Verified Student · Piano ·
Shealeen is great with my 9 year old son. She is patient with him when he gets frustrated, but still pushes him to try harder. In the few short months my son has been taking lessons with Shealeen, she has taken the time to really get to know him and understand his personality and what will/will not motivate him to learn more and try harder. She makes piano fun for my son and she always has a smile on her face when we meet her for lessons. This is my son's first try with piano and I couldn't be happier with Shealeen as his very first teacher. She has kept his interest in piano when there are sooo many other distractions in young boy's lives. He is progressing beautifully with her.
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Shealeen's passion for music shines through in her teaching abilities. She began teaching our son to play the piano when he was just 5 years old. It has been wonderful watching our son grow to love music. Shealeen is very dependable and has incredible patience for working with young children. She was a perfect choice for our son!
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Shealeen is the best piano teacher my daughter has ever had! Shealeen taught my daughter advanced songs that challenged her musically yet still kept it fun and engaging. She is able to teach a student how to learn songs by ear and by reading music. Shealeen is a very experienced musician with a lot of skills to pass on to her students.