Catherine Burge

Catherine B.

Greenville, IL
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Areas of strength: accompanying or collaborative piano, performance, pedagogy, clarinet performance and pedagogy. music ministry, vocal coaching, ear training and sight reading

Over 15 years in music performance and music education. Extensive multicultural and international performance, instruction and public relations activities. Additional credentials in popular/jazz voice, keyboards, beginning guitar and clarinet. Expertise and certification in business and music technology, MIDI, notation software, interactive musical software. Over ten years teaching experience in college, university, and community college settings, and in commercial, private or public school studios.

Background has been checked for my existing employment at Greenville College and at St John United Church. I passed with flying colors! Just call them to see this.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a conservatory taught pianist who loves jazz and popular show music and improvisation. I hope my ability to exemplify the highest standards of musicianship inspires my students. I will not push a student beyond their own level of interest and desires, I believe we all have a gold mine within us and only need the help of another to see and obtain the best that is there. I have a doctorate in pedagogy studies, I am able to create a curriculum for each student and utilize methods that are readily available to everyone who chooses to benefit from them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Photos of the grand piano, keyboards, sound system and computer software are posted with my students

*** Travel Equipment ***
ipad recording/lesson curriculum/students need instrument for practice

*** Specialties ***
piano, contemporary music

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  • Speaks English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded MTNA and University CO Travel Grant from MTNA, University of Colorado

Reviews (2)

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Tom K. Jun 2, 2019
Piano · In home

For my first lesson, I found Catherine to be personable, encouraging, and highly skilled. She listened to my goals, assessed my present ability (I had tried to teach myself piano. I failed.) and worked through some exercises with me to improve my skills. I found the lesson challenging but not overwhelming. I'm looking forward to my next lesson with her.

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Catherine B. Feb 14, 2013
Piano ·

so much fun!

This teacher has a great time with her students as they learn keyboards, piano, theory, singing and basic skills on percussion and woodwind instruments. She can show beginning guitarists the chords and strums, too. We perform with the teacher at different places for youth group events, recitals, even musical theater shows. I hope I keep learning music the rest of my life.

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Teacher of clarinet, accompanist, assistant professor of music and piano
Aug 2007 - Present

Greenville College

Music coordinator and fulltime instructor
Aug 2004 - Aug 2006

South Florida Community College

Taught voice, contemporary vocal ensemble, clarinet, piano, keyboards, theory, music history and appreciation to music majors, nonmajors of all ages. Students obtained professional positions in music or college music degrees in their specialty.

Continuing education faculty: individual instruction in piano , keyboards, women's chorus accompanist
Jan 2000 - Aug 2004

University of Colorado

Assistant Professor of Music
Aug 1999 - Jan 2001

Denver Community College

Taught all music courses, voice, ensemble, piano, clarinet to area students, performance coordinator


Doctorate of Music
Jan 2001 - May 2008

University of Colorado

Masters Music in clarinet performance
Aug 1990 - Jun 1992

University of Idaho



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Lifetime music teaching certification
Jan 2012

Music Teachers' National Assoc.

from 2001 to present


St Louis Symphony Chorus vocalist
Aug 2018

St Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus directorAmy Kaiser

MTNA and University CO Travel Grant
Jun 2001

MTNA, University of Colorado


American Guild of Organists
Feb 2019
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.
Music Teachers National Association
Sep 1999
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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