Cheryl Suwardi

Cheryl S.

Highland, IN

About Cheryl S.

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Cheryl teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2000
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Hello! My name is Cheryl, and I would be delighted to help you reach your music goals! I've been teaching private lessons and classes since 2000. I love helping my students learn how to play their instruments and learn about music, particularly in understanding the elements of music, musicianship, and personal expression. I went to VanderCook College of Music and earned bachelors and masters degree in music education. I also hold teacher licenses in Indiana, Illinois, and California. I have been recognized in the publications "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch "Whiz Biz". I am a friendly and outgoing person and my teaching style is caring, organized, and fun. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Photos and Videos

This photo was taken while I performed "Happy Birthday" for my friend's daughter's 2nd birthday.


Band Director and Piano Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
Northwest Indiana Public School

I have the pleasure and honor of being the high school band director and piano teacher at my school. My students have instrumental music classes five days a week for 45-60 minutes/day. Our curriculum enables them to enjoy performance and learn how to perform with musicianship. They regularly perform concerts at school and for the community. We are especially proud of our after-school drumline and wind ensemble members who have performed at football games, parades, and will soon compete in their first contest.

Since I teach full-time, I offer lessons on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Through using my experience as both a private lessons teacher and a school music teacher, I can help you reach your goals in both at school and as a soloist.

Music Appreciation Teacher
Mar 2016 - Present
Online High School

I teach online music appreciation classes for a high school that offers classes for school districts and their academy students. This virtual school enables students to study our world's rich music history at home. I help students reach their class goals and master the curriculum. It's a fun class that I enjoy teaching that earns high school credit!

Instrumental Music Teacher - Private Lessons and Classes
Sep 2005 - Present
Cheryl Suwardi's Instrumental Music Lessons

I teach private lessons, orchestra classes, and early childhood family classes to students of almost any age. Lessons and classes are designed around the students' ages, ability levels, goals, and curricular needs. Students learn about performance, music theory, composition, and music history, world music.

From 2010-2016, I taught private lessons and classes as my full-time position. From 2005-2010 and 2016-present, I am teaching full-time at a school as well as part time at my studio.

Orchestra Director
Sep 2012 - Apr 2014
Private School in Orange County, CA

I taught orchestra classes to all students in grades 3-6 and directed concerts at this school on Wednesdays. I continued to teach here until my daughter was born.

Band and Orchestra Director
Aug 2006 - Jun 2010
Private School in Orange County, CA

I started the string orchestra program and taught IB music classes to grades K-8. Courses included orchestra, band, general music, and Native American flute ensemble. I was the lead teacher for the Chicago Fine Arts Field Study, which included participation in VanderCook College of Music's Middle Level HonorFest and string clinic.

Orchestra and Band Director
Aug 2005 - Jun 2006
Public Schools in Orange County, CA

I taught elementary and middle school instrumental music classes at several schools. This experience has enabled me to know the curriculum and help students in this district prepare for school classes as well as the district honor festival.

Orchestra Director and General Music Teacher
Aug 2002 - Jun 2005
Public School in Chicago

I taught orchestra, general music, and IB instrumental music classes to students in grades 9-12.

Private Lessons and Small Group Teacher
Mar 2000 - Aug 2002
Music Studio in Northwest Indiana

While I was in college, I taught woodwind, brass, and string private lessons and classes at a music studio in Northwest Indiana.


English Language Learner Authorization
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
University of California, Riverside Extension
Master of Music Education, Strings Emphasis
Jun 2003 - Jul 2006
VanderCook College of Music
Bachelor of Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis, Clarinet Major
Aug 1998 - May 2002
VanderCook College of Music

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


California Teacher Credential, Music, with English Language Learner Authorization
May 2005
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

This credential enables me to teach K-12 instrumental, general, and vocal music classes in CA public and private schools.

Illinois Professional Educator License, Music
Jul 2002
Illinois State Board of Education

This license enables me to teach K-12 instrumental, general, and vocal music in IL public and private schools.


Rancho Santa Margarita Patch Whiz Biz
Jan 2012
Rancho Santa Margarita Patch
Who's Who Among America's Teachers
Jun 2005
Who's Who Among America's Teachers Publishers

6 Reviews on Cheryl S.

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Dorothy Mar 21, 2017
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Cheryl was wonderful! She made my daughter, Zeta, feel comfortable and confident.
Cheryl was well prepared, knowledgeable and informative.
Zeta is looking forward to her next lesson with Cheryl. We can't thank you enough for pairing her up with us.
~Dorothy & Zeta
Earl M. Dec 7, 2016
Verified Student · Saxophone · In studio
Cheryl is a masterful teacher. She has the ability to listen and understand where I am in my learning curve and adjust her lessons to my skill level. I highly recommend for learners of all ages!
Amy Nov 18, 2015
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Cheryl is a great teacher. Authentic and patient
Alex B. Oct 29, 2015
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Great experience!
Herminia P. Sep 24, 2015
Verified Student · Cello · In studio
Amazing, my daughter loves going to her studio. She is really kind and a great teacher.
Becca C. Sep 24, 2015
Verified Student · Viola · In studio
Cheryl is a wonderful teacher. Very patient, positive and upbeat.
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