Cheryl Suwardi

Cheryl S.

Highland, IN

About Cheryl S.

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Cheryl teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday


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 a California music teaching credential with English language learner authorization and an Illinois Professional Educator License for music. I have been recognized in the publications "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" (2005) and the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch "Whiz Biz" (2012). 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.


High School Band Director and Piano Teacher

Aug 2016 - Present
Northwest Indiana Public School

I direct the bands and teach my students how to perform music.

Music Appreciation Teacher

Mar 2016 - Present
Online High School

I teach online music appreciation classes for an online 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. It's a fun class that I enjoy teaching that earns high school credit! I help students reach their class goals and master the curriculum.

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.

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 school. 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.


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
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4 Reviews on Cheryl S.

Amy Nov 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cheryl is a great teacher. Authentic and patient
Alex B. Oct 29, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Great experience!
Herminia P. Sep 24, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing, my daughter loves going to her studio. She is really kind and a great teacher.
Becca C. Sep 24, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
Cheryl is a wonderful teacher. Very patient, positive and upbeat.
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