Cheryl Suwardi

Cheryl S.

Highland, IN
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
During my 17 years of teaching, I have helped cello students reach their goals, develop technique, and perform with musicianship. My students have gone onto perform as section leaders in their school orchestras as well as in honor festivals and performances both near and far. I would be delighted to talk to you to learn more about your goals and help you reach them.
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Cheryl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2000

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 music 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!

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Music Teacher
Mar 2016 - Present
EdOptions Academy

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Indiana Teacher License, Music
Nov 2016
Indiana Education Department

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

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

Photos & Videos

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

My students and I performed cat music at MeoowzResQ's annual benefit in 2013.  This photo was taken after I performed music from Cats.

After our music studio's spring concert, we took this photo.  I performed violin along with some of my students.


9 Reviews

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Jennifer Feb 9, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable in the field of music. We have been very pleased with all the lessons. She is very friendly and patient. My daughter looks forward to her lessons each week. Since my daughter has started taking lessons, she has improved greatly!

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Madison Sep 9, 2017
Flute · In studio

Cheryl is a very friendly instructor. She has extensive knowledge in music and instruments. She is patient and willing to explain any questions you may have. I highly recommend Cheryl to anyone that is looking for an instructor.

Jim Jun 30, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Very technique orinated. Will sign up for more lessons with her

Dorothy Mar 21, 2017

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

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Earl M. Dec 7, 2016
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
Guitar · In home

Cheryl is a great teacher. Authentic and patient

Alex B. Oct 29, 2015
Violin · In home

Great experience!

Herminia P. Sep 24, 2015
Cello · In studio

Amazing, my daughter loves going to her studio. She is really kind and a great teacher.

Becca C. Sep 24, 2015
Viola · In studio

Cheryl is a wonderful teacher. Very patient, positive and upbeat.

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