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Courtney delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 4+, males 4 to 12 and special needs

Teaching since:
2012

Hello! I'm Courtney!

I'm located in sunny Santa Monica, California but grew up in the snowy mountains of Vermont! I grew up participating in chorus, band, jazz band, and musicals! My youngest sister is 10 years younger than me and from the time she was born I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I started babysitting and volunteering at camps as soon as I was old enough, and now have been officially a music teacher since graduating in 2012. I love living between Hollywood and Venice where there is so much music, art, and culture. It's incredibly inspiring that I get to help students start their musical journey, while watching friends achieve their artistic dreams!

I have a Bachelor's from Hartt School of Music and a Master's from Boston University, both in music education. I've taught both in public and private schools and still hold a teaching license in the state of Connecticut. Since moving to California, I have decided to take the next step in my teaching career and build my own studio! I hope to work with beginners of all ages, students with special needs, and create music classes for students beginning at birth.

One thing that may separate me from other teachers is my background in education. Beginners of any age are impressionable and it is so important to teach singing in a way that is healthy for the voice, body and mind. Young students are especially fragile because their voices are still physically developing. I strive to make my lessons engaging and fun, but also promote healthy singing based upon their age so that a student has many years of music making ahead!

Fun Fact: I have a service dog named Duke! He may make an occasional appearance because he loves music!

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Experience

Private Music Teacher
Jan 2019 - Present
Music with Courtney

K-5 Music and Choral Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018
Somers Elementary School

Assist. Music Director
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
Village School (Private)

I filled many roles assisting the head music director with classroom teaching, choral teaching, and putting on the 6th grade musical!

Choral and General Music Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School

Education

Master's in Music Education
Jan 2016 - May 2018
Boston University
Music Education w/ Voice Emphasis
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Hartt School of Music at the U. of Hartford

Certifications

Connecticut Teaching License
Aug 2012
CT Dept. Education

Certified K-12 music teacher

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Aug 2012

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Feb 2009

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Duke may make an occasional appearance! He loves music!

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