Joni Campbell

Joni C.

Woodinville, WA

About Joni C.

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Joni teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: September 2011
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organization and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.


*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Acoustic Piano
Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard
Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electronic keyboard
Worksheets

*** Specialties ***
Group and independent lessons, all styles of music but focus on classical and pop.

Photos and Videos

Tyler surprised me last week with a crossing of right hand and left to play his favorite Czerny tune. Way to go, Tyler!

Experience

Worship & Ensemble Singer

Sep 2003 - Present
Pleasant Bay Church

I am the lead alto in a worship band; and sing regularly for weekly and special services. Additionally, I sing in a small ensemble group for services as well as Christmas and Easter events.

Teacher

Sep 2011 - Mar 2015
Move Over Mozart

I taught 3-12 year olds piano in a class setting year around for nearly 3 years. Each 10 week session, I typically taught 40-70 students each week. I have developed an intuitive understanding of various skill levels, learning styles, and early childhood behaviors so that I can bring out the best talent in each student.

Choreographer, Soloist

Sep 1975 - Jun 1977
Northwest College

While in college, I sang in a select ensemble, and held the position of music choreographer as well as lead soloist and backup.

Education

BA and MBA

Sep 1975 - Sep 2005
Northwest University, Western Washington University

Business Administration (MBA)

Sep 2003 - Dec 2004
Northwest University

English Literature/Teacher Education

Jan 1981 - May 1983
Western Washington University

Music, Christian Education

Sep 1975 - Jun 1979
Northwest College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher Education

Aug 1985
Washington State

I am a certified K-12 teacher in the State of Washington.

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10 Reviews on Joni C.

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Katey Sep 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Joni is very friendly and gentle. She is a perfect teacher for my 4 yr. old. My child learn a ton just in her first lesson.
We can't wait for more lessons.
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VPJ May 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Joni started teaching my son piano lessons in Sep 2015. My son was 5 when he started attending her classes. It is amazing how much he has progressed in 9 months. He is able to read notes and can play with both hands. The one thing I have noticed about her way of teaching is that, she does not give up. She always tries to find a new ways to help kids learn when they are struggling. She adapts to kids ways of learning and doing things, and makes changes to help learn easily. That, I believe, is one of the reasons her classes are so effective and kids do not feel intimidated. I would highly recommend her.
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barbara May 26, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joni cares deeply about her students and her love of music and the piano is contagious.
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Melissa May 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Joni is an amazing teacher, both my girls just love her. She makes taking lessons fun, interactive and works with their individual abilities. She's the BEST!
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Nels E. Feb 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son LOVES piano lessons with Ms. Joni; he is delighted to practice, loves going to lessons, and is very proud of himself. This is not our first music teacher, and this certainly hasn't always been the case. I'm sure we will hit a normal bump or two down the road, but we are thrilled to have found an excellent teacher (it really does make all the difference). I highly recommend her.
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Caleb T. Sep 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's very good in handling beginners, let alone a 7-year old boy that has no experience. She explains it very well with my son!
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Niraj P. Aug 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son is learning from last few months and we are so happy with her.
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Sherri T. Aug 18, 2015
Verified Student
Very patient! Presents the information easily! Good material. I progressed really well. Absolutely recommend!
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Konrad M. Jul 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joni was fantastic with my 2 year! Very patient and offered age appropriate lesson material.
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Judy H. Apr 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I'm 6 years old and am enjoying lessons with Joni very much.