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Growing up, I participated in every musical activity I could find: from choir to handbells, concert bands to jazz bands, and marching bands to rock bands. I love many genres of music, but I decided to focus on classical clarinet performance in college. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a B.M. in Clarinet Performance. I also continued studying bass guitar and piano at UIUC.
While still in high school, I began teaching private clarinet lessons to younger students. Teaching helped me become a better player and leader. In college, I ran woodwind sectionals at an Urbana middle school. In 2007, I started teaching general music, piano, and violin in Chicago Public Schools.
I appreciate the freedom private lessons offer me to tailor each lesson to the individual student. There are many ways of learning, and at least as many ways of teaching. My goal as a teacher is to pass on lessons of patience, creativity, appreciation, confidence and dedication to my students. I hope my students will apply these lessons to their musical studies and throughout all areas of their lives.
Music has been an incredibly powerful force in my life, and it is my passion to share that power through instruction and performance.
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I want my students to leave their lessons with skills and confidence that will help them in all areas of life. It is important to me that I give my students the ability to keep learning outside of our lessons. I believe that music is an art form that can be enjoyed by all!
Working with beginners is my specialty. I understand that each student learns differently, and finding the right method for my students is very important to me. The fundamentals learned in the first year of piano benefit any new musician, and can be applied to other instrumental studies.
Piano and clarinet lessons begin with an assessment of ability and setting of goals. I like to use the Faber and Faber piano series with most of my piano students. All lessons are a combination of theory, instrumental/performance technique, and ear training.
Leads general music and violin classes for elementary students in Chicago Public Schools.
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Verified Student · Piano ·
I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and rad music. Kate is a lovely teacher. She is patient, knowledgeable and a great teacher. Each lesson is challenging but very rewarding. I am so pleased with how much I have learned in such a short time. She is such a joy!
Verified Student · Piano ·
Katie has been great. She has been teaching my daughter for several months.
My experience with Kate was nothing but positive. Always enthusiastic, understanding, and extremely knowledgeable. I stopped lessons due to an injury and not anything to do with Kate and I hope to re-up my lessons with her some time on the near future. She comes highly recommended.
She is great and the kids love her. Very cool piano teacher and awesome with the little ones, they are really learning each week. Shes a rock star! Lets keep em going!