Kathy Beckley

Kathy B.

19 Reviews
Detroit, MI

About Kathy B.

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Kathy teaches: Ages 7 to 76
Teaching since: December 2005
Last sign in: 5 days ago


I am a patient, enthusiastic teacher in the following areas: piano, violin, cello, drums, music history, and music theory. I have taught vocal and instrumental music in both Catholic and Public schools, and in after-school programs, for 20 years, and have been giving private lessons for 9 years. I enjoy teaching music to all age students, and especially enjoy watching my students grow in their music ability.

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit in Language Arts with minors in Music Education and History,and my Masters Degree from Wayne State University in Education with emphasis on English as a Second Language and Sign Language for the Deaf. I have studied Music Education for K-5 at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano: All students start out learning both Treble and Bass Clefs, and their lines and spaces. Each student then starts to learn their major scales with both right and left hand for piano. They also learn the note values, and are able to put them together in a song. I use Michael Aaron curriculum, which takes in all of the above and their technique lessons. I use all the Michael Aaron Book One, Lessons, Theory, Technic, and Performance Books for any student that is age 6 and above and I would asked that parents would buy them from Anderson Music in Dearborn, Michigan as well as any other lesson books listed below before they come to my home for lessons.

Cello: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, the students learn the bass clef, lines and spaces, scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.

Violin: Using String Builder and Strictly Strings, students will learn lines and spaces of the treble clef, note values, major scales, and songs. Students will learn how to hold their bow correctly.

Drums: Using Rockin’ Rhythm Raps, and using drum pads instead of drums, students will learn the correct way to hold drum sticks and the rhythms of all the notes in the treble and bass clefs. They will also learn songs to play.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching beginners in any area, because then you can see how far they have come at the end of the year.

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Sign Language Teacher for the Deaf Jul 1995 - Present
Several Locations

I have taught Beginning Sign Language for the Deaf in the following places Fine Arts Camp at Old Fort Wayne in Detroit for over nine years as well as Garden City Public Schools, Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools for over nine years and the Corpus Christi Summer Day Camp for over eight years. I have taught these classes along with music and songs to test the students ability doing ASL. they all have done extremely well.

Shared-Time Music Teacher Oct 2002 - Jan 2011
Public School System

I have taught for nine years in the Garden City Public School System as a Shared- Time Music Teacher. I have also been the head of their department for over six years.
I have put on many concerts in both districts to show off what the students have learned. We have had a bell and chime choir accompany all the student while they were singing. They really enjoyed that a lot.
I have taught the Music Program in many Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools for over thirty years as well as a classroom teacher for over thirty years there.
I have enjoyed my teaching experiences in both systems and have retired in 2011. I now am teaching privately in my home for Take lessons and enjoying it a lot.


Masters Degree in Masters in Education Sep 1997 - Dec 1999
Wayne State University
B.A.Degree Sep 1980 - May 1987
Marygrove College

Languages Spoken

Sign Language for the Deaf Professional Proficiency
Sign Language for the Deaf Professional Proficiency


Professional Education Certificate Dec 1999
Wayne State University

Elementary K-5 All Subjects (K-8 CC)
English as a Second Language (NS) K-12
Language Arts (BX) 6-8
Social Science (CX) 6-8


National Senior Olympics 5th place award for the 200 yard Breaststroke for my age group 60-65 in 2007. Jun 2014
National Senior Olympics at the National Senior Games in 2007.
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19 Reviews on Kathy B.

Lindsey D. Jul 2, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Kathy is a very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable cello teacher. She is flexible and eager to help.
Robert Bilenchi May 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
am looking forward to learning much more than my current piano knowledge. Kathy is clear and concise in her explanations of piano theory and lessons and very friendly also.
Jillian S. Apr 14, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Kathy is a great teacher.
Aaron W. Mar 16, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Very informative, I enjoyed the lesson and look forward to the next!
Nika J. Feb 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Passionate and committed to teaching all aspects of Piano, Kathy has made me even more excited about lessons! She is extremely knowledgeable and has guided me through all the steps so easily, explaining what seems so complicated to learn, in the simplest way. I couldn't ask for a better teacher and I truly look forward to my lessons!!!! She is amazing!
Joy M. Jan 7, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Kathy B. is patient with my daughter. She is very knowledgeable about the violin.
Arun S. Apr 15, 2014
Verified Student
Very interesting piano class

I would strongly recommend Kathy to any of my friends, she is very knowledgeable in teaching and very flexible in her timing that helps me a lot with my work schedule.
Audrey H. Feb 14, 2014
Verified Student
Learning to read music is awesome

I love the teacher she is patient and caring. My daughter never played before put has a desire to learn. We appreciate people like Kathy.

Thank you for being patient with my 6 year old daughter,
Katy D. Jan 28, 2014
Verified Student
Playing piano after 2 lessons

I am learning how to read notes and understanding how music is written along with timing and playing. I am very happy to be able to sit at my piano which I never played before and actually play simple songs using both hands after two sessions. Thank you!!
George M. Dec 4, 2013
Verified Student
The teaching approach is great, the learning and lessons productive.

Kathy is extremely knowledgeable about piano and music. I am thrilled with the fact that you are not pressured into learning, but are enthusiastic about completing lessons simply because of the approach Kathy takes to teaching. Thus far, I am very pleased with having the opportunity to learn from her and would highly recommend Kathy to anyone interested in playing an instrument. Kudos to Kathy!