Kathy Beckley

Kathy B.

Detroit, MI

About Kathy B.

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Kathy teaches: Ages 7 and 76
Teaching since: December 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday


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


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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25 Reviews on Kathy B.

Robert Bilenchi Nov 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kathy is a patient and considerate teacher. She applies classical piano exercises with specific music pieces and theory work to convey a complete music curriculum in a measured style combined with both praise and critique for a valuable teaching experience. Highly recommended.
Rama Aug 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent , Kathy has experience and I was able to play and learn violin easily in two classes. She is fantastic teacher in music.
Hassan Kenya S. Aug 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mrs. Beckley has taught my daughter how to play the violin for several months learning notes, chords, and beginners' techniques. She is always patient as she directs my daughter's lessons. Every week she gives assignments to be practiced before the next lesson. Mrs. Beckley always says, "You are welcome to suggest music that you would like to learn instead of the assigned music piece that I assign for practice."

She said that if we have trouble finding sheet music, she will write it out for my daughter to learn. Mrs. Beckley is a very skilled instructor, and my daughter agrees that she gives great direction with skilled consistency.
Arun S. Aug 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I would personally recommend Kathy because i have taken piano lessons for almost 2 years and felt very comfortable with her teaching techniques for the beginner like me. And the best part is goes according to your pace of learning and gives time to catch up, which helped me a lot.
Robert Bilenchi Aug 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kathy is a very fine instructor, concentrating on thorough mastery of lesson material in a consistent a disciplined manner.
Kim D. Aug 18, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Kathy is very knowledgeable. She taught my teenage daughter and was very patient and encouraging even when my daughter didn't want to listen.
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.
Hassan Kenya 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!