- Levels Taught:
- Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
I have taught both in the school systems and in my home for over thirty years.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 7 to 76
- Teaching since:
- December 2005
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.
I am also a published author of five children's books. You can find them through my publisher Xlibris. com and they are called Peggy, The Three-Some Book 2, The Writer's Corner Book 3, The Golden Nugget Book 4, The 1940 Diary Book 7. When you go onto their web-site put in my pen name of N.K.Beckley and they should come up. Emily Book 5 will be out sometime in March 2017 and books 6,8.9.10 should be out by Fall of 2017. These are books for students in grades 4th through 8th grades and are also interactive books. I hope you enjoy them.
I also tutor for Take Lessons Grades 1 to Grade 8 all subjects except higher level Math.
*** 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 ask 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.I have played cello in the Waterford New Horizons Concert Band for over six years. I have also been the only cellist they have as a member of the band.
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.
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.+ Read More
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.
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
Kathy is a kind, patient and methodical teacher. She develops your piano skills with a structured program of theory and exercises geared toward constant improvement. She has helped me improve my piano technique throughout our time together. I have been able to play increasingly challenging pieces on a regular basis with her. I look forward to steadily improving my piano skills.+ Read More
I have recently returned from a week long stay at the Sonatina Piano Camp in Bennington VT and would like to notify all those piano students who may read this review as to the wonderful experience attending this camp can be. The camp takes adult piano students at all piano skill levels from beginner to well accomplished. Students stay in shared rooms (2-4 persons) which includes a piano in every room. Attendance is usually 18- 27 persons. The mansion itself is home to approx. 30 pianos. All meals are provided (and are outstanding) as well as piano classes and 4 lessons with concert pianists or university piano professors. Ample time is provided to practice a performance piece for the end of week performance night. Master classes are given on several evenings for those wishing to perform a work in progress piece for the attendees and the camp owner providing a public lesson.
I have found that the attending student group to be extremely supportive to all other students especially to those experiencing performance anxiety. Repeating attendees (from all over the country) have formed lasting friendships among themselves which have endured for years. Eight week long sessions are given throughout the year. In addition there are summer sessions for school aged youth
and also 4 short week sessions for those wishing to try a sampling of the camp. This past January was my 3rd year attending the camp and I will be returning again next year. My experiences at the camp have been truly unforgettable. More information can be obtained at Sonatina.com
Kathy has worked wonders with my piano lessons. In about a year and half of lessons Kathy has added scales and exercises along with musical selections designed to enhance specific skills, plus has worked with me on select piano works which I find interesting and challenging. My abilities and quality of playing been steadily improving. She is always positive and uplifting yet she still can point out areas of playing quality which require work. She gears lessons and advancement of difficulty to my specific rate of improvement. I couldn't ask for better and and am looking forward to continued progress over time for my improved musicianship.+ Read More
Kathy is a patient and creative teacher who has provided me with continuous improvement in my piano playing through the application of music theory and basic piano exercises such as scales and arpeggios plus piano pieces which challenge and improve my ability. She has produced a marked improvement in my piano playing over the course of my lessons and I look forward to continuing that with her for the future.+ Read More
I really enjoy my lessons with Kathy. She is extremely patient with me and times the time to explain the lesson plan in detail and is very specific. Kathy is very knowledgeable of music in general and would highly recommend her to others who have the desire to learn the piano and I enjoy working with her!+ Read More
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.+ Read More
Excellent , Kathy has experience and I was able to play and learn violin easily in two classes. She is fantastic teacher in music.
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.
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.+ Read More
Kathy is a very fine instructor, concentrating on thorough mastery of lesson material in a consistent a disciplined manner.
Kathy is very knowledgeable. She taught my teenage daughter and was very patient and encouraging even when my daughter didn't want to listen.
Kathy is a very patient, encouraging and knowledgeable cello teacher. She is flexible and eager to help.
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.
Ms. Kathy is a great teacher.
Very informative, I enjoyed the lesson and look forward to the next!
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!+ Read More
Ms. Kathy B. is patient with my daughter. She is very knowledgeable about the violin.
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.
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,
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!!
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!
Kathy has shown such patience and professionalism with our son.
Although it appears he has an ear for music she is teaching him
how to read, write and play music. His math at school has shown great improvement. I would not want anyone else teaching my son.
I really enjoy the piano lesson
I really enjoy my piano lessons very much. The teacher make me more and more like music. She is very patient and gives me many encouragement to play. Her teaching approach is very professional and she teaches all I need to learn such as music theory . I think I can stick on learning and practicing. Thank you!
Kathy is a very experienced pianist and cellist, as well as a great instructor. I've always wanted to play the piano and finally decided to do something about it. I'm learning a lot. I'm an adult student with a full-time job, so my practice time is limited. Kathy understands that and is a very patient instructor.
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Kathy B. is well informed and knowledgeable in her field. She is very caring and shows great interest in her students ability to succeed.
Later in life piano classes
Kathy has been great in adjusting the lessons to my pace. She explains the lessons very clearly and is very pleasant and fun to work with. She's very flexible when it comes to making changes in schedule.
Excited about Piano
Kathy is very patient and makes the process fun. She works with her student's schedules and is very flexible with unexpected occurances arise. I have learned so much and she has great tips for overcoming those spots where you get stuck. I am really enjoying myself.
Teacher Review for Kathy B.
I really enjoy my lessons with Kathy B. She teaches theory and all the important foundation stuff instead of just useless memorization. She understands the way I learn, but more importantly that I am a busy adult student and do not have time to constantly practice, and she is very patient about the fact.
I like the way she teaches me and explains very clearly until you understand and also she plays along with to get the grip against the instrument. She is a very friendly person!!
Kathy B. is very helpful with me and takes time to explain how I can improve my Violin playing. I am a late in life student and she has been very helpful.