Katie Birkner

Katie B.

McHenry, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing all levels of band student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!
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Katie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a former band teacher, teaching at public, private, catholic and montessori schools for over eight years. I graduated from VanderCook College of music with a Bachelors of Music Education.

Band students can expect to improve week to week in their technique. Every student has a different learning technique; I teach students to explore and open up to their potential through practice and dedication. I can help any student to play with confidence, and expression.

I teach band students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied woodwind instruments for 22 years, and concert flute for all of those years. I can teach students to read music and excel at theory.

As a professional flute players I frequently play with the College of Lake County band as well as summer bands around the area.

My personal passion is classical music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Private Lesson Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present
Brasswind and Woodwind Studio

Maintain all aspects of record keeping, correspondence and teaching
Teach weekly private lessons, beginner through college level

Band Director
Aug 2008 - Jun 2016
Music Education Services

Taught beginning, intermediate and middle school band, grades 4-8, at six public, private, Catholic and Montessori schools
Prepare 3-4 concerts per year, as well as solo/ensemble and honor band music
Coordinate band tour of several schools each spring
Offer private lessons and concert band during summer months

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Music Education
Aug 2004 - May 2008
VanderCook College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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5 Reviews

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Kayla Jan 17, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

She does a really good job at finding the things that were challenging for me and pushing beyond what I was capable of doing.

Lily R Jan 11, 2018
· In home

Katie works very well with my daughter. My daughter has come a long way since she started lessons and my family has noticed how well she plays. My daughter is excited about music and is always asking to play something for others because she wants to share her love of music and playing with everyone.

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John Jan 8, 2018
Flute · In home

Katie has been my daughter's flute instructor for 3 years (one year as her band instructor and 2 years of private lessons). She is extremely professional, always communicates my daughter's progress, challenges her to improve, and makes the lessons a lot of fun. My daughter loves taking lessons from Katie, and under her tutelage she has improved in her ability and love of music. I would highly recommend Katie as an instructor.

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DeAnne Jan 3, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

Mrs. Birkner was my daughter's first clarinet teacher; she helped to develop a strong foundation and made learning fun. My daughter has been playing for 4 years now and is one of the best in her age group.

Kim Jan 3, 2018
Flute · In studio

Katie has such a positive attitude that she has made lessons a joy for our daughter. She is flexible with scheduling which has been a great help with our busy schedule. Also, she has been helpful in providing challenging material as well as selections for solo and ensemble contests.

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