Linda Bates

Linda B.

Olympia, WA
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About

Linda delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
1988

Hello and welcome to my studio!

Evergreen Piano Studio provides both in studio and online piano lessons through Skype.
If you are taking lessons in studio, you will be playing on a very nice Yamaha upright acoustic piano. My studio is comfortable, a little quaint and has a waiting room for parents and siblings. My teaching style is demonstrator/facilitator, and I am a calm and patient teacher. If you're not put off by animals, (a dog and a couple of cats to be exact), come and see me for a consultation.

If you are interested in online Skype lessons, all you will need for set up is the Skype program downloaded, and a laptop, or (desktop in close proximity of the keyboard). Extra cameras and microphones may be added but are not necessary as long as I have a good view of the keyboard. Also, printer scanning capability for theory homework is recommended. I work off of a Yamaha digital DGX 650 and offer a comprehensive curriculum which includes some or all of the following: Core lesson, technique, theory, ear-training, sight-reading, scales and chords, lead sheets and basic composition. Understanding that everyone is unique, the curriculum may be customized upon request or need.



REVIEWS

Elissa V.

5 out of 5 stars

Ms. Linda was such a blessing to our daughter! I was always impressed with her enthusiasm and passion for teaching piano. We appreciated the many ways she challenged our daughter as a piano player, and how encouraging she was along the way. She is an excellent piano teacher for sure, and I would highly recommend her!


Julia A.

5 out of 5 stars

My friend, whose son received a music scholarship as well as enjoyed his piano lessons highly, recommended Linda to me. Linda’s great experience and personal methodologies guide students in the shortest way to success and brings an appreciation of music into their lives. No moments during her lessons are wasted for unrelated matters – she always keeps students focused by moving from one activity to another, and by being friendly and encouraging. She is always flexible with her schedule and pleasant to work with.

She is a rare instructor who works hard to give students the opportunity to perform in public venues a few times a year (the most favorite moments to my boys), which make children self-confident and proud to demonstrate the fruit of their effort.

Shannon M.

5 out of 5 stars

My children have been with Linda since they started piano at age 5, they are now 16 & 14. They simply love her. I appreciate her willingness to flex to their different styles of learning and engagement. I gave both the option to stop lessons after 8th grade, neither one wanted to stop so as a Junior & Freshman in high school they are still with Linda.
Nov 4, 2015

Sam P
My children have been taking piano lessons at Evergreen Piano Studio since 2013. I know for sure that this place is the right place for my children because they don't complain about going or wanting to quit. Ms. Linda has a calm personality and provides honest and direct feedback to the children on where they need to improve and the method for improving. Since our children have been taking lessons at Evergreen Piano Studio, their knowledge and performance has significantly improved. Excellent teacher and mentor for our children.

Professional, comprehensive, and personalized study of the piano. Her years of experience are obvious in her ability to approach each student as an individual with a unique learning style. Thanks for giving us the gift of music! --Sandra S.

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Experience

Pianist - Instructor
Sep 1988 - Present
Evergreen Piano Studio

Linda was formally trained for seven years under the tutelage of Joanne Skidmore in Portland, Oregon. She has taught piano successfully for the past 30 years. In addition to teaching, Linda has acted as Music Director for several community theater productions in Crested Butte Colorado which included vocal direction and accompaniment for the musicals Annie and Oliver and served as pianist in Cabaret. She was employed by The Portland Waldorf School as classical pianist for the Eurythmy class. Linda has served as Director of Music Ministries, Worship Leader, pianist/keyboardist and Music Coordinator in various churches for the past 17 years and has accompanied school concerts, numerous weddings and social events. She considers music to be a lifelong pursuit, and continues to further her education by attending pedagogy seminars, college classes and teacher workshops.

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Education

Piano Performance
Apr 2010 - Sep 2010
SPSCC

Certifications

Teacher Training Certificate
Jun 2007
Harmony Road Music Courses

Teacher training for young children.

Harmony Road
Jun 2007
Harmony Road Music Courses Inc.

Harmony Road teacher's training program for young children and beyond.

Awards

Golden Marmot Award
Nov 1985
Crested Butte Theater

Affiliations

Washington Music Teachers Association
May 2014

Welcome to the Washington Music Teachers Association (WMTA), a non-profit affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Founded in 1934, over the years WMTA has become a prominent association of independent music teachers from the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland in the pursuit of the highest standards in music instruction.

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Music Teachers National Association
May 2014

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Winter Recital 2018 "Mary Did You Know"
At the OMTA Harvest Festival

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Spring Recital

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Practice Champion

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Harvest Festival

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Sonatina Festival 2018

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Lesson time

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First recital

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