Linda Bates

Linda B.

Olympia, WA
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Lesson Details

Classical Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

I teach beginners through early advanced levels and have been doing so for 30 years. In my studio you will begin with the basics and when those are solid, you may choose a classical or recreational path or combine the two. The studio curriculum includes various styles and genres of music so you will be getting a well rounded education. Scales, chords and technique are also taught.

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About

Linda passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Linda delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1988

Hello! Thank you for your interest in Evergreen Piano Studio. I have been teaching piano for over 30 years. Lessons are given in my SE Olympia studio, or online. If you are just beginning or have been playing for awhile, I have a place for you in my studio!

The course curriculum includes note-reading, ear-training, sight-reading, theory, chords/scales, improv and basic composition. Lots of performance opportunities are available as is entry into the annual National Guild Auditions. Understanding that everyone is unique, the curriculum may be customized upon request or need.

Evergreen Piano Studio provides both in studio and online piano lessons through Skype.
If you are interested in online lessons, all you will need for set up is the Skype program downloaded, and a laptop, or (desktop in close proximity of the keyboard).
If you need clarification on any of the above, don't hesitate to ask.

Kind regards,
Linda Bates

Member: Music Teachers National Association
Member: Washington Music Teachers Association
Member: Olympia Music Teachers Association
Member: American College of Musicians

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Experience

Pianist - Instructor
Sep 1988 - Present
Evergreen Piano Studio

I was formally trained for seven years under the tutelage of Joanne Skidmore in Portland, Oregon who in addition to working in public education, gave individualized lessons. I have taught piano successfully for the past 30 years. In addition to teaching, I have 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. I was employed by The Portland Waldorf School as classical pianist for the Eurythmy class and have served as Director of Music Ministries, Worship Leader, pianist/keyboardist and Music Coordinator in various churches for the past 17 years. I have accompanied at school concerts, Crested Butte Center For The Arts, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, numerous weddings, and social events. I consider music to be a lifelong pursuit, and continue to further my education by attending pedagogy seminars, college classes and teacher workshops.

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Education

Piano Performance
Jan 2010 - Sep 2010
SPSCC
Piano for Young Children
Jun 2007 - Jun 2007
Harmony Road
Private Instruction
Sep 1959 - Jul 1966
Joanne Skidmore Studio

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher Training Certificate
Jun 2007
Harmony Road Music Courses

Teacher training for young children.

Awards

Golden Marmot Award
Nov 1985
Crested Butte Mountain Theater - "Cabaret"

Affiliations

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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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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National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Sep 2010

Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy.

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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5 Reviews

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Joseph Mar 20, 2019
Piano · In studio

A positive reinforcer every minute. Linda's teaching and coaching give me hope.

Jessica Feb 27, 2019
Piano · In studio

If your child is interested in learning to play piano and read music, I would definitely recommend Linda Bates. I have truly enjoyed watching my daughter grow through her lessons.
She was only 5 1/2 when she asked to start learning piano, and even though I thought she might be too young, I didn’t want to discourage her. Linda said that as long as she could count from 1-10, knew her left from right and the alphabet through “G” she could start learning piano.
We have had stretches of easy sailing and lots of rough patches. It’s been a great set of life lessons for our family.
Linda tried several different approaches to see what would work best for my daughter. She has a great balance of patience, structure and encouragement. She’ll let my daughter chatter on about (non-piano related) stuff for a minute, and then, gently but firmly, get her back on track.
We have gone to several recitals and enjoyed hearing her other students play. We are consistently impressed.
My daughter has been taking lessons for two years now, and finally loves piano. She sees the benefit of working at something that doesn’t come easy. She practices every day without complaining! (She’s practiced every day for a while now, but there was A LOT of resistance in the beginning, and middle, lol). Now she knows that most people are not just naturally talented, they actually put in time and effort.
I’m sure Linda would be great for any adult too. One of these days I just might have to find out for myself... although my daughter keeps insisting she’s going to teach me!

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Julia Feb 11, 2019
Piano · In studio

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 on unrelated matters and 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 and year (the most favorite moments to my boys), which make children self-confident and proud to demonstrate the fruit of their effort. I have two children who are taking lessons with Linda and they love it: 11 years old (for six years) and 8 years old (for four).
Daily practice at home for my children has turned into a fun habit, and I do not have to be involved much anymore. Linda is a role model for how an instructor should be and I highly recommend her to everyone. I am very thankful to Linda for bringing such an appreciation and joy of music into my sons lives. Our family moved to Portland three months ago, but we are still driving to Olympia once a week for lessons because so far we cannot find another instructor with the same excellent qualities.

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Sandra Feb 9, 2019
Piano · In studio

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!

Shannon Feb 5, 2019
Piano · In studio

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.

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