Lisa Cross

Lisa C.

Rockwall, TX

About Lisa C.

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Lisa teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: January 1997
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I have been a music teacher and private lesson instructor for the past 20 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in Music Education and hold a teaching certificate for all-level Music Education. In my private studio I have taught students from 3-70 and have enjoyed them all! In addition to teaching music I also serve as the Music Minister for my church. Students coming to me can expect a tremendous amount of experience as well as a committed, honest and caring teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning piano students at the pre-reading level (ages 3-6ish) I like to use the Faber "My First Piano Adventure" series. I love that this series enforces solid technique in a fun, child-friendly way.

For older beginners and players with some piano I like the Alfred series, supplemented, of course, with songs/styles of music that interest the student.

Guitar: I've found that guitar method books are nearly as diverse as the guitarists that play them! That being said, I typically start with the Essential Elements for guitar for a solid introduction to music reading and a touch of theory.

Depending on the style of play the guitarist is interested in I move on from there. Mel Bays Classical method is always a solid choice as is the Christopher Parkening Guitar method. I also have a few tab oriented books and some rock/blues oriented books.

For clarinet and oboe students I like to compliment what their band/orchestra director is using when possible. I also love the Klose method for clarinet. The Rubank is also a tried and true book I use. I've had a lot of success with these books.

Of course the best method books are for naught without adequate practice time! When theory and technique work get too dry it's always fun to throw in some fun selections to compliment the "work."

Voice students are a bit different in that I don't use a specific method to instruct. I have many books that I draw from when teaching voice due to the unique nature of the individual. Depending on the style of music, from classical to jazz/pop, I have music that will teach proper breath support, vowel placement and tone.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: converted dining room with 3 guitars, young percussion instruments, upright piano and f/w keyboard. Seating available for parents.
Music ministry at First Christian Church in Terrell. Access to choir room with upright piano. Seating available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Degree in all-level music education with specialty in voice.

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Experience

Music Minister
Sep 2008 - Present
First Christian Church

Private Music Instructor
Sep 2000 - Present
Music Makers

Provide private lessons and small group lessons

Music Teacher
Sep 1998 - Feb 2012
Terrell ISD

Music Teacher
Dec 1997 - Jun 1998
Rockwall ISD

Education

B.S. Music Education
Aug 1993 - Dec 1997
TAMU - Commerce

Certifications

All-Level Teacher Certification
Dec 1997
Texas

Awards

Teacher of the Year
Jun 2005
Terrell ISD

Affiliations

American Federation of Teachers
Aug 1998

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 1997

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

Gamma Beta Phi
Jan 1995

Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.

44 Reviews on Lisa C.

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Deborah Feb 23, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Encouraging to an elderly person who never sings solo but wants to learn to sing better. . . . to develop better habits and stretch the range.
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Joey K. Feb 3, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Lisa makes learning fun and allows my son to branch out into songs he's interested in. She lets him lead, and yet guides/teaches him allong the journey.
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Tyler M. Jan 11, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Wish she was close by😕
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Jeriel L. Oct 26, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Lisa is very dedicated and makes class fun!
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Sharon Sep 10, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Delightful, very helpful and very knowledgeable!!!
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Garret M. Sep 6, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Both of my son's ages are 8 & 22 years, love Lisa. She's the real deal. Thanks Lisa.
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Valcus B. Sep 3, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My son had an awesome time with Lisa. She makes learning fun!
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Hannah R. Jul 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Lisa is so nice and friendly my daughter definitely wants to continue piano lessons
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Monica M. Jul 13, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very thorough, interesting and knowledgeable with her music lesson, she knows how to ignite a child's love for music. We're happy to find her. :)
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Abigail G. Apr 7, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Lisa is great. We are so glad we found her. Abby is excited about learning from Lisa.
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