Tricia Sebastian

Tricia S.

Skokie, IL

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I teach students how to easily learn and move from chord to chord on their guitar quickly. I don't like to waste a lot of time doing the same thing over and over unless that is what a student needs. I have taught so many different types of students that I have developed many tricks and different approaches to learning the guitar that it is easy for me to show a student a different way, if one way isn't working for them. This allows me to quickly assess and switch my method to better navigate the student to success. I encourage lots of hand strumming and short practice session, but often. I'm a fun teacher, and like to motivate students to keep calm, practice, and to remember music is worth their time.

Geraldo De Oliveira
English Portuguese Interpreter/Musician at my own business
"Tricia is an amazing music teacher and entertainer. Her multilingual capabilities add an extra advantage to her outstanding skills. If you need someone to introduce your kids to the world of music, Tricia is the one."

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About

Tricia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1990

Tricia S.
Founder of CATS-Creating Arts Together With Songs

Multi-instrumentalist/ Mezzo soprano/ Songwriter/ Music Integration Educator/ Performing & Recording Artist

Tricia S. a Chicago transplant originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, is the founder of CATS-Creating Arts Together With Songs, a music company for families teaching world music and music integration through performance, custom classes and residencies, and private lessons.
As an educator, Tricia S. worked with the Old Town School of Folk Music for seventeen years teaching Bilingual Wiggleworms, Coro de Las Americas, Latin Rhythms, Estudiantina, Romantic Songs in Spanish, Beginner Guitar in English and Spanish, and more.

Tricia also worked with Ravinia Festival's Outreach Discovery Program for over a decade teaching music integration to children in Chicago's schools with underdeveloped art programs in the Spanish speaking communities. She collaborated with teachers to create unique lesson plans that would incorporate both musical goals and academic themes. Tricia taught k-3rd grade students and teachers singing, recorders, percussion, choir, songwriting, theater, art, dance, and all aspect for several classrooms to preform a "Cluminating Event" for approx. 45 mins. Students also traveled to Ravinia and preformed a smaller set for other city schools and to open the concert season.

In the past, Tricia was the assistant director for the Estudiantina Corpus Christi ensemble at Texas A&M in CC, TX teaching voice, choir, lute, mandoline, guitar, bass, bandurria and performance for two levels of this traveling ensemble.

Before that she shared her love for teaching at two private middle schools directing both band and choir.

Tricia's principle instrument in school and college was oboe before she made the switch to voice education. She has toured extensively in Mexico, Spain, and United States and continues to perform and record in Chicagoland and abroad.

Her CD Canta Conmigo-Sing With Me, has songs featured in many compilations CDs and the song El Chocolate was rerecorded in New York for a national ad campaign for Life Cereal. The song was also aired on ABC's hit sitcom Ugly Betty. The Chicago Tribune says, Tricia's playful, robust soprano could spark a Tex-Mex campfire; her CD Canta Conmigo crackles with classical guitar and hand percussion.

Tricia's latest release Corazon Alegre-Happy Heart is a collection of traditional and original tunes with a fusion of world rhythms. The song the Fisherman received an honorable mention for Best Americana Song in the Billboard Songwriting Competition and the CD was reviewed as one of the nations top 10 CDs for Children in 2009 by the Tribune papers across the country.

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Experience

Wiggleworm Teacher/Guitar Teacher/Choir Director
Aug 1995 - Jan 2013
Old Town School of Folk Music

I taught at the OTSFM for over fifteen years. I created and developed the Bilingual Wiggleworms program and the Coro de las Americas classes. Along with numerous children's classes, I taught adult classes in guitar, Spanish guitar, Latin Rhythms, Mexican Love Songs, Estudiantina Ensemble, and more. I also performed regularly for them at the school auditorium and through their referrals booking agent.

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Teaching Artist in Residency
Jul 1997 - Aug 2012
Ravinia Festival

Teaching Artists for the Music Discovery Program for K-3rd grade students in underdeveloped Chicago Public Schools teaching music integration, singing, percussion, songwriting, theater, performance, and more. Classrooms culminated in a Class Act for the student body and their parents and then again at Ravinia Festival for other participating schools. In charge of all aspects of planning, composing, arranging, logistics, and documentation.

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Education

Voice Education
Jan 1992 - Jun 1995
Texas A&M
Voice Education
Aug 1990 - May 1995
Del Mar and Texas A&M

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

AMBA
Aug 2010
American Medical Billing Association

Certified Medical Billing Insurance Specialist

Children's Earlychildhood Music Educator
Jan 1996
Old Town School of Folf Music

"Wiggleworm" teacher for babies- five years old with caregivers. Music and movement classes using age appropriate songs and concepts to engage children's earliest sounds patterns, rhythms, and motions. My speciality was with bilingual families and I have two CD's to show my love of working and performing with kids and parents.

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Awards

Nominee -Best Children's Song
Jun 2014
American Songerwritng Awards
Honorable Mention- Best Americana Song
Aug 2012
BillBoard Awards

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Tricia records the song El Chocolate for Life Cereal's national ad campaign in New York City at Avatar Studios.
Tricia Sebastian sings on ABC Chicagoing hosted by Bill Campbell.  Original songs @ cdbaby.com/tricia1 website: www.triciasebastian.com
El Barquito adaption from the CD Canta Conmigo - Sing With Me @ www.cdbaby.com/tricia1  visit my website at www.triciasebastian.com
Mi Corazon Alegre!

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Recording at Avatar Studios in NY, NY for a national ad campaign for Life cereal.

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PLAY-SING-TEACH I Love what I do!  visit me at http://www.triciasebastian.com

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Marcial Benitez Mar 10, 2016
Singing · In studio

Excellent instructor.
She is the best of the best.

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