- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Director of Community Programs, Old Town School of Folk Music (colleague) managed you indirectly
"I have known Tricia for over 15 years. She has always been very engaging and creative with children. Her songs not only entertain, but they also invite the children and their parents to participate emphasizing that music making is a communal activity that builds bonds between people.
Tricia has developed as an artist and an educator through some of Chicago's most renowned institutions. Now she has established her own academy CATS which is the logical next step, and will allow her to bring all her experience all under one roof."
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 75 and special needs
- Teaching since:
- August 1990
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.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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"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.+ Read More
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She is the best of the best.