Renee Gibson

Renee G.

Portage, IN
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner to Advanced

I love teaching theory because once you understand how the music is put together. You can play anything in any key written.
Theory is actually fun. Its like a puzzle when putting the sounds together.
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Renee teaches



Renee delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 1982

I have been teaching piano to students of all ages for the past 26 years. I studied piano at St. Bonaventure University under Laura Peterson. I have accompanied many in talent shows, and competitions. I presently play the piano at our church.
I have taught students that have gone on to higher learning in piano. Some of my students have competed in nationwide festivals and placed well. They have entered local and statewide contests. They placed well in their categories.
I believe that each student should have goals for their talent. I want to work with the student's goal to achieve their very best. I believe each student is a unique individual who will become a performer according to the practice that they put into it
I am looking for students who want to have fun while learning to play the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each beginning student will receive a curriculum that fits them best. I use a variety of curriculum. If the student already has begun in a curriculum we can continue to use that one if it fits their goals appropriately.
Each student will learn how to play the piano and the theory behind the music. We will do games to reinforce the lesson. We also learn scales and arpeggios and chords and how they fit together.
I expect at least 5 days of practice to progress consistently at their ability level. They will keep track of practice in an online journal.
Usually if the student follows the recipe of consistent practice they should finish each year's curriculum as scheduled. I include motivational activities we do as a group once a unit is finished. Some students finish before one year is up and are able to start the next level which is very exciting for them.
I encourage them to play for variety shows, fairs, church and other public places to help them with performance .
Its great to see their faces shine and the confidence they show once the student connects with the piano and learns their first song.
The other exciting thing I love to see is when a student comes to a difficult challenge and we break it down so they can actually learn the difficulty and experience success!!!
Wow what a motivation!!!
The student then learns that they can get over hurdles not only in piano but in life too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in a designated music room with a library full of music.
Space for integrated games from the lesson

*** Specialties ***
My specialties are really motivating students to have fun learning to play the piano.
We learn to read the notes, relate sound and express ourselves through the beauty playing the piano.
I am willing to use a variety of styles to help students learn to play the piano such as classical, rock , pop, hymn, jazz and more through the variety of method books such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber and Faber, and more.

I have taught Autistic children ages 8-15 who have a high recommendation. I also have taught a Down Syndrome girl.

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Teacher of Music/ Health and Wellness
Jan 2008 - Present
Renee 's Piano Pedagogy Studio

I have taught piano lessons for 26 years. I also have taught music class in the elementary and junior high grades.
I love accompanying students who sing or play instruments.
I love worshiping at church through the piano . I play for congregational singing and the band we have.
I also am a substitute teacher for music classes and other subject areas. I love being with the kids and seeing their progression as they learn a new song. I love to bring fun to their lessons and the classroom.

I also teach how to eat healthy and keep in shape. Preventative health keeps your body strong to be able to work!!

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Bachelor of Science with Physical Education / Bible Minor
Sep 1974 - May 1978
Clearwater Christian College


English , French
Professional Proficiency


Apr 2014
Clearwater Christian College


Basketball Sportsmanship and Most Improved
Apr 1977
Clearwater Christian College


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2012

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

Photo by Renee G.

Preparing for the Guild !

Well done ! This student has always moved forward each year she practices faithfully!
It’s a joy to teach you!


7 Reviews

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Linda J. Sep 24, 2016
Piano · In home

I am really enjoying my lessons with Renee.

Shawn Tamara V. Feb 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

Renee is a very enthusiastic, kind teacher, and has a way of breaking things down to where they can be understood. She is very sensitive to the student, so a lesson is not generic- she pays attention to the student, not just the books. A great teacher!

Stacy R. Aug 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

She makes it exciting and fun for the kids to learn. Incentives to learn. Great rapport! Personable and pleasant. My daughter is excited for the lessons. All positive! I'm very happy we found her. Absolutely recommend!

mike F. May 12, 2015
Piano · In studio

Renee is a great teacher! My daughter had never touched a piano in her life and in 12 lessons she's already playing songs she likes! My daughter feels very comfortable working with Renee and looks forward to her lessons each week.

Stacy R. Nov 7, 2014
Piano · In home

My child looks forward going to classes. She says her teacher makes it fun.

Sean T. Nov 3, 2014
Piano · In home

Very patient with my easily distracted son.

Hannah S. Apr 8, 2013
Piano ·

Fun, inspiring teacher

I started my piano career with Renee'. She was an excellent teacher, keeping the lessons fun and teaching what was needed as well. She knows how to take a difficult concept and make it understandable. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to start or continue their piano career!

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