- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Standard method book or band book is used until the intermediate level. From there, standard classical repertoire is the primary method of teaching, supplemented with advanced method books and etude books. Students of other woodwinds looking to "double" on clarinet will benefit from my real-world experience in doubling.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- August 1999
Please note: I am only able to accept new students requesting lesson times prior to 3pm CST on weekdays. I also work 3 hospital shifts per week on varying days, so flexibility with my availability is often needed. Please ask if you have any questions about this! Thanks!
I have been teaching music students since my high school years in the late 1990s. Although I am primarily a high-level clarinetist, I have developed strong piano skills and can "double" on several other woodwinds. My primary clarinet/woodwind teacher at university was Alex Fields, who studied with renowned woodwind pedagogue and method writer Himie Voxman. I consider myself a "second-generation" Voxman student! Mr. Fields' influence pervades my teaching style, as he was a master of using creative methods to gain the desired effect. The university I attended is known for its high-quality music degree programs. Over my 20+ years of performance experience, I've played in a huge variety of situations; from unaccompanied soloist to piano accompanist to church praise band to full orchestra and community band. This has given me an integrated understanding and appreciation for various styles and types of music.
I am known among my students for my patience, flexibility, and ability to individualize my style. I teach primarily from a traditional classical background and take students in the direction of the genre(s) they want to pursue. I teach all of my students, and particularly my pianists, about chords to give them the resources to read lead sheets and improvise at more advanced levels. I try to combine the best elements of different styles to build versatile musicians who are intrigued rather than intimidated by new concepts. Everyone gets sight reading and ear training instruction. I incorporate technology, such as mobile apps, to help students master concepts. I lay these foundations early, tailoring my methods to each student's unique learning style and goals. I teach to help each student reach their own potential, to better themselves, to give back to their communities, and to appreciate and enjoy music for the rest of their lives. Music instruction is proven to sharpen the mind for all ages, and is especially beneficial to those with cognitive issues. I worked in healthcare for many years, and this experience makes its way into my teaching style as well.
Safety: I request that another person be somewhere in the home during lessons for all children under 18 and for all male students.
Practice: I expect students to practice regularly and I teach them how to practice well! With younger students I use a record-keeping system encouraging 5 weekly practice sessions of a length proportional to attention span.
Began teaching clarinet, saxophone, and piano lessons beginning in 1999, continuing to the present. Experience with individuals, various group configurations, and master classes.
Comparable to a student teaching experience, but with individual pedagogy focus. Assisted middle school band director with woodwind students. Taught individuals and small groups and ensembles. Assisted saxophone students to significantly improve overall band grade. Conducted small ensembles for end of semester testing.+ Read More
Rosanna is pleasant and patient and knowledgeable.
My 8-year-old son, John, had Rosanna for a few weeks over the summer and he said he learned a lot from her. She paid attention and had no trouble keeping our active son's focus on the lesson and I have to say its no easy task to keep him interested! I would highly recommend Rosanna as a piano teacher!+ Read More
Great teacher . My daughter was very pleased and love the way she teach . Thank you
First lesson was great! Idan enjoy it. Looking forward for the next lesson.
Very personable, clearly knowledgeable. Targeted the lesson and assigments to my level!
She's fabulous!!! Very competent and thorough!
We love Ms. Rosanna! She is helping my daughter so much! She is patient and kind and not demanding or fussy, she makes the lesson a pleasant experience and my daughter enjoys her time in lessons. She is improving more now than ever. I highly recommend Ms. Rosanna.+ Read More
Rosanna is an excellent instructor. She acknowledges the level and challenges of the piano student allowing input from the student to meet personal challenges. No question goes unanswered. I always look forward to my lesson.
We like Her .she is a good and patient piano teacher .
Great experience so far!
The girls loved it!
Rosana is personable, made me very comfortable. As an older student, I was apprehensive, but she immediately gave me confidence in pursuing lessons I've wanted to schedule for many years. I look forward to my future lessons. With her encouragement, I will practice daily and look forward to my next lesson.+ Read More
not a good experience. really bad connection. took most of the time trying to get a better connection. Only got 10 minutes of instruction. Session closed and we could not continue once time was up. Also, she gave incorrect info on putting together the flute.+ Read More
Great first lesson. Rosanna was very patient, which was very nice since I'm a novice. She started by explaining the basic things I need to practice to get familiar with my clarinet. She also played my clarinet to make sure it was in good shape. I'm excited about working with Rosanna to learn more.+ Read More
Sarina has been enjoying Miss.Rosanna. She loves it.
This was the very first lesson , so can't judge so much based on her music skills . Will await more lessons to give more accurate ratings
My 5 1/2 year old son just started learning from Rosanna. She is very patient with little kids. My son seems to be enjoying it and excited to practice piano.
Rosanna is very patient with young children. My daughter is 4 1/2 years old and is enjoying her introduction to piano class.
Rossana is very patient and kind with the kids. My son who did not like to play is enjoying piano now.
Rosanna is a patient, yet challenging, teacher. This makes her ideal for both children and adults. I definitely recommend her.
My daughter had her first lesson with Rosanna and it was great! We're so excited to continue lessons.
Rosanna is a great teacher. My son looks forward to meeting with her every Wednesday.
Jacob really enjoyed his first lesson. Rosanna did an amazing job and Jacob is looking forward to many more lessons.
I will highly recommend Rosanna for your piano lessons. Her patience , commitment and passion is a testament to our daughter's enthusiasm in Piano.
Rosanna just finished her third lesson with my 5 year old! My daughter met Rosanna at the door with her piano book in hand excited to play with her this last time! Needless to say, I just booked another 12 lessons. Rosanna is very professional. She has been timely, provides 100% attention to the lesson for the entire agreed upon time, responds promptly to email questions, is organized with scheduling and so forth. My daughter is a beginner student who was dismissed from a previous teaching situation because we were not committed enough to practicing. So, I was looking for a less intense experience. Rosanna has been most understanding of our goals with these lesson.....to develop an understanding of piano and a joy for music only! I do not play piano myself, so I can not judge if she is a good fit for advanced students! However, she may be wonderful with this type of student as well. For us, for now, she is a perfect fit!+ Read More
She was great!!!!!
Rosanna did a great job of evaluating my daughter and providing feedback to her and to us. I look forward to more sessions with Rosanna.
Roseanna has got my daughter playing piano in a very short space of time and challenges her to excel. She listens and works with you. She has a great teaching style!
Rosanna is a very patient, kind, positive teacher. My daughter loves her!
Rosanna was able to quickly gauge my 5-year-old daughter's level and adjust her teaching style to match. My daughter rated her first lesson today as "super"!
First lesson went smoothly; my daughter is excited to continue!
Our girls really enjoyed taking lessons with Ms. Rosanna. She was a wonderful teacher! Looking forward to future lessons with her!
My daughter is glad to have Rosanna as her teacher.
Been a great boost to our three kids' piano confidence. Our 12 year old is now able to play several songs after 2 to 3 months of instruction with Rosanna. We are really grateful
It was fantastic, very patience.
Rosanna has been teaching my 8 year old for a few months now. He has responded very nicely to her method and is making good progress. Rosanna is very easy to work with and you can see the results in your child's progress. Overall I am very satisfied with Rosanna and will recommend her to anyone looking for Piano lessons.+ Read More
Rosanna is very good. She is very patient with my son. She is always on time. Recommend!
We have two young girls (age 8 and 6) have been taking pianos lessons with Ms. Rosanna for about a year now. Ms. Rosanna is very professional, patient, flexible and very well communicated. She would answer any questions thru emails/text that my daughters might have during the week. A great teacher. Highly recommended.+ Read More
Rosanna's patience, flexibility, skill, gentle character, and individualized lesson plans are what really stand out about her. She has been a perfect fit for our needs.