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Sylvia P.
Mascoutah, Illinois
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Beginner, Intermediate
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I use the Suzuki Violin Method and the ABCs of Violin Method, but am willing to work with other method books as well. I have developed extensive supplemental resources that I'll use with any curriculum. I also work with orchestra/band students to help them succeed, usually taking a break from the method books to focus on that season's music. I can prepare you for contests and auditions, help you work in a small or large ensemble, grow you as a soloist, or help you learn a new style. Beginning students will gain a solid grasp of all the "essentials": basic theory, sight reading skills, counting, and technique. As soon as you have these, you have a lot of freedom with what you want to work on! I take kids, adults, and teens. I have experience teaching kids with disabilities including Down's syndrome, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and more.
About Sylvia P.

Hi! I'm Sylvia--I play piano, violin, and viola professionally, and guitar, flute, and clarinet amateurly. I'm in school to become a music therapist, since I've seen how powerful music can be in treating a huge variety of illnesses, both physical and mental. My teaching core values are: -praise > criticism -students' goals trump teacher's ego -technique should be practical and logical, not "because this is the way it's done" -kids are smart humans -music theory is cool -there is no one right learning style I want to help my students develop their skills in a way that respects them and their strengths, helps them achieve their goals, and aligns with their personal learning style, no matter how different that is from mine. Music is AWESOME; I'm excited to get to learn about it with you!

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Sylvia gave me resources to start building a new talent from day 1. She is always professional, on time, encouraging and patient. Great experience, well worth the money!

Posted Oct 22, 2021
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She really focuses on encouraging students when they perform well, motivating you to work harder. She’s very patient when explaining things and makes sure you understand it before moving on. Overall a great teacher!

Posted Aug 5, 2021

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Experience
Musician/Music Teacher
Aug 2015 - Present
Phillips Music
• Teach private and group music lessons • Lead occasional workshops and ensembles to provide group playing experience for students • Provide accompaniment services locally (school musicals, solo & ensemble contests, weddings, funerals, etc.) • Provide solo, duet, and trio string musicians (self, students, and other contracted musicians) for events such as weddings, special church services, parties, etc.
Music Director
Feb 2019 - Dec 2020
Scott Air Force Base Chapel
• Choose all music for traditional and gospel services • Accompany worship services • Direct traditional and gospel choirs in rehearsals and weekly services; organize and direct musical cantatas for special Christmas and Easter services
Assistant Music Director
Jan 2017 - Jun 2018
Friedens UMC
• Accompanied chancel choir for rehearsals and Sunday services • Planned and led monthly contemporary worship services
Music Coordinator & Accompanist
Mar 2015 - Jan 2017
Troy Christian Church
• Chose all hymns and worship songs • Accompanied Sunday services, including preludes/special music/etc.
Education
Bachelor of Music in Contemporary & Popular Music
Jan 2020
University of Maine
BA
Sep 2013 - Mar 2015
Thomas Edison State University
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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