Theresa Strange

Theresa S.

Dallas, TX

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Theresa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
August 1997

Theresa S. holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Music (Performance) from Texas Woman's University. and graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1997. Featured in the 1995-1997 editions of the National Dean's List, inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi, and Mu Phi Epsilon organizations, serving as the Mu Chi Chapter President from 1998-99. She holds a valid certificate from the Texas Board for Educator Certification. While attending SMU she was a Meadows Scholar. In 2000, she was accepted into the prestigious Musica Schola Cantorum program in Paris. A multiple award winner and featured in Who's Who; she was trained classically while studying with Carlo Pezzimenti and Robert Guthrie. Extensive experience with MIDI implementation of modern rack gear and the use of effects, amplification and programming.

As a composer, she studied with Robert Frank, Mark Dal Porto and attended masterclasses with Donald Erb, Wynton Marsalis and Samuel Adler to name a few. Her compositions have been performed in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida. A commissioned composer, her Dualities for Clarinet, Brass Ensemble, Electronics and Percussion; Fantasia pour Cor; Feline Romp for solo clarinet; works performed in the classical idiom.Plains of Lhasa and Tearing were composed in the electro-acoustic medium. She is a member of ASCAP, TMEA, TODA, ASTA, and self publishes. She has performed internationally and in addition to her professional schedule, taught music technology related courses and music theory as an adjunct professor at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus and maintains an active private teaching studio in Dallas and Clute, Texas; along with her duties as a faculty member in the music department at Brazosport College and former Head Director of the orchestra program at Brazosport High School and its feeder school system.

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Experience

Music Director
May 2017 - Present
St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Applied Music Professor - Cello
Sep 2016 - Present
Brazosport College

Instruct performance major students in cello performance and performance technique, repertoire and ensemble performance.

Private Studio Instructor
Aug 1997 - Present
Self Employed

Successfully maintained a continuous private studio in Dallas since 1997 with student enrollment averaging 2-3 years per student.

Director of Orchestras and Music Director - Emeritus
Aug 2010 - Mar 2017
Brazosport High School - BISD

Head director of the secondary orchestra program at Brazosport High School and Freeport Intermediate.

Director of Orchestras
Aug 2008 - Sep 2009
Grand Prairie ISD - Reagan and Truman MS

Head orchestra director of two secondary orchestra programs at Reagan and Truman Middle Schools in GPISD.

Director of Orchestras
Jul 2005 - Aug 2008
Lancaster ISD - Lancaster High School

Head orchestra director of the secondary orchestra program at Lancaster ISD.

Instrumental Director
Sep 1997 - Jul 2005
Dallas ISD

Directed instrumental music programs at Reinhardt, Charles Gill, Bayles Elementaries and Sarah Zumwalt MS

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2001 - May 2002
Collin College

Music Theory
Sound Reinforcement Technology

Education

Master of Music - Music Composition
Sep 1997 - May 1999
Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX
Bachelor of Science - Applied Music in Performance
Sep 1995 - Aug 1997
Texas Womans University - Denton, TX
Associate of Science - Music
Sep 1993 - May 1996
Brookhaven College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Advanced Teaching License
Jun 2016
Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board - State of Hawai'i

Personal First Aid / CPR / AED
Jun 2015
Red Cross - AHA

Texas Educator Certification
Sep 2000
Texas Education Agency TEA State of Texas

Awards

2017 Music Educator Award Nominee
Dec 2015
GRAMMY Foundation
Meadows Scholar
Sep 1997
SMU and the Meadows Foundation
Who's Who of Colleges and University Students
Sep 1997
Who's Who

Affiliations

Texas Orchestra Directors Association
Sep 2005

Welcome to the Texas Orchestra Directors Association! TODA was founded in 1962 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities for its members and for all other purposes as recommended by its board of directors. TODA members are eligible to attend the Annual Convention and New Music Reading Clinic in San Antonio, a rich tradition of networking and friendship with a creative group of music professionals.

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American String Teachers Association
Aug 2005

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Conductor's Guild
Aug 2005

The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.

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Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 1998

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Dec 1997

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.

Mu Phi Epsilon
Aug 1997

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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Gamma Beta Phi
Sep 1996

Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.

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Phi Theta Kappa
Sep 1994

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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College Music Society, The
Aug 1994

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Theresa S.

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Dallas teaching studio

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Student perspective of the teaching studio

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Introducing a student to Maestro Jaap van Zweden of the DSO

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Directing the BPHSO in Freeport Texas

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Students were introduced to Music Director Simone Young conducting the DSO performing Holst The Planets at the Morton Meyerson

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31 Reviews

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Carolina Aguilar Jun 27, 2017
Cello · In studio

Theresa is amazing! My daughter has been taking cello classes for a few months and has greatly improved. Theresa is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, understanding and also has a great sense of humor.

Lexie May 19, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Theresa is very patient and understanding. She is very easy to talk to and gives the motivation to keep me going. Our lessons are always upbeat, fun, and I feel confident when I leave.

Tom E. Mar 28, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Theresa has been superb in all areas of teaching--pacing, expectations, understanding, tone, content coverage, core skills---you name it. Highly recommended!

Michelle Mar 26, 2017
Violin · In home

So helpful!

Tom E. Feb 18, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Terrific lessons--excellent musical pointers and close score study incorporated into essential period music style points. A lot gets packed into the 30 min time frame, leaving me with solid guidance for homework and practice between lessons. Great experience!

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Jeff Hartsell Feb 5, 2017
Violin · In studio

Very informative and very easy to work with.

Matt Dec 21, 2016
Violin · In studio

Theresa is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Highly recommend for anyone looking to try something completely new, or improving on an already strong skill set

Cori D. Oct 17, 2016
Cello · In home

Theresa is the best! I am 28 years old and have never played cello before now, and she makes me feel comfortable and encouraged each lesson. She's is relatable, and her teaching style is fun. She makes you want to learn. I am sure if you were good at your instrument ( unlike me) she could push you along as well. I only wish I practiced more for her ! Because she deserves the best students out there.

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Tommy Oct 17, 2016
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Very great lessons. Really helps with address my fundamentals on the violin!

Lexie Oct 17, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Made me feel confident and took away all my fears. I know I will be able to do it now!

Alex S. May 2, 2016
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She is very good teacher. We're very happy to study with her

Adonis May 2, 2016
Cello · In studio

I had my first lesson this past weekend. I was pretty nervous but Theresa made me feel at ease with just holding my cello!! She is very very knowledgeable! I am fired up about doing my homework and ultimately our next lesson!!

Jonathan P. Apr 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Theresa had such patience with my 11yr old son. We will be continuing lessons. He enjoys learning to play the guitar. Awesome beginning experience!

Ethan B. Mar 20, 2016
Violin · In studio

Theresa was very nice and easy to get along with, and she teaches very well.

Jessica K. Mar 1, 2016
Violin · In studio

This was my first lesson after ten years of not playing. I was initially nervous, but Theresa made me feel comfortable and was very patient. Already feeling more confident and excited about playing again! Highly recommend.

Jessica K. Feb 28, 2016
Violin · In studio

This was my first lesson after ten years of not playing. I was initially nervous, but Theresa made me feel comfortable and was very patient. Already feeling more confident and excited about playing again! Highly recommend.

Sean Feb 28, 2016
Cello · In studio

Fun experience. Does an excellent job of holding your attention. Looking forward to the many lessons to come!

cornelius matwijecky Feb 1, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio

Extremely knowledgeable in so many facets of music! Very good communicator and facilitator making understanding very easy. Very personable with a great sense of humor . Makes music fun!

Katie D. Feb 1, 2016
Violin · In studio

This was a great first lesson with Theresa. She did a great job getting to know my 11 year old daughter and listening to her explain her previous experience, as well as listening to her play.

Maria M. Jan 17, 2016
Violin · In studio

I had my first lesson with Theresa. It was great. She was patient and encouraging. I can't wait for my next lesson.

Kimberly D. Jul 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Theresa is a wonderful teacher! I have had many private lessons teachers, and she is by far the best. She is incredibly patient with me (especially when I get frustrated and struggle with a particular technique) and always challenges me each and every lesson. I feel that her pricing is very fair (my previous teachers charged much higher rates) and she is flexible whenever I cannot meet for lesson (given advance notice). I highly recommend her for anyone looking for teacher --- young child or adult. I have only had her for acoustic guitar lessons, but I imagine she is probably just as competent at teaching other instruments.

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Alex Jul 5, 2015
Cello · In home

Theresa is a great teacher. She is nice and patient.

Tyler Maffei Jun 29, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Incredibly knowledgeable and versatile, yet perfectly personable, Theresa has been an absolute treasure of a teacher. From the very start, she has made the extra effort to relate our lessons to my particular musical interests and aspirations, while also just being tremendously fun to talk to. If she weren't the best music teacher I'd had the privilege of working with (which she certainly is), I'd probably still recommend her for the repartee alone.

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Stefan Kesler Jun 29, 2015
Cello · In home

Theresa is a great teacher. My son is a beginner and has attention issues. For the two sessions he has had with her, she has been very patient with him.

Alicia T. Jun 29, 2015
Cello · In studio

My daughter loves her Cello lessons from Theresa. She is learning and feels very welcome and comfortable with Theresa. Theresa is very personable and knowledgeable. My daughter and I recommend her as a teacher.

Marcia L. Jun 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I just had my first lesson and Theresa was wonderful!! She is extremely knowledgeable and patient. Every question I asked was answered completely. Teresa guided me in selecting the perfect guitar for me. I feel I am in good hands and lucky to have found someone so professional!!!

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Stacey M. Jun 27, 2015
Cello · In studio

I absolutely love working with Teresa! She knows her stuff and works to adapt her lessons to fit my specific skill set. I highly recommend her for anyone wanting to learn the cello.

charles S. May 16, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

I had my first lesson with Theresa today. I am very impressed. She's very friendly and has a deep knowledge of bass and music in general - she showed me some finger exercises for flexibility, we discusses various picking/plucking techniques and went over general bass playing basics (scales, metronome work) for me to practice. We also had a discussion about how great we think John Entwistle is :)

I am very pleased and look forward to growing as a musician under her tutelage.

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Austin P. May 6, 2015
Violin · In studio

Mrs. Strange is a great teacher. She listens to her student when they are having trouble. She easily recognizes a students weaknesses and shows them how to build on them to make them a strength. This does not allow a student to start making mistakes which can easily become habits. You will learn to play your instrument properly and consistantly. Kind caring and compassionate I highly recommend her to anyone that really wants to learn to play.

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Sari H. Mar 19, 2015
Viola · In studio

This review is for myself and my daughter who are both taking lessons with Theresa. We give Theresa S. 5 stars each for being a great teacher and 5 stars for her location being very good for us. In addition, she made us feel very comfortable as if we had known her a long time. Her passion for her music and love of teaching makes her very enjoyable to be with. When we hit a bad note, her enthusiasm and the way we kept moving forward, I found, made us strive harder to get it right. We are both looking forward to many weeks under her direction.

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Mike H. Mar 18, 2015
Violin · In home

What can I say? She is amazing. She is so tuned into what is going on with her students. Great teaching skills, she knows her craft, and her personality lets you know right away that it is going to be a relaxed pleasant stress free atmosphere that creates the perfect environment to learn. She is patient and is a joy to be around. My whole attitude has been changed from I wonder if is possible for me to learn to play the violin, to I am so excited at the fact that in time, that I actually will be proficient at playing. For that I am so thankful!

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