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Theresa S.
Honolulu, Hawaii
Learn to Play the guitar with perfection from a certified teacher with 20+ years of experience
Electric, acoustic and all manners of the varieties of the instrument
About Theresa S.

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. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1997 and 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 and an advanced license from the Hawai'i Teacher Standards Board. While attending SMU she was a Meadows Scholar. In 2000, she was accepted into the prestigious Musica Schola Cantorum program in Paris (an extension collaboration through Julliard). A multiple award winner and featured in Who's Who; she was trained classically while studying with Carlo Pezzimenti and Robert Guthrie. Theresa has 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; are 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 at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus as well as applied cello studies at Brazosport College. Theresa was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Theresa relocated her private teaching studio to Honolulu. She retired as the Head Music Director of the orchestra program at Brazosport High School and its feeder school system in 2017. Theresa believes that there is no substitute for a "hands on" teacher that can aid in correcting bad posture, hand positions and technique to name but a few that online instructors will never catch or correct. Additionally having the student in front of you helps diagnose their deficiencies (Front and side perspectives) including issues with their instrument. This is why she does not offer online lessons for those that ask. State of Hawai'i Vaccinated and Boosted. Recent COVID-19 PCR tested negative (02/06/22). All hygiene protocols observed and enforced.

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My daughter is a beginner violin student. She has recently started lessons. Theresa works well with teenagers; she is encouraging and takes the time to pay attention to details to make sure the student learns correctly.

Posted Mar 21, 2022
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Very comfortable setting. With no music experience but I am learning to play an acoustic guitar. Theresa is patient and explains everything thoroughly. She makes herself available between lessons if I have a quick question. I highly recommend taking lessons from her.

Posted May 28, 2021
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Look no further if your on Oahu. Theresa Strange is who you are looking for if you want to take your musicianship to the next level. A keen and thoughtful teacher, every lesson has been money well spent. 11/10 ⭐️

Posted Mar 13, 2021
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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.
Music Director
May 2017 - Aug 2017
St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church
Retired
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
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
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Japanese
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
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
2016 & 2017 Music Educator Award Nominee
Dec 2015
GRAMMY Foundation
Musica la Schola Cantorum Candidate
Sep 2000
Julliard
Who's Who of Colleges and University Students
Sep 1997
Who's Who
Meadows Scholar
Sep 1997
SMU and the Meadows Foundation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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