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Kay S.

Avalon, WI

About Katherine (Kay)

Taught 41 years as a band director
Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony

I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities
at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.

As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improvement in player proficiency.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a music stand and instrument

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphasis on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
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VICTORIA June 22, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Kay is awesome. My daughter loved her. She is very patience and kept Victoria engaged.
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Angelique B. June 7, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Clinton, WI 53525
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Eric W.

Rockford, IL

About Eric

For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages to maximize their vocal potential. Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my students have excelled in musical theater,
aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions.

I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed vocal groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and ticketed audiences of up to 10,000. I've also promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Aaron Schust, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.

My lessons blend solid vocal technique, while reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginner to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential. I currently teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
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John T. January 20, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Good lesson I'm just starting out at 26 and so far lessons are going good
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Leah July 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
Seriously such an incredible instructor. He understood where I was beginning from (the absolute minimum) and taught me accordingly. I still value everything I learned from him, and the techniques have come in handy in various areas of my life. As someone who officiates weddings, is an entrepreneur that predominately uses videos to share my business, as well as being a busy aunt of 4 incredible nieces and nephews and has to project my voice-I use gold nuggets of what Prof. Eric Walker taught me on a daily basis. I STRONGLY recommend him-even if it is for a short while! Note-I had him for one semester and grew so much.
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Emily February 13, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio
For five semesters I studied voice with Eric Walker at Rock Valley Community College. He took the time to show me the basics of using your voice properly in singing. Mr. Walker was patient in teaching me how to breathe deeply which has helped me in my singing today. Also, he taught me how to have more forward resonance when singing. In addition, he prepared me well for my college auditions. I was able to walk into my auditions confidently and sing with clarity.
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Eric W.

Rockford, IL 61107
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Julie B.

Loves Park, IL

About Julie

Hi, there! My name is Julie, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students learn to read music, play a variety of music, and gain confi
dence in performing. I went to Judson University and earned a degree in Music Ministry and Piano Pedagogy in 2009. I'm a patient and dedicated person and my teaching style is positive, relaxed, and upbeat. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Payton April 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I loved my first lesson!! As a beginner I was a little nervous walking in but Julie made me comfortable and didn't overwhelm me with too much. I actually learned more than I expected and can't wait for my second lesson!!!
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Terri August 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
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Cathy August 11, 2015
My granddaughters have been taking piano lessons since kindergarten for the last 4 years from Miss Julie. She is a great teacher, patient and kind, and the kids love her.
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Julie B.

Loves Park, IL 61111
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$20 / 30-min
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Kay S.

Whitewater, WI

About Kay

Greetings, my name is Kay Sparling. I have been singing and acting professionally since the age of 8. I started in Broadway Musicals and am presently an Opera and Sacred singer. I have a Bachelor's De
gree in Music Education and a Masters in Voice Performance. I have taught private voice lessons in New York City and southeast Wisconsin. My students vary in age from upper elementary to adult professional singers. These students are performing in schools, community theatres, professional dinner theatres, and professional stages in WI, Las Vegas, New York and L.A. The vocal technique I teach is unique and gives fast results. I love singing and helping other singers and actors reach their goals!
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Kimberly January 6, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a very impressive first lesson. We look forward to a great relationship with this teacher. She is very well trained, and she shares her knowledge in a way a young person can thoroughly understand. We like her very much.
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Abby October 3, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Taking lessons with Kay has been one of the best decisions of my singing career. She has helped me prepare for auditions across the United States, built my confidence as a multi-genre performer, and increased my range dramatically. She not only has the knowledge, experience, and skill set to help performers take their passions to the next level, she also has the caring heart of a mentor to help you make the decisions that are best for you and your performance goals.
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Jessica September 30, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Kay Sparling is an excellent teacher and an incredible asset for any vocal student looking for an experienced talented instructor. She the best teacher I have ever worked with throughout my singing career. Not only is she a phenomenal singer & performer she is very versatile as a teacher and understands the mechanics of the voice. Kay also has an extensive knowledge of every genre of music including opera, musical theater, pop and jazz. On top of that she is a wonderful, kind person and wants the best for her students. Kay dedication to teaching and love of music make her an ideal candidate for your vocal coach.
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Kay S.

Kay S.

Whitewater, WI 53190
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starting at
$27.50 / 30-min

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