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About Wendy H.

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With music programs being eliminated from many school's education, I feel it is even more important than ever for children, off all ages, to participate in some form of musical experience. Being a piano teacher for over twenty five years, I have seen many benefits for those taking music lessons. Some of these benefits are building self esteem and confidence, learning to focus, developing mental discipline, overcoming the fear of getting up in front of crowds, not to mention being able to play songs that we enjoy.

My philosophy of music is that you don't have to be an expert to be able to enjoy playing an instrument. It is not that difficult to learn to play piano or guitar; it just takes a little time and effort. I believe that practicing doesn't have to be hours a day either, unless you want to be a concert pianist or guitari
st, but you can accomplish a lot with 15 to 30 minutes of practice each day. There is time to fit music in with many other activities that we like to do. So keep that in mind as you are deciding how you can fit music lessons into your daily schedule.

I studied guitar for five years, then began to take piano lessons which continued through many years of my life. I studied under many classical teachers, and teaching methods such as Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board. These lessons also included Music Theory. As I developed as a musician, I began to play piano and guitar in churches for worship services. I also accompanied soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and played for many special events such as weddings, funerals, graduations, etc. Eventually, I stepped into music ministry, which included planning music for church services, working with children's music programs, leading, rehearsing, and directing choirs etc. I have taught choir and music theory in schools over the years, as well.

At some point in my life, I decided it was important for me to go for a music degree. This degree gave me four years of classical vocal training, more classical piano instruction, and ensemble work. It also gave me more experience with directing choirs and orchestras.

My formal education is: Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry with Applied Music.

Church Piano Certification

College Level Music Theory and Classical Voice

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When taking lessons from me, students can expect to work hard, but have lots of fun. Their music training will be very detailed and will include all aspects of learning music. In addition to learning how to read music and play piano or guitar well, students will learn theory and technic. Theory teaches students the understanding of how music is written; this will assist them in the future is their interests turn to writing and arranging music. Technique is the exercises for their fingers which teaches them control and agility. I accept students of all ages and abilities up to advanced intermediate levels in piano, guitar, and music theory. I accept beginning vocal students.

Piano lessons consist of learning to play and read music. Students can expect to be classically trained, but will also get to choose and play songs or musical styles that they enjoy. Theory and technique will be included in their study program.

Guitar lessons consist of learning how to play both notes and chords, and how to read both notes and chords, as well as lead sheets specifically written for guitar. Students will also learn the written theory for guitar. I like to include extra books of songs or music styles that the students like. This encourages them to learn and practice because they are playing something that they know and like to play.

Beginning classical vocal students will learn basic breathing technics, vocal exercises and will sings a variety of songs. I don't start out with classical vocal unless that is what the student wants. I let them choose music that they like to sing, as we can learn and practice vocal concepts with all types of music. I encourage vocal students to take at least basic piano lessons, so they can learn to read and understand musical concepts.

Music theory goes along with any instrument and vocal instruction. Piano theory is the basis for all music theory. I have the ability to teach through college level theory for those that are interested in writing or arranging music or wanting to have this level of theory to go along with their musical instrument.

Practice times start at 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for beginners. As students progress, their practice time increases. Advanced beginners will practice 30 minutes a day, early intermediate level will practice 45 minutes a day, and intermediate level will practice at least 1 hour a day.

I encourage students to take one lesson a week for 1/2 hour. As they advance, then this may increase to a 45 minute lesson, once a week, then perhaps 1 hour once a week as needed.

After 3 months, beginning students will be able to play simple folk songs with right hand melody and left hand accompaniment. At 6 months, students will have learned 3 different positions or keys on the piano, will be playing songs that are a little more complex, and can now add supplemental fun books to their lessons. I encourage my students to participate in two recitals a year. I try to make this a fun, not a stressful, time for them. I also encourage family and friends to attend and cheer on the students. If students wish to compete in music competitions or adjudications, I can assist them in doing so, as well.

There is a studio location in Itasca, Tx, 76055

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Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Don't have the ability to travel to lessons at the moment.

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Classical piano is my strengths; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
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SARA October 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great first day!
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Keana J. August 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Wendy was a nice teacher I enjoyed taking lessons with her
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BrookV May 31, 2012
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Wendy is very knowledgeable and extremely patient. Wendy has a fabulous sense of being happy, helpful and cheery even if things aren't going as well as expected. A very experienced instructor and I am happy to have my daughter learning from her.
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Wendy H.

Wendy H.

Itasca, TX 76055
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About Billy H.

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Arlington, TX
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I teach my students how to understand how music is put together so they can learn even more on their own.

I read, write, and play all styles and I focus on teaching the student fundamentals that work in all styles of music ....AND I get them going on the style they are interested in - pop, rock, country, folk, etc.

I have spent my entire life in the music industry and I can show you how to use what I teach to apply to the real world. I have also been a successful songwriter and I can work with students to learn about song structure and song writing.

I am also good at preparing students for college music classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to break it down into small steps and accomplish them, then move on to the next.

Each person learns differently and I am good at connecting with how you learn - then we can use a boo
k or CD or not according to your needs.

I have several books to choose from as well as CDs and other tools. BUT .....some things are learned best through 1 on 1 instruction and explanation without a book.

I like to see progress every week and I usually do.

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recording studio w/ seating for parents

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Student needs instrument only to start and discuss from there.
I have many tuners, metronomes, props, books, etc

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I teach using modern popular songs as vehicles but back up examples with theory and some reading and ear training.
I usually get quick results and my students can understand the music as well as play it.
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Gracelynn B. July 6, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Really good at understanding where I made mistakes and very good atmosphere 😊
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John Scott May 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Billy is a great teacher with a wealth of music knowledge and experience! Our 9-year old son is taking guitar lessons with him. Billy has met him right where he's at, and has made the lessons fun and engaging for my boy. GREAT WORK, BILLY!!!
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Robert (Bob) W. January 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He's a good teacher. Great with all ages, very patient with elders. Helped me achieve my goals with over 100 lessons
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Billy H.

Billy H.

Arlington, TX 76010
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About Carl W.

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As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the time I was in high school I was learning piano, performing jazz, and composing music.
I went on to get a Bachelor of Music at the University of North Texas. I have been performing professionally for over 18 years. I also have taught band for 11 years in Dallas ISD. I enjoy teaching and mentoring other up and coming musicians. It's a joy to see another world open up to them through music.
Through my warm and positive personality and experience as a certified music teacher and music performer, I understand how to meet the social and education
al needs of each music student. I am well versed at solving problems and helping students thrive and reach their full potential. I think that I do this best by personalizing the instruction experience for each unique situation. I love to encourage students and help them discover the music in them.

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Like me, students can expect to enjoy the process. Students will discover that I am very encouraging during lessons. I keep everything upbeat and positive. I will help you come up with goals musically. I am very patient, all while coaching you so that you get positive results.

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Upright Baldwin piano, electronic keyboard 88 keys, music stands, sitting area for parent, CD/iPod stereo.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Classical, Various styles
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Arnette A. September 5, 2018
· Piano · Online
If you are looking for a piano teacher that teaches gospel music Carl is the one.
Carl is the best piano instructor that I ever had. I am 68 and I haven't taken lessons in years. I was afraid that because of my age I would have trouble remembering what I learned in the past. I have only had 3 lessons so far and I am already playing a gospel song. Carl's teaching approach is excellent. and he has a lot of patience. I am remembering things that I learned when I was young and Carl's approach to teaching gospel music is excellent. I am learning how chords are created in a way that I never learned before. Even though I take online piano lessons, it seems like Carl is in the same room with me. It's amazing how he can see me as well as my piano keyboard and I can see him and his keyboard. We talk to each other as if we are in the same room. I highly recommend him to teach all ages because he has a lot of patience.
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Arnette A. August 21, 2018
· Piano · Online
Carl was excellent. I took lessons when I was a child but Carl's way of teaching makes it so easy for me to understand. I can/t wait for my next lesson.
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Gabriel July 21, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Carl is a great teacher! My son is very excited to learn every time.
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Carl W.

Fort Worth, TX 76112
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About Dustin W.

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Southlake, TX

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Hear me play! soundcloud.com/dbward/rachmaninoff

Dustin W. became interested in piano while growing up in a musical home. His eldest brother was an accomplished pianist from an early age so it was an easy choice for Dustin to also study music at age 8. Piano is something Dustin has always enjoyed. While in high school, Dustin not only played for the school choir but also played in the jazz band as well as sang bass in his school's Chamber ensemble. Dustin started playing piano in 1995.

While attending Pepperdine University in 2005 on full merit/music scholarship, Dustin began to give piano lessons to young students in the area as well as his fellow classmates who needed help on improving their performance. This allowed Dustin to hone his skills in teaching both beginner and advanced level students. Dustin has received several awards
for his piano performance ability, most namely his graduation from the California Certificate of Merit at age 18 as well as several other competitive awards in the concerto, Bach, and Sonata competitions. Currently, Dustin continues to practice 2-3 hours a day of piano to reinforce the skills learned through his piano career, as well as test out his new teaching ideas and musical interpretations. He mostly plays for his students as well as his young son Landon so his kids can grow up in a musical environment.

The highlight of his music career is being able to take what was taught to him by his favorite and very accomplished teacher, Mr. Krystrof Brzuza, and apply that to his own students. This helped him be a teacher to many wonderful students he picked up over the years. Dustin has also taught piano in Shanghai where he built up a full studio in 5 years. The saddest part for Dustin when leaving Shanghai was leaving his piano studio. Some of Dustin's students have gone on to study various majors with musical minors due to Dustin bringing out their love of music. Other students were much younger and would be left with another bright teacher in Shanghai. Having wonderful students is why he began teaching, having them grow to love music and continue music throughout their life is why he continues to teach. As long as he can help his students learn to not only enjoy music but to keep it with them their entire lives, then he know that he has been successful with that student whether they are 6 years old or 56 years old.

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For beginners to Intermediate I use the Bastien piano books which I have found have the best balance for teaching both technical ability as well as love of music and song.

For advanced students I focus on tailor-making the repertoire to fit what kind of music my student enjoys as well as will improve them in technical/musical areas that are lacking. Generally I follow the one from each of the major periods plan for older students, e.g. 1 Baroque, 1 Classical, 1 Romantic, 1 Contemporary. This gives each student a good exposure to different types of compositions as well as experience in playing varied types of music.

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While experienced in teaching young students to love music, Dustin specializes in taking intermediate students who are skilled and turning them into advanced Pianists who will both excel at piano performance as well as learn to love piano for the rest of their lives.
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Jasmine S. February 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Dustin is an AWESOME teacher. He really shows his passion for piano and teaching his students. He also knows when to push his students and when to let them go at their own pace.

Even as an older beginner, Dustin really knows how to show all the details of piano and help me understand them
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Jeff May 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dustin's students look forward to their piano lessons each week.
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Norah May 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dustin is a very experience, patient, and child friendly teacher.
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Dustin W.

Southlake, TX 76092
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About Steven B.

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Hello, a little about myself, I have a bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida A&M University and Specialist Certificate in Jazz Composition and Arranging from Berklee College of Music. I have been teaching for the last 17 yrs as either a elementary or middle school band director. I have lead many of my students to All City Honors, superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble and alike. I am a woodwind specialist who can teach brass performance. I would like to extend an invitation to all students who are interested in jazz studies as it relates to scales, interpreting chord symbols, establishing tunes for your repertoire and overall performance.
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Alfred B. July 15, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Best Instructor! Very knowledgeable and patient. His heart is really into his instructions. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. I'm progressing very well. I look forward to advance lessons!!!
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Nick April 18, 2016
· Flute · In home
Excellent job. I learned a great amount of info and basic technique in my first lesson!
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Lancaster, TX 75146
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About Maureen K.

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Dallas, TX

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Maureen has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2009, and currently runs her own studio, as well as traveling to students' homes to teach lessons. She teaches anyone with an interest and willingness to learn, regardless of experience level.

Maureen received her Master of Music from the University of Maryland 2017 with an emphasis in Opera Performance. Her teaching style is tailored for each individual student, in that what works for one student won't necessarily work for the next (particularly in regards to singers), and strives towards finding the optimal method that encourages and helps students to improve. She firmly believes that anyone who is willing to dedicate the time and effort to learning a new instrument is capable of doing so, and looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Annalee Noel September 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maureen is fabulous! She was quick to pick up where my skill level was and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
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Olivia June 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She quickly was able to point out ways I could fix problems that I have been having for quite some time. She was very fun to work with and I would definitely recommend for students of all ages!
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Kaden D. June 11, 2018
· Singing · In home
My son was shy at first but she really connected with him and I think he enjoyed it!
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Maureen K.

Maureen K.

Dallas, TX 75206
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About Francheska L.

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Arlington, TX

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Russian-American Music teacher, 30 years of teaching experience with students from various ages and ethnic backgrounds. Fun and adventure music programs for ages 4-12. Advanced academic skills for ages 12-25. Relaxed and memorable lessons for adults. Performances and competitions are available for all groups. The elements of Russian, American and European Music schools are naturally blended in programs for each individual student.
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Rozalie February 21, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Francheska is an excellent teacher! I know her as my colleague for many years. She is really good musician, who has a craving always to learn as much as possible in the field of piano pedagogy, attending seminars, conferences; reading the new literature on the subject. She has long experience as a teacher, and I know, how her students love her teaching. In addition to her professional skills, Mrs. Francheska is extremely warm person, giving every student a special treatment, that the student feels comfortable and valuable. I highly recommend Franchesca to everyone, no matter, what age the potential student is!
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Francheska L.

Francheska L.

Arlington, TX 76015
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$35 / 30-min

About Luis R.

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Irving, TX
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Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico has studied orchestral conducting under Pedro Bocotan, Leonardo Gasparini, Lynn McLain, Dr Suzanne Pence, Glenn Richter, Carlos Riazuelo and Hector Guzman.
He has conducted several orchestras in Mexico, as a guest conductor appearing in various cities throughout the country, conducting Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Vivaldi, Mascagni and Beethoven among others. He currently works as the cover conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra and Irving Symphony, as well as working as assistant to Maestro Hector Guzman.
In the operatic field, he has conducted the operas Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti, Rigoletto by Verdi and Amahl, the Night Visitors by G. C. Menotti and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.
​He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in voice perf
ormance and minored in conducting, continuing his education at LSU's school of music where he earned his Master's degree in orchestral conducting. In Austin, he conducted works by Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness.)
​As a voice performer, he has sung the roles of Papageno (The Magic Flute), Ramon (La Curandera), King Balthazar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Rigoletto (Rigoletto by Verdi), Belcore (Elixir of Love), Warrick (Plump Jack), The Phantom (Phantom of the Opera) among others. He has been heard regularly as a recitalist both in Mexico and throughout the US.
He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in voice performance and minored in conducting, continuing his education at LSU's school of music where he earned his Master's degree in orchestral conducting. In Austin, he conducted works by Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness.)
He currently serves as cover conductor for the Plano Symphony Orchestra, as well as administrator and librarian for the Irving Symphony.
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Salaia R. August 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
Mr. Rodriguez is the Best!!!! I started with some warm ups and he explained the process of taking breaths in the correct way when singing and breathing. Thank you so much!!
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Luis R.

Luis R.

Irving, TX 75062
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About Mary Jeanne A.

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Dallas, TX

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Hello!

I am a patient, supportive and encouraging teacher and I would love to hear you play! I love teaching music and watching my students blossom into these amazing musicians.

I have played flute since middle school and continued all the way up to high school. In high school I joined band, where I started playing piccolo. I was lucky to have been taught by some inspiring teachers who encouraged me to go back to school to complete my undergraduate at Texas State University in Music Education. I have taught elementary music grades PK-6th grade for 6 years now. I have enjoyed watching my students grow and hope to enrich your life with music soon!
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Sarah August 3, 2018
· Flute · Online
Mary is such a nice flute teacher! She is very patient and informative when it comes to what I need to improve on. I am glad I found a teacher like her to help me become a better flutist!
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Dallas, TX 75214
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About Katie A.

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Dallas, TX

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Thank you for visiting my profile on TakeLessons! Please see my website for details regarding lessons and availability. If you are interested in taking lessons with me, please message me through my website, not TakeLessons. Thanks! -> kandersonmusic.net

Katie Anderson was born and raised in Dallas, a fourth generation Dallasite. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor's of Music Education, Vocal Emphasis. She began her teaching career as Music Specialist at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in Dallas ISD, before moving to Woodrow Wilson High School as Head Choral Director where she served for four years. She is a member of the Texas Music Educator's Association and holds a K-12 Music Certification with the state of Texas.

Katie studied piano privately from the age of five to sixteen, including classic
al and contemporary studies with Neila Hook, Teresa Bledsoe, and Susan Bourne, and two years of jazz piano with Wade Cottingham. In college, she studied piano with Guillermo Martinez. She continues to play for work and fun to this day.

Katie began singing with the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas in the fifth grade, under the direction of Cynthia Nott and Linda Harley. She began private voice lessons in the eighth grade, studying classical and contemporary music with Terrie Preskitt-Brown until graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School. In college, she studied with Angela Turner-Wilson all four years, culminating in a senior recital that included songs in English, Italian, French, German, and Spanish. Her choral directors in college included Dr. Sheri Neill, Dr. Dennis Shrock, Dr. Ronald Shirey, and Dr. Ken Davis.

Katie has taught private piano and vocal lessons periodically since 2014. She is now doing so full time in the Bishop Arts/Winnetka Heights/Kessler area of Dallas.

Katie has lived in Bishop Arts for two years with her husband, Brett, their two cats, Jake and Elwood, and their dog, Luna. They enjoy their neighborhood, trying new restaurants in Dallas, and traveling back to Fort Worth for various TCU sporting events. (Go Frogs!)
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Dallas, TX 75208
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