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CSA Faculty AndersenMarilyn Andersen, MM, BM 

SUZUKI PIANO/SUZUKI PIANO TEACHER TRAINING
On Faculty since 1975





Education

  • MM in organ performance, Indiana University
  • BM in organ, Wheaton College

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Musicians, local chairman of the Piano Guild Auditions since 1984
  • Suzuki Association of Americas
  • Music Teacher’s National Association

About Marilyn Andersen

As a long-time Suzuki Piano Faculty member at CSA Ms. Andersen has had numerous students study with her for 12 to 14 years, some of whom have gone on to Conservatory study.  She has taught many contest winners in the Granquist Piano contest, ISMTA Berkley-Pendell piano competition, had students win gold and silver medals in the Sonata Festival and had many students receive the Paderewski medal from the National Piano Guild for playing 10 or more pieces for 10 years in the Guild auditions.   Additionally, several of her students have been selected to perform at the Suzuki Association National Conference.

In 1986, Ms. Andersen traveled to Matsumoto, Japan to study under and observe the teaching of Dr. Haruko Kataoka and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  She is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Method for piano and has trained teachers at summer Institutes in the USA and Canada. 

In the CSA, Ms. Andersen has been on the planning committee of the annual Concerto Concert for all but 6 years, and has had students perform concerti in every concert since the inception of the concert in 1986.    

In 2012 she was on a faculty panel about “How to teach the Twinkles for piano” at the Suzuki Association National Conference in Minneapolis.  In 2009, Marilyn presented teaching ideas on the Bach Prelude and Fugue in D major, to Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainers at the Trainer conference in Boston. As an organist she has held various church organ jobs and was the organist for the Wheaton College West Suburban Choral Union for several years, performing the Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, and other oratorios. After grad school Ms. Andersen was on the faculty of music at Fort Wayne Bible college for 7 years and taught organ, piano, music theory, women’s chorus, music history, band, and music appreciation.

Marilyn lives in and owns the house built by her Father and Grandfather in 1948.  Rehabbing this house is one of her passions.  She is an avid flower gardener and grows most of her plants from seed each year.   Hydrangeas are her special favorite.   Her 2 cats are named:  Button and Zuzu.  Ms. Andersen plays the piano at her church as a service to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

CSA Faculty BatesAmy Bates, MME, BME

SUZUKI/PREP PIANO
On faculty since 2008





Education

  • MME, Ithaca College
  • BME, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Musicians-Piano Guild

About Amy Cleaveland Bates

Amy loves working with kids of all ages with a focus on excellent technique and expressive musicality. In her piano group classes, she also incorporates creativity, theory, and reading skills. Amy helps plan and organize CSA events and curricula in her role as the Preparatory Program Coordinator.

Amy is a well-versed accompanist for choral and solo vocal repertoire. She has accompanied numerous choirs and was honors conductor for the Wheaton College Concert Choir. Amy taught elementary music for 5 years in the public schools and currently leads the children's music at her church. She enjoys subbing for adult and children's choir directors as needed.

In her free time, Amy enjoys gardening, walking at the park, and spending time with her toddler son.

"I love connecting with students on a personal level and working with them through their struggles and their successes.  But my greatest joy is seeing students take a piece or a skill far beyond the notes on the page, and watch them create music from their hearts.  Then I know that I have not only taught good technique and musical expression, but I have touched someone's soul with music as well."


CSA Faculty BauerDr. Beth A. Bauer, DME, NCTM

SPECIAL NEEDS/PREP PIANO
On faculty since 2005





Education

  • DME, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • MM, Northern Illinois University
  • BA, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Professional Memberships

  • National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy, Special Needs Research Committee Chair (NCKP)
  • Music Teachers National Association, Special Needs Research Committee Co-Chair (MTNA) 
  • Suzuki Associations of America

About Dr. Beth A. Bauer

Beth is an instructor in pedagogy at the Wheaton College Conservatory where she teaches Introduction to Pedagogy, Studio Administration, Group Instruction, and Music to Special Learners. She also oversees pedagogy student teachers and music internships. In addition to her faculty work in the Conservatory, Dr. Bauer is the founder and an instructor in Beethoven's Buddies-a music program for students with developmental delays-at the Community School of the Arts. She also teaches pre-college piano to beginning through advanced students in CSA.

Beth's work with students with special needs has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Clavier Companion Journal, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Indiana University Alumni Magazine, The Daily Herald, and Wheaton Magazine (alumni magazine), the 2011, 2013 NCKP and the 2012, 2013 MTNA conventions, and have won the Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 concerto competition. Several of her special needs students performed at MTNA, 2013, and one performed at NCKP 2013. She holds certifications in Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki and the National Certification with the MTNA organization. Dr. Bauer is a sought after clinician and speaker to professional teacher's organizations and parent groups. She has been teaching piano for 22 years and working with students with special needs for 18 years. Beethoven's Buddies recently received the distinction of being named one of the "Spectacular Educational Programs" in the August, 2013 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Glancer Magazine. Dr. Bauer's award include full tuition for both Master's and Doctoral work, as well as FOX News' (Indianapolis) Heroes Among Us.

Beth is a native of Wheaton, Illinois.  She and her husband, Todd Starowitz, live in Wheaton with their three-year-old daughter, Emma. Beth also teaches preschool Sunday School at College Church in Wheaton.

 

CSA Faculty BielkeCarol Beilke, MM, BM

PREP PIANO
On faculty since 1999





Education

  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Lawrence University

Professional Memberships

  • Illinois State Music Teacher's Association, West Suburban Chapter
  • American College of Musicians 

About Carol Beilke

Carol enjoys teaching traditional piano methods and group classes. She has taught a total of 25 years. This is her 14th year at CSA. Her students have won numerous competitions, awards and scholarships and also participate in the ISMTA AIM piano exams and Piano Guild. Carol also mentors Wheaton college students in piano teaching. She enjoys teaching all levels of students . Her studio also includes several adult students at various skill levels. Carol served as the past coordinator for the CSA Preparatory program.

Carol was chosen to perform as soloist in the annual concerto concert at Lawrence University. She continues to perform as a soloist and accompanist and currently studies piano with Annie Sherter. In 2008, Carol was named member of the year by the West Suburban ISMTA chapter. She was president of this chapter from 2005 - 2007. In 2008, she gave a presentation at the ISMTA state conference held at Wheaton college. She has also held other offices for the ISMTA West Suburban chapter including 1st vice president for programs, performance AIM coordinator, office coordinator, monthly music coordinator and teacher ideas and pointers coordinator.

Her goal as a piano teacher is to instill in her students a "life time love" of music and confidence in all of life's challenges.

 

CSA Faculty BurkhartApril Camden Burkhart, MM, BM

PREP PIANO/EARLY CHILDHOOD
On faculty since 2013





Education

  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

About April Camden Burkhart

April received her BM degree in Piano Performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and her MM degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University where she remained for 12 years teaching early childhood music and serving as an evaluator and mentor to young piano teachers in the pedagogy program.

Along with more than 25 years of experience teaching both private and group piano lessons and her considerable expertise as an active accompanist and performer, April brings to CSA her deep desire to pass on her love of music to those whom she teaches. She truly delights in seeing her students grow in their knowledge and enjoyment of music and also seeks to help them develop a heart for sharing the blessings of music with others.

Additionally, April enthusiastically serves as a church musician and is devoted to teaching future generations how to skillfully use their musical gifts in worship. Her students have advanced to become important members of various church music ministries and many of her graduates have gone on to pursue music in college. April treasures her role in guiding and training young people to become solidly equipped, well-rounded, excellent musicians and teachers.

 

CSA Faculty ChoiEurydice Choi, MM, BM

SUZUKI/PREP PIANO
On faculty since 2004





Education

  • MM, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • BM, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Eurydice Choi

Eurydice has experience in private Suzuki instruction, traditional, group theory class as well as college level piano class. As a faculty member of the CSA, she teaches Suzuki and traditional private piano lessons. Her students have been awarded scholarships and top prizes in local competitions.

Eurydice began her Suzuki piano study at the age of three, having studied withAnnemarie Schuessler, Carolyn Fuhrberg and Theodore Edel. She competed in many local and international competitions and was awarded top prizes and scholarships. At the University of Illinois she completed her advanced studies with William Heiles and Reid Alexander. She was awarded the Thomas J. Smith scholarship and Andrew G. DeGrado awards for piano performance and was also recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching as a graduate teaching assistant.

Eurydice is also active as an area accompanist and is a member of her church’s worship ministry.

 

CSA Faculty ChouDiane Chou, MM, BM

SUZUKI PIANO, SUZUKI/PREP CELLO
On faculty since 2009





Education

  • MM, Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • BM, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

About Diane Chou

Diane enjoys teaching both Suzuki piano and cello at CSA.

Diane received her Master's degree in cello performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, were she was a member of the Symphony Orchestra and was also a graduate theory assistant. In 2008, she received her Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in cello performance and piano pedagogy. She served as co-principal cellist in the orchestra and was the 2012 winner of the annual Chamber Music competition.

In addition to teaching, she enjoys serving as a worship pianist and music coordinator at her church.

 

CSA Faculty CisarJoseph Cisar, MM, BM

PREP PIANO
On faculty since 2000





Education

  • MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • BM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Professional Memberships

  • Music Teacher's National Association
  • Chicago Area Music Teachers

About Joseph Cisar

Former Guest Lecturer at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and current faculty member of Community School of the Arts, Mr. Cisar is an inspiring pianist and dedicated educator teaching and encouraging musicians of all ages.

“A fleet fingered soloist with talent”, was written of his Chicago Orchestra Hall debut and his playing has been critically acclaimed as full of fire, intensity, elegantly shaped lines and full of climactic drive. The Chicago Sun-Times declared “Joseph Cisar, a pianist who can find the charm and make it thoroughly beguiling for all of us”. Past performances included two tours with Leonard Bernstein through Israel andEurope, numerous performances with orchestra, and more recently the presentation of both books of the Chopin Etudes in performance and lecture recitals across America, demonstrating the fusion of the kinetic and technical aspects of the studies in their entirety.

Studies with Dr. Karen Shaw at Indiana University and further study in New York with master teacher German Diez joined him to an impressive pedagogical lineage. Mr. Cisar, through study with Mr. Diez, continues a pedagogical lineage linking him to Claudio Arrau, Martin Krause, Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny and finally to Beethoven.

 

CSA Faculty KovalevOksana Kovalev, BM

SUZUKI PIANO
On faculty since 2003





Education

  • BM, Taganrog State Music College

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Oksana Kovalev

Oksana received her musical training in Russia, where she taught private piano and classroom music. After moving to the United States, she maintained a private piano studio for three years before joining the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 2003.

Oksana has been a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas for six years and has full certification in the Suzuki Method at Elmhurst College with teacher/trainer Yasuko Joichi.

Oksana combines her passion for music and for Christ by playing on her church worship team.

 

CSA Faculty KwakCarol Kwak, MM, BM

SUZUKI/PREP PIANO
On faculty since 2003





Education

  • MM, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • BM, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Musicians
  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Carol Kwak

Carol enjoys teaching both Suzuki and traditional piano methods. Her students have won numerous competitions, awards, and scholarships, and participate in Piano Guild.

In 2006, Carol presented at the biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas conference (featured on the New Teachers portion of the SAA site). With violin as her secondary instrument, Carol played high school and college orchestra. As a student, Carol won numerous awards and scholarships for both piano and violin at the state and local levels.

Her passion for music and Christ is shared at church where she plays on worship team.

"I am passionate about teaching piano lessons because I desire to share my love of music with others.  I enjoy seeing students each week and how they develop musically over the years.  And I especially love the fact that music can shape so many aspects of an individual's life."

 

CSA Faculty Lim Cheryl Lim, MM, BA

SUZUKI/PREP PIANO
On faculty since 1993





Education

  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Seoul National University

Professional Memberships

  • Music Teacher's Association
  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Cheryl Lim

Cheryl Cheon-Ae Lim is a member of the piano faculty at the Community School of theArts. Ms. Lim teaches Suzuki and traditional piano methods both private and group. Herstudents have performed at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and were selected to take part in numerous master classes at Suzuki National Conferences. They have also won several concerto competitions and have been awarded first place in many solo competitions.

Ms. Lim attended Seoul National University where she performed as an honor student. After winning the first place in the Korean Cultural Center Competition, Ms. Lim came to the United States to further her piano studies. She studied English and piano at Roosevelt University, winning first place in the Chicago Musical College Scholarship Competition. During her time at Northwestern University, Cheryl was selected as one of six demonstration student-teachers at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. Cheryl has been an adjudicator in the Illinois State AIM exams, Sonata-Sonatina Festival by Illinois State Music Teachers Association, the Society of American Musicians, Illinois High School Association State Music Contest, Grandquist Music Competition, and Music Festival in Honor of Confucius. Ms. Lim's name was also listed on Who's Who in America.

Ms. Lim began playing piano at the age of five in her native land of Korea. Her passion for playing carried over to education and is now a devoted educator of piano. Along with her position at CSA, Ms. Lim is also head of the piano department at Betty Haag Academy and is a faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College.

 

CSA Faculty SingleyNoretta Singley, BA

SUZUKI PIANO
On faculty since 1997





Education

  • BA, Moody Bible Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Noretta Singley

In addition to teaching Suzuki piano Noretta has served as area coordinator for the CSA Suzuki piano department since 2000. She has coordinated CSA events such as piano "Monster Concerts" and workshops and has taught both private lessons and group classes. Her students have participated in Piano Guild and in interscholastic competitions.

Noretta has more than 40 years of teaching experience with 35 years of experience as a certified Suzuki piano instructor. During the time that her family served as missionaries in Ecuador, Noretta lectured at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito, introducing the Suzuki approach to music education for the first time to a majority of her listeners. She also received a diploma from El Instituto de Lengua Espanola in both San Jose and Costa Rica.All of her own children studied Suzuki violin and their experience includes both university performance scholarships and playing professionally.

Noretta's experience includes serving as an accompanist in church music ministries in Ecuador, Florida, Texas, and Illinois. Her love for teaching and her organizational capabilities are the focus of her service to CSA.

"Music is a gift. It is a privilege and joy to have a role in giving the gift of music to children and young people."

 

CSA Faculty YeoSarah Yeo, MM, BM

SUZUKI PIANO
On faculty since 1996





Education

  • MM, Northern Illinois University
  • BM, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Sarah Yeo

Sarah has enjoyed interacting with students of all levels and ages while teaching both Suzuki and traditional piano private instructions since 1996.

Mrs. Yeo has served as an accompanist in CSA junior and senior children choirs, and in churches for many years. Her students have been rewarded in local competitions, contests, auditions and music education major. Sarah has certifications in teaching Suzuki piano and Musikgarten curricula and regularly attends piano workshops and conferences in locals and states.

She believes that music should be enjoyable, educational and life longing experience.

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