Piano | Organ
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced
Beginning organ students must at least be at an intermediate piano level
* Sally does not have any private lesson openings right now.
Lured by the prospect of more time with a couple of grandchildren, Sally is a recent transplant to the Seattle area, having moved from Iowa in 2014. In Iowa she had a busy studio of private piano and organ students, with winners every year at district level Iows Music Teacher Association’s contests and two students who were chosen as All-State accompanists. Here she has a smaller private piano studio. In Iowa she served as organist and choir accompanist concurrently at two churches; presently she serves in that position at First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish. Sally taught piano and music theory at Vennard College until it closed.
Sally began her piano studies at age 6 and was blessed during her junior and senior high school years by having a dedicated piano teacher who had prepared for a concert career, having studied in the US and Europe. Sally minored in piano, including pedagogy classes, at the University of Northern Iowa. After teaching high school English for five years and then starting a family, she began her piano teaching career. To increase her skills and to learn to play the organ correctly, she went back to finish a full music major at Central College, then continued on to complete a masters in church music with music classwork at the University of Iowa and the basic seminary course at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Sally is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Washington State Music Teachers Association, Snohomish County Music Teachers, and the American Guild of Organists.
For younger students, Sally creates and finds games and puzzles that help the student learn musical concepts. For more advanced students, she incorporates music theory and music history into lessons. Music appreciation can be a life-long joy, even if one does not become a professional master of an instrument.