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Marilyn Andersen, MM, BM
Suzuki Piano, Teacher Training
Community School of the ArtsMarilyn Andersen holds the B.M. degree from Wheaton College (IL.) and the M.M. degree from Indiana University, majoring in organ. She has taught Suzuki piano in the Community School of the Arts since 1975 and has had numerous students study with her for 12 to 14 year, some of whom have gone on to Conservatory study. Ms. Andersen has taught many contest winners, had students win gold and silver medals in the Sonata Festival and many students receive the Paderewski medal from the National Piano Guild. 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.

Amy Bates, MME, BME
Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsAmy Cleaveland Bates received her BME from Wheaton College and her MME from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) and joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 2008. She has taught elementary music for five years in the public schools and has served as an accompanist in several church and school music programs.  Amy has taught private piano for six years and enters students in the Guild competitions.  She currently serves as a Suzuki group class teacher and as an area coordinator for the CSA Preparatory Program. 

Dr. Beth A. Bauer, NCTM
Special Needs/Prep Piano/Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsDr. Beth A. Bauer received her doctorate of music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Her dissertation is titled “What is an appropriate approach to piano instruction for students with Down Syndrome?”  Additional degree work includes a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Bill Koehler, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Daniel P. Horn.  Additional pedagogy instruction occurred with Karin Edward, Larry Rast, and Karen Taylor.  Currently she 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 and 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, Wheaton College and teaches precollege piano to beginning and advanced students in the Community School of the Arts.  Dr. Bauer is co-chairing the special needs research committee for both the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Her 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 NCKP and the 2012 MTNA conventions, and have won the Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 concerto competition.  Several of her special needs students are scheduled to perform at MTNA, 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 21 years and working with students with special needs for 16 years.

Carol Beilke, MM, BM
Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsCarol Beilke received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance (cum laude) from Lawrence University, and was chosen to perform as soloist in the annual commencement concerto concert. She received a Master’s degree in piano pedagogy and performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Carol has been teaching piano for the past twenty years, with the past nine at Community School of the Arts (CSA), where she also coordinates the Preparatory Program. Her students have won awards in various competitions and participate in both AIM and Guild. She is active as a performer and soloist as well as a teacher mentor. Carol’s goal as a piano teacher is to instill in her students a “life-time love” of music and confidence that can be extended into all of life’s challenges.

Susan Breitner-Hurm, MM, BM
Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsSusan Breitner-Hurm received a Bachelor of Music degree in applied piano from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and received a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Illinois. Susan joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 1997, where she teaches Suzuki Piano.

Eurydice Choi, MM, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsEurydice Choi began her Suzuki piano study at the age of three, having studied with Annemarie Schuessler, Carolyn Fuhrberg and Theodore Edel.  Eurydice completed her studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Masters in Piano Pedagogy under the tutelage of William Heiles and Reid Alexander. She has taught piano at the Community School of the Arts since 2004 and 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. She has received certification in the Suzuki Method and is a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas. Eurydice is also active as an area accompanist and is a member of her church’s worship ministry.

Diane Chou, BM
Suzuki Piano, Suzuki/Prep Cello
Diane Chou received a BM in piano pedagogy and cello performance from Wheaton College and is currently pursuing a MM in cello performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  She has been teaching Suzuki piano at the Community School of the Arts since 2009.  In this past year, she was a winner of the 2012 Wheaton College Chamber Music competition and was a co-principal cellist of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to teaching at CSA, she maintains a home studio of piano and cello students.

Joe Cisar, PC, MM, BM
Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsJoseph Cisar, a native of Chicago, is a degreed musician from Indiana University earning the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with Dr. Karen Shaw, and was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate in recognition of his outstanding music performance. Further study in New York with master teacher German Diez joined him to an impressive pedagogical lineage.  Mr. Cisar, through study with Mr. Diez, continued a line of pedagogical lineage linking him to Claudio Arrau, Martin Krause, Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny and finally to Beethoven.

“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.   Robert C. Marsh of 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 and Europe, 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.

A past 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.

Oksana Kovalev, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsOksana Kovalev received her music degrees from Taganrog State Music College and Pedagogical Institute in Taganrog, Russia, where she taught private piano and classroom music. After moving to the United States, Oksana 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 been trained in the Suzuki Method at Elmhurst College by instructor Yasuko Joichi. She maintains a very full studio at the Community School of the Arts.

Carol Kwak, MM, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsCarol Ma Kwak received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Masters in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has taught piano since 2000, beginning at the Community School of the Arts (CSA) in 2003. Her students have won numerous competitions, awards, and scholarships, and participate in Piano Guild. Carol is Suzuki-certified in piano and is a member of both the American College of Musicians and the Suzuki Association of Americas. In 2006, she presented at the National Suzuki Conference. Carol enjoys teaching both Suzuki and traditional piano methods. 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.

Cheryl Lim, MM, BA
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsCheryl Cheon-Ae Lim is a member of the piano faculty at the Community School of the Arts. Ms. Lim began to play the piano at the age of five in her native land of Korea. She 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 the first place in the Chicago Musical College Scholarship Competition. She then attended Northwestern University, receiving a master's degree in piano performance. She also completed her DMA course work in piano pedagogy and performance at Northwestern University. During this time, she was selected as one of six demonstration student-teachers at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. Ms. Lim 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. At the present time, she is head of the piano department at Betty Haag Academy and is on the faculty of Wheaton College.

Kaitlin Martin, BME
Special Needs/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsKaitlin Martin received her Bachelors in Music Education from Wheaton College, where she specialized in piano and in music for students with special needs. She has taught music and classroom subjects at two therapeutic day schools, including Little Friends’ Krejci Academy, where she also received extensive training on teaching students with autism. For three years, she coordinated a weekly church music program for adults with developmental disabilities, and during that time gave a presentation entitled “Leading a Church Music Program for People with Special Needs” at disability ministry conference. She also works for the Illinois Department of Human Services as a personal respite care worker and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference. Kaitlin has taught special needs piano lessons for Community School of the Arts since June 2007.

Virginia Robin. MM, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsVirginia Robin has been teaching traditional and Suzuki piano for 30 and 20 years respectively. She received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Roosevelt University in Chicago and Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Currently teaching at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College and her home studio in Hinsdale, she also has taught Suzuki piano at the Steckman Studio in Oak Park for six years. Virginia is a performing member of the Western Springs Music Club and performs on faculty recitals. A registered nurse, Virginia incorporates her knowledge and ability to work with all types of individuals into her private teaching. She is a member of CAMTA, MTNA, SAA and ACM. Her students perform in National Federation of Music Clubs and National Piano Playing Auditions annually. Virginia believes that music should be a pleasurable, lifelong pursuit.

Noretta Singley, BA
Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsNoretta Singly received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Sacred Music Department of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, majoring in organ performance.  She has taught piano for more than 35 years in both the United States and Ecuador, and has 30 years of experience as a certified Suzuki piano instructor, having earned her Suzuki teacher certification under Carole Bigler and Valery Lloyd-Watts at Emporia State University in Kansas.  Her experience with the Suzuki method also includes raising four children who all studied Suzuki violin and attended numerous Suzuki institutes.  She has presented lectures on teaching music using the Suzuki method at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito, Ecuador, and has served as an accompanist in several church music programs.  Since 1997, she has been part of the faculty at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College, where she has taught private lessons and group classes and currently serves as an area coordinator for the CSA Suzuki piano department.

Sarah Yeo, MM, BM
Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsSarah Yeo received the Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Illinois and the Master of Music in piano performance from Northern Illinois University. Sarah joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 1998, where she teaches Suzuki piano.

Marilyn Andersen, MM, BM
Suzuki Piano, Teacher Training
Community School of the ArtsMarilyn Andersen holds the B.M. degree from Wheaton College (IL.) and the M.M. degree from Indiana University, majoring in organ. She has taught Suzuki piano in the Community School of the Arts since 1975 and has had numerous students study with her for 12 to 14 year, some of whom have gone on to Conservatory study. Ms. Andersen has taught many contest winners, had students win gold and silver medals in the Sonata Festival and many students receive the Paderewski medal from the National Piano Guild. 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.

Amy Bates, MME, BME
Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsAmy Cleaveland Bates received her BME from Wheaton College and her MME from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) and joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 2008. She has taught elementary music for five years in the public schools and has served as an accompanist in several church and school music programs.  Amy has taught private piano for six years and enters students in the Guild competitions.  She currently serves as a Suzuki group class teacher and as an area coordinator for the CSA Preparatory Program. 

Dr. Beth A. Bauer, NCTM
Special Needs/Prep Piano/Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsDr. Beth A. Bauer received her doctorate of music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Her dissertation is titled “What is an appropriate approach to piano instruction for students with Down Syndrome?”  Additional degree work includes a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Bill Koehler, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Daniel P. Horn.  Additional pedagogy instruction occurred with Karin Edward, Larry Rast, and Karen Taylor.  Currently she 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 and 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, Wheaton College and teaches precollege piano to beginning and advanced students in the Community School of the Arts.  Dr. Bauer is co-chairing the special needs research committee for both the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Her 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 NCKP and the 2012 MTNA conventions, and have won the Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 concerto competition.  Several of her special needs students are scheduled to perform at MTNA, 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 21 years and working with students with special needs for 16 years.

Carol Beilke, MM, BM
Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsCarol Beilke received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance (cum laude) from Lawrence University, and was chosen to perform as soloist in the annual commencement concerto concert. She received a Master’s degree in piano pedagogy and performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Carol has been teaching piano for the past twenty years, with the past nine at Community School of the Arts (CSA), where she also coordinates the Preparatory Program. Her students have won awards in various competitions and participate in both AIM and Guild. She is active as a performer and soloist as well as a teacher mentor. Carol’s goal as a piano teacher is to instill in her students a “life-time love” of music and confidence that can be extended into all of life’s challenges.

Susan Breitner-Hurm, MM, BM
Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsSusan Breitner-Hurm received a Bachelor of Music degree in applied piano from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and received a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Illinois. Susan joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 1997, where she teaches Suzuki Piano.

Eurydice Choi, MM, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsEurydice Choi began her Suzuki piano study at the age of three, having studied with Annemarie Schuessler, Carolyn Fuhrberg and Theodore Edel.  Eurydice completed her studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Masters in Piano Pedagogy under the tutelage of William Heiles and Reid Alexander. She has taught piano at the Community School of the Arts since 2004 and 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. She has received certification in the Suzuki Method and is a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas. Eurydice is also active as an area accompanist and is a member of her church’s worship ministry.

Diane Chou, BM
Suzuki Piano, Suzuki/Prep Cello
Diane Chou received a BM in piano pedagogy and cello performance from Wheaton College and is currently pursuing a MM in cello performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  She has been teaching Suzuki piano at the Community School of the Arts since 2009.  In this past year, she was a winner of the 2012 Wheaton College Chamber Music competition and was a co-principal cellist of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to teaching at CSA, she maintains a home studio of piano and cello students.

Joe Cisar, PC, MM, BM
Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsJoseph Cisar, a native of Chicago, is a degreed musician from Indiana University earning the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with Dr. Karen Shaw, and was awarded the coveted Performer’s Certificate in recognition of his outstanding music performance. Further study in New York with master teacher German Diez joined him to an impressive pedagogical lineage.  Mr. Cisar, through study with Mr. Diez, continued a line of pedagogical lineage linking him to Claudio Arrau, Martin Krause, Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny and finally to Beethoven.

“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.   Robert C. Marsh of 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 and Europe, 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.

A past 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.

Oksana Kovalev, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsOksana Kovalev received her music degrees from Taganrog State Music College and Pedagogical Institute in Taganrog, Russia, where she taught private piano and classroom music. After moving to the United States, Oksana 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 been trained in the Suzuki Method at Elmhurst College by instructor Yasuko Joichi. She maintains a very full studio at the Community School of the Arts.

Carol Kwak, MM, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsCarol Ma Kwak received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Masters in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has taught piano since 2000, beginning at the Community School of the Arts (CSA) in 2003. Her students have won numerous competitions, awards, and scholarships, and participate in Piano Guild. Carol is Suzuki-certified in piano and is a member of both the American College of Musicians and the Suzuki Association of Americas. In 2006, she presented at the National Suzuki Conference. Carol enjoys teaching both Suzuki and traditional piano methods. 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.

Cheryl Lim, MM, BA
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsCheryl Cheon-Ae Lim is a member of the piano faculty at the Community School of the Arts. Ms. Lim began to play the piano at the age of five in her native land of Korea. She 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 the first place in the Chicago Musical College Scholarship Competition. She then attended Northwestern University, receiving a master's degree in piano performance. She also completed her DMA course work in piano pedagogy and performance at Northwestern University. During this time, she was selected as one of six demonstration student-teachers at the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. Ms. Lim 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. At the present time, she is head of the piano department at Betty Haag Academy and is on the faculty of Wheaton College.

Kaitlin Martin, BME
Special Needs/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsKaitlin Martin received her Bachelors in Music Education from Wheaton College, where she specialized in piano and in music for students with special needs. She has taught music and classroom subjects at two therapeutic day schools, including Little Friends’ Krejci Academy, where she also received extensive training on teaching students with autism. For three years, she coordinated a weekly church music program for adults with developmental disabilities, and during that time gave a presentation entitled “Leading a Church Music Program for People with Special Needs” at disability ministry conference. She also works for the Illinois Department of Human Services as a personal respite care worker and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference. Kaitlin has taught special needs piano lessons for Community School of the Arts since June 2007.

Virginia Robin. MM, BM
Suzuki/Prep Piano
Community School of the ArtsVirginia Robin has been teaching traditional and Suzuki piano for 30 and 20 years respectively. She received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Roosevelt University in Chicago and Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Currently teaching at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College and her home studio in Hinsdale, she also has taught Suzuki piano at the Steckman Studio in Oak Park for six years. Virginia is a performing member of the Western Springs Music Club and performs on faculty recitals. A registered nurse, Virginia incorporates her knowledge and ability to work with all types of individuals into her private teaching. She is a member of CAMTA, MTNA, SAA and ACM. Her students perform in National Federation of Music Clubs and National Piano Playing Auditions annually. Virginia believes that music should be a pleasurable, lifelong pursuit.

Noretta Singley, BA
Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsNoretta Singly received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Sacred Music Department of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, majoring in organ performance.  She has taught piano for more than 35 years in both the United States and Ecuador, and has 30 years of experience as a certified Suzuki piano instructor, having earned her Suzuki teacher certification under Carole Bigler and Valery Lloyd-Watts at Emporia State University in Kansas.  Her experience with the Suzuki method also includes raising four children who all studied Suzuki violin and attended numerous Suzuki institutes.  She has presented lectures on teaching music using the Suzuki method at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito, Ecuador, and has served as an accompanist in several church music programs.  Since 1997, she has been part of the faculty at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College, where she has taught private lessons and group classes and currently serves as an area coordinator for the CSA Suzuki piano department.

Sarah Yeo, MM, BM
Suzuki Piano
Community School of the ArtsSarah Yeo received the Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Illinois and the Master of Music in piano performance from Northern Illinois University. Sarah joined the faculty of the Community School of the Arts in 1998, where she teaches Suzuki piano.