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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 almost 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 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 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) 

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 at 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, 2015, 2017 NCKP and the 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 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 25 years and working with students with special needs for 20 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. Dr Bauer co-chairs the special needs research committee, for NCKP and is the co-author of the blog Inclusive Piano Teaching.

 

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 29 years. 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 Michael Frisch. She also studied with the late Annie Sherter and Donald Isaak. 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 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 Chou is a cellist and pianist who frequently performs and teaches in the Chicago area. She is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She received her BM from Wheaton College and her MM from CCPA at Roosevelt University. Her principal teachers include Richard Hirschl, Dr. Tanya Carey, Dr. Karin Edwards, and Marilyn Andersen. She served as principal cellist in both the CCPA and Wheaton College Symphonies and was a winner of the Wheaton College Chamber Competition in 2012.

As a pianist, she has performed and accompanied for numerous recitals and competitions. During her summers, she has attended many music festivals including Castleman Quartet Program, Domaine Forget and the Meadowmount School of Music. She also enjoys serving on the worship team at her church.

In addition to performing, Diane currently maintains a large studio of piano and cello students at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. Her students have performed in numerous recitals and participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions as well as in their school orchestras and state orchestra festivals.

Diane is extremely grateful for her God-given passion for teaching and performing. She is committed to using her musical gifts to inspire others and also develop students who are disciplined, possess a love for music, and strive for a high standard of playing. She aims to pass on the wonderful gift of music which her wonderful teachers have nurtured within her.

 

CSA Faculty CisarJoseph Cisar, MM, BM

PREP PIANO
On faculty since 2000



Education

  • MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Performer's Certificate, 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
  • American College of Musicians

About Oksana Kovalev

Oksana received her Bachelor's of Music degree in Russia, where she taught private piano lessons. With qualifications as an accomplished accompanist, she continued her education at the State Pedagogy Institute in Taganrog, Russia for two years and taught conducting, accompanist and vocal courses.

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 (CSA) Wheaton College in 2003. With a passion for music and teaching, she enjoys working with students, encouraging them to expand their talents and musical abilities. In the CSA, she has been teaching the Suzuki Method and Preparatory Piano to students, some of which have continued their study of music at the college level.

Additionally, Oksana is a member of the American College of Musicians and of the Suzuki Association of the Americas where she acquired full certification in the Suzuki Method at Elmhurst College with teacher and trainer Yasuko Joichi.

Oksana combines her passion for music and for Christ by playing on her church worship team and leading the children's choir.

 

CSA Faculty KwakCarol Kwak, MM, BM

SUZUKI 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 Kwak earned her Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Bachelor's of Arts in Piano at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Carol is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American College of Musicians.  She gave a presentation at the biennial Suzuki Association of Americas conference (featured on the SAA's website.)  She has taught Suzuki piano for 14 years and prep piano for 10 years.  In addition to teaching Suzuki and prep piano, Carol has also accompanied CSA's children's choirs and taught theory group classes.  As a student, Carol won numerous awards and scholarships for both piano and violin at the state and local level.  Carol attended undergraduate and graduate school on full scholarships. 

Carol's students have won numerous awards in The Granquist Music Competition, Community School of the Arts' preparatory scholarship, Illinois Grade School Music Association and also participate in Piano Guild.  Some of Carol's students have gone on to study music at the collegiate level. 

Carol's passion for teaching started after she was chosen to attend Hartt Suzuki Institute in Connecticut as an undergraduate student.  Carol was so inspired by the Suzuki method and philosophy that she furthered her studies and became certified in all levels of Suzuki piano training.  After attending Hartt Suzuki Institute, she taught Suzuki piano students at Cadek Conservatory of Music.  Carol has been trained by esteemed Suzuki piano teacher trainers Fay Adams, Marilyn Andersen, Karen Bartman and Yasuko Joichi.

Carol enjoys spending time with her husband and son in her free time. Her love 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

Ms. Yeo has enjoyed interacting with students of all levels and ages while teaching both Suzuki and traditional piano instructions since 1996 and has served as an instructor for Suzuki piano sampler classes during summer and as a choir accompanist in churches for many years.

Ms. 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.

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

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