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Michelle Odermott

Billings MT | 59102

About me

I have been teaching beginning - intermediate piano for 13 years.
I started playing the piano as a young child and also studied violin as well.
I worked for several years as pianist for a Billings church and have played for many weddings and events both in Billings and Portland, Oregon. I have been a member of several symphonies but am currently focusing on teaching piano lessons.
Music remains important to our family to this day. My piano studio reflects my desire to inspire! My goal is to instill a love for music that will linger long after my students leave me. While my syllabus is structured, I make learning fun as well as instilling in my students a sense of responsibility and follow through to achieve goals.


My specialty is teaching beginning to early intermediate students using the Alfred method paired with my creative ideas. I enjoy watching the students delight in each new concept. I work closely with parents to ensure success and also incorporate activities throughout the school year to reflect the Studio Theme. Past themes have included
"Dive into Music", "Recipe for Success", "Cafe Music", "Cool Players", "Race Into Music" and last year's Egyptian theme "Discover Music". I relate well to kids and adults and truly enjoy teaching. I have a knack for making learning fun.

And introducing "SWEET ON MUSIC" -- our studio theme
for 2011-2012!
Learning tools, concepts, and art projects will feature:
"Gummy Grams Post Office"
"Candy Star Board"
"Delicious Dynamics"
"Tasty Tempos"
"Smarties Performance Board"
"Tootsie Roll Toppers"
"M&M's Practice Tips"
"Marvelous Music Mints" ...
...and oh so much more! Yummy!

Lesson details

My choice for lesson syllabus is the Alfred Library as well as some supplementary music, hand outs, and art projects. All books in each Alfred level are completed in order to give a comprehensive learning experience as the student advances.

Lessons are 30 minutes per week and run during the school year from August to the end of May. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of 4 lessons during this time. Summer lessons run June and July.

Each student will be provided with a loose leaf binder, organized by category with the practice record and current lesson assignment sheet at the front. Notebooks also contain a section for awards and art projects. Practice goals are determined by day, week, and month. Rewards are given weekly for practice met and memorization. Minutes are totaled both individually and as a group so we can achieve our yearly team goal by the spring recital.
Along with the binder each student must bring all books to each lesson. I have created a system using the Alfred Library which works well for any student. Each student (and parent) receives a copy of the assignment sheet at the end of each lesson for their binder. Parents will sign off weekly on the practice record.

At the end of the lessons students may receive a reward for their performance and/or behavior during the lesson. Students and parents are encouraged to call during the week should questions arise.

Education and Accreditation

13 years experience teaching the Alfred Piano Method
Bachelor of French Studies, University of MT, Missoula, MT
Member of Billings Music Teacher's Association
Member of National Music Teacher's Association
Member of Retail Print Music Dealer's Association
Previous member of Hillsboro, Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Previous member of Beaverton, Oregon Chamber Orchestra
Previous member of Willamette Symphony Orchestra
Previous accompanist for Poynter Middle School


References Available Upon Request


more than 10 years


$39 & under


Monday 2pm - 8pm
Tuesday 2pm - 8pm
Wednesday 2pm - 6pm
Thursday 2pm - 6pm
Friday N/A - N/A
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio


Childrens Music
Rhythm and Blues


Alfred Method

Instruments and Subjects


Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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