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Simone Parker

Clarksville TN | 37043

About me

Simone Parker recently joined the APSU faculty as an adjunct instructor and teaches piano, violin and viola at her independent studio, Sparkling Keys and Strings. She is also a member of the piano faculty at the APSU Community School of the Arts (CSA). In 2010, she was awarded the Excellence of Teaching Award from the APSU-CSA. The award recognizes Simone Parker for her continuous and consistent dedication to realizing the very best from her students, teaching them that in music as in life, great endeavors bring great rewards.
In addition, Mrs. Parker regularly accompanies and performs with APSU music students and is the music director at a local church. During the Summer, she is actively involved with the APSU Piano Summer Camp and the CSA-Camp Granada.

In addition, Mrs. Parker regularly accompanies and performs with APSU Music students as she is an experienced instrumental and vocal/choral accompanist.

In spring 2011, Simone Parker founded the Grace Note Youth String Orchestra. The orchestra provides students the opportunity to play and perform in an ensemble from early on in addition to individual instruction/group lessons. The ensemble is divided into three divisions: Prelude – for very young beginning students, Crescendo – for beginning and experienced students/community members, and Finale – for experienced musicians. She currently directs and conducts the ensemble open to string students of all ages.

Previously, she has been on the faculty at the Pennyroyal Arts Academy and First Clarksville Conservatory. She has also tutored Music Appreciation, Music Analysis, and Music Theory at the APSU Academic Support Center.

Simone Parker has earned a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in Piano Performance and a Master in Music (with honors) in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Austin Peay State University (APSU). There, she studied piano and composition with Dr. Jeffrey Wood and piano pedagogy with Dr. Patricia Halbeck. Simone Parker has participated in Master Classes with Awadagin Pratt, John Roberts and Ilya Poletaev, William Bennett and the Claremont Trio. She has further studied accompanying with Dr. Mary Alice Domenica, Dr. Eunbyol Ko and Ann Glass. On the violin and viola, she has studied with Dr. Emily Hanna Crane, Alvaro Gomez and Douglas Droste.

Currently, she is studying with Sally Ahner, a certified Alexander Technique teacher, and in Fall 2012 she began the three year teacher certification process with the Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies Program. The Alexander Technique is a practical discipline to develop body and mind coordination and to create ease of movement and flexibility.

Specialties

I believe every child is born with the desire to make music. Young children often try to express themselves through music and rhythm from early on. Music offers a great way to express feelings, to communicate and connect with each other. Overall, most people tend to be happier and more joyous with music in their lives.

Musical talent is a learned skill and has to be nurtured. Every child can be educated and the environment is the key. As an instructor, I provide a comfortable, fun and inspiring environment to spark or rekindle interest in young musicians. Adult learners can enjoy recreational music making by learning in a stress free environment. It is never too late to start!

Lessons are held on an individual basis and provide personal attention to the needs of each student. Students are able to enjoy the process of learning through self discovery. Fun activities, such as composition and theory games, encourage learning about music theory and history and further the creativity of the student.

Music Parties and student recitals offer an opportunity to make music together and play with accompanying parts and duets. In addition, students gain experience of performing in front of an audience. Overall, students are able to learn disciplined practicing and performance habits and develop a life-long love for music and learning.

Lesson details

LESSON OUTLINE AND OBJECTIVE

My Mission:
I want to provide students with the opportunity to do and achieve anything they desire with music and become well-rounded musicians. My goal is to enable students to make music independently and become self-sufficient learners. As a result, students can enjoy music for their own playing and/or choose to become professional musicians.

My Vision:
Assist students to develop a life-long love and appreciation for music, music making and learning.

Education and Accreditation

Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance.

Professional Associations:
-MTNA
-National Federation of Music Clubs

Testimonials

Mrs. Parker is a gifted teacher who sincerely cares for her students and their well being. She is constantly trying...

I am very impressed with my children's accomplishments on the piano. You are a WONDERFUL teacher! I appreciate...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$39 & under

Availability

Monday to Friday: 9:30am-9pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm
Sunday: N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Childrens Music
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Performance
Rhythm and Blues

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music
Suzuki Method

Instruments and Subjects

pedagogy
piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments
viola
violin

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English
German

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