Piano, Keyboard, Synth, Voice
Never forget: MUSIC IS FUN! Lessons, practicing, and performances should also be fun. Gwen encourages students to find the joy in making music for themselves and others. She empowers students to recognize their own innate musical abilities and to hear the song that already lives within them. Students of all ages and abilities can expect a well-rounded approach to music education and a learning experience tailored to what inspires them. Lesson focus can include theory, ear training, music history, lead sheet notation, improvisation, and countless other facets of musicianship. However, building musical self-esteem remains the foundation for every lesson.
Gwen is a performing artist from Chicago. On her fifth birthday, she chose piano lessons over a Disney vacation foreshadowing her lifelong passion for performance. As an undergraduate at Loyola University Gwen studied classical piano under Haysun Kang. Upon graduation she continued her education with renowned jazz pianists Anthony Molinaro and Erwin Helfer. As a recipient of Loyola University’s Ricci Scholarship, Gwen spent twelve months on location researching the cultural status of opera in Rome, Italy and Beijing, China. Gwen has been a member of numerous bands as both a keyboardist and lead vocalist giving her a wide breadth of musical experience. Other postgraduate activities include recording a CD, touring nationally, and performing at the South by Southwest music festival.
Gwen has extensive experience working with children. She is a creative, enthusiastic, and reflective educator who prioritizes creating a fun and caring classroom culture. She has taught early elementary school and worked as a caregiver for children with special needs. Gwen has earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Dominican University. She holds an Illinois Professional Educator License and is Illinois State Board of Education certified with credentialing in music and social science. She is an alumna of Teach for America.
Education: M.A. in Teaching, Dominican University; B.A. in Music, B.A. in Classical Civilization, Minor in Asian Studies, Loyola University Chicago
Started at the Old Town School in September of 2015