Pop, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, and More
Cathy teaches piano, guitar, music theory, and ensembles. She is also the department chair for the kids' group piano program at the Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition to piano and guitar, at various points she's also played bass, drums, sousaphone, banjo, and viola. Favorite musical endeavors include supporting roles in The Snow Queen at Victory Gardens Theatre, the Buzzkills, the Marching Illini, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Hushdrops, and John's People. Her current main project is Cathy Norden and Her Heroes. In piano lessons, Cathy's students develop reading skills and understanding of music theory, as well as unscripted comping, ear training, and improvisation across all musical genres. Her guitar classes include learning plenty of rock and roll, and music theory. The ensembles she teaches are purely for love of the style. Past and present ensembles include Neil Young, the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, the Monkees, and Steely Dan.
Education: B.A. University of Illinois
J.D. The John Marshall Law School
Started at the Old Town School in August of 2001