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PIANO INSTRUCTORS

MONICA BOLLENBAUGH:

Monica was exposed to music at a young age and has been active ever since. She began taking piano lessons at age eight and found her singing voice before kindergarten. Her involvement in school choirs, musicals and solo/ensemble festivals elevated her interest in further studies. In 2012 Monica earned a BA degree in Music Education from Grand View University. Along with teaching private lessons, her experience includes organizing and leading music workshops for at-risk youth, directing choral works, composing music and lyrics, and performing professionally around Des Moines. "It is a privilege to help students turn their goals into reality." Students will learn to read music, perform expressively, and build a repertoire in an encouraging environment. Monica enjoys working with beginning students ages four to young adult.

KAARIN FASSE:

Kaarin Fasse holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg College, with piano as her primary instrument and flute secondary. While at Wartburg, Kaarin studied piano with Dr. Suzanne Torkelson and was a member of the Wartburg Wind Ensemble when the group made their Carnegie Hall debut. Kaarin has taught private piano lessons, group piano classes, and private flute lessons since 2000.

 
MARSHA FRIES:

I received my B.A. Degree in Instrumental, German and Vocal Music from Morningside College and my M.M.E Degree in Music Education Vocal and Instrumental from the University South Dakota. My career in teaching K-12 Instrumental and Vocal. My emphasis is elementary music. As well as teaching in the classroom I teach private instrumental and piano lessons focusing on the new learner and carrying them through to High School. I served as an adjudicator in area school competitions. It is really rewarding to see young musicians perform and be able share with them how to improve their playing techniques. I serve with Gloria Dei Church on the Worship Music group as Instrumental coordinator.

DOROTHY HECHT:

Dorothy studied music at Simpson College, and has studied private piano and organ for over 14 years. She currently plays and sings with the local band Dorothy Hecht and the Rubber Tramps. Dorothy loves to teach children and adults all styles of music, from classical to rock.


 
CONSTANCE KAMERICK:

Constance comes from a musical family and developed a passion for music at a young age. She has been singing since she could speak and playing piano for over 13 years. Her accomplishments began early by being accepted into Opus Honor Choir in elementary school as well as Iowa All State in high school. She then studied at Grand View University for music education. She has remained active in music by singing at her church, participating in choirs at both Grand View and Drake, and performing professionally for weddings and other events around the Des Moines area. Constance loves to keep things fun and entertaining to keep students motivated while learning important music fundamentals at the same time. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 adorable children, singing karaoke, shopping, and many other fun activities! She loves teaching students of all ages.

CANDACE MCGHEE:

Candace believes that piano is a sport for your hands and works on technique for all students, beginner to advanced – children, teens, and adults. Another building block of piano is theory, which is wrapped into piano lessons as well. She has a lot of fun helping her students in their progress. Candace has operated piano studios in Iowa and Massachusetts and has served as a church organist and music director in both states. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Harvard, her Church Music Certificate from Drake University studying under Carl Staplin, and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Music Teachers National Association. Candace’s works have been published in "The American Organist".

RON RIECKMANN:

Ron is a retired instrumental music instructor with 39 years of teaching experience in the public school system. He has many years of experience as a private teacher of saxophone, piano and organ. His saxophone students have been members of All-State bands and his piano and saxophone students have consistently received first place ratings at state music contests. He has frequently served as a saxophone clinician and honor band guest conductor. He has played organ, saxophone and piano for church since high school. Ron enjoys teaching students of all ages.

ZACH ROHLWING:

Zach holds a Masters of Music in Piano from the University of South Dakota, and a Bachelors of Music Education and Piano from Simpson College. A native of Des Moines, Zach recently returned to his hometown after spending 4 years teaching and performing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was Adjunct Professor of Piano and Voice at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. While in Pittsburgh, Zach was an active accompanist with the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and a chorus member with the Pittsburgh Opera in addition to singing with area chamber and symphonic choirs. Zach also operated a private piano studio in Irwin, PA where he taught beginning and intermediate students of all ages. Zach loves sharing his passion for music with students of all levels, whether they still need help finding middle C or they’re looking to fine-tune their professional skills.

TINA SIEBERNS:

Tina has a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in voice and piano, as well as a Master of Music with a voice and music history emphasis. Mrs. Sieberns was a teacher in the public schools for 31 years and co-director of the South Side Elementary Orchestra.

ZELJKA STIJACIC:

Zeljka has a Bachelor degree in Piano Pedagogy and Musicology. She received a Masters of Music degree from the University Paris 8, Paris, France. While in Paris, Zeljka taught piano at Municipal Music School and within the Artistic Group GAMAS. Zeljka currently teaches in the Des Moines Public Schools and Rieman Music.

DR. JUDY SVENGALIS:

Judy holds a BME from Cornell College, and MA and PhD from the University of Iowa. She served as Music Supervisor for the Des Moines Schools for 11 years. Judy has taught in the classroom and private piano, has served in state and national music associations, and has lectured in Iowa and nationally. She is on the faculty at Des Moines Area Community College where she teaches piano and music fundamental classes.

DALLAS TERRILL:

Dallas graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Vocal Music and a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. She was a 4-year member of the nationally recognized Cantamus Women’s Choir at ISU while taking voice lessons with Mary Creswell and Simon Estes. In addition to singing, Dallas has been playing piano, guitar, and many other instruments for a number of years. She has a passion for spreading the joy of music and the importance of musical education with her students. Along with the knowledge of a specific instrument, students will learn technique, theory, and musicality, as this will help to mold them into well-rounded musicians.

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