Meet the Teacher
BECKY THARP

 

 

Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up singing with my family and I began taking piano lessons when I was in first grade. When my 5th grade music class began the recorder unit, I fell in love with the recorder and practiced it constantly. Later during that same year I taught myself to play the flute and clarinet, but when it came time to choose a main instrument for band, I chose the oboe (thanks for suggesting it, mom!). During the next few years I learned to play the bassoon and saxophone, and by the time I was in eighth grade I was playing almost every woodwind instrument in some kind of ensemble. Throughout high school I continued to play all of the woodwind instruments, focusing more on oboe and bassoon, along with singing in the high school choir and taking private voice and piano lessons. During my middle and high school years I sang in the church choir and played in the church handbell choir. I performed in Solo & Ensemble every year, going to the state level 3 times with an oboe solo, once with a bassoon solo, and several times as a part of various woodwind choirs, jazz bands, and other small ensembles. In 2003 I auditioned for and was accepted into the Wisconsin State Honors Band.

 

My college experience began with Trinity International University, which I attended as a music education major for one year in 2004-2005, studying oboe under Naomi Bensdorf and piano under Debbie Gillette. During my time at Trinity I was a member of the Symphonic Band, the Trinity Community Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concert Choir, and the Handbell Choir. I then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as a music therapy major for an additional two years, from 2006-2008. While attending UW-Eau Claire I studied under oboe professor Dr. Christa Garvey and piano professors Hyeson Ahn and Dr. Nicholas Phillips. At UW-Eau Claire I was a member of the Symphony Band, the Symphony Orchestra, the University Band (playing clarinet and bassoon), the UW-Eau Claire Oboe Band, and the bassoon ensemble Cane Mutiny. In 2007 I was given the opportunity to be one of the student soloists who played the piano in the Bosendorfer Salon at the Viennese Ball. My performances since leaving UW-Eau Claire include a year of performing clarinet and oboe/clarinet duets with a friend at local venues, playing the oboe as a substitute with the UW-River Falls Symphony Band and the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, playing bassoon in the River Valley Band in Hastings, MN, and singing in the church choir. I currently play in the church handbell choir, and during the summer I sing with the River City Chorale in Hudson, WI.

 

My teaching experience dates back to my freshman year of high school. From 2000-2004 I volunteered at our local middle school once a week to work with band students who had stayed after school to make up a lesson or to get extra help, taught the flute, oboe and bassoon to friends, and during my senior year coached and performed with a clarinet choir. Between 2004 and 2009 I taught various piano and woodwind lessons while also going to school or working full time. My experiences working with people who have disabilities come from working as an autism therapist, babysitting children with special needs, working in group homes with adults with various abilities and disabilities, having several friends who happen to have disabilities, and having a physical disability myself. In July of 2010 I opened a full time private teaching studio for piano and woodwind students, making the transition to all online lessons in September 2012 and opening my Prescott studio in 2014. I am a member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. When I'm not playing or teaching, I enjoy photography, woodburning, crocheting, spending time with my pet bird, working with my service dog, listening to music, baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In addition to teaching private lessons, I sell my crocheted items and my father’s music humor products with my family at craft fairs on summer weekends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to begin lessons? E-mail me using the Contact page or call me at 715-220-2391.