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Laurie L Thome

Raymond, IA 50667 (map)

Lessons Offered

Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

Hello! I live in Raymond, Iowa and in addition to teaching music lessons, I am also a pianist/organist and soloist for church services as well as weddings and funerals.  I sing in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Metropolitan Chorale and Agnus Dei choral group.  When not making music, I love to garden, cook, travel, and ride my bike. Come and have fun learning to sing or play the piano! 

My Musical Education Background

I hold a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and have been teaching private music lessons for 30 years. I am also a State of Iowa licensed teacher with 17 years of experience teaching grades 6-12 vocal music in schools around northeast Iowa and Des Moines area and currently substitute teach in several schools around my area. I have attended many music workshops and classes over the years to further develop my teaching and music skills with 36 graduate hours of additional instruction.  I am a member of the Iowa Choral Directors Association, the Iowa Alliance for the Arts, and the Voice Care Network.  

Genres and Subjects Taught

Voice:  Classical, Broadway, Pop/Country, Jazz, Christian/Religious

Piano:  Both tradtional Classical and Contemporary, Jazz, Pop/Country, Broadway

Also teach Music Theory, especailly as prep for college bound music majors.

Lesson Rates

$20 per 30 min. lesson

*An optional recital performance opportunity is also included each year at no extra cost. 

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Voice: All skill levels, ages 10 - adult

Piano: Beginner to intermediate advanced, ages 5 - adult

My Certifications and Awards

State of Iowa Professional Education License

Over 40 students accepted to the Iowa All-State Chorus

20+ accepted Iowa OPUS Honor Choir students 

Students consistently accepted to collegiate music programs with large music scholarships

Numerous Division I ratings at Iowa High School Music Association state music contests

Many students/groups achieving Outstanding Performance Awards from the Iowa High School Music Association

My Musical Influences

My grandparents on each side of my family played accordian and had pianos and organs that I was constantly playing around on while growing up.  I really have to thank my organ teacher, Ms. Donna Stambough, and high school music director, Mr. Brian Hughes, for their guidance and inspiration during my teenage years. Brian steered me into a music pathway at UNI instead of my original plan of becoming an accountant. Music is much more inspiring than accounting would have been!  The Voice Care Network at St. John's University in Minnesota, was incredibly inspiring in the development of my vocal skills as both a performer and teacher in addition to the top-notch musical training I received at the University of Northern Iowa from vocal, choral and piano professors. 

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