As a music teacher, I try to create a nurturing environment where students of all ages are empowered to learn and grow as musicians. For children's lessons, I encourage parents to sit in on lessons, especially in the first year. This will help you help your child at home and help you understand the expectations for their progress. Listening to assigned repertoire at home, as well as attending live music performances, is also a key part of musical growth for my students. Weekly 30, 45, and 60-minute lessons are available year-round. I teach at the Omaha School of Music and Dance. For details regarding availability, fees, and any other questions, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page, or reach out directly to the school.
ages 6 and up
For my very youngest students, it's best to think of lessons with me more as a vocal music class. We will sing fun, engaging, age-appropriate songs while we work on developing good posture and breathing habits, recognizing high and low pitches, the difference between rhythm and beat, and solfege. For older students - middle school and up - our repertoire study will be broad, to include western classical music of all eras, from classic musical theater to art song and early music. I work with both soloists and choral singers, developing a flexible and healthy technique. With teenagers, I work on age-appropriate repertoire as well as on studying and developing foundational technique for both solo and ensemble singing. If basic music reading skills are not already present, a portion of each lesson will be spent studying music theory. With adult students, the focus is on musical interpretation and style in addition to healthy vocal technique for the repertoire in question.
Suzuki Piano Lessons
ages 4 and up
(Younger students are considered on a case by case basis.) In beginning Suzuki lessons, the focus is on posture, tone, and aural skills. At the outset, music is learned by ear and rote. Music reading is generally introduced in Book 2. By Book 4, music is learned primarily through reading. New Suzuki parents will have a meeting (in person or via Zoom) with me to discuss the method and expectations before finalizing the decision to use the Suzuki method. After an initial meeting, the parent and student will observe 4 lessons of another Suzuki student. The parent will also need to read either Ability Development from Age Zero or Nurtured by Love (Shinichi Suzuki).
Traditional Piano Lessons
ages 6 and up
Younger students may be considered if they have good reading skills. Students will learn to play by ear, to play by rote, and to read music. The focus is primarily on common practice period repertoire, but with forays into other styles like jazz and blues. We will also work on music theory and technical exercises. In my studio, students will develop the musicianship skills to work with traditional sheet music, lead sheets, and lyric sheets. Some time will be also be spent learning about transposing, composing, and improvising.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Cheryl Shafer Moore, mezzo-soprano, now lives and teaches in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her BA in Music from Sonoma State University, her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico, and her DMA in Early Music Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University.
Cheryl is a versatile singer, comfortable both as a soloist and as an ensemble member, working in many musical styles and eras from medieval rondeaux to bel canto opera. As a soloist, she has performed in operas, musicals, and in the concert hall with Cinnabar Theater, The Jarvis Center, Northstar Opera Repertory Theater, Red Bluff Masterworks Chorale, Sonoma Bach, Valhalla Productions, Verismo Opera, and more. Favorite stage roles include The Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Amneris in Verdi's Aida, and Erda in Wagner's Siegfried. Concert appearances have included alto solos in Vivaldi's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, and Bach's Johannes-Passion. As an ensemble performer, she is currently a section leader at St Cecilia. She has previously sung with groups including Apollo's Fire, Circa 1600, Opera Cleveland, Opera San Jose, Quire Cleveland, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, and Vajra Voices. In 2019, Cheryl sang the role of Lynda Bird Johnson in the west coast premiere of Henry Mollicone's Lady Bird.
At the keyboard, she has accompanied ballet classes, singers, choirs, and chamber ensembles on piano piano and harpsichord. She has been teaching music classes and lessons for over 20 years in private studios and at the high school level. She was also a music instructor at Southside Virginia Community College and an applied voice instructor at Iowa Western Community College. In addition, she directed the women's choir of Cinnabar Theater from 2015-2020. She began her Suzuki studies in 2021 and continues to work on her Suzuki teacher training every summer.
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