West Suburban Chapter Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, Illinois.  Trinity Episcopal Church is located on the corner of West and Wesley Streets in downtown Wheaton.  The monthly business meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments provided.  Each month’s presentation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.


April 6, 2017

Business 9:30 a.m.

Program 10:00 a.m.


This month’s meeting

Wouldn’t you love it if all new piano students came to you with a solid rhythmic and tonal foundation before they begin lessons? A strong musical foundation that can (and should!) be laid in the early years is such a benefit to the success and enjoyment of beginning piano lessons, but if a student never received that foundation, it’s up to us to fill it in with a wealth of basic musicianship activities along the way. We will explore optimal musical experiences for young children before they begin lessons, strategies for working with young beginning piano students and how to continue these types of activities into the intermediate years, as well as tips for assessing readiness and working with parents.


Kathlyn Sbarboro, NCTM, Piano Coordinator for the Community Music & Arts Center at Harper College, teaches group and private lessons to students of all levels and piano pedagogy, and oversees all piano performance festivals, recitals, and student placement. Ms. Sbarboro has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy. She is recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teacher’s National Association, through which she has held numerous committee and officer positions at the state and local chapter levels, including President and Member of the Year for the West Suburban Illinois State Music Teachers Association. Ms. Sbarboro teaches Music Together® and Early Childhood Music classes throughout the suburbs and has earned the Certification 1 and Workshop Song Presenter status through Music Together® Inc. She also maintains an independent piano studio, and is active in the Chicago area as a workshop clinician and festival/competition judge.

Before, During, and Beyond: Musical Experiences for the Young


Kathy Sbarboro