Billie Howard
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Music Study

  • classical and contemporary piano
  • classical and contemporary violin
  • songwriting, theory

Billie Howard offers quality piano, violin, and songwriting instruction for students at any level, ages 4 and up. With 20 years of teaching experience (14 years as a professor for Concordia University's Preparatory and Community Piano Program), Billie has extensive experience providing a creative, supportive environment for students to engage musically and emotionally. Lessons focus on not only developing technical skills, but also incorporating theory, musicality, improvisation, composition, and more, as students are exposed to music of all styles. Billie holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, where she studied the traditional and contemporary teaching methods with Dr. Marcia Bosits. 

Billie's students have been awarded Gold and Silver medals in the Chicago Area Music Teacher Association's (CAMTA) Sonata-Sonatina Festival and CAMTA Composition Festival. Her students have received top scores in the Achievement in Music (AIM) Examinations and the Concordia Music Achievement Exams. Billie has also been a volunteer keyboard coach for Girls Rock! Chicago, a non-profit committed to educating girls and transgender & gender non-conforming youth about the musical, technical, and creative aspects involved in musicianship.

Billie is also the creator and director of the Popular Music for Piano Camp, which was founded at Concordia University Chicago in 2013. The annual summer camp will celebrate it's 6th iteration in 2018. For more information on the camp, visit billiejeanhoward.com/camp

For more information on private lessons, please submit the form below. 

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POPULAR MUSIC FOR PIANO CAMP 2018

Students entering grades 5 through 9 are invited to participate in the “Popular Music for Piano” summer camp at Narloch Piano Studio in Chicago.  Morning, half-day sessions are available during the camp, which runs from June 25-29 [SESSION ONE], and July 30 - August 2 [SESSION TWO], 9am to 12pm each weekday. 

“Have you always dreamed of adding your name to the list of great songwriters? If you already play piano, then this camp is for you!” says camp director Billie Howard. “Write and record your own song, play songs with other campers, and learn theory and techniques used in popular music.”

Students will learn the basic skills used in composing music, learn to play current pop and rock hits, and will have the opportunity to record their original songs. Registrants will receive a workbook for the week and a digital recording of the song they will write. All attendees must be able to play piano proficiently, including basic triad chords, with three years of previous study recommended.

Howard holds a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in piano and violin performance from Montana State University. She has been on the piano faculty of Concordia University Chicago since 2004. Howard performs with several Chicago-area groups and has been featured on studio recordings by American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Grammy-nominated children’s artist Justin Roberts and many other recording artists. 

LISTEN TO SONGS WRITTEN AT PAST CAMPS

For more information and to register for camp, please fill out the form below. 

LOCATION

Camp will take place at Narloch Piano Studio in Ravenswood Manor, 4636 N Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL.

DATES

Session I: June 25-29th, 9am-12pm daily 

Session II: July 30-August 3, 9am-12pm daily ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT

TUITION

Session I: $275 if paid before June 1, $299 if paid before June 20th

Session II: $275 if paid before July 1, $299 if paid before July 20th

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