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"My daughter Megan came to teacher Cathy after taking 2 years of piano lessons for beginners with another teacher. Catharina's Clackamas piano lessons in Clackamas, OR was highly recommended by the staff at Wally`s Music Shop in Oregon City. I am constantly amazed at how Megan has excelled and loves to learn to play piano since coming to Cathy for the past 4 years. I never have to argue with Megan to practice on the piano. My daughter is always excited to play piano and also to share with our family. I constantly find myself thinking "When did you learn this!? Wow, all of that today!!" Cathy has helped instill a confidence in Megan that no money can buy and we are truly blessed to have found her. If you come to Cathy for private piano lessons in Clackamas you will absolutely receive more than piano lessons- things that money just can`t buy. How to play the piano well is the added bonus!" Parent, Debbi Book
Hello, I'm Catharina. Thank you for checking out Catharina's Clackamas piano lessons in Clackamas, OR/ piano lessons in Happy Valley, OR. Because of my background in working with children from pre-school through Highschool as the music teacher and piano teacher and performing at numerous venues as a professional musician, I understand the importance of creating a friendly, safe, and stimulating learning environment for my piano students! I love everyone who comes to my piano studio to learn to play the piano and try my best to bring them to their full potential as skilled pianists while building up their self-confidence in a nurturing atmosphere. I love to praise them when they play piano at school talent shows, churches, recitals, play piano at home for their family and friends, or simply play the piano for their beloved pet! That's what it's all about. Fun relaxed private piano lessons- piano lessons for beginners & up with seriously great results!
With more than 25 years of experience in private piano lessons for beginners - late intermediate Catharina Esplin provides award-winning instruction to her students at Catharina's Clackamas piano lessons in Clackamas, OR. She is motivated by her love of music and the passion for transferring her knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.
For over 25 years Catharina has taught music in Public Schools in South Africa and America, produced numerous school concerts, worked on a part-time basis as a professional musician, songwriter, worship leader and recording artist and taught beginner piano lesson for kids to late intermediate as well as adult piano lessons. She was born in South Africa and received her Bachelors of Arts from Potchefstroom University H.C E. in 1977 and her Post Graduate teaching diploma from Rand Afrikaans University in 1978. Her accomplishments include the production of school musicals and performing music for President Lucas Mangope of Boputatswana at Sun City on December 31st, 1989. Catharina and her husband recorded their own songs on CD and has performed on South African TV as well as Radio Pulpit and locally on MCTV, Portland, OR.
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FROM THE DESK OF TODD & TISHA SPARKS
Our daughter, Londyn Marley Sparks, has had the honor of taking piano lessons from Cathy Esplin since February 2014. Londyn was five years old when she began. Cathy is the most loving and patient teacher I have ever met! She is a beautiful and gifted songwriter, musician, and singer! Cathy and her husband Ken both write, sing, and play all kinds of instruments! Cathy is an organized and gifted teacher who makes learning fun! She is energetic, very creative, and uses age-appropriate techniques for her students and builds their conﬁdence through encouragement and praise!
Cathy is very loving and is extremely patient with every single student! I have no musical background, so I was hesitant to have my daughter begin lessons only as I was unable to help her with practice in between weekly lessons! Cathy came up with the brilliant idea of having another student who lived nearby help Londyn with practicing once a week! It has been a tremendous gift to our family! Each year Cathy picks out an older student to mentor Londyn. What a gift ~ for the mentor, the student, and the Mamma!!!
I can personally attest that choosing Catharina’s Clackamas Piano Lessons has been a wonderful gift for my daughter! It has given her conﬁdence, brought out her musical gifts, helped her academically, spiritually, and most importantly, given us a wonderful, beautiful, and loving friend! Cathy is dear to us and has become part of our family, not just a teacher! She is THAT amazing! Try her! I promise you will feel as I do ~ Blessed to have her!
Sincerely yours, Tisha & Todd Sparks
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Catharina Esplin (Cathy). I have known Cathy for just about four years now. My grandson took piano lessons with Cathy started at age four. The progress that he made during his nine months with Cathy as a teacher far exceeded any expectations I had and demonstrated to me what a wonderful teacher she is. Not only did my grandson grow as a piano player he gained more confidence in himself. Playing and practicing the piano was not a chore but rather an activity he performed happily and voluntarily. Cathy was able to impart her enthusiasm and love of playing the piano onto my grandson. Rather than work directly from a piano lesson book, she customized the music and lessons to his current skill level while at the same time providing challenges to keep the learning process going. He had more incentive and motivation to practice and play.
I was able to observe the last few minutes of most of my grandson's lessons. This is where I witnessed the wonderful connection that developed between teacher and student. Cathy would relish in my grandson's accomplishments and acknowledge each newly learned measure of music.
She is very proud of each student as was evident during recitals. Each student, regardless of their level of knowledge, performed their piano piece with excitement and enthusiasm. It was evident that Cathy encouraged each student to bring part of his or her own character into the music. Cathy made learning the piano a magical thing. Cathy is not only friendly and patient, but also is good at gauging her students’ level of knowledge and ability.
Her commitment to her students is evident. Cathy sees each student as an individual and draws upon their strengths to teach them in ways that work best for them. I respect Cathy for many of her qualities but most of all because she can connect with her students and is a very positive and encouraging teacher who is able to make confident self-motivated piano players out her students. I highly recommend Cathy as a piano teacher and am envious of her future students who can experience her contagious passion and love of music firsthand.
Sincerely, Corena Schultz