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theory, ear-training, improvisation
Learn Jazz to classical piano
Aft/eves: M, T, W, Th, Su
Located downtown Osseo, NE corner of Maple Grove, S of Champlin, NW Brooklyn Park. Located in NOLA Bistro building.
All ages welcome. Students' lessons are taken on a new 5'8" grand piano. You will be 
exposed to the widest range of keyboard possibilities, including synthesizer, MIDI,  
and computer/keyboard multi-track recording.  

Cheri's private studio utilizes technology-based theory and ear-training programs 
(optional).  Students are also encouraged, but not required, to participate in the 
piano skills, repertoire, theory and ear-training exams sponsored by Minnesota 
Music Teachers Association. (These are useful benchmarks of progress.)  Numerous 
recital opportunities are available throughout the year, giving the student 
opportunity to hone repertoire and performing abilities, as desired.  

Cheri earned her B.A. in classical piano from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her 
master's work at Emory University in Atlanta further deepened her knowledge of music 
history and performance practice.  Cheri has studied jazz piano with Laura Caviani of 
Minneapolis, Sean Turner at the McNally School of Music in St. Paul, and Ted Howe 
in Atlanta.  She is Master Certified with the Minnesota Music Teachers' Association 
(MMTA), where she helped produce the ground-breaking Popular Styles Exam Syllabus.

Cheri has received statewide air-play performing Bach on Minnesota Public Radio.  At 
the other end of the spectrum, her funk-jazz performing group Wild Honey 
(, with Cheri as leader and arranger, has been 
featured on KBEM Jazz 88 FM's program, "Jazz and the Spirit," as well as KARE-11 
television's morning program, "Minnesota Showcase."  

Cheri actively performs solo jazz piano and rock keyboard for private parties.  She also 
offers educational programs to seniors on historical jazz piano (ragtime, 
stride, blues, and boogie-woogie). Finally, she is a longtime church music director, 
specializing in organ and leader of contemporary worship.