Note: At this point Elaine is only accepting special needs students.
Elaine Whitaker is our new Piano, Guitar and Adaptive Lessons Teacher here at Loveland Music Academy. Elaine graduated with a degree in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton in May 2009. She finished her internship at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, FL in May 2010 and passed the CBMT board exam in early September 2010. She has completed practicum semesters in nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, high school special education classrooms, early intervention preschool classrooms, and hospice wings in hospitals.
Elaine has been playing piano since age 7 and guitar for the past 5 years. Classically trained, Elaine also has taken three years of jazz piano. She has been singing as long as she can remember and has sung in school choirs, school musicals, and in a Sweet Adeline barbershop chorus. Elaine also cantors in church and has competed in barbershop quartet competitions for 4 years. Her present barbershop quartet won the regional competition this year and will move on to Internationals in the Fall. Elaine played flute in her grade school band and played recorder and other historical instruments as part of a medieval and Renaissance ensemble in college. She also took percussion lessons in college as part of her degree. Her motto is “If I can’t play it yet, I will soon.” Her newest ambitions are the ukulele and the violin.
Elaine started teaching piano lessons her freshmen year of high school in 2001 at the Music Station in Loveland and now gives private lessons in the home. She has been giving private guitar lessons since 2009.
Her dream is to make it possible for anybody to learn to play an instrument, no matter what difficulties they are facing. Her motto can be anybody’s motto, “If I can’t play it yet, I will soon.”
For more information about Elaine’s adaptive lessons and music therapy please click on this link.