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(815) 708-7624
6540 Thomas Parkway, Rockford, IL 61114-8159

About Neighborhood Music

Since November 2007, Neighborhood Music has been providing top-notch music lessons in Rockford, Illinois. Dr. Sward is committed to serving the needs of her students through flexible schedules, affordable rates, and a positive learning atmosphere.

Teaching Experience
Dr. Sward is a retired orchestra director who has taught piano and stringed instrument lessons to more than 1,500 trainees. Her students and orchestras consistently have won first-place awards at regional and state competitions.
Educational Background
Dr. Sward has the following degrees in music: a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College, Master's Degree and Doctoral Degree in Music from Northwestern University. Some of the other institutions where she has studied music include:

  • Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • UW-Stevens Point 
  • UW-Whitewater
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • State University of New York
  • Aix-en-Provence, France



The professional organizations with which she is affiliated include Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Fraternity.

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