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(815) 708-7624
6540 Thomas Parkway, Rockford, IL 61114-8159
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About Our Professional Music Lessons in Rockford, IL

We’ve been teaching students the beauty of music since November 2007 through extensive, high-quality music lessons in Rockford, IL. Our highly experienced instructor, Dr. Sward, is committed to patiently helping her students develop their musical skills through flexible schedules, affordable rates, and a positive learning environment.

Teaching Experience

You won’t find a more dedicated music teacher than Dr. Sward. Her experience as an orchestra director has allowed her to teach piano and stringed instrument lessons to more than 1800 trainees. Her teaching is highly effective, boasting first place in many regional and state competitions with her orchestra and students. Contact us today to learn more about her music classes. Students will learn how to:

  • Improve Reading Skills
  • Increase Vocabulary and Language Ability
  • Develop Listening Skills, Abstract Thinking, and Imagination
  • Increase Memory Skills, Build Concentration
  • Build Social Skills, Self-Discipline, Patience, and Improve Behavior
  • Develop Fine Motor Skills Needed for Writing
  • Build Confidence and Emotional Growth
  • Perform and Teach Kids to Deal with Nerves and Stressful Presentation Situations

Educational Background & Memberships

Helping children achieve musical excellence has also been part of Dr. Sward’s journey in developing her musical prowess. Learning how to read music and play an instrument is integral to mental stimulation, and nurturing that love for music is reflected in Dr. Sward’s academic history.

Academic Achievements 

Bachelor of Arts Degree – Knox College
Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree in Music- Northwestern University

Academic History

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


Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity
Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Fraternity