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

Since November 2007, Neighborhood Music has been providing top-notch music lessons in Rockford, IL. 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 1800 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.

Helping Children Find Their Niche Through Music Lessons in Rockford, IL

Every parent wants the best experiences for their children as they grow up. Ideally, you want them to explore different activities to find their skill set with a variety of sports and lessons hoping to find something they will be happy and proud to participate in. Whether it’s soccer, gymnastics, or swimming, to name a few, most of us want to keep our school-age children’s schedule loaded with fun activities.

We all listen to our favorite songs snapping our fingers, tapping our toes, swaying to the beat as we sing out and have a great time. Come to sign your child or children up for stringed instrument lessons or even piano lessons and consider that they will take away the same enjoyment from the experience of learning to create their own music. At Neighborhood Music they will also reap the benefits of music education through music lessons such as:

• Improved Reading Skills
• Increased Vocabulary and Language Ability
• Developing Listening Skills, Abstract Thinking, and Imagination
• Increasing Memory Skills, Builds Concentration
• Building Social Skills, Self-Discipline, Patience and Improve Behavior
• Developing Fine Motor Skills Needed for Writing
• Building Confidence and Emotional Growth
• Performances Teach Kids to Deal with Nerves and Stressful Presentation Situations

Contact us at Neighborhood Music and get your children signed up to work with our experienced, dedicated music teacher today. We proudly serve Rockford, IL, and the surrounding areas.