Zerbe

Music teacher to ages zero to ninety-nine in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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I have always loved to write. Words and tunes visit me often. Influences include nature, family, animals, love, life changes, and emotions of every color.

My training includes classical, jazz and sacred/spiritual in piano and voice, combined with a great big dose of folk from the 60’s and 70’s to influence my guitar. Later on I picked up the mandolin and ukulele, having great success with the uke. My family was/is a huge factor in how I create and utilize music.

Since February 2016, I've been a music teacher at Arts For Kids, a daycare center in Oshkosh. My students are from 4 months old to 4K. There is a lot you can teach these smart little people. My job as I see it, is to teach a fun bodily action to go along with each concept - these little smarties are very connected to their bodies, as well we all should be.

I also direct a choir of residents at Evergreen Retirement Community, mostly in their 80's and 90's. We rehearse weekly and give concerts twice a year. Many of them cannot see well, and some of them have one form of dementia or another. Yet there are those who really want to be challenged. So I do a lot of individualized re-writing and arranging that will work for them. It's time-consuming, but worth it.

I play piano 2-3x a week at morning mass for the retired Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Oshkosh. I freelance as a piano accompanist for local choirs and student soloists, I love to sing for any event that needs music with heart and soul. I get involved with fundraisers for good causes that lift up humanity. God gave us music in order to lift each other up, I believe.

In the vein of using music to lift up others and oneself, I wrote a song called "For the Asking". I was inspired by Stas Venglevski's bayan music. A bayan is similar to a small button accordion. Mark and Karen Ward video-recorded Stas and me in their Milwaukee studio in 2013 and I released the audio as a single on cdbaby.com in 2014.

"Sweetly 'Neath the Moon", my CD of lullabies, was released shortly after our daughter Erica;s first child, Kailey, was born in 2013. Other cd's of mine are "A Long Way To Go", "Rooted and Free" and "Dorothy Zerbe and the Savage Beast String Band Live at Mt. Morris". My CD's are available on cdbaby.com and songsforteaching.com, in hard copy or digitally, or directly from me.

One of my goals creatively is to sew baby-safe blankets and pair them with my lullaby CD. I used to sew a lot, and I'd like to get back into it.

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  • Work
    • Creative Musician, freelance
  • Education
    • BA LeTourneau U, Humanities, 1980; BSN, UW-Oshkosh, Nursing, 2007