Zerbe

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

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I began hearing music even before I was born, as my parents played music almost constantly. Words and tunes evoke images and emotions of every color, and as a songwriter, the most fulfilling thing is to convey that in ways that move people.

My training includes classical piano lessons, and vocal training around the edges as I listened in on the voice lessons my Mom taught. As a preteen I began learning the violin, and later took up the trumpet and French horn and guitar. Other influences were jazz, Broadway and hymns, as my Dad was an Episcopalian priest who loved all kinds of music. My mother was and still is a church organist, so I picked that up from her. From an early age on, I had a big dose of folk and pop from the 60’s and 70’s to influence my guitar and later songwriting. Later on I picked up the mandolin and ukulele.

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. We do a lot of action songs, as these smart little ones' learning style is very connected with their body movements.

I also direct a choir of residents at Evergreen Retirement Community, mostly in their 80's and 90's. I do a lot of individualized re-writing and arranging to make songs more accessible, but still challenging, to them.

I play piano 3 mornings a week at mass for the retired Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Oshkosh. I also freelance as a piano accompanist for local choirs and student soloists.

I believe God gave us music to help us lift one another up, to boost humanity from our neediness and degradation to a place of beauty, praise and celebration, and to help us validate and express our human emotions.

The video of my song "For the Asking" features Stas Venglevski on the bayan, and was recorded by Mark & Karen Ward of Milwaukee. The song is about music lifting us up.

"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.

I sponsor musicians in my house concerts from time to time. One that is currently about to happen features Jutta and the Hi-Dukes, from Chicago. For details, please see my Facebook page Events.

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