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 continuously. Words and tunes evoke images and emotions of every color, and as a songwriter, I find deep fulfillment in conveying those colors in ways that move people.

My training includes formal classical piano, and vocal guidance 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, French horn and guitar. Early listening influences were jazz, big band, Broadway, pop, folk and hymns, as my Dad was an Episcopalian priest who loved all kinds of music. My mother, in addition to being a soprano soloist, was the church organist, so I picked that up from her. The folk and pop I heard in the 60’s and 70’s really influenced my guitar and later songwriting. More recently, I picked up ukulele, and learned to pick out a tune on a mandolin.

I love kids; one of my favorite jobs was teaching music at Arts For Kids, a daycare center in Oshkosh. My students were from 4 months old to 4K.

I also directed a choir of residents at Evergreen Retirement Community, mostly in their 80's and 90's. I did a lot of individualized re-writing and arranging to make songs more accessible to their limited sight. In early 2019 I gave up the daycare music and choir teaching in order to spend more time with my then 94-yr-old Mama 3 states away.

As I have time and am back in WI, I may play piano for morning mass for the retired Franciscan Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Oshkosh. I also freelance as a piano accompanist for local school choirs and student soloists.

I believe God gave us music to help us lift humanity out of trouble to a place of beauty, praise and celebration; 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 tells how music moves us and liberates us. You can find it on Youtube.

"Sweetly 'Neath the Moon", my CD of lullabies, was released shortly after our first granddaughter, Kailey, was born in 2013. Other cd's of mine are "A Long Way To Go", 2001, "Rooted and Free", 2005 and "Dorothy Zerbe and the Savage Beast String Band Live at Mt. Morris", 2014. My CD's are available on cdbaby.com and songsforteaching.com, in hard copy or digitally, or directly from me. They are also available via i-tunes.

I sponsor musicians in my house concerts from time to time: https://www.facebook.com/dorothyzerbesongs/

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