Sydney, who began taking piano lessons at 88 Keys Academy when she was five years-old, is a sophomore at Belleville East. Sydney recently participated in the IGSMA contest and earned a 1st Superior on her piano piece. Sydney began teaching piano lessons last fall and her students really enjoy her. Sydney is a gifted musician! She has played the French horn since the 4th grade and she has been a part of the Wolf Branch concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band and rock bands since 5th grade. Sydney also plays the ukulele, accordion, and mallets. She is a sophomore at Belleville East High School.
Ashley is an 8th grade honors student at Whiteside Middle School. She has been playing piano for 5 years and is currently working through level six. She also plays the alto saxophone in her school’s concert and jazz bands. Ashley is also a member of the National Junior Honors Society and the school dance team. In her spare time she takes studio dance classes with the Belleville School of Ballet to practice her tap, jazz, ballet, and pointe skills. On Sundays you will find her watching NFL football and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
Ms. Hailey McGinnis
Hailey McGinnis is an 8th grade honors student at Fulton Jr. High School. She is a member of National Junior Honors Society, Student Council, Yearbook Club, and has participated in Cross Country all three years. Hailey started playing the piano when she was 7 years old. She has completed the Level 6 book and is working through the Mastering the Piano series. Hailey has a lot of fun with her youth group at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Her preferred pastimes are reading, playing soccer, working on art pieces, and hanging out with her friends.
Kayla is a 17 year-old senior at OTHS, where she takes all honor classes. She is a member of Student Council and a Captain of the Golden Girls Dance team. Kayla began taking piano lessons at the age of six - and completely fell in love with playing the piano. Kayla has even been hired to play for weddings and other events. She began teaching piano 4 years ago and her students range from 5-15 years old. Ms. Kayla spends extra time creating fun games for her students to help them learn music theory. After high school, she plans to continue teaching as an elementary school teacher (and a piano teacher on the side of course). In her spare time, Kayla takes ballet, lyrical and pre-pointe dance classes.
Ms. Hayley Dorn
Hayley Dorn is an Honor Student at Whiteside Middle School. She is in the National Junior Honor Society and has been in honors classes since sixth grade. Hayley plays the flute in the school band and piano in the jazz band. She also had the privilege to play the flute in the St. Clair County Honor Band. She has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and is currently a Cadette. In her free time, Hayley likes to read, do crafts, and play piano. Over the summer she has helped pack lunches for needy families and volunteered at a food pantry.