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August 2014 Teacher Spotlight

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Katie DeNure is a classically trained vocalist that teaches guitar and voice in a wide range of styles.  She is also a singer/songwriter. Since 2002, Katie has had the privilege to lead music for hundreds of Youth Conferences, Women's Retreats, Young Adult Gatherings, Special Events, and Church Services.  Katie has been teaching private music lessons for since 2008, and has also worked with the Renaissance School for the Arts and other area schools in the Fox Valley.  Katie’s unique use of technology in her studio provides her students more ways to advance and retain their skills with her wide variety of professionally filmed online lessons.  Other instruments Katie plays include the flute, Irish Penny Whistles and piano. Katie teaches acoustic, as well as electric styles, and accepts students 8 years old and up. Katie also specializes in group guitar and voice lessons.  In addition to her musical abilities, Katie is also a fluent Spanish speaker and is a certified teacher in Bilingual/ELL and Regular Education.  For more information, visit her website at

What is your favorite thing to do outside of music? 
I love to run or be active outdoors, and I also enjoy volunteering at church.

Tell us why you love teaching
. I started to teach when I was in my early teens as a martial arts instructor. I realized that I enjoyed teaching and decided to pursue a career in education. I currently teach Bilingual Literacy in a Public School grades 6-8. I love to teach because I love to learn. My students teach me more than they realize, and I enjoy that particular aspect of the classroom.

kd2What is your favorite musical moment in your career? 
I feel most at home and most like myself when I'm playing or leading worship in my church. Everytime I get to play at church is my favorite "musical moment".

Tell us about your group lessons
. I launched a group lesson model that pairs students of similar abilities. I wanted to make lessons more accessible to others that wanted to take lessons but didn't necessarily have the funds or an abundance of time. It's great for families with siblings because they are able to take lessons together. I even have a few parents that take lessons with their children, which makes it a fun family activity. Paired with the group lessons is an online component that contains virtual guitar lessons. The students can learn new songs and musical concepts on their own, or they can review concepts taught in class at their own pace.

kd1What one parent said about Katie: 
"My daughter has taken guitar lessons with Katie DeNure for 2 years and it has been a blessing. Katie is extremely professional and very talented. But most importantly, Katie is an excellent example for my daughter—I am glad that my daughter is able to glean life lessons and guitar knowledge from Katie. My dau


ghter’s love for music and the guitar has grown considerably in her time learning with Katie." 
- Kris Petsche

What one student said about Katie: 
"Katie has been very influential in my life. Before I met her, I played my music to simply entertain others, and sometimes to impress them. Now, because of her, music means much more to me. I play music for the Lord. It's my gift to Him, because he has blessed me so much." 
- Morgan Vandeyacht