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Cassie Whetstone, B.S.

INSTRUCTOR OF PIANO AND THEORY

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Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Castleton

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

With a degree in Educational Studies and a minor in Keyboard Pedagogy from Taylor University, 2018 graduate Cassandra Whetstone is eager to begin her career in music education. Her musical journey began as an enthusiastic 8-year-old enrolled in piano lessons. Since those days, she has continued developing her classical piano skills as well as piano education, song writing, and contemporary worship leading. Her favorite classical performances at Taylor University include Handel’s Piano Sonata No. 37 and a set from Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Op. 15. As an undergraduate teacher, she taught her first piano students through Taylor’s Center for Musical Development. Over the past ten years, she has had the opportunity to serve as a worship leader at her local church and as a visiting worship leader and musician at places like David’s Tent in Washington, D.C. and the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

Her formative musicianship was shaped by Mrs. Tina Norris. Under Mrs. Norris’ balanced curriculum of classical and contemporary instruction, Cassandra laid the foundation for what would become a central part of her identity as a musician and educator. She strives to be as encouraging, patient, and wise as her mentor. During her four years at Taylor University, she studied piano under Dr. Leon Harshenin and her pedagogy mentor was Mrs. Kathryn Grile. It was under their guidance she discovered a passion for music theory and developing the musicianship of young students. Her mission in teaching piano is to broaden her students’ musical perspectives, cultivate their creativity and expression, promote confidence, and develop life skills that they can take beyond the piano bench.