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Billy Lawley began playing piano at the age of 5 and began singing at the age of 15, after which he continued his classical vocal studies at Southern Methodist University with the Meadows School of the Arts.
Billy previously was employed as an Elementary Music Instructor in the Dallas Independent School District. His accolades as an educator include Teacher of the Year for the 2009--2010 school year as well as Director of the All City Elementary Honor Choir in Dallas. He currently works with the San Francisco Opera Guild providing music education services in local schools in creating operettas based on either curriculum or challenges faced every day in the students' communities.
In addition to teaching, Billy has performed in musicals with numerous theaters in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since relocating to northern California, he enjoys singing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and has performed in Götterdämmerung, the final opera of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, during the summer of 2018 as well as Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten in the fall of 2019. He also exposes students to the art of opera through the Livermore Valley Opera School Outreach Program and performed with The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite during the holiday season of 2019. In addition, Billy played the character of Nobody in Lucinda y Las Flores de la Nochebuena: A Children's Opera in One Act by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire with the San Francisco Opera Guild during the 2018 and 2019 holiday seasons. He also enjoys caroling with The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers throughout northern California in November and December of each year.
Billy has a degree in music therapy and has experience using music to reach children and adults that have individualized needs.
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How is Billy unique as a Music Instructor?
Billy has fifteen years of experience teaching private voice and piano.
Billy has a degree in Music Therapy and has significant experience working with students who have special needs.
Billy has worked with students as young as 4 years and as old as 75 years. He can teach students of any age.
Billy has significant professional training in both opera and musical theater, as well as a strong understanding of popular music. Billy can focus on the musical taste of the student during any voice or piano lesson.
Billy has Classical training on piano but also can teach students to use lead sheets to play popular music.
Billy truly has the experience to teach a diverse range of students with a variety of musical needs!