Teresa Stroud


I began playing the piano at a very young age.  I became a music teacher because I have a passion for music and because I wanted to use my life to make a difference in the lives of others.  I grew up as a Baptist preacher's child and attended many small churches in which the music minister, choirs, and pianists were not educated in music. Therefore, I wanted to help educate future musicians in preparing them to allow hymns and praise and worship to be more enhanced, meaningful and worshipful to God. However, I love teaching most styles of music.  It is my belief that God deserves our best in every aspect of our lives.

I believe we are born with musical ability just like we are born to speak. It is my goal to help develop that ability. I believe each student is unique. Therefore, I teach each lesson with the learning style that will best benefit the student at his/her level of learning. In weekly lessons, I emphasize music theory, technique, rhythm, ear training, sight reading, improvisation, and expression ( musicianship). In addition, I use supplemental materials to assist students in accomplishing their goals and incorporate pieces that reflect the student's interests.  I want to give each student the opportunity to play/sing material that they enjoy and have a sense of accomplishment. I want to instill in students a love of music that they will enjoy for the rest of their lives. 

I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. I received several scholarships, one of them being a piano scholarship.  I also received the most improved pianist award while attending Mississippi State.  I have taught all grades at Edinburgh and Union Public Schools in Mississippi and have had students to receive scholarships in music to attend college. My college career made my love for the piano bloom through expression.  I want to share the gift of music with everyone while giving honor & glory to God.