"Ms. Garin was my first piano teacher—I began studying with her in first grade and continued into high school. She was excellent at emphasizing technique/fundamentals while keeping lessons loose and fun. Ms. Garin also allowed me to play in many different styles, which I greatly appreciated! She has a great sense of humor, an excellent rapport with children and adults alike, and a knack for making her students look forward to their lessons each week. She was also super patient with me on the numerous occasions that I failed to practice for my lessons (oops, sorry!). I'm a professional musician now, and I have much to owe to Ms. Garin for getting me started and developing my love for music. Highly recommend!"
- Kathryn L.
"I took piano lessons from Ms. Garin for almost 11 years. Over that time, she not only taught me about music theory and piano techniques, but her guidance helped me learn about hard work, dedication, and artistry. She catered her lessons to me personally, exposing me to various styles of music, and making sure I was always interested in what I was learning or playing. As I progressed, she allowed me to explore options in songwriting and play some of my own compositions at her student recitals. Over the years, my mom and I both came to know Paulette as a very approachable and caring person with a passion for music and teaching. By now, I consider Paulette a close personal friend and cannot recommend her highly enough."
- Dan S.
My students' precious hands
Miss Garin has provided award-winning instruction to hundreds of students. She is motivated by her love of music and the passion to transfer her knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine. She has taught students of all ages and abilities for many years having several who have gone on to major in music themselves.
A native Kenoshan, Miss Garin is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she attended on a 4-year Music Department Scholarship studying both piano and voice. She also holds a Masters in Education from Loyola University Chicago. The Wisconsin Music Teachers Association has twice recognized Miss Garin for “Proven Teaching Excellence.
Miss Garin says, "Working with my students on a daily basis and the relationships that I have established with them is probably the primary thing I enjoy about my work. Piano/voice study often continues for years so I come to know my students quite well. It is so rewarding to see them grow and develop in their music abilities often from the time they are small until they graduate High School. I also enjoy working with the many adult students who have come to my studio over the years either as brand new beginners or someone wanting to renew their music skills from childhood."
"I teach using the most current books and teaching materials for piano study and follow the curriculum guidelines of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association District Auditions/Badger Competition.
My goal is for them to become great note readers with beautiful technique and interpretation following a path to Classical Music, BUT I also teach Christmas songs, Ragtime, Jazz, Disney, etc. to capture my students' interest."
"In my career I have worked with young singers as a school music teacher, director of musical productions, and in a private studio setting as instructor/accompanist.
With young singers, my immediate goals are to help them sing on pitch with correct rhythm and diction as well as work with them on proper breath control."