Katie Colby


Instruments & Instruction Offered

Piano (any age, any level)
Voice (any age, any level)


Lesson Rates


Education & Experience


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008
Bachelor of Music Education, Choral Emphasis



Music Teacher, Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, CO 08/2015 - Present
  • Taught Beginning Men’s Chorus, Intermediate Mixed Chorus and Beginning Guitar
  • Assistant Marching Band Director, Pep Band Director and Theater Music Co-Director
  • Presented concerts quarterly; collaborated with music department to establish high quality music performances
  • Created Beginning Guitar Curriculum to incorporate traditional note reading as well as Modern Band concepts
Elementary Music Teacher, Darwin World Language School, Chicago, IL 11/2014 - 06/2015
  • Taught K-8 general music using Orff, Kodaly, ukeleles, guitars, and keyboards to create an engaging curriculum
  • Directed rock band and co-directed concert band; prepared band students for school and community performances
  • Collaborated to bring in arts partners and to develop a long term fine arts plan that aligns with the school’s mission
  • Established relationships with students; fostered growth in student social and emotional skills
Intonation Music Workshop, Chicago, IL 06/2014 - 07/2015
  • Co-taught Rock 101 to low income students at Fosco Park, Hedges Elementary, CICS Bucktown and Barton School
  • Wrote weekly lesson plans and submitted site reports, interacted with on-site staff to coordinate student success
  • Created custom arrangements of popular songs chosen by students adapted to student skill set
  • Accompanied students to performances in their schools and the community; assisted with equipment set up
Interim Choir Director, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago, IL 08/2011 - 01/2012; 08/2014-11/2014
  • Collaborated to put on a combined Holiday Concert; presented a feature choral concert
  • Lead students in performing at various functions including pep rallies, concerts, open house, caroling
  • Worked with students to provide individualized vocal development; coached to prepare for solo/ensemble
  • Taught concepts in music theory, sight reading, musicianship and more; incorporated technology
  • Coordinated uniform purchasing, receipted purchases, payed vendors; collaborated fundraisers
Music Teacher, Simeon Career Academy, Chicago, IL 08/2012 - 06/2014
  • Taught Advanced Choir, Beginning Choir, Music Theory, General Music and Piano -
  • Applied for grants and managed funds as the school’s CPS Arts Liaison
  • Collaborated to put on a biannual student performances
  • Managed data to track students’ growth and assessment scores; communicated with students and parents
  • Handled instrument and equipment maintenance, inventory and ordering
  • Selected for Little Kids Rock grant to attain instruments, curriculum and funding
Interim Choir Director, Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL 02/2012 - 06/2012
  • Directed Beginning Choir, Intermediate Choir and Advanced Choir; taught AP Music Theory
  • Assisted with The Pirates of Penzance: script distribution, costuming, invoices, stage direction, rehearsals
  • Produced a year end Choir concert; conducted Handel’s Dixit Dominus with full string ensemble
  • Organized cross-cultural performance opportunity for beginning level students in the local community
Private Piano and Voice Teacher, Chicago, IL 05/2010 - Present
  • Provided individual music lesson instruction in students’ homes
  • Selected age and level appropriate repertoire, technique and lesson books to meet student goals and keep interest
  • Fostered music appreciation while teaching classical technique for voice or piano
Choir Director, Crete-Monee High School, Crete, IL 01/2009 - 06/2009
  • Directed and accompanied Cavaliers Mixed Show Choir and Faces Unisex Show Choir; won several awards
  • Taught Theory II and Advanced Group Piano in compliance with state standards
  • Planned and executed six field trips for competition, performance and recreation
  • Presented a benefit fundraiser concert, two full choral concerts and a Fine Arts Festival
  • Coached vocals and accompanied for the spring musical, Into the Woods



Brown Paper Box Theatre Company, Wicker Park Choral Singers; University of Illinois: Concert Choir, University Choir, Black Chorus, Women’s Glee Club (Secretary ‘05-’06), Concert Band II; lllini Union Board Musicals; Marching Illini.
Experienced in singing, piano, percussion, guitar and flute; proficient in french horn, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.

Experienced accompanist - concerts, lessons, solo-ensemble, recitals, musicals, school programs and more