Vickie has been patient & kind & Caitlin would say her time with Vicki is a highlight in her week. "
"Some of the challenges we faced with Caitlin began at an early age with developmental delays & lack of muscle tone. We began intervention with help & therapy from Easter Seals at that time. As time went on we realized the intellectual disabilities were going to be permanent challenges for us. Nevertheless, this wasn’t a surprise or mistake to our ‘all-knowing Creator’. We have had many joys in this journey & love the ways Caitlin’s life has blessed our family. We have endeavored to challenge & enrich her life with activities to improve her abilities & also give her joy.
Caitlin has always loved music & so we pursued a keyboard & lessons with Vickie 4 ½ yrs. ago. We have been so pleased with the accomplishments & improvements we have seen in Caitlin; some of these being multi-tasking, coordination & also building her level of confidence. (esp. for recitals J) Vickie has been patient & kind & Caitlin would say her time with Vickie is a highlight in her week. She truly is a wonderful teacher & friend. Brenda
"He also blessed us with Vickie, for she was willing and able to teach a young blind, Autisitc child the world of music."
My son Shaun is blind and has Asperger's Syndrome, he has loved music almost from the day he was born. When he was in elementary school he become fascinated with the piano. I asked around the school and called many piano teacher numbers I could find, but no one was willing to teach Shaun. I became frustrated that I had a little boy who obvious loved music, but I could find anyone willing to or capable of teaching him. Then one day I found a flyer, that obviously the school sent home, advertising Vickie. I called her immediately and she was willing to give Shaun a try. Shaun was nine, he began with Vickie playing the piano.
After a few years, Shaun decided that he wanted to sing, and we switched from playing the piano to singing. Shaun has blossomed under the guidance and teaching of Vickie. She has given him multiple opportunities in music that he would not of had other wise. She has also given him the courage to go forward and sing. I asked Shaun why he wants to sing, and he replied one day, that "you don't have to see to sing." My son is a blessing to me and his father, and the Lord has blessed him with talent. He also blessed us with Vickie, for she was willing and able to teach a young blind, Autistic child the world of music. For that I will always be grateful. Shaun states that Vickie is "an inspiration", and that he is excited about being taught "by an idol", I could not say it any better.
Dawn Sitkowski Parent of a Special Needs student
"She has a true gift for working with special needs children."
My son has been taking piano lessons from Vickie Kissinger for about 8 years and the progress has been remarkable. Ethan is blind and autistic and has always had an affinity for music. From a very early age he could pick out tunes on a keyboard one finger at a time. Upon the recommendation of one of Ethan’s elementary school teachers we contacted Vickie to see about giving Ethan piano lessons. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. Ethan has gone from picking out a tune with one finger to playing chords with one hand and melody with the other due to Vickie’s perseverance and hard work. She has a true gift for working with special needs children. Without her help, Ethan would not have found the joy he now has for the music he plays. I go to all his lessons and I never tire of hearing Ethan and Vickie “jamming” (as Ethan would say) on the piano and having fun doing it. If you’re looking for a great piano teacher who really knows her craft, I would highly recommend The Vickie Kissinger Music Studio.
Sincerely, Deb Burkholder Parent of a Special Needs piano student
"She is incredibly patient and dedicated to each pupil, attending to each individual’s specific needs."
My son, Trey Kahler, began taking piano lessons from Mrs. Vickie Kissinger just after his fifth birthday in 1996. He stopped just before his nineteenth birthday in 2010. From the time he was three, he had a fascination with the piano. For fourteen years and beyond, Vickie did an amazing job helping him to develop that love for the piano. She is incredibly patient and dedicated to each pupil, attending to each individual’s specific needs. She not only teaches her student’s music, she also gives them life lessons.
In his early years, Vickie provided much support and many opportunities. She did this by encouraging Trey to attend the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival. There he learned to work through his performance anxiety, earning several awards for his piano playing along the way. She coached Trey with his voice. She gave him voice lessons in elementary school, to help him when he landed acting roles in “Cinderella in the Hood” and was the Tin Man in the Brecknock Elementary Production of the “Wizard of Oz.”
Later she gave Trey the opportunity to accompany vocalists as well as a chance at a part time pianist job at a local church. Vickie even assisted Trey in the planning of a “Boomerang Benefit Concert.” This was a concert where Trey played both piano, tuba, and also accompanied guest vocalists in order to collect donations for a People to People trip to Australia. He grew and developed his piano skills under Vickie’s tutelage, until he became one of the GSHS Jazz Band pianists and also a premier soloist, playing Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag” on piano, at a Garden Spot High School Band concert his senior year.
Mrs. Vickie Kissinger is a great teacher! She has the understanding and knowledge to instill a love for music in children of all backgrounds and capabilities. Trey will never forget the experiences and skills that Vickie has given him. She has positively impacted Trey for life!
"Vickie has been taking me step by step, not only to unravel my mental block, but to help me discover what a pleasure it is to overcome the feat of judgement and allow the pleasure of singing to boost mys elf-esteem."
I have always admired musicians and singers but field inadequate because, as an adult, I could not read music and I had myself convinced that I could not carry a tune. Viola lessons with Vickie were relaxed, while technique and confidence were developed and strengthened. Due to an injury, I could not comfortably continue to play the viola so I switched to voice lessons.
With a mental block that I could not sing, my throat would tighten and become almost paralyzed. Vickie has been taking me step by step, not only to unravel my mental block, but to help me discover what a pleasure it is to overcome the feat of judgement and allow the pleasure of singing to boost mys elf-esteem.
"I have enjoyed the performances I have done, and am now much more comfortable singing in front of an audience."
I have learned many things in the time I have been taking lessons from Mrs. Kissinger. Not only technical things like diction, breath control and solfege, but also lessons in discipline, hard work, and taking responsibility for my own practice time. I have enjoyed the performances I have done, and am now much more comfortable singing in front of an audience.
I am very grateful to Mrs. Kissinger for all of the time she has invested in my lessons, teaching me how to use the gifts God has given me to the best of my ability.
"We started volunteering our music with our local Hospice – which has been a great experience for us."
"We have really enjoyed our voice lessons with Mrs. Kissinger, and especially appreciate the extra effort she has taken to help us study music theory and composition. Also we are thankful for how she has encouraged us to use what we are learning to bless others. It was at her suggestion that we started volunteering our music with our local Hospice – which has been a great experience for us."