Private lessons in Piano, Violin, Viola and Music Theory in my home by educated and experienced teacher. I welcome students from age 6 through adults at any ability level. I especially enjoy teaching beginners. I am patient, encouraging, motivating and enthusiastic and try to make the lessons enjoyable and productive for both the student and the teacher.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Teacher who loves to teach music to others!

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and election to Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Fraternity.

Serviced Areas

  • Rockford, Illinois Area

Payment Options

  • Personal Checks, Cash

Contact Details

  Person Dr. Rosalie Sward
  City Rockford, IL
  Zip Code 61114
  Address 6540 Thomas Parkway
  Phone Number (815) 708-7624

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Dr. Rosalie Sward


Over 25 years experience teaching music at all levels at private, elementary, junior high, high school and college levels. I have Bachelor of Arts degree with music major from Knox College and Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University.

  • I would recommend this business

My daughter really enjoys taking taking viola lessons with Dr. Sward. She is affordable, flexible with lesson times, and is an excellent teacher!

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  • I would recommend this business

My sister and I have been taking lessons with Ms Rosalie for 4 years. One of the many things I love about Ms Rosalie is that she teaches us and makes sure that we have fun at the same time. She also makes sure that we understand the concepts completely before moving on. My sister and I play the piano/violin with her and highly recommend Ms Rosalie for lessons!

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Overall ratingExcellent

Customer Testimonials

Congratulations on having the best junior high school orchestra I have ever heard in forty years of being a musician. What a great performance! I don't think I've ever seen contest judges applaud after a performance, and I know I've never heard one say 'Wow' before. Your group was simply electrifying and thrilling. Thank you for making my day.

I enjoyed the recital very much and the kids did really well. It shows your hard work in teaching them and encouraging them to perform and do their best. You are a very dedicated and wonderful music teacher.

Neighborhood Music is a very friendly place to take lessons in violin, piano or viola. Dr. Sward is an excellent teacher and is very patient with the students. She makes lessons fun and has great recitals. String students also can take part in chamber music groups, which provides an orchestra experience they may not be getting at school.

I like taking lessons from Mrs. Sward. She makes lessons fun and I really like her cat Sugarplum.

My daughter has been learning the violin for many years with Dr. Sward, and is now learning piano. Dr. Sward is an excellent teacher and I would recommend her to anybody who wants their child to learn these instruments. Dr. Sward has been teaching music to children all of her professional life. She is professional and and respectful toward children and parents, and she understands music teaching and learning techniques better than anybody I know. Her background in music education speaks for itself, and no wrong note ever escapes her hearing. Her techniques get the best out of her students, challenging them to do more than they think they are capable of.

My daughter has been taking lessons with Mrs Sward for 8 years and has learned so much. She pushes my daughter to be her best. She is flexible on scheduling and does not require you to pay if you have to miss occasionally.

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