My Musical Story
Carole Tillotson began piano study at age five and continued for 17 years. Carole graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a Bachelors in Music Education, majoring in piano, theory, and composition. As a graduate assistant in theory at Indiana University, Carole also studied harp and piano. Carole taught the Yamaha Music Course for four- to seven-year olds in San Antonio for eight years. Eventually, Carole owned and operated seven Yamaha schools in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio and was a member of the Curriculum Development Committee for Yamaha International. Upon moving to California, Lakewood piano teacher Carole started developing the MAKE MUSIC courses for four- to seven-year olds. During the early 80s Carole taught teacher training seminars in the MAKE MUSIC method at the University of Denver and throughout California. In 1988, Carole published her piano method “More Than Piano” for 7-year olds and older children.
In addition to teaching, Tillotson has been active as a freelance harpist, organist, and pianist. Carole co-founded the Coastside Community Orchestra in Half Moon Bay, CA, in which she played percussion, timpani, and harp for ten years. Carole was organist at the Coastside Community Methodist Church from 1993 – 1999. During those same years, Carole sang with and accompanied for the Peninsula Master Chorale and the Coastside Madrigal Singers.
After moving to Evergreen in 1999, Carole has played piano with the Evergreen Chorale and the Evergreen Players. Carole has played organ, piano, and harp in several local churches and is presently organist at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver and accompanist for the Golden Concert Choir.
Carole has been teaching piano lessons in her Lakewood music studio for three years and teaches students from age six to 76.