As a graduate of Anderson University, with 25 years of private piano instruction, one of my greatest passions is to help instill within each student an appreciation and love for music and its expression through the playing of the piano. The introduction to and knowledge of the piano is one of the most rewarding tools used toward achieving musical enjoyment and proficiency. Through the use of a variety of skill level books, introductory theory, personalized performance pieces and an enjoyable recital experience, the student comes to value and enjoy the playing experience. This experience promotes future musical development, coordination, and builds self-esteem. My personal background includes playing and accompanying in church, weddings, funerals and at miscellaneous competition events. My specialty includes instruction for the beginner piano student.
Daniel holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is a licensed K-12 general music and choral director. Daniel has been teaching at SMCSC since 2008 and has been instrumental (pun intended) in the growth and development of the choral music programs in the district as well as building interest and excitement surrounding music education in the town of Pendleton by offering private music lessons, group lesson classes, and special performance opportunities. Daniel is an alumni of the Ball State University Singers, the Chamber Choir, and BSU Opera Theatre. He has been teaching private voice lessons since 2002 and working as a public school choral director, in Indiana, since 2006. Under his direction, his high school and middle school show choirs and concert choirs have won numerous awards and earned several gold ratings at ISSMA organizational, as well as festivals. Private students of Gallion’s have gone on to win music performance competitions, perform successful auditions, attend music school, begin teaching music themselves, and (maybe more importantly) enjoy music. He is a member of Indiana Choral Director’s Association & American Choral Director’s Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Epsilon, and Indiana Piano Teachers Guild. He is married to his best friend Amy and they have three incredible children: Carter, Gemma, and Thatcher (each of them are budding young musicians). As the owner of DG VOICE STUDIO INC. and Pendleton Music Academy (PMA), Daniel teaches piano, voice, and guitar lessons. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Pendleton Children’s Choir.
Mrs. Walton holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, IL., where she was active in University Choir, Show Choir, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a licensed K-12 vocal, instrumental, and general music specialist in her 20th year of teaching in the state of Indiana. She has taught K-5 general music, 5th and 6th grade band, middle school choir and general music, elementary choir, 5th and 6th grade drama, guitar classes, and bucket drumming classes. Mrs. Walton has experience teaching private voice, trumpet, french horn, and guitar lessons, and some of her students have gone on to audition for collegiate music theater and instrumental programs. She is a member of National Association for Music Education and Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity. Mrs. Walton currently teaches K-6 general music and choir at East Elementary (South Madison Schools). She is passionate about musical theater, jazz, and helping kids find the tools they need to be intelligent and active consumers of music. Her husband of 20 years is an amazing chef/kitchen manager in Geist, and they have 2 very active teenagers that attend Mt. Vernon Schools.
BS Music Education Indiana Wesleyan University 1988
MS Secondary English University Southern Indiana 1992
Elem Administrative License Ball State University 1997
Sec Administrative License Ball State University 1998
Private voice and piano teacher
1992-1999, Teacher, East Elementary School, Pendleton, IN
General Music/Choral Grades 1-6
6th Grade Mixed Choir
1992-1989, Teacher, East Gibson School Corporation, Oakland City, IN
General Music/Choral Music Grades K-12
Middle School Mixed Choir at 3 Middle Schools
High School Mixed Show Choir
High School Mixed Choir
High School Girls’ Choir
1988-1989, Teacher, Monroe County Community School Corporation, Bloomington, IN
General Music Grades K-6