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1/2/2013 8:53:00 AM
She gives the gift of music
Carol Bentley
Carol Bentley

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. (Plato)

Carol Bentley of Chino Valley was born in Alaska and raised in a very musical family.

"I started classical piano lessons at the age of 10, and at age 15 I fell in love with the guitar also. My parents were both teachers and I learned how to play the guitar at Bible camp just by watching, so I'm pretty much self-taught," she said.

Carol also studied piano, guitar, and music theory in college before she and her husband Larry moved to Chino Valley in 1985 with their daughters Yolanda and Liana.

Larry, who unfortunately passed away in 2002, was the choir and band teacher at Chino Valley High School.

"One day 30 years ago, Larry came home and said some parents were looking for a piano and guitar teacher, so I just kind of fell into teaching," Carol said.

She now teaches guitar and piano out of her home Monday through Thursday.

"I prefer to teach age 10 to adult because in my experience, kids that are started at a younger age usually end up quitting at just about the age I want them," said Carol.

"I love to teach one on one because the student doesn't have to compete with other students who may be at a different level. I've always thought that music helps us with learning other subjects too," she added.

Carol has been teaching music in this area for 30 years.

"I have had the joy of seeing some of my students go on to college and graduate with a music degree, becoming performers and educators even in the very town of Chino Valley," Carol smiled.

"If you want to give a gift that will last a lifetime, consider the gift of music. I can't imagine my life without music."

Carol always welcomes new students. She can be reached at 928-636-5316.

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