Ms. Dykeman has been teaching the Arts in Michigan public schools for over 27 years. She has taught Orchestra, German, Theatre, General Music, and English to hundreds of students in the greater Grand Rapids area. She has had over 40 years experience as a private studio string teacher. Ms. Dykeman has been a three-time finalist (Michigan Teacher of the Year-Orchestra) for Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) as well as a finalist for teacher of the year for the Michigan Chapter of American String Teacher's Association (MASTA). She has been honored by Who's Who in American Teachers as one of the top Fine Art teachers in America (2005). In addition to receiving numerous string scholarships (college and post college), Ms. Dykeman was the recepient of the Opera Grand Rapids Betty Van Andel Scholarship.
Ms. Dykeman has also had the pleasure of conducting several summers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and serving as an MSBOA string judge for the state of Michigan at both district and state levels for over 20 years. She has been a guest clinician/conductor for many MSBOA Middle School String Clinics, the East Tennessee Orchestra Association Junior Orchestra clinic (October 2010), Tecumseh School Orchestras (winter 2011) and, most recently, Wayland Public High School Orchestra Clinic Day (2014). Ms. Dykeman has served on many community and state boards such as MASTA, Friends of the Opera and the Education Committee for Opera Grand Rapids. Most recently, she served on the MSBOA Alternative Styles String Committee. Currrently, Ms Dykeman is serving as the string committee representative for MSBOA District X.
Ms. Dykeman attended Hope College via a music/academic scholarship for her undergraduate degree in Music Education with an emphasis in cello performance. While at Hope, she studied cello with Dr. Robert Ritsema where she received the music/academic achievement award. It was during her time at Hope College, Ms. Dykeman also discovered her love for playing the violin. She went on to receive her Masters in Music Education from the University of Michigan where she studied cello with Jeffrey Solow. In addition to her Masters, Ms. Dykeman has taken post-graduate classes at Michigan State University and Boston University. She credits her love for teaching music to her first orchestra/private cello teacher, William Cridge.
As a traditional cellist, Ms. Dykeman has enjoyed playing in various groups such as Westshore Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Joia Trio and the Chancellor Flute and Bow Trio. She also performs regularly on her Cobra Electric Cello in the praise band for Cornerstone Church and on her traditional cello at various events and churches around the greater Grand Rapids area. Most recently, Ms. Dykeman was the lower strings coach and middle school orchestra director of Knollcrest Music Camp at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan (2015). She has volunteered as a counselor and is a Cobra cellist for the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Kansas City, Kansas since summer of 2011.
In addition to playing her string instruments, Ms. Dykeman has performed in numerous community theatre productions and has sung several seasons in the chorus for Opera Grand Rapids.
Music is the universal language of mankind."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow