Piano Lessons


KIM P.

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Kim’s love and appreciation for music began at a very young age. She began learning about music and playing the piano at the age of 6 and continued her lessons through college. She has had nearly 20 years of piano training! She has also had the opportunity to serve as a pianist for four different churches.

She holds a BS degree including a minor in music from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. She has been teaching since 1993. Although Kim teaches several styles of piano, her favorite style to play is classical. She alters her lessons for each of her students depending on their age, level, and interest. Her goals are for her students to play confidently and to have a vast understanding of music theory.

She has accompanied soloists, instrumentalists, kid/teen/adult choirs and praise bands.  Over the last twenty years, she has especially enjoyed playing solos in church and performing in weddings and recitals.

 


 

RYAN O.

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Ryan has been teaching with Jessica’s Music Studio for over 4 years. He has been playing guitar for over a decade. At age 14 he began guitar lessons studying various genres of music including: acoustic, rock, metal, funk, and blues. Ryan also studied classical guitar under the professional Sanjay Mishra. After several years of developing his technique as a guitarist, Ryan began studying classical …piano at NVCC. Here, he studied core elements of music education including music theory, sight singing and ear training. After earning his associates degree in classical piano, Ryan began teaching at Jessica’s Music Studio. Currently Ryan is playing guitar and keyboards in an original progressive rock band. He is also studying jazz theory and harmony to advance his teaching curriculum. As a student himself, Ryan understands the patience and encouragement required to make learning music fun. Ryan believes in a well rounded musician. Students taking lessons with Ryan can expect to learn how to read musical notation, understand advanced theoretical concepts, improvise in most styles, compose pieces, and even learn their favorite songs.

 


JOSH M.

Josh became involved with music when he was only 10 years old, after receiving his first guitar for Christmas. He taught himself for 3 years before starting private lessons with Michael Bailey, a Berklee College of Music graduate and one of the guitarists for the band Stryper. Bailey helped to cultivate a love for the guitar in Josh and by the time he was 15, he knew that he wanted to be a professional musician.

Josh teaches all levels and styles of guitar to students of all ages. Because music is all about experimentation and discovery, Josh tries to serve as a facilitator for music rather than just a teacher. He has a laid back teaching style that allows the students to be challenged while still giving them the ability to set their own pace in the lessons. Whether the student wants to learn advanced techniques, music theory, or just their favorite songs, Josh is able to break down seemingly complex musical concepts into simple lessons.  After 6 years of studying with Bailey, Josh started taking private lessons with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Rick Whitehead. Josh continues to study with Whitehead, who is a professor at both George Mason University and the Shenandoah Music Conservatory. Josh is currently in music school at George Mason University and intends to graduate in the fall of 2013. Josh teaches electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, as well as piano.


 

 Courtney N.

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Courtney has been playing the piano for over thirty years. As a piano student, she also had a good share of ensemble experience in high school and college: accompanying choruses, playing with instrumental ensembles in staged musical productions and as a featured concert soloist, and performing chamber music with students and professional guest artists. After earning her B.A. in Music with both musical and academic honors, she concluded her formal education in 2001 with an M.M. in Piano Performance, which also included piano pedagogy classes and two internships in piano pedagogy. Since then, in addition to playing and teaching piano, some of her professional activities have been: teaching school music classes, handbells, and chorus, playing organ, and teaching humanities at the undergraduate level. Further, she appreciates the opportunity to sing in church choirs and to work with others to share the gift of making music in service to the community.

Courtney enjoys teaching piano (beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels) to children and adults. She believes that a solid start on the instrument, including a firm base in music theory, ear training, and technique, and where good habits of playing and practicing are formed from the beginning, is important and ultimately rewarding. Beyond the basics, she works as possible with each student to incorporate to some extent their musical interests in making repertoire selections. Her chief goals for her students, at any skill level, are to help them learn to appreciate and create beautiful music and to enjoy a lifetime of making music at the piano.