Piano teachers are a valuable part of our business and our community. This is a list of piano teachers that have attended one or more of our piano construction workshops as a part of their dedication to continuing education. This workshop is on the differences in piano construction and how it affects the player.
Piano Teacher List
Degree in piano performance from the University of Utah. Teaching intermediate to advanced students. My full bio can be found at http://www.kelsiecall.com
Experienced teacher with extensive eclectic background in education and performance.
- Successful private studio instruction for over 40 years
- Commanded the 108th Army Band for 16 years
- Taught public and private school (K – 12) for 20 years
- Administered and directed church music programs and choirs for 40+ years
- Performance history includes: Phoenix Symphony, studio recording, movie, sound track for television documentary, club dates, live performances with celebrity musicians
Education encompasses a bachelors degree and masters degree in music in addition to advanced training at the Armed Forces School of Music
My students range in age from 5 t0 93. I believe it is important to have fun while developing the skills of an accomplished musician. My instruction is tailored to the individual.
Camille Conforti is a Classical Piano Teacher with 30 years teaching and performing experience. Originally from Naperville, Illinois, she is a graduate of North Central College where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. She also has a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA).
Her lesson structure includes:
* Technique (Development of finger dexterity & agility)
* Theory (Understanding of chords, harmony, and melodic structure)
* Keyboard (Training in Piano literature from all periods)
* Ear Training (Aural practice to play by ear)
* Sight-Playing (Training to read music from first-sight)
* Creativity (Creating melodic sounds and harmonies through imagination)
Ms. Conforti says, “It is my desire to encourage students to play the Piano to the best of their abilities and to enjoy every minute of playing and practicing. The skills learned in Piano can be transferred to many other disciplines; sports, languages, computers, mathematics, and technical training. In addition, learning to play the Piano has been proven to develop self-confidence.”
Currently, she is accepting all levels of students, from beginners to advanced.
Ryazan Musical College of Gregory & Alexander Pirogov, B.A. 1984; Institute of Culture and Arts of Moscow, Masters, 1990
Tatyana taught piano and performed as an accompanist for choir and different instruments at the Ryazan School of Arts for Children #4 in Ryazan, Russia from 1984 (while working on her Masters) through 2001. She taught students from beginners (ages 6-7) to advanced students (pre-musical college). Her duties included the development and monitoring of course curriculum, parent conferences, directing student competitions and public performances. Her students participated and won national and international competitions. She always tried to develop her professional teaching skills by attending different master classes in Moscow presented by outstanding teachers from the Moscow Conservatory.
She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in late 2001 and started to play as an accompanist for the Ballet of Arizona in January of 2002 where she worked for a few years. In 2002 she started to teach piano as an independent music teacher and has taught privately since then. Through her membership in PMTA, her students are offered a variety of programs outside the studio. Tatyana Eldridge is involved a lot in PMTA life sharing her professional knowledge and passion for music with her colleagues (for example, giving a presentation to her fellow musicians about Bach’s style), including chairing and co-chairing the Celebration of Music competition and the Fall Festival competition for many years. Currently she is a co-chair of the PMTA Fall Festival.
For more complete information including photos, bios and video, please visit Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts online.
Specializing in piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons and most other band and orchestra instruments. We offer private and group lessons for all ages and ability levels.
Our faculty is second to none. We offer performance opportunities that you simply will not find anywhere else. We work with young, first-time beginners all the way through advanced students looking to make a career as a performer or musician.
Our students perform regularly at nursing homes, malls and traditional recitals. One of the highlights of the year is the annual Studio Showcase at a major venue: Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and The Orpheum, to name a few. We have also performed at Cooperstown and US Airways Center.
One unique feature of our studio is our system for “leveling up.” Always wanted to know if your student was actually making progress? Now you will. If you’re looking for music instruction that is a cut above, you’ve come to the right place.
Established in 2001.
Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts was founded by Kirk Taylor, a professional musician and teacher for over 25 years. We started teaching out of our home and a year later moved into the studio in Scottsdale. The growth was quick and within a couple years we were scouting for a second location.
We opened our second location in February of 2013 just off the 101 at the Cave Creek exit in North Phoenix. We are now the Valley’s largest studio for music instruction.
Meet the Business Owner
Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts was founded by Kirk Taylor, a professional musician and teacher for over 25 years. Kirk was the host and creator of a weekly radio program, “Lessons 2.0 How To Get the Most Out of Your Lessons.” Kirk also writes for several periodicals on how students and parents can most benefit from their lessons.
In addition to music, Kirk enjoys spending time with family, church, triathlon, reading and video games. : )
I most enjoy working with students who are curious, quirky, and enthusiastic about learning. What makes teaching both challenging and fascinating for me is that each student is unique and will hear, interpret, and express music differently. Through my teaching experience, I’ve found that one can begin studying music and piano at any age.
Similar to academic fields, learning the art of playing the piano requires dedication, patience, and discipline, and I enjoy seeing students who thrive in music succeed in so many other endeavors. I believe that one-on-one piano lessons can develop not only a mastery of the instrument, but many other generalizable skills that are conducive to a successful academic and artistic future.
As a pedagogue, I strive to build a solid foundation and develop in each pianist a set of skills necessary to feel free at the keyboard and to be able to express oneself through music. Educating and inspiring those who will be the future of our classical music audiences is one of the most valuable and fulfilling parts of my job.
I look forward to the privilege of becoming part of Phoenix culture.
For more information please visit my website at http://gorelikpianostudio.wix.com/olgagorelik
Hi – I’m Anne Grabois. I specialize in beginners and intermediate piano players. In addition to piano, I give singing lessons. I help students prepare for auditions in community and professional musical theater. I work with students in vocalizing, interpreting songs and stage presence. My teaching has an excellent track record. I have had music studios in NYC, FL, CA and AZ. Now I teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. Please call me for more information about available times for setting up lessons (602 400 8495 or reach me at Anniestune@aol.com).
BIO: born and raised in Chicago, but living 25+ years in Phoenix, Jen has been a musician, teacher and entertainer her entire life. Playing piano since 5, “Miss Jen” has studied Classical to Jazz, Broadway, Christian music, movie scores, New Age, Disney, and on and on….. She also shares her love of music by teaching piano to all ages:
TEACHING: Music is a small language. I teach differently with every student. One to one lessons I find are the best. Everyone learns at a different pace- I’ve taught all ages, from 3 years old (I prefer you start them at 5) to 83 years old! I’ve also taught students with disabilities. Learning music is kind of a personal thing. Different tastes in the genre, which is why I have so many varieties of music to work with.
I work with students in all aspects from Technique to Theory to Chords and a little history. I like to dabble in vocals during lessons and percussion rhythms. Sometimes, a little dancing (most of my students know the basic Waltz in ¾ time… it helps)…
I conduct yearly recitals which are always “themed”, and choreograph a couple group numbers…. so it’s a show! All ages have fun at Miss Jen’s recitals!
Fun, honest, Christian, extremely musical and love to teach! What a blessing to share…
PROFESSIONAL: The woman of a thousand songs, Jen Jolls has a repertoire that would take more pages to list than anyone would care to read. When it comes to hiring her, variety is indeed the “spice of life”. She is currently the in-house pianist for events at the Orange Tree Golf Resort. Weddings, brunches, office or birthday parties and such.
Her next gig is the Glamour and Glitz Gala at the Biltmore Resort for the Academy Awards! An annual event playing movie songs while locals walk the red carpet.
Here are a couple of reviews from the website Thumbtack:
We Found the Perfect Piano Teacher for Our Children!
We LOVE Miss Jen’s Piano Lessons! She’s really patient and sweet with the kids. The home-work/practice is age-appropriate and the kids are really thriving in piano and they love the sticker rewards when they complete their lessons correctly. I would’ve never imagined they would pick it up so easily/quickly. The excellent instruction from Miss Jen is key! I am tempted to start lessons as well as she has many adult students who take from her. 5 STARS!!!
Expect a very personable, flexible & talented musician & vocalist!
We had Jen play background music for a holiday gathering at our home. When some of our littler guests approached her, she took requests and engaged the children in a sing-a-long. Jen has a vast repertoire of music and she is a great vocalist as well. We could not have been more pleased! When you hire Jen you can expect a very personable, flexible and talented musician. Veronica S. on January 1, 2011
Our 8 year old daughter just loves Miss. Jen. She has learned so much in such a short time. Watching Miss. Jen instruct her during the lesson was nothing short of magical. I kept thinking that Miss. Jen is the “Horse Whisperer” of her industry. Much more than I ever expected from a piano instructor. She makes the lessons fun and our daughter listens and hangs on every word Miss. Jen says. Ivan G. on December 4, 2014
Studio information and resume available at Sherry Lenich’s Piano Studio . See resources tab for resume information.
I love Music! My family has always incorporated music into our lives. Some of my earliest memories are being danced around in my Mom’s arms and listening to her sing. I began formal lessons on the Piano when I was 7 years old. Growing up also I sang in the Church Choirs, played on Hand Bells, and explored the Flute. I spent a formal year each on Trumpet, Drums and Harpsichord and am currently working on learning Zither, Autoharp, Dulcimer, and Soprano & Alto Recorders, and sometimes the guitar (when I have a chance). Of course, I also regularly read and attend lectures, conferences, seminars and master classes to always improve my teaching skills. I have been teaching piano and music theory since 1983 year in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and have played professionally. I am a member in good standing with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and was with the Inland Empire Kodaly-Orff Association, and have attended the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and was with the California Association of Music Teachers (CAPMT), now Arizona. I was a fully certified and licensed teacher of Kindermusik and Musikgarten until just recently and have earned National Certification through the MTNA and more recently Levels I & II of Orff. I am also past District IV Coordinator for CAPMT and past Vice President and President of the Empire Music Teachers Association (EMTA) which I helped found. I keep busy and love teaching!
I try hard to present students with a solid, broad based approach with an emphasis on understanding the fundamentals of musical comprehension, music reading, musical memory, and ear development. These are essential to playing and enjoyment of any instrument! To this end we cover theory, music history, performance, technique and practical application. These basics are supplemented and reinforced by the monthly group sessions, several annual field trips, access to regional, state and national music competitions and performances, as well as the formal Student Evaluations each Spring. I had a full music lab at my studio, an extensive library of music and music reference materials and up to date postings on local free or low cost musical events While I tend to emphasize classical music and technique, we will also cover a wide range of music in various meters and modalities: classical, popular and world music in solos and duets. Supplementary books are available: holiday, religious, popular, classical, music from specific times, places, composers, movies… or whatever the student wishes, when they are ready. My personal goal is not to have a studio full of competition performers. A few are always nice of course, but the average student just wants to be able to make music – to make it sing. I DO want them to understand, appreciate, and be able to pick up something and figure it out – or apply what they know to another instrument. Once music is part of a life, it never leaves; it is the one universal language.
For the past 30 years I’ve been involved in music as a teacher, performer and writer. My training is as a classical pianist and composer. As a composer and songwriter, I write music for my own performances as well as for other artists. My writing credits include Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Records. For 10 years I was an artist on the Arizona Commission for the Arts Roster, and taught and performed in schools and communities throughout Arizona.
I grew up in New Jersey and outside of Philadelphia, where I studied with concert pianists David Sokoloff and Marian Zarzeczna. I went to school at Indiana University where I majored in piano performance and studied under Hans Boepple, a protegee of Sydney Foster, world-renowned for his technique of complete relaxation at the piano, which I now teach to all my students. I work with all ages and levels. A number of my students have gone on to become professional musicians. I particularly enjoy working with adults and beginners, as I believe it’s most important to get them started right.
Sherin Moustafa is multifaceted and accomplished pianist and instructor based out of the Phoenix metro area. Born in Egypt with Taiwanese heritage, Sherin speaks fluent Chinese and English, and is competent in Japanese, Arabic, German, Italian, and French. Her cultural background allows her to develop a worldview and an appreciation for both western and eastern music. Not surprisingly, Sherin fell in love with music at a young age because it has both the creative and serene elements that she saw in herself.
Sherin has a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano Performance and a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University. Currently residing in Tempe, Arizona, Sherin serves as the pianist at Sun Valley Community Church, collaborative pianist and co-director at Perry High School, and piano instructor at Rosie’s House Music Academy. Sherin is a versatile pianist specializing in classical, music theatre, contemporary and other popular genres, and is often invited to perform at special events because of her ability to provide a captivating performance. Her passion for music and vibrant personality not only make her a mesmerizing performer, but also an effective piano teacher.
Sherin has received awards from piano competitions and was a recipient of the Neely Music Talent Scholarship. She has also performed on numerous occasions at ASU’s Katzin Concert Hall, Organ Hall, Recital Hall, Gammage and Kerr Cultural Center and Mesa Arts Center both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist.
Under Sherin’s directions, Perry High School’s concert choir had won the Superior Award at the 2011 Heritage Festival. As a result, they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March of 2012. Sherin is a proud member of East Valley Music Teacher Association (EVMTA), Arizona State Music Teacher Association (ASMTA), and Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). With an open mind and positive attitude, Sherin continues to grow and develop as a pianist and an educator.
“Every child and adult deserves to learn, if not already expanding their musical or art skills, despite any limitations that are thrown onto them,” Miss Katheryn, http://www.melodyandkeys.org.
Katheryn is the founder of “Melody and Keys: Arizona’s Music Teaching Network,” and is an accomplished pianist/singer (competitively training and performing for over 11 years). She has been teaching private piano/vocal lessons since 2012 – opening her practice to beginners and intermediate students – and eventually joined the East Valley Rocks family in early 2014. There she started the “East Valley Kids Choir” group, organized several summer theater camps and classes, and also began to learn the basics of sound recording and engineering. She has taught multiple choir classes within East Valley schools (including East Valley High School and Bella Vista Prep), in addition to performing piano and vocals on stage – locally and across the states. Katheryn also has a background in the piano industry, giving her the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of the piano business and to learn about the instruments needed to succeed.
Her lessons are structured to accommodate each individuals learning styles. With a classical base, Katheryn is able to provide an extensive theory education for each student in a format they will engage in and fully embrace with confidence. Her unique lesson styles and techniques will keep all children/adults enthusiastic and inspired to expand their music knowledge and keep practicing! Katheryn is currently exploring a variety of universities and colleges to pursue a higher musical education.
Amy Ocampo has been playing and studying the piano and music for 37 years. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic instructor, who takes each student’s individual strengths and areas of challenge into account to bring out the absolute best in each of them. She believes in a learning environment that is both fun and challenging, and strives for excellence in music with each and every student.
She strives to instill in each student a personal relationship with the piano as early as possible in the learning process. The piano has as many voices as there are people who play it. In her experience, having a more customized approach to the learning plan of each student results in students who are generally more motivated, who have a higher practice rate, look forward to their lessons and experience success in playing. While a sound foundation of technique, musical knowledge and theory is established for all students, the method differs based on each student’s learning patterns.
Formerly a music teacher at a private Christian school, she has been teaching piano privately for the past nine years and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. She has played in worship, contemporary and jazz bands, and is proficient in teaching various styles of music, as well as music theory, harmony and composition. She is currently a pianist on the Moon Valley Bible Church worship team, where she has played for the past 12 years, and performs Wednesday evenings at Nostalgi’a Cancione E Vino in Glendale.
Classical trained and graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Syracuse University. I have been the pianist for the Arizona Ballet Company, accompanist to many artists in the Valley as well as accompanying singers, one of whom is now with The Met in New York.
I founded the Arizona Chamber Players and have concertized widely and have had vast experience with Piano Chamber Music.
I have held various accompanying positions for choirs in the area, including, Scottsdale Symphony Chorale and Paradise Valley Community College
In addition, I have done Music Theater, as well, and was Music Director with the Armed Forces in Bamberg, Germany.
With my love of children and music, and numerous experiences and talents, I have a lot to offer to anyone with the desire to learn , and who wants to let the world of music into their lives.
A live performance by a fine artist has a magical quality that can never be captured on even the finest recording equipment. Mike Pizzuto is one of those rare performers who can create that magic. His true art lies in his special warmth and communicative ability, which includes classical, popular, jazz, and folk music. He is easy with everyone from the most scholarly student of music to very small children.
He has performed with the Chicago, Niles and Rockford symphonies to standing ovations, and his concert and club engagements include Chicago’s Ambassador East, The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, the Pauma Valley Country Club in San Diego, California, and all of the major resorts in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. He also performed for several years at the Terrace Restaurant at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Chicago Conservatory and has three CD’s of his music currently available. He does all of his own arranging except for the classics, and currently resides in Scottsdale, having moved there in 1996.
Whether you see him with an 80-piece orchestra, in a small jazz trio or simply as one man with his audience, he is always superbly in touch with his audience, always dynamic and always exciting. There is a truth and honesty about his performances that will make you want to hear him again and again.
Lim Angela Tchoi is a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Arizona State University. She studies performance with Professor Robert Hamilton and is mentored in pedagogy by professor emerita, Dr. Janice Meyer Thompson. Ms. Tchoi has completed her doctoral course work with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and has received Special Talent Awards from the ASU School of Music.
Ms. Tchoi earned the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Stewart Gordon at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she also received the Bachelor of Music cum laude. Previously, she was taught by Professor Dennis Thurmond, Dr. Myong-Joo Lee (student of John Perry and Paul Schenly), and Mihyang Keel (student of Daniel Pollack and Nak Ho Paik).
At age 14, Ms. Tchoi made her debut in Torrance, CA playing a Beethoven Concerto under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta. In the following year, she also performed with the Bellflower Symphony as a winner of the Concerto Competition for Young Artists. Lim Angela enjoys chamber performances as well; her work on Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A, op. 81 was coached by the Juilliard String Quartet in a master class, and her performance of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, K. 493 with director Peter Marsh was aired on KUSC 91.5 fm as “Pair of Prodigies” on the Thornton Center Stage program.
Ms. Tchoi developed an active studio in San Pedro, CA for over 7 years, and now continues her career in Tempe, AZ. She has taught group classes and individual instruction as a Faculty Associate for the ASU Piano Prep Program, after serving as its Teaching Assistant for three years. Some of the curriculum she was responsible for at ASU include: group piano courses for music undergraduates, weekly lessons for undergraduate and graduate music majors, and assisting in piano pedagogy courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
Her students’ achievements include admissions to the Bachelor of Music program (in piano) at the Manhattan School of Music, B.M. in Music Therapy (with piano as primary instrument) at ASU, and the Master of Music program (in piano performance and pedagogy) at ASU. Ms. Tchoi has been serving as the ASU chapter president of the Music Teachers National Association for six years, and is an evaluator for the Arizona Study Program. She has been published in e-MTNA journal, and presented at the annual Arizona State Music Teachers Association state conference and East Valley Music Teachers Association pedagogy workshop. In California, she served as an adjudicator at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, and was also a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, as well as the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.
Ms. Tchoi is fluent in English and Korean, and has studied French, German, and Italian. She has been selected as an Alternate for a 2015-2016 Study/Research Grant to Germany, offered by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Ms. Vango received a Master of Music degree in Music Theory from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated Summa cum laude. She has received numerous scholarships including Golden Key.
She is certified in Child Development at Austin Community College and also certified to teach the Mayron Cole Piano Method. She has written the Master’s report Pierrot’s Madness and Schoenberg’s Rationality: A Structural Approach to Pierrot lunaire, “Nacht” and “Der Mondfleck.” She has studied with many prestigious scholars including Dr. Stefan Kostka, Dr. Edward Pearsall, and Dr. Elisanda Fabregas.
Experience and Teaching Style
She began teaching piano in 1993 in Seoul, Korea and came to the U.S. to further study music. She has many experiences in performing in public and has several recordings including works by J. S. Bach, Haydn, Prokofiev, Faure, Chopin, Beethoven, Patrick Boland and more. She has taught sophomores at The University of Texas at Austin as a teaching assistant for two years. She taught hundreds of students in Austin, TX for 14 years before relocating to Phoenix, AZ. She has taught students in ages from 3 to 76 and students with autism. She is a very patient and understanding teacher.
As an experienced piano teacher with a piano performance, music theory and child development background, she has written five books of the Vango Piano Method and advises other piano teachers. The Vango Piano Method is different from other piano methods as it presents musical concepts in a systematic and comprehensive way so that students learn thoroughly and reach their full potential.
She is open to other supplements and method books because she knows every student learns differently. She customizes lessons according to students’ goals and needs, and helps them achieve their goals by exposing students to various types of music, which makes learning piano more interesting. Her philosophy of teaching piano is to help students with reading music accurately. The students will learn to read and interpret any music by themselves so they can enjoy playing what they want to play in their lifetime. Just learning a few famous songs quickly without taking time to learn to read music will not achieve this lifetime skill. Give a man a fish, you feed him for one day. Teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Learning to play music nurtures one’s soul as well as it develops one’s brain. As an experienced piano teacher, she knows how to balance the fun and seriousness of learning piano and she offers ear training and sight singing for students who want to extend their musical abilities. In addition, she has numerous experiences with helping students successfully take grade exams such as ABRSM.