Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
I am a classically trained pianist who uses music of all kinds to engage and interest beginners. Comfortable with Brahms or Chopin myself, I know not all students will progress to that level. But they will all learn to read music and to play with technical skill that allows them to choose someday the kind of music they do want to play.
In my studio, beginners enjoy rhythm instruments and accompaniment cds (or my own playing, as a duet) to help them develop strong rhythmic skills. My students know how to count, and to play smoothly!
My students perform well. They enjoy a monthly group class, when we come together to play for each other and learn music concepts and theory. These classes help prepare them for the recitals my studio holds twice a year.
I consider myself the luckiest of beings, to be able to do what I love for a living. Not only do I get to help people develop their musical potential, I also get to introduce them to the world of reading music and playing the piano. I get to see the joy in their eyes when they hear a piece they'd like to play someday.
And I love seeing and hearing my students' progress and mastery, self-discipline and poise. I know that my students will enjoy reading and playing music for the rest of their lives
In my studio, parents are welcome to observe lessons, but most children eventually prefer to come alone. Many students bike or walk to my studio in old Davidson (less than a block from Main Street) and parents who drive often take advantage of the nearby library, shops and cafes.
My hobbies are travel, gardening, and playing djembe (African drum).
My Musical Education Background
I currently work as a part-time radio host and announcer for WDAV, and produce Choral Showcase airing Saturdays at 5:00.
After college, I bought a grand piano before I bought a car.
I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA degree in music, having taken classes in piano pedagogy and performed a full senior recital.
Teacher, Dept. of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill ... I was hired to teach children and music majors needing to pass their piano proficiency tests.
Program Dir. WDAV-Davidson, 1980 – 1985... I was responsible for all programming on the air, including music we presented ourselves. I was also on-air host of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra broadcasts and of a weekday afternoon show.
Teacher, Bethwood Suzuki School of Music in New Haven, CT …. I received some Suzuki training and taught private lessons and group classes in piano
Other musical experience... I have worked with children and adults in choirs, bell choirs, and other musical ensembles, and have composed music for these groups.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Private lessons... all ages welcome
Group classes.... Have you ever been on South Street and noticed children in the first block using sidewalk chalk to write colorful notes and staves? That would be my monthly group classes, during which we play games and do activities to learn music theory. These free classes serve as experience in performing and as inspiration, since students often look forward to playing the music they hear their peers perform.
Recitals... Participation is optional but encouraged, in our two recitals a year. Attendance at the free group classes prepares students for performing. We have a party after each recital; the whole studio enjoys a feeling of cameraderie and support at the reception for students, families and friends.
$110/ month for four 30-min. private lessons, $135 in months that have five
$160/ month for four 45-min. Private lessons, $195 in months that have five
Free monthly group classes for regular students (age 6 and up) taking private lessons, August through May
Families pay $14 per participant per recital
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I like to audition six-year-olds to determine their preparedness; most students begin at age 7 or 8.
All ages welcome. I work with adults, too!
My Certifications and Awards
I have served as accompanist for many performers through the years, and have recorded and played in radio broadcasts on classical stations including WDAV-Davidson and WDBS-Durham.
Here is what my former piano professor at UNC Chapel Hill has to say about my most recent studio recital:
First of all, I was very taken with your studio class recital on Saturday afternoon. Your teaching is to be admired and as I said
in my brief comment to your students and their families, you are doing an outstanding job of giving your students a high quality pianistic experience. My observations of your students’ playing were of excellent rhythmic playing, good hand positions and proper posture, good tone production, and a very fine sense of musical motion. There were one or two exceptions amongst your players, some problems seemingly coming from a perceived level of nervousness. I was also very pleased to see that you had taught your students to present themselves well in terms of stage comportment and manner of dress.
In a word, you have developed into a musician to be admired.
“Fritz” (your UNC piano instructor)
Francis Whang (retired Chair of Piano Instruction, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Ms. Theresa taught me everything I know about music. I had to pass an audition and theory test, and I made it into the tour choir of St. Peter's Children's Choir in Charlotte! I love playing the piano!