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Catherine Bobbs Piano Studio

HOUSTON, TX 77089 (map)

Lessons Offered

Cello, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Having taught piano privately as well as in two major conservatories for the past 40 years, I have the experience to teach both the serious student who wants to compete, solo with orchestras and consider music as a career, as well as the student who loves music and wants to develop a musical skill to enjoy for a lifetime. I have had successful studios in Los Angeles as well as in Cleveland, Ohio. I recently moved to Houston from Ohio, and am now accepting piano students. I am a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Music Teachers Association, and the Texas Music Teachers Assn. I have had students win the opportunity to play with major orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra in Ohio and the New West Symphony of California as well as music scholarships to major universities. I encourage all my students to participate in the Junior Festivals each year where they consistently receive the highest marks.As a mother of 8 children(two who are professional musicians here in Houston, 4 who went into other fields, two 10 year old twins), I understand how busy today's talented and driven young people can be. My teaching methods help the student move quickly and efficiently from beginner classical literature to serious repertoire preparing them for festivals, recitals and competitions. The first lesson/audition is free of charge so we can determine if this is a good fit for the student and myself. If interested please call me at (contact me)

My Musical Education Background

1980 Graduated from UCLA Piano Performance BA
1983 Graduated from UCLA Master of Fine Arts with Piano Performance
1983-2004 Taught privately as well as on the faculty of the Colburn Conservatory
2005-2008 Taught privately as well as on the faculty of Oberlin Music Conservatory
2008-2012 Taught privately in Cleveland, Ohio
Moved to Houston, Texas to be near grown daughters

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical Piano including repertoire of the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century periods. I teach music theory to all levels, and prepare students for AP Music Theory test.

Lesson Rates

Please contact for audition. At audition, lesson length and level is determined, and rate is discussed.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach mostly intermediate to advanced levels, but also enjoy teaching the serious young beginning musician who understands that practice is required to be successful at the piano. Although I am very patient and kind, I do require practice so that the student can enjoy the success in performance, and pride in his accomplishments. I will teach beginning students of older accomplished siblings as well.

My Certifications and Awards

My students have recently won the Federation of Music Clubs Senior Scholarship, the Buckeye Elementary Award, the opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra (twice), the Liszt Award, the Stravinsky Award, the Jack Kent Cooke award and the opportunity to perform on the famous From The Top program.

My Musical Influences

Research has shown us that music develops the young mind. The child who studies music actually have better memory, better math skills, consistently score higher on SAT tests, and enjoy greater college success. Despite all these scientific results, my goal is to develop in the student the ability to recognize beauty and sensitivity to all the thoughts and feelings put into sound throughout the ages. I recognize each child's talents and help develop them to their fullest. I work with their musical strengths and develop in a nurturing way, their weaknesses. I always try to understand each child or young person, before I develop the musician in him. My students and parents have always praised that about my teaching.

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Student Reviews

Cleveland, OH

As a piano teacher she is the BEST out there. She is able to relate with children of any age. She has an amazing memory when it comes to remembering what each of her students are working on...in addition to her being a Master pianist herself. She is not only the BEST teacher in any subject my children have taken...she is the BEST teacher even when I compare her to all of my instructors in any subject throughout my life. There are many great pianists in the world...there are pianists who can groom great pianists...but rarely will you find a person that encourages the love of music in your children while teaching all of us to be better in all that we do. I have no words to express how in awe I am of this wonderful teacher. We were all heartbroken when she had to leave our city. If Houston doesn't want her, we will gladly take her back up here in Cleveland! :-)

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