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Dr. Catherine Campbell

Cresskill, NJ 07626 (map)

Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Cathy Campbell, pianist and piano teacher for over 25 years in the tri-state area, is a committed teacher (for all ages and levels) and busy concert player. After completing her DMA at Eastman, she became the Executive Director at a non-profit community music school in NYC. After that, she committed herself to teaching piano, both to children and adults. During this time, she developed her own kinesthetic approach to effortless playing, and is able to help students with previous hand injuries. In 1999, she cofounded Piano'Scape, a week long adult piano camp in New England.

My Musical Education Background


1983 Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano- Eastman School of Music

1980 Master of Music, Piano + Master of Music, Musicology-New England Conservatory of Music

!977 Bachelor of Music, Piano-Manhattanville College

Piano Study:

Katja Andy, Nadia Boulanger, David Burge, Martin Canin, Leonard Shure

Work Experience:

1984-1991 Executive Director, Turtle Bay Music School, New York, N.Y.

2001- Codirector of Garden State Academy of Music, Rutherford, N.J.


Teaching positions at the following:

92nd St. Y
Rockland Conservatory of Music
Thurnauer School of Music
Sylvan Academy of Music
Sonata School/Summer Sonatina, Bennington, VT.
Cofounder Director and Teacher of Piano'Scape (adult piano teaching) based in NH
Cofounder- Bristol Piano Camp-Bristol, Tennessee

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical Piano-Theory, all aspects of piano technique and working with people with hand problems.

Specifically for adults, we offer PianoPhile days. These days consist of a jazz jam session, a private lesson, duet experience and an informal performance.

In addition, in the summer of 2013, we are offering a 5 day piano camp for children.

Please contact for more information.

Lesson Rates

Free evaluation. Please contact for more information.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Age 4 and up.

My Certifications and Awards


Distinguished Leadership in Education Award, Mayor Dinkins, N.Y.C.

Board of Directors:

Secretary, Board of Directors, Friends of Mozart

My Musical Influences

The composers are my heroes. I am inspired with the music of Bach, Chopin and Schubert, and great players like Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, and Alicia de Lorrocha.

Peter Mennin, President
Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y. 10023

May, 8, 1982

Dear Miss Campbell,

I was delighted to hear that the Third Sonata went well. It does work comfortably as a program opener. You send out warm vibrations when you play it and I like the way you shape the phrases.

With good wishes,

Vincent Persichetti

Service Area

Student Reviews

Closter, NJ

Never underestimate the expense of a free piano. A free piano can sit in the room like a piece of dust-collecting, unused furniture. Or, a free piano can be a valuable source of joy. Cathy Campbell has helped guide our nine-year-old daughter to experiencing the joy of music through our free piano. As a parent of a child who enjoys going to her lessons, I find myself learning and practicing along with my daughter, and renewing the halted lessons from my youth. Cathy received the most resounding endorsement from our neighbors, one of whom works on Broadway. It’s obvious that Cathy conveys her love of music through her lessons to children, to adults, in workshops, through her own playing, and in many other ways. This engagement is so powerful and that it has altered the trajectory of which music our daughter listens to and how she listens to it. For instance, she’s not just bound to follow the pop music of her old sister, but has a growing appreciation and understanding of more complex forms of music and their subtleties. In part, this is a result of Cathy’s concurrent lessons in theory, which support that understanding of the increasingly complex pieces of music. Our daughter is not learning to play for the sake of playing. In a manner appropriate to her age, our daughter is learning the foundation of music. She’s learning how to read music, learning what is happening within the music she is playing, and learning the overarching structure that supports a particular piece. The goal of this process is the performance. The goal-setting, and the personal desire to play well, highlight all of what our daughter has prepared, not only since the last performance, but what Cathy continually works with her students to learn, internalize, and then display when perform in front of an audience. In front of fellow students and family, our daughter gets to perform quite often. Cathy has also invited our daughter to perform at other venues. And it has been wonderful to see our daughter’s musical growth and continually increasing technical capabilities. Certainly there are plateaus in that growth. But overall, Cathy has helped instill and sustain an interest of music, which will only grow and deepen. We are so happy to be working with Cathy Campbell, as every day she brings more and more joy and value to our free piano.

Demarest, NJ

I cannot write anything about Cathy Campbell in a testimonial that can adequately capture her brilliance as a pianist and a teacher. However, I will try to briefly capture her profound effect on my experience as a musician for the benefit of those prospective piano students who may wish to begin study with Cathy. I have been a student of Cathy's for 15 years. I began studying piano at the age of 6 and I still remember my first piano lesson with Cathy to this day. I played a very basic version of the theme of 'Ode to Joy,' which I had learned by ear from one of my kindergarten classmates who was also studying under Cathy. Cathy carefully and sincerely brought me through the fundamentals of music theory, technique, and reading. Throughout my grade school years, I continued with Cathy and her husband Bob Rodriguez, a very accomplished jazz pianist and composer. Cathy helped me get accepted into various piano summer programs, where I had the opportunity to study with other accomplished teachers. When I graduated high school and began to attend a local college in the area, I became drawn to romantic classical music, especially Chopin and Schubert, and Cathy imparted her wisdom and passion for such music onto me. As my skills grew, she taught me the importance of using the weight of the arm, finger techniques, phrasing, etc. I continue to work on Chopin and Schubert Impromptus with her. Because of the sincerity and pedagogical discipline and expertise that Cathy embodies, I have found a deep love for piano that I will take with me throughout my life. I have studied with many piano teachers since I began my journey at age 6 and can give Cathy nothing less than my highest recommendation.

Suffern, NY

I have been studying piano with Dr. Campbell for 8 years. As an intermediate student, my experience with her has been a joy and has enhanced both my playing ability and appreciation of piano. She has definitely broadened my scope, providing me with many opportunities to meet and play with other students, including a yearly experience at a Pianocamp.

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