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Claire Ritter - Pianist/Composer

Matthews, NC 28104 (map)


Lessons Offered

Composition, Music, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

Claire Ritter is a master pianist-composer teaching Classical, Jazz, Songwriting & Improvisation in the South Charlotte, Matthews, Weddington areas of NC with specialties in Jazz composition and creativity. Claire is the recipient of the prestigious NC Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship as well as 2 Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts and Science Regional Artist Grants. As a recording artist, Claire Ritter's discography includes 11 CDs as a leader, as well as multiple recordings of her composition by acclaimed artists on European record labels. Compositional performances include many throughout USA, Europe, Asia, and Canada over the past 25 years. Visit the website or Wikipedia for more biographical info.

My Musical Education Background

Queens University of Charlotte - BA in Classical piano

Duke University - private study with Jazz legend Mary Lou Williams

New England Conservatory in Boston - extensive graduate studies in composition and improvisation with the Department of Contemporary Improvisation and MacArther Grant Genius Fellowship composer/pianist Ran Blake.

Worked on the Faculty, New England Conservatory of Music in 1996.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical piano
Songwriting
Blues
Jazz composition

Lesson Rates

Please contact the studio for special rates - 1/2 hr, 3/4 hr, 1 hr.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Piano instruction includes all ages including adult study - beginning level through advanced in both Classical & Jazz with specialties in Jazz.

My Certifications and Awards

NC Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship recipient

2 Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts and Council Artist Grants

11 CD Recordings as a leader, including over 150 original works

Southern Arts Federation Artist

Professional member of Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum

Composer/Publisher with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), NYC

My Musical Influences

Claude Debussy
Frederick Chopin
George Gershwin
Eric Satie
Mary Lou Williams
Thelonious Monk
Duke Ellington


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