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Harkey Piano Studio

Elkton, MD 21921 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam


About Me

I have been teaching piano since the 1993 and graduated from Mansfield University (Pa) with a B.A. in German and a minor in music. My main goal is to teach each student according to their individual needs and to instill a love of music! Two studios options are convenient to Rising Sun (MD), Oxford (PA), Newark (DE) or Hockessin (DE). Flexible daytime studio hours are perfect for retirees as well as homeschooled students. Online search my name for more information.

My Musical Education Background

Joyce Harkey began studying piano privately at the age of 6. Upon graduation from Council Rock High School (Bucks County, PA), she was awarded a local music scholarship and entered Mansfield University as a Music Therapy major, studying piano under the teaching of the late Dr. William Goode.

Specific coursework included music theory I-IV, music historyI-IV, piano pedagogy, piano ensemble, orchestration, eurythmics, Mansfieldians (the performing show choir) and more.

As an undergraduate, she was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. She accompanied instrumental and vocal recitals and performed a solo half-recital in her Junior year.

During her undergraduate studies, Joyce continued the study of the German language began during high school. She was presented with the opportunity to study at the Phillips-Universitat in Marburg. After her returning to the United States, Joyce graduated with a BA in German/ Minor in Music and shortly thereafter married her husband, Steve, who was in the beginning stages of a new start-up business: Accent Music.

Joyce studied briefly with Margaret Lei at the Music School of Delaware (known then as Wilmington Music School), where she was awarded the Ella Hanson Gebhart Memorial scholarship. She has taught General Music in a school setting and led a variety of choirs and ensembles. She presently plays on the Worship Team at Pike Creek Bible Church (Newark, DE) and accompanies in the community. She is a member of the DE State Music Teacher’s Association, the Music Teacher’s National Association and has served on the Board of Directors of Accent Music for the last 27 years.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical, pop, p&w genres taught.
Technique, Music Theory, Performance opportunities

Lesson Rates

$30/30 minute lesson, payable monthly

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All ages.

My Certifications and Awards

Member: Music Teachers National Association, Delaware State Music Teachers Association

My Musical Influences


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Student Reviews




Newark, DE

I'm an adult student (27) who has been taking piano lessons with Joyce for about 2 years now, and plan on continuing them for several more! Accent Music is definitely a great place, with great people, and Joyce is one of them. She is very kind, knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and I enjoy every second of my lesson spent. I admire her talent, and am very thankful to have a piano teacher that is willing to work with me, challenge me, and most importantly inspire me to keep putting forth the effort! She's great!




Bear, DE

Joyce is wonderful! I began taking lessons with her just a few months ago and I'm in my late 40s. She has been incredibly patient with me and she is thoroughly knowledgeable. I am so glad to be Joyce's student!


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