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Phyllis Morrow

Dayton, OH 45458 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

I have 21 years experience as a degreed and experienced music/piano instructor. I moved to Dayton, Ohio from Cincinnati in 1986. I am professionally certified nationally in Piano through Music Teachers National Association, I am a trained Pedagogist.

I have been married to my husband for 32 years. I also have a twin sister who lives in West Carollton, Ohio. We have been blessed with a son, age 29, and daughter,age 26.

We are the proud "parents" of Fred-a VERY large Chocolate Lab, and Ginger-a VERY fast greyhound, retriever mix.

I have always had an intense love of music and art and have found that teaching is at the core of my heart and being. I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven years working with senior citizens and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am accepting older beginners and seniors into my client classload.

My Musical Education Background

I have a Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Mt. St. Joseph on the Ohio 1975, with a major in piano and studied Pedagogy under Atarah Jablonsky, teacher and concert pianist. I minored in voice under Vincent A. Orlando-Chairman of the Music Department for 33 years.

I have judged numerous years for Jr. Music Festival,
Blue Ribbon Festivals, and American Guild Auditions.
I belonged to the Dayton Piano Teachers South Study Group and attended piano workshops including those given by Maurice Hinson, David Bean,and too many to mention.

I was mentored by Patricia Howard for 9 years, she was a concert pianist. Through her tutelage I received my National & Professional Piano Teaching Certification and the Ohio Professional Teaching Certification.

Genres and Subjects Taught

I believe each child is an individual and I adjust my teaching method to match the learning style of the student. I take time during the first and second lessons to "zero in" on the learning pace of each student.

I use a variety of methods including AlFred Piano Series, Faber Series, Bastien, Glover, A Dozen a Day, Czerny, Hannon, and many others.

I follow my belief that it is important that a student learn to read music at the same pace that they learn to play music. The joy of music is being able to pick up a piece of music and being able to play it.

I accept students of all ages and include Senior Citizens in my studio because piano is an excellent method of maintaining mental acuity and physical flexibility. I teach pedagogy, theory, skills, practice techniques, memorization skills, and some unusual methods such as "mapping" and playing pieces backwards to aid in memorization and form comprehension. I also work with students who may be slightly infirmed.

Lesson Rates

30 minutes-$20.00

45 minutes-$30.00

1 hour-$40.00

Payment is due at the first lesson of the month. An invoice is given at the last lesson of the month for the next months lessons.

Further details about make up lessons and so forth are listed in my Studio Policy Guidelines.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I usually accepted students upon their ability to read- ages 7-8. However, in certain circumstances, I will accept a younger child if they have the ability to sit still and shows unusual ability.

I have become extremely interested in teaching adults and senior citizens. Adults are wonderful students because it is usually an activity and skill they have wanted to do all their life, or regret they gave it up as a child.

I teach beginners to early advanced.

My Certifications and Awards

I received a full scholarship/grant program to study music/piano at the College of Mt. St. Joseph.

Under the tutelage of Patricia Howard (concert pianist)for a period of 9 years I received my National & Professional Piano Teacher Certification from Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
I also received the same certification for the Ohio Music Teachers Association (MTOA).

My Musical Influences

My greatest musical influences comes from my first piano instructor-Diane Korb. She encouraged me to attend college with a major in Piano. I lacked the self confidence at that time to do so, but with her steady guidance I did my audition for the College of Mt. St. Joseph on the Ohio and fell in love with my new life. I found incredible support, true teaching, wise professors, and found the need to take each student as an individual and to work with them according to their special needs. Dr. Vincent A. Orlando was my voice instructor who not only taught me how to "breath" and sing, but to understand the role of a Teacher to a student.

When I moved to Dayton, Ohio, I was blessed to become acquainted with Patricia Howard, concert pianist. She mentored me for 9 years and pushed me well beyond what I thought I could do. I will forever be grateful for the blessings of God bringing these wonderful people into my life.


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