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Robin Love Piano Studio

Matthews, NC 28105 (map)

Lessons Offered

Clarinet, Composition, Drums, Euphonium, Flute, Keyboard, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Mrs. Love has her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and State Teaching Certificate from ECU. She minored in voice and organ.

She served as a church pianist, organist and choir director from 1970-1992 and moved to Charlotte in 1980. She began her independent piano teaching and choir directing in the Charlotte area in 1982.

During 1988-2001, she served as the publicity chair for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Editor of the North Carolina Music Teacher, and President of the Charlotte Music Teachers Association (CMTA). In addition she has served on the Ethics committee, Auditions committee, Scholarship Endowment committee and Nominating committee for the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum (CPTF). She served as the Chairperson for the NCMTA District Contest-Festival, Chairperson for the NCMTA State Contest-Festival and Chairperson for the NCFMC Contest-Festival.

During this period of time she adjudicated contest-festivals in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Her own private students participated in both state and district level contests receiving Superior Honor ratings.

In 1993, she and her husband Kent Love served in Music Ministry to Nova Sibirsk, Russia.

From 2002-2009 Mrs. Love taught Middle School in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. She taught Chorus, Drama, Piano Keyboard, and Band. Her choral students attended contest and received Superior ratings. Her choral groups performed at the NCMEA State Convention in 2006. She also continued her independent studio.

Mrs. Love co-teaches Marching Percussion with her husband each summer for the East Mecklenburg Marching Eagles (13yrs.) and is an independent piano teacher, both state and nationally certified. She has performed as a percussionist in the Winthrop Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performed with them in Spain in 2007.

Currently, Mrs. Love is teaching in her home studio and part time teaching at the Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy.

Mrs. Love lives in Matthews, N.C. with her husband, Kent Love. They have two grown children.

Mrs. Love enjoys teaching energetic and enthusiastic students looking for fun and exciting piano lessons.

Beginners through advanced students are encouraged to contact me regarding piano lessons. Are you an adult student looking to begin piano lessons or an adult student wanting to continue lessons from your youth give me a call.

My Musical Education Background

Education and Training:

• East Carolina University

• Degree: BM Pedagogy -1996

• Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA

• 2002 Lateral Entry: Project Act State Teaching Certificate 4.0

• Additional study at Queens College (University) Private Piano Study with Paul Nitsch

• Additional study at UNC Greensboro with Dr. John Salmon, George Kiorpes, Dr. Andrew Willis and

Paul Stewart

2004 Focus on Piano Literature – UNCG – Bach

2000 Focus on Piano Literature – UNCG – New Works

1999 Focus on Piano Literature – UNCG – Chopin

1998 Focus on Piano Literature – UNCG – Haydn

1997 Focus on Piano Literature – UNCG –Brahms

Additional Education:

Robert Vandall – Workshop

Martha Mier – Workshop

Randall Hartsell – Workshop

Melody Bober – Workshop

Eugenie Rocherolle-Workshop

Dennis Alexander- Workshop

David Pinnix Workshop – NCMTA Piano Repertoire – 1991,1992,1993

Clinic - Mastering Piano Technique – Seymour Fink

Fall Piano Workshop – James Fogle – Meredith College - 1994

Piano Workshop- Sheila Paige from Taubman Institute- 1999

NCMTA State Conventions

MTNA National Conventions Los Angeles and Minneapolis

NCMEA – State Conventions

Developing the Literate Choir – James Jordan/Marilyn Shenenberger

Evoking Sound – James Jordan

CPTF Programs

1988 – Exploring Bach’s Little Preludes – Michael Zenge – UNC-Chapel Hill

1988 - Hearing Harmony to Shape and Interpret Music– Michael Zenge – UNC-Chapel Hill

1989 – Music and Teaching Tips from a composer – Margaret Goldston

1990 – Score Reading in the Debussy Preludes – Dr. Jess Casey – Winthrop Univ.

1990 – Preparing Students for College Study: The Essentials of All Levels – Vivian Dula – Elon College

1991 – Concerning Alexander Technique – Barbara Lister-Sink – Salem College

1992 – Women Composers for the Piano – James Ogle – Meredith College

1992 – Preparing Students for Conservatory Auditions – Julian Martin - Peabody Conservatory 1993 – Dave Brubeck’s Points on Jazz”: The Synthesis of Jazz and Classical Style = Dr. John Salmon UNC – Greensboro

1993 – Schumann: The Man and His Music – Dr. Charles Bath – ECU

1994 – Expressive Qualities in Chopin’s Music- Lillian Pearson – Western Carolina

1994 – Music in Berlin at the Turn of the Century – Dr. James Ogle – Meredith College

1994 – Alternative Concert Repertoire of Dvorak – Dr. Paul Tardif - ECU

1994 – Aspects of Bartok’s Piano Music – John Salmon – UNC –Greensboro

1995 – A Collaborative art: Vocal Accompanying – Dr. Jeffrey Price – UNC-Charlotte

1995 – Exploring Effective Intermediate to Early Advanced Piano Repertoire – Matthew Man warren – Erskine College

1995 – Music and Shakespeare – professor Dennis Kay – UNC - Charlotte

1996 – Creative Practicing – Lawrence Morton – Bob Jones University

1996 – Applications of Sport Psychology in the Pedagogy of Music and Technical Skills – Drs. Tony and Marianne Lenti – Lander University, South Carolina

1997- Women and the Eighteenth century Keyboard Tradition in England – Martha Asti – Wingate

1997 – Teaching the Chopin Waltzes: An Overview – David Northington – Univ. of Tennessee- Knoxville

1997- Piano works for the Left hand – Dr. Ruby Morgan – Furman Univ.

1998 – How children Learn the Language of Music – Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge – Musikgarten Founder

1999 – Alternatives to Spoon-Feeding In the Lesson- Dr. Stephen Taylor Univ. S.C.

1999 – Creative Practicing – Dr. Eugene Barban – Winthrop Univ.

1999 – Focus on Haydn – Dr. Andrew Willis – UNC Greensboro

2000 – Pedagogical Aspects of Bartok’s Mikrokosmos – David Palmer – Pfeiffer Univ.

2001 – Music Therapy – Career paths and the Healthcare Connection – Frances McClain – Queens Univ.

2001 – Performance Anxiety and Eurhythmics for Pianists – Melanie Taylor – Converse College

2002 – Sharing Pedagogical Discoveries – Robyn Gibson - Columbia College


Prepared and took students to La Rondine (2008) and La Fanciulla del West (2011)

Winthrop Carolinas Wind Orchestra with Bill Malambri

Performances: Percussionist

Winthrop University SC 2007- 2010

Spain - 2007

Limestone College - South Carolina Arts Council – SC 2009

NCMEA Convention – Winston Salem, NC 2009

American Bandmasters Association – Charleston, SC 2010


SPED 2002

Curriculum Mapping

UNC Chapel Hill

Paideia Training


IBMYP Training

KAPLAN University Graduate Studies– 4.0 - 2010

Action Research Educ. 512 Instructor – Adina Davidson Credit Hours 5

Principles of Curriculum Design Educ. 532 Instructor- L. Policar


Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum (CPTF)

Charlotte Music Teachers Association (CMTA)

Charlotte Music Club

National Federated Music Clubs (NFMC)

National Guild of Piano Teachers

North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)

North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA)

Genres and Subjects Taught

Mrs. Love teaches classical music as the foundation for all other styles of music. Basic improvisation is taught along with developmental scales and arpeggios. Transposing basic folk tunes is begun in the early beginning years.

Methods that are used in her studio include Alfred Premiere, Music for Little Mozarts, Bastien Basics, and The Francis Clark Music Tree. Transfer students continue in their existing method.

Lesson Rates

Contact me and I will email you an attachment of my piano policy, fees, calendar and enrollment form.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

5 year olds and up are encouraged to enroll in piano study.
Adults of any age are welcome.

My Certifications and Awards

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through Music Teachers National Association.

My students have entered both district and state contests and received superiors.

My Musical Influences

Mrs. Love's students have gone on to become Public School Music Teachers, Private Studio Piano Teachers, Music Therapists, Symphony members, Choir Directors, and Choir Accompanists.

Mrs. Love began piano study when she was 7 years old. She began playing in church for the services when she was 12. She became the Youth Choir and Adult Choir Accompanist in the 9th grade. She was the accompanist in her High School for the Mixed Chorus and Girls Chorus in 9th and 10th grade. She added to her accompanying the HS Choir and Madrigal Singers in the 10th and 11th grade. Mrs. Love began teaching piano while still in HS.

She accompanied the Glee Club in college as well many Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, and Vocalists.

While in college Mrs. Love took a job as organist and began her first Piano Studio.

After moving to Charlotte Mrs. Love became a church choir director and began another piano studio.

Mrs. Love began teaching public school as a chorus director and also taught piano classes. Mrs. Love taught briefly at the Charlotte Music Academy.

Mrs. Love currently (2013-14) teaches piano to students in her home studio. Her students are busy preparing for their Performance Class Masquerade, NCFMC Festival Contest and the NCMTA Contest. She also is teaching part time at the Metrolina Regional Scholars' Academy where she teaches General music K-1 and choir to 5th - 8th graders. Her MRSA students are currently preparing for performances at the Southern Christmas Show, Winter Concert and The Carowinds Music Festival.

Working in Mrs. Love's studio is also Mr. Love who teaches all brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Mr. Love is also teaching composition on Finale. Mr. Love is currently part time assistant teaching percussion at Charlotte Latin and continues to work part time with the East Meck drum line.

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