Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
I love teaching all young children to play the piano. I specialise in working with children from as young as 3 years of age but also teach older students to Grade 12 and adults. I specially enjoy developing a genuine love of music in all its expression and helping others to achieve their musical dreams. Visit my website to learn more: www.RossiKennedyPiano.jimdo.com
I encourage students of all ages to play for leisure or to undertake music examinations. I accompany students for exams, as well as for auditions and concerts.
Learning piano features many activities that students of the 21st century need for brain development and acceleration. Every one has musical ability. Playing the piano increases memory and reasoning capacity, time management skills and eloquence. Playing piano improves concentration, memory and self expression.
Playing the piano improves the ability to think. Music training improves verbal memory. Learning music through piano helps under-perfoming students to improve. Music students are more likely to be good citizens.
Learning Music Can Make a Difference in You!
I love teaching all young children to play the piano. I specialise in working with children from as young as 3 years of age but also teach older students to Grade 12 and adults. I specially enjoy developing a genuine love of music in all its expression and helping others to achieve their musical dreams.
Visit my website to learn more: www.RossiKennedyPiano.jimdo.com
My Musical Education Background
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Music Education and a Master of Music Degrees.
Accredited Kinder Beat Music Teacher, an early childhood program for children from 2 1/2 thru 6 year olds.
Previously, Accompanist at the Sydney Conservatory Accompanist Guild, Sydney and the Australian Music Examination Board; and a Piano Examiner for the St Cecilia Examination Board, Tasmania, Australia.
I have worked for 14 years in Sydney Australia teaching piano in various schools and privately in my studio.
When I studied at the Conservatory of Music I always achieved Honours in Piano. I love the piano and I love playing, which is why I teach music. Previously I performed in some luxury hotels in Sydney Australia, weddings and special occasions. I also play in my leisure time with friends, teachers and also at my students's concerts, which I do twice each year.
My Studio is in convenient West Pelzer, Anderson County, where I provide lessons. Or at your home.
Genres and Subjects Taught
In- Studio Lessons
Studio in West Pelzer
World Folk Music
Any Written Music....
Emphasis on Technique & Correct Hand Position
Theory of Music
Kinder Beat Education, Early Childhood Music
30min lesson (ages 3 thru 6 years old)
45min lesson (ages 7 thru 10 years old)
60 min lesson (ages 10 and up)
End of Year Concerts & Participations in the South Carolina National Federation of Music Clubs Festival in early February.
Student Progress Acknowledgement & Analyses
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I specialise in working with children from as young as 3 years of age thru 18 years old and adults.
My Certifications and Awards
Prior to my arrival to the United States:
Member of the Music Teacher's Association of NSW Australia,
Member of the Australian Music and Speech Teachers,
Member of the Accompanist Guild of NSW Australia,
Examiner of St Cecilia Examination, Tasmania, Australia
Accompanist for the Australian Music Examination Board, Sydney, Australia.
Piano Teacher Music Studio Pelzer & Shannon Forest Christian School Greenville Accompanist Beck Academy Greenville,
Kinder Beat Teacher, Anderson Academy
Judge for The National Federation of Music Clubs, Upstate, SC
Greenville Music Teacher's Association
Music Teacher's National Association
South Carolina Music Teacher's Association
National Federation of Music Clubs
South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs
The Independent Mail Newspaper, Anderson, SC, featured Rossi Kennedy in an article titled “My Life and Music”
My Musical Influences
I love the piano and I love playing, which is why I teach music.
I specially enjoy developing a genuine love of music in all its expression and helping others to achieve their musical dreams.
I love teaching all young children and older students, and adults to play the piano.
I encourage students of all ages to play for leisure or to undertake music examinations.
I have known Rossitza Kennedy (nee Djangozova) for more than three years as a piano accompanist for me in my learning to play the tenor saxophone. She has successfully accompanied me for five Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) examinations from grades 2 to 6 and accompanied me in two public performance recitals. She has also taught me some initial piano lessons. I am a mature aged student who has previously played clarinet and always wanted to play saxophone and she has simnifically helped me to realize these long held personal aspirations. . Rossi is an outstanding pianist with very high qualifications from her native Bulgaria and a Masters degree in Music from the Australian University of NSW, based in Sydney. Rossitza was taught piano in Bulgaria where musicians gain their recognition largely by the highly disciplined public performance of learner music, which has given her great performance skills. She prepares thoroughly by carefully analyzing the structure, sequences and harmonies of the music to be played and then by meticulously mastering each section, with increasing tempo and dynamics. As a result, Rossitza is a highly disciplined and competent performer who performs flawlessly in public recitals with great personal controls, style and enjoyment. In her accompaniment ant teaching, she always offers supportive and encouraging advice to improve the student's performance. Her approach is to ensure that the student has mastered each incremental musical step fully, before progressing to higher levels of difficulty. She has extremely high standards in her professionalism and a wonderful ability to teach student and adults of all ages. In particular she has taught students from ages four upwards and always capture a wonderful sense of fun and enjoyment in her lessons while providing supportive and encouraging feedback to the learner. In short, she displays a great passion for teaching young children in particular to play the piano. Her knowledge and understanding of the important theory of music is equally high. Rossitza's bright and positive interpersonal skills and her ability to express herself in English enable her to communicate easily with her students and their parents. Overall she is a very confident and where necessary, an appropriately assertive person, who is clearly focused on achieving the desired outcomes in whatever situation. In my professional role I am the equivalent of an American Superintendent of Schools and have a deep understanding of all aspects of teaching and learning. However I am not permitted to provide professional references for anyone in that capacity. So I am providing this reference simply in my personal capacity as a mature aged male student of music of 68 years of age. In summary, I whole heartedly recommend Rossitza as a teacher of piano to children and adults of all ages. I am confident that through her high level of musical skills, personal diligence and understandings of the needs of learners that she will provide you with an outstanding level of service. I would certainly continue to employ her as a piano accompanist if she were to return to Australia as I really miss her contributions to my own further musical education. Yours sincerely, James Coleborne Mature Aged Student of the Tenor Saxophone Sydney Australia
I have been a colleague of Rossi for about ten years in Australia. We studied together at Sydney University and then she went on to do a Masters degree. During her studies and after Rossi built up a reputable and successful piano teaching business. She taught at both schools in Sydney and at her private studio. I would highly recommend her for her piano teaching ability. I also know she learnt from a pupil of a pupil of a pupil of Chopin in Bulgaria.
Rossi is an excellent musician and teacher. She is always relaxed, patient, and encouraging and makes lessons enjoyable. She truly cares for her students. My son has learned so much from her over the 3 years he has been taking lessons. He achieved a "Superior" rating at the music festival the last 2 years and learned to read music quickly. He loves showing his accomplishments at the spring and fall recitals. I highly recommend her!
My son has had an excellent experience learning piano from Mrs. Kennedy. He has excelled, performed in recitals, and received an outstanding performance at the Junior Music Festival two years in a row. He enjoys preparing and playing in his performances, as well as playing at home. I am happy to watch him grow, learning music as well as discipline, and enjoying a wide variety of pieces from classical to popular. Mrs. Kennedy is very patient (with my very energetic eight-year old!) while maintaining high standards and I couldn't be happier with her as my son's piano instructor.
My son has special need so we needed a piano teacher who could work with him. Luckily, we found Mrs Kennedy a year ago. She was always so patient, kind and understanding and willing to work around his needs without exceptions while she always provided a musical stimulating environment in which my son can grow and progress with an amazing pace. My son loves her and cannot wait to go to his piano classes which is priceless to us. I would highly recommend her to any one. Susan Kozma
Heather has blossomed from her piano lessons! Her concentration and focus have been greatly enhanced from practicing and learning her music. She has enjoyed a boost of self-confidence by performing for her family and friends and especially in the lovely recitals! Thank you, Rossi, for being such a calm, steady instructor. Heather has enjoyed her music lessons, and we look forward to years of music to come!
We have been very happy with Mrs. Kennedy as our child's first piano teacher. She has challenged our daughter on a weekly basis with the music assigned and has also made sure to keep the theory work a priority. She is a very kind teacher but at the same time makes sure that the student is learning the correct techniques. Also we as parents love attending the recitals she organizes for all of her students. Katherine Hoerl
I have known Rossitza Kennedy for the past two years. She graduated with her Master of Music degree in October 2003 following three sessions of successful study in a range of musical subjects but with focus on Music Education. It is a great credit to Rossitza that she succeeded in the degree program after quite a short time in Australia and with all the difficulties associated with being in a new country and bringing English language skills to a high standard. Rossitza is a committed teacher who is dedicated to achieving the best possible results with her students through research based pedagogy. She graduated with her music teaching degree following a thorough 5 year training in Bulgaria. Her musical skills are wide ranging and developed. She has considerable professional experience as pianist, piano teacher and accompanist. I can highly recommend Rossitza as a reliable and dedicated musician. Dr. Christine Logan Head School of Music and Music Education, UNSW, Australia
In my opinion, Ms. Kennedy possesses the right blend of humor, seriousness of purpose, commitment and a high degree of organizational skills required of a very good teacher. Her generally humorous, calm and sympathetic demeanor will be a reassuring sign for her students and provide a good basis for her to develop the potential of each student. This much was evident during her studies for the MMus degree at this university. Humor is a major attribute in teaching, and Ms. Kennedy has the touch. The courses Ms. Kennedy took to complete her MMus degree involved several important aspects of learning and teaching in music. Especially important were aspects of the psychology of learning and teaching, musical development, and the complex issues involved in music pedagogy generally.The MMus degree is designed to provide higher level thinking and more sophisticated pedagogical ability beyond that of the undergraduate degree. Ms. Kennedy demonstrated high level of commitment, and sustained effort throughout the demanding MMus program. Such attributes are important components in good classroom courteous. She will be an asset to any classroom. I have no doubt at all that she will be a most valuable member of the teaching staff in any school. I recommend her highly.
"Rossi works really well with younger students. She made my daughter feel immediately comfortable with her warm personality and infinite patience. Rossi makes the lessons fun with games, play-along CD's, and lots of positive reinforcement. I hope this will instill in Raina a life-long love of music. Rossi also appropriately challenges my daughter. Raina has progressed to more difficult pieces, and she has gotten excellent feedback at competitions." Jessica H., Piedmont
Miss Rossi is a very talented teacher! She is very patient and kind with my young son. My son is all boy! Very active! I saw he had an inclination to music, but did not think he could have the concentration to learn to play piano, but Miss Rossi taught him! I am amazed how much he loves to play the piano, has learned to read music, and he looks forward to learning more! I recommend Miss Rossi to anyone, no matter age or gender, who wants to learn to play piano! Mili M.
Child has been taking piano lessons since September 2013. She has improved a lot and learned things her prior teacher did not teach. Mrs. Kennedy is kind, calm, and good at explaining piano theory and techniques in ways that are easily understood by my child. Her recital for her students was excellent . Mrs. Kennedy is a talented musician herself. Kathy B.
Rossi is the best teacher I have had during my piano learning years. She is very patient, knowledgeable and guides the student with much kindness and encouragement. Mrs. Kennedy is an outstanding teacher. Roxanna A.
Mrs. Rossi Kennedy is a pleasure to work with. She is very cooperative and not overbearing. Mrs. Kennedy is very professional at her job. I have a six year old son who she is teaching and he is overactive at times and she is very patient with him. Annette D.
My daughter has been receiving piano tuition from Rossi Kennedy for more then two years. In this time Rossi has proven herself to be a great teacher and wonderful with children as well as adults. Rossi has a very gentle but firm approach to teaching. While she is softly spoken and very sweet by nature, she is committed to getting the best out of her students. She is very encouraging and supportive without being overly complimentary. While my daughter has struggle with regular practice she has always enjoyed taking lessons with Rossi. My daughter appreciate her nurturing and kind nature as well as her clear direction. Her gentle methods of persuasion and respect for her students mean that my daughter now practices regularly, takes personal enjoyment from learning the piano and has achieved great results in her music examinations. Rossi also taught me for a period of time. As an adult with no musical experience (nor talent) she provided me the encouragement and confidence to learn for my own pleasure. I found her teaching techniques to be just as effective with adults. Rossi is passionate about the piano and teaching. Which in my mind sets her apart from many music teachers. I could not recommend Rossi enough as a piano teacher for both students and adults. Sincerely, Zeynep Selcuk
Rossi is kind, passionate and highly dedicated piano teacher. She is an inspiration to Josh, and makes sure that he enjoys his learning experience. She encourages him in the choices he makes, but allows him to make his own decisions. She works hard to ensure that he is not only learning to play the piano but also understands the theory of music. Josh thoroughly enjoys lessons with Rossi. The lessons are well structured, interesting and fun. Rossi is very patient with him, making him feel confident and gaining his trust. He has achieved a huge amount in the last 2 years, has happily performed at several concerts, completed his grade 1 exam, and is currently beginning work for grade 2 exam. Kind Regards, Caroline Billingham
West Pelzer, SC
I am extremely pleased with the progress that the children have made and they are rightly proud of their achievement in their exams. However, more then this we all value Rossi as a teacher for her patience and enthusiasm which mean that the children have the motivation to practise. They love to play new pieces and between exams is happy to allow them to explore their individual styles outside the confines of the exam syllabus. She has fostered in them a love of playing both for the pleasure of playing in itself and for the satisfaction of completing exams. Another important aspect of Rossi's program is that she encourages the children to play in public by organising a local concert where pupils perform for each other and their families. These are lovely events where the children can see the progress they are all making and they gain so much confidence from the support they receive. The children are growing up with public performances being a regular part of their music experience, and every time they have this opportunity their nerves lessen and their confidence grows.Our family feels lucky to have Rossi as our piano teacher. Regards, Laura Davis