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Katie Rudolph

Harrisburg, PA 17103 (map)

Lessons Offered

Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

Making music is something each of us can do! We sang when we were children (even if we've forgotten about that now) and never worried about whether we were "good" (whatever that means, anyway).

Piano is a great place to start; it's like having an entire orchestra under your hands! Even if you're aiming for another instrument (including voice), your piano playing will help you understand music and give you a great foundation.

I have played professionally for 45+ years and taught privately for 35+ years. Students have ranged from age 6 to age 98 and have been players at all levels.

We study technique, repertoire, and music theory.  If the student is interested, we study improvisation and how to read from a lead sheet (chord symbols and melody; kind of like giving a speech from an outline rather than having each word supplied for us).     One of the most important things we study at lessons is how to learn and, a subset of that, how to practice.  (This is so that if all the piano teachers in the world are rounded up and sent to another planet, you'll still know how to work on your music.)  

Playing music is like nothing else on Earth -- come and learn!

My Musical Education Background

Private studies

Ongoing education through journals, books, magazines, CDs

Genres and Subjects Taught

Fundamentals of music
Ear Training
Sight Reading
Scales and chords


Lesson Rates

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Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Ages 7 and up

My Certifications and Awards

Harrisburg Magazine "Simply the Best Musician", 2 years

Harrisburg Magazine "Readers' Choice Musician", 6 years

Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame

My Musical Influences

Sonny Clark

Frank Kimbrough

Bud Powell

Chris Anderson

Wayne Shorter

Miles Davis

Bill Evans



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Student Reviews

Harrisburg, PA

An awesome teacher. As I sit here and watch my son Paul Bratcher play his Doctoral recital at George Mason University. I owe it all to Ms. Katie. Thank you.

Harrisburg, PA

Katie is a patient, encouraging and accomplished teacher who has been just the right fit for this old man trying to recapture skills after over 50 years and has realized that playing the piano is not like riding a bicycle. Starting from scratch and enjoying every lesson. That she puts up with me is a g-dsend. Thanks...

Harrisburg, PA

Katie teaches my 9 year old daughter and she just adores Katie and loves going to her weekly lesson. Katie is making my daughters introduction to music fun and exciting and I am thankful I found her. The fact that she is a wonderful musician in her own right that we get to see playing around town is just a bonus.

Harrisburg, PA

You would have to dig pretty deep to find a better musician around than Katie. Not only does she know the instrument, she wants you to know it too. She will tailor her methods of teaching it to you that best fit with your personality and learning style. Even if you don't love scales and exercises, she has a way of making you WANT to do them - because she can break it down exactly why and how it will make you a better player.

Harrisburg, PA

Katie Rudolph is the consummate professional. She is very generous with what she knows about her craft. I thought that I knew a lot about piano until I met her. Another quality I admire about her is that she is a perpetual student herself. She's incredibly smart, amazingly well-read, and has a fantastic sense of humor. Lessons are a joy! I've played with musicians my entire adult life from all over this country, and I consider Katie to be a musician's musician.

Harrisburg, PA

Katie is by far the BEST choice we made when entering our son into piano lessons. He has studied under her for 3 years now and has flourished under her program and teaching style. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in learning piano!!!

Harrisburg, PA

As wonderfully accomplished and gifted a jazz pianist as Katie Rudolph is, she is also, without question, just as accomplished and exceptional a teacher. Like the best teachers, Katie imposes high expectations and challenges, motivates and inspires her students. And all of that with a good dose of wit and what is seemingly interminable patience! Tim L.

Hershey, PA

I am a classically trained adult pianist, and I took a semester of jazz lessons from Katie Rudolph. Katie is a talented jazz pianist and a patient, thoughtful teacher. She taught broadly, including technique, tone, and expression. We worked through a variety of materials - scales, improv technique, improv creation, and standard tunes. She also lent me a jazz album (or several) each week to expand my listening skills and repertoire. Overall, it was a very productive and enjoyable semester! Posted by Charity Judson

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