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PIANO PLUS With Robin Paavola And Tom Moss

Alto, MI 49302 (map)

Lessons Offered


Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

I have been teaching private piano lessons for 30 years, and before that I taught music for 5 years in a Christian school. I have a B.S. in Music Education. I have directed church choirs. My associate, Thomas Moss, has a Master's degree in piano performance. He is a busy accompanist, church pianist, and performer, as well as a teacher.

My Musical Education Background


Bachelor of Science, Music Education
Piano Primary
Vocal Secondary

Graduate Credit through Western Michigan University.

Graduate Course Work with Education Through Music (ETM).

Private Piano Teacher: over 30 years.

School Music Teacher and Choir Director at Grand Rapids Baptist Academy (now Northpointe Christian School)

Choir Director & Keyboards at Maplelawn Baptist Church, Wyoming, MI.

Preschool Bible Teacher & Song Leader in various churches, currently Ada Bible Church.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Traditional Private Piano Lessons
a) includes a free computer session following the private lesson.
b) includes access to a Reading/Listening Center for music history & music appreciation.
c) all styles of music are taught.
d) singing while playing is encouraged, but not required.
e) if a student is not able to sing on pitch, remediation is offered, but not mandatory. f) two yearly recitals g) students participate in MMTA's Student Achievement Testing.

Lesson Rates

Private lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length, followed by a free Computer Session and access to a free Multimedia Music Education Library.

Preschool Music, General Music, Voice, Recorder, & Bells can be taught to individuals or small groups.

Contact me for current pricing.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught




My Certifications and Awards

Michigan Certification for K-12 Music Education

Bob Jones University Commencement Award: Student Teacher of the Year, 1983

Longstanding Member of Music Teachers National Association, Michigan Music Teachers Association, and Piano Teachers Forum of Grand Rapids.

My Musical Influences

Thankyou to my dear mother, Janice (Dygert) Moss, church organist and pianist, who is still doing both at the current age of 79. Way to go, Mom!

Thankyou to First Baptist Church of Alto for teaching me to love hymns, letting me play for junior church while I was still in elementary school, and letting me play for "big church" when I was still a young teen.

Thankyou, Dr. Wendell Babcock, for teaching me to play hymns.

Thankyou, Josh Groban and Selah, for your renditions of "You Raise Me Up."

Thankyou, Laura Storey, for your song, "Blessings."

Many thanks to my elementary school music teacher, high school band & choir directors, college piano teachers, and college choir directors.

Praise and thanksgiving go to God, the Creator of Music, and King David, the author of most of the Psalms.

Thankyou, fellow piano teacher and friend, Jane Greenfield, for encouraging me along the way.

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Alto, MI

The cover of Kaitlyn’s notebook: ‘I LOVE PIANO!’

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