piano lessons

"The value of music is to be able to play one note
at the right time in the right way."

-Herbie Hancock


a foundational instrument

The piano is often thought of as a "foundational instrument", making it a great choice for a first instrument. Because of it's layout, looking at a piano makes it is easy to visualize the notes needed to form chords and scales. Since the foundation of music is universal, once a student learns how to play the piano, tranisitioning to other instruments is much easier. Do we think all students should learn piano first? Of course not. We believe the best chance for a student to succeed at learning music is to learn an instrument that excites them.

digital and acoustic pianos

As technology continues to improve, families are trading in their old pianos for an updated, digital piano. 88-key weighted action digital pianos, often referred to as keyboards, feel, sound, and react much like an acoustic piano. The benefits of a digital piano come in the smaller and lighter size, different tone options, and built-in features. We teach on both acoustic pianos and 88-key weighted action digital pianos.

keeping practice fun

Our highly skilled piano instructors infuse songs of interest to the students alongside the more "traditional" teaching styles that include music theory, technique, reading music, and playing by ear. Learning songs keeps music fun! Let our professional piano instructors get you moving in the right musical direction!

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meet your instructor!

Taylor Bergeron

Piano/Keyboard/Brass/Woodwind

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
I enjoy getting to connect with students and helping them discover their love of music and motivation to learn new things.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I have a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Auburn University as well as classroom teaching experience.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I try to cater my energy to the student and be what they need in order to have an open line of discourse. Some of my students need upbeat and silly while other need laid back and chill.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I often tell people that people that I play saxophone but don’t specify that it’s Baritone Saxophone. It’s fun watching people react to seeing me carry in an instrument nearly as big as myself.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy food, especially when I get to try new restaurants. I can also get down with some conspiracy theory documentaries.


Susan Downey

Piano/Keyboard/Voice

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?

Being able to read music, play piano and/or sing for my own enjoyment or with others has brought me much joy in my life. In teaching, I hope to help build confidence in each student as they learn their skill. I love the thought of helping someone else find their passion.

What makes you unique from other teachers?

I was an extremely shy child! Playing the piano was a “safe” activity! I was able to gain confidence and leave some shyness behind as I grew musically. I recognize this in some students and really enjoy helping them build confidence along with their musical ability. I love that I can read music! I recognize that children learn at different rates and styles. So, I’m happy to help a student learn at their own pace.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Encouraging! Correction through guiding, not criticism! No one person is the same as another, which makes each of us special and unique! (True for me, too, even though I have an identical twin!) Music is supposed to be fun, bring joy and be pleasing! I want students to leave feeling good about themselves, not overwhelmed or frustrated.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I’m an identical twin! I love musical theatre and one role I played was “Peter Pan”, which included flying through the air and sword fighting Capt. Hook! I love to ride mountain bikes on trails in the woods! I raise monarch butterflies! (I’ve got thousands of pictures to show,.....just ask me!)

What are your passions outside of teaching?
Spending time with my husband and our grown children, working in my yard and flower gardens, raising butterflies, playing with my dogs, mountain bike trail riding!


Cathy Love

Piano/Keyboard/Cello/Harp/Concertina

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
Life-long learning! I’d like people to know that they’re NEVER too old to learn a musical instrument.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
An organized blend of music theory and instrument instruction. If you learn the theory, it can be applied to any instrument! Often your first instrument is not your favorite!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Focused and friendly.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I am rewarded personally by their success! Their success makes me happy!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
Backpacking, hiking, and travel.


Brandon Miller

Piano/Keyboard/Drums

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
Teaching is a passion of mine because it is an avenue in which I can make a positive impact on the world around me. I have always said that knowledge means very little if it is not cultivated and applied, but it means nothing if it is not taught.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
A low-energy teacher paves the way for low-energy students - and as such, a distinction between me and other instructors is the high-energy, positive environment that I create in when I'm with students. In my studio, students will always know that they are in a safe and judgment-free place of learning that is conducive to fun and progress - and those objectives (fun and progress) are achieved with a very practical teaching approach. Students deserve an instructor who is consistent, and with me, that is exactly what they'll get.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
In a word, when a student steps into my studio, they can expect to feel incredibly uplifted. I tremendously value my students not just for what they do, but for who they are, and who they are becoming. Particularly when dealing with younger students, teachers have a unique role in how a pupil develops, and a negative teacher - one whose moods seemingly change with the weather, can have a horrible influence on a student’s life outlook, and even in their future. I seek to be a firm foundation that students can rely on - no matter how bad of a week they've had, they can look forward to coming into Brandon's studio and being both welcomed and nurtured in an environment of positivity and encouragement.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
An interesting fact about me is that I have actually written and published a book of poetry. It is not something I share very widely (since poetry, sadly, is a dying art-form), but it is something that I enjoyed writing very much. It is called "Raiding the Kitchen," and is about my belief that no matter how different we all are, there are some central desires that we all share.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
One of my many nicknames in high school was "Captain Everything", and as such, my involvement outside of music or even teaching and manifold. As I mentioned, I've written and published a book, I am a computer scientist by trade, and thoroughly enjoy playing video games in my spare time, and hanging out with family and friends.


Jamie Newsome

Piano/Keyboard/Bass/Ukulele

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
Music has been one of my greatest joys for the past 10 years and I am just thrilled to introduce new people into such a rewarding hobby!

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I have experience in a wide range of musical settings from orchestra to jazz to marching band to rock cover bands. I also am well versed in theory and believe in the importance of integrating it into all lessons. Lastly, I have oodles of audition experience and have lots of fool-proof ways to prepare and calm nerves!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Welcoming, encouraging, and fun! I want to help y’all learn and do whatever it is y’all want to learn and do.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I was a vegetarian for 9 years because every one told me I couldn’t do it and I wanted to prove them wrong... some call it hard headed I call it tenacious!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I am very passionate about bettering our environment! I am a double major at Auburn University in Ecological Engineering and Music. I hope to one day work to restore our nation’s lush ecosystems, specifically on the coasts!


Rachel Pair

Piano/Keyboard/Voice/Theatre

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
There is a certain magic that happens when a student and the music “click” – I live for that look on their faces and the energy in the room! Music has the power to change people’s lives in both big and small ways, and being a facilitator of that creative outlet is a dream come true. I’ve worked with kids in some capacity for most of my life, and I count the opportunity to be an encourager and an instructor as a huge gift.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from Auburn University, so my foundation is one of acting through song and breathing life into music, regardless of the genre! Also, I LOVE working with students on any audition/theatre material. With my background comes a specific passion where music is concerned, and I do my best to help my students feel that as well. Whether we’re belting out Evita or playing Ode to Joy for the 4th time :)

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Positive, FUN, and safe. A huge goal of mine is to have an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable, known, and free to be exactly who they are. To make the hiccup mistakes and ask the questions, while feeling supported and encouraged along the way. There will never be a lack of fun in my studio, but that also comes paired with a constant strive for technique, understanding, and progress!

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
Fleetwood Mac is my favorite band of all time, green is my favorite color, and one summer I lived in New York City & performed in a musical!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I love reading, cooking, pottery, watching films, live music, day trips outside of Auburn, and drinking coffee! (I like to think my studio is like iSpy and there will always be coffee somewhere to be found.) But most importantly, I love spending time with my pesky pup Samson, my friends, and my awesome family.


Susan Ray

Piano/Keyboard

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
Music is the language of the heart. As a teacher I am very passionate about teaching students the endless possibilities the piano has. Every genre of music can be played with this instrument! I’ve been known to lose track of time when playing the piano.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
From beginners to advanced. I love all levels of music. I love the look on a beginners face when they realize that the notes are coming together to make a real song and advanced students always amaze me with their determination and perseverance!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I love music!!! I think that shows in how I teach. I love students to feel encouraged, motivated and ready to take on new pieces. Playing the piano sparks the imagination and opens the door wide for creativity!

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I stayed on an island off the coast of Maine. I’ve sung at weddings all over the States. I have 7 siblings.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
Singing. Learning languages. Poetry. Flower arranging. Writing lyrics. And having fun with all my nieces and nephews


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