The Piano Professor

The Piano Professor

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About this pro

I come from a musical family, my father was music professor at the Denver University and my mother was harpist with the Denver Symphony .

I have three degrees in music: B.Ed., B.M., M.M.  My master's degree is from the Manhattan School of Music in New York where I studied with the legendary pianist Robert Goldsand, and also jazz studies with John Mehegan of the Juilliard School.

Three of my young students, ages 8-11 were winners in the Pinault International Piano competition in New York in 2000, subsequently I had an adult who was a winner three years later. The director of the competition, Dr Botacci sent me a letter exclaiming that it is "obvious that your students are getting a first-class training from you".

I have given lectures to the Professional Music Teachers Associantion in Vancouver, B.C. and was a judge for the London Shool of Music in Vancouver, judging students from lower grades through artist.  I have also been a judge for the Encor Competion based in Germany.

My web site: where you will find several articles on the language of music written by me as well as testimonials about my work.

Ralph Carroll Hedges

Teaching is my career, not just a job.  I am a professional with 50 years experience, and many students who have won international piano competition.  I am on the jury board of the Encor International piano competition, and the director of the Chopin Piano Academy.  

I can teach at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Due to the coronavirus situation, I am also able to give virtual lessons without your leaving your home.  Virtual lessons are like my being with you.   Let me know.

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Newberg, OR 97132
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  • Gabriel Peckham

    Approaches learning music in a different way than traditional recital methodology of memorizing pieces of music, Ralph teaches how to understand the language of music. My son is now learning music that he has chosen on his own time in addition to jazz and classical music he’s learning for classes. He’s enjoying and exploring music whereas before it was just homework


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1. Find out what there interest is in music

2. If they have had lessons I will have them play for me

3. If they are a beginner I will tell what a wonderful thing music is and how excited I am that they are beginning their piano lessons

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have three degrees in music and have performed professionally both with symphony and as pop pianist 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My lessons are hourly lessons once a week with a flat rate of $200 per month.  

How did you get started teaching?

My parents were musicians so music was a part of my life from the time I was born.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with all types of students, realizing their unique qualities not only in music but their personalities also.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My pleasure comes in watching my students perform.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher that will work with you and your interests

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about what you want to do with your piano study.  Don't be affraid to express your likes and dislikes.  It helps a teacher work with you.