Dr. Robert Kania
I have an extensive experience performing and teaching piano. I hold the highest degrees in music in regards to piano performance (D.M.A., Doctorate of Musical Arts). My former teacher include individuals whose line of teachers go back to Franz Liszt and Fryderk Chopin. I have been on a university faculty for the last 20 years teaching piano and music theory. One of the recent performing highlights includes a performance of Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto with an orchestra.
Teaching piano is my passion, I teach very advanced pianists as well as just beginners. I base my teaching on classical style but am open to all styles of music as long as they support pedagogically sound progress.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Every student will write up a set of goals and we set expectations for each goal.
I customize lessons for each student. However, lessons usually consist of technique and repertoire components that are customized to each goal and developed by the student and myself.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All my degrees, including Doctorate of Musical Arts are in Piano Performance. I have been teaching piano for over 25 years and peroforming in concerts for over 30. My recent performance of Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto will be released on a CD through Dark Room Studios at Judson University.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with very advanced students that won piano competitions as well as with young children and adults that just start playing the piano. Teaching piano is my passion, although, I do not expect all of my students to enter competitions, I do expect results and progress.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are your goals? Are your goals comatible with the experience of the teacher?