Simmons Piano Studio

Simmons Piano Studio

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Teaching piano professionally is my love and passion.  I have studied music at Bob Jones University, and I am a National Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through MTNA.  I am in leadership positions in various Music Teacher Associations.  I encourage my students to participate in adjudicated events and recitals.  The climate of my private home studio fosters life skills in each student including confidence, curiosty, discipline and self-esteem.  My studio envionment is a very special place where students learn, work and have fun.  My goal is to have a positive impact, and make a difference in the life of every student. 

I love teaching piano, seeing the student's lives flourish with poise and confidence as a result of the success they experience with piano study.  

I enjoy the life long relationships I have developed with families throughout my years of teaching.

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Olathe, KS 66062
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My first goal is to begin building a positive parent/teacher/student relationship.  I show sincere interest in other aspects of the student's life, and ask the student to tell me about other activities and hobbies that interest them.  I believe every student should receive a well-rounded music education.  Students are also encouraged to choose music that they enjoy ranging from classical to pop. New music concepts and practice strategies are presented according to the student's individual learning pattern, providing student success.

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

I attended Bob Jones University for music education.  I have taught piano for 25 plus years.  I am a member of MTNA and have earned the credentials of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). In addition, I am a member of KMTA, KCMTA, OMTA, and MAMA.  Currently I am President of OMTA and MAMA.  I attend monthly continuing education work shops to keep on the cutting edge of teaching materials and concepts. 

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

I do have a standard pricing system.  Please feel free to contact my email and/or cell phone.  I would love to visit with you, and will be happy to discuss current studio tuition fees.

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cell phone-816-507-0551

How did you get started teaching?

Music has always been a very important part of my life.  I would literally spend hours at the piano because I loved to play so much!  I began playing for church as a teenager.  I received such encouragement from my family and friends.  Folks began asking me to teach their children how to play.  After attending college I turned my skill and passion for music into a full-time professional studio.

What types of students have you worked with?

I will teach anyone, at any age to play the piano within the caring and nurturing environment of my home studio, not refusing students of lesser ability.  My studio family is multi-cultural, consisting of various abilities and learning styles, from ages 5 to 72.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love the MAMA (Mid-America Music Association Festival) that my students participate in every July.  This festival rotates between several different cities.  It is such an uplifting and encouraging experience for students.  Students get to pack their suit case and travel just like the competitive sports teams!  Students recieving a superior rating receive a trophy.  They love it!

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

I would advise them to find a teacher who is willing and able to support the student and his individual goals.  What are the teacher's expectations?  The teacher should provide students with a foundation that gives them the ability to pursue their area of musical interest now and in the future.  Some students are very satisfied to develop their piano skills so they can become the best hobbyist player they can be.  Other students may have a dream of being a music teacher, or a piano performance major in college.  The teacher must be capable of guiding the student through the desired process.  I would encourage the perspective student to talk with friends that are currently taking lessons, local music teacher associations, colleges, and the MTNA teacher website. 

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

- Do I have an adequate instrument to practice on?

- Why do I want to take lessons, what is my goal?  Do I want to be a fabulous recreational player, or would I like music to be my living one day?  For example, teach piano, be a concert pianist.

-  What is the kind of music I would like to play?

- Am I willing, and able to commit to the time it takes to develop musicianship?

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