Haley Music

Haley Music

5.0 (4)
2 employees
16 years in business

About this pro

I've been teaching music for over 40 years, and have the same passion and enthusiasm I had when I started!  I work with all levels of students, from autistic children all the way up to professional musicians.  I have had success teaching MANY different instruments, though I've found my niche most recently teaching piano and keyboards via remote.

I enjoy getting to know my students as people!  I like to learn what music they enjoy listening to, want to play, and then we work together to help them learn the skills to do this!  Always a lot of fun for me!

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Pendleton, SC 29670
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4 Reviews


  • Ranjani Venkatesan

    My kids have been learning from Mr. Rich for almost 2 years now. He is very friendly, accommodating and very helpful.

  • Katherine Winter

    "Mr. Rich" is an amazing teacher. He teaches my autistic daughter piano. He is patient and professional. He understands her needs and is able to adapt to her learning style. He has been amazing over the years. Mr. Rich is always positive and promotes a learning environment. We are so fortunate to have found him.

  • Kirstin Martin

    We just started working with Rich with my daughter who is in Kindergarten and he has been great. I was worried that it would be hard to keep her engaged with the virtual lessons, but he does a great job and she has been excited and even sits down to practice without being asked!

  • Callista Worsnop

    Our daughter always looks forward to her weekly piano lessons with Mr. Rich. He has been very patient and encouraging, and we have seen her skills grow significantly in just a short time. The virtual lessons are super convenient and have been a great alternative to in-person lessons—not only safer during the pandemic, but also saving on travel time and gas. We also appreciate the various practice materials/methods Mr. Rich uses to help expand and build our daughter’s skills throughout the week when she is not in lessons. Overall, we greatly enjoy our experience and recommend (Mr. Rich) Haley Music to all our friends.

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

I teach at the pace of each student.  I'll go as fast as they want to go, or as slow as they need to go!

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

40 years as a high school band director and music teacher in New York State and the Carolinas.

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

When I was a child my parents couldn't afford music lessons for me.  Because of this I charge for lessons on a sliding scale.  Depending on income, a student's cost could be as little as $10 per half hour lesson.  I never, ever want cost to be a reason students can't take music lessons!

How did you get started teaching?

Graduated from the Fredonia School of Music, located at the State University College at Fredonia, NY with a BMus degree.  Studied under Dr. Michael Powell, Professor at the Julliard School of Music.

What types of students have you worked with?

Students as young as 5 years old, up to 80 years old.  Have worked the entire range of abilities, from very proficient performers to high-functioning autistic.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our students perform at an annual Music Showcase in May of each year.  It is optional participation, but the numbers and quality of participation grow more each year!

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

What are the credentials of the teacher?  Be prepared to pay more as the teacher's credentials show more education and experience.  A standard rule of thumb:

Professional Performer - up to $250 per hour of lessons

Music Doctorate - up to $100 per hour

Music Masters - up to $75 per hour

Music Bachelors - up to $60 per hour

Music Associates - up to $50 per hour

No Musical Credentials - up to $40 per hour

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

The primary question I ask is: what are your goals?  I will approach lessons differently if you just want to learn basic piano skills, for example, than I would if you want to perform competitively as a virtuoso.