I teach from my home on a Steinway grand piano, and have a waiting room for others in attendance with you (parents, spouses, kids, etc). I teach in person or online depending on your location. In-town students get the benefit of twice yearly recitals.
I have been teaching private piano for 9 years; the past three have been spent running a private studio of 35 students and teaching music as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville. I completed my Master of Music both in Piano Performance and in Piano Pedagogy in 2016, and I just moved to Winston-Salem, NC for some post-grad work which specializes in Injury-Preventative Keyboard Technique. Think something like "occupational therapy" for pianists.
Experiencing pain is never normal, and pianists are particularly susceptible to conditions like carpal tunnel and tendonitis. I seek to constantly help the student release excess tension as they develop a healthy technique that will allow them to make music long-term!
I have taught students ages 3-73 and love teaching all kinds of students. Begining, intermediate, and advanced players bring me joy and I love helping students get to know themselves by learning a new skill. It is also very important to me that music making remain fun and rewarding, no matter where you are in the learning process. I use stories and analogies to make the music come alive and feel more relatable to your everyday life.
I’ve worked with students have autism and various processing disorders, and also taught theory and piano literature classes.
Adult students of any age are a particular love of mine because it takes such humility to be willing to be a beginner in a later phase of life.
Learning an instrument challenges the whole person, and has always served as a compass for my in own internal life. Having something tangible where you can see distinct progress and growth has enriched my life and I’ve seen it do the same in the lives of my students!
I was 50 years away from the piano when I began taking lessons with Bethany a couple of years ago. She has encouraged me to push beyond my comfort zone and taught me with grace, patience, and an ear to what's important to me as an adult learner. She herself continues to learn and shares her newfound wisdom with me. Based on recitals with her younger students, it is evident she loves them and encourages the best in them as well.
My kids were about to give up on piano. They just didn’t have the enthusiasm to really want to play. When we started working with Bethany that all changed and they started to really love piano and practice on their own. She was a miracle for my children. From my youngest daughter (9 yrs): ‘Bethany is our best piano teacher. She made it fun.’
I would highly recommend Bethany as a piano teacher. My (now 11 yr old) daughter began with Bethany 2years ago after a less than inspiring year with different piano teacher. When I asked my daughter what she most enjoyed about their lessons, she said that Bethany took time in the beginning to understand her learning style which helped with ease of learning. She also said that Bethany exposed her to music that she was unfamiliar with and eventually enjoyed played at recitals. From a parents perspective, it was delightful to see my child enjoying her piano lesson vs see them as a chore. Bethany was able to keep the learning fun while still delivering results. When Bethany left the school she was teaching at to work full time at the local university, we followed her. I am happy that she is now following her dream to further her musical education but sad that we couldn’t follow this time around as she now lives in a different state. I hope you and yours enjoy Bethany as much and we did!
My daughter started piano lessons with Bethany when she was 6 years old. With little knowledge of music and note reading my daughter had fun and learned quickly with Little Mozarts. After 2 years she has now moved on to more advanced note reading, song play and finger exercises. Bethany always keeps music exciting and challenging for my spunky girl which holds her interest and has helped develop her skill and love for music. Bethany is great with children; she is always smiling with a positive attitude and flexible thinking to keep young minds engaged. We are sad Bethany has moved away but will always stay in touch as she has become our friend and not just our piano teacher.
I like to meet the student for a trial lesson (on me!) and see where they’re at with music. I ask about and music or music-related training in the past. I ask lots of questions about their interests and the type of music they like. If the student is an adult or a very self-aware kid then we will discuss goals for the lessons.
Graduate Certificate in Injury-Preventative Keyboard Technique - Salem College (present)
Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy - University of Louisville 2016
Master of Music in Piano Performance - University of Louisville 2015
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance -
Tennessee Tech University 2013
I have played since age nine and had my first student at age 20. I found it to be the thing that energizes and inspires me!