In my studio, I prioritize my students' goals and interests while supporting their musical development with appropriate repertoire, ear-training, sight reading, composition, improvisation, and music theory activities. I teach all ages, levels, and a variety of styles.
I completed my doctorate in piano at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a master's in piano and harpsichord from Indiana University. I studied with important pianists including James Tocco and Edward Auer. During my time at CCM and IU, I received assistantships in Secondary Piano and Music Theory. In fall 2022, I served as an Adjunct Instructor of Piano Pedagogy and Harpsichord at CCM where I taught undergraduate and graduate coursework. This spring 2023, I will serve as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Additionally, I serve as the Manager of Online Publications at the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, where I assist the organization in creating the highest quality materials to support piano teachers around the world.
If you have any questions about my studio, please reach out to me!
I most enjoy the ways in which I impact students' lives outside of music. I believe piano lessons support healthy development and the learning of a variety of non-musical skills, which can help any person.
Very professional and articulating. Great help for adult beginner students.
Curtis is an incredibly talented pianist. Not only is he a great instructor, he has patience, is flexible, and has a good demeanor.
Curtis was a fantastic piano teacher for my daughter! He was patient, fun, diligent and amazingly knowledgeable! He really concentrated for the entire lesson on making her a better piano player and each lesson was completely worthwhile!
Curtis Pavey is the greatest piano teacher I have ever had in my life. He is sweet and caring and makes you love playing the piano. He is so considerate about everything and truly wants you to succeed and help you in any way that he can. You would be the luckiest person if you could have him as a teacher.
When I first start working with a new student, I like to spend a few lessons getting to know them and their interests. My main objective when working with any student is to inspire a love and passion for music. I work together with students to find repertoire that suits their personal interests and helps them to progress.
Doctor of Music - Piano Performance at University of Cincinnati (CCM) - Graduated in December 2021, GPA: 4.0
Master of Music - Piano Performance and Early Music Harpsichord Indiana University - Graduated July 2018 GPA: 4.0
Bachelor of Music - Piano Performance Indiana University - Graduated May 2015 GPA: 4.0
Please contact me regarding my rates as this is dependant on location, regularity, and the length of the lesson.
I began teaching while I was in high school to try to see if teaching music was something I truly wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started with a handful of young students and over the last few years, this has turned into a flourishing set of students ranging from beginners to advanced and young to old.
I work with all kinds of students. I have taught beginning to advanced level students. In my approach, I adapt my teaching to the needs and abilities of the student. Regardless of preceived talent or ability level, I am happy to help inspire a love and passion for music.
I think that it is essential to find a teacher whose personality, goals, and approach works for you. Make sure to contact several teachers and determine how their educational background, teaching experience, and goals can help you.
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