Sounds Of Hope

Sounds Of Hope

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About this pro

Esther J. Upham completed both her Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, and her Master of Music in Piano Accompanying. After completing her education, Esther Upham taught at Indiana University South Bend as an adjunct faculty member. During this time, she also gave private lessons at The University of Notre Dame and accompanied for their opera program. Throughout her career, she has maintained a private piano studio with students of all ages. As a composer, the first piece that Ms. Upham premiered was a chamber piece entitled, "The Gospel According to St. John ." Along with a small ensemble of 4 singers, cello, and flute, she performed this piece at Indiana University South Bend in 2004. In 2010, Ms. Upham premiered her first full choir and orchestral piece in Jerusalem, Israel. Performing with Ms. Upham was the Jerusalem A Cappella Singers, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Elli Jaffe. Widely attended by Jews and Christians in the land, this music has brought religions and people together in a common unity of love for the Bible.

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Columbus, OH 43228
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first lesson is an interview as well as a beginning lesson. some of the things I like to discover are what the students goals are, and what tyoe of music they are interested in studying. Generally, I encourage learning some od the classics and basic technique for every instrument, and then branch out into working on the students goals and interests.

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

I have a bachelors degree in Piano Pedagogy, and a Masters degree in Accompanying.

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

Music Palette in Bexley is handling my fees currently. Otherwise, I charge $30 per hour for flute or voice,  and $40 for piano. The half hour lesson for beginners is half the price.

How did you get started teaching?

As a high schooler, my piano teacher gave me some students, and I continued teaching through college and afterwards.

What types of students have you worked with?

Every age, and every level.

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

Be sure that you are comfortable with the persons teaching style. Also, even from the beginning lessons, it is important to have a professional who has a degree in music, otherwise, it can be difficult to correct bad habits that are acquired at an early age.