Runway Region

Runway Region

5.0 (4)
8 hires on
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

I enjoy seeing my students master a concept I am teaching and I love helping them develop as musicians.  I have been teaching and performing music for over 35 years and I teach all ages and ability levels.   As a former school administrator, I am exceptional at differentiating instruction to match ability and skill levels. I will develop an individualized program for each of my students that enables each to achieve his or her goals.  I teach basic, classical, and jazz piano.  

I love sharing my love of music with others, and I love helping them experience the absolute joy of being able to play music on the piano and other instruments.  As I tell them, when they can play a musical instrument, they never have to be bored, and this is an activity that they can do for their entire lives.  

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Dayton, OH 45415
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4 Reviews


  • Ryan Simpson

    Roy is an excellent teacher. He is very patient with his students. I would recommend Roy to anyone that’s wanting to learn piano. Thank you Roy

  • Raelee Lance

    I get very good feedback as a piano student that helps me grow in all sorts of directions musically. From the student standpoint, I never feel like I am being criticized, everything is always constructive and helpful.

  • Danielle T.

    Roy has been an amazing music teacher for my daughter for 2 years. HIGHLY recommend him! (French horn and piano)

  • Jordan S.

    Roy is an outstanding music instructor!! He really makes learning an instrument fun. Roy takes the time to get to know your personality and applies it to a learning style that best fits you. I have been a student of his weekly for about 2 years now, and always walk away having learned something new. He is always prepared for lessons, and regularly goes over the scheduled time to make sure you understand the lesson. Check him out!

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

I like to get to know the student first, and then find out a little about their goals for learning to play an instrument.  I then start tailoring a program that is individualized based on the student's needs and goals.  

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

I have a bachelor's degree in music, a master's degree in music and education, and a second master's degree in educational administration.  

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

Yes, each lesson is $23.00 per 30 minute lesson.  Lessons are paid in advance monthly, and if a student has to miss a lesson, as long as there is advance notice, I will try to schedule a make up lesson with that student.  

How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching privately since sophomore year of college, and as I was working through my first master's degree in music composition, I became certified to teach in the public schools.  

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and ability levels.  I work with students who are quite accomplished, students who are beginners, students who read music, and students who do not read music.  I also work with students who have special learning needs.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my students who takes both jazz and classical piano lessons from me recently played a piece for me that we were working on.  This piece is quite challenging, but my student played it magnificently.  I am so proud!!!

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

Find someone who is personable and who is committed to your success.  Playing music is fun, and your teacher should enjoy working with you and seeing you flourish.  

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

1.  Is this teacher someone whom I can learn from?

2.  Does this teacher have experience working with someone like me?

3.  Is this teacher going to be patient with me, or will my lessons be stressful?

4.  Does the teacher seem genuine about teaching or is the teacher just in it for the money?