Chords And Keys
Chords & Keys offers individualized, research-based music instruction by Katherine Kuhfuss, a certified music teacher with years of experience in classroom instruction and private lessons. More than just typical "piano/voice lessons," Katherine uses her broad background in music theory and education to craft customized and comprehensive music learning experiences for her students. By focusing on the musician as a whole - not just specific skills in piano and voice - Katherine helps each of her students become not just a piano player or singer, but a musician.
Chords & Keys is truly committed to the vision of providing quality music education for all levels of learning, from advanced students wanting to pursue a degree in music to students just beginning their musical journey. Katherine’s background spans years of providing intensive music instruction to a broad range of students, giving her the unique ability to meet the exact needs of all learners - beginning to advanced.
I truly take great joy in watching my students discover their talents and grow in their confidence and musicianship. I love reflecting with students on what they have accomplished and helping them set new goals. Music has been such a special and wonderful part of my life. I delight in getting to share my love and enthusiasm for music with my students.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Typically, after initial contact through Lessons.com, I will set up a free sample lesson with students. The sample lesson includes a mini lesson of piano or voice instruction and discussion with the student about their musical goals, interests, and background. After the sample lesson, the student may sign up for lesson time slot.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Katherine Kuhfuss is a certified and experienced music educator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis on vocal performance and piano from the University of South Carolina and a graduate degree in Vocal Performance from Converse College. She has performed with USC Opera, USC Opera Outreach Program, Converse Opera, Harrower Opera Program, and Greenville Lyric Opera. She is a soloist in the upstate area and sings with several local churches.
Katherine offers fifteen years of teaching experience both privately and publically. She has had a private voice and piano studio for 15 years, been a music instructor at the elementary and middle school levels, and has directed and accompanied children and adult choirs. Katherine enjoys working with students of all ages and ability ranges. She is certified in Music Learning Theory Early Childhood, Music Learning Theory Elementary General Music Level 1, Orff Level 1, and Orff Level 2.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing is based on a monthly rate. Please see below:
30 minute lesson: $100/month
45 minute lesson: $140/month
60 minute lesson: $180/month
How did you get started teaching?
I have spent my entire life singing and playing the piano. I often preferred practicing to doing my homework. Even from a young age, I enjoyed being the "teacher's helper" and frequently tutored or helped my friends with school or music. When it was time to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, I knew without a doubt, I wanted to teach music.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students of all ages and ability levels. My students have ranged in age from pre-school to retirees and I have taught students with diverse backgrounds, academic levels, musical abilities.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I helped a student prepare for a college piano audition and exam. He not only passed his audition and exam with flying colors, but he is now teachng music. One of the greatest gifts a teacher can recieve is to see their students pursue music as an adult.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
First, if you have even a broad idea of what you are wanting to accomplish and how much time you are willing to commit to your goals, this will greatly help you narrow your search.
Second, look for a teacher who has the qualifications to help you meet your goals. For example, if you like classical music, look for a teacher who has a background in that genre and specializes in classical vocal or piano instruction.
Third, and most importantly, you need to connect to your teacher's personality and teaching style. I would highly recommend setting up a sample lesson with a prospective teacher. Come prepared to demonstrate your musical abilities and discuss your goals. A sample lesson will give you insight into how a prospective instructor teaches and if they will be a good fit for your learning style and musical goals.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. What would you broadly like to learn through taking lessons?
2. How much time and effort is realistic for you to committ to meeting your goals?
3. Why do you want to take music lessons?
4. What are you looking for in an instructor's teaching style and philosophy?