Rothschell Piano Studio

Rothschell Piano Studio

5.0 (3)
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

My mission is to develop musicians to be persistent in their quest for excellence at the piano, encourage them to play expressively with skill and artistry, and to cultivate in them an understanding and appreciation for music and its ties to community.

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Smyrna, TN 37167
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3 Reviews


  • Sandra Jiminez

    Mrs. Rothschell is very encouraging when teaching and keeps my child accountable. She provides incentives for the students and makes it fun for them to learn. Lessons are reasonably priced. I highly recommend Rothschell Piano Studio.

  • Lorna Gethers

    My granddaughter has learned very quickly under her tutelage.

  • Joy Sweaney

    Samantha Rothschell is a beautiful communicator . . . with passion & patience to spare.

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

Because every person is different, I offer a free first lesson to interview new students. This helps me get a sense of their personality and learning styles. From there, we work together to find the approach that will work for them.

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

Bachelor of Music. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Vocal & General Music Education. Graduated May 2012.

Certificate of Piano Pedagogy. MTSU. Completed May 2019.

I have taught in various capacities since summer 2011, and am currently working toward certification from the Music Teachers National Association.

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

Yes. Pricing information can be found on my website.

How did you get started teaching?

I would help friends learn the piano as early as high school.

In my first year of college, I majored in psychology but quickly realized that was not the path for me. I then switched my major to music education. When unable to find full-time employment in the public schools, I turned to private teaching. I love private teaching so much! My favorite part of teaching is the "aha!" moments. I love when a student grasps a concept so clearly, their whole face lights up.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work mainly with young beginners and intermediate players, ranging in age from 5-18.

I have also worked with college students and adult learners.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am incredibly proud of the resilience of my students during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have worked so hard to not only maintain what we learned in person but also to improve and progress far above my expectations.

We have been exclusively conducting lessons via FaceTime & Google Duo but will begin offering in-person lessons once more in June. 

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

Find someone who has a background in education and music. Someone who can simply play does not always make a good teacher, even if they are an experienced performer. Likewise, a person may be good at teaching one subject but not so great at teaching another.

Also, find someone whose personality and approach meshes well with yours. Rapport is a powerful tool for students and teachers.

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

Do you already own, or are you willing to invest in a quality instrument with 88 keys and 3 pedals?

Each lesson, I work with students on making a plan for their practice sessions. While progress can be made without consistent practice, it would be excruciatingly slow and frustrating for all involved. Are you committed to practicing daily?

Learning the piano can be a lengthy process. Progress will often not be seen in the first few weeks or even months of study. Are you willing to sign on for a full school year of lessons?