I have been teaching piano lessons since 1990. I operate a private studio in Richardson, Texas. I have been a member of the Richardson Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers National Association since 1991. Through these associations, there are many performance and enrichment opportunities available to my students throughout the year. My students perform very well in these activities and have garnered top awards. I teach children ages 3 years thru 12th grade. You must own an acoustic piano to take lessons.
Reviews from students and their parents:
"It is never too late to begin! Our son began taking piano lessons from Mrs. Conkel at the beginning of 5th grade. We are amazed how much James has learned over the course of 1 ½ years. He has participated in five festivals in which he has scored a 1+ . This is due to Mrs. Conkel’s emphasis on proper piano technique. James enjoys the monthly group theory classes. Mrs. Conkel’s piano studio offers so many opportunities!"~Karen and Terry (parents of a student)
"Mrs. Conkel encourages her students to do their very best while making it fun. She has a great sense of humor, and I enjoy my weekly sessions with her. I especially like earning piano bucks!" ~James (student, age 12)
"I've been taking piano lessons from Mrs. Conkel since kindergarten. She's the best piano teacher that anyone could ever look for! Mrs. Conkel is a dedicated, patient, and talented teacher. She's been so supportive of me, and I've really grown as an artist under her tutelage. It’s definitely always a joy to go to lessons every week." ~Charlene (student, age 16)
First and foremost, I love music! I enjoy working with kids and helping them grow as musicians. I particularly enjoy teaching proper technique, musicianship and artistry from the very beginning. It is very gratifying for me to see progress in my students' ability to play the piano and make beautiful music.
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First, I conduct an interview with the student and parent, in which I go over my studio policy, explain studio expectations and the activities available to my students, and answer any questions the parent or student may have.
I have taken classes at Texas Christian University, Richland College, and Texas State University under the degree plans for piano performance and piano pedagogy. I also took private piano lessons from the age of 7-21.
I charge by the month. Lessons are an hour long and are taught weekly with a total of 42 private lessons in a year. The fee is currently $180 a month.
I knew I wanted to be a piano teacher from the age of 7. I taught my first two students as a senior in high school and have been teaching ever since. My mother, sister, and daughter are all excellent piano teachers as well, so I guess it runs in the family!
All children ages preschool through 12th grade and a couple of adults as well.
Conduct an interview with the prospective teacher and get to know their expectations and areas of expertise.
Does the teacher have a studio policy?
What does the teacher require in the way of practice from his/her students? Is the parent/student willing to make daily practice a priority?
Does the teacher place a priority on developing proper piano technique?
Does the teacher require the student own an acoustic piano?
Do the teacher's students participate in any festivals or activities?
Does the teacher belong to a professional music teachers association?