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Biography

I didn't always love piano...but as a young teen I fell in love with playing, and soon after I began composing music.

In 1997 I graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University where I studied piano, music theory, and composition. I was granted The Ohio State University Excellence in the Arts Award.

I began teaching in 1996, and continued when I moved to Northern Virginia to work for the National Association of Music Education. I was contributing editor of Exploring Careers in Music, Spotlight on Early Childhood Education, and the journals Teaching Music and Music Educator's Journal. In 2002 I left NAofME to teach full time.

I moved to Rochester in 2007 to be near family, and I've been happily teaching here ever since.

How I Teach

Lessons are upbeat, positive, well-paced and keep the student engaged and enthusiastic. I incorporate theory, ear training, technology, and composition into my lessons. Care is taken to assign music ideal for each student. There are two recitals and four group lessons each year, and they all are very fun!

When we begin to compose, students first learn to listen for the music that already exists inside them. Starting very simply, then gradually increasing in complexity, we use artistic, mathematical, logic, and problem-solving skills to create music of their very own. A PDF and audio file of the students’ compositions are sent home upon completion.

 
Studio Location
Rochester, NY 14618
Off Elmwood, near Clover
 
Phone
(585) 244-5556
 

 
Website
MissKatesPianoStudio.com