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Piano Teacher List

Brandy Pancoast NCTM

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Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since (Year): 1989Ages/Levels Taught: 18 Months Through Adults, Early Childhood, Intro Piano-Advanced Piano Home P.O. Box 809 1238 C Old Kettle Road P.O. Box 809 Kettle Falls WA 99141 United States Home Phone: 509-738-4913 Website: http://www.pancoastschoolofmusic.com/Piano.html

“Music For A Lifetime” is my goal for every student…starting from the very young and continuing through the adult who wants to play too.

Students start learning the basics of music from a very young age using the Musikgarten curriculum and move naturally into learning to play the piano as soon as they are ready. Students regularly perform in studio recitals, accompany at their schools and churches, provide special music for community events, and participate in the WSMTA Piano Adjudications and the Royal Conservatory Piano & Theory Exams.  Each child is challenged to work to do their personal best and use the talents they have been given.  A number of graduates from Pancoast School of Music have gone on to earn music degrees and even open their own piano studios.

I hold a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Colorado Christian University, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Colorado Christian University, Washington State Professional Piano Teacher Certification including the ability to offer high school credit, Music Teachers National Association Professional Piano Teacher Certification, Musikgarten Training & Licensing and am a Center Coordinator for the Royal Conservatory of Music based out of Toronto.

I started teaching at age 13 in 1989 and even taught while I was doing a double degree program in college. I loved to teach so much as a teenager that I knew I wanted to study more in college to be my best. That love of teaching and passion for excellence has not changed. I still love to teach and see my students learn and grow into the best musicians they can be!

More information about Pancoast School of Music can be found at http://www.pancoastschoolofmusic.com.

Joan M Peters

Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since (Year): 1985Ages/Levels Taught: beginning, intermediate, advanced Cell Phone: 509-954-5378

Received a BM in piano performance from USC’s School of Music. I studied with Daniel Pollack, Ilana Vered, Alicia de Larrocha, John Perry, William Ransom, and Eduardo Delgado.  I have been teaching private piano lessons since 1985. I live and teach in Liberty Lake, Washington.

Betsy Keno Pletscher

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Instruments Taught: Piano & general music Taught Since (Year): 1974Ages/Levels Taught: 5 – through adult beginning through advanced Cell Phone: 612-760-5634

A native of the Spokane area, I am recently returned after many years in Minnesota.  Along with music degrees from Whitworth University, The University of Illinois, and Longy School of Music, I bring a lifetime of experiences in teaching piano lessons and music class with all ages, and have enjoyed a variety of opportunities working with students from many age groups and musical backgrounds, I offer classically oriented piano lessons as well as musical small-group classes for all ages. For twelve years, I was a teacher of piano teachers and also instructor of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the University of Saint Thomas, and for nearly twenty years, a faculty member at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music in Saint Paul, MN.  These experiences have allowed me to develop a lively yet artistic approach which involves the “whole person” in music making which includes singing, improvising, and whole body movement, exploring music fundamentals while learning pieces from our great heritage of piano repertoire.  Beginning through intermediate students from ages 5 through adults are welcomed.

Marin Ramey

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Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since (Year): 2004Ages/Levels Taught: 4 years to adult Home Phone: (208) 283-7469

Marin Ramey has been playing and teaching piano for years and spent the last 8 years teaching elementary school. She is excited to take all she has learned about motivation, goal setting, and encouragement and apply it to teaching piano. She has a Master of Arts in teaching from Lewis & Clark in Portland and has studied music at the university level.

Marin is a member of the Spokane, Washington, and National Music Teachers Associations. She has a teaching license and has passed the background check for Spokane ESD.  Lessons are individualized based on students interests and goals. She helps connect music of the past to students’ experiences.

Terri Ring

Instruments Taught: Accoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Keyboards Taught Since (Year): 1989Ages/Levels Taught: 2nd grade through adult Home Phone: 5099227133

I have developed a teaching style that is appropriate for today’s child through adulthood.  Lessons are 70 minutes long with a private lesson and a piano lab program.   During your weekly lesson you will have the opportunity to study-ear training, music theory, sight reading skills, home practice techniques and beginning composition.  We also read a monthly magazine called the “Piano Explorer”.  For elementary students I have a fun and rewarding ‘award’ program.  Twice a year, the students get together by level for an ensemble class, utilizing the sounds of the digital pianos.  We enjoy playing as an orchestra or band.  Please call for more information and an interview.

Janice Smith NCTM

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Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since: 1985Ages/Levels Taught: Ages 5 – 18; all levels | Adults Home 15604 N Sycamore Mead WA 99021 Home Phone: 509-467-8147 Website: http://northspokanepiano.com/

The mission of the studio is to provide a program of performance and study in a relaxed professional atmosphere, where students receive concentrated one-on-one instruction tailored to meet their specific educational needs. Each student will be involved, inspired and motivated during lessons which are designed to encourage musical imagination, expression and achievement in piano performance.

The Janice Smith Piano Studio is located in the Mead/Colbert area.

Mary Staneart

Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since: 1998Ages/Levels Taught: Age 5 and up Home Phone: 509-323-2354

Mrs Sherry Tavares

Instruments Taught: Piano and voice Taught Since (Year): 1984Ages/Levels Taught: Any Home 405 S Timber Lane Post Falls ID 83854 USA Cell Phone: 505-879-6323

Hector David Torres

Instruments Taught: Piano, Voice Taught Since (Year): 2011Ages/Levels Taught: All Ages and Levels Home 2207 S Southeast Blvd Unit 4 Spokane WA 99203 Cell Phone: 509-309-9943

I am a classically trained pianist whose greatest passion is the piano. I enjoy the opportunity to pass my knowledge and experience on to other people. I started playing the piano when I was 7 years old and since then I haven’t stopped. I’ve performed in many concerts, accompanied orchestras, symphonies, choirs, and singers. If you’re serious about learning how to play piano then I am your teacher. If you like to compose or want to learn how to arrange music and play by ear then we would be a great match because one of my points of emphasis is composing and arranging. I’ve been honored to have won several competitions over the years with some of the music that I’ve written. Being 21 years old, I can also connect with the young learners. If you have kids that are having problems practicing or don’t seem to enjoy their time on the piano, bring them to me. Piano isn’t always fun or easy but it pays off in the end. I have reasonable rates which I am willing to negotiate depending on the circumstances. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me either via email or phone. Thank you for your consideration.

Feng Tsai

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Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since (Year): 2000Ages/Levels Taught: 4-adult/Beginner to Advance Students Home 2732 West Weile Avenue SPOKANE WASHINGTON 99208 United States Work Phone: 5098229619

Tsai Feng piano

Tsai is an active pianist, piano accompanist, chamber music player and award-winning piano teacher.

She is very proud of receiving her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. Among the Conservatory’s graduates, you can find names such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev, Anna Netrebko and many other outstanding musicians in the world.

Her previous positions include Piano Instructor in Educational Center of China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Piano Accompanist at China Conservatory in Beijing, China.  As a British ABRSM Certified Piano Teacher, Mrs. Tsai was awarded “The Excellent Teaching Award” by British Royal International Music Competition for her outstanding teaching achievements. Her students have passed the British ABRSM Music Exam and received awards in many national and international music competitions.

Dr. Margarita Tsareva-Huber

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Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since (Year): 1985 (29 years)Ages/Levels Taught: all ages and levels Home 1113 N.King James Liberty Lake WA 99019 USASchool 3910 W.Custer Drive Spokane WA 99224 USAOther Coeur d Alene ID 83814 USA Cell Phone: 208.964.4746

An experienced teacher and concert pianist, Dr. Margarita Tsareva-Huber is the product of several generations of Russian classical musicians and composers and was introduced to the piano at age 5. She began teaching piano herself at age of 16. She was recognized throughout her adolescence as a “young virtuoso” in competitions she won in Kazan, Nizhniy Novgorod, Cheboksary, and Samara. This culminated in the Special Music College Competitions in Russia, where she placed first with “Best performance of Russian composers pieces”, first in “Best performance of Bach music”, and first in “Best performance of masterly compositions”.

Her study continued at the Glinka State Conservatory of Music in Gorky (now Nizhniy Novgorod), Russia, where she developed her talent in the demanding traditions of Russian classical piano as portrayed by Sergey Rachmaninov, Lev Oborin, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Emil Gilels, Yakov Flier, Sviatoslav Richter, Nikolay Petrov, Tatiana Nikolaeva among other greats. Her instructors were students of Henry Neighauz, Yakov Milstein and Alexandr Goldenveizer. Rita fulfilled the highest achievements at Glinka and matriculated as teacher, soloist and concertmaster (known here as an accompanist).

Afterward, Rita completed two-years of post-graduate work and continued piano instruction at the Special Music School. Competitions in later years provided her with six additional concertmaster bests and many, many awards for her students. She also performed extensively with her students in a variety live cultural events and on radio and television in Russia.

Rita moved to northern Idaho/Washington in 2001 and has since been featured in a variety of performances for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Lake City Playhouse productions, Coeur d’ Alene Opera and Spokane Opera shows, KPBX “Piano Bench” programs as well as special recitals and local music festivals, and as an accompaniment for young artists in various district, regional and national competitions.

Dr. Tsareva-Huber resides with her family in beautiful Liberty Lake, WA, where she maintains her piano studio. She has excellent results teaching younger children, teenagers and adults. She is also a faculty member of Holy Names Music Center (HNMC) in Spokane, WA.

More information on a website: http://www.rpianoart.weebly.com

Mrs. Patricia Edna Weeks

Instruments Taught: Piano Taught Since: 1958Ages/Levels Taught: All ages Home 14195 West Riverview Drive Poost Falls Idaho 83854 U.S.A. Home Phone: 208-773-5784

Pat is a nationally certified teacher of   the Music Teachers National Association, with a Bachelors’ Degree from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois & a minor in Music Education.  She has taken several pedagogy courses through the years and has been active in the North Idaho Music Teachers Association as well as the Spokane Music Teachers Association for many years. Also she played professionally for six years. Currently she maintains a private studio in her home.

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Piano teachers are a valuable part of our business and our community. This is a list of piano teachers that have attended one or more of our “Recipe Of A Good Piano” workshops as a part of their dedication to continuing education. This workshop is on the differences in piano construction and how it affects the player.