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Piano

Piano lessons are a popular choice for students of all ages and ability levels. Piano lessons at the Cincinnati Music Academy provide an excellent foundation for learning to play any instrument.  The piano is an instrument that can be played casually or explored to great depths in a variety of styles. The talented teachers that comprise the piano faculty at Cincinnati Music Academy offer a variety of piano lessons options, described below. Students range in experience from beginners to advanced.

The piano can accommodate all hand sizes. Adjustable benches or booster cushions and footstools allow young children to sit with confidence, both during lessons and practice time at home. For adults, learning to play piano is often a ‘bucket list’ item.

What’s a good age to start piano lessons?

Children as young as age 4 are ready to start if a parent is dedicated to coming to every lesson and practicing with the child at home. The Suzuki method is a popular way for young students to learn. If you want your child to be more independent with piano lessons, you’ll want traditional lessons. A child is ready for traditional lessons he or she knows how to read.

Am I too old to learn?

CMA has a large population of adult students, some who study privately, and others who participate in our recreational group piano classes, which we offer exclusively for adult piano students. Numerous health and medical studies have proven than learning new skills, including music lessons, helps reduce stress, depression, pain, and may help delay memory loss.

Do I need a piano at home to start lessons?

Every students needs to have either a piano or keyboard at home before starting lessons. We recommend acoustic pianos for private lessons, and keyboards for the recreational classes. Practicing at home is the only way to develop your skill. Be sure to place the piano or keyboard in a room which will allow you to practice without disturbing other people at home, i.e. don’t put the piano in the same room as the big TV everybody likes to watch. We are happy to recommend options for purchasing or renting both acoustic and digital pianos.

The piano department of Cincinnati Music Academy is supervised by CMA co-owner Amy Immerman, and run by Natasha Pence, Assistant Director, Piano and Keyboards.

To contact the Piano Department, email  piano@cincinnatimusicacademy.com or call 513-891-7714.

Piano Lessons Options:

Suzuki Piano:
Suzuki lessons are geared toward students as young as age 4. The Suzuki method is also called the “Mother Tongue” approach because students learn to play first, and then learn to read music later, just as we teach children how to speak. The Suzuki method requires a dedicated parent to attend every lesson, and practice daily with the student at home.

Suzuki Teachers
Teresa Glenn, Amy Immerman, Penny McDaniel, Natasha Pence, and Geanna Schwaegerle

Traditional Piano Lessons
Traditional piano lessons are geared toward students of all ages who will learn independently.  For a child, the parent may choose to sit in on the lesson, but it is not required. The parents’ role for the young traditional student is to help the student establish a daily routine of practicing at home, provide an inviting environment at home for the student to practice, and transport the child to and from lessons.

Traditional Teachers:
Brian Batchelor-Glader, Margaret Breidenbaugh, Teresa Glenn, Dr. Loretta Graner, Matt Holt, Amy Immerman, Penny McDaniel, Shireen McKenzie, Natasha Pence, Dr. Olga Rua, Geanna Schwaegerle, Dr. Richard Van Dyke, and Xiaoming Zhu

Pop, Jazz, & Improv Piano Lessons
CMA offers pop, jazz, and improvisation lessons to teenagers and adults. Our instructors can help students prepare for being in a band, school jazz ensemble auditions and performances. Learn how to read from fake books, real books, learn chords, accompaniment styles, and how to improvise.

Pop, Jazz, & Improv
Brian Batchelor-Glader & Matt Holt

Music Development Program:
Many of our teachers participate in this nationally esteemed curriculum, founded by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. CMA is proud to be a Founding School of the Music Development Program.

Music Development Program Teachers
Teresa Glenn, Amy Immerman, Shireen McKenzie, Natasha Pence, Dr. Olga Rua, Geanna Schwaegerle, Richard Van Dyke, Xiaoming Zhu

College auditions preparation:
Two of our instructors are especially gifted in helping students prepare for college auditions. Students considering majoring in piano should start working on their audition repertoire no later than their sophomore year of high school.

College auditions preparation:
Dr. Olga Rua and Dr. Richard VanDyke

Adult Piano Classes:
Enjoy Recreational Music Making in a stress free class environment. Classes are offered for both beginning students and those with prior experience. A variety of keyboard related classes, including improvisation, chords, and composition are also offered. Click here for more information.

Events:

Many of the piano teachers at CMA are active in the local music community, and offer recitals, outside performance and evaluation opportunities, and enter students in competitions. Some teachers also offer occasional group lessons and other activities.

 

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Study Options

  • Lessons for ages 4 and up
  • Lessons for adults, all levels
  • Suzuki & Traditional Lessons
  • Lessons seven days a week
  • Serious students & hobbyists
  • College and competition prep
  • Jazz, pop & improv
  • Recitals for children
  • Social functions for adult students

Languages

Chinese — Xiaoming Zhu
Spanish – Dr. Olga Rua & Eliana Corredor

Piano: Faculty

Piano Lessons Cincinnati

Amy Rose Immerman

Asst. Director
Co-Owner
Piano

Amy Immerman is one of Cincinnati’s most active and well-known piano teachers, specializing in teaching Suzuki students as young as age 3, and traditional and recreational lessons from … Learn More »

Natasha Pence

Asst. Director
Piano

Natasha Pence works actively as a teacher and pianist in the Greater Cincinnati area.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Eastern Kentucky University … Learn More »

Brian Batchelor-Glader enjoys teaching traditional piano lessons to children and adults from beginning to intermediate students. He also specializes in jazz and popular music and is a professional … Learn More »

Penny Bogard McDaniel has been teaching Suzuki and Traditional piano in the Cincinnati area for more than 30 years, and is experienced with students of all ages. Originally … Learn More »

Eliana Corredor

Music Together
Piano

Ms. Corredor runs a piano studio in the Cincinnati area, teaching different methods to a variety of students from age four to adult; including seniors and special needs … Learn More »

Cincinnati native Teresa Glenn began her official music study at the age of six. Years of experience in teaching piano has enhanced her own indelible love of music.… Learn More »

Loretta Graner enjoys helping people of all ages and ability find joy in reaching their musical potential. Lessons focus on acquisition of the technical, cognitive, and artistic skills Learn More »

Matt has been teaching music since 2004 and has been a member of the CMA faculty since 2007. As a piano/keyboard teacher, Matt specializes in teaching beginners, and … Learn More »

Coming from India, Shireen Ardeshir McKenzie has studied and performed music on three continents. She is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London.… Learn More »

“As your piano instructor, my goal is to provide an atmosphere for musical, emotional, and intellectual stimulation.  To reach this, I will take the necessary steps to teach … Learn More »

Age range: pre-teen to octogenarian.

Skill range: beginner to professional.

For beginner-to-intermediate students, Tom generally uses the traditional approach, with age-appropriate method books as well as supplemental materials … Learn More »

Geanna’s Teaching Style

Geanna Schwaegerle teaches using both Traditional and Suzuki approaches. She adapts her method to each students’ learning style. Her students study standard repertoire and traditional … Learn More »

Richard Van Dyke specializes in taking students to their highest potential. With the studio motto, “Practice to Prosper,” his highly motivated students work diligently to successfully perform repertoire … Learn More »

Xiaoming Zhu (Shao-ming Choo, aka “Mr. Z”) started his piano journey at the tender age of 3-1/2 in his native country of China. At age 12, he was … Learn More »