Richard Seil has a wide background in private and collegiate teaching that extends over 20 years. His teachers include world-famous pedagogues Menahem Pressler (IU), James Tocco (CCM), Karen Shaw (IU), Richard Fields (CCM) and Robert Mayerovitch (BW). Furthermore, Dr. Seil’s Suzuki certification through Book 5 of the Suzuki Piano Curriculum (studied locally with Rita Hauck) has provided him with a wealth of skills to positively influence developing musical minds of all ages. Professionally, his most recent collegiate position was as a sabbatical replacement for his former teacher, Robert Mayerovitch at BW in Berea, Ohio. Locally, Mr. Rich has taught at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Slater Music Academy in Ft. Thomas for the past 15 years, the Toedtmann School of Music and his first private teaching position in Cincinnati was at the Cincinnati Music Academy. He is very excited to return to CMA.
DMA Coursework, UC-CCM
M.M. Indiana University
B.M. Baldwin-Wallace University
Former Vice-President of Mu-Phi Epsilon
His teaching philosophy, whether teaching a young beginner, a budding professional, an adult beginner or an adult returning to the piano, can be summed up in one word: adaptive. It is paramount that a teacher be able to adapt to the learning style of any student while, at the same time, keeping a goal in mind. This is probably why he has had success teaching traditional students, Suzuki students, collegiate students, adult beginners, and children as young as 3 years old, although 3.5 years is more the norm for early beginners.
Mr. Rich’s students are all given the opportunity to participate in the Junior Music Festival, which is a national evaluation event held locally which gives students the opportunity to earn points towards rewards and, with persistent excellence, an opportunity to pursue scholarship opportunities. Additionally, his students are all given numerous performance opportunities in recitals throughout the year. Mr. Rich has judged in national and local festivals and competitions throughout the region. He has also performed in solo recitals, as a collaborative artist, and as a soloist with orchestra in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.
Mr. Rich is a member of the Suzuki Association of America as well as the Music Teachers National Association and the Ohio Music Teachers Association. He has also been a member of the Michigan and Kentucky Music Teachers Associations, and has been listed in Who’s Who of America.
When he is not teaching or performing, Mr. Rich enjoys attending concerts, jogging, watching football, pampering his pets, rescuing animals and, of course, spending time with his fiancée in Northern Kentucky.