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 from beginning through virtuoso levels by incorporating technique, music theory, music history, ear-training and collaborative music into regularly scheduled lessons.
Dr. Richard Van Dyke
Dr. Van Dyke’s students have been recognized for their performances at Auditions Festival, David Dubois International Piano Competition (Semi-finals and finals), Depauw University Young Artists Competition, Junior Music Experience, MTNA National Competitions ( State Preliminaries, Division Semi-finals and National Finals), the Music Development Program (formerly TAP), New Horizons Piano Competition, the Overture Awards and Pre-Collegiate Buckeye Competition. Some elected to study music in college and have been recipients of major scholarships at prestigious music schools such as Eastman School of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Cincinnati: College Conservatory of Music.
Richard Van Dyke, the 2010 OhioMTA Independent Music Teacher of the Year, completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano and Master of Music Degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers were Elisabeth Pridonoff, Eugene Pridonoff and Richard Morris. He studied collaborative piano and chamber music with Sandra Rivers and his pedagogy mentors include Dr. Michelle Conda and Dr. Cleveland Page. Prior to attending the University of Cincinnati he studied with Dr. Carolyn Britton at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and Beverly Hassel at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree.
As an active member of MTNA, Richard chaired many events for the OhioMTA Southwest District. He served MTNA as the OhioMTA Southwest District secretary and president. His state board positions include the Independent Music Teachers’ Forum Chair, the MTNA National Competitions Coordinator and VP-Student Activities. Dr. Van Dyke is currently the Immediate Past President of the OhioMTA and is an adjunct professor of music at Northern Kentucky University.
Richard has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Midwest. In addition to recital performances, Dr. Van Dyke has given lecture recitals/demonstrations to Ohio Music Teachers Association and KMTA members. He also serves as a guest lecturer at both the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. He has been chosen to speak at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, IL (July 2011 and July 2015) and Music Teachers National Associations National Conference in Anaheim, CA (March 2013).
For complete details regarding his program at the Cincinnati Music Academy please check his website at www.practicetoprosper.com.