Phone: (937) 767-1892
Personal Interview/audition required
Experience: 35+ years
- Bachelor of Music Education with Piano Emphasis
- Masters of Music with Piano and Choral Conducting Emphasis
- Classical piano, technic, theory
- Additional areas: accompanying, hymn playing, ensemble playing
- Musical Theatre vocal coaching
- College Music Major preparatory
Student Performance Opportunities:
- OFMC Jr. Festivals
- Dayton Music Club’s Jr. Honor recitals
- Three yearly Studio Recitals and yearly Studio Ensemble recital
- BPTA Honors Program
- Outside of Studio opportunities
- Dayton Music Club
- National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC and OFMC)
- Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity Honorary
- Beavercreek Piano Teachers Association
- Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honorary
Other teacher activities:
- Adjunct Music Education and piano at Wright State University, Department of Music: 9 years
- Musical Theatre Collaborative Pianist, Vocal Coach, Musical and Pit Director at Wright State University Department of Theatre and Motion Pictures: 18 years
- OFMC State Chair for Ohio Jr. Composers Competition
- Church Musician
- Marquis Who’s Who in American Educators
- 60 + Gold Cup winners at OFMC Jr. Festivals, with Superior ratings in Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, Hymn Playing, Theory, Vocal Art Song, Vocal Musical Theatre, and violin solo.
- Former students have majored in music and are now teaching.
- Students have performed on Audion-based programs and have performed at District and State Level OFMC Recitals and competition.
- Students have attended Conservatory Piano Summer Camps and scholarship opportunities to attend camps and collegiate study.
- Students have accompanied High School Jazz band, church choir and worship teams.
- Two Students have cut their own CD’s.
Teaching Experience: Since 2000
Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Keybaord Pedagogy from Cedarville University. Studied under Connie Anderson and John Mortensen.
About Carla & Her Teaching:
Carla has been a piano instructor for more than 11 years, maintaining a studio of more than 50 students. She offers lessons in Beavercreek, Clayton and Centerville to students of all ages and levels. Lessons are tailored to each individual student. Though every student will be given a solid foundation in technique, theory and music reading, students will be able to learn a variety of musical styles as they progress. Carla enjoys teaching Classical, Pop and Church music.
Carla is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Ohio Music Teachers Association, and Ohio Federation of Music Clubs. Carla has many years of experience in accompanying and church music. She loves to accompany both vocalists and instrumentalists and currently plays in the praise band at Apex Community Church.
Students have the opportunity to participate in Christmas recitals, OMTA Ribbon Festival and Scale Olympics, OFMC Festival and Spring recitals, as well as other special events.
BME degree from Quachita Baptist University in Arkansas. She will compete her Masters from University of Dayton in the near future.
About Freda & Her Teaching:
Freda McKinney has been teaching for 30 years, all ages and levels. She uses many different types of curriculum. Her goal is to meet the individual needs of each student. Younger students will use the Music for Young Children curriculum. Children can begin studying with Mrs. McKinney at age 18 months. Piano instruction can begin at age three. Also, Skype lessons are available.
Mrs. O'Connor is a private piano instructor and church musician. She has an extensive background accompanying for theatre, dance, and other musicians as well as a lengthy history in church worship.
Her educational background consists as a piano major at DePaul University (1975-1979), McPhail College in Jazz Piano Instruction (1981-1982) and Wright State University, studying with Dr. Leung in 1993. She also has a 5 year history with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. O'Connor has a wide variety of experiences including being a rehearsal/performance pianist for "Godspell", "Candide", "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", "Into the Woods," "West Side Story", and "Sweeney Todd." She also has accompanied several Ballet classes at different institutes including Ponticorvo Ballet Studio, Chicago School of the Arts, and is currently accompanying at Wright State University and for Dr. Jerome Kopmar of Sinclair.
She is also currently and adjunct teacher of piano instruction for Stivers School for the Arts (Dayton) and a private piano instructor.
Another personal enjoyment for Mrs. O'Connor is her ability to use her musical background for church worship. She has played piano, organ and synthesizer for various churches around the country and is currently the choir accompanist, children's choir accompanist, and member of the praise band at Aley United Methodist Church is Beavercreek.
Mrs. O'Connor is currently accepting private students into her personal studio and you may contact her directly for more information.
The Piano Preparatory School
3899 Indian Ripple Road, Suite C
Beavercreek, OH 45440
Jennifer Shoup received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Dayton. She began Doctoral studies at Arizona State University. Her teachers include Donald Hageman, Eric Street, Enrique Graf and Caio Pagano. Additional studies took place in Vienna, Austria and at Belgais Center for the Arts (Portugal) where she appeared on French National Radio and Portuguese television.
Jennifer has been a featured soloist with the National Orchestras of Chile, Costa Rica and the University of Dayton Orchestra. She has presented recitals for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Piano Series, Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention and numerous faculty artist series across the United States. She frequently lectures, recently presenting a lecture-recital for the American Matthay Association for Piano at the University of Kansas and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Convention held in Cleveland.
Jennifer has taught for the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Prep School and as adjunct faculty for Cedarville University and The University of Dayton. She has worked with a diverse range of artists including Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Earl Wild and Grammy award winning composer Lucy Simon. She is a member of the American Matthay Association for Piano, National Federation of Music Clubs, Sigma Alpha Iota and the Dayton Music Club.
Angie Vaubel is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance, where she studied with Frank Weinstock with a full-tuition scholarship. She was the valedictorian of CCM in 1994 and was awarded the Sword of Honor in the Sigma Alpha Iowa honorary music fraternity. Angie is a member of the Ohio Music Teacher Association, Music Teachers National Association, Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Beavercreek Piano Teachers Association. She is currently the festival chairman for the OFMC III-C District at Cedarville University and the Program Chairman for BPTA. Angie was awarded the OFMC Festival Chairman of the Year Award in 2009, and the OFMC Gold Cup Chairman of the Year award in 2007. Angie maintains a piano studio in her Beavercreek home. She has 26 students, and teaches all levels and ages. She has accompanied a variety of musicals at Abiding Christ Lutheran Church since 2002, as well as served as accompanist for Wright State music department and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus in spring, 2009. Prior to teaching, Angie was the Admissions Officer for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she oversaw the undergraduate admissions and scholarship process.
Angie's performing highlights include: 1991 recipient of Schroeder Scholarship Award for the top prize in National Guild Competition, 1992 Cliburn Scholarship Competition, 1991 State of Iowa winner for the Terrace Hill Endowment for the Arts which was televised on Iowa Public Television and she was honored to present a solo piano recital at the Terrace Hill governor's mansion in Des Moines, and the 1990 6th place winner at the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Piano Competition in Oberlin, OH. In addition, Angie was a three-time winner of the Northeast Missouri State Piano Festival and a three-time winner of the Iowa Music Teachers Association state competition.
Besides music, Angie enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school, cheering her girls on at soccer games, gardening, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Angie resides in Beavercreek with her husband, Aaron, and two daughters, Caylie and Kristina.
Students are accepted by audition/interview.
A Beavercreek High School Alumni, Mrs. Warner has been teaching privately since 2001. She was admitted to Wright State University on a music scholarship and graduated with her B.A. in Music, focused on piano study. Having students of all ages, including adults, she teaches a variety of levels and abilities and includes theory, composition and music history into her lessons.
Cheri Warner studied under Mrs. Shirley Dickson, nationally published composer Mrs. Jean Martin, and Mrs. Grace Kwak before advanced training under Dr. Jackson Leung, head of piano studies at WSU.
Past performances have included 10 years of participation in Ohio State Piano Festivals in solo and duet categories, National Guild Auditions, touring local schools for Advancement of the Arts and she continues to perform at her own studio recitals and other community events. She and her husband sing in their church choir and have done special musical performances and play for weddings- solo, duet, or with other musicians. She is also the pianist for praise band "Defying Gravity" at Aley United Methodist.
Besides teaching, Mrs. Warner judges several piano festivals, helps with the Allegro Junior Music Club, and is a member of OMTA, MTNA, Dayton Music Club, National Guild of Piano Teachers, National Federation of Music Clubs and is the current Judge Chairman for the District III-G Festival and the past president of BPTA. She has recently helped with the Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Educational Outreach Program in Cincinnati and was a Judge Associate at the 2007 World Piano Competition.
Students of Mrs. Warner have attended workshops and performances by Leon Bates, been chosen to play at a Masterclass by composer Melody Bober, and received only Superiors or Excellent marks at Junior Festivals. Students have also been asked to perform for the Beavercreek City Council's Award Ceremony for the last several years. She has had as many as 30 students complete the MTNA National Music Award Program in one year and has several students continue on in Music programs at universities such as Valparaiso, Utah State, Wright State and The Ohio State University
Current tuition: 1/2 hr = $70/mo. 45 min. = $90/mo.
Books/Materials: Alfred's Basic Piano Course and other music as suited per student.
Recitals: 2 recitals per year, and students have the opportunity to perform in many other outside events.
Master in Education with emphasis in music
Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis in piano
Teaches the following: Beginners through advanced students.
Most frequently used method is Faber and Faber, although other methods may be used depending on the need and ability of the student. Both theory and technique are stressed. Students will also be exposed to various styles of music; for example: classical, pop, blues, jazz, and church music. The amount of study in any of these styles will depend on the desire of the student.
Member of the Ohio Music Teachers Association
Dayton Music Club
National Federation of Music Clubs
Beavercreek Piano Teachers Association
Participating teacher of Allegro Jr. Music Club
Additional musical experiences: teacher at both public and private schools, pianist for churches, and choir director for both children and adults.
Student Opportunities for Performance:
OFMC Music Festival held at Wright State
OMTA Ribbon Festival
Allegro Junior Music Club
Both the BPTA and OMTA Honors recitals
Debbie Yanney graduated from Wright State University with a B.A. in Music (concentration in piano) in 1983. She has been teaching for over 38 years and takes students of all ages, although she especially enjoys teaching younger students. She is organist/pianist at Kirkmont Presbyterian Church in Beavercreek.
Mrs. Yanney offers 30-60 minute lessons and uses the Faber Piano Adventures series most often. Lessons include semi-annual Repertoire classes where students meet in small groups with other students of their level to perform in a low-stress environment and to play educational music games. A small-group, low-stress recital is held once a year. Mrs. Yanney has an extensive library of supplemental teaching pieces of all styles (jazz, sacred, Classical, popular, etc.).
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