- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- October 1980
My name is Berthe ( pronounced Bert). At the age of 4, I began taking
piano lessons. By age 8, I was performing for the first time at the
Assembly Hall of the American University of Beirut. In 1978, I attended
the Faculty of Music of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik/Lebanon,
where I completed a PhD. in music education and a higher diploma in
From 1982 to 2000, I taught piano, music theory, music education,
music appreciation, and the history of and analysis of Western music
at the University of the Holy Spirit of Kaslik (USEK), The University of St.
Joseph (USJ) and the Lebanese University (UL).
I recorded my first CD “Rehna Meshouar”, a collection of Lebanese
songs for children, intended to introduce music to kids. I took part in
many educational activities and devoted myself to the promotion of
musical education to the children. In 1995, I published my first book
“Do-Mi-Sol”, that focuses on a method specifically designed to teach kids
Solfege (oral theory and ear training).
From 1998 to 2001 I was in charge of training aspiring music teachers
at the Ecole Normale in piano, music education, psychology of music
education, and the philosophy of music education.
By the year 2000,I was appointed Director of Studies and the Academic
Secretary of the Music Faculty at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
During my tenure, I employed teachers, advised students, and
developed artistic and academic programs. It was my responsibility to
organize studies and examinations, as well as plan, execute, organize studies and examinations, as well as plan and execute
concerts, conventions, and competitions. I have lectured all over Europe and the Middle East, as well as published many articles concerning music and music education.
Since moving to Florida in 2007, I am a professor of piano instruction at St. Petersburg College. I also give private lessons in my studio. I have served as a judge several times at the Bay Ridge Piano Festival.
*** Lesson Details ***
Our musical journey has a smooth and relaxed progression, establishing enough command of the keyboard to allow each student to develop naturally. To make the piano a richer and more rewarding experience, I enjoy introducing a variety of musical styles, from popular favorites to timeless classical pieces, according to the student’s musical tastes.
I believe in a dynamic and responsive method of teaching. I see the student as an active participant in their own learning. Our lesson feels pleasant and joyful, so the student will always delight in playing the piano and creating music. Based on the student’s age and demands, I employ several methods of teaching that lead to the development of observation, concentration, creativity, self-confidence, and personal expression. I encourage and support my students regardless of specific talent, as we move toward an effective and beneficial musical experience.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: baby grand piano, additional seating for parents.
*** Specialties ***
I teach Classical music to beginners and advanced students and follow the active method of teaching where the student is not just a receiver but participate in his own learning.
1982-2000: I taught piano, Music theory, music education, music appreciation, music languages, world music, and history and analysis of western music.
2000-2007: I was the academic secretary and the director of studies of the faculty of music at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon.
2007-present time: piano instructor at St. Petersburg College, Florida.
As an older student returning to piano after many years I needed someone with patience, but also someone who would be willing to push me to give my best. She is just the right combination for my needs. She not only knows her subject very well, but is able to transfer her knowledge and passion for music to her students. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Berthe if you truly want to enjoy learning to play piano with passion.+ Read More
She is very patient to my son,my son like her lesson!
Berthe is very passionate about music and piano in particular. She teaches in a relaxed style, especially helpful for adults, and caters her teaching in accordance with what the student is looking for. She's also very accommodating regarding schedule changes.+ Read More
Dr. H. is a wonderful and patient Piano Instructor. She is very precise and works on technique very well. She wants her students to succeed. She always ends the lesson on a good note so that you feel accomplished with what you have done. I would recommend her and her lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. She will help you progress as a musician and pianist. I enjoy her lessons very much.
Ms. Berthe has been our teacher for more than 4 years now. Our children look forward to each class & have a special bond with her, as do I. She is a loving, encouraging teacher, who has provided our children with the knowledge they need to play piano, read music & even love practicing each day!
Dream Piano Teacher
Berthe is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. Her passion for music is contagious!
She is very flexible with my flaws and understanding of my limitations. So much progress was made under her tutelage! I am so proud of what she has helped me to achieve, and I hope to continue as her student forever.
This instructor has shown me great patience as I am an older beginner. I often struggle with coordinating my hands, brain, and sight reading to cooperate with each other, yet she has not given up on me. There was a time when I wanted to quit but Professor Honein encouraged me to press on, changed the book we were working out of, and that made all of the difference in my education. Her loyalty to the standard of excellence and to the success of her students is priceless. I am honored to be her pupil.
Outstanding Piano Instructor
She is attentive, listens to what the student needs; the instructor is outstanding because unlike other instructors I've taken from, she gives me what I want to play and I learn basics which are essential. Other instructors have a set way about teaching and does not take the student in mind. I LOVE this instructor! Thanks for asking....
Berthe is a wonderful compassionate teacher who keeps Connor's attention and focus. Her attention to detail specific to Theory is highly regarded and we've seen huge growth in Connor over the 4 years of lessons. We look forward to continuing with Berthe into Connor's adulthood.
Dr. H. is a skilled teacher and talented musician
My child has taken lessons with Berthe for about four years now. It's clear that she's an expert in teaching music. She's serious about what she does, she's patient, she has a great sense of humor, and she understands how children learn. She gives meaningful advice and praise. Learning a new song is as much about music theory and dynamics as it is about learning the notes. My daughter enjoys her lessons, and she and Berthe have conversations about music concepts that are way over my head.
Berthe is a great teacher. I have learned more from her than I have any other piano teacher that I have had. She is very patient with me and has a great way of helping me understand the music. I highly recommend her!
I am enjoying the learning process so much!
This teacher has great patience with me and I particularly like that she has many ways to get me to understand the concepts. I have enjoyed the lessons and while I struggle physically to play the piano, she does not give up on me and does not allow me to give up either. After a year with her, I am proud of the progress I have made and highly recommend her to any student of any level.
Best in town
Berthe is extremely knowledgeable in music and she has been very patient with me since I'm a beginner with piano. She is very professional and fun at the same time. I would highly recommend Berthe if you want to excel in music.
I love my lessons!
I started taking lessons with Dr. Honein 13 years ago. Throughout these years, I not only learned to strive for perfection in my craft but I learned some of the most valuable life lessons one could only learn through music. My lessons with Dr. Honein are always an exciting experience, because she keeps then fun and progressive. Because of piano lessons, I feel like I've acquired a good sense of discipline, punctuality, and determination. Playing the piano has become a mean for me to express my feelings through music. All in all, I love playing the piano. Dr. Honein is a brilliant scholar with so much knowledge and talent to share, and she is so much fun to be around. I'd like to also add that she is really funny, and accommodates her lessons to students of all ages, whether they are looking to learn how to play the piano just for fun, or professionally.