Bethany Wheeler

Bethany W.

Carlisle, PA

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Bethany delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2005

I cried like a baby when my parents forced me to take piano lessons at the age of 8, begging them to let me quit. Thankfully, they were not persuaded by my waterworks! After 10 years of private piano training the instrument grew on me. I began giving private piano lessons in 2004 and taught over 40 beginning and intermediate students for more than 6 years. Since my relationship with the piano had such a rocky start, I have a special understanding for beginners that are less than thrilled to learn the piano. My goal is to create a fun learning environment in which students will be able to enjoy the piano as much as I do. I personalize lessons in such a way that students receive a quality education in a way that makes sense to them while being able to work on the music that they are interested in learning.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures curriculum for all of my students, though I am not opposed to using whatever materials the student is most comfortable with. My lessons cover technique and theory, as well as performance skills and a basic understanding of classical music. I am laid back and flexible, working with students in a way that makes sense to them. In addition to learning the basics, I love learning about my students musical interests and helping them focus on whatever style is the most fun to them, such as classical, jazz, or popular tunes. After 6 months of lessons my students will be able to read all basic sheet music and, with practice, learn just about any piece they want to tackle!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all instructional materials, such as flash cards, grand staff dry erase boards, metronome, to be used during lessons. Students are expected to pay for all books and any instructional materials they wish to keep. Students are also expected to have a functioning and tuned piano or keyboard at their home.

*** Specialties ***
I typically teach traditional methods using the Faber & Faber method books. I have used a wide variety of other books as well, such as Bastien, Thompson, and Aaron. I also have some experience teaching Suzuki method, but have not received any formal training in it.

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Carrie O. Aug 1, 2014
Piano · In home

Bethany is doing a wonderful job teaching piano to Ava and Campbell. Her personality is a good fit for my grandchildren. I especially like her lavish use of praise and the encouragement she gives them. She enjoys teaching piano, and it shows.

Debbie H. Mar 21, 2013
Piano ·

Great teacher

Brittany has been wonderful in the short amount of time that I've been working with her. I was nervous that she wouldn't like working with an older student who finally has time to do fun things. But you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! She is patient in her mannerisms, constructive with her comments, and has a good sense of humor when I make some mistakes like when I played something beautifully - just in the wrong key. I will continue my lessons, but increase the amount of time per lesson to take better advantage of her talents.

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Stephen P. Sep 25, 2012
Piano ·

Great Professionalism

Bethany has been great to help my daughter grow in her confidence at the piano. In the short time she has been teaching her I have seen a great improvement in reading the music and taking her to the next level. I would recommend Bethany to anyone who wants to enjoy the piano and learn in a fun atmosphere.

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DavidN2 Jun 27, 2012

Very warm and patient

My pre-teen daughter was growing weary of her previous piano teacher, who berated kids who didn't put in maximum effort (read: lazy). Bethany is a refreshing alternative. With Bethany, my daughter is re-engaged, playing music she enjoys, and no longer dreads her lessons. Bethany is highly flexible in terms of adapting to what we want in terms of repertoire (my daughter wants to play pop music, not classical) and timing (every two weeks versus every week). I recommend Bethany!

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