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Hillary K.
Baltimore, Maryland
Have fun learning to read music or play by ear from a teacher with 30 years experience
I have a Masters Degree in piano and composition, so I use my background to incorporate improvisation, playing by ear, musical games for kids into each lesson. I tailor each lesson to the individual, so some students will be learning a traditional approach; scales, technical skills, note reading, theory. But some students enjoy improvising and composing, playing by ear. I am a very patient teacher, and enjoy witnessing my students' progress. I also teach adults, some who have busy work schedules. Sometimes they don't have much time to practice. That's okay! We practice in the lesson and still make progress.
About Hillary K.

I have over thirty years experience teaching piano to children and adults. I have a Masters Degree in composition and piano from Indiana University. Typically, piano instruction is devoted only to technical skills and note reading. I believe that learning how to improvise and compose develops the ear as well as the imagination. And to cultivate my students' imagination, along with developing fluent note readers, we play musical games at the piano. In "The Impossible Game", one of us picks a category (weather, animal, object) and plays a musical representation on the piano while the other person tries to guess what it is. Another game is "Spell a Word". The student spells a simple word at the piano, such as: cage, bed, cabbage, and turns it into an ostinato (repeated musical pattern). I improvise against the ostinato, and then we switch off, having them improvise while I play their ostinato. A number of my students have gone on to major in music in college. One of them has been signed to a record label and is touring the U.S!

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Hillary K.
Baltimore, Maryland
Have fun learning to read music or play by ear from a teacher with 30 years experience
I have a Masters Degree in piano and composition, so I use my background to incorporate improvisation, playing by ear, musical games for kids into each lesson. I tailor each lesson to the individual, so some students will be learning a traditional approach; scales, technical skills, note reading, theory. But some students enjoy improvising and composing, playing by ear. I am a very patient teacher, and enjoy witnessing my students' progress. I also teach adults, some who have busy work schedules. Sometimes they don't have much time to practice. That's okay! We practice in the lesson and still make progress.
About Hillary K.

I have over thirty years experience teaching piano to children and adults. I have a Masters Degree in composition and piano from Indiana University. Typically, piano instruction is devoted only to technical skills and note reading. I believe that learning how to improvise and compose develops the ear as well as the imagination. And to cultivate my students' imagination, along with developing fluent note readers, we play musical games at the piano. In "The Impossible Game", one of us picks a category (weather, animal, object) and plays a musical representation on the piano while the other person tries to guess what it is. Another game is "Spell a Word". The student spells a simple word at the piano, such as: cage, bed, cabbage, and turns it into an ostinato (repeated musical pattern). I improvise against the ostinato, and then we switch off, having them improvise while I play their ostinato. A number of my students have gone on to major in music in college. One of them has been signed to a record label and is touring the U.S!

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since {{year}}

Teaching since 1987

Education

Masters Degree in composition/piano

Teaches ages {{minAge}}+

Teaches ages 6+

Speaks {{languages}}

Has background check

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My kids have been studying piano with Hillary since 2015 (starting in Kindergarten). I like how she balances playing songs as written with encouraging the kids to compose and improvise. She also incorporates some theory into the mix, giving the kids an understanding of music on various levels. She's just really wonderful with kids and meets them at their strengths and interests.

Posted Jul 22, 2022
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Ms. Hillary was my first piano teacher and since beginning lessons with her at the age of 13 I have not stopped playing for enjoyment. At 17 I began an Associates Degree in music that I have now completed. I would highly recommend Ms. Hillary as a teacher because of her patience, kind teaching, and incredible technique and skill.

Posted Jul 17, 2022
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Hillary makes every lesson interesting and fun. She is remarkably patient and inventive, finding new ways to engage me - the overly busy and distracted student that I am.

Posted Jul 13, 2022
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piano teacher
Sep 1993 - Jun 2002
Friends School, Boys Latin, Towson Preparatory Department
I taught piano to students from ages 6 to 15
Hillary
Sep 1992 - Jun 1999
Friends School/Upper School of Baltimore
I was the accompanist for the Upper School Chorus at Friends School. I played for all the concerts, adjudications,as well as musicals. I also played for solo recitals throughout the year.
Masters Degree in composition/piano
Sep 1985 - May 1988
Indiana University
First Prize,
May 1988
International League of Women Composers
Hillary
Jun 1968
Solo piano recital, piano competition
BMI
Sep 2010
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2008
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Piano
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Teacher's Studio
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Oakdale Rd.
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$38
45 minutes
$50
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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