Kathy Schopp
Saint Louis, MO
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Kathy Schopp

Kathy S.

Saint Louis, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students of all ages in a personal relaxed atmosphere.
Customized to each student. If the student has not previously taken lessons I use Piano Adventures as the basic course guide. I have found it the most productive and enjoyable for my students. I uses a minimum of the Lesson and Theory book for my younger students with either the basic course or Accelerated course depending on their age and maturity. Adults begin with the All In one adult book. I add the other books that accompany each level based on the particular students needs and interests. I believe that a good grounding in Theory is essential as a student who becomes proficient in sight reading, no matter how well he/she plays by ear, will find that the doors for lifetime musical fulfillment with be much wider. However, with a student who has already had some lessons I will be happy to continue with any method that the student is currently using.
I also believe in supplementing the Piano course with the student's favorite musical styles as soon as they are able to handle the available arrangements. Also, I encourage Holiday music as it allows the student to share more fully the musical experience with Friends and Family.

About Kathy S.

About Me: I am an experienced classically trained Pianist who has been playing since the 3rd grade. I enjoy all styles of music and love sharing that enjoyment with my students. I have certification from the State of Missouri that I am proficient in educating beginning Piano students and have continued to expand my knowledge through my participation with local musicians’ groups. I am also working on expanding my instrumental abilities through perfecting my percussion skills and planning to learn guitar.

Experience: I have taught students for over 30 years and have seen many changes in both student’s preferences and the style of Music and instruments preferred. I am comfortable with both traditional pianos and organs and modern electronic keyboards. I have given lessons in my home, my students’ home and retail studios.


Methods & Philosophy: I use Piano Adventures as the basic course guide. I have found it the most productive and enjoyable for my students. I us a minimum of the Lesson and Theory book. I add the other books that accompany each level based on the particular students needs and interests. I believe that a good grounding in Theory is essential as a student who becomes proficient in sight reading, no matter how well he/she plays by ear, will find that the doors for lifetime musical fulfillment with be much wider. However, with a student who has already had some lessons I will be happy to continue with any method that the student is currently using.

Lesson Style: I also believe that Piano Lessons should be fun. Since I generally teach one on one, lessons can be tailored to each student and I add supplementary material to the Piano course as soon as possible based on the student’s progress and interests. I am willing to add supplementary music in most any genre from current radio hits, to Pop Standards and soundtracks, as well as Holiday Music based on the student’s culture. There is no proper pace as long as the student is willing to practice and is interested in learning. I am always surprised and happy when a student “gets” the language of music and really starts to express himself/herself through the instrument and I always find that my students teach me as much as I teach them

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Josh
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Kathy is very fun and enjoyable. We laugh during my lessons and she is low pressure. She makes the entire process of learning an instrument fun!

Posted Dec 14, 2017
Tammy
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I am VERY pleased with Kathy as my daughter's piano teacher! She is patient and knowledgeable giving a very well rounded lesson. She includes theory in her lesson plan and I think that helps my daughter in her understanding of the whys...

Posted Feb 13, 2017
Kathy
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Kathy came to my home for my lesson. She has a very pleasant personality and it is very easy to follow her instructions. She kept the pace up, yet did not overload me. It's been a number of years since I have played and she did an excellent job on getting me back on the keys. I am looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Ellie I.
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Ellie really enjoyed her first lesson with Kathy....She can't wait untill next week for another session with Kathy.

Posted Jun 16, 2016
Ellie I.
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She made Ellie feel very comfortable with the first lesson

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Calvin W.
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After one lesson, it is too early to tell how the overall experience will be. However, I am openminded and expect good results in the coming weeks.

Posted Sep 18, 2015
Caroline W.
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After one lesson, it is too early to tell how the overall experience will be. However, I am openminded and expect good results in the coming weeks.

Posted Sep 18, 2015

Experience

Independent Piano Teacher
Jan 2013 - Present

Musika

Have been teaching students referred to me through Musicka Inc. since January 2013

Independent Piano teacher
Sep 2003 - Present

My personal home

Have taught here at my home throughout the years.

Beginining Piano Teacher
Sep 1979 - May 1983

Denny Music

Began my teaching career here during college

Education

Bachelors Degree
Sep 1979 - May 1983

St. Louis University

Languages

Emglish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate in Beginning Piano Education
May 1976

State of MO

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