Kathy Schopp

Kathy S.

Saint Louis, MO
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Lesson Details

Piano

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 begin with the John Thompson Piano Course with the John W. Schaum Note Speller for Music Theory. This allows the student the widest possible experience even if they already have an ear for music.
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.
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Kathy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1979

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 start my students with the John Thompson Easiest Piano Course, Part One. I began with John Thompson's materials myself and have found it the most productive and enjoyable for my students. I often add the John W. Schaum Note Speller as a good foundation in Music Theory. 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.

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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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

6 Reviews

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Tammy Feb 13, 2017
Piano · In home

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...

Kathy Oct 18, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

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Ellie I. Jun 16, 2016
Piano · In home

Ellie really enjoyed her first lesson with Kathy....She can't wait untill next week for another session with Kathy.

Ellie I. Jun 15, 2016
Piano · In home

She made Ellie feel very comfortable with the first lesson

Calvin W. Sep 18, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

Caroline W. Sep 18, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

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