Laney Willard
Middletown, PA
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Laney Willard

Laney W.

Middletown, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have run my own private studio in both Peru and the United States and can give lessons in either English or Spanish. I took more than a decade of private piano lessons in the US and continued my studies at the university level. I have been teaching piano ever since I graduated. I help students learn a variety of styles from classical to jazz to pop. Something that I especially emphasis is improv and composition which is something we can get started with at any level and we usually dabble in from the first lesson. I teach students age four and up. Anyone can enjoy playing the piano and I help students play the songs that most interest them while making sure they are well-rounded musicians!

About Laney W.

I have been playing piano since the age of eight under the tutelage of various instructors. I maintained a full-time studio in Lima, the capital of Peru, where I taught piano to embassy and other expat families for several years before moving to the US. I am fluent in both English and Spanish and have much experience giving lessons in both languages.

My decade and a half of piano instruction includes working as a choir accompanist and studying at the university level under Dr. Yu-Wen Chen of James Madison University. During my teen years I focused on pieces by classical composers, especially those by Chopin and Debussy, as well as Broadway masterpieces. In recent years I have enjoyed delving into jazz and modern pieces as well. I am a member of the National Music Teacher's Association and involved at the state and regional levels as well.

I love helping students of any age develop an intimate relationship with music through the piano, to feel that they can learn to play and write the kind of things they like as well as feel comfortable playing a multitude of styles and genres. I love sharing my musical knowledge!

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Education

Bachelor's
Sep 2014 - Dec 2016

Southern Virginia University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Apr 2019
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