Rich Haley

Rich H.

Charlotte, NC
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello! I have been teaching piano for over 35 years. I use the Piano Adventures method for beginner and intermediate students, the JT Modern Course for more advanced students, and Piano for All for students wishing to learn more pop/rock/commercial music. I will go as fast as the student wants to go, or as slow as the student needs to go - all based on the progress I perceive they are making and the enthusiasm they show!

About Rich H.

I’ve been involved in music since my dad started trying to teach me guitar at a young age. Instrumental music always fascinated me - how did such beautiful sound come out of those pieces of wood or plastic or hunks of metal?!

In college, the opportunity to study instruments enthralled me! I would spend hours and hours learning how to play every band and orchestra instrument well! The instrument I really grew to love, however, was the piano!

After college, I became a band director for over 25 years. I moved down south to “semi-retire”, though I have continued teaching lessons, working with area bands and playing gigs in my own groups!

Currently, I play brass for an area Latin fusion band, and keyboards for my church worship team.

Even though I’ve been around a while, I still enjoy helping students of all ages find the beauty in instrumental music. Music is so much more than playing notes - you will learn that from me as we go!

I pretty much can teach ANY instrument to one degree or another. Musical styles I teach include Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, some Latin, and Classical.

I look forward to hearing from you! Bend my ear, let me know what you need and let’s make it happen!!!


Some of what past students and parents have had to say:

“Rich has taught my son (9) piano and my daughter (14) cello and he is able to motivate them as well as make it fun for them to learn at the same time (not an easy task with a teenager). He is obviously a talented musician, but he also has patience and is very flexible. He doesn’t just stick to the book, he develops a love of music in the kids by encouraging them to also play other types of pieces they are interested in. He was recommended to us by our son’s music teacher at school and we feel we couldn’t have picked a better teacher for our kids.”

“Rich has proven to be a professional, dedicated and consistent teacher. He is patient with his students and provides all of the necessary encouragement needed to help each child progressing to the next level. He is committed to each of his students. Mr. Haley is a wonderful music instructor!”

“Rich has been a piano instructor for my sons, both of who have Attention Deficit Disorder, and he has been able to help them remain focused and on task with their lessons. To hear them now play is just amazing! Mr. Haley helps my boys to remain confident while playing piano by providing positive reinforcement, role modeling and discipline to keep practicing.”

“Rich has worked with our three girls for over three years, teaching flute, cello, and clarinet. He’s taught them so much, and also impressed upon them the value of music and musicianship, while still keeping lessons fun and engaging. He is always professional, punctual, honest, and easy to work with. We consider him quite a “find”!”

“Rich has been our piano and guitar teacher for the past four years. He is dependable, trustworthy, and completely knowledgeable about the subject he teaches. His biggest strength is his unflappable nature and unlimited patience with all children - especially those students other teachers find difficult to teach.”

“Rich made music lessons so much fun but at the same time I learned so much from him each week. He always knew how to explain things to me when I had a problem. He was also flexible with the pace of the classes and would go as fast or slow as I needed him to.”

“I have two children who take piano lessons with Rich. My son has been taking lessons for three years and my daughter is completing her first year. As a former piano player who endured lessons for many years I am most appreciative of Rich’s ability to teach to my children’s pace, thereby keeping their interest in playing. There are times during the year when my children are racing through pieces and Rich increases the challenge and there are other times when they may be struggling and Rich slows down the pace for them.”

“Rich was a very inspiring teacher that really knows his material. He had a well rounded, lovable personality and went above and beyond to help as much as possible! He motivated me to always do my best in everything that came my way, and installed positive feedback all the time, which really helped me want to learn more as a student.”

“I am an elementary school teacher and have been receiving lessons from Rich for 6 months now. Rich has done a fantastic job building up my confidence in playing the piano. It isn't always easy 'teaching a teacher' but Rich possesses qualities such as humor, patience, efficiency and furthermore he has an extensive knowledge of and passion for music. This has made my experience of learning to play an instrument thoroughly enjoyable!”

“My daughter started playing the violin when she was 6 years old and Rich has been her music instructor since day one. She sincerely enjoyed Rich as an instructor and we are extremely happy with how she progressed and Rich’s teaching abilities. I sat in on many lessons with them and it was really unbelievable how well my daughter worked and learned with him.”

“I have worked with Rich for a little over two years. From first picking up the cello to the start of my senior year in high school I gained enough knowledge of the cello and of orchestral music to play in my school orchestra. I feel that I now can play the cello competently with students who have twice as much experience as I. I would not be where I am without Rich.”

“Our daughter started taking piano lessons from Rich three years ago. She is currently is 6th grade and continues playing with joy, enthusiasm and confidence. She looks forward to her weekly lesson and we are thrilled with her progress. We highly recommend Rich!”

“Rich has taught our two boys for over three years. We asked the boys to tell us about Rich as a teacher and they said he was really great. From our point of view as parents, what makes Rich so good is that the boys are definitely learning to play (we see the progress), we have never once heard a complaint from them about Rich, and he takes the time to provide us with a status on their learning (he is honest about it).

“Rich is a natural teacher, not just a music major who couldn't make it professionally. I never had an instructor before or after that could challenge me the way he did. He knew what I could handle and was always there to push me a little further, even when I didn't believe I could do it. I wish I lived closer to him because I would love to take lessons with him again!”

“This has been our first experience with having a music instructor for our daughter. We informed Rich that although our daughter was interested in learning to play the piano she was also very shy and reserved. She has blossomed under Rich’s instruction and has become quite the confident and self-assured piano player we hoped she could be. She went from being a child that was scared to perform in front of an audience to a child that couldn’t wait to play in her recital. We believe it has been Rich’s approach and patience with our daughter that has helped her feel confident in playing the piano!”


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Rich is a helpful, knowledgeable teacher with a wealth of experience in a variety of musical instruments. He taught me so much about music theory and performance in just over two years of trumpet lessons with me starting at beginner level. At the time of this evaluation, my lessons are now at college level. Rich’s strengths lie in identifying with students of all ages and customizing flexible lessons that deliver results. Let Rich help you (or your child) get to the next level in music.

Posted Oct 4, 2019


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