I have been playing piano since I was 8 years old (43 years ago), have a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy, and began teaching in 1991. We moved to the Burleson area in 2003, and I began to establish my home studio here shortly thereafter. Moving the studio out of my home, Mountain Valley Studios was founded in 2010.
Aside from God and my family, teaching & playing piano is my greatest love in life. I enjoy teaching students age 4 through adult in both a group and private lesson setting. In addition to teaching, I also play for the choirs and instrumental/vocal soloists in Joshua, Cleburne, Burleson, Arlington and neighboring communities. I play for weddings, as well.
One of my primary goals with beginning students is to help them learn to love to play... at whatever level they attain. While I expect commitment to daily practice and weekly attendance, I also want them to have fun. At the same time, I do use a very "fundamental" approach to teaching, placing a high priority on learning to read the music and understand theory concepts and develop strong technique. Students are evaluated before lessons begin to determine which method series, class type, and lesson length/frequency will best fit their goals and/or learning style. As students progress, the student becomes strong in the fundamentals, and interests / goals change and develop, lessons can be supplemented with various different styles of music. All piano lessons will have music theory instruction included.
A characteristic that sets Rebecca apart from many piano teachers is her distinct ability to relate to just about any student. She is able to teach students with many different learning styles, and has had great success with preschoolers, gifted students, and students with various learning disabilities.
In addition to private piano lessons, Rebecca teaches preschool music/movement classes (ages 3-5) and piano preparatory classes (ages 4-5). More information about this can be found on our preschool music page. Rebecca believes that musical training can/should begin at conception, followed by any of the various music play classes that are available for infants and toddlers in our area. But the ideal start to formal music training is to begin with Music for Little Mozarts class at age 3, and immediately follow that with either the Mini Musicians or Piano Preparatory Class. At the end of these classes, your preschooler will be very well prepared to begin private piano lessons.
Rebecca is highly sought after, as an accompanist. She has played for Joshua band students since 2006, and contracts with several private instructors in Arlington to play for their students each year. She has also played for choirs, vocal soloists, and band students in Cleburne, Burleson, Alvarado, and Mansfield, as well as vocal soloists in recital at TCC.
3437 CR 807, Cleburne, TX 76031 817-297-7756
Hours: By Appointment Only