Hi, I’m Megan!
Thanks for stopping in. I hope you’ll stick around, even if you’ve never played the piano before! You might have noticed the tagline for this blog is “Music makes life better!” Not only has music made my life better, but I firmly believe that the same will be true you or anyone else who wishes to make music a part of their life.
Apparently, I’ve always been into piano…
I started taking piano lessons at the age of 7. Once I started to progress through the middle school years, my ability for and dedication to the piano started to define me. I grew to love practicing. The process of learning a piece from start to finish was invigorating! I loved having the final product of being able to play a piece from memory. But even more, I loved the entire process of thinking something was too hard, then slowing piecing the music together.
Today, I can see that some of the best parts of my life have come from the hard work I put into the piano. The discipline I learned at the piano carries over into all aspects of my life. I developed a very strong work ethic and I learned to set realistic goals for myself and to follow through with them. One of my favorite parts of playing music is the relationships it has formed. I’ve had the privilege to have many inspiring teachers, classmates, colleagues and students. They have made my life so much richer!
My Education and Credentials:
I earned a Bachelor of Art in Music from the University of Tulsa in 2005. I went on to complete a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy at Wichita State University in 2008. I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with the Music Teachers National Association. I have served on the boards of the Wichita Metropolitan Music Teacher’s Association, the Wichita Area Piano Teacher’s League and the Kansas Music Teachers Association and I currently serve on the board of the Broken Arrow Music Teacher’s Association. In 2009, I was the chairperson for WMMTA’s annual piano festival featuring over 100 students playing music from around the world.
I have taught private lessons since 2002. During the 2005-2006 school year, I started a piano and violin program at San Juan Diego Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin. During my time in Wichita, I taught through the College of Fine Arts Institute at WSU, Wichita Collegiate School and Senseney Music. I also began and operated my own private music studio, Megan’s Piano Lessons, with 30+ youth and adult students.
I am trained to teach the Musical Moments curriculum of the Recreational Music Making approach for adult beginners. I also have training in early childhood music programs.