Musicians In Motion is proud to offer piano lessons at our South Charlotte and Matthews location. We offer several options including traditional, Simply Music and group classes. Simply Music is a great way for beginners to dive in and begin playing the piano quickly or even for students who have had less than 3 years of lessons to have a change of pace. Click here to learn more!
Our piano teachers are capable of teaching beginners through the advanced level. We recommend the youngest starting age for piano to be 8, but there's always the exception! We offer beginner group classes for children 18 months to age 7. Click here to learn more.
Not sure which method is for you? Give us a call or fill out a contact form and we'll help you out!
Meet a few of our many Piano Teachers
Julia Kinderknecht is on the verge of completing her doctorate in piano performance through West Virginia University, where she has studied with the world renowned Dr. Peter Amstutz. Julia received her Master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. John Salmon, and she received her Bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she studied with Dr. John Cheek. Julia's career in music has been full of variety and exciting experiences, exposing her to many musical fields such as big band jazz, opera, composition, praise and worship music, and various styles of improvisation, in addition to her commitment to classical technique and repertoire. She has placed in or won several piano competitions, such as the Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition and the WVU Young Artists Competition, and has appeared on stage in collaboration with professionals such as violist Jorge Martinez. One of the most rewarding aspects of Julia's career in music has been her opportunity to serve as a Teaching Assistant at UNCG and at WVU. In these capacities, Julia had the pleasure of teaching private lessons, group piano, music history, introduction to music, and many other subjects. Julia's primary field of scholarship is the historical function of improvisation in classical repertoire, particularly in the music of Beethoven. She is currently finishing her dissertation on this subject and plans to publish her research. Julia's love for music orbits around her passion for worshipping Jesus. Music gives her the greatest pleasure when she is praising Him alone at the piano or with the Church. She has written scores of songs to the Lord and loves to put to music the things that He teaches her. She loves her amazing husband, Noah, and her adorable chinchilla, Selah.
Fiona Dooley is a flutist, pianist, guitarist and composer living in South Charlotte. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2011 with a degree in music, and in 2014 she completed a postgraduate certificate in music education from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has three years of experience teaching private lessons and has also headed the music department and directed student ensembles at a 6-12 school. She likes all kinds of music, including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, country and folk. She loves helping students learn to play, compose, and more deeply appreciate the kinds of music they like to listen to. Besides music, Fiona likes drawing, cats, and science fiction.
Nicholas Sidoran is a musician and performer from all across the east coast. Growing up New York, Florida, and North Carolina, he has been playing the piano since the young age of five. He began singing in elementary school which grew into a love for musical theater and the performing arts. He has performed in groups and as a solo artist as well as acted in several professional theaters in Chicago.
Nicholas has served as accompanist for various choirs and singing groups as well as played in many different churches throughout the course of his life.He has been teaching voice and piano for five years and believes that everyone has the ability to succeed in the musical realm. He holds a bachelors degree from The University of Chicago in Theater and Performance Studies.
Tina Booth is a 2013 honor graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music; voice concentration. Her vocal performances range in genre from opera to musical theater to southern gospel. She currently sings with the Inspirational group, Melody of Faith.
When asked about her vocal teaching style, Tina says, “I don’t subscribe to one method of voice training. I do, however, believe we all have the ability to sing and our singing voices should sound like our speaking voices. It is my goal to identify unique qualities in my students’ voices and help them gain confidence in their singing.”
Tina has experience producing and arranging vocals for groups, including the Progressive Southern Gospel Group, The Promise®. One of the songs Tina co-produced, “Shout Before The Walls” was recognized by The Singing News Magazineas a DJ pick hit and has been on several Christian radio charts.
Tina has a special fondness for teaching beginner piano students. “I love to see a student’s face light up when they play their first song and then again when they play it for someone else and they actually recognize the tune,” exclaimed Tina. For traditional piano lessons, Tina uses curriculum by Faber & Faber. She is currently training to become a licensed Simply Music instructor.
Valarie Alexandra Valois is a concert pianist, collaborative artist , and master teacher who has been involved in making music quite literally since she was four. Dr. Valois actually began teaching when she was seven, and has been working as a professional musician all of her life. She is also a liturgical musician, and enjoys conducting choirs, playing the organ, and arranging sacred music in all forms.
She was blessed with an extraordinary group of teachers and mentors, and her studies and performances have taken her all over Europe, The Orient, The Middle East, both North and South America, and Africa. Her students have won many international accolades, and have gone on to become major influences in the music world, as performers, composers, teachers and arrangers, and she presently has a full schedule in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
She also has an extensive background in music therapy.
She is learning to play both the Celtic harp and the guitar, and enjoys gardening, cooking, dancing, reading, watching films – and just being alive, sharing life through music and friendship.
Christy's love for music started at a very early age. Growing up in western New York, she began singing and playing piano. Soon her interests grew and she experienced playing saxophone, flute, viola, cello, oboe and guitar. Much of her time was spend performing in numerous groups including concert, orchestra, marching and jazz bands. Also, her love of singing landed her spots in many local singing groups.
Christy has taken her experience in music and her passion for working with adults and children into a successful career teaching music for over seven years. With a focus an mastering music basics in a atmosphere of fun, her teaching style has helped her students reach their goals and enjoy the process of learning. Christy strives to teach her students the skills they need to be able to interpret music on their own and use their creativity.
Currently, in addition to teaching music lessons, Christy is the head of the children's ministry at her local church and assists the worship team by singing and playing keyboard. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her friends, making art and teaching her cat to act like a dog.
Katie Brown is a professional freelance musician with over 15 years teaching experience in NC, SC, and GA. Ms. Brown is currently pursuing a DMA (Doctor of Music Arts) in clarinet performance at the University of South Carolina here she taught aspiring music educators as a graduate teaching assistant for the USC School of Music. Katie holds a Master of Music from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University. Ms. Brown enjoys teaching beginner piano lessons to children and adults, as well as clarinet lessons to students at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Michael Lazenby is a pianist and organist based in the Charlotte, NC area. A native of Charlotte, Michael has performed throughout the United States and around the world. Recently, he has performed in the St. Anthony Festa Italiana, Tosco Music Parties, and the UUCC Chamber Music Series in Charlotte, the Charlotte Seen Ball, various performances in Las Vegas, and at the Tibor Varga Festival in Switzerland. Michael is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts where he majored in piano under the tutelage of legendary pedagogue Clifton Matthews. Michael has dedicated his career to his love of music education, both through teaching and informative performances. Michael has a strong conviction to teach an appreciation of the arts to future generations. His teaching style is customized to fit each of his students' needs and goals. He utilizes a variety of methods and believes that anyone can be taught to enjoy an instrument with the proper motivation. When he is not teaching or performing, Michael enjoys time with his 8 year old daughter, 2 year old son, and wife Mandy.
Joanna is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has over 20 years experience teaching vocal techniques, song preparation, audition and performance skills and beginner's piano. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Portland Maine Opera and in Athens, Greece and the Islands. She teaches and loves all genres of music including jazz, musical theatre, pop, classical and opera. She loves to teach any age and any skill level. She currently sings shows of jazz, musical theater and spiritual music at nursing homes through out the Charlotte area.
My piano career extends from the age of ten. Since then, my involvement with piano has been colorful ranging from teaching kids to performing in various venues. I was a Musikgarten teacher for preschoolers to begin with, and for many years, I have been a pianist for Korean churches both in Northern Virginia and Charlotte area.
My education background, however, is not music related although I have been associated with piano for the last thirty years. I have a BA degree in special education; and afterward I pursued graduate program in theology obtaining master of divinity degree. As I grew up with my nephew who had sight impairment, I developed a passionate heart to help children with special needs. I constantly look for the opportunity to provide piano lessons to children with special needs as I continue to provide regular piano lessons.