Keyboard Faculty

Meet our keyboard teachers!  These people will be happy to give you lessons in playing piano or accordion, accompanying, playing in a band, and music theory. We offer classical, jazz, and pop styles. We teach note reading, playing by ear, and improvisation.

Chia-Ying 120 Chia-Ying Chan: piano, accompanying

Chia-Ying teaches beginners through advanced players.  Her areas of expertise  are classical music, accompanying, and music theory.

Sam Gingher 120 Sam Gingher: accordion, piano

Sam teaches beginning through advanced skill levels.  An accomplished pianist who took up accordion, Sam is particularly suited to helping someone who already has piano skills transfer them to the “squeezebox,” although he is also happy to teach people who do not have experience with piano.

Matthew Gladden 120 faculty Matthew Gladden: piano, accompanying, vocal coaching

Matthew teaches beginning through advanced skills.  He specializes in vocal accompanying and coaching and is comfortable teaching classical music and many pop styles.

Josh Houchin 120 faculty Josh Houchin: bass, kids piano ensemble

Josh has made a career out of playing with many different bands, playing many kinds of music.  He combines his ensemble skills with his keyboard skills to help young pianists learn to play with others.

Kristin Sponcia 120 faculty Kristin Sponcia: piano, jazz vocals

Kristin teaches beginning through advanced players using written or by-ear playing.  Her areas of expertise are jazz piano and vocals and improvisation.

RobSweedler 120 Rob Sweedler: piano

Rob teaches piano for  beginners through intermediate players of all ages.  He is comfortable teaching classical, rock, and jazz styles with written or by-ear playing.  He also specializes in synthesizer.