Find A Teacher

The following RPTA teachers are currently accepting new students.

Teachers are organized by area zip code.

For the complete RPTA Directory (members only) click here.

If you are looking for a specific person, please reach out to RPTA leadership.


Bob Knott


Over 50 years of teaching with BM and MA degrees in music, choral, vocal, piano and theory. My studio is in Apex and I also teach in your home. Ages 6 to adult, beginner to intermediate. Serving Apex, Holly Springs, Cary, Morrisville.


Kellis Dryer


Openings for students of all levels - beginning, intermediate, and advanced. I am an experienced teacher and pianist with a degree in piano performance and pedagogy and have been teaching piano students since 1988. I use successful teaching techniques and a thorough curriculum that includes note-reading, rhythm, proper technique, interpretation of various styles of music, ensemble playing, music theory, ear training, and other musicianship skills.

Marlene Kelsey


Studio off Kildaire Farm Rd near Queensberry Dr, MacGregor Downs subdivision. Teaching all ages and levels of music, beginning with 5-6 yr olds.

Kent Lyman, NCTM


Coordinator of Piano at Meredith College. Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Indiana University. Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with MTNA. Accepting new students who are interested in serious piano study. This includes transfer students who are looking to move to the next level, and beginner students who show enthusiasm, musical aptitude, and have strong parental support.

Renee McKee


Located off Cary Parkway near Kildaire Farm Road. All levels and ages welcome. Lessons are based on classical techniques with additional instruction avaialable in composition, improvisation and theory. Teaching since 1980.

Richard McKee


Located off Cary Parkway near Kildaire Farm Road. All levels and ages welcome. Lessons are based on classical techniques with additional instruction available in theory and improvisation. Teaching since 1980.

Natalya Pavlenko


Home studio in a middle of Cary. Special musical and vocal programs for every student. Ages 4 and up are welcome. Theatrical music performances and musical concerts. Opportunities for ensemble playing for beginners through intermediate performers. Students receives a strong foundation in reading and playing all types of music, performance skills, theory and music history. Specialties include classical piano, vocal and keyboard techniques. Private lessons are complemented by keyboard lab and group classes. Lessons and concerts for students and parents.

Galina Scholten-Makarevitch


I studied at the Emils Darzins Special Music School and the State Conservatory in Riga, Latvia; graduated from the Odessa Conservatory and studied one year at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris with Germaine Mounier. My experience has shown me that the sooner the natural gifts and interests of a child/student are discovered, the faster his or her progress! Please visit my website


Rachel Bussey

703-927-6232 (cell)

I received my Bachelors degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and completed graduate studies in piano performance at Indiana University-Bloomington. I received my Certificate as a Taubman Approach Instructor from the Golandsky Institute studying with Master Taubman teacher Robert Durso. I believe in a nurturing and collaborative approach to learning, and prioritize a healthy physical relationship to the instrument as part of a well-rounded musical education. Having overcome playing-related injuries myself, I particularly enjoy helping others to overcome injury, fatigue, and technical limitations at the piano through the Taubman Approach. I believe the Taubman work gives all students the ability to reach their highest artistic potential and benefits students of every age and level. I welcome beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional-level students. More info at


Clara Yang

Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Piano Area at UNC-Chapel Hill. Eastman School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts, principal teacher: Nelita True). Yale School of Music (Master of Music, Artist Diploma, principal teacher: Claude Frank). University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Bachelor of Music, Magna cum laude, principal teacher: John Perry). Accepting advanced-level pianists who are serious about studying piano.


Christy Wilson


B.Mus.Ed. Shorter College; M.M. Piano Performance, Georgia State University; Artist Diploma, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. Accepting students ages 7 through adult, beginners through advanced. 30 years teaching experience. Located in Fearrington Village.

Brenda Bruce


Experienced teacher with a Masters in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, accepts transfer intermediate to advanced students. Focuses on individual students to develop their highest potential. Located in Lochmere in SE Cary.


Dr. Stephen Fiess, DMA, NCTM


Currently accepting students of all levels - Ages 6 and up (Adult Students welcome!) Lessons include music appreciation, repertoire, technique, and theory. Royal Conservatory and National Guild preparation available.

Organist - First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh; Published Author and Composer; DMA in Piano Performance, Pedagogy and Literature - University of Colorado/Boulder; MM in Piano Performance - Indiana University; Nationally Certified: MTNA, and National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Located in Lochmere, near Tryon Road and Cary Parkway.

Henry Hsieh

DuoKey Music, LLC


Teaching in a home studio located near SE Cary Parkway and Tryon Road. Accepting students ages five and up (all levels). Lessons will focus on note-reading, technique, basic theory, sight-reading, effective practicing, and overall musicianship. B.M. and M.M. in piano performance both received from the Eastman School of Music. Studied with Natalya Antonova and Alexander Kobrin.

Natalie Khatibzadeh


Suzuki Piano of the Triangle teaches piano to students as young as three years old, using the Suzuki Method. In a nurturing environment, students learn to play the piano with beautiful tone and correct technique. Suzuki Piano of the Triangle honors students’ individual personalities and contributions, patiently working with students to cultivate their talents.

Olga Urick


Independent studio in Cary NC. Degrees in Piano Pedagogy, Piano Solo Performance, and Accompaniment from the highest music college in the Ukraine. Teaching since 1981. Preparing students who want to strive for excellence.

Neal Wegener, NCTM


Currently accepting students at all levels - Ages 6 and up (Adult students welcome!) Lessons include music appreciation, repertoire, technique, and theory. National Guild preparation available. Hymn playing and sacred music preparation also available.

Nationally Certified: MTNA, and National Guild of Piano Teachers; Bachelor of Sacred Music degree - Phillips University; additional studies at Westminster Choir College - Princeton, New Jersey; and Texas Christian University - Fort Worth. I have served as Director of Music Ministries in churches in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Texas, and Colorado. Located in Lochmere, near Tryon Road and Cary Parkway.

Welkin Yang


Welkin Yang graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Piano Pedagogue. A classically trained pianist, she is passionate about cultivating students’ life-long love of music and learning that goes beyond just preparing for competitions. A piano lesson teaches not only the fundamentals of music, but also problem-solving skills, analytical thinking, discipline, and most importantly, the appreciation of the depth and richness of music. She believes all students have enormous potentials. Given the right guidance, encouragement, and high expectations, they will succeed. The piano studio (in the Lochmere area) welcomes students of all levels and ages.


Dr. Carol Ann Barry


Located in Harmony Subdivision off of Rt. 55, Cary Classic Piano Studio offers a complete program of study for students who wish to learn to play well. Theory and technique are combined with a wide variety of repertoire to promote the advancement of a student's musical and technical skill in the least amount of time. Dr. Barry holds a DMA degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a Masters of Performance and Literature degree from the University of Louisville. Please contact or visit my website at for more information and a complete biography and outline of offerings.

Pin Pin Jong, NCTM


Past Piano faculty of Meredith College for 12 years. Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Meredith College. Master Degree in Piano from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. Accepting students who are eager to learn, diligent in practicing, and with strong parental support. Lessons offered before 4pm.

Florence Ko


A few openings. Prefer Intermediate - Advanced levels.

Loogwah Kradlak


Studio is Located across West Regional Library.

♪ Piano and Theory lesson.

♪ Participating in Royal Conservatory Music Program

(RCM), Federation Festival, YAA, and more.

♪ Over 25 years of teaching experience.

♪ RCM Cary Center Representative.


Neighborhood Academy of Music

Dr. Christine Rogers

Neighborhood Academy of Music has 15 piano teachers and accepts students of all ages and playing experience. Neighborhood Academy also offers voice, guitar, drums, woodwinds, brasses, strings, homeschool classes, music therapy, and Kindermusik. Opportunities for ensemble playing for intermediate through advanced performers. Located in Clayton near the new Hwy. 70 bypass and no more than 25 minutes from most homes in Raleigh.


Pamela Wilkins


I am an experienced teacher with an undergraduate and masters degree in Piano Performance from UNCG and East Carolina University. I enjoy teaching students who are interested in serious piano study and want to strive for excellence. I prefer teaching intermediate to advanced levels but am willing to take a younger student who exhibits a desire to practice and learn.


Jacob Groff


Offering piano, theory, and composition lessons. Openings available for all ages. Studio in downtown Fuquay Varina.

B.M Music Composition - University of Oregon

M.M Music Composition - Westminster Choir College

Marie Humphrey, NCTM

-a few openings available

-beginner to advanced

-recital, contest, festival opportunities

-30 years experience

-Fuquay/Angier area


Brad Hunnicutt

Piano instruction ages 4 - Adult. Also offering composition, theory, and sightsinging to teenagers preparing for college. M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Oklahoma University. Ph.D. in music theory, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Nicolas Lira


Students of all ages welcome, including older adults. Teaches all styles for piano, saxophone, and clarinet, including popular music and jazz improvisation. Located in Garner and willing to travel to students' homes in Wake county. Piano studies at Michigan State University; M.M. at UNCSA; D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance and M.M. in Music Theory from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Performs locally as a church musician, and in a jazz combo.


Heather Byrum


Certified Music Teacher with B.A. in Music Education and Piano. I have been teaching since 2001 and offer Beginner through Early Advanced piano lessons. Studio located near Ten Ten Rd. and Graham Newton Rd. in Apex; convenient to West Lake School and Lake Wheeler.

Mary DeBoy

(919) 802-6646 (text preferred)

My lesson plans are tailored specifically to each student, but all include classical training, ensemble playing, popular repertoire (such as jazz, contemporary, sacred, and other styles), technical exercises, theory, sightreading, and composition/improvisation. I have been teaching since 2005, and hold a degree in piano pedagogy. I currently have openings for intermediate and advanced students.

Marcia Gandolph

Openings for 4 year olds and up. I teach a combination of traditional and Suzuki piano. Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, 40 years experience. Located near Ten Ten and Kildaire Farm Rd. In Apex, Holly Springs area.


Wassim Bejjani


Home studio near Holly Springs Towne Center. Accepting new students of all levels, ages 6 and above. Studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France, and the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in Beirut, Lebanon.

Morgan Butzow


Home studio in Holly Springs. Beginners to Advanced. Ages 6 - Adult.

Lindsay Tollefson, MM, NCTM


Home studio in Apex/Holly Springs area. Offering lessons for ages 5 - adult, beginners - early advanced levels. Experienced, nationally certified teacher with M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Univ. of Oklahoma.


Ashely Vernon-Hendrick


I've been a full-time music teacher for about 5 years. I've worked both at studio locations and teaching in-home lessons. My students' ages range from 4 to 14, but I also teach adults. I take a creative, personalized approach by getting to know each student first. I place special emphasis on an interactive plan combining ear training with theory. My students have a virtual recital at least once per semester.


Fay Ward


Located in Planter's Walk, Knightdale. Teaching students of all ages. Degree in Music Education.


Hope Harris


Learn to play the piano and harp! Offering private lessons in the Wake Forest/Louisburg area. Beginner to intermediate students welcome.

Anne Scoggin


Located in Louisburg, convenient to Youngsville, Wake Forest, and Henderson. Piano instruction for Beginners through Advanced levels. Experienced, certified teacher with Masters Degree in Performance and Pedagogy.


Gina Hayek

Heart and Soul, piano studio

Well-versed in Voice, vocal studio


443 Shadowdale Lane

Rolesville NC 27571


Kristen Allred


I teach at my home in Wake Forest (close to Raleigh) as well as online. I teach beginners to advanced students. I hold a BA in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University where I was awarded Teacher of the Year. I'm a published composer and include theory, arranging, and composition in the lesson. I have over 30 years of experience.

Sheila Dacus, NCTM


Piano instruction in Wake Forest home studio for all ages, beginning through advanced levels. Experienced, nationally certified teacher with Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy. Private lessons are complemented by computer lab and group classes.

Hope Harris


Learn to play the piano and harp! Offering private lessons in the Wake Forest area. Beginner to intermediate students welcome.

Kendall Kelly


I hold a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. I am currently accepting students of all skill levels and ages. Lessons in my home studio in Wake Forest will cover musicianship, technique, repertoire, music theory, ear training, and music history, with a program tailored to each student’s goals.

Jeanine Skinner


Offering piano, voice, guitar, violin, flute, brass, woodwind, and drums at Music Academy South. 1241 S Main Street, Wake Forest, NC.


Sharon Banks


I have a piano studio in my home in Willow Springs and am currently accepting all ages/levels of students from age 6 to adult.


Susan Riggs


I teach at my home at 104 Bridle Trail, Youngsville 27596 and also at 5124-108 Departure Dr, Raleigh 27616. I have a BM in piano from UNC-Greensboro, and a voice minor. I have been teaching for over 26 years. I teach all levels up to college entrance. I have young and older students as well. I teach a classical background, but I also teach students who are not as interested in theory and reading, and wish to study ear training and chord sheets. I teach popular voice as well.


Crystal Callahan


Openings available for all students ages 5 through Adult. Graduate of Campbell University, B.A. in Piano Pedagogy. Lessons offered in student’s homes.

Bridget O'Leary

O'Leary Piano Studio


Bridget received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Teaching experience includes faculty position at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS and 15 years of teaching experience in her private studio. Qualified to teach students up to advanced level, and enthusiastically works with students of school age and adult age. Focusing on a holistic and comprehensive approach to technique and musicianship and encourages students to regularly perform and compete. Theory, sight-reading, and historical background are incorporated into lessons. Students can pursue a recreational or competitive lesson track.

Medea Kiknadze-Toumadjanov


Openings available for Beginner - Advanced students.


Susan Burnette

Elementary through high school students welcome. Located near Lynn Road Elementary School in North Raleigh.

Lanette Lind


I am now accepting new students, all ages and levels, for piano, theory, and composition. Each student receives a strong foundation in reading and counting. As they progress, the curriculum is tailored to their specific interests. Although my main goal is to foster a lifetime love of music, many of my students have decided to pursue advanced degrees in piano performance and have received prestigious scholarships. As Artistic Director of the Free Spirits Ensemble, I play 6 or 7 concerts a year and am active as a composer. My address is 1400 Lakepark Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612 (off of Leadmine between Lynn Road and Millbrook).

Donna Naeser

The Singing Keyboard Piano Studio


Immediate openings for students ages 5 to Adult; Beginners to Advanced. Located off of Leadmine Road between Millbrook and Lynn Rds. Looking for students who are excited about playing for the rest of their lives.

Anne Patterson

Piano Arts: A Full Curriculum Studio


Emphasizing effective music reading, performance skills, technic, theory and music history; accommodating individual learning styles; enhancing mind-body communication; removing blocks to learning, understanding and performing; welcoming students of all ages and levels.


Debra Heath


Accepting students from 6 years through high school, beginning through early advanced levels. Homeschoolers welcome. Recitals twice a year as well as other opportunities for performance. Graduate of Meredith College, active member of RPTA, NCMTA, and MTNA.

Judi Kochik


NW Raleigh between Leesville Rd. and Hwy. 98. Now accepting Beginning, Intermediate, and early Advanced piano students, ages 6 to adult. Over 20 years of private and classroom teaching. I hold a current NC license for music education K-12, and am a member of the RPTA, NCMTA, and the Naitonal Guild of Piano Teachers. Please write or call to receive a studio information letter or to set up an interview.


Pamela Tsai

Elementary school age through adult students welcome, all levels. Located in North Raleigh, two miles north of 540 on Six Forks Road. Bachelor of Music Degree from Meredith College and Master of Music Degree from Florida State University.

Amy Work, NCTM


Now accepting piano students of all ages and skill levels. With over twenty-four years of teaching experience I host annual recitals, competitive and non-competitive events, and conduct frequent group classes in a professional environment. My private and group class schedule offers structured and customized piano lessons for each individual student that focuses on sight-reading, theory, technical work, music artistry, and concert preparation for optimal growth and development in music education. Your children will develop a love and appreciation of music through my quality instruction in a fun and loving environment that will last a lifetime! Member of MTNA, NCMTA, RPTA, CAMTA, NC Federation of Music Clubs and I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano. Located in Wakefield Plantation in the North Raleigh area.


Dottie Buster, NCTM


Piano instruction for ages 5 through Adult, all levels. Located in North Raleigh (Stonehenge neighborhood). Bachelor of Music Degree from Meredith College. Nationally Certified Music Teacher.

Margarita Jackson


I have been a piano teacher and ballet accompanist for over 30 years. I teach piano at my home and play for dance classes at City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Raleigh School of Ballet. I hold piano recitals for my students. Please contact me at the phone number above to inquire about lessons.

Ravonda Mormann, Making Melodies Piano Studio


Piano instruction in the North Raleigh area serving homeschoolers, school-age children, and adults. Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano. 30 years experience teaching all ages and levels. Located in the Falls of Neuse/I-540 area.

The Musicians Learning Center


Piano lessons for all ages, 4 - Adult, are currently available. Check our website or call for more information. We also offer lessons in flute, clarinet, saxophone, and guitar. We are conveniently located off of Six Forks Rd. in North Raleigh.

Dee Ann Patton


Private piano instruction available for kindergarten through high school age students. Experienced teacher with a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University. Year round, traditional and home school students welcome. Located in North Raleigh (Crosswinds Subdivision).

Maxine Salvatore

Openings for ages 5 - Adult. Located between Strickland, Falls of Neuse, and Six Forks Rd. in the Summerfield North neighborhood.

Holly Zendels, NCTM

919-846-7013 (Please use this home phone first)

919-455-4015 (cell)

25 years experience, professionally permanently certified through MTNA. I take students of all levels from 6 years of age up through adults. Call about rates and lesson schedules. Undergraduate degree from East Carolina University; graduate courses in piano pedagogy with Dr. Kerry Carlin.


Amy Edwards

Music With Ms. Amy


Now accepting students, ages 4 through adult, beginners through early advanced. Piano lessons are taught from my home studio located in North Raleigh across the street from Harris Creek Elementary School in Neuse Crossing Subdivision. Located just five minutes from I-540, Buffaloe Rd., Triangle Town Center, & NRCA!! Studio also offers Wunderkeys for Preschool students and students on all levels are given the opportunity to participate in community outreach events. Please call, email or see the website for more information.

Susan Riggs


I teach at my home at 104 Bridle Trail, Youngsville 27596 and also at 5124-108 Departure Dr, Raleigh 27616. I have a BM in piano from UNC-Greensboro, and a voice minor. I have been teaching for over 26 years. I teach all levels up to college entrance. I have young and older students as well. I teach a classical background, but I also teach students who are not as interested in theory and reading, and wish to study ear training and chord sheets. I teach popular voice as well.


Natalia Selezneva


Private piano lessons at home studio in a nice, safe neighborhood conveniently located near Research Triangle Park and about two miles from Brier Creek Commons Shopping Center in Raleigh. Enthusiastic and experienced piano teacher is currently accepting beginners and advanced students, ages 5 and older. Teaching consists of weekly lessons and includes piano solo and duet repertoire, piano technique, sight-reading, music theory, and performance skills. Recitals are twice a year as well as other opportunities for performance. Lessons are designed for each student to best suit their age, interests, personality, learning style, musical talent, and skill level. Free trial lesson available. Reasonable rates.


Dr. Olga Kleiankina


Director of the Piano Program at NC State University. Recipient of 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award at NCSU and member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Concert pianist and researcher. A few spots available. Serious students of any age up to the college level. Preparing students for competitions, college auditions, and concert careers.