Twice the winner of Harrisburg Magazine's "Simply the Best" award and six times the winner of Harrisburg Magazine's "Readers Choice" award, I have been a professional musician for 35 years and have taught piano privately for 15 years.
I believe that with dedication and discipline, anyone can learn to play an instrument. A student's age, personality, learning style, ability, and music goals are taken into account and a variety of materials are used so that -- while certain standards are maintained for all students -- each student has an approach that is particularly suited to him or her.
Piano lessons include work on sight reading, ear training, theory, technique, and improvisation.
The student's role is to learn; the teacher's role is to inspire and to make learning easy.
As wonderfully accomplished and gifted a jazz pianist as Katie Rudolph is, she is also, without question, just as accomplished and exceptional a teacher. Like the best teachers, Katie imposes high expectations and challenges, motivates and inspires her students. And all of that with a good dose of wit and what is seemingly interminable patience!
Katie is by far the BEST choice we made when entering our son into piano lessons. He has studied under her for 3 years now and has flourished under her program and teaching style. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in learning piano!!!
Katie Rudolph is the consummate professional. She is very generous with what she knows about her craft. I thought that I knew a lot about piano until I met her. Another quality I admire about her is that she is a perpetual student herself. She's incredibly smart, amazingly well-read, and has a fantastic sense of humor. Lessons are a joy! I've played with musicians
my entire adult life from all over this country, and I consider Katie to be a musician's musician.
You would have to dig pretty deep to find a better musician around than Katie. Not only does she know the instrument, she wants you to know it too. She will tailor her methods of teaching it to you that best fit with your personality and learning style. Even if you don't love scales and exercises, she has a way of making you WANT to do them - because she can break it down exactly why and how it will make you a better player.
Katie teaches my 9 year old daughter and she just adores Katie and loves going to her weekly lesson. Katie is making my daughters introduction to music fun and exciting and I am thankful I found her. The fact that she is a wonderful musician in her own right that we get to see playing around town is just a bonus.
I am a classically trained adult pianist, and I took a semester of jazz lessons from Katie Rudolph. Katie is a talented jazz pianist and a patient, thoughtful teacher. She taught broadly, including technique, tone, and expression. We worked through a variety of materials - scales, improv technique, improv creation, and standard tunes. She also lent me a jazz album (or several) each week to expand my listening skills and repertoire. Overall, it was a very productive and enjoyable semester!
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