Our Approach to Piano Lessons
At Dana V. Music, piano students receive personalized instruction from highly qualified professionals in a positive and supportive learning environment. Our first priority is teaching healthy technique, including proper hand, wrist, and arm technique, seated posture, and pedaling technique. Students typically begin by learning fundamental repertoire and expand to supplemental styles based on their abilities and interests, including musical theatre, contemporary/popular, jazz, folk, and movie music.
Piano Lessons Should Be Fun!
We know that an interest in piano may be what first brings you into our school – but having fun is what keeps you coming back! Here at Dana V. Music, our goal is for every student to LOVE their music lessons as they embark on a rewarding journey of progress and discovery. We put the “fun” in fundamentals!
Our knowledgeable staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music and the piano. Whether it’s your first time at the keys or you’re a seasoned pianist, our teachers are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals – while having fun along the way.
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Healthy technique is critical to lifelong enjoyment of the piano. Our first priority is teaching strong fundamentals, including hand, wrist and arm technique, bench position, and pedaling. We believe that full-body instruction is essential to musicianship and safeguards students from injury.
Once the fundamentals are in place, you and your teacher can craft the story you want your music to tell. Our qualified teachers will assist you in developing musicianship and exploring nuance through dynamics, pausing, phrasing, and varying tempos. Learn with us as we infuse elements of music theory and music history into our well-rounded approach to fostering musical excellence.
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
There is no one-size-fits-all method of piano instruction. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-on-one guidance throughout your musical journey.
While fundamentals and technique are essential, our ultimate goal is to equip students to begin exploring their own personal musical style and interests. Your teacher will work with you to understand where you want to go, and craft a unique plan to get you there. Whether your style is classical or pop (or anything in between), Dana V. helps students excel in their craft while encouraging the occasional step outside the comfort zone to try something new.
We strive to ensure that our piano students acquire the fundamentals necessary to become literate musicians, so music reading/writing skills and relevant music theory are always incorporated. Elements of music history, including discussions of historical musical periods, composers, and the development of the instrument are incorporated where possible. Piano students also learn basic accompanying techniques for themselves and others.
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Our Piano Teachers
Our piano department is equipped to serve students with collegiate and professional ambitions, and we invite you to see our review page for a selection of Dana V. Music success stories. We are equally delighted to work with students of all abilities seeking to enrich their lives through music. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-to-one guidance throughout your musical journey. Many of our teachers have memberships and openings for numerous performance and competitive opportunities, but these are always optional.
What’s a Good Age to Begin Piano Lessons?
We typically work with piano students aged 5-Adult. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our piano program and to help you find a good match for yourself or your child among our wonderful piano faculty. If you are unsure whether your child is ready for private lessons, we also offer a number of group classes for beginner and intermediate students aged 4-12 during the spring, summer, and fall. We would be delighted to help you find a good fit.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
If you’re ready to jump into the world of keyboarding, we are excited to match you with a teacher that can get you started on your musical journey. Nothing will enable you to progress more effectively than a one-on-one partnership with an inspiring piano professional. Let us help you explore and build your abilities in a setting that is comfortable for you. You never know how far you can go until you take that first step, so why not get started today?
Audrey Horowitz (formerly Kaltenbach) is an Oregon native and has been playing the piano for over 15 years. She graduated from Willamette University receiving her Bachelor of Music with honors in Piano
Brad Haag is a teacher, collaborative pianist, soloist, and lecturer with a lifelong mission to create outstanding musical experiences for listeners, students, and colleagues. His academic career includes teaching positions on the
Recognized by Steinway & Sons in 2018 as a “Top Teacher,” Brooke Balbuena is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. She maintains an active piano studio
Piano & Voice
John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Lafayette, Colorado. He holds an M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.F.A. from Bard College. Previous piano
Robert Hjelmstad is a pianist whose musicianship has brought him around the world as a performer and teacher. A musician of many interests, he is equally adept in his various roles as
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- 60 Min: $72/lesson
What Our Students Say
I knew next to nothing about the college audition process when I began looking for schools. The people at Dana V. were always receptive, supportive, and helpful in tackling each step of the admittedly arduous process. I sincerely believe I would not be studying at the program I’m in without the resources afforded to me at Dana V.Will Thames | Alumni Student
I am always inspired by the talented and vibrant community that Dana and Katie have created a space for at Dana V Music. I am lucky to have been influenced by such passionate, energetic, and accepting teachers, and even luckier that they continue to offer advice, and encouragement to their alumni.Zoe Benson | Alumni Student
My experiences at DVM, and the confidence I gained while learning to sing and use my voice are applicable every day at my job when I’m speaking with and presenting to clients.Whitney Meer | Alumni Student
DVM has forged me into the musician I am today. DVM has also been my greatest source of inspiration as a musician and I am extremely thankful for everyone in the studio. Thank you for pointing me towards the values I hold today.Vidushi Goyal | Alumni Student
I have always loved Dana V Music particularly the Bring It To Broadway series. It’s incredible that Dana is able to consistently bring in Broadway veterans to help out young artists. The masterclasses have been very beneficial to my growth as a performer. I can still watch the videos years later and gain something from the artist’s perspective.Tanner Sands | Alumni Student
Dana and Katie were two of the most influential teacher figures in my high school years. Being a young person is difficult as it is, but being a young person who wants to pursue performing arts professionally is even harder. Not only do Dana and Katie provide amazing and non-judgemental lessons, classes, and other resources at their studio, their warmth, kindness, and constant encouragement gave me the support I needed (and often struggled to find) to get into such a great collegiate theatre program. Dana and Katie are like artistic superheroes who truly go above and beyond for the sake of their students!Michelle Herring | Alumni Student
Although I am not pursuing a career in music, my time with DVM was an incredible way to learn about something I love as well as about myself. Going every week to voice lessons was always so exciting and I am so grateful for Katie and Dana for what they’ve brought to the Louisville community!Mason Noteboom | Alumni Student
Dana V allowed me to explore my interest in music and theater. All the instructors have an amazing guiding hand which encourages every student to become their own artist. With their help, I was able to transition into the college process unafraid.Justin Pappas | Alumni Student
Dana V has such a loving and supportive family of instructors and students! I really miss everyone from the studio.Jessie Bolger | Alumni Student
While I have not pursued the arts as a career, I believe that DVM and other music/theatre training throughout my high school years gave me the skills and discipline needed to be successful in the careers and hobbies that I pursue. Dana was also more than a voice teacher to me; she often served as a mentor and friend in a supportive, knowledgeable environment. I am so proud to see DVM grow from a little corner room at The Dairy to what it is today!Jessica Harper | Alumni Student
DVM was an integral part of my voice and theatre education. I was lucky enough to take voice lessons for about a year as well as participate in DVM’s production of A Little Princess. I worked with Dana herself as well as Cody Qualls, and they both gave me tools that I still use every time I sing. I was only with DVM for a short time, but in that time I experienced a huge amount of growth musically, and I am always grateful to Dana and Cody for their role in shaping the performer I am today. I still have some songs they introduced to me in my audition book too!Jenny McPherson | Alumni Student
I studied vocal music at Dana V for six years and throughout this time I grew immensely in both vocal technique and self confidence. Everyone at Dana V encouraged and supported me to push my limits and grow to my full potential. The friendships I formed and lesson I learned during my time at the studio will last a lifetime.Jennifer Concienne | Alumni Student
During my undergraduate courses, I wanted to take music theory (because it is fascinating to me, and I was always too busy in high school to take it). One of the great things about going to a small liberal arts college is the music department didn’t require me to be a music major to take music theory. I had received a scholarship that covered the cost of lessons, and was involved with the choirs. After I finished the two year sequence of music theory, I realized that due to the credits from my lessons, ensembles, and music theory, I was four classes (music history and conducting) away from a music major, and so I declared. I did not intend to be a music major, I was just heavily involved with music because I loved it. Although career-wise I am using my physics degree, continuing to be involved with music through college has kept me grounded and has been a creative outlet for me. As I prepare to go to graduate school and narrow my focus on my studies to just physics, I am actively searching for ways to still be involved with music.
My lessons with Katie McClave and Alex Vital through high school were wonderful. I bonded with each in different ways, and I always look forward to catching up with them when I am in town. I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been without their guidance.Grace Kerber | Alumni Student
Dana V music has been the cornerstone of every other voice class I take. I never feel as fulfilled working with any other voice coach because I loved working with the teachers at Dana V so much!Ellie Oliver | Alumni Student
I continue to be inspired by my mentors at Dana V. Music and am so thankful that Dana continuously takes time out of her schedule to check in with me to give excellent advice and be a sounding board for a young ambitious musician, even one who is no longer her student!Divya Maus | Alumni Student
Dana V. Music gave me the opportunity to explore my music on a higher level. Though the schools innovated and compassionate teaching skills I could experience the joys of music. Dana V. Music not only challenges students to think creatively but they also support growth in developing skills. The most memorable thing about the music school is the professional and warm community they provide. The values and mission of Dana V. Music still make an impression on me today.Diana Lee | Alumni Student
I started taking voice lessons with Dana when I was 14. Lessons with Dana were the highlight of my week. She started me off on a great track vocally, and inspired me to pursue a career in music. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be the musician and teacher I am today.Charlotte Haertling | Alumni Student
I started taking lessons at DVM when I was 13 and that was probably one of the best decisions I could have made for my voice. I received a vocal education about my voice specifically, while also learning how to feel good and confident about myself in a performing context. I deeply love and appreciate the Dana V. Music school.Asha Romeo | Alumni Student
Dana V Music is where I took voice lessons for ten years and every day since I feel so lucky to have worked with them. The more I learn in college, the more grateful I am that I have such a solid technique and healthy habits, which was all thanks to my wonderful teachers.Alei Russo | Alumni Student