Instructor Svetlana Royal with student
Student of Dionne Preussner
Student of Dionne Preussner
What ages do you teach?
Do I need to have an instrument?
We teach any age from 5 to 85 years old! Regardless of your age or experience, the method we use is a proven technique that will develop your piano playing skills.
Yes, but if you don’t have a piano or keyboard at home we can help. We provide the instrument in our studios for the lessons. Ideally a piano will establish a correct technique, however an 88 key “weighted” keyboard simulates a piano most closely.
How long will it take to learn to play?
This depends entirely on your own practice regimen. The more you practice the faster you will advance. The lessons are tailored to each individual student so that those who advance faster will move along faster, and those who need more time will get it.
Svetlana Royal received her teaching degree in music from the College of Music in Penza, Russia.
After college, Svetlana gained further experience as a choral and piano instructor while teaching in public schools. During this time, Svetlana was also a regular performer with the Russian Penza Philharmonic. She performed consistently for 12 years and was awarded a Superior Performance Proficiency Rating.
In 2002, Svetlana moved to the United States. She immediately began teaching piano and voice and has provided training to numerous students who have been accepted to schools such as Westminster Choir College, Eastman School of Music, Savannah College of Art and Design, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, Salem College, Wingate, Liberty University, and many more – all of which offered her students full or partial scholarships.
Dionne Marie has been playing the piano for 45 years. She began her musical journey by teaching herself “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. Dionne studied music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While there, she joined her first organized band and knew what she wanted to do: perform. She soon left Las Vegas to Bullhead City, Arizona where she was the pianist for the Ramada Express Casino house band. She held that position for seven years. During this time, Dionne also taught piano and music theory lessons. She also learned the art of piano tuning and repair, serving many celebrities ranging from Tony Bennett to James Brown and everyone in between.
Dionne finished her music degree Summa Cum Laude at Columbia University International in 2012. She has been a professional piano player, teacher, and tuner for over 25 years. She has played for artists, such as, "The Inkspots" and "The Flamingos." Since she has moved to Columbia, she has been active with groups, such as, "The Capital City Big Band," "The Blue Serenade Orchestra," and "The Carl Payne Big Band," as well as, individuals such as Skipp Pearson and many more locals from the jazz community.