Biography of Ms. Rice ~
Ms. Rice has been teaching piano lessons in Lakeway, Texas since 1999 in students' until her studio at the Lakeway Village Square opened in 2011. The studio moved to the LakewayMarket building in 2015. Her credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, piano emphasis from the University of Texas in Austin in 1980, and a Texas teaching certification in all-level Music (general music and choir) from the University of Houston in 1988. She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Ms. Rice taught general classroom music and middle school choir from 1988 to 1995 in Texas public schools in Austin, Houston, Alvin, Baytown and Marble Falls prior to devoting her career solely to teaching private piano lessons.
In addition to teaching piano lessons, Ms. Rice accompanied middle and high school choirs, high school vocalists, instrumentalists, and The University of Texas ballet classes. She enjoys Classical Piano Music and Orchestral Music from all periods of history especially from the Impressionist and Romantic periods.
For several years she was the church pianist and accompanist for several churches: Lakeway Church, Great Hills Baptist Church, Gateway Baptist Church, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bee Creek Methodist Church and Joy Lutheran Church.
Ms. Rice's Philosophy ~
Students will benefit the most from learning how to play the piano at the earliest age possible because of the critical stages of brain development. Piano lessons are vital for children because it does more than simply teach music note reading and promote creativity. It exercises parts of the brain useful in mathematics, spatial intelligence and other intellectual pursuits such as reasoning and decision making. Singing, playing piano and listening to harmonious music beginning at a young age not only improves learning ability, memory span, reasoning ability and coordination, but it allows the creative part of the individual to blossom. Creative thinking is what makes us all human and there's no better way to be creative than engaging in the art of playing the piano even if you're starting off as an adult beginner!