Biography of Ms. Rice ~
Ms. Rice has been teaching piano lessons in Lakeway, Texas since 1999.
Prior to opening a private studio location in Lakeway in October 2011, she taught beginner to advanced students in their homes and the Armstrong Community Music School, an affiliate of the Austin Lyric Opera. 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 from the University of Houston in Houston,Texas 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 various Texas public schools in Austin, Houston, Alvin, Baytown and Marble Falls prior to devoting her career to solely teaching private piano lessons to all age groups.
In addition to teaching piano lessons, Ms. Rice accompanied middle and high school choir, high school vocalists and instrumentalists, & UT ballet classes. She enjoys Classical Piano Music and Orchestral Music from all period of history including the Impressionist and Romantic Periods in particular, in addition to the genres of Videogame music and.Contemporary Music for Film.
She was the church pianist and accompanist at several churches such as Lakeway Church, Great Hills Baptist Church and Gateway Baptist Church in Austin, TX., St. Paul's Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay and Bee Creek Methodist Church in Spicewood, Texas. Also, Joy Lutheran Church in Missouri City, TX.
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!