Amanda Byars is an independent music educator specializing in group and private instruction for children and adults in Dallas, Texas. Prior to establishing Piano In Your Home, she served on the faculty at Southern Methodist University as Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Class Piano. She was also co-founder and teacher of piano at Dallas/Music – a performing arts center located in the Park Cities.
Ms. Byars received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the Master of Music in piano pedagogy from S.M.U. where she was a teaching assistant for the internationally renowned pedagogue, Louise Bianchi
MARIA RINCON HERNANDEZ
A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Maria received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina where she studied piano pedagogy under nationally renown pedagogue, Dr. Sara Ernst. While there, she taught both group and private lessons at the Center for Piano Studies and was an associate at the Southeastern Piano Festival. Maria is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Southern Methodist University under Dr. Carol Leone. Maria writes “I love teaching and am thrilled beyond words to be a part of the Kawai School of Music and the educational and performance opportunities it offers.” She spends her spare time painting, watching international movies and learning Mandarin.
CATHY WILLIAMS HARGRAVE
Cathy Williams Hargrave, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, is a well-known Suzuki Piano Teacher and Teacher Trainer recognized by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Louisville and a Master of Music degree from Butler University in Piano Performance. She has served as a faculty member of the preparatory music department at the University of Louisville, Butler University, and was the founding president of a community music school in Crestwood, KY called Talent Education for Children.
In 1983 and 1988 – 1991, Ms. Hargrave moved to Matsumoto, Japan, entered the teacher training program of the Talent Education Institute (home of the Suzuki Method) and received her Suzuki Piano Teaching Diploma from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. She also studied the Suzuki Piano Method with its co-author Dr. Haruko Kataoka, served as accompanist for Dr. Suzuki’s students and teacher trainees in weekly concerts, national and international conferences, and continued study with Dr. Kataoka until her death in 2004.
As a clinician, Ms. Hargrave has conducted numerous seminars and workshops for students and teachers across the United States and in Canada, Europe, and Russia. Her goal is to help parents and teachers discover the true purpose of the Suzuki philosophy, which is to raise children to become fine human beings through the study of a musical instrument. She writes: “I am thrilled to be a part of this music school and the great things we will all accomplish!”
Jessica Daniel grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where, from a very young age, she cultivated a passion for the piano. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Oregon where she studied with Dr. Claire Wachter. Jessica is continuing her studies at Southern Methodist University for a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She holds a graduate teaching assistantship in Piano Pedagogy Department where she teaches beginning students through adults.
Ms. Daniel’s philosophy of teaching includes a desire to share her curiosity and passion for music with all her students so they may enjoy making music for a lifetime. She is adept at planning creative and fun lesson plans to ensure each student will develop critical thinking skills and grow musically and technically.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors, longboarding, photography, cooking and learning German.
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