Piano Teachers

Craig Brown - Piano

Craig Brown started taking piano when he was 6. When he was 12, he switched to playing saxophone for school, but continued playing piano in his own time. He has been in choirs, marching bands, drum corps and praise and worship teams. He has played piano accompaniments for BCSA schools and taught private lessons for both piano and sax. He currently plays piano and sings for Faith Builders Family Church in Rogers.

Charlotte Childs - Piano

Charlotte Childs has maintained a piano studio in northwest Arkansas for 27 years. She began piano lessons at at 7, held 1st chair clarinet in high school, and was pianist and organist at her church at age 16. An alumni of John Brown University, she had a scholarship in clarinet, and studied piano under Dr. Joe Zimmerman. She studied privately for 3 years with Fran Shuller-Ellis. She has been an accompanist for 20 years, working with NW Arkansas school choirs. She is a primary pianist for the First United Methodist Church in Bentonville. She played keyboard for the Jack Mitchel Big Band for 2 years, now substituting as needed. She and her husband, Tony, had a band, The Happy Five, and ChildPlay, and currently freelance with other musicians. She is pianist for the Opus 3 Trio, playing classical, jazz, Latin, and other styles. She is an active member and past chairman of the National Piano Teachers' Guild, and past chairman of Arkansas Music Teachers' Association. Her students consistently earn excellent and superior ratings, and many go on to find a career in teaching, performing, or simply continue to enjoy playing. Her teaching is seeped in patience and humor; she caters to each student's learning style, being insistent on excellence and thoroughness throughout the learning process. She believes that although students may differ in their initial talents and aptitudes, everyone can cultivate a certain level of musicality through effort and commitment.

Kay Fish - Piano / Voice / Guitar / Mandolin / Banjo / Dulcimer

Kay Fish comes to Musicworks with 35 years of teaching experience. Ms. Fish began teaching private music lessons while attending graduate school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, after receiving her Bachelor's degree from Stephens College with a Major in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Piano. She was awarded a position with the Houston Grand Opera Studio program and moved to Houston, Texas after completing graduate school, where she began teaching music at The Awty International School. After twenty years teaching in the private school sector, Ms. Fish opened up The Kay Fish Music Studio in the Houston area, offering private music study in voice, piano, guitar, recorder, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and percussion. Recently, Kay relocated to Northwest Arkansas to be near family, where she teaches private music lessons in Fayetteville and now, proudly, at Musicworks in Bentonville.

Karen Geary - Piano

Music is a life-long language which is rewarding and fun for all ages. It is not too early, or too late, to learn to play. You can continue playing what you began when you were young. Music is a stress-reliever and means of inspiration and worship for you and those who hear you play. Note reading, chording, ear training, and theory are incorporated in the lessons. While teaching piano as an adjunct music teacher at a community college in Minnesota for 14 years, children, young people, adults, and senior adults, learned the joy of music for themselves. I have taught music part time in my home for 25 years. As a retired teacher and guidance counselor, I use encouragement, positive reinforcement, and patience to make the learning challenging but fun. When disciplined students practice, with the encouragement and supervision of parents, they do learn quickly. Parent involvement for young students is necessary for success. I specialize in old time, contemporary, traditional, classical, and spiritual music. I have a passion to train musicians who will enrich their churches with skilled musicians. As a church organist and pianist for 40 years, I teach the past traditional church music, as well as the new contemporary styles.

Kayla Malczycki - Piano / Voice

Hello! I have been a music teacher forever. And I mean forever. I began taking piano lessons when I was 4 years old and teaching piano when I was 14. I have a master's degree in music education from the University of Arkansas, where I was a member of the Uarkettes and, later, taught group piano. I love teaching piano, voice and Kindermusik.

Drew Osborn - voice / brass / piano

Johnathon Paape – Piano/Guitar

Johnathon holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music, both from the University of Arkansas. He has played guitar for around 14 years and piano for 7. While at the University of Arkansas, he studied jazz guitar and music composition with Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and three time regional Emmy winner Dr. James Greeson. He also studied piano briefly with famous local jazz pianist Claudia Burson. He has taught music for eight years at all levels of education including private lessons, high school, and college. His styles include Jazz, Rock, Blues, Metal, and Country.

Rebecca Patek - Violin / Piano

Rebecca Patek has been teaching violin, viola, and piano for 15 years. She studied violin with Varton Manoogian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and piano with Clarice Wysocki. She was a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, has performed with the symphony in Neuchatel, Switzerland, and is currently a member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also the three time Wisconsin State Fiddle Champion.

Ryan Ransdell - Piano

Ryan Ransdell graduated from John Brown University in 2007 with degrees in music and mathematics. He has been teaching and tutoring students since high school, and enjoys enabling others to understand abstract ideas and to find joy in any area of study. He loves order, logic, problem solving, people, and music. He has catalogued several music libraries and has edited a teaching method for young piano students. Since graduating from JBU, Ryan has collaborated with numerous ensembles and soloists, and has taught students of all ages and abilities throughout Northwest Arkansas. He has completed three semesters of graduate work in piano performance and musicology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he taught group piano and undergraduate piano lessons and accompanied various university choirs. Ryan currently serves as a staff accompanist at JBU, organist at First Presbyterian Church in Rogers, and teaches piano students through the JBU Community Arts Academy in Siloam Springs and Arkansas Musicworks in Bentonville.

Karen Sasine - Piano

Karen Sasine is an experienced piano instructor, having taught students across the United States and in Brazil. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Brigham Young University in 1992, where she studied under Richard P. Anderson of the American Piano Quartet. She began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in New York State. Locally, she has accompanied for the Bentonville School District at Washington Junior High and Fulbright Junior High choirs and has performed at all-region and all-state choral music festivals. She is a member of the local chapter of the American Organist Guild and serves as a church organist in Bella Vista. She is the mother of four very talented young people who have performed and toured in high school and college choirs around the world. She serves in a volunteer capacity with young women's church groups across Northwest Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.

Katrina Twitty - piano / voice

Originally from Northwest Arkansas, Katrina Twitty has been a teacher in the music education industry for over fifteen years, from the private home studio to the performance stage and college classroom, as a voice and piano instructor, choir director, vocal/instrumental ensemble conductor, musical director, opera scenes director, composer, arranger, vocal/instrumental performance coach, choreographer and piano accompanist. As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), she has served on the music faculties of the renowned University of Denver Lamont School of Music, Red Rocks Community College and Arapahoe Community College Department of Music of Denver, Colorado.
As a soprano, her singing and stage performance experience spans over 25 years, performing both regionally and internationally in a variety of genres, including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Cunegonde in Candide, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Mrs. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, Marsinah in Kismet, Musetta in La Boheme and Lucy in The Telephone. Katrina has performed with the Passaggio Opera Company of Denver, Opera of the Ozarks, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Mountain Chamber Music Society of Denver and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy and has placed as a Finalist in both the 2004 and 2007 Rocky Mountain Region Metropolitan Opera Auditions and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. She holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.
Katrina brings a Classical technique to private instruction, promoting healthy development and function of the instrument, that can be applied to any style and musical interest of the individual student, including Classical, Musical Theater, Folk, Pop/R&B, Jazz, Country, Gospel/Contemporary Christian and Disney. Her heart's deepest passion is in guiding and inspiring students of music to discover and develop his/her own unique "voice" and performance toward becoming both leaders and teachers in the music and arts community.

Lori Stevens - Piano

Lori Stevens has been playing music on all levels for most of her life. She began her classical piano training at age seven in Southern California where she was privileged to study under Joanna Hodges. Lori continued her musical studies through high school and college playing the tenor saxophone, clarinet, bassoon and piano in various musical ensembles and also participated in vocal jazz groups as a mezzo soprano soloist. She began her college career with a piano performance scholarship and graduated from California State Long Beach with degrees in both English/Creative Writing and Music. Lori went on to receive her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and strongly believes that there is healing in music. She has five children who are all musical; her oldest being a professional pianist and vocal director in the San Francisco bay area. The other four of her children live here in Northwest Arkansas and have found other passions which have led them to be a TV news anchor for KNWA, a paramedic for Central EMS, a deputy sheriff with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a hopeful architect attending college. Lori recently moved here from Orange County, California where she has taught in her private piano studio and in music academies for the last 25 years and is thrilled to be sharing her love of music with the students at Musicworks.

Eva Wills - Piano

Allen Zirkle - Piano/Guitar

Allen holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Arkansas State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Education and Piano from Arkansas Tech University. Allen is a NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano). He has four years of teaching experience, two of those years being at the collegiate level. Allen enjoys teaching guitar and piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. He has worked with several churches throughout Jonesboro and Russellville as a lead guitarist, pianist, and worship leader. He offers lessons in piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and classical guitar. Allen specializes in classical music and church music (contemporary and traditional), but can teach any style that the student is interested in learning. Students studying with Allen can expect to receive well rounded instruction in music theory, musicianship, and performance skills.
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