Chemen Handel has a "Superior Level" Piano Performance degree from the National Conservatory of Music in Turkmenistan. She has taught private piano extensively in the U.S. and Bolivia and held the position of Professor of Music Theory as well as Orchestra Pianist and Accompanist while in Bolivia. Chemena speaks fluent English, Russian, Spanish and Turkmen and is happy to teach lessons in any of these languages.
Sarah Bean is RK Music Studio's young child/early learning specialist, but she has students from age five to age 80. She has a BA degree from USF, is Kindermusik certified, has extensive training in piano performance and over 12 years experience teaching private piano.
Mersad Kadic is a doctoral student at Florida Southern College in Educational Leadership with an undergraduate degree in Music Education. His experience with teaching methods includes Kodaly, Suzuki, ABRSM, Alfred, Bastien and Faber & Faber. In addition to being highly educated, organized, musical and personable Mersad is fluent in English, German, Croatian and Bosnian.
Jamie Hughes is a pianist, vocalist, and composer. She is a professor of Songwriting at St. Petersburg College, holding an MA in Music from Western Carolina University, and a BA in Elementary Education. She is a piano accompanist and vocalist for various soloists and ensembles in addition to her own solo act. Her work in songwriting research and practice mostly focuses on song trend analysis, popular music pedagogies, effective songwriting through fundamental songwriting approaches, and music literacy appropriate for songwriting. She has composed music for children, jingles and plays, as well as written hundreds of songs.
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