About the Teacher
Jesse Myers is a seattle-based concert pianist and teacher who strives to join education with performing. Mr. Myers has chosen the vocation of being a lifetime student of the piano and tireless teacher of its techniques and repertoire. He is on the faculty at Holy Names Academy and runs a thriving studio from his home in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Aside from teaching at the studio and the academy, he has been accepting invitations for adjudicating competitions and leading masterclasses.
Jesse Myers has a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington in piano performance. He also attended Bowling Green State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in piano performance. His important teachers have been Robin McCabe (piano, UW 2004-2006), Virginia Marks (piano,BGSU 1999-2003), Valrie Kantorski and Frances Burnett (Piano, Bowling Green Creative Arts, 1995-1999), and Marylin Shrude (composition, Bowling Green Creative Arts and Interlochen).
Teaching, Adjudicating, & Leading Masterclasses
- 15 years teaching experience
- Large teaching repertoire consisting of hundreds of pieces of classical music
- Quarterly adult seminars and bi-annual youth recitals
- Active soloist/recitalist
- Music faculty member at Holy Names Academy
- Adjudicator for the National Federated Music Club – 2016, University of Washington
- Led Masterclasses at Cornish College of the Arts and “Seattle Classical Musicians Masterclass”
I believe every beginning piano student is unique. There are many method books available today and one method isn’t suitable for all students. My long experience as a piano teacher has given me the ability to accurately administer particular methods for the beginning pianist. The beginning students in my piano studio learn the fundamentals of piano: correct positioning, sight-reading simple melodies, understanding rhythm and meter, creative thinking, and one of the most important of all – listening. I strive for a healthy student-teacher relationship in which the lessons learned reach far beyond those of a musical nature.
The intermediate level piano students in my studio have a firm grasp on meter, rhythm, and simple harmony. This is the stage where the knowledge of keys, harmonic progressions, complex rhythms, and a keen ear for good tone become imperative for further advancement at the piano. The intermediate student will learn about style among the different periods of music and will focus on important composers of those periods. These students will have the opportunity to try their music in front of a peer audience.
With a firm foundation of music theory, the advanced piano students gain an understanding of the structure of particular works. Advanced students will learn to move beyond what is right or wrong and will begin to ask more subjective questions. Learning about the context of a particular work becomes important in answering these questions. Advanced pianists will have the opportunity to enter competitions and perform throughout the community in addition to peer performances where they will receive helpful and friendly advice.